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The Debate

I have two options for the day, either stay up in Section 222 with its obstructed view, or I can watch McCain’s speech from the press filing room, with its big screen plasma televisions, quality sound, internet access and comfortable chairs. On the one had, I’d like to say I was in the arena to hear McCain’s speech and see the delegate reaction. On the other hand, Section 222 (“The Leper Colony”) really sucks.

Haven’t decided quite yet.

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Convention Notes: Day Three

-At the blogger brunch Wednesday we were joined by Google CEO Eric E. Schmidt and Represantative Kevin McCarthy, a freshman Republican from California and chair of the GOP platform committee. Schmidt just did a long Q&A and he really got a lot of flack from the mostly conservative bloggers about Google’s leftward bias. I was really impressed by Schmidt, he held his own and did a very good job. He didn’t back down from any of the question (like the net-neutrality issue or the Chinese firewall stuff). Representative McCarthy talked about the GOP Party Platform. Well, woot.

-McCarthy’s big project is The House Republican Young Guns, their mission:

The House GOP Young Guns, founded by Congressmen Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Paul Ryan, are a team of House Republican members committed to earning a Republican majority in Congress by supporting hand-selected Republican candidates who embody the values and principles to fix a broken Washington. Young Guns fight for solutions, accountability, and policies that strengthen America. By working to elect fresh-thinking Republicans, we can rebuild our party and strengthen our country with leaders who will join the fight for forward-looking solutions that unite America.

-Many of the bloggers had been amid the protesters over the first few days of the convention, but the work done by the guys at RedState has been very impressive. Especially Absentee

-I dropped off all of my computer equipment in some lockers at the press area and decided to try to walk the perimeter of the excel center, outside the security fence. It’s not really possible but I did get to see a young lady delivering a speech on healthcare and how it should be free to everyone. She was delivering the speech from a stage set up by the park/rec people, so it was an official thing and she had large speakers spreading her word across a great expanse of territory. Her audience? A single person and a handful of press people.

-This video from Absentee at Redstate is hilarious

I suppose we’re all dependent on our dependencies.

-Met up with Leo Puseteri and we spent a good deal of time trying to force our way into various hospitality suites. Despite my perfect disguise as an A/V tech, we failed. It was fun being among the other half though.

-Leo and I also stopped by the Patriot booth to heckle the NARN guys, especially Ed Morrissey. See, Ed spent a lot of time talking up the “blogger row” and how great the RNC was going to be treating bloggers. Hah. I’ll be detailing just how bad the view from section 222 (“blogger row”) really was sometime soon. Needless to say, the few bloggers who actually spent some time on blogger row spent that time cursing the genetic heritage of the Morrissey family for all eternity.

-Leo and I decided to watch the speech from the Press Filing Center. This meant 1) we could clearly hear the speech 2) clearly see the speech 3) liveblog the speech and 4) receive the full text of the speech before she had even delivered it and 5) sat comfortably on padded chairs where we could kick our feet up. Good call Leo.

-Here is the discussion we had after the speech:

Gabcast! On The Road Podcasts #25

Full Text of Palin’s Speech

Remarks by Alaska Governor Sarah Palin

Vice Presidential Nominee To Address the 2008 Republican National Convention

SAINT PAUL, Minn. – This evening Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican Party’s vice presidential nominee, will address the 2008 Republican National Convention. The governor’s remarks, as prepared for delivery, are below.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin

Mr. Chairman, delegates, and fellow citizens: I am honored to be considered for the nomination for Vice President of the United States…

I accept the call to help our nominee for president to serve and defend America.

I accept the challenge of a tough fight in this election… against confident opponents … at a crucial hour for our country.

And I accept the privilege of serving with a man who has come through much harder missions … and met far graver challenges … and knows how tough fights are won – the next president of the United States, John S. McCain.

It was just a year ago when all the experts in Washington counted out our nominee because he refused to hedge his commitment to the security of the country he loves.

With their usual certitude, they told us that all was lost – there was no hope for this candidate who said that he would rather lose an election than see his country lose a war.

But the pollsters and pundits overlooked just one thing when they wrote him off.

They overlooked the caliber of the man himself – the determination, resolve, and sheer guts of Senator John McCain. The voters knew better.

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