The challenge now is to carry the excitement of the Republican National Convention forward to November. Newt Gingrich says that Governor Palin needs to "campaign toe to toe against Senator Obama, preferably on college campuses across the country."
Back in St. Paul, tonight's speech by John McCain didn't stoke the conservative fires, at least until the very end, when he rocked the house. But his style was flat, and he struggled with the applause lines and timing, and it didn't read well on television. Of course, expectations were high after the barn-burner delivered by his running mate and new political star Sarah Palin.
McCain got fired up at the end. Here are the best lines of the speech.
I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.
I’m not running for president because I think I’m blessed with such personal greatness that history has anointed me to save our country in its hour of need. My country saved me. My country saved me, and I cannot forget it. And I will fight for her for as long as I draw breath, so help me God.
If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
Still, the speech was disappointing because Senator McCain is not comfortable with a set piece, otherwise the comparison to another Republican President who stumbles under the lights will be inevitable.
Now, back to celebrating a winning team against Obama!
Lori Byrd at Wizbang has linked to a great reminder piece from Gateway Pundit about the women in Pepto Dismal Pink who stormed the RNC - Jodi Evans and Medea Benjamin, also known as Barack Obama bundlers. Make no mistake - these women are traitors. They have sent money to the families of terrorists who have murdered American soldiers. They are an insult to our country.