US News: Bush to Speak at Republican National Convention
by Jonathan Singer, Wed Jul 09, 2008 at 04:09:07 AM EDT
John McCain and George W. Bush might not share the same stage at the same time between now and election day, but that doesn't mean that McCain isn't going to allow the President to address the Republican National Convention.
Sen. John McCain's plans are gradually unfolding for the Republican National Convention in September as he tries to walk a tightrope between conflicting demands.
First is the question of how to give President Bush a forum as the party's two-time nominee but at the same time keep McCain at a distance from the unpopular incumbent. The answer, according to McCain aides, will be to have Bush give a speech on the first night of the convention--a Monday--and let him have the moment to himself. McCain isn't scheduled to arrive in Minneapolis-St. Paul, the convention site, until Tuesday at the earliest, after Bush leaves, which means that, at this point, the two men won't be seen with each other that week.
What a great plan -- having the most unpopular President in the history of polling address the Republican National Convention. With the networks trying their darndest to get out of covering the conventions under the theory that they do not constitute news (leaving aside, of course, the fact that the American public has given the networks the gift of free broadcast spectrum worth tens of billions of dollars in return for the promise to cover events like party conventions), an address from the stage of the convention by the sitting President of the United States (however unpopular) will have to get wall-to-wall coverage. Does anyone actually think this would be a good development for the McCain campaign?