by Todd Beeton, Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 06:02:59 PM EDT
Rudy Giuliani has taken the stage following two other also rans, Mitt Romney (whom Paul Begala said "embarrassed himself") and Mike Huckabee.
Sarah Palin is set to speak in 20 minutes.
Update [2008-9-3 22:13:43 by Todd Beeton]:I think Rudy actually was being sincere about Barack when he said "his rise is remarkable, it's the kind of thing that can only happen in America" but the whole place cracked up. I don't get it.
Update [2008-9-3 22:13:43 by Todd Beeton]:Rudy using Hillary talking points against Barack: "on the job training,""ready for the 3AM phone call" etc. It just feels rehashed and recycled.
Update [2008-9-3 22:23:3 by Todd Beeton]:Rudy: "The Democrats gave up on Iraq and when they did that they gave up on America." That's fucked up.
Update [2008-9-3 22:23:3 by Todd Beeton]:Is it me or does Rudy's attacks on Barack Obama feel very "throw it all on the wall and see what sticks"?
Update [2008-9-3 22:42:38 by Todd Beeton]:The place is going nuts for Sarah Palin. Double the applause McCain will get tomorrow.
Update [2008-9-3 22:42:38 by Todd Beeton]:So far very sweet and likable. But no more Mr. Niceguy: "...and they're always proud of America."
Update [2008-9-3 22:44:37 by Todd Beeton]:Two references to "bitter gate." Seriously, do they have anything new?
Update [2008-9-3 22:47:49 by Todd Beeton]:This is actually a really good speech and her delivery is charming as hell. But as well as it's playing in the hall, I really wonder if it's playing outside of it.
Update [2008-9-3 23:5:45 by Todd Beeton]:Palin is certainly speaking about John McCain as though they've met for longer than 15 minutes. Man, she is a great advocate for his candidacy, best I've seen. If McCain doesn't get a bounce out of this, then he really has no hope.
Update [2008-9-3 23:12:51 by Todd Beeton]:OK, seriously, they look really odd next to each other. But, sorry Johnny Mac, this is as big an ovation as you're likely to get.