Republican mom Mary Ann Butterfield thought McCain rocked the house:
There is nothing phony about John McCain's respect for women--homemakers or career women, whatever their choice. In expressing respect for Barack Obama's achievements, he promised to continue to
reach across the aisle to Democrats and Independents, pointing out that the partisan rancor is from politicians who are working for themselves and not for our country. He was gutsy in addressing specific platform issues: lowering government spending; providing choices in health care that won't have bureaucrats coming between us and our doctors; lowering taxes; opening the marketplace and supporting job cross-training and salary subsidies; getting rid of government programs that aren't working; making schools accountable and supporting a parent's right of choice and opportunity for their children, without
the interference of unions. But how great was his promise to stop sending $700 billion to countries who don't like us?!
McCain is about fighting for a better America. He doesn't believe he is the anointed one; he feels his country saved his life, and for that reason alone he will "fight for her as long as I draw my breath, so help me God." Don't like the status quo? He wants you to do something about it. "Never give up, never quit, until everyone has a reason to thank God for being a citizen of the greatest country on earth!" Personal responsibility ... what a concept!
Democratic mom Angela was less enthusiastic about McCain's performance:
Having watched all three-and-a half nights, I was struck by what I didn't hear. There were lots of stories about Sarah Palin and small towns and how America is struggling, but I didn't hear any of the speakers offer any real solutions about what's happening in those small towns. Someone should explain how drilling for more oil will eventually end our addiction. Or solve global warming. Or how continuing President Bush's tax break for the richest 1% of the country will jumpstart the recession or rescue the middle class. Come to think of it, I hardly heard President Bush spoken of at all. He was like Lord Voldemort. He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named--or seen for that matter. And there's something else I didn't see in the faces of the delegates: Diversity. Night after night, I was astonished by the cutaway shots, the sea of white faces.
But what unnerved me the most was McCain's last-minute nomination of Sarah Palin and how it electrified the hall--and reflected his judgment. Eight years ago, America chose He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named, a featherweight intellectual, because they thought he was a regular guy--and he drove the nation into a ditch. With the country in recession and at war, the last thing we to do is pick someone we'd like to have a Mooseburger with.
Governor Palin will be a 72-year-old's heartbeat away from the presidency of the United States. Now is not the time to shake things up with a political gimmick. This isn't a reality show where Bristol marries the hunk. Iran is trying to obtain a nuclear bomb.