Here are some more detailed thoughts on my observations inside the Garden last night.
First, John McCain. He got a warm reception from the crowd, but nowhere near as warm as Giuliani’s. Of course, his speech was nowhere near as good as Rudy’s. But I don’t think I’m the only Republican partisan who doesn’t quite trust McCain. Not as a soldier or as a man, but as a Republican. He never is quite willing to do what it would take to prevent himself from being used by the media and by the Democrats in ways that are damaging to his fellow Republicans. Crazy as it sounds, it was not, in fact, absurd for the Kerry campaign to believe that the co-chairman of Arizonans for Bush might be available to Kerry as a Vice-Presidential candidate. I think this suspicion of McCain showed in the delegates’ response to him.
By far the loudest response McCain got–probably the strongest response anyone got–was when he denounced Michael Moore as “a disingenuous filmmaker who would have us believe that Saddam
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