Since some feisty Leavenworth Street readers may be concerned with what’s happening inside the doors of the Xcel Center, and not just my ramblings about all things peripheral, here’s an update of the GOP efforts to get the convention schedule back on track.
RNC Chairman Mike Duncan and McCain Campaign Manager Rick Davis held a conference call for media this morning at 10 where they announced the speakers for the evening. President Bush will address the crowd via satellite before giving way to Fred Thompson and Joe Lieberman. Thompson’s speech is titled, “The Courage and Service of John McCain.” Thompson will apparently open his remarks with a quote from his greatest film of all time, The Hunt for Red October.
“John McCain doesn’t take a dump without a plan.”
Lieberman will give the last speech of the evening, titled “The Original Maverick John McCain.” I can only assume that the inclusion of the adjective “original” in the speech title was necessary to differentiate the Republican nominee from my new consulting firm, Maverick Political. Davis added that this would be lifelong Democrat turned Independent Joe Lieberman’s first-ever appearance at a Republican Convention. No, really.
Rudy Guiliani was scheduled to speak tonight, but is now on tap for later in the week. Several Nebraska delegates and I enjoyed cigars with the former New York mayor at a benefit event for the Red Cross to help hurricane relief efforts. Rudy was congenial and energetic, a fantastic host. At least that was my impression from 500 feet away.
Finally, a national reporter asked Davis if there was a noticeable increase in fundraising since the announcement confirming Sarah Palin as the VP nominee. Davis confirmed that the campaign had taken in more than $8 million online since Friday. That’s a big 10-4 on the noticeable increase, I’d say.
The delegation is soon headed to a lakeside lunch sponsored by Chairman Mark Quandahl. Despite his diminutive frame and facial resemblance to Harry Potter, our Chairman is a serious dude who takes this job, well, seriously. I’m sure this lunch will be THE place to be today.
More on tonight’s speeches and the Nebraskan reaction tomorrow.
Thanks Jordan! Good to see you and Mark are taking in the sights of the Twin Cities!