Five days of conventioning have taken a severe toll on your faithful correspondent here, so I’m going to bring my so-called coverage to a close with the lazy but always reliable bullet point rundown. Here goes:
• Omaha guy Tim Barnes hosted a reception Thursday for the Republican State Leadership Committee, the third-largest 527 in the country. Tim is founder and finance chairman of the RSLC, which has raised more than $23 million this cycle. He’s a guy every Nebraska Republican should get to know.
• I walked past the Fox News tent and saw Sean Hannity’s head hanging out in there. You could see that thing from space. It has it’s own assistant and entourage.
• I want to take a moment to apologize to Street Sweeper for the lack of photos submitted by me. I just couldn’t deliver. Ansel Adams I am not.
• DCRP Chair Brian Buescher gave an interview to some guerrilla news team hanging out in the Xcel Center lobby hours before the McCain speech. They kept referring to him as Mr. William Shatner, despite his protests.
• I saw Kathy Griffin walking through the concourse. It may have been a man who looks like Kathy Griffin, but I’m not sure of the difference.
• There was some official business on the floor I missed while chasing down actor Jon Voight, also known as the father of the hottest babe on the planet. We shook hands and he was out the door. Again, no photo.
• Thanks to my good friend Dan Archer, I made it into the RNC Host Committee hospitality room. While standing in line for cheese curds and coconut shrimp, former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist was introduced as the next speaker. A very loud gentleman started to boo at the bank of 18 TV screens:
“Boo, Frist! You piece of s**t!”
I look over to see that the heckler was none other than a former senior Senator from New York, who looked like he’d been in the lounge since Monday.
• A bit of RNC-NFL cross promotion as Joe Gibbs is introduced. He says he’s a phys ed major and none too sharp, which makes being here intimidating. The stage door is on your right, Joe. Someone will open it for you if you want to leave. And please apologize for beating the Broncos 42-10 in the Super Bowl, you jerk.
• Compared to Wednesday’s grand slam lineup of Mitt, Huck, Rudy, and Sarah, tonight’s speakers are a tad lethargic. This arena has less energy than a meeting of the Oceola Rotary right now.
• I’ve always liked Lindsay Graham, Tom Ridge is a decent man, and Cindy McCain is a very classy and generous person. But good lord, these speeches. I’m about to pitch myself down the escalator.
• The Man is about to come to the stage as Fred Thompson’s voice-over intro is booming through the hall. Everybody’s life sounds better when narrated by Fred Thompson.
• You watched the speech. I don’t have to tell you what he said. But you may not have seen the gang tackle and flurry of haymakers one of the interrupting protesters took from security, delegates, guests, whoever. I hope eating food through a straw for the next few months was worth it, dude.
• Time for the Impromptu USA Chant Scoreboard: RNC – 452, DNC – 0.
• I thought McCain’s speech was honest and straightforward. He’s not going to set the world on fire with his oratory skills, but he got the job done. We all leave here feeling much better our prospects than we did eight days ago.
• Well, I’m done. Thanks Sweeper, whoever you are.
No, THANK YOU Jordan. Fantastic job.
And, as promised, a Separated at Birth for you.
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