Not too much to report today. Dolly and Woody, the hounds of Beaumont, have gone home, so it's just Cassidy and I again at the Hop-a-Long Lounge.
I watched some of the Republican convention last night, but by no means all of it (I recorded it and sort of fast forwarded to the major speeches). I thought that Fred Thompson gave a pretty impressive speech. He did a decent job of supporting Palin (which they kind of needed yesterday) and he launched some decent attacks on Obama (once again going after his lack of experience). If Thompson had shown that much fire and vigor back during the primaries he might be the GOP candidate right now. I thought Joe Lieberman was kind of lame and pointless. His speech itself seemed really flat, and he long ago lost his credibility with most Democrats and even left leaning independents, so I don't think he was probably very effective at drawing in votes from the other side of the aisle.
Mostly I thought it was pretty standard convention fare. I thought it was a little bit awkward that Bush was making his speech from the White House (both because it seemed a little inappropriate to be making politically charged speeches from that venue and because it felt strange that the GOP obviously wasn't making it a priority to get the sitting, incumbent Republican president to make an appearance at the convention).
Anyhoo, while the sincerity of the Democrats is undoubtedly in question with their appeal for bipartisanship and consensus building (they seemed to consistently praise McCain for his character and service during their convention, but then always quickly launched into how misguided he was), the Republicans have seemingly decided to forgo such themes altogether (minus a few comments during the hurricane yesterday about taking off their "Republican hats" and putting on their "American hats" during times of emergency). Thompson, Bush, and even Lieberman all kind of came snarling out of the gate yesterday, depicting Obama as an unpatriotic, out of touch liberal with no credible leadership experience who would put the country at risk if he ever took office. Well, I guess that consensus building isn't going to be a major theme to the Republican convention, but then again, maybe they don't need it to be.
What else? Not much. Hope you guys are doing okay out there.