God Bless America, because where else could an immigrant body builder from Austria become governor of California and then use a Saturday Night Live phrase inspired by him in a speech at the Republican National Convention? And was the Hans and Franz skit written by Al Franken, because that would be sweet sweet irony. Arnold Schwarzenegger wowed delegates with his tan skin, blindingly white teeth, and nattily tailored suits. And his speechwriters deserve a round of applause, because it was chock full of soundbites perfect for a movie trailer:
-Speaking of acting, one of my movies was called "True Lies." It's what the Democrats should have called their convention.
- And maybe, just maybe, you don't agree with this party on every single issue. I say to you tonight I believe that's not only okay, that's what's great about this country. Here we can respectfully disagree and still be patriotic, still be American and still be good Republicans.
- Now they say India and China are overtaking us. Don't you believe it! We may hit a few bumps -- but America always moves ahead! That's what Americans do!
- To those critics who are so pessimistic about our economy, I say: "Don't be economic girlie men!"
Like it or not, agree or disagree, it was pretty classic convention tub thumping. Read the whole speech here. Laura Bush also spoke fondly of her W, after being introduced by her daughters. Yeah, we can't remember anything from it either, except that Laura and W had a whirlwind three-month courtship.
Tonight is the keynote address by Democratic Governor Zell Miller and Dick Cheney accepting the Vice-Presidential nomination. Here's the schedule. And in a move to spite critics who noted that he would only be in town for barely a night, the President will be watching Uncle Dick and the crew from a fire station in Queens tonight; our heart goes out to all the commuters in Elmhurst.