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Flying With Wylie

Friday, September 5, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

I’m flying back to California in the company of Wylie Aitken, one of the country’s preeminent trial lawyers, and, of course, a leading California Democrat who has been at the GOP convention blogging for the Orange County Register.

For a good look at the convention from the other side’s shoes, take a look at his post on last night: “What the Republicans and McCain were able to effectively do was energize their base. If the OC delegation is any measure to a person they are rolling out to back McCain’s speech.”

He’s right.

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McCain’s Moment: “Change Is Coming”

Thursday, September 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

“I am not in the habit of breaking my promises to my country, and neither is Governor Palin.”

In a strong speech that crescendoed to a stirring close, Senator McCain laid out a classically conservative series of policy objectives, with a large emphasis on education reform –a very smart priority for the fall campaign. And his pledge to shake the spending culture of Washington to its roots is as sincere as it is overdue.

McCain’s rhetorical stride, always steady from his gracious-to-Obama beginning through his response to scattered hecklers –”Please don’t be diverted by the ground noise and the static”– gained momentum when he turned to energy and then beyond that to the war,

“We must see the threats to liberty clearly,” was the point at which McCain began to leave Obama in the rear view mirror. The more he talked –about al Qaeda and Iran, about “the brave people of Georgia”–the more his thorough seriousness about the job ahead contrasted most sharply with the absurdity of Obama’s claim to be prepared for the presidency and the job of Commander-in-Chief.”

“I am not afraid of them,” he said of the world’s thugs. “I am prepared for them.”

“I know how the world works, the good and evil in it,” he declared.
“I know how to secure the peace.”

Early on, McCain announced: “But let there be no doubt, my friends, we are going to win this election.”

The contrast between McCain and Obama is so sharp, the vast gulf between the former’s sacrifice, service and experience and the latter’s extravagant sense of self so wide, that there is every reason to believe McCain.

You Can Still Contribute To The McCain-Palin Compliance Fund

Thursday, September 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Though John McCain kept his pledge to accept public financing for the campaign ahead (Obama broke his promise to do so), it is legal to contribute to the McCain-Palin Compliance Fund, which fields the army of lawyers necessary to keep the vote free of corruption. Needless to say, given the involvement of the Cook County/Chicago machine, this will have to be a significant fund.

You can contribute online here.

“Democrats hate Republicans. Republicans dislike Democrats but hate the media.”

Thursday, September 4, 2008  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Michael Barone’s take on the Palin speech. (HT: More from MB:

Obamania appears weird to Middle America. Even as far away as Wasilla, Alaska.

This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn’t just need an organizer.

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