At the political conventions this year, Tuesday night seems to be the night for the loser to extol the winner. A week ago, at the Democratic convention, Hillary Clinton threw her ‘support’ behind Barack Obama, even though she was unable to identify anything good about him beyond his not being a Republican, and her more memorable lines were about herself (‘the sisterhood of the traveling pantsuit’).
Moreover, the whole convention last week was suffused with the funk of how Hillary should have properly won, but got upstaged by Obama, the upstart.
Last night, at the Republican convention, Fred Thompson talked about John McCain, and it was a refreshing contrast. Perhaps it was because Thompson was never a serious candidate, but he was able to actually identify good things about McCain, as well as noting that he’s not a Democrat.
Watching the Republican convention left me with the feeling that McCain was an honorable man who would make a fine President, something the Democrats failed to do at that point with Obama.
For my part, I’m still on the fence, and I have misgivings about both of the major candidates. But it’s instructive that McCain seems to be held in higher esteem among the Republicans than Obama is among the Democrats.