Convention speakers announced

There’s a few oddities in here, but look for yourself:

Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani will be the keynote speaker at the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday, September 1st. His Tuesday night address will follow primetime speeches from Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, who are seen as two of the most likely candidates to become John McCain’s running mate, were not granted primetime speaking slots. Romney is currently slated to speak on Wednesday, Sept 3rd, while Pawlenty is scheduled to join Charlie Crist, Sam Brownback and Mel Martinez to address the convention on Thursday, Sept. 4th, before McCain’s convention-closing address.(The schedule could change.)

Whomever McCain selects as his running mate will give an address in primetime on Wednesday, along with Cindy McCain and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindel.

Former Democrat Joe Lieberman and Vice President Dick Cheney will speak on the convention’s first day. They will be followed in primetime by California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Am I missing something? Whose idea was it to make Rudy Giuliani the keynote speaker? Yeah, that’ll energize the base. And then there’s the question of timing on Wednesday night. The schedule says that Bobby Jindal will speak after the VP, whereas Ed says his copy of the schedule says before. Which is it? Weird.

Like Allah, I’m a little unsure as to why exactly Rudy and the Governator are getting prime-time speaking slots over people like Mitt Romney, Carly Fiorina, and Tim Pawlenty. Neither one of them are real conservatives — hell, they’re barely Republicans. And they aren’t the rising stars in the party. Their stars are getting dimmer.

I’m glad to see that Sarah Palin will have a prime-time appearance. I think I’m more excited to hear what she has to say, and Bobby Jindal as well, than anyone else at the convention.

This certainly doesn’t shine any light on who McCain’s VP pick will be, either. I’ve stayed mum on that subject because speculating over and over again seems to be an exercise in futility in my opinion. I just want them both to make the damn announcement and get it over with.

The convention is supposed to fire up the base, and I hope they’re able to do that. With Giuliani as the keynote speaker, though… we’ll have to see.

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