The Bushes

It was an interesting choice to bring Laura Bush up to make the case for the Bush record, which will probably be more forgiving than if President Bush did so himself. Bush’s speech itself — via satellite, behind the Presidential lectern at the White House, will be of much less use for Democrats in attack ads than if he delivered it within the convention hall itself. One thing that stood out for me was Bush’s line (paraphrasing) that, “If the Hanoi Hilton couldn’t break McCain’s resolve to do what’s best for the country — the angry left never will.” This seemed like a clear attempt to reassure conservatives who are skittish about McCain because of his sometimes cozy relationship with liberals.