From the Floor: McCain's Vision
Jim Kadtke is a delegate from the District of Columbia to the Republican National Convention. He joins D.C. Wire today to blog from Minneapolis-St. Paul.
I'm sitting in the lobby of our delegation hotel in Minnesota at 3 pm, and guests are slowly filing past to check out and catch taxis. It is strangely quiet. The delegates and other convention attendees look tired and subdued, but there is an odd look of satisfaction on most of them, a look they did not have four days ago.
This is likely because the GOP came here as one party, but is leaving as another.
Last night was a bit different than the three previous days. All the technical business of the convention was over, and had gone well. Yesterday was a day of hopeful speeches and an increasing sense of victory in November.
Something more important happened last night though: Mr. McCain laid down a new vision for the GOP. It is a vision which I think most of the attendees felt was closer to traditional GOP roots, and indeed to traditional American values and a re-dedication to service to our country and fellow citizens. During Sen. McCain's speech last night, I noticed many people visibly weeping. But this was not just for their party, it was because of a message of new hope and unity for all Americans of any party, and of a plan to make it happen.
I am not sure what will happen in the months ahead, or who will win this election, but I have not felt this level of confidence in our future in several years, and many of my colleagues here fell the same way.
I will miss Minneapolis. A half dozen locals and staff of the hotel have already stopped and chatted with me at various point this morning, some for 15-20 minutes, and their message is always the same: 'We're so happy you came, and please come back'. It almost makes me sad to leave for DC. Almost.
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September 5, 2008; 6:11 PM ET
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