From the Floor: Midwest Charm
Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County.
Today the floor session doesn't begin until 6 p.m., so we are having a chance to see some of Minneapolis and St. Paul...which, since I'm 20, pretty much just means the Mall of America.
I've really been struck by how gracious the cities have been to us. Whether or not I'm wearing my credentials or the McCain-Palin gear I've been collecting, I'm fairly confident that the locals aren't having any trouble picking me out as a Republican delegate. At the very least, I'm finding my requests for sweet tea and use of "ya'll" is giving me away as an out-of-towner.
I've found everyone very nice. Even the protester turn-out has been minimal. After all the hype, I was almost hoping for a little excitement, but all I have seen were about three college kids and a handful of Ron Paul supporters. So much for the youth for Obama, but all the support from the police and the event organizers here has been wonderful.
We will be hearing from Fred Thompson tonight, along with First Lady Laura Bush and Joe Lieberman. I think it speaks volumes about the current state of the Democratic Party that a man who only 8 years ago was Al Gore's running mate will be addressing the Republican National Convention. It seems to me that the Democratic leadership has abandoned its members. They seem so committed to being the anti-Bush Party that their only policy plan is to oppose anything John McCain and the Republicans support.
So I'm excited to see the convention really get going tonight - until then I will be discount shopping in Nordstrom.
-- Kate Maxwell
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