From the Floor: The Real Work Starts
Kate Maxwell was a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who blogged from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County.
I'm in the airport, waiting to go back to the real world in which a long workday doesn't culminate in a balloon drop.
It's been an amazing week for me, and as exhausted as I am, I know the real work starts today. Having never been to a convention before, it's tough for me to say with any authority how this one went. Over the course of this week, though, I have watched a transformation in the delegates. Let's face it, you have to be a pretty enthusiastic Republican to take a week out of your life, and in some cases, fly across the country to watch political speeches. I don't think anyone here lacked excitement for the McCain-Palin ticket on Monday, but after this week, the motivation is off the charts.
I can't wait to get home to talk to my friends, and pass out yard signs, and knock on doors. I think we all feel like we can do this - we can deliver Virginia and the country for John McCain in November.
It wasn't just the "red meat" speeches and the confetti - last night, John McCain presented us with a vision that we can get behind. I haven't watched much news coverage this week (amazing how much calmer and happier I've been) and I haven't had a chance to hear what the pundits have been saying. It's no secret that John McCain excels in the townhall setting, when he can speak off the cuff instead of off the teleprompter. I think that last night, John McCain proved that he doesn't need to attack his opponent or deliver a soaring oration to an adoring crowd (though at times he could hardly speak because of the cheering).
I couldn't help feeling certain that John McCain is in politics for the right reasons, and I was ready to give him my trust. Last night he drew an important distinction: he is a public servant rather than a politician. He wasn't a celebrity; he was a president.
September 5, 2008; 5:15 PM ET
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