The keynote speaker, of course, is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. This is another interesting selection. The obvious choice would be someone like Marco Rubio-a Floridian, a handsome, youthful, and articulate member of the fastest-growing demographic in the country, Latin Americans. Selecting Christie, however, has the benefit of speaking to the Reagan Democrat crowd, the moderates and independents who will ultimately decide the fate of our country this November.Christie speaks in a direct style that is appealing to blue collar voters, and makes him appear much more human and personablethan the average politician. Having him speak will demonstrate that the Republican Party is no longer the country club party.
The Party platform this year is a striking contrast with theDemocratic platform, which has, for the first time of any party platform in American history, added a plank supporting homosexual marriage. To call this new and unprecedented is also to call it extreme. The Republican platform rightly opposes this illegitimate institution and gives religious voters a clear choice between social experimentation and tested tradition.
Controversially, the platform also includes support for banning all abortions. This is another brave choice. Following the ridiculous and ignorant comments of Representative Akin earlier this week about children conceived in rape, it would have been easy to back down from what we know to be right and duck the issue altogether. Governor McDonnell deserves commendation for keeping it in. Democrats will go on record, for all of history to read, advocating the killing of children conceived in rape, Republicans, thankfully, will not.
Fortunately, Tropical Storm Isaac looks to be heading West. I pray that no one gets hurt, and that this convention will get us all excited and ready to help this country recover from Hurricane Barack.