The meaty portion of the Republican National Convention gets off to a delayed start Tuesday evening — with a theme of "service."
Two senators are being called on to tell the John McCain story — former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. (who qualifies as a bona fide celebrity in St. Paul, given that most Hollywood types are Democrats), and Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn. (who qualifies as a bona fide celebrity Democrat, given that most of all types in St. Paul are registered Republicans).
It may seem odd to have this candidate running as an outsider have his praises sung by a pair of insiders — plus President Bush, who appears a day late, and via satellite from the White House.
We’re being told to expect a ramp-up to the harsh stuff: after yesterday’s call to service in the cause of hurricane relief, it may take some time for the red meat to be served. But here’s guessing we’ll get it before the convention is over.