Frist Seconds Palin on Switching "Maverick" McCain's Venue 

Response to Wednesday night's speech by GOP vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin drew unanimous raves from members of the Tennessee delegation, both on the floor of the arena when the speech was being given and afterward.

At Wednesday's morning-after breakfast of the Tennessee delegation, 7th District congresswoman Marsha Blackburn said Palin's address would help to make this "the reddest of red-state years in Tennessee" and vowed to do what she could to defend Palin against expected attacks from "the liberal media."

Tennessee Republican chair Robin Smith saw Palin as "a Ronald Reagan in heels," and praised Palin for expressing "our values - he values of family, God, faith."

Speakers at the breakfast were also looking forward to Thursday night's acceptance-speech finale by John McCain, now the Republican presidential nominee after Wednesday night's official roll call.

In his remarks, 3rd District congressman Zach Wamp focused on the unprecedented journey, "the most dramatic in our history," of McCain from his cloistered one-room cell at the "Hanoi Hilton" in Vietnam to the White House.

And former U.S. Senator Bill Frist put a positive spin on the non-conformist aspects of "the maverick, the radical John McCain." Said the former Senate majority leader: "I had to put up with John McCain every single day, and it was hard." But he professed himself to be in agreement with Palin's advocacy in her speech of "tak[ing} the maverick out of the Senate and putting him int he White House."

Frist also told some extended anecdotes about Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's tenure in the Senate, which overlapped with his own. Frist characterized Obama a something of a self-aggrandizer more interested in logrolling interplay with the media than with policy matters as such.

As an ironic counterpoint to that, Frist predicted that this year's presidential contest between McCain and Democrat Barack Obama will based more on personality than on issues.

--Jackson Baker

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
    • Getting Out the Vote

      As Labor Day approaches, both local parties get ready for an expected bump in attention to the presidential race.

Blogs

From My Seat

Jose Fernandez (1992-2016)

Beyond the Arc

The 2016-17 Season: Ground Rules

Tiger Blue

Tigers 77, Bowling Green 3

Film/TV/Etc. Blog

Eight Days A Week

News Blog

Film Row Gets MEMFixed Saturday

Fly On The Wall Blog

Mural Project Brings Hope to Affluent Neighborhood

Hungry Memphis

Huey's Downtown to Mark 20 Years, etc.

ADVERTISEMENT

Readers also liked…

ADVERTISEMENT
© 1996-2016

Contemporary Media
460 Tennessee Street, 2nd Floor | Memphis, TN 38103
Visit our other sites: Memphis Magazine | Memphis Parent | Inside Memphis Business
Powered by Foundation