I wanted to take the opportunity to provide a brief update on the Republican National Convention. As you may know, I am an At-Large Delegate from Maryland and serve as Chairman of the Harford County Republican Party.
Gustav has really toned down the convention, but the general atmosphere is quickly picking up. Maryland and several other states will be volunteering today to pack relief kits for the Gulf States.
The buzz at the convention has largely centered on Gov. Sarah Palin. There is overwhelming enthusiasm about her candidacy. A lot of folks who were not considering McCain are now taking a serious look at the GOP ticket.
There is also a lot of talk about Sen. McCain being the epitome of a Commander-in-Chief and that he handled the hurricane correctly.
There are thousands of protestors in Minnesota as is typical of any convention. The security perimeter is extremely extensive and there are thousands of police officers from all over the country here to protect us and maintain order.
It seems that the rest of the convention will move forward on schedule. McCain is expected to get a good bounce and the Palin excitement will give the GOP an excellent place to start toward the finish line in November.
Sen. Joe Lieberman speaks today as an independent member of the Senate.