RJ posted a state-by-state breakdown on where the presidential election stands as of just before the RNC, (Zogby says Bush by 46-44 this morning), and even before the RNC, Bush was leading in the electoral college.
I'd say the RNC was quite successful, and Bush again showed that he is centered upon one thing - the War on Terror. This clarity of vision against terror is Bush's greatest strength. Bush's speech last night [video] was rote and largely lifeless until he got to the 9/11-War on Terror part and then he came alive and really connected. He is a much better speaker than he is given credit for as long as he doesn't have to think on his feet.
His emotion and conviction were clear and moving as he once again brought us back to that fateful day and his subsequent decisions and actions. His mea culpa about his own imperfection was effective and humanizing:
- In the last four years, you and I have come to know each other. Even when we don't agree, at least you know what I believe and where I stand. You may have noticed I have a few flaws, too. People sometimes have to correct my English — I knew I had a problem when Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites) started doing it. Some folks look at me and see a certain swagger, which in Texas is called "walking." Now and then I come across as a little too blunt — and for that we can all thank the white-haired lady sitting right up there.
And his concern for our forces and their loved ones felt real and unforced as well:
- One thing I have learned about the presidency is that whatever shortcomings you have, people are going to notice them — and whatever strengths you have, you're going to need them. These four years have brought moments I could not foresee and will not forget. I have tried to comfort Americans who lost the most on Sept. 11th — people who showed me a picture or told me a story, so I would know how much was taken from them. I have learned first-hand that ordering Americans into battle is the hardest decision, even when it is right. I have returned the salute of wounded soldiers, some with a very tough road ahead, who say they were just doing their job. I've held the children of the fallen, who are told their dad or mom is a hero, but would rather just have their dad or mom.