Did he say something I need to remember, something I didn't already know or something I did know put in some alarming, urgent new way?
According to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, Giuliani was "the emotional peak" of the night. Yeah, but what emotion was that? Morrissey said "Giuliani amplified the energy on the floor all the way to 11." But the show is for the home audience, the TV watchers, and I don't want Republicans amped up to 11 in my living room. Morrissey realizes this...
I’d say that no one up to that point captured the spirit of the convention better on the first night — and any dissension left over from the afternoon appears to dissipate entirely. Perhaps it might have been too intense for people at home, but the delegates ate it up.... but doesn't seem to want to have to admit that it's us people at home who matter.
For insight into the live crowd/home view problem that plagues podium speakers in a big room, reconsider the Dean scream:
SALZMAN: If you watch the clip in isolation, the one that played over and over again, it seems like he had this unhinged moment. But that's just not what happened....IN THE COMMENTS: Unknown asks: "Ann, do you ever consider that maybe you're too fearful?"
TRIPPI: The biggest mistake you can make in American politics is to provide ammunition for your enemies.
MORDECAI: We didn't understand unidirectional microphones. Dean refused to get media training, so he didn't either....
I've considered it and I've also considered that this post does not express fear. It expresses aversion to an ugly old man yelling at me through the television. He may have wanted to reach into my psyche and stir up fears that lie deep within, but I felt nothing but superficial resistance to somebody coming at me like that.
Unknown's full comment is actually: "Ann, do you ever consider that maybe you're too fearful? It's not flattering." And that's how men attempt to use female vanity to manipulate women. I should be afraid that I don't look pretty being afraid.