Watching the RNC on TV, you quickly get the feeling — especially when it comes to Sarah Palin — that maybe everybody in that convention is also wearing the transmitter, so uniform are the talking points.
It’s for that reason Todd Heisler’s photo last evening of the Bush tele-speech managed to effectively distill the whole situation down to one shot. I mean, it’s all there: The “cowboy” party. The “white” party. The “everything’s black-and-white” party. The “shifted over to the right” party. The “pretend Bush is relevant” party, and the “pretend Bush didn’t have time to show up in person” party.
Given that McCain didn’t want Bush here in the first place, it was also a fitting farewell for a photo-op Presidency.
(image: Todd Heisler/NYT. September 2, 2008)