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Republican National Convention: The race to the bottom
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5:00 PM PT: Awesome! John McCain is on stage.

5:02 PM PT: Sticking with the nepotism theme, Senator McCain's dad was a Navy Admiral, serving as commander of the United States Pacific Command.

5:04 PM PT: With McCain's stirring tribute to our military, I'm reminded of Mitt Romney's sons, who, as their dad said, served America ... by volunteering for his 2008 campaign.

5:05 PM PT: Yikes.

Secret Service agent accidentally left loaded gun in bathroom aboard Mitt Romney's campaign plane today. http://t.co/...
@peterbakernyt via TweetDeck

5:05 PM PT: Paul Ryan hasn't even taken the stage yet, and I already miss Sarah Palin. Hell, I'd even be willing to relive Rich Lowry's starbursts comment for something that exciting at a GOP convention.

5:07 PM PT:
McCain says leaks are bad, unless they involve CIA agents.
@HunterDK via TweetDeck

5:08 PM PT: McCain rebuts Rand Paul, and howls bloody murder about the defense spending cuts that he (McCain) voted for when he supported the GOP's debt limit brinksmanship. Oh yeah, Paul Ryan voted for it too.

5:10 PM PT: McCain: Obama missed an opportunity to lead a revolution in Iran. Sane people: Thank God we didn't get involved in yet another Middle East war. McCain: I had a secret plan to get Osama bin Laden. Sane people: So did Obama. And his plan worked.

5:12 PM PT: Shorter McCain: Actually, I think he is a bit shorter, about an inch shorter than four years ago. But he's as bitter as ever. And he still wants you to get the hell off his damn lawn.

5:14 PM PT:
This speech ended when the wall came down in 89 by the way
@tommatzzie via web

5:21 PM PT: McCain's warmongering speech is over, by the way. Another musical interlude. This is literally the worst, most boring convention ever.

5:36 PM PT (Kaili Joy Gray): New thread here.

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