Monitor: Republican National Convention ; US Comment on the Republican Convention, Which Nominated George W Bush as Its Presidential Candidate
The New York Times
IT WILL be 96 days before Republicans know if George W Bush was right to bypass standard GOP ideological fare and center this convention on the twin themes of inclusion and personal testimony. In reality, this down-home emphasis is sharply at odds with the privileged educational and financial background of Mr Bush and many of the delegates - a condition that has led some to say this ought to be known as the illusion convention instead of the inclusion convention. But Democrats should make no mistake about the themes laid down here or the stump performance of George Bush and even that of his running mate, Richard B Cheney. They represent a considerable danger for Mr Gore and his party this Fall.
The Washington Post
THE DEMOCRATS will argue with Bush's proposals, and call them insufficient, as some are. They will claim inconsistencies between his rhetoric and his record in Texas. He has left ample room for debate. His is a calibrated conservatism. "The alternative to bureaucracy is not indifference," he said at one point in his Convention speech. Last night was Mr Bush's moment to explain why the voters should replace the governing party in a time of prosperity. His argument may be one that the Democrats can beat, but they cannot simply flick it aside as rhetorical.
FOR MANY voters, the fact that Bush is not Bill Clinton, and not anyone who has been close to Clinton, is enough. But Clinton will be gone, regardless who wins, and the nation is entitled to more than generalizations about bipartisanship, civility and an ill-defined "different kind" of Republicanism. Like Clinton in '92, Bush is upbeat, open and personally engaging. He talks the talk of moderation, of governing from pragmatic consensus, not ideology. He has 13 weeks to convince the voters he really is ready for prime time and can deliver the honest, centrist government most voters want.
The Wall Street Journal
AT THE platform session, when arguments were grinding on over whether Mr Bush was retaining too great a role in education for the federal government, Vermont delegate Rand Larson sagely intervened: "Folks, the train has left the station, it's going to get us where we want to go, but maybe we can just agree it's not going to make every stop along the way this time. …