Convention Coverage Red and Blue With a Hint of Green
"[Ted Kennedy has] been a powerful force around the world for human rights and human dignity, for refugees and the dispossessed; he helped end apartheid in South Africa and bring peace in Northern Ireland," his niece, Caroline Kennedy, told delegates.
On Monday night of the convention, Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel held a party at Fado's Irish pub which filled a city block. Maryland's bodhrn-playing Governor Martin O'Malley repeated the feat on Wednesday night at the convention. O'Malley grabbed a guitar and Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, a runner-up to Biden in the Veep-stakes, joined him on harmonica.
In Minnesota's Twin Cities at the Republican National Convention, Irish-American Republicans and Carribean-American Republicans held a joint celebration at the Minneapolis City Hall where the corned beef overwhelmed the jerk chicken. Former Taoiseach (Prime Minister) John Bruton; Irish Ambassador Michael Collins; former Reagan cabinet secretary and ambassador to Ireland Margaret Heckler; Irish-American Republicans Director Grant Lally; and others were on hand to push the Irish agenda.
Republican nominee John McCain backed a plank in the Party platform supporting a special envoy to Northern Ireland.
A video shown at the convention touted the Irish roots of aspiring first lady Cindy McCain. Republican National Committee members held court at the Liffey Pub across the street from the Excel Center in St. Paul where the convention was being held. The Illinois delegation, led by State Rep. Jim Durkin and Republican National Committeeman Patrick Brady, plotted ways to bring John McCain on a fact-finding tour of Ireland should he win.