Tidbit from the Republican National Convention

Owensboro native and former Daviess County Republican Party leader Trib Ball passed away last week just days before the Republican National Convention kicked off in Minnesota. 

And J. Todd Inman, an alternate delegate from Owensboro, said Ball was honored Monday as the convention began by being named as an escort for U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who participated in opening the convention. 

Ball had been scheduled to be an honorary escort, and with her death Aug. 26 retained the honor, but has an “in memory” tribute, Inman said. Kentucky native and Republican National Committee chairman Mike Duncan announced the names of Ball and McConnell’s other escorts before the senator took the stage Monday. 

“I didn’t know it was coming,” Inman said. “It kicked off the entire (convention).”

Ball was a former chairwoman of the county party, attended three Republican National Conventions and was honored at the local Lincoln Day luncheon in April for her work with the H.L. Neblett Center.

Words upon words at the conventions

Watching speeches from the last two weeks of political conventions, viewers no doubt picked up on those key buzzwords that speakers were zeroing in on – “change,” “God,” “taxes,” “health care.”

To help those of you not keeping count, there’s The New York Times, which took a look at how often certain words were tossed out from the podiums in Denver and Minnesota by Democrats and Republicans. 

It’s interesting to note the Democratic speakers said  John McCain’s name about three times more frequently than Republicans mentioned Barack Obama. Also, Democrats focused on President Bush much more than Republicans, and mentioned the outgoing president’s name 46 times for every seven times Republicans did.

Thanks to Pat Crowley with the Kentucky Enquirer for posting this tally on his blog.

Local Republican blogs about GOP convention

Owensboro Republican J. Todd Inman, who serves as vice chairman of the county party, is in Minnesota this week as an alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention, and is sharing his thoughts via blog with the Courier-Journal. 

According to Inman, delegates and elected officials have been fielding the most press questions about the announcement that Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is pregnant, and plans to marry the child’s father. 

Inman has other entries here, including some pictures from around Minneapolis. 

I’ll be catching up with Inman and Daviess County Republican Party Chair Robin Mercer to see how things have been going at the convention so far, and how folks have been handling disruptions like the Gulf Coast hurricane and various rumors and talk surrounding Palin’s selection as John McCain’s running mate.