September 3, 2008

Today's Front Pages Analysis

GOP gets down to business after hurricane delay

With that pesky Hurricane Gustav behind them, the Republicans finally got their party started last night on Day 2 of the Republican National Convention. And judging from this morning’s front-page headlines, the GOP came out swinging.

“McCain Hailed, Obama Assailed,” read the same headline in three separate newspapers — the North County Times (Escondido, Calif.), the Times Daily (Florence, Ala.) and The Times-Tribune (Scranton, Pa.).

Countless papers also led with “McCain ‘Ready to Lead’” — including the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch — quoting President Bush’s speech via satellite from the White House praising the Arizona senator.

Independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut played good cop/bad cop last night, simultaneously praising McCain while launching into Sen. Barack Obama. In Lieberman’s home state, the New Haven Register accentuated the positive with the headline “Lieberman Leads GOP Cheers,” while The Hartford Courant classified his speech as “Lieberman’s Risk.”

Several newspapers also preview tonight’s speech by controversial vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin. “Can She Deliver?” asks the Washington, D.C., Examiner. “Tonight, It’s Palin’s Show,” bellows The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee. The Chicago Tribune calls it “Palin’s Big Test.”

The Boston Herald wins the coveted “Newseum Front Page of the Day” award with its picture of Palin pointing an assault rifle at readers with the headline, “Back Off.”

Meanwhile, newspapers in Florida have one eye on the convention but another twitchy eye on another serious weather threat. “Here They Come,” warns the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale about the hurricane trifecta of Hanna, Ike and Josephine, which are making their way toward the East Coast. Republicans can breathe a sigh a relief, though. These babies aren’t expected to hit until the weekend.

John Maynard is an exhibits writer at the Newseum.

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