Republican Convention captures nation's attention. Blogging live from the Republican Convention in New York, Roger L. Simon is impressed by McCain. Serenity, blogging live from in front of the TV set, calls day one a "hell of an opening". Charles notes here that one of the speakers was Zainab al-Suwaij, the Iraqi woman whose account of the 1991 uprising appeared in The New Republic in February 2003. And Sully, back from his August break, appears to have been won over.