Among the more than 2,000 GOP delegates on the floor of the Excel Center for the 2008 Republican National Convention at St. Paul, Minn., Thursday night were a pair of convention rookies -- Maryland state Del. Christopher Shank and Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner Bob Thomas.
Thomas was still pumped up Thursday afternoon about the speeches delivered the night before by former Republican presidential candidates leading into the speech by vice presidential nominee Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
"Mitt Romney was great, but then came Mike Huckabee and he was better," said Thomas, whom some local residents said they spotted on television wearing a red McCain baseball cap. "And then came Rudy Giuliani and that was a grand slam."
Those speeches left Thomas wondering if Palin, unknown to much of the nation a week earlier, could deliver. He said he was not disappointed.