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The first full night of the Republican convention's hurricane-interrupted proceedings had the unintentional feel of a valedictory.

Speeches by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, which failed to mention administration achievements on the top issue of the cycle -- the economy -- seemed airlifted out of 2004.

The hagiographic series of video tributes to Republican presidents past, from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt to Ronald Reagan, contributed to the impression of a nostalgia-fueled convention. Read full article »

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