Speculation is running around the Internet regarding the "mystery speaker" on Thursday at the GOP National Convention. There is a spot that's being held with a "To Be Announced" designation, but as of now, no one seems to know the answer. Sarah Palin? Maybe Nancy Reagan? Rush Limbaugh?
Mediate.com reports on the unknown speaker:
Now, it's most likely that this mystery speaker will not be that big of a deal, but because it's a secret, everyone is positively dying to find out as soon as possible. The Wall Street Journal throws out a list of potential candidates for the speaking slot: Zell Miller, a former Democratic senator from Georgia best known for his fiery 2004 RNC convention speech, rocker Ted Nugent, General David Petraeus, whose appearance at a political event seems unlikely, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, and none other than Sarah Palin.
Over at National Review Online, Jim Geraghty thinks the Palin choice would be a good one, because "if there is one thing we know she does exceptionally well, it is give convention speeches!"
Over at HotAir.com, ideas range from Gov. Douglas Wilder to Colin Powell:
Douglas Wilder. Remember that strange episode two weeks ago when he was spotted at a Romney/Ryan fundraiser, then told the press he'd gone to the wrong hotel while looking for an event on education? He'd spent the previous two days on Fox News dumping on Biden for his "chains" comment. Having America's first black governor endorse a Republican over America's first black president would be high drama worthy of "mystery speaker" suspense, but Ace hears from Bryan Preston at PJ Media that it's unlikely.
Two: Colin Powell. No crossover endorsement was bigger for Obama in 2008 so having him cut bait on The One at the convention would be as strong a signal as you could send to voters that it's okay to admit your mistake and atone. Powell said as recently as June that he was still undecided between Romney and Obama; a month before that, he called Romney a "good man" whom he's known for years before going on to praise some of O's first-term "accomplishments." Endorsing Romney on national TV would make him instantly relevant again.
The article also mentioned Clint Eastwood as the possible mystery speaker.
So who do you think the speaker will be and why?