You pretty much know your nomination speech wasn't all that great when even the conservatives supporting you decline to comment on its merits.
At the Vanity Fair/Google party Thursday night, Fred Thompson was heading toward the seafood bar when he was asked what he thought of John McCain's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis. "I'm just enjoying the party," he said.
How about the ever loquacious Henry Kissinger, who never met a reporter he couldn't spin?
"I'm not giving any interviews tonight," he said and walked away.
Oh, look, there in the back! Why -- it's David Brooks. He's an op-ed columnist. Surely, he has an opinion on the speech.
"I'm not interested in talking about it," he said with a shrug.
Others in the crowd at the Walker Art Museum eating sushi, seafood, and the fantastic cotton candy ice cream were Carly Fiorina, Meghan McCain, Jill Abramson, Joe Lelyveld, Roy Blount and Charlie Rose.
Meanwhile, in the convention hall this week, it was clearly apparent that loyal Republican women spend more money on their clothes than their Democratic counterparts.
Blonds with names like Kimberly and Michelle walked around the Xcel Center with Louis Vuitton Speedys and Ferragamo shoes, not a hair out of place as they texted their friends on the latest BlackBerry Curve.
And why not, given that many of them are members of an income bracket that has seen its taxes slashed under the Bush administration over the last eight years?
Still, as with the Democrats, the best outfits at the convention were the ones that combined ridiculous hats with scores of buttons and stickers with which to plug their candidate and take swats at his opponent.