TamMa And TamPa – Sweet And Sour Night For GOP

A whole lot of intelligent people are advising that Mitt Romney become more “likable” and connect emotionally to the American people. We agree there has to be an emotional connection but we’re not so sure about “likeability”.

When the house/apartment is flooding who cares if the plumber is a surly lot? We just want the plumber to fix the darn pipes. When the place is on fire the firefighters can be gruff, just put out the blasted fire and save us. So it is with Mitt Romney.

We don’t have to “like” Mitt Romney. If fact we don’t really feel/think “connected” to him at all. But we want Mittens to chase the fox out of the hen house, the crook out of the bank, the mold out of the walls, the dirt off the furniture, the bomber out of the school, the flim-flam man from the old folks home, the germs from the hospital, the burnt from the toast, the grease from the pan, the beetles from the roses, the rabbit from the yard, the wolf from the door, the scum from the pond, the landlord from the widow, the train from Pauline on the tracks, the Hopium from the water cooler, the treacherous corrupt away from the gullible,… in short – Get Rid Of Barack Obama.

But we certainly won’t object to liking Mitt a bit more. And that is why Ma Romney will be in prime time tonight. Now that finally: Romney’s the official Republican nominee for president working hard Ann Romney gets to have her say.

Tonight, the RNC shows soft and tough sides as Ann Romney and Christie take the stage. “Soft and tough”? We’ll go with “sweet and sour”.

The sweet is Ann Romney. We’ll update in the comments and here the Ann Romney speech and whether or not Mitt becomes a beloved figure after his wife gives America a better, close up, picture of who the Mittster is.

Frankly, what we are waiting for is not the sweet of Ann Romney. We’re really much more interested in the speech by Chris Christie. Not only is Christie delivering the keynote speech for the Republicans tonight, Christie will likely express the sour mood the American people are in after 4 years of boobery, treachery, and corruption.

We’ll update on the Christie speech or at least leave a comment or two as events warrant.

Another item we will watch for, without much hope of satisfaction, is whether or not “The Bow is back” – in prime time.

“The Bow” should be aired at the convention in prime time. “The Bow” of course is the latest from seals we like:

“PAC Special Operations for America, led by former Navy SEALs, is set to release a blistering new ad against President Obama Tuesday at the Republican National Convention.

The ad, titled “Bow to Nobody,” depicts Navy SEALs in combat situations; it then proclaims that they fight so that America will not have to bow to anybody.”



Wouldn’t it be nice if Americans who have never read what we have written about The Bow are introduced to The Bow via the video? You betcha.

We also hope that another video airs in prime time. As has been written about in the past few days one of the most effective videos this season is former Obama supporters who are no longer guzzling Hopium.

These deceived in 2008 voters need to see that there are many Hillary Clinton/FDR Democrats who despise the Obama Dimocratic Obamination. Whether it is safety in numbers or the bandwagon effect many voters from 2008 need a little “reinforcement” or acknowledgement that it is time to make a change away from the flim flam they were sold.

Many voters who thought Barack Obama was what the advertisements said he was need to see that their uncomfortable, uneasy, queasy, sense that something is very wrong is shared by many others. Big Media will do what it can to keep American voters from seeing the obvious and from having time to think what they are thinking/sensing. That’s why the new RNC convention video: “Switchers” is so effective.



That Hopium was very strong. We have tried to be a detox half-way house for the addicts but for some the Hopium is now part of who they are. Even at the Op-Ed pages of the New York Times some realize it is a cult guzzling strong Hopium “kool-aid” and that it is as strong and destructive as ever:

“There is only one star in the galaxy at this White House and his name is Barack Obama. Everyone in the Sun King’s court has drunk the Kool-Aid.”

The Executive Branch water coolers are filled with Hopium guzzled with gusto by the Obama idolaters. But in small town America and in big city America and in suburban and rural America the people are being awakened from their slumbers. Tonight Ann Romney, Chris Christie and others will do their best to wake up those still asleep.

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161 thoughts on “TamMa And TamPa – Sweet And Sour Night For GOP

  1. The GOP convention website is a total waste. No information of any use there. We tried to get updated schedule information but they wasted our time.

    http://www.gopconvention2012.com/#

    We did find a link to a pdf file with what they call a schedule, but there were no times listed for when what is supposed to happen.

    C’mon guys, get your website in shape. Right now it is a waste.

  2. admin
    August 28th, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    The GOP convention website is a total waste. No information of any use there. We tried to get updated schedule information but they wasted our time.
    &&&&&&&&

    What, and give Occupy RNC the game plan of where and when to strike??? Heh, heh.

  3. Mia Love raising the roof at the convention: “The American people are awake”.

    “This is the America we know because we built it!”

  4. Rgb44Hrc, are there protesters? The last youtube we saw (since taken down) was of a protester screaming “where are the f*cking protesters?” Seems a little rain scares Occupy away. 🙂

  5. Spoiler alert – excerpts from Ann Romney’s speech below:

    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/ann-romney-man-will-lift-america_651062.html

    “Tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.

    “I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours.

    “Tonight I want to talk to you about love. …

    “Mitt’s dad never graduated from college. Instead, he became a carpenter.

    “He worked hard, and he became the head of a car company, and then the governor of Michigan.

    “When Mitt and I met and fell in love, we were determined not to let anything stand in the way of our life together. …

    “I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a ‘storybook marriage.’ Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

    “A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage. …

    “At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others. He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up. …

    “This is the man America needs.

    “This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.

    “I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment:

    “This man will not fail.

    “This man will not let us down.

    “This man will lift up America!”

  6. We did find a link to a pdf file with what they call a schedule, but there were no times listed for when what is supposed to happen.
    ******************

    C-SPAN has the schedule. Santorum will speak at 9:15. Ann Romney will speak at 10:00. Chris Christie will speak at 10:30.

    Can’t remember the rest. Check C-SPAN.

  7. Thanks Leonora. C-Span has a link to the mess at the GOP convention website. There is also a sort of schedule which is not very helpful for our purposes. All We want is a simple schedule with speakers and when they will speak and when they finish. You know, a schedule.

    We did cull the following for tonight from the C-span site by cutting out videos and other ephemera:

    Rick Santorum at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 9:13pm (ET)

    Ted Cruz at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 9:31pm (ET)

    Artur Davis at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 9:41pm (ET)

    Nikki Haley at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 9:52pm (ET)

    Luce Vela Gutierrez at the 2012 Republican National Convention
    at 10:02pm (ET)

    Ann Romney at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 10:06pm (ET)

    Chris Christie at the 2012 Republican Convention
    at 10:37pm (ET)

    WARNING: this schedule is not to be trusted. As we were editing it Senator Kelly Ayotte was speaking and she was not listed at all in the unredacted schedule we were editing. We think the time for Christie and Romney are probably accurate though.

    PS: John Kasich is speaking now and he’s not on the schedule we found either.

  8. We hate to say it but Politico has the best “schedule” we have found thus far:

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80197.html

    7 p.m.:

    • Speaker John Boehner

    • RNC Chairman Reince Priebus

    • Video and Mayor Mia Love (Saratoga Springs, Utah), U.S. congressional candidate

    • Janine Turner

    • Former Sen. Rick Santorum

    • Host, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers

    8 p.m.:

    • Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), accompanied by Jack Gilchrist

    • Gov. John Kasich (Ohio)

    • Gov. Mary Fallin (Okla.)

    • Gov. Bob McDonnell (Va.), accompanied by Bev Gray

    • Gov. Scott Walker (Wis.)

    9 p.m.:

    • Gov. Brian Sandoval (Nev.)

    • Sher Valenzuela (small-business owner, candidate for Delaware lt. governor)

    • Senate Republican candidate Ted Cruz (Texas)

    • Former Rep. Artur Davis

    • Gov. Nikki Haley (S.C.)

    10 p.m.:

    • Mrs. Lucé Vela Fortuño

    • Mrs. Ann Romney

    • Gov. Chris Christie (N.J.)

    • Benediction by Sammy Rodriguez

  9. They should have had Mia Love on tonight. She was so awesome that this gay woman would gladly move to Utah just to once more in my lifetime be able to vote FOR someone.

  10. I just have to repost this, it just hits home what late abortions are so terrible.

    gonzotx
    August 28th, 2012 at 6:14 pm
    We talked about the frauds extreme abortion views 5 years ago…well, finally an ad in MO

    ***********************

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwFIEprF_9Y

    VotingHillary
    August 28th, 2012 at 8:29 pm
    Mia Love in action:

    I saw her interview, she should have been put on primetime, she is really good!

  11. Love was in the air in Tampa tonight. Don’t you just love Love?

    Fom the schedule tonight, it looks like minority speaker time. I hole that they all have a positive influence on the voters.

  12. From NQ…

    Obama Sells Out SEAL Team Six for Hollywood Glory
    By Larry Johnson on August 28, 2012 at 6:03 PM
    Thanks to Judicial Watch, we no longer have to wonder whether or not the White House was directly and repeatedly involved in pressing the CIA and Department of Defense to give insider, classified details about the mission to kill Bin Laden

    .http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-obtains-4-to-5-inch-stack-of-overlooked-cia-records-detailing-meetings-with-bin-laden-filmmakers/

    http://youtu.be/ZOMa3TCDmWw

  13. Yes it is. Hannity just indicated Christie speech will be counter intuitive to popular
    thought. Great, the one speaker I was looking forward to dressing down
    Obama may trust the American people’s common sense. Now that’s
    an oxymoron.

  14. http://ca.news.yahoo.com/globe-trotting-hillary-democratic-convention-not-itinerary-211946898.html

    As delegates gather next week for the Democratic National Convention, they will look in vain for one of the party’s biggest stars.

    Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?

    The 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, frequently rated the most popular member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, will be half a world away from the North Carolina convention center when Democrats gather September 4-6 to nominate Obama for a second term.

    Clinton’s head-spinning itinerary for that week, which will take her from the South Pacific to Asia to Russia’s eastern port city of Vladivostok, is business as usual for the U.S. secretary of state, who has broken numerous travel records since taking the job in 2009.

  15. Breaking News: Mitt Romney to blame. 17 year old “child” found with wet hair in New Orleans. Tree limb with 5 leaves falls into back yard. More on the path of destruction on news at 10.

  16. What is so freakin likeable about the purple lipped, big eared, mole faced, horse mouthed, stinky by Michelle’s admission, effete, narcissist Obama? He also looks like he has a permament case of halitosis. I am not a fan per se of Romney, but I am much less adverse to Mr. Squeaky Clean Cut than to obnoxious Obama who wears his narcissism like a badge. How do people not even see this most unseemly character flaw when it is consistently shoved in their faces? It comes directly from the “once”, too. It’s as obvious as the mole on his nose.

  17. Lol, admin. Please keep us posted on that storm. Somebody has to keep the masses in a frenzy of doom and despair.

  18. Romney is really very moderate, esp for a Mormon, at least in my experience.I think he will govern fiscally conservative and moderately social.

  19. I love Mia Love’s line:
    “This is the America we know because we built it!”

    Regarding MSM and the effort to counter the pro-Obama media bias, Larry Johnson at No Quarter posted this relevant article earlier today.
    http://www.noquarterusa.net/blog/70657/hurricane-hysteria-and-media-bias/
    Looks like the Obama’s “journalist” cheerleaders are working hard at the RNC convention to spread the word about the greatness of their idol, Barack. They, apparently failed to get the memo that Obama has failed. He is a failed president. Worse, he is a president who never wanted or intended to work for the best interest of America and Americans.

    It’s common knowledge that most of MSM is very progressive, and embraces the ultra-liberal philosophy. Still, it’s somewhat puzzling that they don’t recognize, or don’t care how bad things are in this country. They have access to more info than we do, presumably. It’s not rocket science to figure out that Obama is destroying this country. If the Obama shills in the media have family in this country, plan to live to get old here, or have family or friends who are serving the country in the military, you would think that would be sufficient motivation for them to put down the hopium pipe, and smell the coffee.

  20. “When a president can give a speech or write a memo to change a law to do what the law says he can not do, we will no longer be a republic.”

    Good line by sweaters, but Jesus, he gives me the creeps.

  21. Obama is Hitler lite.

    This thought came to me as I was watching a video on Erich Von Manstein–the Prussian Field Marshall. By all accounts, he was the greatest strategist of World War II– a military genuius, and a moral failure. When Hitler decided to invade France, the German general staff produced a plan which lacked content and imagination. Whereupon Manstein produced a counterplan based on the concept of Blitzkreig.

    Hitler adopted the Manstein Plan. When that plan succeeeded, Hitler (like Obama in the bin laden operation) proclaimed that it was his own plan, Manstein had played a insignificant role in its formulation. Hitler then went on to say that Manstein was the only general who understood his (Hitler’s) Plan.

    Hitler had the mind of a sociopath. So does Messiah Obama. Obviously, the circumsances are different, but the mindset really is not. And it you give total power to a sociopath, then over time it will lead to totalitarian consequences, and the eventual destruction of our nation.

    Today, we are half way there. The 2012 election will decide the rest.


  22. Here is a comment from the mawkish NYT article on Obama noted by Admin.

    Carol Benedict Russell
    Shelter Island, New York

    You forget to easily: He Got Bin Laden !!! You forget to easily…

    He does keep his rivals/and detractors by his side….a good tactical move…Cool guy Obama.

    and you dismiss; his excellent wife Michelle..or Mr. Cohen you go to light on Obama.

    ————————–
    My rebuttal:

    Shelter Isand. Home to Ospreys, sandy beaches, weekend get aways and limosene liberals like the above. Long on money, short on common sense, blind to the damage this idiot is doing to this country, and willing to parrot the latest Obama lie til hell won’t have it anymore. Yet another clapping seal. (I wonder if Carol Benedict Russell’s maiden name was Arnold)

  23. admin
    August 28th, 2012 at 9:21 pm
    Breaking News: Mitt Romney to blame. 17 year old “child” found with wet hair in New Orleans. Tree limb with 5 leaves falls into back yard. More on the path of destruction on news at 10.
    ———————-
    Bain did it, and he was still at Bain at the time, and someone with Bain confirmed this to Harry Reid but modesty prevents that old turkey buzzard from betraying the source. Reid would sooner betray the country.

  24. What is so freakin likeable about the purple lipped, big eared, mole faced, horse mouthed, stinky by Michelle’s admission, effete, narcissist Obama?
    ————————————
    I was working at a cannery in southwestern Alaska in the early 1970’s and one night several tons of salmon came down the conveyor belt one at a time, through the iron chink, the can filler and into the retorts for cooking. Those salmon had been caught in the stormy waters of the Bering Sea. I happened to notice something on the belt which was not a salmon. It had some of the characteristics you described. I asked what the hell is this, and one of the fishermen told me. That he said is a whale louse. I asked him what a whale louse was. He told me it was a parasitic specie that attaches itself to a larger fish and sucks the blood out of it. True or not–I fish therefore I lie, I believed him.

  25. Ann Romney is knocking it out of the ball park. How refreshing to see a potential first lady like her.
    What a contrast between Ann and Michelle.

  26. First impressions: Ann Romney started off too smiley probably due to nervousness. We thought she was on the verge of bombing badly. But now that she seems to have gotten over the nervousness she is doing well. Her lines about Romney working hard was a none too subtle slam at Obama. Now she’s hitting on the “We built it” theme and doing really well.

    more later.

  27. Ann Romney seems somewhat nervous at the beginning, which heck really who wouldn’t be. But she is absolutely doing great now, speaking right at the camera. My nieces: “Ann rocks!”.

  28. wbboe, It’s a damn mystery for the ages. Even the people who first thought he was so cool, intelligent, and articulate should be able to see, by now, that what masquerades for cool, was indifference. What passed for smart, was just smart-ass. And the claims that he was articulate were debunked the first time O had to speak without the teleprompter. There is not one admirable, likeable, or even pitiable thing about the man. He would simply be irrelevant – if he didn’t have so much power. That power in the hands of someone so devoid of genuine concern for country makes Obama frightening.

    The thought that first came to mind when reading the description of the salmon coming down the conveyor belt reminded me of the “I love Lucy” episode in the chocolate factory. Rapidly shoving salmon into one’s face – not a pretty picture. lol

  29. Ann says “You can trust Mitt.”

    Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

  30. Just for sh!ts and giggles, I went over to the Taylor Marsh site earlier tonight. She now has a tag that reads “the view from a recovering partisan”, or something similar. I think this must be something like her tenth reinvention of herself.

    She had an article that mentioned Sarah Palin as a possible mystery guest speaker at the Republican convention which, of course, prompted me to leave a pro-Palin comment amongst the din of comments from the lost souls that live there.

  31. freespirit
    August 28th, 2012 at 10:32 pm
    —————————–
    Very well said. For all the hype–“our brilliant president” according to the hate filled daily kos, what Gertrude Stein said of Oakland could just as easily be said of Barack Hussein Obama: “There is no there there”.

  32. Christie is great.
    He is half Irish and half Italian with his mother ruling the roost…just like my family.

    I love his frank talk and sincerity and not trying to be most popular.

  33. Is Christie running for president? He’s very good, but this sounds more like a candidate speech more than an attack speech.. hopefully he’ll get to attacking OTurd, if not directly, then indirectly.

  34. http://www.drudgereport.com/flashcc.htm

    Text of Christie speech:

    The Hon. Chris Christie
    Governor of New Jersey
    Remarks as Prepared for Delivery at Republican National Convention
    August 28, 2012
    Tue Aug 28 2012 21:26:40 ET

    **Exclusive**

    This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.

    A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.

    A New Jersey Republican stands before you tonight.

    Proud of my party, proud of my state and proud of my country.

    I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother.

    My Dad, who I am blessed to have with me here tonight, is gregarious, outgoing and loveable.

    My Mom, who I lost 8 years ago, was the enforcer. She made sure we all knew who set the rules.

    In the automobile of life, Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the driver.

    They both lived hard lives. Dad grew up in poverty. After returning from Army service, he worked at the Breyers Ice Cream plant in the 1950s. With that job and the G.I. bill he put himself through Rutgers University at night to become the first in his family to earn a college degree. Our first family picture was on his graduation day, with Mom beaming next to him, six months pregnant with me.

    Mom also came from nothing. She was raised by a single mother who took three buses to get to work every day. And mom spent the time she was supposed to be a kid actually raising children – her two younger siblings. She was tough as nails and didn’t suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn’t afford to. She spoke the truth – bluntly, directly and without much varnish.

    I am her son.

    I was her son as I listened to “Darkness on the Edge of Town” with my high school friends on the Jersey Shore.

    I was her son as I moved into a studio apartment with Mary Pat to start a marriage that is now 26 years old.

    I was her son as I coached our sons Andrew and Patrick on the fields of Mendham, and as I watched with pride as our daughters Sarah and Bridget marched with their soccer teams in the Labor Day parade.

    And I am still her son today, as Governor, following the rules she taught me: to speak from the heart and to fight for your principles. She never thought you get extra credit for just speaking the truth.

    The greatest lesson Mom ever taught me, though, was this one: she told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting — but that respect could grow into real, lasting love.

    Now, of course, she was talking about women.

    But I have learned over time that it applies just as much to leadership. In fact, I think that advice applies to America today more than ever.

    I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.

    Our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times.

    Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say “yes,” rather than to say no when “no” is what’s required.

    In recent years, we as a country have too often chosen the same path.

    It’s been easy for our leaders to say not us, and not now, in taking on the tough issues. And we’ve stood silently by and let them get away with it.

    But tonight, I say enough.

    I say, together, let’s make a much different choice. Tonight, we are speaking up for ourselves and stepping up.

    We are beginning to do what is right and what is necessary to make our country great again.

    We are demanding that our leaders stop tearing each other down, and work together to take action on the big things facing America.

    Tonight, we choose respect over love.

    We are not afraid. We are taking our country back.

    We are the great grandchildren of men and women who broke their backs in the name of American ingenuity; the grandchildren of the Greatest Generation; the sons and daughters of immigrants; the brothers and sisters of everyday heroes; the neighbors of entrepreneurs and firefighters, teachers and farmers, veterans and factory workers and everyone in-between who shows up not just on the big days or the good days, but on the bad days and on the hard days.

    Each and every day. All 365 of them.

    We are the United States of America.

    Now we must lead the way our citizens live. To lead as my mother insisted I live, not by avoiding truths, especially the hard ones, but by facing up to them and being the better for it.

    We cannot afford to do anything less.

    I know because this was the challenge in New Jersey.

    When I came into office, I could continue on the same path that led to wealth, jobs and people leaving the state or I could do the job the people elected me to do – to do the big things.

    There were those who said it couldn’t be done. The problems were too big, too politically charged, too broken to fix. But we were on a path we could no longer afford to follow.

    They said it was impossible to cut taxes in a state where taxes were raised 115 times in eight years. That it was impossible to balance a budget at the same time, with an $11 billion deficit. Three years later, we have three balanced budgets with lower taxes.

    We did it.

    They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics. To take on the public sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefit system that was headed to bankruptcy.

    With bipartisan leadership we saved taxpayers $132 billion over 30 years and saved retirees their pension.

    We did it.

    They said it was impossible to speak the truth to the teachers union. They were just too powerful. Real teacher tenure reform that demands accountability and ends the guarantee of a job for life regardless of performance would never happen.

    For the first time in 100 years with bipartisan support, we did it.

    The disciples of yesterday’s politics underestimated the will of the people. They assumed our people were selfish; that when told of the difficult problems, tough choices and complicated solutions, they would simply turn their backs, that they would decide it was every man for himself.

    Instead, the people of New Jersey stepped up and shared in the sacrifice.

    They rewarded politicians who led instead of politicians who pandered.

    We shouldn’t be surprised.

    We’ve never been a country to shy away from the truth. History shows that we stand up when it counts and it’s this quality that has defined our character and our significance in the world.

    I know this simple truth and I’m not afraid to say it: our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America.

    Let’s be clear with the American people tonight. Here’s what we believe as Republicans and what they believe as Democrats.

    We believe in telling hard working families the truth about our country’s fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know – the math of federal spending doesn’t add up.

    With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.

    They believe that the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government.

    They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them.

    We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements.

    We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren.

    Seniors are not selfish.

    They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election.

    Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.

    We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete.

    Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.

    We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future – demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.

    They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense.

    They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.

    They believe in teacher’s unions.

    We believe in teachers.

    We believe that if we tell the people the truth they will act bigger than the pettiness of Washington, D.C.

    We believe it’s possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for conservative principles.

    It’s the power of our ideas, not of our rhetoric, that attracts people to our Party.

    We win when we make it about what needs to be done; we lose when we play along with their game of scaring and dividing.

    For make no mistake, the problems are too big to let the American people lose – the slowest economic recovery in decades, a spiraling out of control deficit, an education system that’s failing to compete in the world.

    It doesn’t matter how we got here. There is enough blame to go around.

    What matters now is what we do.

    I know we can fix our problems.

    When there are people in the room who care more about doing the job they were elected to do than worrying about winning re-election, it’s possible to work together, achieve principled compromise and get results.

    The people have no patience for any other way.

    It’s simple.

    We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something.

    Believe me, if we can do this in a blue state with a conservative Republican Governor, Washington is out of excuses.

    Leadership delivers.

    Leadership counts.

    Leadership matters.

    We have this leader for America.

    We have a nominee who will tell us the truth and who will lead with conviction. And now he has a running mate who will do the same.

    We have Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, and we must make them our next President and Vice President.

    Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good paying private sector jobs again in America.

    Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the torrent of debt that is compromising our future and burying our economy.

    Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world’s greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor.

    We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey.

    It’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.

    America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and we need them right now.

    There is doubt and fear for our future in every corner of our country.

    These feelings are real.

    This moment is real.

    It’s a moment like this where some skeptics wonder if American greatness is over.

    How those who have come before us had the spirit and tenacity to lead America to a new era of greatness in the face of challenge.

    Not to look around and say “not me,” but to say, “YES, ME.”

    I have an answer tonight for the skeptics and the naysayers, the dividers and the defenders of the status quo.

    I have faith in us.

    I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be.

    I believe in America and her history.

    There’s only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don’t get from reading a poll.

    You see, Mr. President – real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls.

    That’s what we need to do now.

    Change polls through the power of our principles.

    Change polls through the strength of our convictions.

    Tonight, our duty is to tell the American people the truth.

    Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.

    I think tonight of the Greatest Generation.

    We look back and marvel at their courage – overcoming the Great Depression, fighting Nazi tyranny, standing up for freedom around the world.

    Now it’s our time to answer history’s call.

    For make no mistake, every generation will be judged and so will we.

    What will our children and grandchildren say of us? Will they say we buried our heads in the sand, we assuaged ourselves with the creature comforts we’ve acquired, that our problems were too big and we were too small, that someone else should make a difference because we can’t?

    Or will they say we stood up and made the tough choices needed to preserve our way of life?

    I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American Century.

    I don’t want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship.

    I want them to live in a second American Century.

    A second American Century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams.

    A second American Century where real American exceptionalism is not a political punch line, but is evident to everyone in the world just by watching the way our government conducts its business and everyday Americans live their lives.

    A second American Century where our military is strong, our values are sure, our work ethic is unmatched and our Constitution remains a model for anyone in the world struggling for liberty.

    Let us choose a path that will be remembered for generations to come. Standing strong for freedom will make the next century as great an American century as the last one.

    This is the American way.

    We have never been victims of destiny.

    We have always been masters of our own.

    I won’t be part of the generation that fails that test and neither will you.

    It’s now time to stand up. There’s no time left to waste.

    If you’re willing to stand up with me for America’s future, I will stand up with you.

    If you’re willing to fight with me for Mitt Romney, I will fight with you.

    If you’re willing to hear the truth about the hard road ahead, and the rewards for America that truth will bear, I’m here to begin with you this new era of truth-telling.

    Tonight, we choose the path that has always defined our nation’s history.

    Tonight, we finally and firmly answer the call that so many generations have had the courage to answer before us.

    Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.

    And, together, we stand up once again for American greatness.

  35. “You see, Mr. President – real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls.”

    great great line!

    I think Christie doesn’t want to come off too vitriolic, I get that, lots of independenents and former democrats leaning romney, but not sold on him. So I guess I get it, he cannot be too mean, and turn voters off, he’s more about, “this is where we are”.

  36. So, Taylor Marsh is now a “recovering partisan”. She’s coming a little late to that party. I recall some pretty harsh words from her in 2008, about PUMA and the other Hillary supporters who refused to stay with the party, and support Obama.

    If she has joined the band wagon at this point,you can bet she has tested the waters, and recognizes that’s the way the tide is turning. She likes to remain pretty much main stream – to maintain audience size.

  37. well, pundits coming on to tell the audience their “expert” opinions. time to turn off the TV. Good evening everyone.

    Overall, the speeches were very good. Some better than others, but overall very good.

  38. I can’t speak for all of Ann’s speech, since I missed the first part, but I really liked what I heard.

  39. Christie’s speech was ok, but since I only read it, and I did not see
    it, I was wondering about his delivery, and the audience’s response.

  40. Drudge has posted”a Star is Born” Mia Love…I guess they are reading Hillaryis44 too!

    Christie gave a good speech, but he didn’t hit obama personally enough nor mention Mittens enough.

  41. Christy’s speech reads well. Ethos, pathos, logos. On the issue of love vs respect, it is hardly suprising that his mother would favor respect. So did another Italian in the book the Prince. His name was Machiavelli. It honors the strong female figure, which is tactically sound as well.

  42. Oh goodie, Peggy Noonan coming on again to tell the audience her “expert” opinion. Uh. Really need to turn off the tv. Done. lol.

  43. Breaking News: Five children with wet sneakers in Jefferson parish N.O found and taken to rescue shelters. Multiple cases of fallen backyard clotheslines reported. Obama ready to declare state of emergency and nationalize guard. Will address nation on the disaster and what he will do to lower the oceans. Film at midnight.

  44. I think Christie doesn’t want to come off too vitriolic, I get that, lots of independenents and former democrats leaning romney, but not sold on him. So I guess I get it, he cannot be too mean, and turn voters off, he’s more about, “this is where we are”.
    —————————-
    That undoubtedly is the game. They wanted to soften his image. Meanwhile, over at Red State, Eric is obsessing about conservatives being marginalized at the convention, by establishment republicans. I do not buy it.

  45. wbboei
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    If Erickson the man who comes on CNN? My gosh, these people sure are very self centered. Establishment.

  46. admin
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:23 pm
    ————-
    Oh my. I wonder if there will be a collection taken for those poor drenched teenagers. I have a couple pairs of sneakers plus a pair of flip flops I’d like to donate posthaste. I also have a carton of wooden clothespins that I can part with if need be.

  47. At this point Iike Ann much better than Mitt. She tried to follow in Hillary’s
    steps by proclaiming the role of women in society and she did a fairly
    good job of it!

  48. confloyd
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    ——————
    We have missed you. Call Mrs. Smith and get her back here too.

  49. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/08/28/sununu_this_president_is_not_a_nice_guy

    “It’s smart for the candidate to maintain that tone. Since there are irresponsible people like me out there, I don’t have to maintain that tone. This president is not a nice guy. He doesn’t tell the truth, he allows people attack dishonestly, he lets his people use language that includes the word ‘felon’ in describing Mitt Romney as a candidate, he lets people get the impression that somehow Mitt Romney was in collusion with acts that caused the death of a woman — that’s not a nice guy. That’s a failed presidency who’s desperate and doing anything to get re-elected. Governor Romney is right to be nice. I don’t have to be nice.”

  50. jbstonesfan: I agree with you on Christy, now that I have seen the clip. The delivery is too strident. That works well when you are preaching to the choir–and not so well when you are addressing a national audience.

    But the key speech was Ann’s and I thought that it was superb. That was the jewel of the crown.

  51. Mia Love hit it out of the park for the conservatives.

    But for “lost” Dems and Independents…this one did it very well.


  52. Thanks Shadowfax. I see that the admin has now posted Christie’s speech, so I’ll take a look tomorrow.

  53. Admin: could be a coincidence. Or maybe not. If not then what a difference a 9 days makes. Compare the capitalized passages.
    ————————–
    1. TODAY:
    admin
    AUGUST 28, 2012 at 11:41 pm
    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2012/08/28/sununu_this_president_is_not_a_nice_guy

    “It’s smart for the candidate to maintain that tone. Since there are irresponsible people like me out there, I don’t have to maintain that tone. THIS PRESIDENT IS NOT A NICE GUY. He doesn’t tell the truth, he allows people attack dishonestly, he lets his people use language that includes the word ‘FELON’ in describing Mitt Romney as a candidate, he lets people get the impression that somehow Mitt Romney was in collusion with acts that caused the DEATH of a woman – that’s not a nice guy. That’s a failed presidency who’s desperate and doing anything to get re-elected. Governor Romney is right to be nice. I don’t have to be nice.”

    2. NINE DAYS AGO

    wbboei
    AUGUST 19, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Dear Karl (Rove): history has shown that the best analysis of how to beat Obama comes from the site below run by democrats in exile. After McCain lost the first two debates, I sent him an article from this site through the former Secretary of the Navy and he won that debate. After that his campaign manager said send me “everything you have”.

    If you look at the August 15 and 17 articles, you will have some insight into what is in store for you and the rest of us from Obama in the closing portion of the campaign. I know you know what you are doing. But please–read this. Its tough love, but it is needed–given what you will be up against.

    Where seniors are concerned ask them to reject the Obama campaign of fear as they did in their youth, in the dark days of World War II. Mitt Romney should run an ad that goes something like this:

    “DO YOU LIKE BARACK OBAMA? DO YOU THINK BARACK OBAMA IS NICE? DOES A NICE MAN CALL HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT A FELON? DOES A NICE MAN CALL HIS POLITICAL OPPONENT A MURDERER? BARACK OBAMA IS NOT NICE. BARACK OBAMA IS NASTY.”

    http://hillaryis44.com/

    wbboei

  54. Wbboei, bit by bit we do hammer away at the rock. Maybe they do read their emails when you send them or they check pink colored websites, maybe.

    We did enjoy hearing Palin use “Hopium” the other night. We know some of the influentials read here and even those that attacked us in 2007 still check in. Maybe they’ve gone from just reading to listening and doing. They certainly have taken to our advice that what Obama did to Hillary and Bill in 2008 is the best shield against the “racism” charge.

  55. confloyd
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    At this point Iike Ann much better than Mitt. She tried to follow in Hillary’s
    steps by proclaiming the role of women in society and she did a fairly
    good job of it!

    ——
    Good to see you, I’ve missed you.
    Hope your new life is going well. How’s your health?

  56. One more thing Wbboei. Greta Van Susteren is interviewing Ted Cruz. We noticed he just referred to the “Obama Democrats”. Republicans/conservatives should use “Obama Dimocrats” to distinguish and separate Hillary Democrats from Obama Dimocrats.

  57. Wow. If you saw that speech by Arthur Davis, then you saw one of– if not the– greatest political speech you will see in your life. The content and the delivery were perfection. And the way he targets the former Obama voter was brilliant. The word I would use for it is Periclean–after the greatest speaker of the ancient world. In some respects, Bill Clinton is our version of Pericles–I have thought that often. What makes him so is the depth and breadth of his vision and love of this country.
    —————————-
    “Fix your eyes on the greatness of Athens as you have it before you day by day, fall in love with her, and when you feel her great, remember that this greatness was won by men with courage, with knowledge and with knowledge of their duty and a sense of honor in their action, who if they failed in any ordeal, disdained to deprive the city of their service,”etc.–The Pelopensian War, The Funeral Oration of Pericles, verse 43. Substitute America for Athens and you have the guts of Davis’s speech. Tonight, in Tampa, Arthur was rather Periclean too.

  58. admin
    August 29th, 2012 at 12:26 am
    One more thing Wbboei. Greta Van Susteren is interviewing Ted Cruz. We noticed he just referred to the “Obama Democrats”. Republicans/conservatives should use “Obama Dimocrats” to distinguish and separate Hillary Democrats from Obama Dimocrats

    —————
    very astute. First, it identifies that they are not the entire party, but a subset thereof. Second, the use of the word dimocrat, implies that they are rubes.

    Conventional wisdom has it that this will be a very close election. But this is based on over broad categories, 2008 turnout figures, registered voters and other fictions. Of those, the most interesting is within the group they call Obama voters, there are those who are solid Obama, and those who simply lean Obama. The lean Obama are susceptible to change and the speech by Arthur Davis tonight beckoned them to do so, in a very compelling way.

  59. wbboei
    August 28th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    Ann’s speech was tremendous.

    I wandered over to hear how bad crazy tingles and co were going to trash the speeches, Jesus, mistake. They were actually ridiculous in their hatred of Ann and Christie. I couldn’t stay long on the drug induced nightmare channel.

    Arthur was great, I don’t think the audience appreciated his speech enough IMHO.

  60. I loved Ann Romney’s speech. She is a beautiful woman – stunningly beautiful for a mother of 5 grown men and a grandmother of I don’t know how many.

    She has a wonderful and friendly way of speaking too. Not once did her voice reach that awful screeching level which always makes me automatically cover my ears.

    She will be a great help to Willard.

  61. Anyone who watches or gives a hint of credibility to this station has got to be nuts. They are absolutely the worst ever. These guys are trying to portray themselves as being a fair non biased media organization, when all that they are proving is what bigots they are! They should not even be permitted to be called a news channel.

    Scarborough was once a fairly conservative man. So how can he allow himself to be associated with this horrible group of losers?

    http://redalertpolitics.com/2012/08/28/msnbc-cuts-every-speech-made-by-a-minority-from-rnc-speech-coverage/

  62. Thanks for posting these speeches – as you know, I don’t have a TV. Christie’s speech reads better than it listens.

    Ann’s speech put the final nail in the coffin of any lingering doubts I may have had about Romney. I now know that he will govern with diligence, intelligence, and care. That’s all we need.

  63. I wandered over to hear how bad crazy tingles and co were going to trash the speeches
    ————————
    You’re a better man than I gunga din. It is a charnel house over there. The man responsible is Phil Griffin. He is a known ass kisser, a euriah heep to whoever writes him paychecks, and a slave driver to those underneathe him. Ask fired Schuster. Strike that don’t ask that asshole. Put both of them in the same cage, lower them into the water, and find out whether they can out Houdinin Houdini. If they can then you have a media event worthy of another three of a kind four flusher Geraldo. And it they cannot escape the wrath of King Nepture, we can drown our sorrows it a fifth of Jameisons, and the sober realization that the world is a far far far better place without them. Putting aside the warped opinions of the Holocaust deniers at msnbc, all I can say for sure about last night is when Davis laid into Obama all I could say for his sake and the sake of his fellow nazis is: ouch that’s gotta hurt, and again ouch thats gotta hurt, and again ouch thats gotta hurt.

  64. I expect that when Davis laid into him, Barack dove under the bed, covered his eyes, and turned up the boom box. Whereupon the scowl and the housing project mismanager threw a grappling hook around him and tried their level best to pull him out, yelling all the while, hey messiah you can’t hide under the bed forever. Get yo ass out here, stop pouting, and enjoy yourself–its later than you think.

    What made last nights command performance as powerful as it was, was the fact that the Republicans got to go first. In a court room, the ability to go first is a tremendous edge. So much so that a guy who I think was a legendary prosecutor, the greatest trial lawyer of his generation and later a federal judge famously said–I would gladly exchange the burden of proof for the right to go first in a trial, and paint the picture my way.

  65. foxyladi14
    August 29th, 2012 at 9:09 am
    I watched it and liked it.
    And I loved Ann’s speech.
    I predict she will be a wonderful first lady.
    _______________________________________________

    I enjoyed watching the convention also.
    I called some of my friends and told them to watch the convention
    Most for some reason forgot it was coming on.

  66. Admin is right, something big and aggressive needs to come down from Mitt on Barry or this election is going to go to the Fraud, I fear.

    My family members, all Hillary supporters do not like Mitt enough to vote for him…at this point. They don’t like Barry either, and their vote is a total toss up right now. Some may not vote at all which is better than voting for Barry.

    These folks never drank the kool-aid and are not impressed with Mitt. They are as turned off to him as they were to McCain.

    I told them I would never, never vote for Obama, under any circumstances…knowing what I do about his party and the DNC and they just return with a blank stare.

  67. Even Biased Polling Cannot Hide Obama’s Troubles…

    Romney edges Obama on economy, overall race deadlocked

    The poll shows Mitt Romney with a 1-point advantage over Barack Obama 47% – 46%.

    Of course, the very last question in the multi question poll, and one which is not mentioned in the headline, shows that what the Washington Post has actually done is reinforced just how difficult re-election is becoming for the Man Calling Himself Obama:
    Q: Generally speaking, do you usually think of yourself as a…

    Democrat: 31%

    Republican: 22%

    Independent: 39%

    So Barack Obama cannot win a poll that oversamples Democrats by a whopping 9%! Or, look at it this way. If this same poll had a more evenly divided split between Democrats and Republicans polls, the end result would be that Mitt Romney would be leading Barack Obama by nearly DOUBLE DIGITS.

    Remember that internal polling data Insider indicated a couple weeks back? It’s now starting to find its way into the mainstream polling data as well.

    Big trouble for Obama…

    http://theulstermanreport.com/2012/08/27/even-biased-polling-cannot-hide-obamas-troubles/

  68. do not like Mitt enough to vote
    —————————
    Then likeability is their criterion? In that case, they must be indifferent to what is occurring in the country, and not particularly interested in solutions. A democracy which is based on likeability rather than competence will not last long. We had that in Weimar Germany. Hillary offered solutions as well. Obama offers hot air-while Rome burns, but evidently that merits only blank stares. Do they not get it? If they live in California then seeing is believing.

  69. With the exception of the Clintons, the problems we have today are beyond the competence of the political class to deal with. The past 12 years have proven this. I think it is time to try something different. Romney does have a tack record of success in business, he has turned bad situations around, if they can get past this likeablility nonsense then perhaps they could see the light. Let’s change the language and then it will make more sense. What they really mean is trust. Ann addressed that question very well last night.

  70. The reason they had to change the speaking schedule was Isaac. Some of the Governors in it’s path were scheduled are staying home to care for their people. 🙂

  71. Popcorn for our Hillary? 😉

    For globe-trotting Hillary, Democratic convention not on itinerary

    Reuters – 16 hours ago

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As delegates gather next week for the Democratic National Convention, they will look in vain for one of the party’s biggest stars.

    Where in the world is Hillary Clinton?

    The 2008 Democratic presidential candidate, frequently rated the most popular member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, will be half a world away from the North Carolina convention center when Democrats gather September 4-6 to nominate Obama for a second term.

    Clinton’s head-spinning itinerary for that week, which will take her from the South Pacific to Asia to Russia’s eastern port city of Vladivostok, is business as usual for the U.S. secretary of state, who has broken numerous travel records since taking the job in 2009.

    Through it all, Clinton has studiously adhered to the rule that America’s top diplomat must remain above the partisan fray. When asked touchy domestic political questions, Clinton’s usual response is a wry, silent smile.

    So it was no surprise when her staff confirmed she would skip the Democratic convention in Charlotte, the first she has missed since 1968.

    Not that the event will be Clinton-free. Former President Bill Clinton will play a central role, giving the speech on September 5 that will formally place Obama on top of the party’s ticket, and the former president has already hit the airwaves in advertisements promoting Obama’s candidacy.

    The Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, is attending both the Republican and Democratic conventions, according to the William J. Clinton Foundation.

    But Hillary Clinton — if she can find the time — will, like most Americans, watch the proceedings on TV.

    “As secretary of state, she is no longer engaged in retail politics, but she remains a keen observer,” said P.J. Crowley, a former Clinton White House staffer and State Department spokesman.

    “I’m pretty sure she’ll be closely monitoring what happens there. She has good sources, one in particular, who will be in a good position to tell her what happened.”

    Hillary Clinton’s aides, who dutifully describe her as fully focused on her international portfolio, declined to discuss her feelings about missing the convention.

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/globe-trotting-hillary-democratic-convention-not-itinerary-211946898.html

  72. I wandered over to hear how bad crazy tingles
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    There is a fine American tradition which was common at county fairs in the nineteen century, was resurrected by the estimable Soupy Sales in the television age, and should be invoked right now against Matthews when the right opportunity presents itself: a lemon marange pie in the face at close range, with photos to go viral, caption to read we tried everything else, and there was no other way to shut the motor mouthed asshole up.

  73. wbboei

    do not like Mitt enough to vote

    ——–
    They do not live in CA and they do not like Mitt because they do ‘know’ what he stands for. Far right conservatism or more centrists.

    I have heard many Dims that voted for Hillary state that they don’t like Obama but they are afraid of where Mitt will take the country.

    People are not confident of either candidate and the election is a crap shoot at this point.

    IMO of the Dems I see and know…which is a heck of a lot on the West Coast.

  74. Ann’s speech put the final nail in the coffin of any lingering doubts I may have had about Romney. I now know that he will govern with diligence, intelligence, and care.

    ======================

    So Romney’s speechwriters wrote a speech and she delivered it. Did it have any actual new evidence? Have you verified it?

  75. Schedule for Wednesday, August 29

    7:00 p.m. Convention convenes
    Call to order
    Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team (AVAST)
    Pledge of Allegiance by Brigadier General Patrick E. Rea, US Army (Ret.)
    National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown
    Invocation by Ishwar Singh
    Ron Paul Video
    Remarks by Senate Republican Leader and Conv. Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell (KY)
    Remarks by Senator Rand Paul (KY)
    Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

    8:00 p.m.
    Remarks by Senator John McCain (AZ)
    Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi (FL) and Attorney General Sam Olens (GA)
    Remarks by Governor Bobby Jindal (LA)
    Remarks by Senator John Thune (SD)
    Remarks by Senator Rob Portman (OH)

    9:00 p.m.
    Remarks by Governor Luis Fortuño (PR)
    Remarks by Governor Tim Pawlenty (MN)
    Bush 41, 43 Film
    Remarks by Mike Huckabee

    10:00 p.m.
    Remarks by Condoleezza Rice
    Remarks by Governor Susana Martinez (NM)
    Remarks by vice presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan
    Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios
    Adjournment

  76. I don’t have that many friend anymore as I can’t stand my ex Obama loving friends. The few republican friends I spoke to today said Christie’s speech was disappointing and self serving. I agree.

  77. jbstonesfan
    August 29th, 2012 at 11:02 am
    I don’t have that many friend anymore as I can’t stand my ex Obama loving friends. The few republican friends I spoke to today said Christie’s speech was disappointing and self serving. I agree.
    ————————–
    jbstonesfan, you do have friends, and they are right here at BIG PINK. There are few outside this forum that I discuss my politics with. Usually it is with strangers. I also know amoung my so called Friends, who I can discuss this with.

    However, it is at BIG PINK that I am at my most relaxed, and where I feel most at home.

  78. Shadowfax
    August 29th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    —————————–
    Well then I am sorry that they have no one they can believe in. I am not sure this far right thing is accurate, but apparently that does not matter. How ironic, since many republicans think just the opposite. That his political values are too centrist. But regardless, we cannot go on with the schameel we have now. He will bankrupt the country and debase the currency. There are not enough rich people in this country to satisfy his appetite for taxation, and when that well runs dry he will loot the middle class. And then he will debase the currency. No sane person can see that as a viable option. Even if Teddy Kennedy’s loyal niece wants to use Obama as a vehicle to keep the family name in the neon lights. It just aint worth it.

  79. Shadowfax
    August 29th, 2012 at 10:19 am
    —————————–
    From what I understand the state of California is bankrupt. That is a pretty good test case for where the policies of Obama will lead us as a nation. That argument may provide some traction when you try to persuade them. You can speak with authority on that subject because you live in California, whereas they do not.

  80. I don’t have that many friend anymore as I can’t stand my ex Obama loving friends
    ———————————-
    ex friends, or ex Obama lovers?

  81. Jb–as I expected.

    Like the Spanish Borbourns “they have learned nothing and forgotten nothing”–Tallyrand.

  82. From what I understand the state of California is bankrupt. That is a pretty good test case for where the policies of Obama will lead us as a nation.

    =========================

    The Governor through 2010 was a Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger (November 17, 2003 – January 3, 2011). Still it makes sense, as Obama has mostly followed Republican policies (while wearing DINO clothing).

  83. I was very surprised at what Juan Williams had to say about Ann Romney. But some of the comments below this story shocked me even more.

    Corporate wife – Stepford Wife – Lipstick on a Pig. Is this how most of the left really feel about women who raise families? Or women who are financially secure? I don’t remember the democrats being so intolerant. Nor so cruel.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/juan-williams-ann-romney-corporate-wife_n_1838352.html

    It sounds obvious to me what bothers some of these people. Jealousy and envy are terrible emotions. If you carry them around long enough they always turn to hatred.

  84. So many luminaries of big media are married to each other, e.g. Schuster and Campbell Brown.

    Others simply cheat on their spouses–and kiss in the shadow, e.g. Caroline Kennedy and Young Arthur of NYT.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx7s4OcyS9k

    “Three generations of idiots is enough!” thundered Chief Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes from the bench of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 125 years ago.

    But the incestuous state of big media creates a set of moral hazards which trancend biology. The self serving bait and switch journalism they endgender becomes, over time, the game that ruins nations, as Eric points out . . .
    —————————

    Is The Media Coordinating On Race Baiting? Ask John Harris and Politico

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | August 29th at 09:48 AM | 4

    We should not forget that John Harris of the Politico, who asked the stupidest and most irrelevant questions of any moderator during the GOP Primary debates, is married to the former head of NARAL in Virginia.

    We should not forget that Jonathan Allen of the Politico once worked for Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

    We should not forget that Andy Barr of the Politico left the Politico to go work for the Democratic National Committee.

    We should not forget any of this because I do not believe it is any accident that today the Politico has a big story from John Harris about race in the 2012 election.

    The welfare attacks came up suddenly from the Romney campaign, which said little about the issue when Obama’s administration changed policy to let states seek waivers on the work requirements. The Romney welfare ads, which have been on heavily in battleground states, prominently feature Bill Clinton signing the welfare reform bill into law. The first ad in the series said that Obama moved “quietly” to “gut” the Clinton reforms so that now, “They just send you your welfare check. … Welfare-to-work goes back to being plain old welfare.”

    The welfare ads — regardless of their racial intent — seemed designed to help Romney gain ground on Obama since many independent voters in key demographics, such as swing-state Catholics, tend to view government aid to the poor with suspicion, according to polling data.

    Why not an accident that this story appears today?

    It comes on the same day the Los Angeles Times runs a story that the GOP is trying to make an all white party look brown, NBC would not show any of the speeches from minorities at the RNC Convention on their website, BS-NBC ditched all minorities during their live coverage of the convention, and Chuck Todd, whose wife used to work for the Democratic Party, says the GOP is pushing a diversity card.

    I wonder if any of these people have noticed that the Republican Party has more elected hispanic Congressmen and Governors than the Democrats?

    It is not an accident that the media, immediately after the Democrats started pushing out the War on Women, began running stories about the GOP’s hostility to women. It is now not an accident that the media, led by NBC and the Politico (which also partnered on that pathetic GOP primary debate), would peddle out the GOP and race stories.

    It is far too much to be a coincidence that the Politico and NBC have ties, sometimes in the same bed, to Democrat and leftwing activists and then hop out of bed on the same page as the Democrats’ talking points.

    Tags: Chuck Todd, John Harris, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, NBC, Politico

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  85. I just had the opportunity to watch the Artur Davis
    speech. I had high expectations from what I had read in
    the comments here, but other than the fact that
    Artur was a high profile defector from the Obama cult, I thought his speech just “ok”. Sure he addressed Obama voters who may be questioning their support of Obama, but I felt that his speech was not strong enough. Where was the
    fire like in Mia Love’s speech? They need more emotion, imo, directed
    squarely at the failures of Obama and Obama’s policies.

  86. nomobama
    August 29th, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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    How did you feel about the Christy speech? I thought it was too Tony Soprano.

  87. Leanora
    August 29th, 2012 at 12:17 pm
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    Juan has always been a dummy. When NPR canned his ass, I did feel the outrage that some did. On the contrary, it simply confirmed the truth embodied in that old French saying that revolutions eat their children. When Britt Hume was the moderator, he used to call Juan on his bullshit, every time Juan opened his mouth. He is part of the White House cabal, make no mistake about it.

  88. Aug 29, 2012
    1:44 AM Ann Romney and Chris ChristieTags
    Campaign 2012

    A read on the first night of the convention:

    They lit the candle. They got past the ill luck of the storm and declared there’s a convention going on.

    Ann Romney was stunning, sweet, full of enthusiasm, a little shy, a little game for the battle. Her speech was fine. I think the headline was that she and Mitt got married young, lived in modest circumstances and struggled a bit while he studied and tried to get a foothold in business. But it was scattered, full of declarations — “Tonight I want to talk to you about love” — that weren’t built upon but abandoned. Strong as the impression of personal beauty is, I think she missed an opportunity.

    Here’s how I see it. I have just spent the past two and a half days talking to people who’ve known Mitt Romney well for ten, twenty and thirty years, even more. They love him, and in all their conversations they say either literally or between the lines, “If only you knew him like I do.” It is their mantra. They mean it, and they are so frustrated. They believe he is a person of unique and natural integrity, a kind man who will give you not only his money but his time, his energy. They see him as a leader. They know the public doesn’t see this. They don’t understand why. And, actually, I don’t blame them, because it really is a bit of a mystery. If he’s so good why can’t his goodness be communicated?

    The opportunity Ann Romney missed was to provide first person testimony that is new, that hasn’t been spoken, that hasn’t been in the books and the magazine articles. She failed to make it new and so she failed to make it real.

    I’m not sure her speech was a loss but it doesn’t feel like a gain. We’ll see. The real reaction to a highly publicized speech emerges not overnight on twitter but over days and weeks as people chat in the office and on the sidewalk in front of school. So we’ll see what they say, we’ll see how it bubbles up.

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    Chris Christie’s speech was big. It was hopeful. It said the American people can turn their country around, that they actually want candidates who speak the truth, that they will follow difficult prescriptions if they seem grounded in reality. Christie always reminds me a little of Jackie Gleason — “To the moon, Alice!” But he is one shrewd political mind, and he actually thinks about the meaning of things. He played the common man Tuesday night but he was high minded, and he beautifully skewered the hypocrites and reactionaries in the teachers’ unions, who have made it so clear to so many the past decade that really, they are all about pensions and bennies, not about students, and if you don’t like the longterm cost of the deals they make with pols you can just avoid the property taxes by selling your house and going to rent somewhere. They don’t care where because there will be a teacher’s union there, too.

    So look, all of this was good, and right, and big. But.

    Chris Christie is a politician and there’s nothing in it for him, as a New Jersey Republican, as a guy trying to survive and prosper in a Democratic state, in really bringing it to President Obama. He stuck to thoughts on governance. This was worthy.

    But you know, this is how the Republican base feels: No one classy and admired like Chris Christie has ever taken it to Obama and been as tough a partisan as, say, Joe Biden, or as amusing and pointed as — well, actually, I can’t think at the moment of a truly pointed and funny Democrat, but whoever that person is would be is the person I mean.

    Republicans aren’t really hungry for red meat, that’s not what this is about. They’re hungry for someone who is an elected official at a high level, and who is admired, to push back, to have fun, to stir the blood, to make the case, to get the troops going again.

    I want to tell you they marched out of the hall Tuesday night on fire for their side. But I was there and they did not. They walked out like people who weren’t quite sure what to think or how to feel but were hoping for the best because they love their country. A lot.

  89. As always, Peggy triple thinks everything, and feels obligated to say something nasty along the way. Her credibility is in the 40% range, which means she does not deserve deference. History has shown that she is a poor reader of the tea leaves. Reagan made he whatever she is today, and not the reverse. More than analyst she is a gossip.

  90. The real reaction to a highly publicized speech emerges not overnight on twitter but over days and weeks as people chat in the office and on the sidewalk in front of school
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    Jbstonesfan: do you believe that is true? Does it take days and weeks for people to decide whether they like someon or not? Or do you believe witnesses make up their mind in the moment? I will stick with Krauthammers assessment which coincides with my own. The speech was a success. It was powerful personal testimony from the person who knows him best. Like I say, Peggy is not psychologist. Just another pathetic journalist trying to stir up controversy.

  91. Those sexist remarks by Williams make me want to join some anger-crazed, militant-as-hell, radical, gun-toting feminist militia. In the freakin’ twenty-first century, this kind of sexist drivel can be uttered on national television with impunity. But don’t dare apologetically remark that you have been nervous when boarding a plane with Muslims in traditional dress, lest you incur the wrath of the great progressive protectors of MANkind.

    A lot of people, myself included, stood up for Williams when PBS was all over him about the Muslim statement. Never again. He and PBS deserve each other. Talk about your cognitive dissonance. The vigilant progressives, so concerned about the oppressed and downtrodden, who have not been treated fairly by the racist, elitist USA. Screw that – and them. Women have been discriminated against in very subtle ways, as well as blatantly and overtly. Where’s the concern? Where was the concern when Hillary was running?

    Bottom line is, neither the Dems nor the Pubs give a bloody damn about women’s rights. When they push enough women far enough to react – maybe, then, we’ll get someone who represents the forgotten oppressed group.

  92. Shadow fax and all,
    If you want to convince dems to vote for R , make them watch the movie 2016 OBAMA’S AMERICA, they’ll be afraid not of R but Obama, I took my dem parents with me and they now say “nobody who sees this movie is voting for O”, it just made them to want to vote for R http//facebook.com/ObamasAmerica

  93. Wbboei, I have read your posts and your intellect is superior to mine both legally as well as politically.I am your average lawyer who built his own practice after working for a large firm my first 8 yrs. I have been on my own 16 years and have never looked back. I use to do commercial litigation and bill thousands of hrs to large corporate entities and hated it. I liked the excitement of the court room and became a PI attorney. As you know every jury is different, and I have won some cases that I thought were losers and lost some that I had already cashed the check in the bank. My gut instinct to Christie’s speech was that he tried to overcompensate for the perceived media response had he gone on the attack personally against Obama. I don’t think it suited his style nor advanced the cause of Mitt Romney. I also do not think this speech will have a significant impact on the election. Mitt will ultimately be the one who has to convince the electorate.

  94. A little overconfident I would say, e.g.

    1. “Christy for 2016”? (Note: only if Romney loses in 2016)

    2. the Republican Party “believes this is a winnable election for Romney”. (Note: they write this crap when Romeny is leading Obama in the polls, with oversample Democrats)

    3. Christy as a candidate for President. (Note: they want him to run because they know he cannot win).

    Then again, it is Politico, where truth does not matter, and the future of the country does not count, so long as the beltway elites preserve their own power and perks.

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    At Politico.com, Maggie Haberman writes about how Mr. Christie’s 2,800-word address “lays out the roadmap” for 2016.

    Chris Christie introduced himself to the nation Tuesday night, delivering a Republican National Convention speech that went light on references to Mitt Romney and instead focused on the New Jersey governor’s tenure in office, governing philosophy and his belief in the importance of being respected instead of loved. …

    It was a different address than many had been expecting. Christie spent less time selling Romney as a candidate and a potential president, and more time defining the way he sees the party’s future — in strokes related to fiscal conservatism. He mentioned Romney several times in the latter part of the speech, but not for the first 15 minutes or so. … It was a reminder that Christie, who many Republicans had hoped would run this time and is a much-discussed candidate for 2016, is still seen as one of the future leaders of a party that believes this is a winnable election, but has hoped for Romney to wage a different, more aggressive campaign.

  95. jbstonesfan: I am sorry for not being clear. I meant Ann’s speech. I think people made up their minds on that in the moment. As you know, I agree wholeheartedly with your assessment on Christy. I do not think his speech was good, and the fact that the left wingers are applauding it confirms that assessment. As you know, trial lawyers seldom object to contrary evidence that does not hurt them.

  96. Admin: the latest chapter in Big Media vs The American People

    THE HOT MIC REVEALS THE HATRED BIG MEDIA FEELS FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

    “nor can a peace be brokered”

    Posted by William A. Jacobson Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 12:40pm

    The title isn’t about the Middle East, although it could be.

    It’s John Nolte’s persuasive analysis of the mainstream media in light of the hot mic comment initially thought to come from an ABC News staff member that the Romneys are “happy to party while black people drown”:

    The media cannot be reasoned with nor can a peace be brokered.

    We must defeat these people because that’s what they intend to do to us. When you believe our nominee is happy to party while black people drown, you can only believe that we possess no humanity. You can’t reason with people who hate you. You just can’t.

    Nolte didn’t know how right he was. It turns out it wasn’t some low-level ABC staffer, it was David Challian, Washington Bureau Chief for Yahoo! News.

    This is how they think, how they talk behind our backs, and how they inevitably frame the news to work against us.

    Update: Erick Erickson had a post today not specific to the hot mic incident, but which reflects the mainstream media race-card playing herd mentality, Is The Media Coordinating On Race Baiting? Ask John Harris and Politico:

    It is not an accident that the media, immediately after the Democrats started pushing out the War on Women, began running stories about the GOP’s hostility to women. It is now not an accident that the media, led by NBC and the Politico (which also partnered on that pathetic GOP primary debate), would peddle out the GOP and race stories.

    It is far too much to be a coincidence that the Politico and NBC have ties, sometimes in the same bed, to Democrat and leftwing activists and then hop out of bed on the same page as the Democrats’ talking points.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/nor-can-a-peace-be-brokered/

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    To paraphrase Thomas Crown

    Should the entire big media fall over dead tomorrow, I would rejoice, and order pizza to celebrate. They are not my countrymen; they are animals who happen to walk upright and make noises that approximate speech. They are below human. I look forward to seeing each and every one in Hell.
    That is my philosophy moving forward from today.

    http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/08/nor-can-a-peace-be-brokered/

    The media cannot be reasoned with nor can a peace be brokered.

    We must defeat these people because that’s what they intend to do to us. When you believe our nominee is happy to party while black people drown, you can only believe that we possess no humanity. You can’t reason with people who hate you. You just can’t.
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  97. We have missed you. Call Mrs. Smith and get her back here too.
    **************

    Oh Yes. I miss Mrs. Smith.

  98. Bottom line is, neither the Dems nor the Pubs give a bloody damn about women’s rights. When they push enough women far enough to react – maybe, then, we’ll get someone who represents the forgotten oppressed group.

    ====================

    That might be called false equivalency (provable by examining official records of bills passed and who voted for them).

    Dismissing women’s issues, attacking women who advocate for them (eg Fluke), etc, doesn’t help the situation.

  99. And from Greta’s blog:
    29 August 2012 Last updated at 13:24 ET
    Bin Laden book No Easy Day ‘contradicts official account’
    A first-hand account of the May 2011 raid by US forces that killed Osama Bin Laden contradicts the official story, the Associated Press claims.
    It has purchased an advance copy of an unauthorised account of the raid, No Easy Day, by a former Seal.
    The book says Bin Laden was shot dead as soon as he looked out of his bedroom as Seals rushed up the stairs, AP says.
    But US officials have stated he was shot only once he had ducked back into the bedroom.
    They have said his actions suggested he might be reaching for a weapon.
    The alleged contradiction will add to existing controversy over the book.
    It was written under a pseudonym, Mark Owen, but only hours after the book’s existence came to light the author’s real name was revealed by Fox News.
    Military officials also say the publishers failed to submit the book to the Pentagon to ensure it discloses no secret information – part of normal protocol – and are scrutinising its contents.
    ‘Peeking out of the door’ The book is now due to be released on 4 September instead of 11 September, after a surge of advance orders sent the book to the top of the amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com bestseller lists.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-19409426

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