Paul Ryan In Speedos

Update II: Paul Ryan provided a much needed jolt at last night’s Republican convention. He certainly helped himself and Mitt Romney by finally providing a coherent narrative as to why voters should vote for them. Today he will pay the price as attack upon attack will land on his head. Already it is clear that fact-checking the factcheckers on Ryan’s speech is the job for today.

As regular readers know we thought another person was the logical choice to be Romney’s VP. We still think we will be proven correct although we certainly hope we are very very very very very wrong. Today, we at least are provided with the Romney scheme to win the must win state of Florida. Our fingers remain crossed.


Update: Calling out Obama for all his golfing is declared “racist” by the race-baiters. The word “joke” is redefined as well by the race-baiters. According to the race-baiter we wrote about below he was just joshing. Fired Yahoo bureau chief: Sorry for my inappropriate “joke”. What’s funny is that these paternalistic yahoos enjoy race-baiting so much but won’t admit it.


We hate to have to say it but, this GOP convention is a shambles. There is no message. The themes are all over the place. The feeble attacks on Obama are weakened further by the scheduling. The feel good moments are undercut by the feeble attacks. The speaker lineup is confused and not congruent with the campaign strategy. The good speakers are not highlighted sufficiently. The trite speakers overwhelm due to their numerical superiority and mind-numbing effects. Even the set is unattractive and stodgy.

At it’s best a convention is a fist in the face. At it’s best a convention is a message repeated over and over in unique and increasingly powerful ways leading up to the nominee’s acceptance speech which ties every aspect of the message together.

In 2004 the Kerry convention was a shambles. Barack Obama was spewing self-serving nonsense/lies about no red states, no blue states, while the rest of the convention tried to attack Bush and simultaneously praise “reporting for duty” John Kerry. We were there inside that convention and remember that the John Edwards’ signs passed out said “Hope is on the way” while the Kerry signs distributed to us read “Help is on the way” (or was it the other way around?). We remarked at the time that even in the simple act of signage the message was a mess. We were not impressed by the 2004 convention and this GOP 2012 convention is déjà vu.

We remember the GOP convention. We watched that one on television. It was an all out assault on John Kerry. The message was clear: Bush will keep you safe, John Kerry will get you killed. It was a masterpiece of messaging. Every speaker reinforced the message of the convention.

Now we know that we will be attacked for stating plainly and clearly that this GOP convention is a shambles. We understand that the tropical storm was used by Big Media to attack the Republicans for persisting with their necessary meeting. We understand that Big Media refused to cover the first night of the convention under the guise of being fair because the Obama Dimocrats bungled their convention into a three day event. We know that because there was to be no network coverage of the first day of the convention the RNC caved in and cancelled the first day’s schedule using the weather as pretext. We know that the RNC wanted Ann Romney to speak on the first day and that when the networks still refused to broadcast the RNC schedule was jumbled to move Ann Romney to Tuesday. We understand that the storm plus the Ann Romney scheduling problem forced the RNC to revamp their entire schedule. But none of this is a viable excuse. If anything it makes things worse.

The bottom line is that the revamped schedule was an opportunity to get rid of the dead wood. The revamped schedule was the perfect excuse to cut the bores loose and really present a tightened message. But the problem is there is no message here.

There is no message. That is the big problem with this convention. What message there is finds itself at odds with the other messages. Case in point: Ann Romney.

Ann Romney delivered a very good speech last night. Her job was to “explain” Mitt Romney. Ann Romney was tasked with speaking to women and get them to look at Mitt Romney with fresh eyes. Ann Romney got the job done. But Ann Romney was undercut by the rest of the convention schedule.

What the convention schedule should have been was a day for Ann Romney to “explain” her husband on the same day that the entire convention schedule be devoted to positive messages about Mitt Romney. Instead we got mish mash. And recall, the original Monday night schedule was for Ann Romney to speak last but the entire day’s schedule was to have been anti-Obama attack night. These mixed messages are intended to reinforce each other and that might work – on paper. But in the real world such mixed messages fight each other and create dissonance and eventually boredom.

Consider the Artur Davis speech. He was rotated onto and off the podium so quickly he was lost in the shuffle. Davis deserved much better and the convention needed to display this very important jewel in a much better, more prominent light to the American public.

Artur Davis should have been introduced with the fact that he has been attacked by several of the members of the Congressional Black Caucus because he put Obama’s name into nomination in 2008 and now he has endorsed Mitt Romney. Davis deserved much better and the American people deserved to know in a very highlighted way why Davis was so important. Instead he was on and off so quick there was very little in the way of rejoicing at a sinner seeing the light.

We felt at times as if we were in a very busy Greek restaurant in Athens being given the bums rush so that other customers could be seated. It was a scene straight out of Meet Me In St. Louis when dinner is being rushed to make way for a planned long distance phone call. We were not allowed, the American voter was not given sufficient time, to savor the excellent Davis speech – which deserved more time to develop his themes and broad attack on Barack Obama. Davis was a messenger to the Democratic voters Mitt Romney needs to win over.

Why are major speeches being placed on a lazy Susan server? Well, there are so many speakers. But why? Why not prune the dead wood and those that detract from what should be the big message?

Why is there going to be a Ron Paul tribute tonight? Why is Mike Huckabee giving a speech tonight? The RNC had the perfect excuse to cut this driftwood off the schedule. We’re not saying the RNC should deliberately insult Paul or Huckabee or anyone else. But why not take advantage of the weather and cut these superfluous speakers out? The tribute to Ron Paul diminishes what should be the message and Huckabee only brings to mind his support of Todd Akin and undercuts what should be the message.

This is what the convention should have done and what it still must do. First introduce Mitt Romney to the American voter. Second denounce Barack Obama in every way for every policy. Third, provide the solution to Barack Obama: Mitt Romney.

The above is what the Chris Christie keynote speech should have been. We enjoyed the Christie speech and thought it had some good lines (such as the one about a leader moving polls whereas a weak Obama type only reads the polls). But the notion that Christie’s speech was not vetted is disturbing. Indeed every speech should have been vetted. Every speech should have had the same structure as the entire convention: First introduce Mitt Romney to the American voter. Second denounce Barack Obama in every way for every policy. Third, provide the solution to Barack Obama: Mitt Romney.

There is also the question of the many Latino speakers and the role of other minority speakers. After Mitt Romney decided on the Great Lakes strategy (not the one we advised which some will recall we ranted and railed about) why continue this futile pursuit of Latinos and minority voters? Romney chose the Great Lakes strategy now he should fully implement it and stop trying to be all things to all people.

We’ve given some good advice to Mitt Romney. Much of that advice is to attack the Obama record with vigor and forcefully bludgeon the Obama campaign auxiliary – Big Media.

Big Media is your enemy Mitt Romney. You and your fellow Republicans/conservatives continue to mouth words about how you already know that but you truly do fail to understand that Big Media is your enemy. Barack Obama is but the stooge of Big Media. Big Media is the enemy Mitt. When will you realize that? When?

Last night, Mitt, did you miss it? Yahoo bureau chief: The GOP is happy to have a party while black people drown. Did you miss it Mitt?:

“During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama.

In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.

“They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian can be heard on the live broadcast. “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.

That line elicits laughter from several employees listening in on the joke.”

We haven’t heard of any black or white people “drowning”. We do know Big Media is hysterically trying to hype the tropical storm in the gulf as a distraction to the GOP convention. We know that Chalian is doing all in his power to make Issac a race-baiting storm.

Chalian, Mitt. That’s a person who is supposed to be “objective” Mitt. Can you imagine what the overt race-baiters and scum of Big Media are up to? Imagine no more, the answer is here: MSNBC protects the meme any way it can.

Mitt, the GOP convention tonight must say something about Big Media. Prominent speakers in prominent time slots must prominently denounce Big Media. Make the critique explicit. The critique is this:

“When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.

MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.

Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.

And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.

Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.”

Big Media is the enemy Mitt and the GOP convention has to take notice and inform the American voter about what is going on right in front of their faces.

Mitt someone has to denounce Juan Williams, who praised Theresa Heinz Kerry but insults your wife in vile terms. Juan Williams: Ann Romney looked like a “corporate wife” to me:

Don’t let your wife only be defended by Brit Hume:

There can be no peace Mitt. At some point you must defend your wife and denounce Big Media. There can be no peace:

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.

ADDED: This is a sample of the media’s awful, racialist behavior towards Mitt Romney. Believe me, there’s plenty more. Here’s our rundown of yesterday’s media coverage of the convention; it’s a tale of bias and race-baiting. Here’s the story of how NBC News’s Chief White House Correspondent, Chuck Todd, race-baited while live on the air yesterday. Incredible stuff.”

This mish mash “response” from the Mitt Romney campaign is disgusting:

“We respect our colleagues in media and appreciate they too have invested a lot to be here to cover the convention,” a Romney aide said in a statement to POLITICO. “But, Juan’s comments are deeply disappointing: Not only were they unfair and personal, they were wrong.”

We are disappointed but not surprised by that weak response from the Romney campaign. Bad messaging which excuses Big Media is not the appropriate response. The same is true of the convention, thus far.

Instead of a message there has thus far been a shambles of conflicting themes. Instead of candidates for office this year we get Mike Todd Akin Huckabee and Ron Paul. Instead of Josh Mandel (candidate for Senate from Ohio), Rob Portman is prominently displayed. At least candidate Mia got some love.

So what can be done now? The entire evening’s schedule looks as bad as last night’s lineup. Almost the entire roster can be sent to the lockers and no tears would be shed by the viewers.

The only bright spot tonight, possibly, will be the appearance by Paul Ryan. Paul Ryan not only has to introduce himself (and Romney) to the American voter; Paul Ryan has to talk economics and his view of the future.

Paul Ryan could also do what a good veep candidate does and go after the enemies of the presidential candidate. In this case that is Big Media.

Paul Ryan tonight, and Mitt Romney tomorrow night, should denounce Big Media as an adjunct of the Obama campaign which is harming America. Ryan should point out that no honest discussion on any issue can be had while Big Media shills for Barack Obama and Barack Obama race-baits and lies – in between golf games and basketball outings with the guys.

Paul Ryan must refute the lies told about himself and Mitt Romney in either a “nice” or tough way. Paul Ryan must denounce the race-baiting by Big Media and Barack Obama. Paul Ryan must come out swinging.

Paul Ryan can get this GOP convention back on track and back on message. Paul Ryan has a great opportunity which we hope, with his history of seriousness and hard work, he will fulfill.

Ann Romney accomplished what was expected of her last night. Our fingers are crossed that Paul Ryan will get the job done tonight.

If Paul Ryan does not get the job done tonight we suggest he hit the Florida beaches tomorrow in a tight yellow Speedo. Show those pecs, display those abs. It can’t hurt and will be fun to watch.

If Paul Ryan fails at his tasks tonight then it will be up to Mitt Romney tomorrow.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed as we comment/watch tonight and dread having to watch the Obamination at Bank of America stadium next week.


168 thoughts on “Paul Ryan In Speedos

  1. We’re not sure if the below is accurate. But this is what Politico writes is up for tonight. [We’re not sure about this because Megyn Kelly at Fox News kept saying most of the afternoon that Marco Rubio would speak tonight as Marco Rubio underwent a mic check at the podium.]

    7 p.m.:

    • Call to order

    • Introduction of Colors by Amputee Veterans of America Support Team

    • Pledge of Allegiance by Brig. Gen. Patrick E. Rea, U.S. Army (Ret.)

    • National Anthem sung by Ayla Brown

    • Invocation by Ishwar Singh

    • Ron Paul video

    • Remarks by Senate Republican leader and Convention Temporary Chairman Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

    • Remarks by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

    • Remarks by Christopher Devlin-Young and Jeanine McDonnell

    8 p.m.:

    • Remarks by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

    • Remarks by Attorney General Pam Bondi, R-Fla., Attorney General Sam Olens, R-Ga.

    • Remarks by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

    • Remarks by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

    9 p.m.:

    • Remarks by Gov. Luis Fortuño, R-Puerto Rico

    • Remarks by former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, R-Minn.

    • Bush 41, 43 film

    • Remarks by former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark.

    10 p.m.:

    • Remarks by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice

    • Remarks by Gov. Susana Martinez, R-N.M.

    Remarks by vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

    • Benediction by Archbishop Demetrios

    • Adjournment

  2. Someone at the convention should mention this too:

    On August 6, 2011, 30 US service members were killed when a CH-47 Chinook helicopter they were being transported in crashed in Wardak province, Afghanistan. It was the deadliest single loss for U.S. forces in the decade-long war in Afghanistan. 17 members of the elite Navy SEALs were killed in the crash.

    Yesterday, Karen and Billy Vaughn, parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn, spoke at the Defending the Defenders forum sponsored by the Tea Party Patriots outside the RNC Convention in Tampa. Karen brought a copy of the form letter they were sent following their son’s death.

    It’s a form letter.

    It was signed by an electric pen.

    That’s not all.
    Karen Vaughn reached out to the parents of the other SEALs killed in that crash.
    Their letters were all the same.
    Form letters – signed by an electric pen.

    Too busy playing golf, fundraising, playing basketball, to care.

  3. We’ve already had to correct one boo-boo in the article. We’ll try and watch out tonight for the spelling differences between Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Paul Ryan, Ayn Rand, etc.


    Gwen Ifill Tweets: David Chalian ‘God’s Gift To Political Journalism’

    Apparently God’s gift to political journalism is making a man so arrogant that his prejudice against Republicans causes him to exploit the suffering of tropical storm victims for a political jab. At least, this is what PBS’s Gwen Ifill believes.

    Gwen Ifill: One mistake does not change this. @DavidChalian is God’s gift to political journalism. #IStandWithDavid
    Glenn Thrush [of Politico]: David Chalian is a great guy, a terrific journalist and not someone — in my experience — who thumbs the scale. I wish him the best….

    Big Media protects its own.

  5. Oh, SNORE, if this is the line up for tonight at the convention. McCain, Pawlenty, Thume, Fortuno and
    Condi Rice. Oh, but wait, then there is that “hottie”, fire ball….Mitch McConnell! Maybe he will get even Chrissie Matthew’s tingle going 😉

    Where is Sarah Palin when they need her? Why is she not speaking?

    Are we going to go away on Thursday with anemia from the lack of red meat? You can bet we all are going to have a funnel stuck in our mouths like a goose and have red meat jammed down our throats every moment of every day next week at the Dim’s convention.

  6. Southern Born, McConnell is going to have at least one real good funny:

    “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems. He hasn’t been working to earn reelection. He’s been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour,” the sometimes tart-tongued McConnell says, according to excerpts provided to Secrets.

    What’s more, he adds, the president hasn’t spelled out what he would do in a second term. “We know what the president’s got on his iPod, but we don’t know what he plans to do about a looming tax hike that could trigger yet another serious recession that would result in even more Americans losing their jobs. Ladies and gentlemen: America cannot afford another four years of this.”

  7. The most important numbers (via Drudge) – how many watched:

    FOXNEWS 6,878,804
    NBC 4,770,050
    CBS 3,118,927
    ABC 2,862,656
    CNN 1,473,885
    MSNBC 1,468,348

  8. Glenn Thrush [of Politico]: David Chalian is a great guy, a terrific journalist and not someone — in my experience — who thumbs the scale. I wish him the best….
    Not someone who thumbs the scale? Thrush–are you fucking insane? Did you read what he said? Do you agree with it? Do you really believe that someone who thinks that way is capable of honest journalism? If so, then you have no clue as to what honest journalism is. Or else you are corrupt as demented as he is.

  9. dated but good 🙂
    “Three years ago, asked to identify the single greatest threat to US security, the Joint Chiefs named the debt level.
    True then, truer today. The present administration’s boondoggles have squandered hundreds of billions of dollars when the treasury was already bare. The debt crisis is no longer just America’s business: the bankrupting of the greatest free democracy on Earth menaces every friend of liberty.
    . . .
    There is, however, one Congressman who grasps not only the gravity of his country’s predicament, but also the need for a plausible recovery plan. He is Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and the good news is that he is the Republican Vice-Presidential nominee. I’ve posted the above video before, but it’s well worth watching again. In the flesh, Ryan is much as he seems in that film: sincere, charming, intelligent.

    It’s true, of course, that Congress sets the budget, and I remain of the view that the legislative elections this November are the ones which matter most. Still, having an Executive which sees federal spending as the problem rather than the solution can’t hurt.

  10. We respect our colleagues in media and appreciate they too have invested a lot to be here to cover the convention,” a Romney aide said in a statement to POLITICO. “But, Juan’s comments are deeply disappointing: Not only were they unfair and personal, they were wrong.”
    Pathetic. But the same thing we have been seeing from his staff all along. What does a real man do when someone insults your wife? You belt the cocksucker, and if he starts to get up you belt him again. And if he puts on a press badge you belt him a third time for impersonating a journalist. I hope Mitt is up to it.

  11. I watched the convention on C-SPAN. Couldn’t have said it better, Admin: this convention has that 2004 Dim-Convention feel to it. I loved Ann R’s speech, enjoyed Christie’s but wasn’t necessarily jazzed up by it since it could have hit Obama more directly. It was not enough to talk about how effective Christi’s leadership in NJ has been; he needed to talk about BO’s failed leadership AND how ROMNEY would be an effective leader. As you say, the convention lacks a coherent theme and narrataive.

    Palin is a hard act to follow, but Ryan needs to electrify the crowd and blast BO’s failed economy, especially, then offer specifics about Mitt Romney and his talent for fixing things, etc. (Anyway, something to that effect.)

  12. Mitt is using Paul Ryan to prepare him for the press. He should be using Gingrich instead. They will interpret anything less than a vigorous response as weakness. And weakness will beget further attacks. It is just that simple.

  13. Ryan needs to electrify the crowd and blast BO’s failed economy
    He will.

  14. Thus far the numbers look good for Romney.
    The numbers aree trending their way, and that is what they are fixated on. It makes them even more risk adverse than they would be otherwise. Victory rewards the bold. Victory punishes those who refuse to say shit even when they have a mouthful. Numbers can change if the candidate fails to stick up for his family and his policies.

    I have never been a Christy supporter. But Ryan I can see. He is capable of blowing the doors off tonight. If he does well and Mitt does well, then the cares that infest the day, shall fold their tents like arabs, and silently steel away. Ane where Romney goes, his staff will follow. I think the Republicans need to start the autumn offensive against Obama and big media during the same week as the Democratic Convention.

  15. Breaking news: Lost wet toupee hunted in Plaquemines Parish. More soaked clotheslines found in backyards. Fat earthworm threat looms – red breasted Robins reported happy. More on News at 9.

  16. Consider the Artur Davis speech. He was rotated onto and off the podium so quickly he was lost in the shuffle. Davis deserved much better and the convention needed to display this very important jewel in a much better, more prominent light to the American public.

    Exactly, well not exactly, what I said yesterday. Convention of fools.


    Court: Zimmerman judge should disqualify himself
    Associated Press
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) —

    A three-judge panel in Florida has ruled that a former neighborhood watch leader charged in the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin should be granted a new judge in his case.

    Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled Wednesday that Judge Kenneth Lester should enter a motion to disqualify himself in George Zimmerman’s second-degree murder case. Zimmerman’s attorney Mark O’Mara asked the court earlier this month to overturn a previous ruling by Lester not to leave the case.

    One of the three judges dissented in the ruling.

    O’Mara had argued that Lester should disqualify himself after he said the judge made disparaging remarks about Zimmerman’s character and advocated for additional charges against him in setting his $1 million bond in July.

    Zimmerman remains free on bail. He’s pleaded not guilty.


    At the end we see this being tweeted by David Shuster (with “Current TV”, I believe Al Gore’s brainchild), formerly w/ MSNBC, FOX, CNN:

    Current TV journalist and talk radio host David Shuster first tweeted about the incident Tuesday night. “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals,'” Shuster posted on Twitter.

    Race incident sees Republican convention expulsions

    Two people were ejected from the Republican National Convention when they threw nuts at a black CNN camera woman and said “this is how we feed animals,” the network said Wednesday.

    “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum” on Tuesday, the opening day of a gala at which former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will accept his party’s nomination to challenge President Barack Obama in November’s election.

    “CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.”

    Several witnesses observed the exchange, CNN reported, and convention security personnel immediately removed the two people from the forum.

    The convention confirmed the incident in a statement late Tuesday.

    “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated,” organizers said.

    The incident is surely not what Republicans wanted 10 weeks out from the election. Romney has struggled to attract African American voters as well as Hispanics, and he is also on the wrong side of the gender gap, with polls consistently showing women voters preferring Obama to Romney.

    Current TV journalist and talk radio host David Shuster first tweeted about the incident Tuesday night.

    “GOP attendee ejected for throwing nuts at African American CNN camera woman + saying ‘This is how we feed animals,'” Shuster posted on Twitter.

  19. It sure smells like they planted two subversives in the convention to mar the Republicans’ convention.

  20. It’s been an unmitigated disaster as pointed out. The dems have all that Hollywood
    experience and know how to time and pace their speakers/presenttstions. The big picture, however, was the painfully truthful post last week that some took offense to.
    Mitt needed a game changer and selected a very unknown, yet polarizing VP
    who has not helped him at all in the polls. No one cares if it’s close, he is still losing in
    Athens important swing states. Off course we won’t give up, but truthfully, other than Ann and a few others who no one saw, this has been a terrible convention. Let’s see
    what Ryan does tonight, Christie laid a large egg last night and if you csn’t get him to attack Obama, who will? I guess John Sununu.

  21. The good news about McConnell’s speech: The delegates are not exhausting themselves with applause that will be needed later in the night.

  22. Spoiler alert: Ryan speech excerpts below:

    I accept the calling of my generation to give our children the America that was given to us, with opportunity for the young and security for the old – and I know that we are ready. Our nominee is sure ready. His whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney.
    “Obamacare comes to more than two thousand pages of rules, mandates, taxes, fees, and fines that have no place in a free country. The president has declared that the debate over government-controlled health care is over. That will come as news to the millions of Americans who will elect Mitt Romney so we can repeal Obamacare.
    “We have a plan for a stronger middle class, with the goal of generating 12 million new jobs over the next four years.
    “My Dad used to say to me: ‘Son. You have a choice: You can be part of the problem, or you can be part of the solution.’ The present administration has made its choices. And Mitt Romney and I have made ours: Before the math and the momentum overwhelm us all, we are going to solve this nation’s economic problems. And I’m going to level with you: We don’t have that much time. But if we are serious, and smart, and we lead, we can do this.
    “The right that makes all the difference now is the right to choose our own leaders. You are entitled to the clearest possible choice because the time for choosing is drawing near. So here is our pledge. We will not duck the tough issues – we will lead. We will not spend four years blaming others – we will take responsibility. We will not try to replace our founding principles, we will reapply our founding principles. The work ahead will be hard. These times demand the best of us – all of us, but we can do this. Together, we can do this.”

  23. The racists at MSNBC are at it again (from The Daily Caller):

    “One of the left’s favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and probably racist.

    If you were watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Tuesday night, you might believe those assertions, since missing from the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s festivities.

    In lieu of airing speeches from former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah; and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, MSNBC opted to show commentary anchored by Rachel Maddow from Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Steve Schmidt.

    Throughout this convention, Matthews has accused the Republicans of playing dog-whistle racist politics while on scene in Tampa. It isn’t clear, however, if Matthews will hurl accusations of racism at Davis, Love or Cruz for speeches his network failed to broadcast.”

    Read more:

  24. Snap Poll: Romney’s Personal Favorability Improves By Five Points Overnight

    So, that’s something.

    Romney had a 43-percent favorable and 44-percent unfavorable rating in nine battleground states heading into the convention, according to an average compiled by Real Clear Politics.
    A survey conducted by Wilson Perkins Allen Opinion Research in nine battle ground states Tuesday evening found Romney’s favorable rating among likely voters had jumped to 48 percent. His unfavorable rating dipped to 39.

  25. Just ridiculous, but that doesn’t stop them… I am now sure those people throwing the peanuts were plants…

    Lawrence O’Donnell Tries New Angle On MSNBC’s Omnipresent “Racist” Campaign

    It’s a corker.

    Video at the link. When noted race-baiter Martin Bashir finds your proposition dubious, perhaps you’ve over-stepped.

    MARTIN BASHIR: We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?
    LAWRENCE O’DONNELL: Well, we know exactly what he’s trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth. They find every way they possibly can to –

    BASHIR: Lawrence — don’t you think — don’t you think that what he’s really trying to do is to suggest that the president is not paying attention to the central issues that come with the responsibility he has? Is he really – Mitch McConnell really making a connection with Tiger Woods who, of course, has become infamous for chasing various cocktail waitresses around Las Vegas and so on?

    O’DONNELL: Martin, there are many, many, many rhetorical choices you can make at any point in any speech to make whatever point up want to make. If he wanted to make the point that you just suggested and I think he does want to make that point, they had a menu of a minimum of ten different kinds of images that they could have raised. And I promise you, the speech writers went through, rejecting three or four before they land order that one. That’s the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there’s – these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches.

    Via @rbdpundit

  26. Attorney General Pam Bondi, R-Fla., Attorney General Sam Olens, R-Ga.

    They talked about obamacare and obama’s unconstitutional power grab.

    They were great!

    This is the first time I’ve seen Pam Bondi, but I hope this is just the beginning of her political career.

  27. Why in the wield would someone from Romney’s camp have Christie “tone down” his
    speech. If this is true, than they are incompetent.

  28. This is what the convention should have done and what it still must do. First introduce Mitt Romney to the American voter. Second denounce Barack Obama in every way for every policy. Third, provide the solution to Barack Obama: Mitt Romney.

    Admin, I’m curious. Your analysis is almost prophetic. I couldn’t help but notice how jumbled the convention seemed, but I would have never put 2-and-2 together like you did. And to also show its similarity with the farce that was the DNC 2004 convention is outstanding. What pray tell is your background (without of course divulgingmuch else)? Keep up the good work!!

    Hillary 2012

  29. I’ve had a Hellava day and haven’t even read this thread yet, but before I do, I want to give a big, fat, sloppy YUP to this:

    August 29th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    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.

  30. Portman must have read your blog Admin, he can out front and center and is talking about Romney and success vs the fraud and failure.

  31. It is interesting how now NBC news is basically washing out anything that doesn’t comply with their narrative. It, along with the rest of MSM, is the new Pravada. What is stunning to me is that they don’t know that the american people know.

    “Instapundit notes that omitted the speeches by Mia Love and Artur Davis from its RNC archive. is run by Vivian Schiller, who fired Juan Williams from NPR after he made a non-PC remark.”

    Coincedence? I don’t think so. We don’t have news media, its pure propoganda at this point. Internet is the only way to get real info now.

  32. Juan Williams needs to go back to NPR, he’ll fit in there more. I too defend him when he was fired, but the man is a sexist PO$. The nasty things he said about Palin as well. Not sure if he went after Hillary, considering he is such a big Obot, I have no doubt he did.

  33. He really is a PO$. No other way to describe him.

    “Fox News contributor Juan Williams took some ribbing from his colleagues Tuesday night after saying Ann Romney looked “like a corporate wife” who hasn’t struggled in her life.
    “Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife,” Williams said, speaking on a panel after the Republican National Convention’s speeches wrapped for the night. “And you know the stories she told about struggle, eh, it’s hard for me to believe. She’s a very rich woman and I know that and America knows that.””

  34. Christie on Hannity saying they have to ignore the dirty campaign run by Dems! I just don’t get it. Is Romney too much of a gentlemen to win this election?

  35. Juan’s remark doesn’t really sound sexist to me. What he resents is not the fact that Ann is a woman, but that she is a “very rich woman”.

    This is just more class warfare.

  36. “Juan’s remark doesn’t really sound sexist to me. ”

    Leonara, I agree with you that its class warfare, but what my wife said when she heard that “very rich woman” really made me think its sexist as well. As my wife described it, she was pissed that it gives the impression the only way a woman can be rich is if her husband is rich, like almost, there is no way a woman can be rich through her own efforts, it really angered my wife. And when Palin was picked this same Juan Williams made a comment to the effect, “well, we all know the republican men love Sarah Palin”.

    The man is a sexist, in my wife’s eyes, and I agree with her.

  37. I cannot remember, was Kerry attacked for being rich? or his wife being rich? I sure don’t remember that.

  38. That audience could not be worse. I have never watched a convention with
    an audience that boring in my life. Oh, here comes Huck.

  39. @Tim – well said and exactly right. Juan is a total sexist POS.

    Re: MSNBC’s fake concern about the Pub convention being too white and too male – which it was not. Much diversity on Tue. night – just how many people of color work there. I don’t watch the lying Obamafreaks anymore, so am not sure who works there now, other than Tingles and a couple others, but last I watched, it was overwhelmingly white and male.

  40. Pawlenty had some pretty good zingers. I loved his remark, “This is Obama’s retirement party!”

    One thing that is an improvement from other past RNC Conventions is the music. So far, it has NOT been the usual corny or outdated fair as in the past. The groups have been pretty good, IMHO.


    Huckabee is on…. LOL! He just mentioned BO’s bogus Peace Prize.

  41. SP has on FB that Fox news cancelled her interview tonight. Don’t tell me there isn’t bad blood between SP and McCain

  42. It’s getting better, but lots of missed opportunities.

    From Ace of Spades (Republicans/conservatives):

    Overall: If you notice, no one’s dropping any Zingers.

    This may be because Romney sent word he wanted a Serious and Sober campaign. It may be because the media mau-maued the Republicans about their nonexistent connection to tropical storm (now downgraded) Isaac.

    It could be both.

    Now, if you’re wondering what’s missing, I think it’s the Zingers. Even when they’re kind of dumb (and they usually are), they’re an important part of the flow and crowd energy of a convention.

    And this one has almost none.

    I wouldn’t call this a “mistake” so much as a “choice” I don’t prefer. You can go this route, and try to project (in my mind) an overly serious image. I suppose you get something from that.

    But I think you lose a lot. The crowd just isn’t amped up and in a party frame of mind, and I think that’s because so much of the convention’s fare is Nutritious Vegetables.

    You need wine & dessert for a party.

  43. ruh oh. I wonder if the MSM is going off the deep end, all these women, women of color speaking at the RNC convention. And oh no! she’s even speaking in spanish/spa-english. Oh no! whatever will the MSM do!??!

  44. tim
    August 29th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I really didn’t know that Juan Williams had made sexist remarks before – especially about Sarah. Thanks for telling me.

    I guess you were right after all. I should say your wife was right.

    Always trust your wife. I tell my husband the exact same thing. 🙂

  45. Ryan looks great. The suit must be custom made because it fits well. Great haircut. Great color tie which matches his eyes. Shaved real close too.

    Substantively Ryan accepts the nomination and then immediately launches into what he needed to do: talk about Romney.

  46. “Fear and division is all they have left.” “all their attacks ads the’re just throwing away money – Obama is experienced at that”

    He’s following the formula: “First introduce Mitt Romney to the American voter. Second denounce Barack Obama in every way for every policy. Third, provide the solution to Barack Obama: Mitt Romney.”

    Ryan introduces himself and his family. Scott Walker with tears flowing from his face as Ryan recalls his father who died when Paul Ryan was 16.

  47. Heck put Ryan at the top of the ticket. He’s much more articulate than Romney I think. I remember his 6 min take-down of Obamacare at the fake “debate”.

  48. Paul Ryan just made me stop what I was doing and listen to what he was saying! I’m sure many other people are doing that right now.

  49. jbstonesfan 10:08 pm
    “Correct. When Melba toast Pawlenty is your best zinger, u got issues.”

    Yes, so true! But then my expectations were very low, since I expected him to be boooooring! Actually, I liked his speech better than Christi’s.


    Ryan was great…did not electrify like Sarah, but nonetheless did a decent job making the case for R/R. I’m curious to see how Undecided Voters and the 18-29 year olds respond to him and his speech.

  50. Personally, I thought Martinez, Condi and Ryan all did a great job and kind of built the momentum from one to the other.

  51. Uh-Oh. While everyone has been concentrating on the campaigns and the conventions, obama has been busy with his pen again. In secret, of course.

    Did somebody forget to mention a new US treaty with Guatemala ?

    I mean, it’s not like The Senate matters – You know – The whole ‘two-thirds’ thing on ratification……Yeah, I didn’t think any of that could happen here.

  52. VotingHillary, there was a thematic unity from Rice to Martinez to Ryan. That is what the mass audience saw so it is not to be sniffed at even if the rest of the convention was meandering. Rice and Martinez in particular had speeches which complemented each other. Ryan then picked up what they said about their origins and how they succeeded and expanded on that theme to a critique of Obama leading to Romney as the solution.

  53. admin
    August 29th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I thought the same. Actually wondering why it has not better orchestrated up till today.

    One thing, they do not let the applause linger between speakers, too rushed.

  54. admin
    August 29th, 2012 at 11:36 pm
    VotingHillary, there was a thematic unity from Rice to Martinez to Ryan. That is what the mass audience saw so it is not to be sniffed at even if the rest of the convention was meandering. Rice and Martinez in particular had speeches which complemented each other. Ryan then picked up what they said about their origins and how they succeeded and expanded on that theme to a critique of Obama leading to Romney as the solution.


    I think that “thematic” approach was what was lacking in last night’s program. But, tonight and tomorrow night are what most will be watching since the candidates themselves are speaking.

    Any guess as to who the “surprise” speaker will be tomorrow night?

  55. C-Span just showed tomorrow’s schedule. Prime-time looks like former Olympians, Rubio and then Mitt.

  56. For me, the Ryan part of the equation was never in doubt. Before the speech I said this.

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:06 pm
    Ryan needs to electrify the crowd and blast BO’s failed economy
    He will.

    August 29th, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    I have never been a Christy supporter. But Ryan I can see. He is capable of blowing the doors off tonight

    The pivotal question is how effective will Romney’s speech be in capitalizing on it? He needs to pour troops into the hole in the Obama line which was ripped open by the Ryan speech. And he needs to challenge big media.

    “If the mind is to emerge unscathed from this relentless struggle, two qualities are indispensible: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmer of the inner light that leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead. The first of these qualities is described by the French term coup d’ oeil; the second is sheer determination.”—Clausewitz

  57. Gonzotx, I liked very much Ryan’s speech because it took Obama and his administration apart in a very direct and smart way. His razor-sharp criticism was needed and he delivered.

    Basically, my point on SP’s speech is irrelevant. I was just comparing the energy in the room when SP spoke as the first Repub VP candidate. But I thought Ryan connected very well with the audience and liked the way he looked straight into the camera.

  58. The objectivity of big media must must must be placed in issue by Romney himself. Then he can do what Reagan did when his opponent did something unfair, i.e. smile shake his head and say there you go again.

  59. Question: where does America sit today?

    Answer by Big Media: wherever messiah obama sits, that is the head of the table

    Messiah Obama: the needle dick who thought he was John Holmes.

  60. Well I thought McCain was excellent, Condi and Susanna were on fire and needless to say I just love Paul Ryan…I’m with whoever said put him at the top of the ticket…LOL!

    Well at this point I’m undecided, but will watch the DNC fiasco next week and make up my mind….but at least at this point I’m considering Mittens/Ryan…but I’m still not sure though!

    I just don’t trust corporatists…but of coarse Obama is one…he’s no socialist…that for sure…he’s for himself!

    I did like McCain bringing up the intentional leak by this administration to make itself look good….sick…just sick!

    Condi was wonderful and I never like her before…but I do now!

  61. Hey, gang, word is the “surprise speaker” will be an embarrassment for Obama.

    Since they are having Olympians, I wonder if it might be the President of the IOC? What’s his name, Jacques Roggue? What if it is him and he is going to praise Romney’s handling of the Olympics?

    That would be HILARIOUS after Obama/Michelle “talked” Chicago right out of the 2016 Games.

  62. On Greta, Byron York just said the person that wrote Palin’s speech in 2008 also wrote Ryan’s speech!


  63. Paul Ryan: the man, the moment, the message.

    Those are the three things that win watershed elections.

    Obot: But but but but but he said all those mean nasty things about my Barack Obama.

    Response: Truth is an absolute defense. Obama is guilty as charged.

  64. On Greta, Byron York just said the person that wrote Palin’s speech in 2008 also wrote Ryan’s speech!

    An elegant sustained argument. Very powerful.

    I ran out of superlatives last night, so I will simply say Ryan speech was even better.

    The delivery was splendid, the pauses, the eye contact, emphasis rising to the ending creshendo.

    Apart from the artistry, here is what I admire most about this speechwriter.

    He or she does not crave the limelight the way Peggy Noonan does.

  65. Paul Ryan: Winner

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | August 29th at 10:51 PM | 6


    He did what he had to do — convince independent voters that it is okay to like Obama, okay to have voted for Obama, and okay to want to replace Barack Obama. His speech was not for the GOP. His speech was for independents.

    Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney know that as the Democrats amp up the negativity, they have to give independents an incentive to keep independents in the race and for them. Paul Ryan succeeded.

    Back in 2009, Rush Limbaugh addressed CPAC. The media covered it live, hoping it would damage the GOP. Instead, his off the cuff remarks put the Democrats on defense for months. He made the case that we have to support individuals over the collective, small government over big government, and choice in life (outside of killing kids) over one size fits all mandates.

    Republican leaders shied away from those themes until the tea party came along and seized them. GOP leaders still shy away from them. Remember, the weekend Paul Ryan was picked, the GOP leadership was apoplectic that they’d now lose because of Medicare.

    Instead, the GOP is now winning on the issue.

    Tonight, Paul Ryan brought Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC themes full circle into the next generation with a youthful, smiling face that makes it hard for the Democrats to attack. He related to women, to moms, to small businesses, and to families. Paul Ryan made multi-generational points that it is time for a change. He used his personal story to introduce himself and bolster his claims. He made the argument that we must support individuals over the collective. He made the point that we must cut the federal government. He made the point that people should not be dependent on one size fits all federal programs and mandates.

    He appealed to independents and the base. He remains one heck of a pick for Mitt Romney.

    Paul Ryan is a winner.

    A friend emailed me that if women really were as shallow as the Democrats claim and only think about their lady parts, by 11pm they all wanted Paul Ryan. Game over.

    Barack Obama’s campaign had several weeks to define Paul Ryan and failed. Now Paul Ryan just defined himself in a way that resonates with swing voters.

  66. I cannot remember, was Kerry attacked for being rich? or his wife being rich?


    Both — but more strongly his wife, I think.

  67. Well I liked Ryans speech, I only had one area that I thought came out wrong…and that was when he said…he was from Janesville…still goes to the same church and all..I thought that came off kind of bad…that is for the por folk that has skipped around and haven’t been in the same place their whole life….it was just too much!
    Overall I loved his speech, although there were some things he didn’t mention….but its politics! Everyone lies a little! He requested some of those stimulus funds for his state…so I thought that was a little off.

  68. “Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife,” Williams said [….]


    This is a “vile attack”?

  69. Bottom line is, neither the Dems nor the Pubs give a bloody damn about women’s rights.


    Their legislative records on women’s issues are pretty different, anyway.

  70. .but its politics! Everyone lies a little!


    Yep.* Welcome back!

    *Except maybe Bill Clinton.

  71. *Except maybe Bill Clinton.

    “I never had sex with that woman” You mean that Bill Clinton? The one who lost his law license and was impeached for committing perjury?

    The same man who told Juanita Brodderick to “put some ice on it” after he raped her in her room? The man who had to pay off or threaten all his bimbos before they erupted?

    That’s who you look up to as an honest man?

    Oh my. Now I better understand some of your comments. You are living in an alternate universe.

  72. Admin, don’t guess we will be seeing Paul Ryan running around in a speedo today. After that speech there will “sadly” be no need.

  73. We wrote, before last night’s speeches, that the Republican convention was a “shambles”. Dick Morris interviewed on the O’Reilly show pretty much agreed with everything we wrote. We especially agree with his take on Bain Capital and McCain’s failures to tackle Obama on foreign policy in his speech. Take a look:

    The Factor kicked off Wednesday’s program by listening to John McCain’s speech at the Republican National Convention, during which the Senator excoriated President Obama’s foreign policy. Political strategist Dick Morris then gave his appraisal of the convention thus far. “Ann Romney’s speech was the most important thing so far,” Morris declared. “Obama’s entire campaign for five months has been to personally discredit Mitt Romney and throw barbs at his integrity, his compassion, and his humanity. Ann Romney rebutted that by explaining who he is in very clear terms and she offered vivid testimonials of the hard times they’ve been through together. She’s better than any candidate’s wife who has ever spoken at a convention, it was absolutely incredible and this was effectively the answer to the negative campaigning.” Morris was less charitable when it came to Governor Chris Christie, saying, “He just talked about himself and New Jersey, very little about Mitt Romney or Obama.” Finally, Morris posited that the GOP’s biggest weakness so far has been the failure to mention Mitt Romney’s business success. “The words ‘Bain Capital’ have never been mentioned. C’mon, Obama’s whole campaign is based on Bain Capital, so they need a video about people whose jobs were saved by Mitt Romney and Bain Capital.” The Factor advised everyone to watch a very special interview Thursday night: “We have a knockout interview with John McCain tomorrow night, it is a knockout and people will be very surprised.”

  74. Update II: Paul Ryan provided a much needed jolt at last night’s Republican convention. He certainly helped himself and Mitt Romney by finally providing a coherent narrative as to why voters should vote for them. Today he will pay the price as attack upon attack will land on his head. Already it is clear that fact-checking the factcheckers on Ryan’s speech is the job for today.

    As regular readers know we thought another person was the logical choice to be Romney’s VP. We still think we will be proven correct although we certainly hope we are very very very very very wrong. Today, we at least are provided with the Romney scheme to win the must win state of Florida. Our fingers remain crossed.

  75. Why the Left freaked out about Paul Ryan telling the truth about the Janesville closing.

    Such an innocent looking passage, to spark such panic from the Left.

    By: Moe Lane (Diary) | August 30th at 08:30 AM

    From Paul Ryan’s convention speech yesterday:

    President Barack Obama came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those were very tough days, and any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My home state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it, especially in Janesville, where we were about to lose a major factory.

    A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that GM plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said: “I believe that if our government is there to support you … this plant will be here for another hundred years.” That’s what he said in 2008.

    Well, as it turned out, that plant didn’t last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that’s how it is in so many towns today, where the recovery that was promised is nowhere in sight.

    This is, by the way, a perfectly accurate statement. There was a GM plant in Janesville. Barack Obama did make a speech there in 2008. He did, in that speech, make those comments*. And the plant did not “last another year” – despite, I should note, the Obama administration’s bailout of GM that the administration is kind-of, sort-of touting as an ‘achievement.’ These are all true things; which has not kept the Left from screaming otherwise, to the point where the Obama campaign has officially (and in my opinion, unwisely) called Paul Ryan a liar.

    There are two things that jump out at me about the reaction to Ryan’s comments:
    1.The liberals who were not aware of the details originally are displaying what is frankly an appalling level of ignorance about… well, take your pick. The President’s embarrassingly bad track record when it comes to his promises? The state of America, outside of the Leftist Pale that is the Beltway? Paul Ryan’s rhetorical history? – Pick one or another; they all fit. Particularly this last one; nobody should have been surprised to see the Republican VP nominee talk about a factory closing in his home town.
    2.And that leads to the liberals who were aware of the details originally: those folks are being pretty appalling, all on their own. There’s a certain level of ignorance here, as well – but there’s rather more mendacity. You see, unlike the Leftist blogs and websites and rank-and-file membership, the people running the Democratic party actually know what is going on with the world today. They can’t help but know about it; after all, they’re almost exclusively responsible for the state of affairs which has made this economic recovery the weakest one within most people’s memory.

    And yet, instead of simply gritting their teeth and taking the hit, the Democratic Establishment is trying to incite its base by calling something true a lie. Which to me suggests that the Left – specifically, the Obama for America team – is simultaneously utterly contemptuous of its own base’s ability to reason, and quietly terrified that said base might eventually wise up to the fact that it’s being taken for the Mother Of All Rides. That these two attitudes are subtly contradictory should be no surprise: to mangle Lewis Carroll, the Left has long been accustomed to believing six impossible things before breakfast.

    Moe Lane (crosspost)

    *Read the whole speech; it’s a hoot. Especially the part where Obama slams Clinton for supporting the war and wanting a health care mandate. Oops?


    44% trust O on the economy vs 48% trusting Romney. Now exactly why do 44 percent trust O. They now have a track record, and he will have no majority in the House of Rep, and maybe not in the Senate either. What in the H will he ever pass to make the economy better. I guess he will lead with executive orders. Amazing. It is like you are following a General in the battle field who has been weaving and bobbing and you are 10 miles back from where you started. Like yes he has tons of support, and successful experience now. Yah sure!

  77. confloyd
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Really? You would even consider voting for the fraud? Where have you been, hanging out at Politico?

    About Janesville. You read wayyy too much into it. It was simply a statement that he is who he is and a product of a small town in WI.

  78. From ACE…Long, but worth the read. I am sending it to the Romney camp .

    August 30, 2012
    Romney/Ryan’s Janesville GM Opportunity: What Would Breitbart Do?
    —Jack M.

    As readers of this fine blog know (see Andy’s piece below), the media has been caught using Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina’s lying tweets in a desperate, implausible and self-defeating attempt to smear Paul Ryan.

    From mere seconds after the close of Ryan’s phenomenal address, Obama’s broken promise of a “100 YEAR FACTORY” to the workers of the Janesville GM Plant and the people of Wisconsin has been the hill on which the MSM has chosen to die. The media, like the Obama administration, has decided that this is another instance in which the only way to excuse a clear Obama failure is by forcing their viewers to drink heavily from the nearly dry “blame Bush” well in the hopes that a blackout will ensue. Hence their despiration to make the 2008 closing date stick, despite the clear fact that it closed under Obama’s economic “stewardship”, and contrary to his promises, in 2009.

    This presents an opportunity that I encourage Romney/Ryan to take. And if Andrew Brietbart were alive, I think he’d be all over it too. Because Andrew Brietbart knew better than anyone how to take a false and empty media narrative and turn it against them. (More after the jump)

    So what would Breitbart do? I think he would strap on the rollerblades and head straight to the now shuttered GM factory in Janesville, Wisconsin. I think he would call a press conference with unemployed GM workers who took Presidential Candidate Obama at his word in 2008, and he would have them relate the chronology of the plant’s closure. They would talk about how they went from manufacturing a variety of vehicles in 2008, to just manufacturing one line of light trucks in 2009. They would talk about how they saw their hours cut back, and their paychecks diminshed. They would talk about the sacrifices they made in an attempt to keep their plant open and their jobs intact. They would talk about the trepidation and uncertainty they faced when they drew their last GM paycheck *ahem* 6 months into Obama’s term *ahem*. But most importantly, they would talk about how they placed their faith in Obama’s promise and they were burned. Breirbart would play the images of the President’s words, and juxtapose them with the reality on the ground. He would play excerpts of media hacks like Maddow and Schultz, and he would have the blue collar guys call them out on their lies. He would attack the institutional left with our greatest weapon: the truth.

    And, as an added bonus, I have no doubt that one of these workers would, if given a forum to vent their frustration, say something instantly memorable along the lines of “President Obama…the people of Janesville built that plant. You closed it down.” The media may be able to get away with calling Ryan a liar (it’s expected) but they won’t be able to get away with demonizing an assembly line’s worth of normal people who probably voted for their guy the last time around anyway. And they would only do themselves greater harm by trying.

    Romney and Ryan should do the same thing. The R&R campaign should stage an event in Janesville that humanizes this issue. They should stage it on or as near to the grounds of the shuttered factory as they can get and they should feature the people who were hurt by its closure (employees, suppliers, local businesses, etc). Perhaps they should even use it as the backdrop for a “major economic address” of some kind to force the media to mention it. They should cut video from this event and run ads with blue collar guys and gals who believed Candidate Obama’s promises and who now feel betrayed by this President’s failure to keep them. And they should run them 24/7 throughout Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.

    Because, Paul Ryan was right in his speech: towns throughout the midwest (and America, really) know all too well the damage that the Obama Depression has caused. The shutting of the Janesville GM plant, and the loss of jobs that have yet to return (and may never return) is a painful scene that has been played out all throughout this country. It is a stark image that clearly illustrates to many who have been insulated from criticism of Obama by the MSM what we connisseurs of conservative media all know: President Obama’s teleprompter will contain whatever he needs to say to get elected, but his actions as President have done nothing but hasten our decline with real and lasting harm done. It’s a message that will resonate far beyond Wisconsin’s borders.

    We have this possibility now. And we have it because the media has overreached. They’ve made the last 12 hours non-stop Janesville partisan “fact-checking” coverage, and they themselves have set the stage for a beatdown of epic magnitude. The truth is on our side in Janesville, and we should run with it.

    Please, Romney/Ryan lets charge this position. #WAR.

  79. gonzotx
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    August 30th, 2012 at 12:36 am

    Really? You would even consider voting for the fraud?


    Better to look at Jill Stein, the Green candidate. What hurt Gore’s future most, was the liberals voting Green/Nader in 2000.

  80. Janesville Gazette, February 2009……found at ACE

    GM plant’s last day finalized
    JANESVILLE — General Motors will end
    medium-duty truck production in Janesville on April 23, four months to
    the day after the plant stopped building full-size sport utility


    BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski finds this promise from Barack Obama in June 2008, after the notice went out that the plant would shut down over the next several months, emphasis mine:

    “Reports that the GM plant I visited in Janesville may shut down sooner than expected are a painful reminder of the tough economic times facing working families across this country. This news is also a reminder that Washington needs to finally live up to its promise to help our automakers compete in our global economy. As president, I will lead an effort to retool plants like the GM facility in Janesville so we can build the fuel-efficient cars of tomorrow and create good-paying jobs in Wisconsin and all across America.” Source: /

    Sounds like a promise — and it certainly did to the people of Janesville. Will the “fact” checkers fact-check themselves now?

  82. Leanora-

    “The same man who told Juanita Brodderick to “put some ice on it” after he raped her in her room? The man who had to pay off or threaten all his bimbos before they erupted?

    That’s who you look up to as an honest man?”

    Another, JOKE?

    Your vile statements about President Clinton are less than true and even less welcome on a site bearing his wife of more than 30 years name.

  83. Gotta love her:

    Where are the Cook Islands?

    They are where Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be Aug. 31, rather than preparing to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

    The Cook Islands are a chain of 15 small islands in the Pacific, about halfway between California and New Zealand. Their capital is Rarotonga, and they play a very minor role in international power-politics.

    They’re named after an English explorer, Captain James Cook, who discovered them in 1770.

    For good measure, Clinton will also visit Vladivostok while the rest of her party nominates President Barack Obama — her boss — as their candidate for 2012.

    Vladivostok is in the part of Russia closest to Manchuria, a province of China, where she will also visit.

    China’s economy is rapidly growing while the U.S. economy’s growth has stalled under Obama’s leadership.

    U.S. unemployment, debts and deficits are at record heights, while wages and investment are in decline.

    Clinton’s departure prevents Obama from using her popularity to boost his outreach to swing-voting unmarried and married women.

    Instead, Obama has awarded a speaking slot to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. That could be risky, because relations between the two presidents have been frosty, and the former president may subtly undercut the current president.

    Clinton’s high-profile exit from the country and from party politics forcefully underlines her effort to distance herself from Obama’s waning political fortunes.

  84. Rumor that a mystery guest will appear at the convention tonight to personally endorse Romney. Inside betting indicates that it MAY be Clint Eastwood. On the other hand, it may be nothing more than a rumor.

  85. Obama’s waning political fortunes
    A rather poetic way to describe a turd in a toilet who will be flushed by the electorate in November, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise.

  86. admin
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    So let me see if I understand this. We have a freaking idiot as president, the country in a tailspin, big media debasing itself in every conceivable way to save his sorry ass, and the greatest leader of our generation in the Canary Islands doing her job as she always does. What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

  87. Hi, I haven’t read the comments so I don’t know if you already know this but I just read that Newt is the speaker tonight. Don’t know if it is true but I sure hope so.

  88. Why Ron Fournier Proves Mitt Romney Must Beat The Liberal Media, Not Woo Them

    By: Erick Erickson (Diary) | August 30th at 07:30 AM | 34


    When Republicans talk about the liberal press, they should not just remember John Harris at the Politico, but also Ron Fournier of National Journal. If you want to know what the subtle racism of the liberal media looks like, consider Ron Fournier’s latest epiphany on how Mitt Romney’s welfare attacks on Obama are racist.

    It takes one to know one I guess.

    On the day the well respected by the press Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalain revealed his true colors only to see his media brethren rush to defend him after his firing (he lamented on a live mic that Romney had no problem partying as black people drowned), Ron Fournier was out accusing Mitt Romney of racism. Fournier is one of those members of the Gang of 500 that other members listen to and aspire to be.

    According to Fournier, Mitt Romney’s ad saying, “You wouldn’t have to work” is a dog whistle that real means “Blacks wouldn’t have to work.” Doing no more extrapolation than Fournier did, what he is really saying is that if you are a Republican talking about welfare you are a racist.

    What does it say about Ron Fournier that he hears the line about Mitt Romney’s ad and he himself translates it as “blacks wouldn’t have to work”? What is his presupposition about black people in his interpretation?

    The fact is, Ron Fournier is a liberal. He does not like Mitt Romney. He does not like Republicans. And he hates the fact that Republicans and a sizable number of independent voters largely think he and his cohorts in the mainstream media are mostly full of crap. So to get around it, he and his cohorts have invented a liberal organization called Politifact, run by a sizable number of Democrats who had the mendacity to declare themselves independent voters before taking the job, that they can hide behind as an impartial arbiter of their crap claiming it is truth.

    Consider his claims of racism about Mitt Romney and the GOP. He descends to “it’s Politifact, not me!”

    Before explaining why these tactics work (and why Romney’s team knows, or should know, they are playing the race card), let’s quickly deal with this fact: The ad is wrong. As countless impartial fact-checkers have noted, the Obama administration memo cited by the Romney team actually gives states flexibility to find better ways of getting welfare recipients into jobs.

    Why ignore fact-checkers?

    Only a liberal or an idiot could take the fact checkers seriously in this. As Conn Carroll noted, Ron Fournier willfully chooses to ignore that what the Obama Administration did was allow states to change the definition of work.

    As J. P. Freire noted on twitter responding to Fournier, “So wait, Obama guts welfare reform, Republicans object, and their objection is playing the race card?” Fournier’s response? Hide behind the fact checkers the media set up to claim themselves right.

    But what are the real facts? The Obama Administration did end welfare as we know it. It is objectively fact unless you are a fact checker or Ron Fournier.

    Just consider the mind blowing leaps and bounds of Ron Fournier — he can take a line in a commercial and extrapolate that it is really about black people, but he cannot take a regulation from the Obama administration allowing states to change the definition of work and extrapolate that this is designed to get around the work requirements in the 1996 Welfare Reform Act. Again — only a liberal or an idiot could do that.

    But Fournier would rather claim racism about Mitt Romney based on his own preconceptions about race and claim Romney is playing the race card — “coincidentally” at the same time the Democrats start pushing out the “GOP is playing the race card” meme — and hide behind “fact checkers” than intellectually admit he is wrong.

    His column is horribly offensive and his unwillingness to do anything other than hide behind liberal fact checkers who didn’t really check the facts is pathetic for a person in his position.

    To paraphrase Fournier, that leaves one inescapable conclusion: Ron Fournier is either recklessly ignorant of the facts, some of which he possesses – or he is lying about why (and how) he is playing the race card.

    Ron Fournier’s actions show that as long as the media sets up phony fact checkers as arbiters of a truth they want that may not be, Mitt Romney must not just beat Barack Obama, but also beat the liberals in the media.

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  89. TheRealist
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    I do find this quite confusing. People on this site regularly support equal rights for women. Many of you got upset with Juan Williams because of his comment the other night. Yet you all treat Bill Clinton as if he were a saint.

    Well he is not a saint. He has a dark side. Ask Monica. And he has treated Hillary abominably. Don’t you even care about that?

    Maybe some of you are young and didn’t have to live through the scandals. Maybe some choose to ignore them or maybe some of you even try to pretend they never happened. That doesn’t work in the real world. Fighting for the rights of women while holding Bill Clinton up as a hero is totally absurd.

  90. but I just read that Newt is the speaker tonight.


    Him, Clint Eastwood, Palin…. Maybe they’re all sitting around in the green room waiting for a call.

    Heh. I wonder if the campaign has got focus groups out there polling every hour as to who would be the most effective surprise to bring in.

  91. August 30th, 2012 at 1:16 pm


    Briefly, maybe you should learn the difference between fiction and fact.

  92. I think we were all disappointed in Bill’s personal conduct, but it was a consensual r/s between 2 adults. Also, like millions of couples who deal with infidelity, we would have preferred for Hillary and Bill to work this out(as they have done) privately rather than have had a 40 million dollar witch hunt over a BJ. Part of being human is making mistakes, and I think Bill has tried very hard through his foundations and support of Hillary to make up for what he did. Nonetheless, you are correct in that his behavior was inappropriate. He paid a large price for it.

  93. Leonora, you should not be confused. But apparently you are. Juan Williams insulted Ann Romney as a “corporate wife”, a comment which we really don’t even understand. But it was an insult which went along with the Hilary Rosen attack on Ann Romney as somehow less than a woman who is employed by a company. The reason why we find that sort of comment objectionable is because the choices a woman makes for herself individually should be respected.

    As to Bill Clinton. We detest busybodies who stick their noses in other people’s marriages and sniff panties. No one here thinks Bill Clinton is a saint. We do recognize however that for all his faults, which the American voter knew all about, Bill Clinton was elected not once but twice. The Republican busybodies, mostly hypocrites who were forced to resign when their own lies on the sanctity of marriage were exposed, tried to impose their own will over the American voter.

    As to Bill Clinton’s “dark side”, as you so dramatically phrase it, Monica was asked about it, interrogated about it, special prosecutors tormented her, hundreds of millions were expended on the quest and no “dark side” emerged. Well not from Bill Clinton anyway. It was a consensual relationship. As to Hillary Clinton, read what we just wrote about busy bodies. It’s not our marriage. The marriage is between Bill and Hillary. It’s their right to live their lives as they see fit. Check out the last sentence in our first paragraph of this response.

    What we do find absurd is to be lectured to by someone who claims that Bill Clinton committed “perjury”. We suggest you acquaint yourself with what Bill Clinton was charged with and what the adjudication was of those charges. They are not what your ill informed opinion believes. Further you should acquaint yourself with the “vast right wing conspiracy” that really did exist.

    The “vast right wing conspiracy” sought to remove a twice elected president with a sexual witch hunt that they themselves worked very hard to maintain (check out Linda Tripp’s efforts to get Monica to continue the affair Bill Clinton chose to end). Unlike you apparently we respect the American voter. When the voters of Michigan were violated in 2008 were were aghast as we were in 2000. For us it is not about personalities, it’s about principles.

    You would have democratic principles trashed to fulfill your fantasies of what Bill did or did not do. Kenneth Starr the vile prosecutor has admitted that he made some very big mistakes and that he probably should not have pursued Bill Clinton with the zeal he did. Most Republican elected officials concede they overreached and persecuted Bill Clinton over a private matter. Those that don’t embarrass themselves with continued support for Republicans like David “diapers” Vitter.

    You do recall, that the Bill Clinton impeachment failed right?

  94. Betty, here’s hoping you are correct. While Clint Eastwood sounds like a good idea, we don’t think Hollywood actors should be given a convention platform to endorse. Eastwood was once a mayor so that might excuse that choice, but really, do we want actors now giving speeches (Janine whatshername was pretty much a bomb the other night).

  95. The Ryan Difference
    Romney’s veep choice has lifted his campaign..
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    A funny thing didn’t happen on the way to Paul Ryan’s rousing speech Wednesday night accepting the GOP nomination for Vice President. The Republican ticket hasn’t sunk in the polls, Democrats haven’t nationalized the race around Medicare to their advantage, and seniors haven’t fled Mitt Romney in droves.

    All of those outcomes were predicted with utter certainty by the great political sages when Mr. Romney selected Mr. Ryan on that mid-August weekend. Go back to the videotape for the August 12 Sunday talk shows. Many Republicans—some in Mr. Romney’s own campaign—said the same thing sotto voce. (We know who you are.)

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    So far they’ve all been exactly wrong, as the polls show Mr. Romney having closed the gap against President Obama not only in Mr. Ryan’s native Wisconsin but in Florida, Ohio and Virginia. On Medicare, an issue that Democrats usually dominate, Mr. Romney is battling to a draw at worst and is nearly even among voters on which candidate is most trusted. This hasn’t happened since the dawn of the entitlement age.

    Paul Ryan formally accepted his party’s nomination for vice president in Tampa, Florida Wednesday night before thousands of cheering Republicans and blamed President Obama for a sluggish economy.
    What’s going on? The Romney campaign deserves credit for staging an Inchon landing by skillfully using ObamaCare to go on offense against Mr. Obama on Medicare. Liberals and the reporters they dine with still can’t bring themselves to believe that their historic achievement is unpopular, so they and the press corps refuse to admit that the Affordable Care Act has changed the entitlement debate.

    But retirees know that Mr. Obama robbed Medicare’s accounts to make ObamaCare’s budget impact look benign. And even if they can’t follow the deliberately convoluted details of phony Beltway bookkeeping, they are learning that Mr. Obama’s Medicare “cuts” are immediate and Mr. Ryan’s reforms won’t apply to anyone over age 55. The Obama campaign won’t give up on Mediscare, but it has been caught unprepared.

    Mr. Ryan has also performed better on the national stage than even many of his supporters anticipated. Even Democrats have had to concede he’s no lightweight and does his homework. He has put a new, youthful face on the Republican Party, and his earnest enthusiasm is a walking refutation of Democratic claims that he’s a Randian radical. He looks and sounds like Janesville.

    The latest assault is that Mr. Ryan won the genetic lottery, has no feeling for his fellow man, and thus wrote a budget that grinds down the less fortunate. These attacks will be on full display next week in Charlotte, especially now that it has become clear that Mr. Romney might win.

    The best response to these attacks is for Mr. Ryan to keep showcasing his natural optimism and Midwestern equanimity, as he did on Wednesday. Mr. Ryan had the difficult job of introducing himself to a public that barely knows him while also fulfilling the running mate’s traditional job of dismantling the record of his opponents.

    He did the first by focusing on his family, his Wisconsin roots and by paying tribute to his mentor, the late Jack Kemp. On the latter, he showed the ability to expose the President’s failures more in sorrow than in anger. His line about jobless college graduates in their 20s “staring up at fading Obama posters” in their childhood bedrooms is the line of the campaign and was Reaganesque in its subtle but still withering truth. This sets up Mr. Romney to offer his own positive vision and agenda on Thursday.

    Perhaps the best explanation for Mr. Ryan’s impact on the race may be how it has changed perceptions of the man at the top of the ticket. Nearly everyone had expected Mitt Romney, the cautious technocrat and political calculator, to make the “safe” pick. In choosing Mr. Ryan, the Governor showed both a political daring as a candidate and a seriousness about governing if he wins.

    This has motivated the GOP base, in case it needed any more motivating. But it doesn’t seem to have hurt among independents, who can appreciate a candidate who seems sincere and unafraid in his desire to address the country’s serious problems.

    Mr. Romney has had a hard time inspiring enthusiasm less because of his personality than because his candidacy has seemed more a personal crusade than a cause. In choosing Mr. Ryan, Mr. Romney gave Americans hope that he is trying to rally the country for the larger purpose of greater freedom and national revival.

    A version of this article appeared August 30, 2012, on page A14 in the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: The Ryan Difference.

  96. Poll: Nightly News Skewing Voters’ Views of GOP Convention





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    Since the start of the GOP convention on Tuesday, the legacy media have used every trick in their playbook to distort coverage of the Republican gathering. Sensing correctly that the GOP ticket is gathering momentum ahead of the final sprint to November, the media are explicitly trying to distort the Republican message going out to voters. A new poll by Wilson Research shows that the media’s political campaign against the GOP is having an impact.

    The poll of likely voters in 10 swing states was conducted Tuesday and Wednesday. Among voters watching the Republican National Convention itself, 67% of voters had a more favorable impression. However, among voters who are only watching the nightly news coverage of the RNC, 72% had a less favorable impression. It should be noted that the poll was conducted before Paul Ryan’s acceptance speech last night, so these results should be considered preliminary. That said, the difference between those who watched the convention and those who simply watched the news of the convention is striking.

    One caveat: those who are only watching the news coverage will tend to be more Democrat, or independent-leaning-Democrat, than the overall polling sample. That said, a 72% less favorable impression is far beyond this modest skew.

    Close observers of the media have seen their devolution into an active partisan interest group. They are not in Tampa to report the events of the convention. They are in Tampa to frame the GOP message for the general public and find disparate items that can be twisted together to paint an explicitly negative impression. Unfortunately, we now have some numbers to show their attempt is working

  97. If the mystery guest turns out the be Gingrich, then he must use the time he has been allotted to impeach the credibility of big media–with multiple examples. They are a deciding factor in this election, and as noted above, Romney can ill afford to woo them–he must beat them, either in person or through surrogates. The negative manner in which they are portraying the Convention and its speakers would be the perfect point of departure. One way or another their death grip over the public mind must be shattered once and for all. There must be no redemption for them ever.

  98. One thing I really loved about last night was
    Ayla Brown singing National Anthem W Sen. Scott Brown’s daughter
    Bet her Mom And Dad are proud of her she was AWESOME!!! 🙂

  99. Leanora, you are entitled to your opinion about WJC, but I think it’s safe to say that we were all disappointed at the time with Bill’s behavior. This said, it was not only a witch hunt, but an attempted coup by the Right to try to oust him. It was the most crass, ill-advised, and hypocritical over reach by a political Party whose top members had many skeletons hidden in their own respective closets. Newt, was a case in point. As you recall, he had his own little affair with an intern at the time, and has a bad habit of discarding wives when they no longer suit his purposes. Hyde had “youthful indiscretions. Oh, and remember Livingston who only stepped down from becoming Speaker of the House when his own sordid history of philandering was revealed by Larry Flint? (If Livingston had been truly principled on this matter, he would have refused the position of Speaker from the outset, not on the eve of the affair’s disclosure.) Sure, none of these men were POTUS, but they were Clinton’s peers, by all accounts.

    As I said, you are entitled to your opinion, but I hope, Leonara, that you can at least admit that this country was better off during President Clinton, and not be so blinded by the Right-wing talking points. Entrenched ideological positions with regard to politicians and political Parties is what has lead this country astray. Indeed, the old binaries just don’t work anymore and are, in fact, hurting this country.


    “The historic votes in the grand chamber at the Capitol came just hours after the newly anointed House speaker, Bob Livingston (R-La.), called on Clinton to resign and then, abruptly and unexpectedly, took his own advice. “I must set the example that I hope President Clinton will follow,” Livingston said, announcing he will step down because of the extramarital affairs he had reluctantly revealed on the eve of the impeachment debate.

  100. admin
    August 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Gotta love her…

    Indeed, and Hillary is probably gone to a far off island where there is no cell phone, skype, faceTime, internet reach? 😉

    The pre-Take-Your-Job-and-Shove-It path she has taken.

    That’s our girl, kick him where it hurts.

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