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:
“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.