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  • Romney was not the problem

    11/22/2012 10:31:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 155 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | November 21, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Small minds always leap to the answers given the last time around, which is probably why Maxine Waters keeps getting re-elected. But the last time is not necessarily the same as this time. A terrorist attack is not the same as the Cold War, a war in Afghanistan is not the same as a war in Iraq, and Mitt Romney is not the same as John McCain or Bob Dole. But since the election, many conservatives seem to be coalescing around the explanation for our defeat given by Jenny Beth Martin of the Tea Party Patriots, who said: “What we...
  • 6 Things You Don't Do in Front of White Folks

    11/12/2012 9:50:33 AM PST · by ro_dreaming · 86 replies
    Madame Noire ^ | September 4th, 2012 | Renay Alize
    #4 - I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been surprised to learn that one of my white friends or associates was a Republican. Ugh. It’s a troubling realization. Not only because of the political ideologies; (I don’t understand why folk can’t see the Republicans are just about money.), but also because the Republican party has been known to associate and or attract the type of folk who cling to racist, sexist and classist thoughts and even behaviors. There’s the tea party folk, the Todd Akin type dudes and most recently people who can’t act like they have a...
  • Clint Eastwood doesn't 'give a crap' about critics of his RNC speech

    09/17/2012 11:30:01 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 36 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 9-17-2012 | TMZ
    Clint Eastwood says he doesn't really care about the people who ripped his impromptu "chair" speech at the Republican National Convention, saying he was just expressing his feelings. Eastwood appeared on "Good Morning America" this morning and the 82-year-old explained one of the reasons he didn't want to give a traditional speech off a teleprompter that night is because "I didn't have my glasses with me ... so I wouldn't have been able to read it." Instead, he explained: "So then I’m just sitting there and the guy says, ‘You wanna sit down?’ and I said ‘No, but put that...
  • Scarborough: Eastwood Spoke 'From The Bottom Of A Bottle'

    09/10/2012 10:41:11 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 56 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Scarborough has suggested that Clint Eastwood was drunk when he gave his RNC speech. Today's Morning Joe opened with a clip of Mitt Romney telling David Gregory that it was a thrill to have Eastwood speak on his behalf at the RNC, and that he felt Eastwood spoke "from the heart." Scarborough came on and said that rather than speaking from the heart, Eastwood spoke more "from the bottom of a bottle." View the video here.
  • Eastwood's 'Empty Chair' Speech Gets Under Big Labor's Skin, Provokes Violent Reaction

    09/03/2012 8:16:48 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 29 replies
    The Politico, in its report on what turned out to be the center-right's "Empty Chair Day," covered the reaction of one prominent member of organized labor to Clint Eastwood's supposedly horrible (if you believe leftist pundits) speech at the Republican National Convention. If it was really that awful, they would be taking pity on Clint. Instead, they're getting hostile, meaning that the Hollywood Academy Award winner really got under their skin, as seen in an understated report by the online web site's Tim Mak and Juana Summers (bolds are mine througout this post): AFSCME President Lee Saunders, capping off a...
  • Cruel Conservatives Throw a Masquerade Ball (barf alert)

    09/03/2012 4:57:51 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 1, 2012 | Maureen Dowd
    MESSAGE: They care. Republicans care deeply. They really do. They care deeply about making us think that they care deeply. That’s why they knocked themselves out producing a convention that was a colossal hoax.
  • Romney pledges to protect ‘sanctity of life,’ marriage in GOP acceptance speech

    08/31/2012 1:56:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 114 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 31, 2012 | JOHN JALSEVAC
    TAMPA, August 31, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered his acceptance speech at the GOP convention Thursday night, laying out his vision for a Romney presidency. “Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for president of the United States of America,” Romney said. “I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.” In a speech focusing mainly on the country’s economic quandary and his own life history, Romney inserted a reference to social issues, pledging to protect life and...
  • That Chair Was Racist (Clint's empty chair was meant to make a black man inconsequential /s)

    08/31/2012 6:46:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/31/2012 | William L. Gensert
    Who does Clint Eastwood think he is? Having an empty chair next to him on stage while he pretended to talk to a non-existent Barack Obama supposedly sitting in that chair was racism. It was intended to make our President seem small, inconsequential, like a black man who doesn't count -- or counts at most as 3/5 of a person. Was the empty chair a metaphor for Barack Obama as an empty suit, or an emperor with no clothes? This is clearly code for society's assumption that a black man cannot be taken seriously and is not up to the...
  • Obama Campaign Responds to Eastwood's Empty Chair Jibe

    08/31/2012 5:26:56 AM PDT · by kristinn · 150 replies
    Friday, August 31, 2012 | Kristinn
    The Twitter account of Barack Obama responded last night to Clint Eastwood's Republican convention speech mocking Obama with an empty chair.A photo captioned "This seat's taken" was posted featuring a rear view of Obama presiding over a meeting while seated in a highback leather chair with a brass plaque on the back embossed, "THE PRESIDENT January 20, 2009"If the photo doesn't load, here's the URL: http://p.twimg.com/A1mY4mRCAAM_qwX.jpg:large
  • FNC"s Shannon Bream and her RNC Convention shoes.

    08/30/2012 10:08:30 PM PDT · by hole_n_one · 42 replies
    FNC | 8/30/12
  • Paul Ryan And The Democrats "War on Facts" (Obama Can't Handle The Truth!)

    08/31/2012 4:39:46 AM PDT · by suspects · 11 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | August 31, 2012 | Michael Graham
    “Dems need to hammer Ryan fast and prove clearly that he is a liar because he is a very skilled pol.” — Howard Fineman, Journalist (?) The Huffington Post To paraphrase Mark Twain, there are three kinds of liars: Liars, damned liars . . . and screaming, foamy-mouthed MSNBC hosts watching Paul Ryan speak. We have now moved into what academics might call the “post-factual” portion of the Obama campaign. For example: Tuesday night Ann Romney gives a warm, charmingly earnest speech. Obama flak Robert Gibbs calls it an “angry” night “full of insults.” What “insults?” He doesn’t say. He just says “Republicans...
  • In defense of Clint Eastwood: He was weird, but fantastic

    08/31/2012 3:26:48 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 148 replies
    Go ahead. Vet my day. A fistful of incoherence. High slurs rambler. Every which way and loose. Clint Eastwood, the 82-year-old movie star and director, inspired what seemed like enthusiasm inside the Republican National Convention's Tampa Bay Times Forum—and disbelief outside it and on Twitter.
  • Bob Schieffer (See BS) calls election for Obama based on Eastwood speech

    08/30/2012 8:12:26 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 47 replies
    BTLD | 8/30/12 | BTLD
    EASTWOOD WAS ONLY SUPPOSED TO SPEAK FOR FIVE MINUTES!!! HE WENT ON FOR TEN MINUTES!!! Is that all you got, Bob?
  • Republican National Convention attendees throw peanuts at CNN camerawoman

    08/29/2012 6:07:45 PM PDT · by pepperdog · 45 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 29 August | Cynthia Hodges
    Two Republican National Convention attendees were thrown out of the RNC venue on Tuesday after several people say they witnessed the 2 individuals taunting a black camera operator...
  • Romney Acceptance Speech - Full Text

    08/30/2012 9:04:36 PM PDT · by GVnana · 22 replies
    WaPo (sorry) ^ | 8/29/2012
    Full text of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s remarks to the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30 in Tampa , as prepared for delivery.Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America. I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility. Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of...
  • RNC's Priebus: Matthews 'unhinged,' 'hysterical,' 'bizarre'

    08/30/2012 8:53:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/30/12 | Paul Bedard
    Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus Thursday unleashed a sharp attack on liberal TV critic Chris Matthews, calling the MSNBC Hardball host "bizarre," "unhinged," and "hysterical" for charging the GOP with playing the race card. Appearing on America's Radio News Network with hosts John McCaslin and Chris Salcedo, Priebus said that when challenged by Matthews over race earlier this week, he tried to avoid a fight, though he did call Matthews a "jerk." Recalling the episode, Priebus said, "my reaction was, as it was happening was, OK Chris Matthews is just trying to make a scene for his
  • Marco Rubio Speech - More government less freedom!!!!!!!! [gaffe]

    08/30/2012 9:06:13 PM PDT · by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide · 122 replies
    Youtube ^ | 2012-08-30 | zombiedragon69
    Rubio's gaffe... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqrYc7CVTzg "Let’s make sure they write that we did our part. That we chose more government instead of more freedom."
  • Romney takes lead over Obama with convention "bounce": Reuters/Ipsos poll (44-42 likely voters)

    08/30/2012 8:26:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08/30/2012 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - Mitt Romney has moved into a narrow lead over U.S. President Barack Obama in a small bounce for him from the Republican National Convention, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. Romney entered the week four points behind Obama in the first installment of a Reuters/Ipsos rolling poll, with Obama leading 46 percent to 42 percent. But the most recent daily rolling poll gave Romney a two-point lead of 44 percent to 42 percent among likely voters. The former governor of Massachusetts has been in the spotlight at the convention in Tampa, Florida, and was to make his acceptance...
  • CONVENTION BOUNCE: Mitt Romney Swings 6 Points And Leads Obama In A New Poll

    08/30/2012 8:20:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 30, 2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Mitt Romney has swung 6 points in three days in the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll as he prepares to give his big speech accepting the Republican nomination for president, now leading President Obama 44 to 42 percent in the poll among likely voters. The results suggest evidence of the traditional "bounce" a candidate typically enjoys from coverage of the party's convention. "I'd say the convention is going very well for him," Ipsos pollster Julia Clark told Reuters. The poll also shows some measures of Romney's personal attributes improving, though they're still not very good. Romney's likability is up to 30...
  • Transcript of Clint Eastwood speech at RNC

    08/30/2012 8:50:16 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 76 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8-30-2012 | transcript
    Transcript of Clint Eastwood speech at RNC The following is a transcript of actor Clint Eastwood's speech at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 30, 2012. EASTWOOD: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Save a little for Mitt. (APPLAUSE) I know what you are thinking. You are thinking, what's a movie tradesman doing out here? You know they are all left wingers out there, left of Lenin. At least that is what people think. That is not really the case. There are a lot of conservative people, a lot of moderate people, Republicans, Democrats, in Hollywood....
  • Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention

    08/30/2012 9:05:45 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 82 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 08/30/12 | LD Jackson
    After watching the speeches given over the past three days, it was only natural to wonder if Mitt Romney would be able to do his predecessors justice. Ann Romney did a great job, as did Paul Ryan, and a host of other speakers. Thursday night's programming was clearly designed to help introduce the real Mitt Romney to the rest of America. Many of us had not heard the stories we heard leading up to our nominee's acceptance speech. We learned there is much more to the man than he has told. These are the stories Mitt Romney is not comfortable...
  • Code Pink Protesters Just Interrupted Mitt Romney's Convention Speech

    08/30/2012 8:43:10 PM PDT · by libh8er · 79 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 8.30.2012 | Grace Wyler
    TAMPA, FLA. — A group of protesters from the women's rights group Code Pink interrupted Mitt Romney's speech at the Republican National Convention tonight. That the protesters were able to obtain credentials to the convention — let alone one that enabled them to get so close to the stage — and that they were able to sneak in huge pink signs is actually a pretty incredible feat given the level of security at the Republican convention.
  • Paul Backers Aided Disruption of Ryan’s Speech (Code Pink - Ron Paul alliance)

    08/30/2012 11:37:36 AM PDT · by kristinn · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Thursday, August 30, 2012 | Sarah Wheaton
    The women’s antiwar group CodePink was behind the disruption of Representative Paul D. Ryan’s speech on Wednesday night, but it was in part a product of the Romney campaign’s continuing dispute with Ron Paul supporters. “An angry Ron Paul person was like, here, take my pass,” said Laura Mills, the 21-year-old CodePink intern who was escorted out of the Tampa Bay Times Forum after interrupting Mr. Paul’s speech. Ms. Mills and a more seasoned activist, Ann Wright, were just waiting for Mr. Ryan to say something about health care. When he did, they yelled, “Health care, not warfare” and “My...
  • Clint Eastwood Addresses The 2012 GOP Convention (VIDEO)

    08/30/2012 7:27:25 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 212 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | August 30, 2012 | RealClearPolitics
    Actor and director Clint Eastwood addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
  • RNC Ratings Night Two: Networks Lose 17 Million Viewers Compared To Night Two Of 2008 RNC

    08/30/2012 6:35:41 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 15 replies
    On night two of the Republican National Convention, Fox News Channel was once again the network more people went to to get their political fix. That said, every network was down substantially from the same night in 2008, when Sarah Palin made her RNC debut.
  • Jeb Bush to Republicans: ‘Stop Acting Stupid’ on Immigration (Pushing Amnesty Yet Again)

    08/30/2012 4:30:26 PM PDT · by montag813 · 56 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 08-30-2012 | John Hill
    Tonight, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is addressing the Republican National Convention. Why is he being given that honor, you say? That is a good question, since he is at great odds with both the party's nominee, the party's platform, and the American people on the issue of immigration, and continues to insult us on a weekly basis to pimp his pro-amnesty views that we have consistently rejected. At a forum on immigration, Bush said Republicans aren’t going to close the gap with Hispanic voters until they “stop acting stupid” by being too "tough" on "immigrants" (the usual code for illegal...
  • Romney, Tonight: ‘I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed.’

    08/30/2012 4:28:51 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 58 replies
    National Review Online ^ | Thursday August 30, 2012
    Some of you will want to read portions of Romney’s speech before he delivers it; some will not. For those that do, the excerpts that have been released by the Romney campaign are below: I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something. Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better!...
  • Clint Eastwood Endorses Mitt Romney

    08/30/2012 5:44:48 PM PDT · by Weedle · 9 replies
    You Tube ^ | 8/30/2012 | Douglas
    Clint Eastwood Endorses Mitt Romney Hell of a thing electing a Democrat...they take all a man's got...and all he's every gonna have.
  • O'Reilly: What are they going to drop from the ceiling when Sandra Fluke speaks? (LOL)

    08/30/2012 5:41:43 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 33 replies
    Foxnews
    O'Reilly just asked James Rosen "I wonder what they're going to drop from the ceiling when Sandra Fluke speaks?" A reference to condoms being dropped instead of balloons lol
  • UPDATE: CNN Camerawoman Says Convention Incident Should Be Wake-Up Call: Report (barf)

    08/30/2012 5:55:31 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 28 replies
    UPDATE THURSDAY 4:55 PM: The CNN camerawoman who was pelted with peanuts by attendees at the GOP Convention in Tampa yesterday has told Journal-isms that she was not surprised by the incident and that it should serve as a wake-up call to black people. “This is Florida, and I’m from the Deep South. You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand. They see us doing things they don’t think I should do,” she said. Two people were removed from the arena yesterday after they threw peanuts at the camera operator, while saying to...
  • Romney: 'My Country Deserves Better!' (Acceptance speech excerpts)

    08/30/2012 5:06:27 PM PDT · by GOPinCa · 158 replies
    Here are excerpts of the remarks Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney plans to deliver this evening in Tampa, Florida: Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us. When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to...
  • Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words

    08/30/2012 10:15:36 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/30/12 | Sally Kohn
    1. Dazzling At least a quarter of Americans still don’t know who Paul Ryan is, and only about half who know and have an opinion of him view him favorably. So, Ryan’s primary job tonight was to introduce himself and make himself seem likeable, and he did that well. The personal parts of the speech were very personally delivered, especially the touching parts where Ryan talked about his father and mother and their roles in his life. And at the end of the speech, when Ryan cheered the crowd to its feet, he showed an energy and enthusiasm that’s what...
  • Code Pink’s Pro-Abortion Dancing Vaginas Disgust Republicans

    08/30/2012 3:40:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    Life News ^ | August 30, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The radical pro-abortion group Code Pink has been doing its best to rain on the Republican convention parade in Tampa.Two members unsuccessfully attempted to disrupt pro-life vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech on Wednesday night, while the rest of the “vagina dancing” and costume-wearing crew has been relegated to the official protest areas outside the Republican convention. Below are pictures (courtesy Jill Stanek), a video and commentary about these radical activists.“Yesterday Code Pink activists were featured at the Planned Parenthood bus stop in Tampa, dressed in full frontal feminist regalia. These vulgar women represent mainstream American women?” Stanek writes, “At...
  • Minus Palin, Convention’s TV Ratings Plunge

    Viewership for the Republican National Convention plunged sharply on its second night compared with the same evening of 2008, when Sarah Palin made her debut as the vice presidential nominee. An average of 21.9 million viewers tuned into the nine broadcast and cable networks that were broadcasting convention proceedings Wednesday night between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m., according to Nielsen. That was 41% less than the 37.2 million who tuned in the same night four years ago, the research firm said.
  • Romney Camp Removing Rules Committee Members

    08/28/2012 10:24:54 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 119 replies
    FreedomWorks.org ^ | August 28, 2012 | Michael Duncan
    I just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida's Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates. Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the "compromise" on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee. It's enough to make your blood boil. Please call your state's Rules Committee delegates here and ask that they oppose the "compromise" on Rule 15,...
  • ‘Honey Boo Boo’ beats GOP in cable ratings

    08/30/2012 4:41:59 PM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 45 replies
    Sf gate ^ | 8-30-12
    Never let it be said that Americans don’t have their priorities straight. The fourth episode of   TLC‘s “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” a show that makes “Jersey Shore” look like “Masterpiece Classic,” drew more viewers in the 18-49 age group on Wednesday night than the second full night of the Republican National Convention.
  • Poll: Romney gets convention bounce, takes national lead

    08/30/2012 5:40:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 30, 2012
    Mitt Romney has taken the lead over President Obama with a bounce in the polls from the Republican National Convention. Romney leads with 44 percent support, compared with 42 for Obama, according to a Reuters-Ipsos national tracking poll released Thursday. The Republican candidate started the week trailing Obama 46 to 42, and the 6 percentage point swing is likely due to voter focus on the Republican National Convention, which concludes Thursday night in Tampa, Fla.
  • 17 Million Less Viewers Watch Ryan in 2012 than Palin in 2008

    08/30/2012 5:26:00 PM PDT · by Kolath · 53 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | 8/30/2012 | Stacy Drake
    I think this verifies with some pretty substantial numbers that there just isn’t the same excitement for Paul Ryan, as there was in 2008 for Governor Palin. Via Mediabistro (emphasis): On night two of the Republican National Convention, Fox News Channel was once again the network more people went to to get their political fix. That said, every network was down substantially from the same night in 2008, when Sarah Palin made her RNC debut…
  • (Live Thread) Day 4 Republican National Convention

    08/30/2012 4:31:56 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 1,851 replies
    RNC ^ | 30 Aug 2012
    THURSDAY — 7 p.m. Call to order Introduction of Colors US Central Command Joint Forces Color Guard Team Pledge of Allegiance by Dylan Nonaka National Anthem sung by SEVEN Invocation by Ken and Priscilla Hutchins Remarks by Republican Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla. Reagan Legacy Video Remarks by former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and wife Callista Gingrich Remarks by Craig Romney — 8 p.m. Remarks by former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla. Remarks by Bob White, chairman of Romney for President campaign Remarks by Grant Bennett Remarks by Tom Stemberg — 9 p.m. Remarks...
  • Clint Eastwood at the GOP convention [Rush parody]

    08/30/2012 5:41:53 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 1 replies
    Rush archives (youtube video) ^ | 2/7/2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    Video only ... vanity
  • On RNC stage, nettlesome issues unmentioned

    08/30/2012 5:52:35 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2012 | Beth Fouhy
    Viewers tuning into the Republican National Convention have heard Ann Romney speak lovingly of her husband and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pledge "a new era of truth telling." What they haven't heard is talk of offshore tax havens, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin, or questions about President Barack Obama's birthplace - the kind of divisive issues that have bedeviled Mitt Romney in the weeks before formally accepting his party's presidential nomination.
  • GOP Convention: Remarks by Hon. Luis Fortuńo, Governor of Puerto Rico

    08/30/2012 6:41:19 AM PDT · by cll · 6 replies
    Bay News 9 ^ | 8/29/2012
    TAMPA - The following are the remarks as prepared for delivery by Luis Fortuńo, Governor of Puerto Rico. The actual remarks may differ. The Hon. Luis Fortuńo Governor of Puerto Rico (Remarks as Prepared for Delivery) August 29, 2012 Thank you. Buenas noches Puerto Rico! Buenas noches America! As a proud American serving the nearly 4 million American citizens of Puerto Rico, I am honored to be with you tonight. We gather to celebrate the hopes and dreams of every American. We all believe in the greatness of this nation, and this greatness lies within each of us. Hard-working Americans...
  • Romney Pins Hopes on Being Different From Obama

    08/30/2012 6:47:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 30, 2012 | Michael Barone
    TAMPA, Fla. -- The Republicans who are assembled here have been told time and time again that Barack Obama's great advantage over Mitt Romney is likability. And many of the 15,000 or so journalists who endured the gusts of rain on Monday and groaned in the sun on the 1.5-mile walk from the nearest parking lot to the metal detectors outside the convention press center have been writing and soundbiting that the chief task of the Romney campaign is to introduce Romney's personal background and character to the public to improve his favorability ratings. Both talking points are true,...
  • GOP: Obama's 'You Didn't Build That' Will Take Us to November -- IPhone covers sell like hotcakes

    08/30/2012 6:52:01 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 32 replies
    Sunshine State News ^ | August 30, 2012 | Jim Saunders
    It was one line --- a total of nine words --- in a lengthy speech in Roanoke, Va. As he tried to make a point that successful people have received help in various ways, President Obama said, "If you've got a business --- you didn't build that." But more than a month later, with Republicans rallying in Tampa at their national convention, that line has become a centerpiece of the GOP's campaign to try to oust Obama in November. Speaker after speaker has portrayed the line as an affront to people who have built businesses and as evidence that the...
  • Ryan carves up Obama

    08/30/2012 7:47:36 AM PDT · by kingattax · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/29/12 | Russell Berman & Erik Wasson
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Wednesday night electrified the Republican Party with a speech that combined lacerating attacks on President Obama with homespun values and a tribute to GOP candidate Mitt Romney. In a 35-minute address that drew thunderous applause from Republican delegates, Ryan condemned the Obama presidency and presented an optimistic vision of the future under Romney’s leadership. The core theme of the speech amounted to four words: "We can do this." Ryan said the Romney-Ryan team would fix the nation's problems, not blame others. “Our nominee is sure ready,” the vice-presidential nominee said. “His whole life has prepared...
  • Why the Left freaked out about Paul Ryan telling the truth about the Janesville closing

    08/30/2012 8:12:08 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    RedState ^ | August 30, 2012 | Moe Lane
    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...
  • Is Paul Ryan the new Sarah Palin?

    08/30/2012 7:59:47 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 54 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 30, 2012 | Paul West
    TAMPA, Fla. — When Mitt Romney was searching for a ticket mate, Republicans pleaded: Don't pick another Sarah Palin. So it may come as a surprise that, in at least one important way, he ended up doing precisely that with Paul D. Ryan. Like Palin four years ago, the Wisconsin congressman has captured the heart of the Republican convention. The thunderous response to his speech Wednesday night was the latest indication.
  • 'Borrowed, Spent, and Wasted': Rock Star Ryan Hammers Obama's Record (Transcript)

    08/29/2012 8:33:16 PM PDT · by GVnana · 93 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 8/29/2012 | Ben Shapiro
    Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, was treated as a rock star tonight at the Republican National Convention – and for good reason. His soft-spoken manner played intimately, even in an arena of 22,000. When protesters began chanting against Ryan, the crowd drowned them out with thunderous applause. Ryan brought fire to a campaign lacking in it – and he also brought credibility on serious issues. Democrats will have a significant problem painting Ryan as unsympathetic or insincere. Tonight showed why.
  • The 10 Best Obama Zingers From Paul Ryan’s Snappy Convention Speech

    08/30/2012 8:45:17 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 30, 2012 | Benny Johnson
    Paul Ryan’s speech brought more than just cheers to the convention hall Wednesday night, it picked a fight. The VP candidate’s speech had RNC delegates at a fever pitch from the beginning. It brought a packed convention arena to its feet with over a dozen standing ovations. By many reports and reactions, Paul Ryan can count his keynote a resounding success. And while the speech was filled with conservative buzzwords, what really hat had the faithful cheering were the well timed one-liners about President Obama and his record. Convention delegate and lifelong Republican Mark Mitchell told TheBlaze, “That speech is...
  • Rice: 'American Strength Begins At Home' (Matthews prompts Mitchell to ask "birther" questions)

    08/29/2012 9:23:04 PM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 47 replies
    MSNBC ^ | August 29, 2012 | Condi Rice
    Transcript @3:15: "This is Chris Matthews. Andrea, could you ask the secretary...her speech was so overpoweringly positive...was it kind of a rejoinder to all of the birtherism and the narrowness that she has heard in her party?" @5:15 (Andrea)"Do you feel that there has been a very troubling question of race and of prejudice in this campaign by the birther movement and those who espouse it?" (Condi) "The birther movement is an extreme and there are extremes on both sides of the political spectrum. The great majority of the people here and the great majority of people in America believe...