Reports from Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia, indicate Obama was unable to fill the venue he chose to speak at. This seems to be a pattern around the country. Perhaps Washington Secrets has a clue why–college kids are learning the true costs of Obama’s meddling with the health system:
“The future frightening payoffs of college loans are taking a backseat to the immediate and soaring costs of health insurance students are getting slapped with as they return to school this fall, all thanks to Obamacare.
Because of a rule in the Affordable Care Act that lifts caps on policy payoffs, the cheap insurance policies typically healthy students previously got are skyrocketing, some over 1,000 percent. The reason: Without payoff caps, insurance firms are boosting prices to cover their potential losses.
One example: a late July email to incoming students from Guilford College of Greensboro, N.C. revealed a jump from $668 to $1,179, a 75 percent jump. The reason stated: “Our student health insurance policy premium has been substantially increased due to changes required by federal regulations issued on March 16, 2012 under the Affordable Care Act.”
David Chalian, former Washington bureau chief of Yahoo! news, said something stupid and was promptly fired. Such sequences seem to happen with increasing frequency these days, as both sensitivities and technology combined to create mini-hurricanes.
In Chalian’s case, it was a hot mic that did him in. Rather than me describe what he did, watch it for yourself.
The hot mic caught two things: Chalian pouring out hatred on the Romneys by accusing them of being happy to party while “black people drown” due to Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana, and laughter from himself and at least one of his peers that followed his remark.
Point of fact: Barack Obama was out campaigning while the same black people might have drowned because of the storm. Mitt Romney is not yet in charge of FEMA; Obama currently is. Which of the two bears greater responsibility at the moment?
David Chalian didn’t make Obama the butt of his joke, and he likely never even thought to do so. He lives in a culture where that joke would never even be thought of, let alone spoken. Had he made that joke, he would not have elicited any laughs at all. He would have been glared at, rebuked and probably ostracized. The atmosphere in the suite would have been so thick you could bounce a quarter off it.
Making such a joke about Barack Obama, among the media’s elite, is taboo. Their culture forbids it. But making such a joke about the Romneys or any other Republican is expected to be greeted with laughs. It is not only not taboo, had the hot mic not caught it and broadcast it, Chalian’s joke would have passed unremarked and he would still have his job.
Let’s think about that for a minute. From my experience around liberals and around the media’s elite, any hate-based smear on Republicans is acceptable. David Chalian is not alone, far from it. His attitude toward “the other,” in this case being Republicans, is commonplace. Control rooms here in Tampa and across the country are chock full of people who make similar remarks, and are greeted with approving laughter, every single day. They’re just lucky that no hot mic broadcasts their inner hater for the rest of us to hear.
Yahoo! had to fire Chalian, and they had to fire him quickly, so that their part of the story goes away. So as far as that goes, mission accomplished. But the hate behind Chalian’s remark is bigger than this single story and that story shouldn’t just go away. The same attitude that powered Chalian’s remark also powered Juan Williams’ “corporate wife” quip about Ann Romney and it powers a thousand similar remarks made by media elites off camera and off mic every day. The seething resentment behind Chalian’s joke even turns up in remarks made by the president himself.
There is a sickness, an epidemic, among the media. Its symptoms include hatred of middle American values, hatred of American history and traditions, intolerance of any opinion that dissents from the leftist line, and aggressive dismissal of anyone that comes up against their messiah figure, Barack Obama.
If you see anyone exhibiting these symptoms, blog immediately to help contain the pathology. If you experience these symptoms yourself, stop what you’re doing immediately and get out of the media. You’re doing a disservice to your audience, you’re hurting your country, and you’re chipping away at what’s left of your soul.
I wrote about placing a Romney bumper sticker recently on my car at the PJ Tatler here and my husband Glenn and I finally received our Romney/Ryan stickers in the mail today. Many of you suggested a magnetic sticker that would not mark up one’s car and for some of you in dangerous lefty areas, it can also easily be taken off if you are worried about vandalism.
The bumper sticker I ordered from Amazon is here and it seems to easily attach to your car and come off very quickly without marks. It seems fairly heavy and durable also, though you might want a few extra in case someone pulls them off. If you have been wanting a good magnetic bumper sticker, you might check it out.
The conservative movement appears to be at a crossroads in its approach to the threat of Islamic supremacism—not only abroad but at home. Does the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood as the dominant force of the “Arab Spring” bode ill for America? Or is the Brotherhood merely another “political actor” as the Obama administration would have us believe? Is Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s Deputy Chief of Staff, a potential security risk worth investigating, as Representative Michele Bachmann and four conservative congressmen have suggested? Or is the mere raising of this question a witch-hunt, as Senator John McCain and Speaker John Boehner and numerous Democrats maintain?
A few months ago, these questions reached another flashpoint in an unlikely setting. The incident took place at an irregular board meeting of the American Conservative Union, an organization usually intent on keeping wobbly Republicans honest. The rump group in attendance — several key board members told Frontpage they were not even aware the meeting had been called – voted “unanimously” to dismiss long-standing accusations against two ACU board members. The accusations had been made by Center for Security Policy head, Frank Gaffney. Their focus was on the activities of Grover Norquist and Suhail Khan, two prominent ACU board members, whom Gaffney claims are influential agents of Islamist agendas. The ACU’s dismissal of Gaffney’s claims was contained in a memo written by attorney Cleta Mitchell, who called them “reprehensible” — terms no less damning than McCain’s slap down of Michele Bachmann.
Frank Gaffney is a former defense official in the Reagan administration and first made these claims public in 2003 in an article, “A Troubling Influence,” which was published on this site. In introducing the article, Frontpage editor David Horowitz acknowledged that Norquist had played an important role in the conservative movement, but also described Gaffney’s claims as “the most disturbing that we at frontpagemag.com have ever published.” He further characterized them as “the most complete documentation extant of Grover Norquist’s activities in behalf of the Islamist Fifth Column.”… Continue to the full article.
- Ryan Charms Through a Blistering Demolition of the Obama Years, by Bryan Preston. Smile, swagger, slash.
- Rice: ‘We Do Not Have a Choice — We Cannot Be Reluctant to Lead,’ by Bridget Johnson. The former secretary of State wins RNC hearts with speech ranging from America’s place in the world to Jim Crow Birmingham. (Also: McCain on Obama’s abandoned foreign policy values) Update: Video of Rice’s speech added.
- How to Replace Eric Holder, President Romney Style, by J. Christian Adams. Senator Jon Kyl is one among many who understand the deep rot at the DOJ.
- Ryan: ‘Let’s Get This Done,’ by Bridget Johnson. The House Budget Committee chairman goes full-throttle after President Obama and lays out his case for a Romney-Ryan win. Update: Video of speech added.
- Huckabee: ‘I Care Less’ About Where Romney Goes to Church ‘Than I Do About Where He Takes This Country,’ by Bridget Johnson. After questioning Romney’s Mormon faith in a different election year, he addressed the question of evangelical support for his onetime rival.
- Dateline Tampa: Racists of the Mainstream Media, by Roger L Simon. Racism is stalking the GOP Convention — but it’s not coming from the GOP: Yahoo’s Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian got caught last night saying Mitt Romney would be “happy to have a party when black people drown.”
- Black Woman Gets Standing Ovation at RNC — Media Silence; Two Bozos Throw Peanuts — Media Frenzy, by Zombie. Video proof of love for Love trumped by unverified claim of absurd incident.
- 5 Things Women Do That Secretly Annoy Men, by John Hawkins. Yes ladies, you can say “thank you” now.
- Ann Romney, The Corporate Wife, by Leslie Loftis. Is your opinion worthless if you don’t get paid for it?
- Photoblogging the RNC, Day Two — Getting Gets, by Bryan Preston. At the convention center and the RJC.
Smile, Swagger, Slash: Paul Ryan Charms Through a Brilliant, Blistering Demolition of the Obama Years
Night two of the Republican National Convention got off to a grindingly slow start. It was so slow that, putting my party comms hat back on, I hoped no one was watching. There had been a rumor that the Ron Paul delegates were going to stage a walkout, and that rumor sent a pair from the Texas delegation running from the convention center to the Forum at mid-sentence as we were talking. What became of that rumor, I don’t know. By the time I got through the media security shuttle gauntlet and got over to the Forum, all seemed tranquil enough.
A series of very forgettable speeches sent me hard into Twitter, hoping to at least find something to smile or get angry about.
But the boredom ran away quickly when former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice took the stage. She followed former AK Gov. Mike Huckabee, who at least lifted the energy a bit. Rice, however, delivered a tour de force speech covering history, foreign policy, economics, and education with a sweep that few policymakers can muster. When she called for school choice for poor families and declared education the “civil rights issue of our times,” the audience jumped to their feet. Rice earned no less than eight standing ovations, which probably caused MSNBC to cut away to Ed Schultz or something equally banal eight different times. It was probably jarring to the network’s audience, but the programmers probably figured the cutaways would be less jarring than seeing thousands of Republicans enthusiastically cheer a black woman. Such images don’t fit the too-white MSNBC’s preferred racialist narratives about the GOP.
Rice was followed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Martinez staked her claim to future GOP stardom with a rousing speech centering on how she discovered she is a Republican and how she has led her state. Martinez was feisty and real, and threw a punch or two of her own at the Obama regime.
While the two ladies brought the conventioneers up and the house down more than once, night two was Paul Ryan’s night.
Let’s be honest here. Prior to tonight, most people’s image of Ryan, if they had one, was of a wonkish pol who likes to talk numbers. In a world in which the phrase “You said there wouldn’t be math!” is popular, Ryan brings the math down hard. He talks numbers and spending and trends and entitlements in such a way that you know he knows what he’s talking about. But hard numbers are hard on the ears.
Tonight, Paul Ryan didn’t shy away from the numbers and he didn’t shy away from wielding numbers against the Obama administration. But he did more than that, much more. He brought Generation X into its own with his line about music: “My playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Led Zeppelin.” He’s talkin’ about my generation there.
He drew in the young voters who backed Obama four years ago but find themselves unemployed and disillusioned now: “College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life. Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.”
The House Budget Committee chairman depended on his strengths as a number-cruncher to lay out a down-to-earth case for why Americans should lean on the Romney-Ryan ticket to pull the country out of an economic crisis.
“Here we were, faced with a massive job crisis – so deep that if everyone out of work stood in single file, that unemployment line would stretch the length of the entire American continent. You would think that any president, whatever his party, would make job creation, and nothing else, his first order of economic business,” Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told the Republican National Convention tonight.
“But this president didn’t do that. Instead, we got a long, divisive, all-or-nothing attempt to put the federal government in charge of health care.”
Ryan accepted the party’s nomination for vice president “to help lead our nation out of a jobs crisis and back to prosperity – and I know we can do this.”
“I’m the newcomer to the campaign, so let me share a first impression. I have never seen opponents so silent about their record, and so desperate to keep their power,” he said. “They’ve run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they’ve got left.”
“With all their attack ads, the president is just throwing away money – and he’s pretty experienced at that.”
Ryan introduced his family to the crowd — and to the national audience — and called his late father “a gentle presence” in his life growing up in Janesville, Wis.
“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,” he said. “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.”
Though Obama promised on the campaign trail that the GM plant would be open for “another hundred years” with government support, the congressman said, the plant shut down within the year (during whose term was an online debate after Ryan’s speech) and is locked up to this day.
“Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. Twenty-three million people, unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty,” he said. “…So here’s the question: Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?”
Ryan stressed that Medicare “is a promise, and we will honor it.” On the debt crisis, the focus of his “Path to Prosperity” budget plan, he said, “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.”
“College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life,” he said. “Everyone who feels stuck in the Obama economy is right to focus on the here and now. And I hope you understand this too, if you’re feeling left out or passed by: You have not failed, your leaders have failed you.”
The chairman said when he was growing up washing dishes or waiting tables, “I never thought of myself as stuck in some station in life. … That’s freedom, and I’ll take it any day over the supervision and sanctimony of the central planners.”
Ryan quipped that, a generation apart, Mitt Romney’s iPod is stocked with songs heard “on many hotel elevators” while his “playlist starts with AC/DC, and ends with Zeppelin.”
“Mitt and I also go to different churches. But in any church, the best kind of preaching is done by example. And I’ve been watching that example. The man who will accept your nomination tomorrow is prayerful and faithful and honorable,” the Catholic congressman said. “Not only a defender of marriage, he offers an example of marriage at its best. Not only a fine businessman, he’s a fine man, worthy of leading this optimistic and good-hearted country.”
Ryan vowed that in the White House, “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.”
“When Governor Romney asked me to join the ticket, I said, ‘Let’s get this done’ – and that is exactly what we’re going to do,” he said.
Update: Video of Ryan speech follows on next page:
In one of the best-received speeches of the Republican National Convention, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reflected on where America stands in the world, the greatest civil-rights issue of our time, and how a girl who couldn’t sit at the “white’s only” lunch counter grew up to be the world’s top diplomat.
“I know too there is a wariness. I know that it feels as if we have carried these burdens long enough,” Rice said of the world’s woes from oppressed nations to AIDS orphans in Africa to sex trafficking victims in Southeast Asia. “But we can only know that there is no choice, because one of two things will happen if we don’t lead. Either no one will lead and there will be chaos, or someone will fill the vacuum who does not share our values.”
“My fellow Americans, we do not have a choice,” she stressed. “We cannot be reluctant to lead and you cannot lead from behind.”
Rice advocated moving forward on free trade, military capability, and energy independence. “Most importantly, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will rebuild the foundation of our strength, the American economy — stimulating private sector growth and stimulating small business entrepreneurship,” she said. “When the world looks at us today, they see an American government that cannot live within its means.”
She said America’s narrative has never been one “of grievance and entitlement.”
“We have never believed that I am doing poorly because you are doing well. We have never been jealous of one another and never envious of each others’ successes,” Rice said.
Huckabee: ‘I Care Less’ About Where Romney Goes to Church ‘Than I Do About Where He Takes This Country’
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who questioned former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s Mormon faith in a different election year, addressed the question of evangelical support for his onetime rival in his RNC address tonight.
“Of the four people on the two tickets, the only self-professed evangelical is Barack Obama, and he supports changing the definition of marriage, believes that human life is disposable and expendable at any time in the womb or even beyond the womb, and tells people of faith that they must bow their knees to the god of government and violate their faith and conscience in order to comply with what he calls health care,” Huckabee said.
“I care far less as to where Mitt Romney takes his family to church than I do about where he takes this country,” he said.
Huckabee noted that four years ago he and Romney were opponents, and are still “mutual opponents of the miserably failed experiments that have put this country in a downward spiral.”
“To those who question how once rivals can now be united, it’s simple – we have Barack Obama to thank,” he said.
Huckabee accused the president of “campaigning, blaming and aiming excuses at his predecessor, Republicans, and people in business,” and added he’s “taken all that hope right down the slope.”
“He promises us candy but gives us cavities,” the talk-show host said.
Lauding Romney’s “loyalty” to his wife, sons, country, employees, and “to his church,” Huckabee declared “with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan we will do better.”
“My concern is not Barack Obama’s past … but for the future of my grandchildren,” he said.
It was the T-Paw comedy show at the Republican National Convention tonight: Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) stumped for Mitt Romney, but first launched into a bit of stand-up.
“President Obama isn’t as bad as people say — he’s actually worse,” Pawlenty said. “The president takes more vacations than the guy on the bizarre foods show.”
“And I’ll give Barack Obama credit for creating jobs these last four years for golf caddies.”
Pawlenty then compared Obama to a big tattoo: “It seemed cool when we were young but later on that decision doesn’t look so good and you wonder what was I thinking. But the worst part is you’re going to have to explain it to your kids.”
He quipped of Obama’s first term, “It’s understandable a lot of people fail at their first job.”
After telling delegates “welcome to Barack Obama’s retirement party,” Pawlenty added, “Biden even thought about coming here to Tampa… when Paul Ryan speaks Joe will finally get to hear what a real vice president sounds like.”
In addition to telling Obama “you’re out of time and we’re out of money,” Pawlenty praised nominee Mitt Romney and his “infectious good cheer.”
“We need to let them know help’s on the way,” he said of struggling Americans, “and help’s name is Mitt Romney.”
David Brooks took a stab at being clever the other day. Unfortunately, he did it in the pages of The New York Times, where clever goes to die.
Romney was a precocious and gifted child. He uttered his first words (“I like to fire people”) at age 14 months, made his first gaffe at 15 months and purchased his first nursery school at 24 months. The school, highly leveraged, went under, but Romney made 24 million Jujubes on the deal.
Mitt grew up in a modest family. His father had an auto body shop called the American Motors Corporation, and his mother owned a small piece of land, Brazil. He had several boyhood friends, many of whom owned Nascar franchises, and excelled at school, where his fourth-grade project, “Inspiring Actuaries I Have Known,” was widely admired.
The Romneys had a special family tradition. The most cherished member got to spend road trips on the roof of the car. Mitt spent many happy hours up there, applying face lotion to combat windburn.
The teenage years were more turbulent. He was sent to a private school, where he was saddened to find there are people in America who summer where they winter. He developed a lifelong concern for the second homeless, and organized bake sales with proceeds going to the moderately rich.
The article prompted Red Eye‘s Andy Levy to respond on Twitter with. “I’d like to thank David Brooks for showing everyone just how hard it is to write comedy.”
Of course, the Brooks is one of those “conservatives” adored in liberal media circles because he spends so much of his time berating Republicans. He’s a good pet who won’t run away even if the front door is left wide open.
Americans who are right-of-center can still find some refuge in the media. The British media, that is.
Tim Stanley wrote a satirical response to the Brooks column in The Telegraph that manages to be snarky and humorous. Brooks seemed as if he were merely punching up some DNC talking points because he had a deadline but Stanley decided to have some absurd fun.
From an early age, the young Obama displayed the abilities to listen to others, understand their problems and write a book about how they made him feel. At age 3, he had written his first memoir (Dreams from My High Chair) and by twelve had produced his own version of the English dictionary with the notable feature that every entry contained a reference to himself (“Godlike, adjective. ‘To be somewhat like Barack Obama’”). He excelled at every subject and could easily have become an astrophysicist or a baseball player. The schools never bothered to keep records of his grades because they embarrassed all the other kids. Obama spent most of his teenage years volunteering in the local hospital, where he helped the blind to see again. Although his academic life was challenging and friends were few, he found comfort in his middle American family that were just like you and me. Every Sunday they would gather at the local tiki bar for a simple meal of boiled Chihuahua.
There is plenty of comedy gold to be mined in the time honored tradition of mocking our leaders here in America. Unfortunately, onerous regulations by the Dept. Of Political Correctness have all but shut that tradition down in the Obama era. Thankfully, those regulations don’t apply to the British press.
On a recent trip to France, I visited the Normandy, D-day landing beaches of June 6, 1944.
In the nearby town of Caen, the site of fierce Allied fighting, there now stands an excellent WWII museum about the Normandy invasion and the origins of the war.
While touring the museum, this photo caught my eye because I had never seen anything like it — Hitler as a political candidate in the 1932 German presidential election. He was running against Field Marshall Hindenburg.
Give the German voters some credit: Hitler lost that race. However, Hindenburg died two years later and Hitler made his way to power.
As the saying goes, elections have consequences and in this case, even for the loser.
The Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee delivered a scathing rebuke of President Obama’s foreign policy over the past four years, noting “always we have led from the front, never from behind.”
“I had hopes once of addressing under different circumstances, but our fellow Americans had another plan four years ago and I accept their decision,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said. “I’ve been blessed for so long to play a role in our nation’s affairs and I am conscious of the debt I owe America. And I thank you for the honor.”
The senator, who celebrates his 76th birthday today, said the U.S. is “now being tested by an array of threats that are more complex, more numerous, and just as deeply and deadly as I can recall in my lifetime.”
And over his 2008 rival’s term, McCain said, America has “drifted away from our proudest traditions of global leadership.”
“We can’t afford to cause our friends and allies, from Latin America to Europe to Asia to the Middle East, and especially in Israel, a nation under existential threat, to doubt America’s leadership,” he said. “We can’t afford to give governments in Russia and China a veto over how we defend our interests and the progress of our values in the world.”
McCain said that Obama’s Afghanistan withdrawal timetable has “emboldened our enemies,” and he slammed national security leaks: “We can’t afford to have the security of our nation and those who bravely defend it endangered because their government leaks the secrets of their heroic operations to the media.”
He also lashed out at the $500 billion in defense sequestration cuts — which Obama is using to leverage an extension of Bush-era tax cuts on lower- and middle-income brackets only.
“Most of all, we can’t afford to abandon the cause of human freedom. When long-suffering peoples demand liberation from their jailers and torturers and tyrants, the leader of the free world must stand with them,” McCain said. “Unfortunately, this is not happening. When Iranians rose up by the millions against their repressive rulers, when they beseeched our president, chanting in English, ‘Are you with us or are you with them?’ When the entire world watched as a brave young woman named Neda was shot and bled to death in a street in Tehran, the president missed an historic opportunity to throw America’s full moral support behind an Iranian revolution that shared one of our highest interests: ridding Iran of a brutal dictatorship that terrorized the Middle East and threatens the world.”
The senator talked about the deteriorating situation in Syria, where “with the full backing of Iran and Hezbollah and Russia, with tanks and helicopters and fighter jets, Bashar Asaad is murdering men, women, and children.”
“In other times, when other courageous people fought for their freedom against sworn enemies of the United States, American presidents, both Republicans and Democrats, have acted to help them prevail,” McCain said. “Sadly for the lonely voices of descent in Syria and Iran and elsewhere in the world will feel forgotten in their darkness and sadly for us, as well. Our president is not being true to our values.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told the Republican National Convention crowd tonight that when the Supreme Court issued its ObamaCare ruling, his wife told him, “Can’t you please count to ten before you speak?”
“I’ve had time now to count to ten and, you know what — I still think it’s unconstitutional!” Paul said. “…I think if James Madison, himself — the father of the Constitution — were here today he would agree with me: the whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!”
The freshman senator said there’s only one way to “fix this travesty of justice” — a new president. The son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) only mentioned Mitt Romney’s name once, though, toward the end of his speech.
He did note in talking about his family’s immigration history that his grandfather “would even live to see one of his sons — a certain congressman from Texas — run for president of the United States of America.” That line drew loud cheers.
“Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation,” Paul said of President Obama. “The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the Cold War, is that the engine of capitalism — the individual — is mightier than any collective.”
“Mr. President, you say the rich must pay their fair share. When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are those of the poor and middle class,” he said. “When you seek to punish Mr. Exxon Mobil, you punish the secretary who owns Exxon Mobil stock. When you block the Keystone Pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline.”
Noting examples of Cambodian and Vietnamese immigrants who risked all to make it to this country, Paul said “the American Dream is that any among us could become the next Thomas Edison, the next Henry Ford, the next Ronald Reagan.”
“To lead, we must transform the coldness of austerity into the warm, vibrant embrace of prosperity,” he said.
And mirroring the Paul traditions that he’s brought to the upper chamber, the senator hit some familiar notes popular with the Paul fans in the crowd.
“Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed,” he said.
“Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents. … To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.”
Tonight is Paul Ryan’s night at the GOP Convention. The Wisconsin congressman will mount the stage sometime shortly after 10:00 PM eastern to deliver the most important speech of his life — and a critical speech for the Republican ticket.
It will be up to Paul Ryan to set the stage for Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech tomorrow night. Excerpts released by the campaign make it clear that Ryan will not be sugar-coating the truth:
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.”
There those on the right who might wish that GOP speakers would attack President Obama more directly, with more venom than has so far been shown at the convention. But Romney’s strategy appears to be trying to contrast his campaign, where he speaks hard truths to the voter and offers tough solutions, with Obama’s campaign of distraction, pandering, and deceit.
These are serious times and they demand serious people to offer serious solutions to our problems. Paul Ryan won’t blink an eye tonight when he makes that pitch to the American people.
One of the points of criticism is that the event is being led by extremist cleric Siraj Wahhaj, who was named by US Attorney Mary Jo White as “unindicted persons who may be alleged as co-conspirators” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing trial, and appeared as a character witness for the mastermind of the plot, the “Blind Sheikh” Omar Abdel-Rahman (prosecuted by our PJ Media colleague, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy).
Here is a video promoting this Friday’s event featuring Siraj Wahhaj:
Back in 2003, Wall Street Journal reporter Paul Barrett highlighted some of Wahhaj’s extremist statements, noting his advocacy of strict shariah law:
He has told his followers that a society governed by strict Islamic law, in which adulterers would be stoned to death and thieves would have their hands cut off, would be superior to American democracy. Speaking of unnamed forces in the government and media, he has preached, “These people want the destruction of Islam.”
Dr. Daniel Pipes also quotes Wahhaj in an article “The Danger Within: Militant Islam in America“, where Wahhaj has a perverse take on Martin Luther King Jr.s “I Have a Dream” speech:
I have a vision in America, Muslims owning property all over, Muslim businesses, factories, halal meat, supermarkets, all these buildings owned by Muslims. Can you see the vision, can you see the Newark International Airport and a John Kennedy Airport and La Guardia having Muslim fleets of planes, Muslim pilots. Can you see our trucks rolling down the highways, Muslim names. Can you imagine walking down the streets of Teaneck, [New Jersey]: three Muslim high schools, five Muslim junior-high schools, fifteen public schools. Can you see the vision, can you see young women walking down the street of Newark, New Jersey, with long flowing hijab and long dresses. Can you see the vision of an area . . . controlled by the Muslims?”
One other troubling element of the history DNC’s jumah prayer leader is that Wahhaj was the keynote speaker at a “Jihad Summer Camp” just two weeks before the 9/11 attacks. Here’s a flyer for the event:
The actual organizer for the DNC jumah prayer event on Friday, Jabril Hough, has also faced some criticism for his group’s advocacy of Islamic supremacist ideology and extremist views.
For example, earlier this week Charlotte TV station WSOC aired an interview with Hough where they covered some controversial topics, including Hough’s claims that American troops are actually the terrorists in Afghanistan:
Eyewitness News asked Hough about his views on several topics, including the war on terror.
“American troops are actually the insurgents. It’s not the people who live there. The people who live there are defending their country,” Hough said.
Hough does not consider himself to be a supremacist, but believes Muslims have not received the credit they deserve.
“This is a fact: Muslims have visited America prior to Columbus. It was a Muslim who guided Columbus on his voyage to the new world,” Hough said.
He insisted he is not a radical, and said his beliefs are shared by mainstream Muslims.
This is the face of American Islam that the DNC would like to portray as “moderates”. And they have the audacity to call others “Islamophobes”.
Day two of the Republican National Convention found us roving about getting interviews for PJTV and looking forward to tonight’s primetime speeches.
Actress Janine Turner became the first PJM contributor to deliver an address to the RNC on Tuesday night. Today we caught up with her in the media filing center known as Googleland.
Our conversation with Janine will be on PJTV.
Over at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s gathering at the Crowne Plaza, Rep. Allen West delivered a speech before Roger spent a few minutes with him for another PJTV interview.
West then met up with pollster Frank Luntz. In the PJTV interview, West addresses the now fired Yahoo! news chief’s comments about Republicans, partying, and New Orleans.
The two Rogers, Kimball and Simon, doing what we all do too much of around here: Check our phones.
This photo doesn’t need much interpretation.
Most of the time, I have no problem with MSNBC. Why shouldn’t Communist fatheads have something to watch on TV? Conversely, the well-dressed, well-spoken, sophisticated anchors who front the network news and lie by omission and distortion every night while pretending to report objectively — they seem corrupt and wicked to me. They need to be exposed, ridiculed, undermined, defeated and ultimately replaced by people who understand the importance of fair and balanced reporting in a free nation. But MSNBC leftists speaking as leftists — that seems honest enough, no matter what I may think of their philosophy… which is that it’s a recipe for disaster papered over with a facade of false virtue.
But during yesterday’s Republican convention coverage, The Daily Caller reports (h/t Instapundit), the MSNBC goofs cut away during every speech made by a minority. They didn’t want anyone to see that men and women of color were a cherished and honored part of the Republican party. That’s not their narrative so, by gum, they weren’t going to show it. Which raises — not a complaint — but a question: What good is a philosophy that can’t withstand even the sight of the simple facts? If, for instance, you are pro-abortion, why protest when pro-lifers show films of an abortion taking place? If you’re afraid reality will prejudice people against your point of view, shouldn’t you consider changing your point of view? Am I missing something?
Taking another, more honest tack on the issue of minorities speaking at the convention, David Horsey wrote at The Los Angeles Times that this put “a brown face on a white party.” Hey, fair enough. I would have said the GOP was using brown faces to show minorities they’re welcome and to overcome the ceaseless media portrayal of the party as racist. Black conservative speakers demonstrate that there’s another, better, prouder way to live than being dependent on the federal dime. But Horsey has the right to note the facts and speak his left-wing mind about them. Why not
But not to note the facts at all? Even MSNBC should be ashamed of itself — or perhaps they should be converted to conservatism by recognizing leftism’s need to hide reality from itself!
The left wing complaint against Fox News has always been that Fox is biased toward the right. In practical fact, this means Fox runs popular shows by Sean Hannity and the libertarian Bill O’Reilly, and sometimes overweights the All Stars panel with conservative voices. But no one ever accuses news anchor Bret Baer of failing to show the world more or less as it is. Why would right wingers watch him if he did that? All of us sometimes explain away facts that challenge our opinions — but just pretending the facts aren’t there? How can that be of service to anyone?
MSNBC’s convention coverage would be hilarious if it weren’t pathetic. Oh, hell, it’s hilarious anyway.
Two brief clips Roger shot at about 1:00 AM at the GOProud Party at the Honeypot Nightclub in Ybor City district of Tampa, the biggest gay rights party ever from the Republican side, according to GOProud. The speaker is Christopher Barron, who co-founded GOProud along with Jimmy LaSalvia. Among those cited as VIP supporters are Dana Loesch, Rich Grenell, the late Andrew Breitbart, and… Roger L. Simon. All were at party — Andrew in spirit.
Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, now a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, decried the first night of the Republican National Convention as “very angry” and “full of insults.”
“I don’t have any idea who Chris Christie was describing in his speech, because I don’t think Mitt Romney throughout this campaign or for one moment on the campaign trail has told any person a hard truth,” Gibbs said last night on MSNBC. “I cannot recall one moment in two years that he’s taken on the belief structure of his own party.”
“I think it was a very, very strange night,” he added.
Gibbs said that he was in the Tampa convention hall “and I think folks were a little surprised and they did a few double-takes, but they were quite cordial.”
But, he maintained, “the night was sort of highlighted by lots of anger and lots of insults.”
“I mean, in Mitt Romney, you have this — you have a piece of history in that he enters this general election as the single least popular nominee to run for president in probably 10 elections,” Gibbs said. “So the work they have cut out for them in the race is to build up Mitt Romney. And all they really tried to do tonight was be angry and tear down Barack Obama. I think in that respect it was a huge missed opportunity and a huge failure for the Republicans in the Republican Convention.”
He said that the language being used by Republicans is “off-putting to people.”
“And I think I heard someone earlier talking about, well, John Sununu loved this speech and John Sununu loved — if John Sununu is the focus group that this party and tonight was trying to reach, then it is going to miss a huge swathe of undecided voters that are going to decide this election,” Gibbs said. “John Sununu is already probably far more wound up than he needs to be.”
Two incidents happened yesterday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida:
1. Mia Love, an African-American Republican woman, gave a speech and received loud cheers and a standing ovation from almost every single one of the thousands of white Republicans in attendance.
2. Two bozos, of unknown identity, “threw peanuts” at an African-American woman camera operator for CNN, while purportedly saying “This is how we feed animals,” and were ejected from the convention.
Furthermore, there is video proof that the first incident (the standing ovation) happened; while the only evidence we have for the damning details of the second purported incident (at least as of the time of this writing) is the word of a partisan left-wing blog.
Now, considering all this: Guess which incident received the most media coverage?
Bing! You are correct: The peanut-throwing incident (and purported racist comment) is now the hot news story of the day, cited on essentially every liberal site and many MSM outlets as proof of universal Republican racism, while the standing ovation by the entire convention hall for an African-American woman just a few hours earlier got very little coverage, and no headlines.
The peanut-throwing story first appeared in a tweet by liberal reporter David Shuster, and was from there first published as a news story on the far-left blog Talking Points Memo. Because basically everything that appears on TPM is picked up and repeated by the mainstream press, within hours the story became part of the national news feed, and by now has been repeated by basically every news outlet in the country (and around the world):
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said that this year’s convention, shortened a day by Hurricane Isaac, proves that political conventions can be short and sweet in the future.
“Under the law, you have to have a nomination process to choose a candidate. And the current law requires us to have some type of a convention. But it doesn’t require us to have a four-day convention and the massive amounts of money that get spent putting these on,” Boehner told PBS. “Today, with all the technology that’s available, I do think there’s a way to shorten this process and still accomplish the goals.”
The speaker reiterated his long-held belief that the Republican platform can be super-short and sweet, too.
“Back in the mid-’90s, I was on a crusade to try to get the platform on one sheet of paper. You put it on one sheet of paper, it requires you to make decisions, make it clear, you know, what the party stands for rather than these long documents that nobody reads,” Boehner said. “I’ve never read one. I’ll guarantee I’m not sure if anybody’s ever read one, other than maybe the chairman of the platform committee.”
He suggested that GOP nominee Mitt Romney give a focused speech Thursday on “five things that we have to do to allow Americans to get back to work again and to save the future for our kids and our grandkids.”
The speaker also brushed off assertions that the party was leaning to the extreme right.
“I don’t know what these extreme positions might be that the party takes, because I frankly don’t think we take extreme positions,” Boehner said. “You know, I’ve been a Republican now for, oh, about 30 years. I grew up in a household full of Democrats. And I don’t see extreme views. Now do we have some members who are a little bit further right than others? Yes. But as a party as a whole, I don’t think that’s — I don’t think that’s an issue there.”
This doesn’t translate into enthusiasm for the candidate, but a new Washington Post-ABC News Poll shows a lot more “very conservative” voters believe Mitt Romney’s views are “about right.”
Conservatives are growing increasingly accepting of Mitt Romney’s status as one of them, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Three-quarters of those who call themselves “very conservative” now say Romney is about right ideologically, a major change from the 61 percent who said the same back in April. The number of very conservative voters who saw Romney as “too liberal” is edging down, too — from a sizable 27 percent in April to 19 percent now.
This growing affinity is even more apparent among conservative Republican voters. In April, 72 percent said he was “about right” on most issues but 23 percent said he was too liberal. That margin has moved to 85 percent “about right” and just 9 percent too liberal.
Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan, the architect of the Republican budget, as his vice presidential running mate appears to be a big reason for the increasing acceptance among the Republican base. Two-thirds of very conservative voters approve strongly of Ryan’s selection as do 69 percent of conservative Republicans. And fully a third in each of those overlapping groups say the choice of Ryan has made them more likely to vote for Romney.
Leaving aside Romney’s previous positions on issues like immigration reform and abortion, the 2012 Mitt Romney is one of the most effective defenders of capitalism in the party. With the American system under attack so relentlessly by the Democrats, it could be that the right is willing to forgive Mr. Romney some of his flip flopping and embrace him as a strong advocate of the free market. Romney’s choice of Paul Ryan — another stout defender of economic freedom — only buttressed this notion.
Today marks the 2,000th day since American Robert Levinson went missing off the southern coast of Iran.
In March, to mark the five-year anniversary of the former FBI agent’s disappearance, the Bureau announced a $1 million reward for information leading to Levinson’s safe return.
“Bob is now the second-longest-held hostage in American history. Only Terry Anderson who was held as part of the Lebanon Hostage Crisis was in captivity longer,” the Levinson family said in a statement.
“Bob has been held four and a half times longer than the Americans held during in the Iranian Hostage Crisis, a group of people caught up in the middle of political turmoil, and more than a month longer than the Americans kidnapped by FARC guerillas and released in 2008. This is not a milestone any human being would want to achieve. We love and miss Bob more than words can say, and we desperately worry about his health with each day that passes.”
Levinson retired from the FBI in 1998 and went into private investigating. He was looking into a cigarette smuggling case on Kish Island, Iran, when he was last seen March 9, 2007. In March 2011, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the U.S. government believed he was being held captive in southwest Asia; in 2010, a video purportedly from Levinson’s captors was sent to his family.
“The United States reiterates its call on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to provide any information on Mr. Levinson’s whereabouts and to help ensure his prompt and safe return to his family,” the State Department said in a release this week.
In a 2008 interview with NBC, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brushed off the suggestion that the Islamic Republic had something to do with his disappearance. “There was a claim made some time ago, some people came over, the gentleman’s family came over,” Ahmadinejad said. “They talked and met with our officials and were given our responses. I see no reason for a person who was given an Iranian visa and — came into Iran, arrived in Iran through official channels, to have problems here.”
Two years after Levinson’s disappearance, though, Iran seized three young American hikers at the Kurdish border and claimed the trio were spies.
“Determining Mr. Levinson’s whereabouts and reuniting him safely with his family continues to be a priority for the U.S. Government,” the State Department said. “The United States also continues to welcome the assistance of our international partners in this investigation.”
From Florida, Levinson has been married for 37 years to his wife, Christine, and has seven children and two grandchildren. His family notes that he suffers from diabetes, high blood pressure and gout, “along with countless other unknown health issues a person would suffer from while being held in captivity for five and a half years.”
“We need to bring him home now so that he can spend whatever time he has left surrounded by the people who love him, not in captivity.”
In January, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said he’s “convinced the CIA is doing all that they can on this.”
“I would just ask that our intelligence community to do all it possibly can to bring him home and obviously if that involves negotiations, if that involves any trading, you know, I don’t want to get involved and tell them how to do it but I would certainly hope that Robert Levinson could be brought home to his family as soon as possible,” King said on CBS. “It’s really a tragedy.”
MSNBC did not serve its dwindling audience very well Tuesday night. While the nation could have heard from a bevy of rising Republican stars who have compelling stories to tell, MSNBC decided it would serve up snark instead. So the speeches of former Rep. Artur Davis, Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz, and Utah congressional candidate Mia Love were all ignored by the cable net that once called itself the “place for politics.”
While these minority Republicans were delivering their speeches, MSNBC went almost all-white on the air with Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Steve Schmidt, and Al Sharpton.
How does it feel to be a token, Rev. Al?
The speeches MSNBC ignored were terrific. Ted Cruz brought a dash of Texas to the stage as he told the story of his parents’ escape from Castro’s Cuba. Rep. Artur Davis threatened to be a show-stealer as he described his journey from being Barack Obama’s 2008 co-chairman to a Republican just four years later. The contrast between the Republicans’ “get” with Davis and the Democrats’ “get” with Charlie Crist was so striking that on Twitter I observed that in this switch the GOP had made the best trade since the Dallas Cowboys bankrupted the Minnesota Vikings in the Herschel Walker trade. The ‘Boys got three Super Bowl rings out of that one, while the Vikings got bupkis.
MSNBC didn’t avoid the night entirely. During Chris Christie’s speech, host Alex Wagner snarked a time or two on Twitter. From Wagner the world got the sterling observation that Christie’s call at the end of his speech, to stand with him and fight for Mitt Romney, was “aerobic.” Fat jokes from a thin, attractive newsreader. Har de har.
Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R) lashed out at RNC Chairman Reince Priebus for saying that he wouldn’t send him a dime, regardless.
At the convention in Tampa earlier this week, Priebus was asked by conservative bloggers Ben Howe and Chris Loesch if the RNC’s hardline position against helping the congressman under fire over his “legitimate rape” remarks would change should Akin continue to stay in the race versus Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).
“No, no. No. He could be tied. We’re not going to send him a penny,” Priebus said in the video, again advocating that Akin step aside and let someone else run on the GOP ticket.
“I just think that the people who want to do something special are always better than the people who want to be somebody special,” Priebus said.
“Reince Priebus’ comments are extremely dissappointing [sic],” Perry Akin, the congressman’s son and campaign manager, fired back in a statement.
“He claims the mantle of freedom, liberty and the good of America, but this betrays his apparent personal vendetta against Todd Akin,” Akin continued. “He is putting party power and political games ahead of the good of the country.”
The congressman also tweeted, “The GOP Chairman won’t send us a penny to defeat Claire McCaskill. Join GOP leaders like Mike Huckabee to stop her.”
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Democracy Corps — that’s James Carville and Stan Greenberg’s polling outfit — has Romney up 16 points with independents.
Voter ID typically runs low-to-mid 30s for Republicans and Democrats alike, leaving the remainder as Independents. What’s that mean? If Carville and Greenberg have it right (and many other polls show Romney way up with Indies), it can mean only one thing: Democrats are being oversampled, and grossly.
Admittedly, voter ID is a tricky thing to measure, and trickier still to sample. But most polls I’ve seen have had D samples the same or higher than in 2008, when Black Jesus was still bringing us the hope and change and lowering the oceans and all that stuff. And they’ve R samples the same or lower than 2008, even though the GOP managed to flip 63 House seats in 2010.
The game is rigged. Don’t let that stop you from playing.
- Christie Extolls RNC to Stand Up and Lead into Next American Century, by Bridget Johnson. “I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved,” he said in a powerhouse keynote, urging Americans to “choose respect over love.”
- Ann Romney: Mitt ‘Is the Man America Needs,’ by Bridget Johnson. She also gave an appeal to women voters: “I love you women!” she exclaimed. “And I hear your voices.”
- Romney Officially Nominated as Republican Presidential Candidate, by Bridget Johnson. Ron Paul makes a respectable showing in delegate votes, plus a few surprise names pick up votes, too. (More: Walker at RNC: ‘Let This Be Our Time in History’ and Former Dem Artur Davis to RNC: ‘Thank You for Welcoming Me Where I Belong.’)
- Dateline Tampa: Should We Still Have Conventions? By Roger L Simon. It’s not entirely clear. (More from Roger: Video: Encountering Protesters at 2012 GOP Convention).
- What Counts as Failure? By Roger Kimball. Musings on the start of a momentous convention.
- Sen. Cornyn: Republicans Can Win Senate ‘Regardless’ of What Happens in Presidential Race, by Bryan Preston. The NRSC is not giving up on Missouri.
- Video — Gov. Nikki Haley: ‘My Audience Is America,’ by Bryan Preston. Primetime preview.
- #GOP2012: Photoblogging Behind the Scenes at the RNC, by Bryan Preston. Sneak preview.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told the Republican National Convention that Americans need to “choose respect over love” in order to take the country back.
“I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved. Our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times,” he said. “Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say ‘yes,’ rather than to say no when ‘no’ is what’s required.”
The no-holds-barred governor said that “we must lead the way our citizens live: To lead as my mother insisted I live, not by avoiding truths, especially the hard ones, but by facing up to them and being the better for it.”
Christie gave examples of the successes he’s achieved in his home state by standing up to teachers unions, cutting taxes while balancing the budget, and reforming the public pension system.
“The people of New Jersey stepped up and shared in the sacrifice. They rewarded politicians who led instead of politicians who pandered,” he said. “We shouldn’t be surprised. We’ve never been a country to shy away from the truth.”
“I know this simple truth and I’m not afraid to say it: our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America,” the governor added.
Christie called the Democrats’ plan “whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.”
He advocated believing in the power of teachers over teachers union, and believing that seniors are not selfish when considering entitlement reform for future generations.
“We believe it’s possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for conservative principles,” Christie said. “…We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something.”
Ann Romney talked about her “deep and abiding love” for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention tonight as she aimed to convince voters “this is the man America needs.”
She also gave an appeal to women voters. “I’ve heard your voices; they’re saying to me, ‘I’m running in place and I just can’t get ahead,’” Romney said. “…It’s the moms of this nation who really hold this country together.”
“I love you women!” she exclaimed. “And I hear your voices.”
Romney spent the bulk of her speech, though, lauding her husband and painting a personal picture of the former governor, with black-and-white photos of the young Mitt displayed behind her.
“I’m still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance and he still makes me laugh,” she said. “…At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others. He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up.”
She criticized those who have chided Romney for his wealth. “Are those really the values that made this country great?” she said. “Do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?”
“Mitt doesn’t like to talk about how he’s helped others because he sees it as a privilege, not as a political talking point,” Romney said, adding that a “dream fulfilled helps others launch new dreams.”
“This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard,” Romney continued. “I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment: This man will not fail. This man will not let us down. This man will lift up America!”
“You can trust Mitt,” she said. “He loves America. He will take us to a better place just as he took me home safely from that dance.”
“Last time I spoke at a convention turned out I was in the wrong place,” former Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) told the Republican National Convention tonight. “Thank you for welcoming me where I belong.”
The former supporter of President Obama, who left the House last year and switched to the Republican Party this year, delivered one of the sharpest and most highly anticipated speeches of the night, endorsing Mitt Romney as “the most experienced executive to seek presidency in 60 years.”
“He doesn’t confuse the presidency with celebrity … what a difference four years makes,” Davis said, adding that the Democrats’ negative ads “do convince that Gov. Romney can’t sing, but his record convinces me he does know how to lead.”
“Maybe we should have known that night in Denver that things that begin with Styrofoam columns and artificial smoke don’t end well,” he quipped of the 2008 Democratic convention. “You thought it was the glare; some of us thought it was a halo.”
“No candidate had ever spoken so beautifully but dreams meet daybreak,” Davis said. “…Let’s put the poetry aside, let’s suspend the hype, let’s come down to Earth and start creating jobs again.”
On a night focused on small business and President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” line, onetime Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum brought the social conservatism to the Republican National Convention.
The former senator promoted the right to life and traditional marriage while reflecting on his working-class roots and Italian immigrant family in what was more like a campaign speech with just a handful of references to the nominated ticket.
“Under President Obama, the dream of freedom and opportunity has become a nightmare of dependency,” Santorum said. “…The president’s plan didn’t work for America because that’s not how America works.”
He promoted education, hard work, and getting married before having children as the keys to staying out of poverty.
“The fact is that marriage is disappearing in the place where government dependency is the highest,” Santorum said.”If America is going to succeed we must stop the assault on marriage and the family in America today.”
He also hit at the administration’s change of welfare work rules. “President Obama rules like he is above the law,” he said, and if the commander in chief continues unabated “we will no longer be a republic.”
Santorum reflected on his time on the campaign trail. “I shook the hand of the American dream and it has a strong grip,” he said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) received a rock-star reception at the Republican National Convention, first when he announced his home state’s delegate votes and when he addressed delegates during primetime.
The standing ovation was so long for Walker that he just began giving his speech even as the applause didn’t stop.
“On June 5 voters in my swing state were asked to decide if they wanted elected officials to define success by how many people are dependent on the government,” Walker said in reference to his successful fight against a recall effort driven by unions. “On June 5 voters in Wisconsin got to determine who’s in charge… the hard-working taxpayers won.”
The governor said thousands of jobs have been added in his state through his reforms. “Ninety-four percent of our employers believe Wisconsin is headed in the right direction,” he said.
Walker used the bulk of his speech, though, to promote Mitt Romney’s candidacy. With the pick of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan for the vice presidential nominee, he said, “Gov. Romney showed that he not only has the experience and skill to be president, he has the courage and the passion to be an exceptional president.”
“The ‘R’ next to his name stands not just for Republican but for reformer,” he added.
“Let this be our time in history so that someday we can tell our children and our grandchildren that we were there… to save America,” Walker said.
Sullivan is the co-executive producer of the “unexpectedly” strong-performing documentary, 2016: Obama’s America, which, as Sullivan notes, is performing well, even in bluest of blue enclaves such as Manhattan and L.A.
Delegates at the Republican National Convention nominated Mitt Romney as the GOP candidate for the White House moments ago in Tampa.
Romney received 2,061 votes. Two-hundred-and-two votes were listed as “others” — six for former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), one for former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer, one for former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, one for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), one “undecided,” one “uncommitted,” and the rest for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. There were also several abstentions.
The 2012 GOP platform was also adopted after some delegates loudly protested the refusal to seat 10 Ron Paul supporters in the Maine delegation.
Paul delegates from Nevada and Maine led the fight against a GOP convention rules change that delegates must vote for the candidate who won the state primary or be stripped of their delegate spot.
A Texas contingent was among those who loudly protested adoption of the rules as other delegates tried to drown them out with shouts of “USA.” Paul supporters chanted “point of order.”
A clearly perturbed chairman Reince Priebus tried to gavel the proceedings along. After the rules adoption, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) offered the GOP platform for adoption.
“We Republicans believe in this great country… we know that our people are our greatest natural resource,” Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) said of the platform. “Job creation must be job No. 1 … what Americans want is what America has always offered in abundance – opportunity.”
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) said that thanks to the platform, “the GOP will be known as the ‘great opportunity party.’”
Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) offered the nomination for Romney as president. It was seconded by Barbara Comstock, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
Blue “Mitt!” signs were fed onto the convention floor in time for the roll call vote. New Jersey put Romney over the top in clinching the nomination.
Only the Romney votes were announced, drawing protest shouts from Paul supporters after each gain for the congressman.
The Roemer, Huntsman, and Bachmann votes all came from the Texas delegation, as well as 20 votes for “fellow Texan and defender of liberty” Paul. Another electoral giant, California, ceded no votes to other candidates.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan was nominated as the vice presidential candidate by voice vote.