The big mystery of the 2012 GOP convention

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Can anybody identify that rectangular item in the upper left-hand corner of this AP photo, taken during Paul Ryan’s speech last night to the Republican National Convention?

The vice-presidential nominee seemed to be glancing at it quite a bit last night, almost as if he was reading from it. Anybody got any ideas? In fact, I believe that every single speaker at the convention with one exception — Condi Rice — has been staring at that thing during their speeches. It’s almost as if they needed somebody to tell them what to say.

I’m going to be watching Mitt Romney closely tonight, just to see if he too starts staring at that … whatever it is. Weird, huh?

– Jay Bookman

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Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 30th, 2012
4:55 pm

Can anybody identify that rectangular item in the upper left-hand corner of this AP photo, taken during Paul Ryan’s speech last night to the Republican National Convention?

TELEPROMPTER!

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 30th, 2012
4:56 pm

Why that would be an applause deflector shield (Star Trek episode 698) to protect the deafness of the presenter.

Ben Shockley

August 30th, 2012
4:56 pm

Looks like Bookman decided to rescue the libs from the beatdown they were taking downstairs.

Soothsayer

August 30th, 2012
4:56 pm

Jay, I think that’s a trapezoid.

Ben Shockley

August 30th, 2012
4:57 pm

“Why that would be an applause deflector shield (Star Trek episode 698) to protect the deafness of the presenter.”

Kammypoo would be the subject-matter-expert on that.

King of Everything

August 30th, 2012
4:57 pm

I know! I know! A teleprompter. I thought on Kenyan Muslims used it. Oh self professed evangelists use them too.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

August 30th, 2012
4:58 pm

Jay, did you check Ryan’s hands (the real GOP teleprompter)?

getalife

August 30th, 2012
4:59 pm

Another angry white man will speak at the convention.

Clint Eastwood.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

Clint Eastwood- symbolic of the right
Pee Wee Herman- symbolic of the kook left

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

Kammypoo would be the subject-matter-expert on that.

Nah, not much of a Trekkie.

King of Everything

August 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

Only VP nominees who do not read don’t use a teleprompter.

Soothsayer

August 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

Well, just damn! That’s a parallelogram!

Butch Cassidy (I)

August 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

What, was Obama nice enough to lend them one?

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

Ben @ 4:57. Hilarious.

Ben Shockley

August 30th, 2012
5:01 pm

Speaking of beat downs, when does the Ryan/Biden debate take place?

Soothsayer

August 30th, 2012
5:02 pm

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

Jay, I honestly have no idea what you’re talking about.

On that note, however, I would like a “response to Isaac from both sides” thing. Just to stir up the crowd here :)

Bobby Jindal asking for federal money, too funny. Republicans in glee over it missing them and hitting NOLA instead… Many still without power, etc etc etc.

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:03 pm

And here all this time I thought the R’s were against anything Obama was for!

Jay

August 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

Kam, I’m going to have to side with Keep on this one. It has to be an applause deflector shield, because no self-respecting Republican would dare stoop to using a teleprompter.

The mere word — “teleprompter!” — is enough to make them break out in mass giggles. It’s like a one-word joke, complete with set-up and punchline. Surely they would never use such a device themselves.

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:04 pm

“What, was Obama nice enough to lend them one?”

I guess they were too cheap to rent some

Fred ™

August 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Ben Shockley

August 30th, 2012
4:56 pm

Looks like Bookman decided to rescue the libs from the beatdown they were taking downstairs.
+++++++++++++++++

Really? Or is that just another Republican lie? I mean I haven’t seen a good beat down in a while so if there was one downstairs, I want to go read it………

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

August 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

I know! I know! Let me answer! Please?

It’s a case of PBR! I’d know it anywhere. I lug hundreds of them every week. Someone’s telling this Paul Ryan as soon as he shuts his yap he can start guzzling.

Dang! I knew one day being a beerologist would come in handy!

DannyX

August 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Maybe Ryan can teach Romney how to use that contraption end of quote.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

Poor Ryan. He had to put his lies in bold typeface right in front of his face so he would not slip from behind his facade and let a moment of truth escape.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:05 pm

2 men are vying for the job of potus.

One is an unknown. The other is Mitt Romney.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

The mere word — “teleprompter!” — is enough to make them break out in mass giggles. It’s like a one-word joke, complete with set-up and punchline. Surely they would never use such a device themselves.

The least the Republicans could do in a vain attempt at saving face is disguise the thing as a bouquet of flowers or something.

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

Surely they would never use such a device themselves.

:D

Willydoit?

August 30th, 2012
5:08 pm

Maybe it is a mirror :cool:

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:09 pm

They all use teleprompters. Just not every….single……time……like…….obama.

Fred ™

August 30th, 2012
5:09 pm

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:00 pm

Clint Eastwood- symbolic of the right
Pee Wee Herman- symbolic of the kook left
++++++++++++++++++++++++++

LOL Doomy. That is hilarious. I can’t think of two more polar opposites.

Boris Badnoff

August 30th, 2012
5:09 pm

The real challenge for Jay Bookman and the Master Spinmisters of the Democrat party is how to paint Paul Ryan as a racist considering his past love life

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2194116/Revealed-Paul-Ryans-black-girlfriend-stunning-cheerleader-stole-heart-coming-political-student.html#ixzz253je62NC

But I’ve read enough of Jay to know he is plotting it with every waking thought.

josef

August 30th, 2012
5:10 pm

BIG DADDY

That’s a funny one…

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:10 pm

“Surely they would never use such a device themselves.”

Maybe they thought it was YOU, Jay…showing them what they’re going to say before they even say it!

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

August 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

Did folks make fun of Obama because he used it at the Democrat convention or other major speeches …………….. or ……………… because he used it everywhere including talking to kids at
an elementary school.

Geez Jay …………….. is that all you got ?

Fred ™

August 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:09 pm

They all use teleprompters. Just not every….single……time……like…….obama.
+++++++++++++++++

Naw, Bush didn’t use a teleprompter. He couldn’t read.

http://instantrimshot.com/

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

They are calling Paul Ryan the mailman. Cause he delivered last night.

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:11 pm

They all use teleprompters. Just not every….single……time……like…….obama.

Well gee, all it would take to refute this is one speech in which he didn’t use one…. hmmmm

Anyone remember the “roads and bridges, you didn’t build th[ose]” speech?

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

Fred,

Bush could read just fine. He just couldn’t speak.

Class of '98

August 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

I don’t mind Obama reading from a teleprompter, because all politicians do it.

What I DO mind is liberals acting like Obama is Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy and Sophocles all wrapped into one because he happens to be good at it.

Talk is cheap. It would be nice if he would do something besides read speeches and give his opinion about “Call Me Maybe” on Nevada Top 40 radio stations.

How presidential.

alittlecommonsense

August 30th, 2012
5:12 pm

The teleprompter is only an issue if you suspect the speaker is a stuffed shirt who has no thoughts of his own to express. It’s probably unfair to paint Obama that way. It’s completely ridiculous to paint Ryan that way. Whatever you want to say about Ryan – agree or disagree with him. You can’t paint him as someone without substance.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:13 pm

Someone tried to give Bush something to read one time. I think he held it upside down, hoping that no one would catch on, given that most of those around him were too young to read themselves.

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

TD

I don’t recall him using one against McCain.

So keep HOPE ALIVE……………..

This is going to be good down the stretch

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Paul Ryan, The deliverer of lies.

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

This is about the most infantile thread Jay has done for awhile.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Adam,

You got me. He didn’t use the teleprompter that time. And look what happens when the man goes off on a tangent and starts revealing what he really thinks. It aint pretty. Give Adam a big

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Class of '98

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Bush earned better grades in college than Obama, and I will believe that until Hussein produces his college transcripts.

getalife

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

Funny post.

The right are a laughing stock.

A joke.

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August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

DannyX

August 30th, 2012
5:14 pm

I was expecting that teleprompter to catch fire because of all the lies that flooded it.

I hope they allowed it to cool down because tonight the thing could explode, although Romney will probably opt for his Etch-a-Sketch. Look for the two knobs at the bottom corners.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

This is about the most infantile thread Jay has done for awhile.

The things he’ll do to make the cons here happy!

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

“You can’t paint him as someone without substance.”

Gas bubbles are not substance

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

Class of ‘98,

Word though is that Obama aced Bullshytology.

alittlecommonsense

August 30th, 2012
5:15 pm

That’s a hoot 311. I didn’t know Obama used a teleprompter speaking at an elementary school. Yeah, that is a little different than doing it when speaking in front of a convention. I withdraw my comment that it is probably unfair to Obama. lol.

DannyX

August 30th, 2012
5:16 pm

“This is about the most infantile thread Jay has done for awhile.”

Wasn’t that the point? To mock the infantile right for their Obama teleprompter hysteria.

Obama is over

August 30th, 2012
5:16 pm

The big mystery at the Democratic convention will be if anyone bothers to show up. It doesn’t really matter if they use a teleprompter or not because they don’t have anything to say. They can’t bring out their successful governors to brag about turning things around because there aren’t any success stories. The only surprise here is that Bill Clinton is not keeping a lower profile to dissociate from the Obama disaster. But hey, a check is a check in this economy. Voting for Obama twice is like backing up theTitanic and ramming the iceburg again.

JamVet

August 30th, 2012
5:16 pm

I don’t mind Obama reading from a teleprompter, because all politicians do it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.biopoliticaltimes.org/img/original/goalposts.jpg

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:16 pm

On a side note,

I’m convinced as to the validity of the Kam/Keep hypothesis.

josef

August 30th, 2012
5:16 pm

BIG DADDY

You know how much I like to take you on for your choice of images as sometimes not-so-subtle propaganda? Well, my hat’s off to you on this one! Makes me want to slap that silly queen into next December… :-)

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

August 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

“Chris Matthews and MSNBC Now Claim the Word ‘Chicago’ Is Racist”

Good grief ……….. now I can’t even order a Chicago style hotdog at Sonic !

Read more: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rusty-weiss/2012/08/30/chris-matthews-and-msnbc-now-claim-word-chicago-racist#ixzz254BbuaTj

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

Talk is cheap. It would be nice if he would do something besides read speeches and give his opinion about “Call Me Maybe” on Nevada Top 40 radio stations.

How presidential.

Yeah, he’s President. Which means he has to sit in his office the whole time, not take any vacations, and have zero opinions on anything and NEVER EVER BE POPULAR!

…..right.

larry

August 30th, 2012
5:17 pm

They are calling Paul Ryan the mailman.

If they are, its because of all the junk mail he delivered.

And if they are , Karl Malone would like to have a word with him.

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:18 pm

“Wasn’t that the point? To mock the infantile right for their Obama teleprompter hysteria.”

NOW you’ve done it…given away another of our secrets.

Willydoit?

August 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

“Naw, Bush didn’t use a teleprompter. He couldn’t read.”

and which ivy league school did you graduate from?

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

And look what happens when the man goes off on a tangent and starts revealing what he really thinks. It aint pretty.

Yeah, it’s sure not pretty admitting that small business owners didn’t build all the roads and bridges and teach themselves from infancy how to do everything. Yeah….

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

Let me preface this by saying the Democrats will surely suffer the same results next week during their turn at the “infomercial” game. I myself refrain form both weeks of mind rot.

Taken from Drudge:

http://tinyurl.com/8tngurk

All this enthusiasm based on these speeches is nothing more than the core base that was going to vote Romney/ Ryan regardless.

It sure didn’t translate in anything but less of a tv audience as compared to 08. Romney and Ryan have the folks enthused, they do.

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

“Makes me want to slap that silly queen into next December”

Let’s get together on that and see if we can slap him into the December after that

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

August 30th, 2012
5:19 pm

DannyX/TaxPayer:

If you can see the difference between Ryan using a telepromper to make a convention speech and Obama using it to talk to Michelle at night then I can’t help you.

Class of '98

August 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

Adam, a press conference where he actually takes questions about something other than the NCAA basketball tournament would be nice.

Don’t know if you know this, but Hussein has had exactly ONE press conference in the last four months in which he took questions. The presser was the day after Todd Akin made his asinine comments about rape.

In the meantime, he has done “interviews” with such hard-hitting media outlets such as Entertainment Tonight, People Magazine, Glamour Magazine, and several pop music and sports talk radio stations.

He thinks we are stupid. And liberals prove him right.

Jefferson

August 30th, 2012
5:20 pm

What I like is debates when they have to think on their own and keep their emotions in check. The eeger beavers can look stupid if they lack experience.

The seal book some would say puts Americans at risk, I just see it as a payday. His team may not, I don’t know their bond.

JamVet

August 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

Bush earned better grades in college than Obama…

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (again.)

C minus George???

Apparently he made some decent grades at Yale (underwater basket weaving there maybe?) to offset all of the F’s he made.

Nobody will ever accuse him of making any decent grades while at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue!

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

they both suck,

This 2nd one on this video where he fails and starts stammering and ends up just quitting and saying he couldn’t hear himself was just bizarre. I really felt sorry for the man. It was painful even for a con to watch. The first one on this clip with the breathalizer was bad also but not near as bad.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24vRyrjiD2Q

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

August 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

Hey libs., how about that CONSERVATIVE Jon Stewart making fun of Obama and his teleprompter !!!

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

josef

He must be on of those “queens” who really wanted to be straight and made it back.

Maybe a few trips to Bachman’s husband’s cure the “queens” clinic did the trick.

:-)

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

“What I like is debates when they have to think on their own”

don’t be too sure about that. Check their ears sometime during debates.

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:22 pm

Scout

I think is great when any comedians go after politicians

I’m all for it, even though I do not watch that show

killerj

August 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

A whipping paddle!,for Obama.

Brosephus™

August 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

Clint Eastwood- symbolic of the right

Is that the same Clint Eastwood that all y’all righties were bashing like baby seals after the Superbowl Commercial?

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

“Wasn’t that the point? To mock the infantile right for their Obama teleprompter hysteria.”

We don’t have to mock him. We just play the video that I just posted and the video speaks for itself. He did quite a good job of mocking himself. No R help needed.

getalife

August 30th, 2012
5:23 pm

Our President will try to change citizen united to stop the billionaires from controlling the gop congress.

Immigration reform and work around congress on jobs.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:25 pm

If you can see the difference between Ryan using a telepromper to make a convention speech and Obama using it to talk to Michelle at night then I can’t help you.

I’ve never been one to want to monitor the bedroom activities of others. Then again, I’m not a Republican.

josef

August 30th, 2012
5:25 pm

Doggone…

You take the left cheek, I’ll take the left cheek and…surely there’s another line there… :-)

BOTH

Yeah. After November he can do washed up celebrity ads for them, eh?

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

TD

That is actually pretty funny, but if your Romney and the boy wonder do not score knockouts during the debate, I wouldn’t count on a victory.

Obama/Biden can probably win with a split decision or even a draw.

Win meaning the major polls show it to be so, not Maddow saying Romney sucked or Hanitty saying Romney and Ryan had the best debates in the history of the world

JamVet

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

I’m still chuckling about these lies here that the cons didn’t care about Barry using the T word device. It was ONLY that he used it too much. Or at some singular event well into his administration.

Which explains why they went apesh*t bersrk when he used one at his inauguration.

Also how they tend to always eat themselves, usually by way of foot in mouth disease.

To wit,

Campaigning in Mississippi recently, the former Pennsylvania senator asserted that “when you run for president of the United States, it should be illegal to read off a teleprompter. Because all you’re doing is reading somebody else’s words to people.”

Stupid with a capital S…

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

“Our President will try to change citizen united to stop the billionaires from controlling the gop congress.”

Try? He won’t even bother. There’s nothing the President can do about it. It will take an “act of Congress”

Class of '98

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

JamVet, I know you’ve probably spent most of your adult life in the public sector, but in the private sector “A “students end up working for “C” students all the time. College grades have little to nothing to do with success in the real world.

And besides, Bush’s college GPA was nearly identical to John Kerry’s. Actually, it was a little bit higher.

As for Hussein’s grades…. well, I guess we’ll never know.

My guess is Obama got an “A” in Public Speaking and an “F” in Economics.

DannyX

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

“I think is great when any comedians go after politicians”

Me too. Especially the 2 conservative big guns, Victoria Jackson and Dennis Miller. LOL

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

“Yeah, it’s sure not pretty admitting that small business owners didn’t build all the roads and bridges and teach themselves from infancy how to do everything. Yeah….”

No. They didn’t built the roads and bridges. Their taxes paid from their businesses did. Or did you not know that? And they didn’t educate themselves. Their taxes that their parents and their businesses paid is what paid for those schools.

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:26 pm

Class of ‘98: So only press conferences count? Do you think his reddit AMA means nothing?:

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/obamas-reddit-ama-the-full-questions-and-answers/261756/

Joseph

August 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

So I guess Oblama won’t be using one. This is not a winning issue Bookman considering your man uses one to speak to middle schoolers.

Fred ™

August 30th, 2012
5:27 pm

Don’t know if you know this, but Hussein has had exactly ONE press conference in the last four months in which he took questions…………..

No one calls him Hussein. Does that Cheap ploy you use make you feel better? Feel superior? Does it somehow bolster your ego? I’m just curious. Did you refer to President Bush as Walker?

josef

August 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

BROSEPHUS

Same Clint Eastwood who’s for marriage equality?

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:28 pm

josef

If I can find out when Michelle Bachman is filling in at the clinic. I’m thinking of going for the introductory session, play the part to see if I can get that “corn-dog” trick preformed that she does so well.

:-)

Doggone/GA

August 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

“You take the left cheek, I’ll take the left cheek and…surely there’s another line there…”

I don’t know about a punch line, but if we rope in the Unmentionable – we can give him an extra boost from a kick in the ass

They BOTH suck

August 30th, 2012
5:29 pm

Fred @ 5:27

That is pretty pathetic. I do not know the average for past Presidents, but that is weak

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 30th, 2012
5:30 pm

they both suck,

Naw. The first one where he’s talking about a breathalyzer and other stuff was funny. It was worse than anything Dan Quayle could ever do. But the 2nd part of that video I genuinely felt bad for him and had empathy for him. It was more humiliating than funny to see him completely broken down like that. I’m surprised you thought that whole video was funny. Where the hell is your compassion tbs? Just messin with ya.

Fred ™

August 30th, 2012
5:30 pm

No. They didn’t built the roads and bridges. Their taxes paid from their businesses did.

But……. But…….. But…….. I thought you cons always say that businesses don’t pay taxes? I’m so confused…….

getalife

August 30th, 2012
5:30 pm

“Try? He won’t even bother. There’s nothing the President can do about it. It will take an “act of Congress””

Constitutional amendment.

You can read it in Time magazine.

TaxPayer

August 30th, 2012
5:31 pm

No. They didn’t built the roads and bridges. Their taxes paid from their businesses did. Or did you not know that? And they didn’t educate themselves. Their taxes that their parents and their businesses paid is what paid for those schools.

So how does that work out for the businesses that got paid off, as in no taxes due, to move some work here to Georgia. I think your hypothesis is flawed.

Adam

August 30th, 2012
5:31 pm

Thulsa: The roads and bridges paid for a small portion of them, if any at all. Chances are most small business owners today are only paying for upkeep, and even then they are still not paying for all of the ones that lead to their business all on their own. OTHER PEOPLE are helping. So they did not “build” those roads and bridges.

Nor did they pay for their grade school and high school teachers. By ANY measure.

Do you want to keep going or should I throw in a BOOOOOM and call it a day?

Oh f*** it, bottom line is you lose on this one Thulsa. I am through arguing with you on this issue.

td

August 30th, 2012
5:32 pm

Wow Jay,

You must be suffering from the same depressed feeling as most of the other libs are today. At least I can say you are trying to come out of yours with humor instead of with the anger I have seen on these boards today,

Hats off sir:-)