Romney did just fine, but a game-changer? No

Meh.

Mitt Romney did a competent job of presenting himself as a competent candidate Thursday night. He humanized himself, presenting a side of himself that most Americans had not seen, and he competently delivered the standard conservative critique of the perceived shortcomings of Barack Obama in largely positive, unthreatening tones.

He also didn’t keep the fact-checkers busy deep into the night, as his running mate Paul Ryan had the evening before, largely because his speech lacked details or specifics. That’s fine; he and his speechwriters had clearly decided to hit on big themes and to stress the candidate’s softer, more humane side, and again, they succeeded in doing so. But I’m doubtful that the American people came away wowed by the performance or by Romney himself.

The talk of the night, instead, focused on Clint Eastwood and his empty chair. They were clearly the weirdest tandem of the evening, which is saying something when Newt and Callista are also on the bill.

– Jay Bookman

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Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 31st, 2012
12:40 am

The talk of the night, instead, focused on Clint Eastwood and his empty chair.

The talk should be about mental illness care. That was just creepy.

Oscar

August 31st, 2012
12:47 am

Have not heard any good reports about Romney’s speech. Nothing bad, just not anything good
I’m a nice guy, and you should vote for me.
Nothing to get excited about.
And no ideas that would work either.

GDawg

August 31st, 2012
12:54 am

Anything from this sight it going to downplay the Republican Nomination. The Clint Eastwood skit was right on time! He is an Actor. What happened to the left’s ability to recognize theater? Oh yeah, that’s only when you are beating the drum of the left-winged agenda. The Republican may not win but it will be only to the demise of the Democratic Party if they don’t. I have said this since late 2007… The only way to shelter your wealth is to move it overseas. Once the American public understands the error of their ways, we can move money back here…a little at a time. You poor little people will understand after a LOOONGGG time of poverty. Stay stupid and be broke or lower the tax rate and see prosperity. You”ve lost a lot of money…let’s see how long it takes to recover it.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

August 31st, 2012
12:56 am

“When someone does not do the job, you have got to let them go.” ~ Clint

Preach it Clint!

Jm

August 31st, 2012
12:56 am

I found Clint’s serious statements that were interlaced within the schtick to be reasonable and well spoken.

“it’s time to try someone else”

I thought Romney and Rubio did fine and the appeals to minorities were great to see also.

Too bad there wasn’t a single serious thought out of the liberal cabal here during the night. Not a surprise there though.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 31st, 2012
12:58 am

Too bad there wasn’t a single serious thought out of the liberal cabal here during the night.

Toodles

Jm

August 31st, 2012
12:58 am

Steve USA bingo

ken

August 31st, 2012
12:59 am

All of the people that have spoken the last two days have shown optimism. Can’t wait for the change of attitude in Washington.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 31st, 2012
12:59 am

Jm,

They had plenty of hate. Even more so than usual. Never thought I would see so many people saying that Clint Eastwood is mentally ill. Sick. I did expect all the personal attacks on Romney and Ryan. We got plenty of that.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

August 31st, 2012
1:03 am

Clint is 82 years old. I guess some people just hate senior citizens, especially ones like Clint that work harder then they do.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 31st, 2012
1:04 am

“The talk should be about mental illness care. That was just creepy.”

Hmm. Reminds me of my Armstrong post. Stay classy libs.

President Oblama

August 31st, 2012
1:08 am

Jay, you and Luckovich can pick up your weekly checks tomorrow.

Thulsa Doom- pompous ass extraordinaire

August 31st, 2012
1:08 am

Steve- USA,

The suggestion of mental illness on Clint Eastwood is bad enough and pretty lowdown. But on the previous blog one of them was attacking Ryan’s kids and calling them brats. They’re stooping pretty low with the personal attacks. Sad to see.

getalife

August 31st, 2012
1:13 am

I wonder who was in that chair in clint’s brain?

Class of '98

August 31st, 2012
1:17 am

Clint was hilarious…. “Oprah cried”. That killed me.

All you liberal columnists had your “Romney’s Speech Underwhelmed” columns typed up and ready before he even took the stage.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

August 31st, 2012
1:17 am

Steve-USA, you seem rather mean… is the 2012 election rhetoric affecting you that much?

Tom(Independent Viet Vet,USAF)

August 31st, 2012
1:21 am

82 yr old people should be able to say what they want, they have earned that right in their life.Clint Eastwood will be remember just as John Wayne and Michael Jackson will.

getalife

August 31st, 2012
1:27 am

As far as the speech, standing up there in front of millions of people and telling them why you want to be President is something most of us could never do.

He offered us nothing new but the same old gop ideology.

Class of '98

August 31st, 2012
1:27 am

What will Obama speak about next week? Hope? A little late for that. Change? Gosh, I hope and pray he talks about change. George Bush? Almost certainly. Todd Akin? Without a doubt.

Within minutes of his conclusion, liberal journalists all over the country will publish columns that gush about his moving, insightful, uplifting message. It will be the Gettysburg Address part II, no matter what he says.

Jay is already working on his.

Vast Right Wing Conspiracy (aka "Knuckle-Dragger")

August 31st, 2012
1:57 am

Compared to the manchurian candidate, a rottweiler would sound just fine. Can’t wait for the freak show that will be Charlotte.

Mary Elizabeth

August 31st, 2012
3:08 am

I must point out much duplicity, and some arrogance, within Romney’s speech. See below:

(1) Romney: “This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.”

(A 14 Trillion Dollar Debt as of July, 2011, with only 1 and 1/2 Trillion because of Obama’s policies – according to Bruce Bartlett, Dep. Secy. of Treasury, under President George H.W. Bush)
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(2) Romney: “And I don’t doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong’s spirit is still with us: that unique blend of optimism, humility and the utter confidence that when the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American.”

(Double Meaning Intended. Romney misses entirely the arrogance – and irony – of his statement, framed around the word, “humility.” I don’t think Americans are the only people in this world who can do something “really big.” That is simply arrogance. Why not build commonalities and collaboration with others on this globe, instead of continuing to perpetuate the hierarchial mindset of American superiority? Other meaning: A nuanced toss to the Birthers, i.e., Obama is not really “an American.”)
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(3) Romney: “He took office without the basic qualification that most Americans have and one that was essential to his task. He had almost no experience working in a business. Jobs to him are about government.”

(That statement shows blatantly Romney’s hierarchial view of human beings. Romney implies that “government jobs” are less valuable than “business jobs.” I do not perceive that service-oriented jobs, such as teaching, have less value than jobs in business.)
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(4) Romney: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”

(Romney mocks science, climate change, and conservation of the Earth’s natural resources. Romney’s values do not embrace all of mine. I believe all people on the planet share a common interest in being caretakers, together, of our environment; we are not simply interested in ourselves and our own families. Human beings can encompass, and develop, commonality and common interests with all others on the planet, as well as safeguard their own self-interests.)
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(5) Romeny: “And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.”

(Yes, we do know the answer. As Sen.Mitch McConnell said years ago, “Our (Republican) goal is to make sure that Barack Obama is a one-term president.”)
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(6) Romney: “And let me make this very clear – unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class.” “Today more Americans wake up in poverty than ever before. Nearly one out of six Americans is living in poverty. Look around you. These are not strangers. These are our brothers and sisters, our fellow Americans.”

(Totally duplicitous. Republicans have not attempted to create programs to help those in poverty, and their policies have hurt the middle class. Anyone who seriously believes Romney is looking out for the interests of the middle class, or for the poor, is fooling him or herself. Romney’s interests are with big business.)
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(7) Romney: “The President has disappointed America because he hasn’t led America in the right direction.”

President Obama has led this nation out of a near Depression; he has achieved a health care program for all; he is not trying to dismantle Medicare and Social Security, and he is creating a more egalitarian nation and world. I would say that President Obama is leading America in exactly the right direction, which Gov. Romney has little sensitivity toward, or understanding of.

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There are many more duplicitous statements in Romney’s speech. One was his stating that President Obama’s does not value “success.” President Obama’s life story has been one of success. And, it was not the Obama economy that “crushed the middle class,” as Romney said, but the Bush administration’s policies of cutting taxes and starting wars which ran up the deficit (and that, also, encouraged cuts to “entitlements”) and that culminated in the Great Recession, which has “crushed the middle class.”
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See link below for Gov. Romney’s full speech.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/31/us/politics/romneys-speech-to-the-republican-convention.html?pagewanted=all

Joseph

August 31st, 2012
5:01 am

He did a great job outlining the failed policies of the Oblama administration. There was one distinct thing different with Romney than there was with McCain. I couldn’t watch McCain’s speech because it was an old man bumbling through a speech. Romney on the other hand is full of energy and has the look and sound of a President. The utter terror that you and your ilk have when Romney is on stage with Obama is a joy. I flipped over after Romney’s speech and watched a little MESSNBC just to get a good laugh before bed. They were literally going into convulsions. Especially King Buffoon Chris Matthews and token race hustler Al Sharpton….

Child, please

August 31st, 2012
5:04 am

“Competent” would be a big step up from the last 3 1/2 years. Addition by subtraction

Joseph

August 31st, 2012
5:05 am

Class of ‘98:

Of course they already had their scripts ready. Romney can save three folks from chocking and a baby drowning and the loony libs wouldn’t give him credit. Just watch MESSNBC. If you turn it on and they have drool running down the side of their face then yes. He did great. And that’s what happened…

Cherokee

August 31st, 2012
5:27 am

Thanks Mary Elizabeth. Good analysis.

Not that it will matter much to the terrified cons who’ve posted so far on this thread.

nelson

August 31st, 2012
5:44 am

There is still something nebulous and undefined about election for president coming up. Clearly a man with business experience like Mitt is needed. The picture will become clearer as the time to vote nears. The populace wants a man that takes his coat and tie off and sits down at the lunch counter,this is highly appealing. And of course the first lady getting to meet the tourists strolling through the visitors section of the White House.
the folksy downtown kind of family that gets right in there with the people.
None of that says one word about how well the country is doing under his leadership. It very well be that the populace has given up on the economy, the deficit and just settled for a really personable fella that promises hope.
He has made hope almost a commodity that can be purchased like cornflakes.
It really is time to see results, always looking ahead for the undefinable something, people want it now.

Closing of RNC

August 31st, 2012
5:45 am

As the Republican National Convention comes to a close, here is a compiled list of the unstated:

1. “Social” issues. In 1992, a rudderless Bush One reelection campaign turned the GOP convention over to the abortion/traditional family crowd. It was a disaster. Republicans ever since have tried to tone it down, with mixed success. In Tampa, there has been barely a mention of those issues. Even Mike Huckabee toned it down — and did not mention his good friend Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. No reference to gay marriage or traditional marriage. Nearly no mention of abortion.

2. Sarah Palin. Even Fox TV banned her for one night of the convention, a remarkable editorial coincidence.

3. Romneycare. Even though Mitt brags about it selectively on the campaign trail, his health care program in Massachusetts has not received a mention here. The reason is obvious: He’s running against Obamacare, which was modeled on his own. Wouldn’t be prudent.

4. The GOP’s spending/budget record 2001-2008. During George W. Bush’s presidency, more than $3 trillion was added to the debt. Paul Ryan voted for most of the measures that made up that total. In his speech on Wednesday, he made passing reference to the Bush spending, but not to his own role.

5. Immigration. The divisive issue is verboten here and for good reason: Romney is way behind among Hispanics, disastrously so. He is 5 percentage points behind in Florida, and Nevada and Colorado are in danger, too. I saw Sheriff Joe Arpaio on the floor the other night, but no one was giving him high fives and he was nowhere near the stage.

6. Lack of diversity. There have been plenty of persons of color at the podium, nearly as many as there are in the hall. It is, frankly, a white-on-white crowd. And the GOP, for better or worse, does not seem to mind. It’s not that they don’t want more diversity; they just aren’t for the kind of methodical outreach that accelerates it. They think their ideas are enough. At least that’s the generous interpretation.

7. War in Afghanistan. Last night I watched a stirring and, at the same time, heartbreaking color guard of amputee vets bring Old Glory on stage. That was about the only reminder of the war. Or the trillions that have been spent since 9/11.

8. Foreign policy. Except for Condi Rice’s speech, and then only partially. And just one mention of Osama bin Laden, by Romney himself, for the obvious reason that President Obama got him and President Bush did not.

9. Bushes. Except for Jeb and a short video on the Georges.

10. Seamus.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/howard-fineman/rnc-unspoken-message_b_1845193.html

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August 31st, 2012
6:04 am

Good morning all y’all…

To anyone who has read Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” Should remember one lesson that He taught.

Marc Antoni allowed Brutus to speak first. Brutus did a good job in vilifying Caesar and made good points. But Antoni spoke last. He too did a good job in showing Caesar’s other side. The point is this. The last words spoken are the words most remembered. Could the RNC have been Brutus’s speech? We will see…On to the DNC!

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August 31st, 2012
6:21 am

Karl Marx

August 31st, 2012
6:23 am

“largely because his speech lacked details or specifics” Really? Much Like Obama’s Shovel Ready Projects” What we missed is Obama’s Shovel Ready Project was us. Time to realize our mistake, fire Obama, and move on.

Ol' Timer

August 31st, 2012
6:35 am

The desire to know about Romney’s finances and taxes will not go away. It will follow him into the Oval Office if he’s elected and will come back to bite him in the butt. There is a deviousness and secrecy about the man that causes the few remaining hairs on my head to tingle.

Mark my word, the end of the story has not been written and the unwillingness of the Republican Party to require disclosure will be their undoing. If this was not the case, the mere unfolding of his tax returns would blow Harry Reid and the DNC completely out of the water.

“You people” are buying a pig in a poke.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2012
6:36 am

Any picture of Romney reading from a – gasp! – teleprompter, Jay? That picture of Paul Ryan was hilarious.

Peadawg

August 31st, 2012
6:38 am

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/31/politics/five-things-from-rnc/index.html

Well here we go. The video shows Clint Eastwood using a teleprompter.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
6:38 am

Competent? That’s what we don’t have now. The guy in there is a pure light weight. proof is in the pudding.

weetamoe

August 31st, 2012
6:41 am

I will take competent over what is sitting on the throne in the White House now.. And if— because he is ruthless enough to try anything to stay—but if he leaves he can take his throne with him.
Clint was playing a role, based on his own script as usual, and was very effective if you *got it.*

kayaker 71

August 31st, 2012
6:42 am

Best line of the night….”You want me to do what to myself”?

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August 31st, 2012
6:47 am

Forgot the pic…it’s what i get for having to get up at 0415…

anyway, Friends…

http://cheezburger.com/6550315520

Gordon

August 31st, 2012
6:50 am

I can’t wait to hear Obama’s case for remaining as president. I certainly haven’t heard it up to now. All I’ve heard is “Romeny is rich, and rich people are mean”. This is even more juvenile than the “Hope and Change” of four years ago.

I’ll admit it – George W Bush was a poor president and I would have voted for Obama over him if Bush had been on the ballot. But now its time to admit Obama has been a poor president and give someone else a chance. Obama did inherit a tough situation and should not be judged on the fact that there have been tough times under his watch – it would have been that way with anyone. But he should be judged on what he has done while president, and on that his record is very poor.

How many things would he have done differently if he had inherited a great economic situation? He still would have tried to force an unpopular health care law down our throats and done nothing to deal with our spending problem at the federal level. In fact, the economic problems are probably the only thing that limited him in that area at all.

He is simply not a good leader, and his policies do not work. I have reservations about Romney (tax cuts), but his will be better than Obama. We need to go in a different direction.

Shaun

August 31st, 2012
6:57 am

you pubs are dumber than I thought. This idiot has’nt release his taxes and you all are drinking the koolaid like its going out of style. What is he hiding? Just wait, this story is not over, and full disclosure is important in this race. Obama 12.

WAW

August 31st, 2012
6:59 am

What Mitt or Clint said last night makes no difference. The speech that matters come today in Jackson Hole when Fed Chief Bernanke lets Wall Street know whether or not it will get even more welfare handouts of funny money. Until State Farm, American Express and GMAC “banks” are brought back under the government control (rather than self policed), what the (R)’s and (D)’’s do is all smoke and mirrors.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
7:07 am

Mitt did not even save the Olympics as he claims. He ran to the fed and begged for 1.5 billion dollars of taxpayer money to pay for his waste. Mitt even used taxpayer dollars to build a road for a millionaire during the Olympics. Mitt spent more US tax dollars on the Utah games than had been spent on the previous seven US Olympic games.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
7:10 am

Butts beginning to pucker tighter in the white house.

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August 31st, 2012
7:18 am

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
7:19 am

Taxpayer

Saved the Olympics – with a Federal Bailout

Saved Bain – with a Federal Bailout too!

Yep, he built that.

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August 31st, 2012
7:19 am

RNC can’t talk about her…the most powerful Latina in the USA…

http://cheezburger.com/6552857088

Simple Truths

August 31st, 2012
7:19 am

You know, at times when Mitt turned sideways last night, he looked like Ron Popeil.

Steve-USA "None of the Above"

August 31st, 2012
7:23 am

Kam – “Steve-USA, you seem rather mean… is the 2012 election rhetoric affecting you that much?”

That’s funny, Kam calls Clint Eastwood mentally ill and then says I am mean. LOL

Rightwing Troll

August 31st, 2012
7:23 am

“Stay stupid and be broke or lower the tax rate and see prosperity. ”

12 years of low taxes and where are we exactly???

Jack

August 31st, 2012
7:30 am

I enjoyed Eastwood’s appearance last night. His long training in his field put everyone at ease and his recognition that Obama had his chance and it’s time to move on was appropriate. We have a number of qualified governors that could lead us out of the total chaos of the Obama administration. President Romney will give us good leadership.

GT

August 31st, 2012
7:32 am

There use to be an old TV show, “What’s my line?” where you guessed what a person did for a living. Romney would have been a very difficult guest. He would have never given a hint who he was, probably complained about the lighting, the temperature in the room always changing the direction of the conversation.

He is literally running on nothing but yelling fire in a theater. I wonder if he has even thought if he won what will happen to this country. If he can’t deliver which I think the odds are great he can’t, this country will be rioting in the streets. They don’t like his to start with, everything he has mention as a spark of hope has been tried before and has brought us to this shipwreck. He goes in being the most unpopular nominee in the history of presidential politics, his failure will rank him with Grant, Nixon and Bush. I just wonder if the Tea Party will be as destructive for him as they have been to the country so far. If so he will be isolated and has no charisma to lead that way. It will be very ugly and for once really scary for this country.

Common Freaking Sense isn't very Common

August 31st, 2012
7:33 am

Serious question for the right siders

Ryan’s plan has the budget balanced in 2040.

I do a lot of requirement documents and we always have RISKS and DEPENDANCIES in those documents.

I don’t see any risks or dependancies listed in his plan. It is all unicorns and skittles.

The details of Romney’s plan I am still waiting for.

And remember guys need detailed plans and links to same.

Prove that you worked the problem (just like Algebra)

No Heritage links either.

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August 31st, 2012
7:34 am

“President Romney will give us good leadership.”

Only after he is told what to do by his bosses…

independent thinker

August 31st, 2012
7:37 am

Mary Elizabeth- very well done by quoting from the NY Times to the local populace is a stretch; much too complex for those with limited education.

DannyX

August 31st, 2012
7:37 am

A liar, an empty chair, an empty suit.

Ryan, Eastwood, Romney.

No bump for you. A small bounce maybe, but no bump.

DannyX

August 31st, 2012
7:39 am

Mystery guest still a mystery, people are saying “What was that????”

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
7:42 am

Jack

Can’t agree with Eastwoods training in his field making everyone at ease.

It was creepy.

“Steve Schmidt, who ran John McCain’s campaign, said it was a mistake for Mitt Romney’s campaign to put Eastwood on the stage. “It was unfortunate he was out there,” Schmidt said on MSNBC. “He’s an 82-year-old man. We should give him a break.”

“Let me just say this is entertaining but holy hell it is weird,” said Erick Erickson, editor of the conservative Red State blog, said on Twitter.”

~USA Today

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
7:43 am

If Romney were elected and he upheld his campaign promise to use his experience at Bain to “help” our economy, then that means he would take our credit cards and run up a tab on each one of us for his own personal benefit and then turn around and advise us that we have a huge debt that we have to pay off and charge us an additional advisement fee for that advice. No thanks. We don’t need more of the Bush/Republican policies that nearly destroyed our economy the last time around.

Thomas heyward Jr

August 31st, 2012
7:44 am

Yea……….Romney did alright…………………………..for R&D Party Stepford-Borgs.
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Scary.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
7:45 am

Get ready. The great experiment is almost over. A non experienced left wing radical who is over his head and has no interest but ” my way or nothing” is almost over. Oh yes, there were problems when he arrived, but thinking the “government” can fix anything is a joke. This country is great because of her people and the private sector. Anyone with a brain can see it. Radical liberal agendas are foolish in a free market society. Like Rubio said, people want to come here to get away from people and policies like Obama’s.

GT

August 31st, 2012
7:48 am

Creepy the perfect adjective for Romney, really creepy.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
7:48 am

TaxPayer…. Give it a rest. Romney is not Bush……And Obama is certainly no Clinton.

bman

August 31st, 2012
7:49 am

I have a tough time attaching words like – creepy, weird, mental and has been- to people who are in their 80’s. Retirement homes for the elderly regularly open their doors for groups to drop by, visit, and brighten their day. Sounds like a weekend of fun for some of you guys.

DannyX

August 31st, 2012
7:50 am

Mystery speaker at the end.

How are you going to produce 12 million jobs?

Recon 0311 2533

August 31st, 2012
7:50 am

The Democrats have the problem that the public hasn’t been wowed by Obama’s performance.

JamVet

August 31st, 2012
7:52 am

Oh yes, there were problems when he arrived…

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

The Bushbots kill me.

Problems – the new Republispeak synonym for unmitigated serial disasters…

Mick

August 31st, 2012
7:55 am

Clint did himself or romney no favors, should have done what he does best and just made a short film for romney, as a live performer? It just didn’t work.
With everything the republicans are doing to suppress voter turnout and all the money romney has to spend, this election will be to close to call. Initially, I thought it would be like bush vs. kerry, with the incumbant pulling it out. Now, I think it will be more like bush vs. gore, which would be as equally a stunning mistake…

Thomas heyward Jr

August 31st, 2012
7:55 am

After Eastwood, They should have had Chris Christie dressed up as the “Outlaw Jersey Whale” yelling at some 90 lb chick or something.
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That would of raptured the folks.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
7:57 am

Reagan’s Ghost,

Give it a rest. Bush and the Republicans nearly destroyed this great nation with their policies. President Obama was elected by a majority, one that obviously does not include you, to fix the mess and he is doing just that in spite of the minorty party’s best effort to stop him.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
7:57 am

buzz words for the DNC next week

1. It was worse than we thought
2. Drive the car in the ditch.
3. Don’t want my two daughters to have to live with a mistake
4. Not paying their fair share.
5. Tax cut for the rich while you struggle
6. Hang on, somebody on welfare and food stamps will give you a job soon
7. We have to pass it to see what’s in it.
8. Budgets are losers, spend baby spend.
9. Only 31 of fine military murdered this month while waiting 10 more months to leave with no mission or rules of engagement. Not bad.
10. I’m down to a 8 handicap, bout the same as the unemployment rate, so good news for all.
11. This stage I’m on tonight. We built that, you didn’t.

Thomas heyward Jr

August 31st, 2012
7:57 am

Or maybe Eastwood pointing his 357 magnum at some young Ron Paul supporter and ordering……………….”C’mom Punk, make my………………..medicaire payment”.

Mick

August 31st, 2012
7:58 am

heyward@7:55

That’s pretty damn funny!!

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
8:00 am

Thomas heyward Jr,

“make my medicare payment”

:lol:

Okay, that was a good one.

Thomas heyward Jr

August 31st, 2012
8:02 am

Frankly, I was completely surprised at the lack of War porn film footage.
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But then again, they would have to share some credit with obama there.

ByteMe - Political thug

August 31st, 2012
8:02 am

How terrible to have your grand speech upstaged by an old guy with an empty chair. What are people talking about this morning… the chair or Romney?

Sad for Romney. Can’t catch a break.

[...] Jay Bookman at The Atlanta Journal Constitution sums up most of the pundit reaction to Romney’s speech in his one word lede: Meh. [...]

Goldie

August 31st, 2012
8:03 am

I was having a hard time staying awake for the entirety of Mitt’s speech last night — please tell me, how many times did he mention the war in Afghanistan and our soldiers who continue with that thankless mission, and also did Mitt express any sympathy for our fellow Americans who this week are dealing with Hurricane Isaac and the devastation in the Gulf once again?

And Clint Eastwood… what a rambling disaster for Mitt during prime time TV! :)

Aquagirl

August 31st, 2012
8:04 am

How terrible to have your grand speech upstaged by an old guy with an empty chair.

That’s the excitement that is Mitt Romney.

barking frog

August 31st, 2012
8:05 am

Nothing new, nothing true.

BuckeyeInGa

August 31st, 2012
8:05 am

There is a lot of focus on Clint Eastwood’s performance, which isn’t a good thing for Romney. It’s taking the focus away from Romney’s speech.

JamVet

August 31st, 2012
8:05 am

Perhaps Willard is no Bush.

But as he had idiotically hired several of his castoff thugs and losers as “advisers”, he sure is trying to be! And why in the name of every deity ever devised, would we even take a chance???

I know that I have been brutally hard on the utterly incompetent, shamelessly immoral and needlessly deadly neocons and chickenhawks of the last administration And I admit that the hype-dysfunctional GOP does deserve another crack at running the government screwing up *everything* royally in this country again.

In about fifty years…

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
8:06 am

Goldie……………America was presented Eastwood, and pretty funny…….And you guys will showcase Sandra Fluke, who like to ___________ , but can’t afford her little $4 pills.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
8:06 am

Eastwooding.

Angry old white guy berating an invisible black boogey man.

Actually amazingly appropriate.

But creepy.

TiredOfIt

August 31st, 2012
8:06 am

Goldie

August 31st, 2012
8:07 am

Taxpayer @ 7:43 — I too am mystified about how Mitt’s “business experience” with Bain Capital is supposed to translate into the job of the presidency, other than his insistence that we give all our $$ to his millionaire friends because they are still not wealthy enough!

:)

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
8:08 am

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
8:06 am
Goldie……………America was presented Eastwood, and pretty funny…….And you guys will showcase Sandra Fluke, who like to ___________ , but can’t afford her little $4 pills.

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Are you telling us you don’t like to __________________?

God made _____________ for us all.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
8:08 am

I heard Mitt’s pick your own self up by your bootstraps approach to dealing with those in need in New Orleans was to offer to sell them a road map, with exits clearly marked, for an extra fee. They should be indebted to him for his thoughtfulness. He’s such the giving man. He takes 250 million from those that built something and then gives 7 million as a tithe to the church. Do those in the Mormon church know how to calculate a tithe? I’m sure Mitt does. So what’s his excuse.

Brosephus™

August 31st, 2012
8:08 am

I’m laughing my ass off at how Conservatives are rushing to defend the same Clint Eastwood who was a yellow-bellied “Librul” by the 2nd half of the Super Bowl this year. Some of y’all would cheer for a turd if it put an (R) at the end of it. I would call that pathetic, but it’s not very surprising behavior from die hard partisans.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
8:08 am

Granny, maybe y’all can get Clooney to fly in and dazzle your crowd and offset it.

Mick

August 31st, 2012
8:10 am

At least clooney would be coherent…

JamVet

August 31st, 2012
8:10 am

Ronnie, is no less feeble minded dead as he was alive!

It appears that like his hero, Lush Rimjob, he’s a big slut, prostitute and FemiNazi kinda guy, who wants videos of women doing to other men what he can only dream of…

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
8:10 am

Taxpayer………Since you have never set foot in a church, let me help you. You tithe 10% of your income in a year, not your NET worth every year.

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
8:10 am

I too am mystified about how Mitt’s “business experience” with Bain Capital is supposed to translate into the job of the presidency, other than his insistence that we give all our $$ to his millionaire friends because they are still not wealthy enough!

That’s exactly Mitt’s point. We need to be more indebted to him and the other wealthiest like him. His policies would insure that by giving himself another tax cut and giving us the bill for it.

joseyjj

August 31st, 2012
8:11 am

Brosephus – exactly!

Aquagirl

August 31st, 2012
8:12 am

I’m not gonna slam Eastwood…he’s 82 for god’s sake…but did the RNC planners not vet his speech? Did they think this would wow America? If Romney is elected, those same people will get access to more power. They can’t even figure out an 82 year old guy talking to a chair looks weird.

HDB

August 31st, 2012
8:13 am

When looking at Romney last night, the only word I could think of was DICJOTOMY!! Mitt’s trying to SAY the right things…but what he’s running on is the opposite:

1)Mitt says that he’s running to protect the poor and the elderly….but CUTS spending to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and the safety net

2) Mitt says that women have a place in runing things, but REFUSES to acknowledge the Lilli Ledbetter Act and runs on a platform that denies women’s availability to healthcare and contraception (which IS the polocy that the State of GEORGIA has)

3) Mitt tried to show his human side with like-minded people, but showed his lack of ability to connect with different people at the NAACP Convention

4) Mitt said he wants to bring the economy back….but wants to get into SIX wars (Syria, Libya, Russia, China, Iran, Afghanistan) when the nation can least afford it

5) Mitt said he wanted the President to succeed….but ALL in the GOP from Mitch McConnell on down to Rush Limbaugh did everything to make President Obama FAIL

OK…which is it?? Which is the REAL Mitt Romney? First impressions are the LASTING ones……

TaxPayer

August 31st, 2012
8:14 am

Wow, Reagan’s ghost, you tithe for the year! So, if I start out with nothing and built it myself and made say 250 million dollars in say ten years, how much would I have to tithe? :lol: For a bonus of ten extra points, what if I had made that money in one year or in twenty years from scratch. What would the tithe be on the total amount earned?

Just Saying..

August 31st, 2012
8:14 am

GOP Convention: More diversity on the stage than there was among the delegates.

GT

August 31st, 2012
8:14 am

Georgia has to run to be the team they should be. Watch how they play Tech and play that way every game they can beat anybody. Their defense has got to cut down on penalties. Cheap shotting only gives them poor field position, makes their offense one dimensional and that is when they lose to a sub par team, which their whole schedule is.

Tech may get undressed Monday. Frank Beamer use to be one of the top five coaches in the game and he is not bad now. Playing him the first game of the season when he knows exactly what we are doing and we haven’t a clue what he is doing is poison, then add being up there it could be a shipwreck waiting to happen. I remember us losing to a Kansas team two years ago away, first game, one of the worse loses to a bad team in Johnson’s career.

Granny Godzilla - Union Thugette

August 31st, 2012
8:14 am

Reagans Ghost

Yep, quite sure that can be done.

Do I sense celebrity envy?

If you ____________ more often you wouldn’t be so tense.

Reagans ghost

August 31st, 2012
8:15 am

Brosephus………….Same as us watching libs turning on Arthur Davis, Black Congressman from Alabama who has left the Democratic party because as he say’s ” He just can’t stomach it any more”.
And the Gay marriage thing with blacks is not sitting well with them. Out here in realville, I hear it everyday. They may not vote for Romney, they just may not vote.