Want more from Romney, Obama? Vote with your remote

The presidential race begins in earnest over the next two weeks with the nominating conventions, and we’ll get under way with the start of the GOP gathering Monday night. Unless you don’t have cable, in which case you’re stuck with “Hawaii Five-O.”

That’s right: CBS plans to air a rerun of a remake rather than a primetime speech by Mitt Romney’s wife Ann. ABC is going with “Bachelor Pad” rather than remarks by tea-party favorite Rand Paul of Kentucky.

When you hear the GOP is just a bunch of old, white males, recall that NBC offered you “Stars Earn Stripes” instead of Alabama Democrat-turned-Republican Artur Davis; Senate nominee Ted Cruz of Texas; the Indian-American governor of South Carolina, Nikki Haley; Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington; and Lucé Vela Fortuño, wife of Puerto Rico’s governor.

Hey, at least it’s a new episode.

This election is a critical inflection point for our country. Why would the networks bail on any of the nights? (At least the cable news channels are sticking with the news; the networks will air a single hour of convention coverage the other three nights.)

Maybe it’s because the airwaves are already thick with negative campaign spots. Peggy Noonan, in the Wall Street Journal, had the line of the campaign so far, about what folks are doing while they tune out the vitriol: “That sound you hear after the Obama attack ad is not cheers, it’s toilets flushing.”

Yet, Noonan counts herself as one who thinks voters would like to hear more from the candidates, if they talk about themselves and their plans. So do I. The conventions are one such opportunity.

Maybe the conventions are less than must-see TV because they are so stage-managed, so — ironically — made-for-TV.

It wasn’t always thus. At the 1880 GOP convention, James Garfield arrived in Chicago to nominate fellow Ohioan John Sherman and left town, 36 ballots later, as the party’s reluctant nominee. Imagine if there were even a slim possibility Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was scheduled to introduce Romney on Thursday night, could, as Garfield did, wind up atop the ticket. (Note: As of Friday afternoon, Tropical Storm Isaac was forcing the GOP to consider pre-emptive changes to its convention schedule to minimize any disruption.)

In 1912, William Howard Taft fought off a hostile takeover bid by his fellow Republican and predecessor in the White House, Theodore Roosevelt. As late as 1964, moderate Republicans thought TV coverage of their proceedings would spark a backlash against presumptive nominee Barry Goldwater and produce a different standard bearer (they were wrong).

Either way, we know this year’s conventions won’t be the last we hear from Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. Amazingly, this was not always the case, either.

In her account of Garfield’s rise to the White House and eventual assassination, “Destiny of the Republic,” Candice Millard describes what the 1880 campaign was like for the Republican nominee:

“Although [Garfield] argued that he should ‘take the stump and bear a fighting share in the campaign,’ traveling from town to town and asking for votes was considered undignified for a presidential candidate. Abraham Lincoln had not given a single speech on his own behalf during either of his campaigns, and Rutherford B. Hayes advised Garfield to do the same. ‘Sit crosslegged,’ he said, ‘and look wise.’ “p. 59

Fat chance Romney or Obama would take Hayes’ advice today.

Nor should they. We need to hear more from them. If you agree, then, during these conventions, vote with your remote.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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460 comments Add your comment

Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
6:10 pm

Few care what Romney has to say, why the hell would anyone want to listen to his spoiled pampered wife?

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 24th, 2012
6:16 pm

Want more from Romney, Obama?
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Yes and hell no.

Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
6:20 pm

LOL Lil’ Barry. We know you want to be Romney’s love puppet.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 24th, 2012
6:24 pm

Listening to Obozo’s laundry list of things he’s going to blow more billions on will make real Americans sick. If you aren’t feeling symptoms you should take a class in remedial patriotism.

Michael H. Smith

August 24th, 2012
6:25 pm

When you hear the GOP is just a bunch of old, white males

As I pointed out earlier Kyle this is the ethnic element of a New Nationalism from the “progressive/American version of socialist” democrats.

Which includes but not limited to being: Anti-Christian, anti-individual liberty and anti-wealth.

Pizzaman

August 24th, 2012
6:34 pm

I have to agree with Ryan. When asked about his budget he said Mitt’s the nominee not me. We run on his program. So I’d much rather watch a rerun of 5-0 than a speech from the loving wife of a draft dodger.

Michael H. Smith

August 24th, 2012
6:41 pm

I’m very interested in what Romney- Ryan have to say about energy independence and putting millions of Americans back to work in high paying non-transferable jobs that must remain in this country. I, like so many others my age, who are well beyond 55 years old who will not be affected by the Ryan Safety Net Reform Plan still want to see and take part in reforming it so future generations can have something – as in personally owning and controlling it – to supplement them fiscally when they will most need it.

We Don't Need to Hear Anymore From The Liar Myth Robme and The Lying GOP

August 24th, 2012
6:47 pm

We DONT NEED TO HEAR FROM a bunch of ANGRY, OLD, RACIST white males.

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

Hillbilly D

August 24th, 2012
6:49 pm

traveling from town to town and asking for votes was considered undignified for a presidential candidate.

I wonder if Mr Peabody has any seats left on the Way-back Machine?

We Don't Need to Hear Anymore From The Liar Myth Robme and The Lying GOP

August 24th, 2012
6:50 pm

@Michael H. Smith

August 24th, 2012
6:25 pm
When you hear the GOP is just a bunch of old, white males

As I pointed out earlier Kyle this is the ethnic element of a New Nationalism from the “progressive/American version of socialist” democrats.

Which includes but not limited to being: Anti-Christian, anti-individual liberty and anti-wealth.

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This is what we mean by ANGRY, RACIST white males.

We are TIRED OF THEIR LIES.

After November THEY ARE HISTORY.

God HELP US IN 2016.

We Don't Need to Hear Anymore From The Liar Myth Robme and The Lying GOP

August 24th, 2012
6:53 pm

@Lil’ Barry Bailout – Vote American

August 24th, 2012
6:24 pm
Listening to Obozo’s laundry list of things he’s going to blow more billions on will make real Americans sick. If you aren’t feeling symptoms you should take a class in remedial patriotism
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This is what we mean by ANGRY, RACIST white males.

We are TIRED OF THEIR LIES.

After November THEY ARE HISTORY.

God HELP US IN 2016.

We Don't Need to Hear Anymore From The Liar Myth Robme and The Lying GOP

August 24th, 2012
6:54 pm

@Lil’ Barry Bailout – Vote American

August 24th, 2012
6:16 pm
Want more from Romney, Obama?
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Yes and hell no.

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Here’s an EXAMPLE OF an ANGRY, RACIST white male.

We Don't Need to Hear Anymore From The Liar Myth Robme and The Lying GOP

August 24th, 2012
6:58 pm

@Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
6:10 pm
Few care what Romney has to say, why the hell would anyone want to listen to his spoiled pampered wife?

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Why would we want to listen to Annie?

She is a liar just like her husband.

WHERE ARE THE TAX RETURNS?

TALK ABOUT THAT.

Teavangelical

August 24th, 2012
7:00 pm

It’s a good thing for Libs the DNC is not being threatened with a storm. If Obama’s teleprompter goes out the country will know what he is really about.

Teavangelical

August 24th, 2012
7:01 pm

I will worry about Romney’s tax returns when Harry Reid can tell me how he became a millionaire while being a Senator when he wasn’t before he was elected. I would also like to see Obama’s college transcripts proving he wasn’t a foreign exchange student.

bluecoat

August 24th, 2012
7:05 pm

Lil Barry must have had a bad childhood.

Teavangelical

August 24th, 2012
7:08 pm

At least he had a childhood…which is more than can be said for millions of babies that didn’t…due to abortion ya know.

Teavangelical

August 24th, 2012
7:10 pm

If you voted for Obama in 2008 to prove you weren’t racist, vote for Romney in 2012 to prove you’re not stupid. :-)

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 24th, 2012
7:17 pm

MHS: As I pointed out earlier Kyle this is the ethnic element of a New Nationalism from the “progressive/American version of socialist” democrats.
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It’s reminiscent of the National Socialists in 1930s Germany blaming the Jews for everything.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 24th, 2012
7:29 pm

Looking forward to hearing Chris Christie, Rubio, and Ann Romney. Christie, I think, will give us the unvarnished truth about Oblamer, no pc edited crappola. Rubio, as he is the best orator among the current crop of Republicans. After he speaks, all the rest can just go home, not going to top what he says. Ann Romney is just a good looking classy woman with a great sense of humor. The rest of the blather, I will probably just tune out.

I saw where the GOP moved Ann to Tuesday, so the alphabets can’t ban her from prime time. I bet if Michelle speaks at the libfest, the networks will make every effort to cover her.

Dharma Bum

August 24th, 2012
7:30 pm

I would feel much more comfortable with Obama if he would drop Joe Biden. I cannot believe someone that stupid has the potential to be in charge!

I consider myself an independent and I currently cannot justify voting for Obama. He has largely failed in the majority of his initiatives and while he does seem like a nice guy, that just isn’t going to cut it : /

With all of the mud being thrown around, Romney and Ryan are looking like the adults in the room.

Auntie Christ

August 24th, 2012
7:30 pm

When the free market doesn’t make decisions the white wing agrees with, we get columns like this by conservatives like kyle, whining about corporate moguls’ decisions. I guess next we’ll hear from the con peanut gallery about how these millionaire corporate moguls running the networks are soviet controlled liberal socialists conspiring the downfall of Amerka by promoting Obama’s candidacy. Really sux when capitalists make capitalist decisions.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 24th, 2012
7:38 pm

Auntie sounds like Trashman’s wife.

Auntie Christ

August 24th, 2012
7:41 pm

Auntie sounds like Trashman’s wife.

You sound like a moron. In fact you go to great lengths to prove it.

getalife

August 24th, 2012
7:43 pm

It is the birther convention full of birther clowns.

They will scare the American people for being so crazy and out of touch.

Four more years!

luangtom

August 24th, 2012
7:46 pm

Why is this happening? Well, could be that the MainStreamMedia does not like Romney because Obama told them so. Remember, Obama was/is the media-darling. Remember, Chris Mathews saying he was going to wet himself just talking about Obama? Well, here you have it…….

Bruno

August 24th, 2012
7:48 pm

Hope everyone is doing well.

From Bruno and PlatinumBlack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq52BiBv6d4

Bruno

August 24th, 2012
7:48 pm

Heading out for dinner, catch you guys later……..

Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
7:49 pm

Did folks start drinking early today or are just the crazy’s out tonight? I mean I’ve seen a couple lucid comments but the rest? Looney tunes. I wondered where folks went after Cynthia’s blog shut down lol.

Fred ™

August 24th, 2012
7:49 pm

Damn Bruno. Finally a sane one comes on and it’s just for a drive by……..

Hillbilly D

August 24th, 2012
8:00 pm

Did folks start drinking early today or are just the crazy’s out tonight?

Moon’s in the first quarter……..maybe they’re getting the jump on next week.

md

August 24th, 2012
8:10 pm

Personally, I think one does themselves an injustice if they don’t listen to both candidates….even if you don’t agree with them. It helps to understand the man vs the media version of the man.

@@

August 24th, 2012
8:10 pm

Why would the networks bail on any of the nights?

Because they know their audience is into fluff?

Maybe the conventions are less than must-see TV because they are so stage-managed, so — ironically — made-for-TV.

You can bet Romney won’t be appearing under any Greek columns.

With Obama, we may find ourselves among the ruins of Greece.

getalife

August 24th, 2012
8:14 pm

No attacks, no more occupations and no collapses.

They already made up their minds.

President Obama by 10 again.

Thomas Heyward Jr

August 24th, 2012
8:15 pm

Who really wants to air an early bird Ryan’s breakfast buffet converstation?
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Anyhoo……….right down the road , the PaulFest celebration of liberty will be broadcasted………………worldwide.

@@

August 24th, 2012
8:24 pm

And yes, I’ll be watching both conventions.

Is Debbie Wasserman-Schultz gonna be at the DNC Convention? I’ll turn away to avoid watching HER. With her determination to get out the DNC’s talking points, (accurate or not) she has a tendency to drool.

DNC Chair Torn To Shreds Over False Claims

Anderson’s “No-Spin Zone”. Gawd love him, he tried.

Just saying..

August 24th, 2012
8:26 pm

Actually, Kyle, the networks are maximizing shareholder value. Don’t begrudge free market outcomes.

Pizzaman

August 24th, 2012
8:32 pm

I can’t believe that some voters believe a President can “create” jobs or “lower” or “raise” taxes.

This country’s is in serious trouble because the electorate is so ignorant.

Omafe

August 24th, 2012
8:33 pm

God don’t even like Mitt Romney . Nobody even cares about the R.N.C. convention . Nobody is lining up to see that boring,lame Mitt Romney . He had no choice but to join the racist dumb birthers of his party because Todd Akin and the tea-party don’t like him no forgiving Todd Akin , so the evangelicals probly won’t vote for him . Romney proved today that he is a racist tax dodger .

cc

August 24th, 2012
8:37 pm

Enter your comments here

cc

August 24th, 2012
8:41 pm

Draft-dodger?

I don’t guess Kenya had a draft, did they? America had a draft and Biden ducked it four times before “failing” a physical.

Dont’ you worry, though. I’m sure you’re a proud member of Obama’s army!

Gerald West

August 24th, 2012
8:43 pm

Peggy Noonan wrote the speeches that President Reagan read so convincingly from the teleprompter; just so you’ll know.

The prime news channels should carry the political conventions, and voters should follow every promise and accusation with skepticism and contempt. For sure, we’ll hear nothing new, but perhaps we’ll gain some insight to the sincerity of the candidates.

Unfortunately, the economic future of our country depends on the outcome of the November elections. If Obama is re-elected, we’ll slog along in a slow, steady recovery from the Great Recession while another do-nothing Congress quarrels and postures. If Romney is elected, we’ll first give the ultra-rich and Big Business more big tax breaks to inflate the deficit and the national debt, then endure never-ending, never-concluded Congressional strife over which tax deductions should be eliminated to pay for the revenue loss.

Either way, we lose. But let’s not be caught by surprise!

G Mare

August 24th, 2012
8:43 pm

Omafe@8:33, tax dodger, I agree, but racist? I guess I must have missed something.

cc

August 24th, 2012
8:46 pm

Fred:

My guess is that you are from Atlanta? There are a ot of people who do very much care what our next President Romney has to say. We are also interested in what our next First Lady Mrs. Romney has to say. I’ll bet Mrs. Romney has ALWAYS been proud of her country!

January, 2013 is when President Romney goes to work allowing the private sector to create jobs and working on the goal of making the U. S. energy independent by 2020.

Centrist

August 24th, 2012
8:49 pm

I would argue that folks who don’t have access to cable/ satellite channels are content getting spoon fed liberal news from the TV Networks and big city newspapers, so they probably wouldn’t watch political convention speeches anyhow. Thankfully, many of them don’t bother to vote either.

Dusty

August 24th, 2012
8:53 pm

Well, this is obviously going to be an exciting evening. Getalife has his robotic commenter turned on.to revile and repeat. Fred has already started his cure for the drought, Drink up! Bruno will soon be here to give us the scrumdumptious recording he heard twenty years ago

As I have been promoted to one star general, I thought I might add a nice long speech here. .But,since I don’t have cable and don’t want it, I will save the speech for next week.

In the meantime, I am sitting crosslegged and looking wise. Hey, it worked for Lincoln.

Just write in my name at the top. Rubio won’t mind. We are kindred spirits!! .

cc

August 24th, 2012
8:55 pm

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer’s ineptocracy @ 7:29 pm:

Correct on every point!

Pizzaman

August 24th, 2012
9:06 pm

cc @ 8:41 Yes draft dodger! Willard got a “deferment” in ‘68 so he can’t show US his draft notice because he was never drafted.

His deferment was for “ordained ministers” only. Still waiting to see his ordination certificate. He can’t produce one because he was never “ordained”. DRAFT DODGER!

Dusty

August 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

cc 8:55

Rafe has a history of making wise and accurate posts here. We appreciate his sincerity.

Pizzaman

August 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

and cc I’m a proud member of the US Navy Retired. I fought in the was Willard “evaded”!