August 23, 2013

Should've Supported Him

When Thaddeus McCotter bowed out of the 2012 Republican Presidential race, everything I read made me wish I had taken his candidacy more seriously. I guess you should have a certain resumé, but his ideas and style are right up ThreeSources Avenue.

Another reminder of what we missed: He served in Congress and ran for president of the United States. His Twitter profile, @ThadMcCotter reads "Guitar Player."

Come back, Thadd -- we need you!

Posted by John Kranz at 11:13 AM | Comments (1)
But Ron thinks:

I second that!

Posted by: Ron at August 25, 2013 6:44 PM

September 7, 2012

Breaking News in the Pine Cone

The Carmel Pine Cone, of course. Clint Eastwood speaks:

AFTER A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.

"President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people," Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. "Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that's what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle."

Posted by John Kranz at 3:45 PM | Comments (2)
But nanobrewer thinks:

I did a quick summation of Utube views for the lead speakers at both conventions. (in hundred thousands)
............GOP ........other guys
Prez........300............230
VP..........370.............?
1st Lady....320.............500
Hoss.......3000............2000

(Dem's Hoss was WJC, of course). Who knew Michelle was so popular?

I'd say New Media is pointing a popular way, and on the side of the good guys.

Posted by: nanobrewer at September 8, 2012 12:33 AM
But jk thinks:

Agree. I also suspect that media changes make older polling methods and proxies less reliable. Ratings for neither convention counted CSPAN (rilly?) and, while The Herman Cain got in trouble for saying it, I have to think that a connected, productive, possible GOP voter is more difficult to catch for an opinion.

Posted by: jk at September 8, 2012 9:57 AM

September 2, 2012

Romney Convention Bounce

In the first post-convention poll I've seen, Mitt Romney's national preference poll number has jumped 6 points since before the convention. Rasmussen has the race at Romney 48%, Obama 44% while Obama led by 2 before Clint Eastwood asked voters to "make my day" and let Obama go.

Since the link looks like it is to a continually updated page, I will excerpt:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows Mitt Romney attracting support from 48% of voters nationwide, while President Obama earns 44% of the vote. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Just prior to this past week's Republican National Convention, Romney trailed the president by two. Todayís four-point advantage confirms that the GOP hopeful has received the expected convention bounce. See daily tracking history. Romney also has gained ground in the swing state tracking results updated daily for subscribers at 10:00 a.m. Eastern.

The swing-state tracking shows Romney and Obama even in Virginia, Colorado and Ohio, Romney trailing by 4 in PA and 6 in MI but leading by 1 in Wisconsin, 2 in Florida and 5 in South Carolina.

In an interesting side note, Rasmussen also notes that voter self-identification now reveals "the largest number of Republicans ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports" in the wake of the convention.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:15 PM | Comments (0)

August 31, 2012

All Hail Harsanyi

Anxiously awaiting a review from the ThreeSources Clintsphere. It was odd but I can't say I really get Mr. Eastwood to begin with.

But my pal David Harsanyi is in:

Honestly, I wasn't sure how Clint Eastwood's rambling appearance would play with voters, though I knew immediately how it would play with most Beltway types. For me, it was, without doubt, the most entertaining convention speech in memory -- hell, the most of any political event. But let's concede for the sake of argument that Eastwood's performance (with an empty chair as a prop) at the Republican National Convention is all the terrible things that Democrats and many in the media have been saying it is[...]

UPDATE: On Ann Althouse's advice, I just watched it again. It is brilliant.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:01 PM | Comments (6)
But johngalt thinks:

Two thumbs up. Clint Eastwood is an American legend, emphasis on the 'American.' A reminder is in order: "Democracy. Whiskey. Sexy."

What was the risk of an unscripted primetime monologue by the octogenarian prototypical leading man? He might say something embarassing. What was the upside? There were many more than one upsides.

A multi-generational Hollywood pop icon at a Republican convention endorsing Republican candidates made them and their party "cool" in a way it hasn't been since, when?

His non-doctrinaire positions show that the GOP is a tolerant bunch, under a big tent.

Letting him go "off-prompter" showed that Romney and his campaign is confident enough that whatever Clint said, it was still Clint saying it. It isn't as though Mitt spent twenty years in the pews of the Church of Clint Eastwood or something. That would have been much harder to disavow.

And last but not least, everyone in America got to see Republicans laughing. We the uber-serious "end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it" Tea "Baggers." Yes we're serious. Yes we're responsible. But we still know how to take a joke - and tell one.

Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2012 5:02 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Here's a lauditory review from Breitbart.com.

"82 years-old, and Dirty Harry is still pissing all the right people off."
Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2012 5:11 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

It was funny; "funny haha, or funny strange?" A bit of both. I don't think it won or lost any significant number of votes. I do admire the Romney team for allowing it, perhaps they are not quite the complete control freaks they've been portrayed as. Mitt came away from last night having left the impression of being more personal and less robotic, which is a win.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 31, 2012 5:41 PM
But jk thinks:

Don't get me wrong, I didn't say that I didn't like it. I was just curious what the real cognoscenti thought.

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2012 6:32 PM
But AndyN thinks:

I hear that Florida may be important to the presidential election and there may be a voter or two there who've been big fans of Clint Eastwood since before the parents of Obama's biggest supporters were even born.

Posted by: AndyN at August 31, 2012 9:10 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I think AndyN is on to something. Eastwood has been criticized for "rambling" and sounding like a "crazy old uncle." But it is foolish to abandon the crazy old uncle (and aunt) vote, especially in Florida. Clint was speaking in code, directly to them. Johnny Carson would have been proud.

And as JK's update link shows [I had to manually delete the ? and everything after it] when all the ums and aahs and pauses are clipped out, making it more understandable for the pre-Medicare crowd, the message is devastating, i.e. "Not only has the president failed, he's become a laughing stock."

Like Clint Eastwood himself, his cockamamie convention speech can be expected to age gracefully.

Posted by: johngalt at September 1, 2012 11:36 AM

August 30, 2012

Partisan Hackery

Hey, it's convention week. We can have a little fun. @SKeeton welcomes Sandra Fluke to #RNC2012

UPDATE: If you have not watched her speech, do yourself a favor. Then give her $50.

UPDATE II: I meant give Mayor Love $50, of course (watch those ambiguous antecedents!) I fear Ms. Fluke might waste the money if you gave it to her.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:34 PM | Comments (2)
But dagny thinks:

Not sure Ms. Fluke's birth control is a waste of money. The country will be better of if she doesn't reproduce.

Posted by: dagny at September 1, 2012 6:20 PM
But Jk thinks:

I knew you'd admit to a public good someday!

Posted by: Jk at September 1, 2012 9:29 PM

Did I mention Secretary Rice's Speech?

I have watched Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's speech three times now. I fear one more trip to YouTube might result in a restraining order.

But it struck me what the quintessence of the speech was. Of course, it was a superb and heartfelt speech, artfully delivered. If you can avoid corneal hydration during "the little girl from segregated Birmingham..." part you are broken.

Beyond even that, though, it occurred that Condi is the bridge from the Old GOP to the new. She represents the best of what President George W Bush (43) left us. The Sharanskyite appeals to the universal appreciation for liberty, American Exceptionalism -- American Greatness.

I harbor less antipathy toward our previous nominee than some around these parts, but Senator McCain's address was awful. He was preaching bellicosity to an auditorium of war weary Republicans to just-barely-polite applause. Rice was Reaganesque about American leadership without conjuring up mental images of Abu Ghraib and Karzai corruption.

I don't want to go back to No Child Left Behind, President Bush, Rep. Tom Delay, and Speaker Hastert, but the party did not begin in 2010. Rice bridges the best of both. The party of Lincoln.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)

Kardashian was a great guess

But brother jg was right: It's Clint!

Posted by John Kranz at 4:23 PM | Comments (8)
But johngalt thinks:

Let's have some fun with this. Which old Eastwood movie lines do you think will be featured in Clint's address tonight, and how? I'll start the festivities with an old favorite:

"President Obama is a good man. He tried hard, but things are worse now. What I don't get is why he wants to do it again. A man has got to know his limitations."
Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2012 5:32 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

"We had dreams of hopenchange. The old dreams were good dreams; they didn't work out, but glad I had them. Now it's time for a new dream, of an America that delivers insted of hopes, and that doesn't try to change the things that always worked."

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 30, 2012 6:15 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

jg and Ellis: Let's just trot them ALL out.

http://youtu.be/vHEHhcVIOdY

Posted by: Keith Arnold at August 30, 2012 6:48 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"Four years ago the world witnessed a global financial crisis. Everywhere there was a television or a newspaper, somebody told us the principles and policies that guided America through two centuries of prosperity were reponsible. The Republicans 'drove us into the ditch' we were told, and the way out was a hard left turn, politically speaking. So we tried it, and after four years we're still in that ditch. It's now clear that the ditch we're in is on the other side of the road. But there is some good news. The good news is there's a simple solution to the problem: RIGHT TURN, CLYDE!" [Thrusts fist to his right.]

Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2012 6:58 PM
But dagny thinks:

Game, set, match to KA. That link is hilarious. But, warning, it is NSFW.

Posted by: dagny at August 30, 2012 7:25 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Well yeah, but did he build that? Besides, I ain't done.

"There's a word we used to use for a lot of the ideas and policies that have become popular in the last four years. Free healthcare? Cockamamie. Create jobs by raising tax rates? Cockamamie. Power cars with algae farts? Cockamamie!"
Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2012 7:44 PM

"Straight Outta Rand"

Via Althouse

"Thatís straight out of Rand, and í50s anti-Communist paranoia."

To the tune of, well you know:

You are now about to witness the strength of reason

Verse One: Paul Ryan

Straight outta Rand, crazy m*********** named Ryan
From the gang called GOP
When I'm called off, I take the gloves off
Rhyme a syllogism, and bodies are hauled off
You too, Walsh, if ya f*** with me
Mitt Romney gonna hafta come and get me
Off yo ass, that's how I'm goin out
For the punk m*********** that's showin out
Progressives start to mumble, they wanna rumble
I throw the math and they cry and stumble
Goin off on a m********* like that
with a sharp brain that's pointed at yo ass
So give it up smooth.
Ain't no tellin when I'm down for a rational mind move
Here's a budget rap to keep yo thinkin
with a debt like that, you should be blinkin
Reason is the tool
Don't try and call me no m********* fool
Me you can go toe to toe, no maybe
I'm knockin liberals out tha box, daily
yo weekly, monthly and yearly
until them dumb m********* see clearly
that I'm down with the capital R-A-N-D
Boy you can't f*** with me
So when I'm in your neighborhood, you better duck
Coz Paul Ryan is logical as f***
As I leave, believe it, I'm manned
and when I come back, boy, I'm comin straight outta Rand

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 3:30 PM | Comments (1)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

What can I say, it's rap day. That ain't no 'hip-hop."

(ADDED: If you are not familiar with the original source material for this parody it probably makes no sense, so http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33jyoyJNa2c)

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 30, 2012 4:08 PM

A Blog Friend Sends a Fave

Posted by John Kranz at 12:11 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

This was a great line because of how many college grads are jobless - half of them using Ryan's combination of no job in their field of study or no job at all - but also because of the way it made President Obama appear to be the tired old solution of yesterday compared to Romney and Ryan. To paraphrase Agent J:

Obama-Biden: Old and busted
Romney-Ryan: New hotness

Posted by: johngalt at August 30, 2012 5:23 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

FINALLY something about Paul Ryan! I haven't had time or energy to {insert verb} about Romney winning the primary process, but by picking Ryan he's hit one out of the park.

Romney's cautious, when the payoff is small, and oh is it oh so small (yet with tons of risk) on an average day on the campaign trail. Ask the man who's Akin 2B loser (MO).

I found it a bit odd that previous threads that started off with Ryan in the Title.... devolved?

Posted by: nanobrewer at August 31, 2012 1:30 AM
But jk thinks:

I hadn't noticed, but your charge has verisimilitude.

I think we all were so strongly in favor of Ryan that there was not much to argue about. I was very pleased when I heard it and have enjoyed it more every day after.

Jim Geraghty opens his Morning Jolt today with "Who Are You, and What Did You Do With the Old Mitt?" That's most notable to me that he has picked up Gov. Romney's game and picked up the level of seriousness in the debate.

So Yay Mister Chairman -- and the first person who mentions immigration, drugs or abortion on this thread gets his IP address blocked!

Posted by: jk at August 31, 2012 9:38 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"Message discipline?" I'm on board.

It might be tough though, since there were no big ideas that came out of the Republican convention.

Because that baseless claim that he'll create 12 million jobs over four years is such a low bar. 'Obama for America' claims the president is "already on track to create that number of jobs by the end of this term."

And there's no way, says OFA, Romney can deliver energy independence without mandating that the average new car go 54.5 miles per gallon of gas, like Obama did.

And then there is debt reduction, lowering health care costs, saving Medicare, making schools better and less expensive, restoring hope to the middle class and college graduates and renewing the American dream.

Other than that though, no "big ideas." Nope, just, you know, wonky stuff with narrow appeal. The voters really are more interested in "access" to contraception and why there aren't more women and minorities in leadership positions in the Democrat party.

Posted by: johngalt at August 31, 2012 12:53 PM

Sick of Speeches?

I was sad to have missed this one yesterday, but thanks to the intertubes and HotAir -- Mercy!

UPDATE: 2:50 - 3:30 the best answer to "you didn't build that." evah.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:25 AM | Comments (2)
But Terri thinks:

Thanks for posting these here on 3sources, all of you. I am loving the theme. Anyone who is listening is feeling each punch "you didn't build that" heading in Obama's direction.

Posted by: Terri at August 30, 2012 12:18 PM
But jk thinks:

And thanks for the kind words. Just adding them all to a new RNC2012 category.

Posted by: jk at August 30, 2012 12:22 PM

August 29, 2012

Oh Susana

A public service to readers who only get NBC, ABC and CBS [reply 6.] Susana Martinez' speech at the Republican convention, introducing Paul Ryan.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:56 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Network? Are you people mad? C-SPAN, government TV is the answer. Thanks for posting though, I enjoyed watching it again.

Byron York and Larry Kudlow are missing the forest from the trees. These aspirational stories sell a badly tarnished GOP brand to the base and to any undecideds that happen to see them.

And it is fundamentally conservative (not a word I use every day) to protect these American-dream stories against "you didn't build that" European statism.

Posted by: jk at August 30, 2012 10:18 AM
But Terri thinks:

OMG!!! Can I vote for her too!!! She's awesome. And I love these immigrant stories.
And her "you did build that" about the debt was very cool.

Posted by: Terri at August 30, 2012 11:58 AM

Quick takes

The Refugee will commit the cardinal sin of a commentator by assuming that the reader knows what he's talking about. But, if you haven't been watching the RNC, then you won't have a clue. In more ways than one.

Huckabee: Surprisingly good warm-up act
Condi: Electric, goosebumps, misty eyes
Susana: Future Republican ticket. The only question is which line.
Ryan: Red meat, direct, real

The evening buoyed The Refugee's hopes for November. Way premature, but we've got a shot.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:07 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Did you catch Rob Portman or Tim Pawlenty? We dodged a huge bullet that neither of them was chosen for VP. Portman's speech was boilerplate and delivery was B+ teleprompter. Pawlenty's speech was actually quite good, with some good one-liners. But it was completely unwatchable! Slow, weepy, poorly timed. What a wasted opportunity. I felt for the delegates who had to sit through it and supply their own enthusiasm, to whatever extent they could.

But Condi's critique of President Obama's absenteeism in foreign policy was objective, measured and convincing. Susana Martinez ("I'll be damned- we're Republicans!") was inescapably down-to-earth. And Paul Ryan, despite high expectations, exceeded them.

It's too bad that NBC found it more important to stick to their intro package, including graphics sequences, Brian Williams' preening, and a healthy dose of hurricane video instead of airing the start of Condi's speech. And they completely whitewashed Susana's speech, replacing it with a talking-head discussion lamenting that Condi didn't mention the Iraq war, or Russia or China. (Must've been listening to a different speech than I was.)

Last night was great. Tonight was better. (Discounting network coverage, that is.)

Posted by: johngalt at August 29, 2012 11:52 PM
But jk thinks:

Thanks for the cheering up. I wasn't feeling well last night and while I liked it, I felt it had not risen to Tuesday's soaring heights. Reading your reviews and a compendium from Jim Geraghty ("Honey, I want to rename our sins "Paul" and "Ryan") I'm thinking it was me.

On my side, Tuesday's non-primetime speakers all caught fire (and I was too late for Mia Love!). Wednesday showed Governor Romney's sagacity in some of the Veep roads not taken.

But Gov. Martinez, Secretary Rice, and Chairman Ryan rocked.

Posted by: jk at August 30, 2012 9:53 AM

Quote of the Day

As a matter of logic, of course, an endorsement from the candidate's spouse ought to be heavily discounted. And while a lovely wife and family is one measure of a man's success, it doesn't ensure that he will be an effective leader. Obama is a case in point. But if the Democrats are going to take the tack of making Romney out to be some kind of beast, it doesn't hurt to have a beauty make the case for him. -- James Taranto
Posted by John Kranz at 4:56 PM | Comments (2)
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

It recently occurred to me that this election features the hottest foursome of P/VP wives since heck, I don't know, evah? Jill Biden is strikingly good-looking and I have no idea how Slowjoe won her over. Mrs. Obama is very attractive when she smiles. Not so much when she contemplates the awfulness of the country that elected her husband First Citizen. Maybe after the election and her return to Chicago she'll be more relaxed and have that lovely look more often.

Ann Romney is meeoowww! Janna R., ditto! I am enjoying this part of the election very much.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 29, 2012 8:26 PM
But jk thinks:

Agree with all your points. But I cannot locate a picture of Mrs. Kefauver...

Posted by: jk at August 30, 2012 9:58 AM

Swing-State Two Step

I admit to a restrained giddiness at the prospect of a Clint Eastwood cameo speech at the Republican convention, but I also found myself wondering how it would help win votes to have an angry old white guy give another speech endorsing Republicans. I can't see it moving the needle here in Colorado. Then I read Investors' Editorial page and learned that, beside Wisconsin, another midwestern state is in play.

No GOP presidential candidate has carried Michigan in almost a quarter-century, and four years ago Obama won here in a 16-point landslide. This November, however, Romney sees Michigan as ripe for a pickup.

Most polls show Obama leading here narrowly, but Romney strategists point out that their man is nearly tied with the president before the TV ad war between the campaigns has even begun. Michigan is one of 11 states where the Romney campaign is fully staffed with a battleground footprint and money flowing in.

And having just filmed a famous television commercial for a Michigan automaker, who better to connect with those "socially conservative Reagan Democrats in Macomb county" and the "2.4 million Catholic voters in Michigan" many of eastern European descent? The theme: The first half hasn't gone very well. We're not moving the ball, much less scoring points. For the second half, let's try a new quarterback.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:20 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Taranto quotes Sen. Toomey (Club for Growth - PA) "described himself as 'bullish' on Romney's chances of carrying the Keystone State, which hasn't gone Republican for president since 1988."

That little mirage gets triotted out every few years -- but you gotta hacve some cheesed off COal miners out West.

Posted by: jk at August 29, 2012 6:03 PM

GOP "Mystery Speaker"

In what I find the most plausible guess yet, America may be treated to the roar of Republican engines.

Primetime. Thursday night. Be there, punk.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:28 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Kim Kardashian. You heard it here first!

Posted by: jk at August 29, 2012 12:50 PM

Our Margaret

I'll dispense with the trajectory of my appreciating Peggy Noonan, save to say it went way up once. And it stayed there for some time.

But she was a gifted speechwriter, and her opinion -- on a speech -- seems worthy.

The opportunity Ann Romney missed was to provide first person testimony that is new, that hasn't been spoken, that hasn't been in the books and the magazine articles. She failed to make it new and so she failed to make it real.

Iím not sure her speech was a loss but it doesn't feel like a gain. We'll see. The real reaction to a highly publicized speech emerges not overnight on twitter but over days and weeks as people chat in the office and on the sidewalk in front of school. So we'll see what they say, we'll see how it bubbles up.


What? She's kinder but just as strange to Gov. Christie. But I don't know...
I want to tell you they marched out of the hall Tuesday night on fire for their side. But I was there and they did not. They walked out like people who weren't quite sure what to think or how to feel but were hoping for the best because they love their country. A lot.

She was there and I was not. But my lengthening embarrassment of belonging to "the stupid party" halted and was regressed last night. That Republican Party I saw. The one with Govs. Haley and Sandoval and Christie. The one with Ted Cruz and Ann Romney. Yessir, that's the stupid party for me! I'll say it once and say it loud -- I'm a Republican and I'm proud!

If she was there in Tampa (I don't doubt she was there but suspect she may have written it off the written text so that she could earlier get to sleep or do body shots at Homocon, I dunno). If she heard Ann Romney on the floor in that mutual affection that came through the TV. If she missed that, it really is over between us.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:55 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Don't forget Mia Love! Look for the video of her speech.

But of course, now she is a Tall Poppy.

Posted by: johngalt at August 29, 2012 1:18 PM
But jk thinks:

Watched it just an hour ago. I liked it, but I'm not sure it would convince Ms. Noonan.

Posted by: jk at August 29, 2012 1:32 PM

RNC Day 1.5

A good freind of the blog writes:

I watched far too many of the speeches last night. However, I was struck by one thing. The Republican party has changed more in the past four years than perhaps any other four year period in my lifetime. All of the familiar voices of the party from previous years were absent. And Romney is a sharp, sharp contrast with Bush and McCain. In some ways, I think that Romney is a throwback to the Republican party of his father. However, in embracing Paul Ryan and the other younger voices in the party, he seems to be ushering in a new era.

The new voices are young, diverse, and predominantly fiscal conservatives (that latter characteristic may or may not be due to the current state of the economy and the national debt). I hear countless pundits claim that the GOP is the party of white people, and especially white males. However, the leadership within the party is becoming (has become?) very diverse. One is tempted to argue that this was staged to make them look more diverse. Perhaps to some extent. However, in these speeches, I didn't hear token Republicans talking. They were talking as much, if not more, about ideas as they were Romney, Ryan, or the party.

And, of course, Ann Romney was fantastic.

The other highlight for me was that when I was watching the early speeches, I did so on PBS. Newt Gingrich came on the set and stuck around to talk about the speeches and it was fantastic watching the speaker tear apart the liberal talking points of the PBS hosts. For example, one of the hosts mentioned the point about the Republican party being predominantly white and the speaker asked the host, "have you even been watching the speeches? Does this look like a parade of white males?" and proceeded to rattle off the names and heritage of a number of the speakers. He also had a great line about diversity when one of the commentators on PBS said that Romney couldn't win Hispanics because of his draconian view on immigration. I am paraphrasing, but Newt said something like this: "I understand that immigration is an important issue, and especially so for Hispanics and admittedly there are differences within the party on the issue. But regardless of the party's stance on immigration, at what point does unemployment become too high? At what point do gas prices become too high? At some point, people of all races and genders have to realize that the president has failed and failed critically at an important time in this nation's history and frankly I think that is far more important to people right now than any other single issue." Ah, the speaker is his proper role...

Posted by John Kranz at 10:26 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

I need to do a little mea culpa. I feel a slight embarassment that I haven't been supporting Romney from the jump. (You were right, BR.) I'm glad, and our nation and party are fortunate, that nobody listened to me and nominated either Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul. Hermain Cain might have been acceptable, if his wife were 100 percent on board, but Mitt is, I think, the perfect man to be president at this decision point in history. An experienced business turnaround artist is just what this land of 106% debt-to-GDP ratio needs right now. And a successful father of five boys has the right temperament to engage in a productive partnership with Congress.

So the choice for the people of America is this: A world order where no one nation or group of people can rise above another, or, a Second American Century.

Posted by: johngalt at August 29, 2012 12:20 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

The Refugee appreciates JG's kind remarks, but maintains that it is better to be lucky than good and is somewhat less sanguine.

During last night's events, The Refugee couldn't help seeing parallels between Romney and George H. W. Bush. Good, decent men of impeccable character who truly love their country and in true humility pinch themselves to be sure they're not dreaming. But, in the political arena, these men conflate compromise with the collective good. Sometimes, compromise simply dilutes ideas and delays needed reforms. To paraphrase Barry Goldwater, intransigence in defense of Liberty is no vice.

While The Refugee fulsomely supports Mitt in this election, he would still have preferred a Christie or a Daniels.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at August 29, 2012 5:54 PM

"Mrs. America"

That was the Drudge headline after Ann Romney's speech on the opening night of the GOP convention. I heard it, and it's a good fit. Here are some highlights:

On women-

Iím not sure if men really understand this, but I donít think thereís a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better!

And thatís fine. We donít want easy. But these last few years have been harder than they needed to be. Itís all the little things -- that price at the pump you just canít believe, the grocery bills that just get bigger; all those things that used to be free, like school sports, are now one more bill to pay. Itís all the little things that pile up to become big things. And the big things -- the good jobs, the chance at college, that home you want to buy, just get harder. Everything has become harder.

Weíre too smart to know there arenít easy answers. But weíre not dumb enough to accept that there arenít better answers.

On Marriage-

That was 42 years ago. Now we have five sons and 18 grandchildren and Iím still in love with that boy I met at a high school dance.

I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a "storybook marriage." Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or breast cancer.

A storybook marriage? No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.

I know this good and decent man for what he is -- warm and loving and patient.

On Mitt-

But let me say this to every American who is thinking about who should be our next president:

No one will work harder. No one will care more. No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live!

It's true that Mitt has been successful at each new challenge he has taken on. It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked. Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success?

Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, "Try to do... okay?"

And let's be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romneyís success?

Of course not.

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This is the man America needs.

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.

I canít 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!

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:12 AM | Comments (2)
But Jk thinks:

Amazing speech..We watched Ann's twice. Gov. Christie was great as well, but Ann..........

I got the party fire back last night. Ted Cruz and Gov Haley -- incredible!

Posted by: Jk at August 29, 2012 8:31 AM
But jk thinks:

Cannot and will not agree with Byron York that Gov. Christie failed. Nah, we've all been blown away by the opening band; it just happens.

Posted by: jk at August 29, 2012 9:41 AM