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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Some Early Observations About the GOP Convention.
Ann Romney. What a partner
she is for Mitt. Her speech Tuesday night was absolutely on target. Did you
notice, she didn't mention Obama once? Didn't need to. Her job was to talk
about Mitt, her husband and father of her five boys. She did that perfectly.
Did you also notice that she didn't dwell on her own problems--the fact that
she is battling multiple sclerosis and breast cancer? So how will the Democrats
respond? Even though Obama says family members should be off limits, his attack
dogs have consistently attempted to paint Ann Romney as a rich woman out of
touch with Middle America. The fact is she IS Middle America. Her father was an
immigrant from Wales who came to this country with nothing and rose to be mayor
of his town. She did not grow up wealthy. And neither did Mitt Romney. As Ann
Romney pointed out in her talk they struggled financially early on while Mitt
attended both business and law school at the same time. Obama, on the other
hand, got free rides and has plenty of time to indulge in recreational drugs,
speak at anti-American, communist-backed protest rallies and generally goof
off--which is why he has spent a lot of money to keep his college records
Chris Christie. Was this
the rousing "Obama and the Democrats can go to hell' speech a lot of
the delegates were expecting? No it wasn't. In weaving a lot of his personal
life into his talk, Gov Christie did not follow the script many Democrats were
predicting he would. His direct attack on Obama was minimal. Instead of the brash,
no-holds-barred verbal punch-fest, Christie spent most of the time talking
about being a Republican governor in a state controlled predominately by Democrats.
One area where he fell a bit short, I thought, was his rather feeble attempt to
sell Romney. His first mention of the Republican presidential nominee didn't
come until some 15 minutes into his speech. Instead, he spent a lot of time
talking about the direction the Republican party should be taking in the
future. It was almost as if he were setting himself up to run in 2016. Maybe he
LIBERAL MEDIA COVERAGE. In
a word, the left-leaning mainstream media has done a mendacious job of covering
the GOP convention. One of the left's favorite attacks on the Republican Party is that
it is the party of old white people, devoid of diversity and most likely racist. I hope you weren't watching MSNBC’s coverage of the Republican National Convention Tuesday night. If you were you might be inclined to believe those assertions, because missing from
the coverage was nearly every ethnic minority that spoke during Tuesday’s
festivities. But in case you were watching MSNBC and missed some of the best
speeches here are what a few of these diverse Republicans had to say.
MIA LOVE. Who is Mia Love?
She is a 36-year-old black Mormon congressional candidate, exploded onto the
national stage with her speech at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday
night. Because nobody really knew who Mia Love was her name topped all
others in Google searches Wednesday. Love is running against incumbent Rep. Jim
Matheson (D) in Utah’s newly formed 4th district and if she wins in November,
she will become the first black Republican woman elected to Congress. Tuesday
evening she talked about how her parents came to the United States from Haiti
with "$10 in their pockets and a hope that the America they heard about
really did exist." She said Obama was a president who didn't value
entrepreneurship and added: "Mr. President, I'm here to tell you that the
American people are awake, and we aren't buying what you're selling in 2012."
She described Obama's vision for the country as a "divided one" that
is "pitting us against each other based on our income level, gender and
ARTUR DAVIS. Here is how
petty the My Socialist NBC network (otherwise known as MSNBC) is. It declined
to cover the rousing speech by former Alabama Democrat Rep. Artur Davis, who
delivered one of the nominating speeches for Barak Obama at the 2008 Democrat
convention. In 2010, Davis had seen enough and switched parties. "The
Democrats' ads convince me that Gov. Romney can't sing, but his record
convinces me he knows how to lead, and I think you know which skill we need
more," Davis told the audience Tuesday night. He accused Obama of
bamboozling voters four years ago with "flowery words" and charged
that the incumbent has lost the "halo" his supporters thought he had
in 2008. "America is a land of second chances, and I gather in this close
race you have room for the estimated 6 million of us who know we got it wrong
in 2008 and who want to fix it," Davis told the delegates.
NIKKI HALEY. The Republican
Governor of South Carolina and the daughter of Indian immigrants delivered a
blistering speech condemning Obama. "Don't tell me that my parents didn't
build their business," Haley said, referring to Obama's "you didn't
build that" remark a several weeks ago. "My parents started a
business out of the living room of our home and, 30-plus years later, it was a
multimillion dollar company," she said. "But there wasn't a single day
that was easy and there wasn't a single day my Mom and Dad didn't put
everything they had into making that business a success. So, President Obama,
with all due respect, don't tell me that my parents didn't build their business."
Haley then accused the Obama administration of launching an all-out assault on
her state. "The hardest part of my job continues to be this federal
government, this administration and this president," Haley said, going on
to say that "Obama will do everything he can to stand in your way,"
even if you play by the rules."
GENERAL OBSERVATIONS. Beyond
the weird clothing and hats that seems to have become de rigueur at American
political conventionsin the past few decades,
I agree with House Speaker John Boehner: these things should be shorter. “I’m
not sure that having a four-day convention, for the future, makes a lot of
sense,” Boehner said at a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science
Monitor. He also suggested that the party platform should be cut down to
one page. “Anybody read the party platform?” he asked. "I’ve never met
anybody who has."