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OK, Mitt Romney isn't Ronald Reagan--at least not when it
comes to speaking. But who is? Nevertheless, I thought Romney gave a good
account of himself Thursday night in laying out his vision for America.
So did his running mate Paul Ryan. And so did Sen. Marco
Rubio, and Gov. Susana Martinez, and former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice and
former Democrat congressman-turned Republican Artur Davis.
Each of these folks and many others gave good accounts of
themselves while standing at the podium.
Even 82-year-old Clint Eastwood--without using a
teleprompter--resonated with the crowd. His delivery may not have been on par
with his Dirty Harry roles, but he made the audience's day with his comments on
the failed policies of the Obama administration.
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney
Perhaps the defining moment in Romney's speech came when he
said: "This president can ask us to be patient. This president can tell us
it was someone else’s fault..… But this president cannot tell us that you’re
better off today than when he took office." The
"excitement" of Obama’s election has subsided, Romney said, replaced
by doubt and uncertainty about the economy and the federal budget.
"If you felt that
excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, you should feel that way now that
he’s President Obama,' Romney said. "You know, there’s something wrong
with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you’ve had
was the day you voted for him."
"President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of
the oceans and to heal the planet," Romney continued. "My promise is to
help you and your family."
The Obama White House, meanwhile, derided Romney's speech
and the GOP convention in general as "angry and short on solutions."
You bet there was anger at the GOP convention. When you have
some 23 million Americans out of work and a president who has played something
like 125 rounds of golf you have to wonder who is more out of touch with this
Sen. Mitch McConnell said it best: "For four years,
Barack Obama has been running from the nation's problems. He hasn't been
working to earn reelection. He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA
I don't think anybody expected Romney or Ryan to lay out a
detailed strategy for dealing with the mammoth debt and other economic woes the
U.S. faces during the convention. That is something that will be disclosed
during the final two months of the campaign.
There is little doubt that Democrats were surprised by the
"bring it on" attitude of Paul Ryan when it comes to debating
Medicare--often considered the third rail for Republicans when it comes to
The idea that Ryan wants to jettison the elderly over the
cliff my slashing or ending Medicare is ludicrous. Voters--especially those
already retired or about to retire--should be more concerned about the $716
billion Obama swiped from Medicare to fund Obamacare.
Joe Biden: Gaffe-Mesiter
I am eagerly awaiting the debate on Medicare that Ryan will
have with Joe Biden down the road. Biden, America's #1
"gaffe-meister," will find Ryan a formidable opponent. And Biden will lose.
Romney vs. Obama will be a lot more competitive. I don't see
this as a repeat of the Reagan-Jimmy Carter debate which Reagan won handily
with his "there you go again" comment.
Obama can talk. That's about all he does. Romney is a doer, not a talker. We will see contrasting styles in these
debates. But one thing Romney has going for him is his laid back style.
Obama: "Callow, thin-skinned, arrogant"
Obama, on the other hand,
according to Ed Klein's New York Times best seller "The Amateur," is "a callow, thin-skinned, arrogant president with messianic dreams
of grandeur supported by a cast of true-believers, all of them united by
leftist politics and an amateurish understanding of executive leadership."
What Romney will have do in the debates is expose what Rep
Allen West (R-FL) says Obama is doing.
"Obama is basically feeding America a crap sandwich
with a smile...and it’s very important for us to win the image war in the
presidential race," West said. "Because a crap sandwich with a smile
is still a crap sandwich!"
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."
Forgive me if this sounds a bit simplistic, but with
"Dirty" Harry Reid charging that Republican presidential candidate
Mitt Romney is a tax cheat couldn't this be resolved if someone were to ask the
IRS if it is preparing a tax evasion case against the former Massachusetts
I mean if Romney hasn't paid any income taxes for the past
10 years, as Dirty Harry suggests, wouldn't that qualify for some prison time?
Isn't that the way the Feds got Al Capone in Chicago?
But wait, didn't Tim Geithner fail to pay taxes also? But,
of course, he is a Democrat and Obama minion, so I guess that's OK. Right
During several years, Treasury secretary nominee Timothy F.
Geithner failed to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes totaling some $26,000,
even though he was advised by his employer, the International Monetary Fund, to
do so. Instead he signed an agreement indicating that he understood that such
payments were his responsibility and received extra pay from his employer
specifically for that purpose.
Mr. Geithner "came clean" only when he was caught,
first by an IRS audit that found he owed Social Security taxes for 2003 and
2004 and then when additional tax liabilities for 2001 and 2002 were discovered
after his nomination as Treasury Secretary.
So, if Mitt Romney has, like Geithner, failed to pay taxes,
why wouldn't an IRS audit indicate that?
The answer is quite likely that the IRS has never done such
an audit and that Romney has indeed paid his taxes for the past 10 years.
Of course, this doesn't stop the Chicago political mafia led
by David Axelrod and the Chick-fil-A hating Mayor Rahm Emanuel from slinging slime
Hey, that's Chicago politics. It's the way the game is
played in the Windy City and its where our feckless leader in the White House
learned the rules.
Don't think the filthy tactics are finished with the Dirty
Harry rant in the Senate, either. The Obama/Axelrod mafia has just begun its
descent into the dung heap that is Chicago politics.
As a general assignment reporter for the Chicago Tribune in
the 1970s I witnessed my share of the corruption that has long been a trademark
of Chicago's Democratic machine.
A recent report by the Political Science Department of the University
of Illinois revealed that Chicago is Number 1 in public corruption while the
State of Illinois is ranked Number 3 so far as corrupt states go. The report said that since 1976 - federal
prosecutors rung up a total of 1,531 public corruption convictions in the
Northern District of Illinois. The 1,828 total convictions for Illinois lagged
only behind California and New York.
Since the 1970s, four of Illinois’ seven governors have been
convicted (Otto Kerner, Dan Walker, George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich) of
corruption. In addition, dozens of Chicago alderman and other city and county
public officials have been found guilty.
Corruption is intertwined with Chicago city politics, the
report said, adding that about a third of sitting alderman since 1973 have been
corrupt and the city has averaged 51 public corruption convictions each year
With this kind of pedigree is anybody surprised then that
the Obama campaign is pulling out all the stops to smear Gov. Romney and
anybody who supports him?
Is it any wonder that the Obama campaign is dead set against
any kind of voter identification law? After all, while Chicago may not be the
home of AMCTV's the "Walking Dead" it has always been the home of the
Bringing the dead from their graves to support Chicago's
Democratic Machine would be more difficult if they had to show voter IDs. And
of course, the same can be said for the millions of illegal aliens who show up
at the polls to vote for the Democrat party candidates--not to mention those
who vote multiple times.
What we are seeing in the Obama administration is the
Chicago-ization of national politics.
Dirty Harry Reid's despicable performance in the Senate last
week reminded me of watching a Chicago City Council meeting in full swing--you
don't want to wear clean clothing in that noble chamber when the mud-slinging
When Barack Obama was elected President he promised there
would be no "politics as usual." He was right. Instead we are getting
politics at its worst--a huge dose of political corruption, chicanery and
thievery courtesy of Chicago's Democratic crime family of which Obama is an