Friday, August 31, 2012

2020???… (heh!)

RYAN/RUBIO in 2020

20/20 Vision for the
21st Century!

I know I know… I'm getting waaaaaay ahead of myself. ;-)

GOP Convention: The Final Day...

FL Senator Marco Rubio:

Clint Eastwood:

Mitt Romney's presidential nomination acceptance speech:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

GOP Convention: Paul Ryan and Condi Rice...


Former Secretary of State Condi Rice:

VP Candidate and WI Rep. Paul Ryan (Part 1):

VP Candidate and WI Rep. Paul Ryan (Part 2):

And this is why I wished it was a Ryan/Romney ticket, and not the other way around.

Meanwhile, tonight will be FL Senator Rick Rubio and a few others, plus the man himself, Mitt Romney.

GOP Convention: Day 2/3...

More videos of key speeches at the convention from the last two days:

Ann Romney:

NJ Governor Chris Christie:

NM Governor Susana Martinez:

SC Governor Nikki Haley:

Former PA Senator and GOP Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum:

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

GOP Convention: Day 1/2...


I thought we were finished with this after the 2008 election… I thought we were beyond race and race baiting… I guess not.

Chris Matthews (need I say more?):

Then Yahoo bureau chief David Chalian says this on live TV on a "hot" mic (whoopsie!):

“They aren’t concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.” [laughter]


Yahoo News confirms:“David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”

Then there's this nugget from Obama's website regarding former Dem. Rep Artur Davis. The page has since been removed (hat-tip Gateway Pundit):

[L]ess than two years ago, you routinely touted your progressive record as a member of the House of Representatives. You supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Wall Street reform bill, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, and ending tax subsidies for oil companies. Despite voting against the final bill, you even supported major pillars of the Affordable Care Act like banning discrimination against pre-existing conditions, expanding Medicaid, and providing tax breaks to small businesses that provide health care, to name a few.
Contrary to your recent declarations, you hailed President Barack Obama as a “beacon of leadership,” touted President Obama as your “model,” and widely described the President as a friend. As a member of the House of Representatives, you supported President Obama’s agenda 95% of the time, were quoted saying “I agree with him on everything,” and repeatedly invoked President Obama in your failed gubernatorial campaign.

It is important that the American people have these important facts and draw their own conclusions about your true motivations for speaking at the Republican National Convention. We have come to the disturbing conclusion that your recent public statements have no basis in real policy or political disagreements, but rather they stem from transparent opportunism and a personal determination to overcome failing to win the Alabama Democratic primary for Governor in 2010. We regret that you have chosen this course, but are confident that the American people see your pronouncements for what they are and come to the same disappointing conclusion of your former colleagues.
Artur Davis responds here:

His speech at the GOP Convention last night here:

L.A. Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa then said this:

"You can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect a vote for your party or your candidate."

GOP congressional candidate and former mayor Mia Love speaks at the convention as well:

TeaParty fav and GOP Senatorial Candidate Ted Cruz of Texas speaks:

Funny… MSNBC didn't broadcast any of the minority speakers. (No surprise here.)

And while we're here… OH Gov. John Kasich:

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

GOP Convention Powergrab???...

UPDATED  TWICE (see below)

Is Romney purposely trying to pi** off the grassroots/tea party with this blatant powergrab?  Is he purposely trying to lose this election?


The upshot is this (via Michelle Malkin):

For the first time in years you’re likely to see a real floor fight tomorrow over proposed changes to the party rules. The rules committee produced a proposal which takes away the autonomy of state parties and massively increases the power of the central committee and the states are fighting back with a minority report and a wave of protest which is sweeping through the party rank and file. This confrontation transcends ideological lines and is about whether the Republican Party will remain a party run by its members or merely become a tool of special interests...

… the ramifications for grassroots activist and state GOP’s are vast. This rule change would allow a candidate to select his or her own delegates, essentially the nominee would get to choose those who nominate him instead of the states. This proposed rule change is starting to sound more like an Obama executive order.
Tom Washington, who is speaking on his own accord but serves as the Assistant Treasurer for the Republican Party of Texas, told us, “If Romney, or any other candidate can select their own delegates the entire convention process will have been hijacked and eliminate the grassroots influence.”
Redstate continues:
… the Republican National Committee, led by Team Romney, is moving to shut down conservative grassroots activists… The first rule to be proposed is one that would give the Republican National Committee the power to change rules between conventions with a three-quarters vote of the RNC. One source tells me, “With a Republican President, of course this is doable. Everybody will roll over if a President Romney asks them too. They’ll be able to get Ben Ginsberg’s proposal next year.” 
In other words, if Team Romney prevails in this rules change, they don’t have to worry about Ben Ginsberg not getting his way today on the delegate changes. They’ll be able to do it later when the press and grassroots are not watching...
The second rules change would front load winner takes all primaries. Grassroots conservaives point to both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as reasons to stop this rule. Had there been front loaded winner takes all primaries, neither the Gingrich nor the Santorum campaigns would have been able to get any traction.

Freedom Works continues:

… just got off the phone with a concerned Florida activist, Laura Noble, who informed me that both of Florida’s Rules Committee members, Peter Feaman and Kathleen King, have been removed from the Rules committee and replaced with Romney-appointed delegates.
Clearly anticipating a grassroots backlash against the “compromise” on Rule 15 and the changes on Rule 12 has caused the Romney camp to preemptively replace delegates to ensure they have support on the Rules Committee.
It’s enough to make your blood boil.

Read it all here and here.

AFTERMATH UPDATE from Michelle Malkin here.