RNC announces first round of speakers to GOP convention

posted at 12:01 pm on August 6, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The RNC and Republican convention organizers have announced some of the speakers for the Tampa event that starts three weeks from tomorrow — but not the most-watched slots.  The Tampa Bay Times picks up the scoop, although there aren’t any real surprises in the list:

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are among seven headline speakers announced today for the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

The first look at featured speakers also includes South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez.

The keynote speaker and others will be named closer to the Aug. 27-30 event, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus said in announcing the headliners, whom he called “some of our party’s brightest stars, who have governed and led effectively and admirably in their respective roles.”

The Times notices the names not on the list, at least for now:

Noticeably absent from the headliner list are several VP contenders: former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

Let me go out on a limb and predict that all of the above will speak at the convention.  The event takes place over four full days, with about six hours of speaking/presentation time each day.  Some of that will get eaten up by convention business and floor votes, video presentations, and so on.  That still leaves about three hours or more each day for speeches.  The released list could go one day and leave some time left over, let alone the other three days of the convention.

Buzzfeed thinks the short list of announced speakers means a few people have lost the Veepstakes:

It’s possible that this is misdirection or that any one of these notables could still be selected for Veep, but this certainly makes their selection less likely.

It’s a good point — but there were only a couple of interesting names on this list.  Kasich isn’t popular enough in Ohio to help anyway, and neither Haley or Martinez have been governor for long enough to be more than a high-risk choice.  Mike Huckabee all but declared himself out of electoral politics last year.  Not much can be gleaned in Veepstakes outcomes from these names.

The inclusion of Governor Scott was pro forma for a convention in a state with a Republican governor.  It would be bad manners not to invite Scott to speak.  So far, though, Scott has kept a low profile in Florida in connection to the Romney campaign, according to the Times, because of Scott’s low approval ratings in the state.  Democrats want desperately to tie Scott to Romney, but Scott’s been a good team player and avoided handing them any opportunities.  If that’s still a worry three weeks from now, Scott will probably speak early in the convention and outside of prime time — which would be a shame, because Scott is pretty good on the stump and will fire up Republicans.

We’ll know more about the rest of the invites later this month, perhaps after Romney selects his running mate.  Romney starts a bus tour this week, and the Tampa Bay Times suggested that it might be in part a platform for rolling out the Veepstakes winner.  I don’t believe that Romney will waste the opportunity to build enthusiasm and attention by announcing early, though.  I’m sticking by my prediction of either August 17th or 20th for that announcement.

Update: A few “why isn’t _____ on the list?” comments in the thread, so let me explain.  This is just the first batch of confirmed speakers; the final list will be much longer.  Some names, like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ron Paul, and Sarah Palin, will generate a lot of buzz on their own, so expect the convention organizers to hold off on those names and announce them individually.  For the rest of those national figures who might play into the Veepstakes or Romney’s former primary opponents, they can’t schedule them until Romney picks his running mate.


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lovin me some Bobby McD….

ted c on August 6, 2012 at 12:03 PM

“Sen. John McCain…”

O_o

Political elite ruling class RINO…

… always eager to reach across the isle to ‘get things done’!

“My friends…”

How’s that fence working out, John…?

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Unless Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker, there will be no reason to watch.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

“Noticeably absent from the headliner list are …”

REAL conservatives!
Gee, wanna see my shocked face!
*sigh*
A bunch of RINOs supporting one of their kind.
What a shame.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Palin will draw the coverage at her mall location for the real keynote…

ChuckTX on August 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Hehe. And Cap’n Ed manages to go an entire post without mentioning the Caribou in the room…

/s

cs89 on August 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

“HAHAHAHAHA! McCain can’t even lift his arms up! Stupid old fart! HAHAHAHAHAHA!”

-average sensitive lib

Bishop on August 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

We can do without McShame. Do we get a timeline so I know when to take a nap?

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 12:07 PM

“Sen. John McCain…”

Political elite ruling class RINO…

Seven Percent Solution on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Endorsed for re-election by Sarah Palin who I expect will also speak.

rhombus on August 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Snoozefest…

OmahaConservative on August 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Shouldn’t John McCain be in Charlotte for the convention ?

Sandybourne on August 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Why is Governor Walker not on the list?

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Will there be some token REagan Conservatives allowed to sweep the floor or something?

kingsjester on August 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Mitt,
Please don’t pick Pawlenty! PLEASE
Thanks,
Mango

Mangofish26 on August 6, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Not a terribly compelling story. Some names listed to speak. Some names NOT listed to speak, but all will likely speak. That’s some hard-hitting stuff, right there.

@cs89 You mean Mamma Grizzly, and yes, she’s taking up a ton of floor space, even if they pretend not to notice.

Rent free, as always.

Freelancer on August 6, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Don’t worry, if Romney’s the squish that tru-cons insist, he’ll be sure to book some of their favorite speakers.

rhombus on August 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Where’s Ron Paul? Ah well…

abobo on August 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

REAL conservatives!

Karl Magnus on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Says the supporter of gay-marrying baby-killer Gary Johnson.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Excellent question. Just why ISN’T he on the speaker list, Team Romney?

Robert_Paulson on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

That list will have JimRob screaming “I told you so!!!” over at FR.

xkaydet65 on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Where’s Ron Paul? Ah well…

abobo on August 6, 2012 at 12:12 PM

He’s easy to find, just follow the smell of burning crosses.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

It would be bad manners not to invite Scott to speak

you’ll need a GPS and a telescope to find purdue at the dem con.

t8stlikchkn on August 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Palin will draw the coverage at her mall location for the real keynote…

ChuckTX on August 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Yup, with overflow into the parking lots. Cool if they had her face on a jumbotron right outside the convention center.

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Governor Walker will be given a prime spot, I hope.

Dongemaharu on August 6, 2012 at 12:16 PM

What, no guest star appearance by Arlen and Phil Specter?

CorporatePiggy on August 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Unless Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker, there will be no reason to watch.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

It’s not happening, so don’t waste your time.

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Shouldn’t John McCain be in Charlotte for the convention ?

Sandybourne on August 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

+100

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Aside from Rick Scott, might as well go to sleep.

Schadenfreude on August 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

I was hoping this will be a venue to introduce young conservative rising stars, remember the unknown Dem senator who spoke in the 2004 convention. It is time for Huck and McCain to step aside and let new generation conservative shine.

celticdefender on August 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Says the supporter of gay-marrying baby-killer Gary Johnson.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:13 PM

You do know that Johnzzzson isn’t worth nearly that much butthurt?

MelonCollie on August 6, 2012 at 12:18 PM

So tired of the Hot Airians and assorted crybabies on an endless RINO hunt. As has been clearly noted this is not the complete list. John McCain still has credibility on foreign policy & defense. I look forward to hearing Haley and Martinez. Even Huckabee is a v.g. speaker.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

And John McCain will be speaking …why?

Is he eloquent?

Inspiring?

Popular?

No, no, and no.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He’s easy to find, just follow the smell of burning crosses.

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

He’s making an appearance in your neighborhood? Lucky duck!

MelonCollie on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

That list will have JimRob screaming “I told you so!!!” over at FR.

xkaydet65 on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

That explains the shortage of exclamation points here in the real world.

rhombus on August 6, 2012 at 12:20 PM

McCain and Huckabee? Ugh.

McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

And John McCain will be speaking …why?

Is he eloquent?

Inspiring?

Popular?

No, no, and no.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

He is speaking for the same reason Sarah Palin should be (and I expect will be) speaking. Out of respect – they were both the 2008 nominees. Are we as low as the Democrats when they dumped Lieberman?

rhombus on August 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Please, somebody, explain to me, what’s all the fuss and foofaraw about Rob Portman, the only Republican liberal enough for Obama to include in his administration, as his ambassador to China? Frankly, I never heard of the guy until Obama nominated him for the ambassadorship, at which point I heard he had been senator from Utah at some point or other. A Republican national superstar he’s not, at least until all the leftwing publications started endorsing him as the GOP nominee. Why do people keep even mentioning this guy? Please explain.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Unless Sarah Palin is the keynote speaker, there will be no reason to watch.

Pork-Chop on August 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Sarah has thrown the gauntlet:

Palin Slams Media, Says She’s ‘Comfortable’ Not Speaking at Convention

This frees her up to attack the RINO’s, to work to get real Conservatives elected, and fight the lovers of Big Government. This will hurt Romney like nothing else could.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

So tired of the Hot Airians

Buy Danish on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Go take a nap.

PS. The “Aryan” crack is a bit low, don’t you think?

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Alberta_Patriot on August 6, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Supporting legislation that creates criminals out of otherwise harmless blacks is more racist than some unkind words. Actions speak louder, my friend. Always have and always will.

But at least you can recognize the idiocy of calling us Paul supporters petty when it’s the mittheads who want to keep re-fighting the primaries instead of Obama. You’re guy won already, get over it. The only thing worse than a sore loser is a bitter winner. All I said was that Paul should be given a spot at the convention, and the first thing you do is make KKK references and start the dividing process all over again. If you milquetoast moderates were half as good at eviscerating democrats as you are at stomping conservatives and libertarians into the ground – then this whole election would be a non-issue already decided by now.

abobo on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sidebar:

I think that Nikki Haley is hot. She just has that something about her … can’t put my finger on it – just think she’s hot.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Please, somebody, explain to me, what’s all the fuss and foofaraw about Rob Portman, the only Republican liberal enough for Obama to include in his administration, as his ambassador to China? Frankly, I never heard of the guy until Obama nominated him for the ambassadorship, at which point I heard he had been senator from Utah at some point or other. A Republican national superstar he’s not, at least until all the leftwing publications started endorsing him as the GOP nominee. Why do people keep even mentioning this guy? Please explain.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Probably because he didn’t serve as Ambassador to China. That was Jon Huntsman.

For those who are asking “why isn’t/aren’t _____ on the list,” please see my update.

Ed Morrissey on August 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

A Republican national superstar he’s not, at least until all the leftwing publications started endorsing him as the GOP nominee. Why do people keep even mentioning this guy? Please explain.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Liberals of a feather tend to flock together, and with the GOP selecting the most liberal candidate for POTUS they could get, this was to be expected.

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Even Huckabee is a v.g. speaker.

Buy Danish on August 6, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Apparently FOX has no problem with someone with a regular program speaking at the Convention. /s

katiejane on August 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Condoleeza Rice? Hell, why not just throw in Colin Powell and J.C. Watts, too.

Shit.

:O/

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

McCain and Huckabee? Ugh.
McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:21 PM

You mean Sergeant Carter and Gomer Pyle don’t you?

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

He is speaking for the same reason Sarah Palin should be (and I expect will be) speaking. Out of respect – they were both the 2008 nominees. Are we as low as the Democrats when they dumped Lieberman?

rhombus on August 6, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It’s not happening, so don’t waste your time.

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:17 PM

There’s your answer…

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Well, it’s obvious the VP pick is Pawlenty.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Palin’s moment in 2008 cannot be reproduced this time around- unfortunately. She rocked the scene in St. Paul and scared the crap out of the Democrites.
The anticipating buzz that built up that week for the unknown mystery woman was front page for a few days – and boom – she hit it out of the park.

Doesn’t happen very often.

Won’t happen in Tampa.

It’s funny to think though,
4 yrs ago- when VP was announced,
it was- Sarah Palin ?
Who?
Alaska?

Revivals indeed.

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

For those wondering why the GOP seems to be so lack luster today, you might learn a few things from this omnibus article:

Flashback: Are the Post-Defeat Planners Still In Charge?

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Shouldn’t John McCain be in Charlotte for the convention ?

Sandybourne on August 6, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Oh, I think he’s speaking there, too … you know, reaching across the aisle and all that crap.

TXUS on August 6, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Palin will draw the coverage at her mall location for the real keynote…

ChuckTX on August 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Maybe she can run for President of Cinnabon.

verbaluce on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

There’s your answer…

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Number one, Joe Lieberman was still a senator, whereas Palin has not served in public office since she resigned.

Number two, she may very well speak at the convention. But she sure as hell is not keynoting, and she of all people can appreciate why.

If you wanted this convention to be a Sarah Palin love-fest, maybe you should have convinced her harder to run herself. If she can’t get out there to rally support for Mitt Romney, our nominee, she should get out of his way. And so should all of you.

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

For those wondering why the GOP seems to be so lack luster today, you might learn a few things from this omnibus article:
Flashback: Are the Post-Defeat Planners Still In Charge?
DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

go poop on your own party…party of 2 that is…you and gary johnson

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 12:31 PM

For the rest of those national figures who might play into the Veepstakes or Romney’s former primary opponents, they can’t schedule them until Romney picks his running mate.

I’m hoping he has already picked his running mate and he/she is going through a thorough vetting process. Because you can be assured the enemy is doing its own vetting of potential GOP running mates.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

If the Palin folks don’t livestream from Palin HQ, they’ll really be missing a tip.

J.E. Dyer on August 6, 2012 at 12:32 PM

PS. The “Aryan” crack is a bit low, don’t you think?

portlandon on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

.
Purity is relative……….

FlaMurph on August 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Number one, Joe Lieberman was still a senator, whereas Palin has not served in public office since she resigned.

Number two, she may very well speak at the convention. But she sure as hell is not keynoting, and she of all people can appreciate why.

If you wanted this convention to be a Sarah Palin love-fest, maybe you should have convinced her harder to run herself. If she can’t get out there to rally support for Mitt Romney, our nominee, she should get out of his way. And so should all of you.

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The Mittwit speaks…

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Probably because he didn’t serve as Ambassador to China. That was Jon Huntsman.

For those who are asking “why isn’t/aren’t _____ on the list,” please see my update.

Ed Morrissey on August 6, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Oooooops! My bad. I saw Portman, and thought “Huntsman” — who has always been a puzzlement to me. Some kind of dyslexia in operation there, I guess.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

portsman should be deep sixed just for that commercial with the dirt bike……

t8stlikchkn on August 6, 2012 at 12:35 PM

was kidding ed

t8stlikchkn on August 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

If you milquetoast moderates were half as good at eviscerating democrats as you are at stomping conservatives and libertarians into the ground – then this whole election would be a non-issue already decided by now.

abobo on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

If expected to ignore the truly stupid ideas of Dr. Paul, then put me down as a milquetoast moderate. Isolationism has not been in vogue since the 1930s.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

we’ve got multiplicity of davids AND hunts/portsmans

t8stlikchkn on August 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Condi “Legs” Rice – voted for Obama in 2008
Junior Bush – the poster-child RINO of Bush fame
Juan McLame – the ultimate loser epitomized

…why do they still insist on carrying that flea-bitten baggage into 2012?

Archivarix on August 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Still displaying the trademark maturity of a ‘Nista, I see.

Palin’s not the star of the show here. She’s not our nominee. Drill it in to your head or prepare to spend the next four years whining to an audience of nobody.

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Sidebar:

I think that Nikki Haley is hot. She just has that something about her … can’t put my finger on it – just think she’s hot.

:O)

OhEssYouCowboys on August 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Sikh Hot??

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Scott Walker ought to have a prime time spot, just to rub the Left’s nose in the failed recall effort.

Keep Palin in an early afternoon spot…:)

changer1701 on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I like Sarah Palin and everything she stands for, but the truth of the matter is she is not a fan of Mitt Romney and early in the primary it was clear there was animosity bubbling to the service whenever Palin was questioned about Romney – when she was really seriously backing Newt.

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

KingGold on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

They still haven”t come to terms with the fact that Palin chose not to run. Their savior turned out to have other plans. (It was the right choice since she couldn’t win the general, but they will never see it that way.)

McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Oooooops! My bad. I saw Portman, and thought “Huntsman” — who has always been a puzzlement to me. Some kind of dyslexia in operation there, I guess.

Scriptor on August 6, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Hey if Mr. Morrissey can mix up Axelrod and Plouffe, there has to be some latitude for a couple of “Republicans” little known out of their own spheres of influence.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Too bad Chris Christie’s name isn’t on the list. He’s about the last one I’d want to see as Romney’s running mate.

bw222 on August 6, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Some names, like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ron Paul, and Sarah Palin, will generate a lot of buzz on their own, so expect the convention organizers to hold off on those names and announce them individually.

An “incomplete list” at this time is understood.

However, one name in particular (Palin) has been downplayed by several folks, including someone in the Romney camp apparently making the false suggestion that her Fox contract would preclude her from being able to do so.

Smells fishy…

cs89 on August 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

This in fact would mobilize a MASSIVE get out the vote.

alas….don’t think it will come to pass…

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 12:40 PM

McCain and Huckabee, lets see.. in 2008 one stuck the knife in Romney’s back and the other one twisted it.
Such hypocrites!

lonestar1 on August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

DannoJyd on August 6, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Wrong again, Dannio. The conservatives will vote for Mitt (ABO) and Sarah has and will deliver some real conservatives to Congress who will be crafting the legislation for him to execute…get it?

gracie on August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Scott will probably speak early in the convention and outside of prime time — which would be a shame, because Scott is pretty good on the stump and will fire up Republicans.

Really? Granted I’ve only seen him speak once, but his speech was bland, boring, and uninspiring. Then he stepped out of the way and let Bobby Jindal give a speech. Now that was great.

joekenha on August 6, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Isolationism has not been in vogue since the 1930s.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:36 PM

First of all, you have no idea what isolationism really is. Second of all, some form of it is going to be in vogue after we go bankrupt trying to play the world’s cop and “occupy the middle east” for decades on end, whether you like it or not.

MelonCollie on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I said it elsewhere, Kasich? Will he talk about how Mitch Daniels and Scott Walker accomplished what I couldn’t?

Kelly Ayotte? Has anyone ever heard her speak in publc? She sounds as if she’s battling a fear of crowds. Her voice quakes, and she sounds as if she’ll break down in tears at any minute. She simply doesn’t instill confidence.

BuckeyeSam on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Palin will draw the coverage at her mall location for the real keynote…
ChuckTX on August 6, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Maybe she can run for President of Cinnabon.
verbaluce on August 6, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Or VP of The Dollar Store?

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

That would be a disaster. Palin is not viewed favorably by independents.

McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Boring.

The only two dynamic and resonating speakers in 2008 were Giuliani and Palin.

Figure it out, Romney, you insecure little RINO weasel.

rrpjr on August 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

I think Romney should pick a running mate he can work with. By your own assessment that person is not Palin.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Are we as low as the Democrats when they dumped Lieberman?

By that line of thinking, then, why isn’t the most recent Republican President being invited to speak?

At least he won two elections. Very few people outside of the Van Susteren household care what John McCain has to say.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

That would be a disaster. Palin is not viewed favorably by independents.

McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Only in YOUR mind…..

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Why is Governor Walker not on the list?

NotCoach on August 6, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Because RINOs control the GOP and they would rather alienate conservatives than Democrats.

I may watch Haley and Martinez, but that’s about it. Maybe the Huckster can introduce Texas Senate candidate David Dewhurst. No wait!

bw222 on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

I don’t really care who speaks at the convention. I just want to get this show on the road so the Romney camp can then start using the money raised by the RNC – then it’s on to the debates!

Flora Duh on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

world’s cop and “occupy the middle east” for decades on end, whether you like it or not.

MelonCollie on August 6, 2012 at 12:43 PM

There is that irrational idiocy that makes Ron Paul unfit for any elective office! And there is still all the domestic lunacy and racist background on top of it all.

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Everybody pees in the pool.

John the Libertarian on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:38 PM

That would be a disaster. Palin is not viewed favorably by independents.

McDuck on August 6, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Not only that, but she’s basically dumped any future in elected office for her current status as rightwing media star. It’s kinda too late to go back now, this close to the election.

And would Romney even accept her in the first place? He’d be shown up daily on being conservative by a half-term runaway governor. His ego CANNOT take that.

MelonCollie on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

why isn’t the most recent Republican President being invited to speak?
Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Because he said he wouldn’t be attending?

whatcat on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

I don’t really care who speaks at the convention. I just want to get this show on the road so the Romney camp can then start using the money raised by the RNC – then it’s on to the debates!

Flora Duh on August 6, 2012 at 12:49 PM

You suppose Obama will take questions during the debate?

Happy Nomad on August 6, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Interesting poll today from Rasmussen: Only 32% of voters thinks Bill Clinton and barack agree on how to fix the economy. In other words, 68% of voters believe Clinton disagrees with barack’s policies. That means that 68% of voters KNOW that asking Clinton to speak at the dem convention is a desperation move by barack.

Rational Thought on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Let me go out on a limb and predict that all of the above will speak at the convention.

Yup. Time calls them “headliners”, but ….

Dusty on August 6, 2012 at 12:52 PM

Well, it’s obvious the VP pick is Pawlenty.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:26 PM

….and that ticket will employ the SLEEPER HOLD STRATEGY.

ToddPA on August 6, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Some names, like Chris Christie, Scott Walker, Ron Paul, and Sarah Palin, will generate a lot of buzz on their own, so expect the convention organizers to hold off on those names and announce them individually

Poor Mittwits…LOL

idesign on August 6, 2012 at 12:54 PM

I guess you don’t necessarily have to be a flaming a**hole to be a Mittbot, but it certainly appears to be a common trait.

bw222 on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I forgot to use the sarc/ tag for my comment on Romney asking Palin to be VP. My point is that she seems to have already burnt the bridge to any working relationship with Romney given her stance during the primary. She doesn’t need to speak at the convention and an invitation to do so would seem really weird on the part of the Romney campaign.

nitzsche on August 6, 2012 at 12:55 PM

An obvious role for Palin would be to introduce Mitt.

gh on August 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

I think Romney should ask Palin to be VP.

nitzsche

I think Romney should pick a running mate he can work with.

Happy Nomad

Or at least one that doesn’t guarantee he loses in a landslide. That leaves Palin out.

xblade on August 6, 2012 at 12:56 PM

By that line of thinking, then, why isn’t the most recent Republican President being invited to speak?

At least he won two elections. Very few people outside of the Van Susteren household care what John McCain has to say.

Right Mover on August 6, 2012 at 12:47 PM

BTW…President Bush asked not to be invited, he is not involved in politics anymore.
It was in the news for about a week…you didn’t see that?

right2bright on August 6, 2012 at 12:57 PM

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