Reshuffling the convention schedule for Ann Romney?

posted at 6:16 pm on August 24, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Earlier this week, we learned that ABC, CBS, and NBC have no plans to broadcast the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week, ostensibly in order to ensure equal coverage of both the RNC and DNC conventions (the DNC already decided to cut their convention from four nights to three, ergo…). That Monday night, however, is the night that Ann Romney is slated to speak, which means that she wouldn’t get network coverage — yes, how very convenient for the Democrats, considering that they’re turning their convention into an “abortion-palooza” intended to scare the living daylights out of otherwise uninformed women around the country by making them think that ‘Republicans want to ban contraception,’ or something.

The Weekly Standard reports that the RNC and the Romney campaign are looking at reshuffling the speaking slots to get Ann Romney the maximum possible coverage, even if it means bumping one of our most valuable conservative rock stars, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

The Republican National Committee is making big changes to the lineup of speakers at the convention next week in Tampa to ensure that broadcast networks cover Ann Romney’s speech. Among the changes most seriously under consideration: moving Marco Rubio to Tuesday night and having Mrs. Romney speak Thursday night in the spot originally reserved for Rubio. …

But the shuffling could mean that the speaker widely considered the best communicator in the Republican party will address the convention at a time when the networks are unlikely to take his entire address live. In the scenario that Republican officials tell THE WEEKLY STANDARD is increasingly likely, Marco Rubio’s address would be shifted from Thursday night to Tuesday – the second night of the convention, but the first night the networks will be covering it live in primetime. The speech would begin at 10 p.m. on Tuesday night, just as the networks begin their coverage.

Marco Rubio is an amazing speaker, has Hispanic appeal, and is a reliable champion of free enterprise — but I also think we need to do what we gotta’ do to get Ann Romney in front of the cameras. This escalating “war on women” meme from the Democrats is getting patently ridiculous. Besides the very valuable role of humanizing and softening Mr. Romney, Mrs. Romney can also humanize and soften the Republicans’ platform on these supposed “women’s issues.” She’s had five children, she’s battled debilitating disease for much of her life, she’s raised a family. Her concerns are the same concerns of other women. She’s not scary, she’s not a politician, and she’s approachable. And best of all, she can, with authority, remind everyone that what women care about most is the economy. She could easily shape up to be a crucial player in the Republican party’s image — let’s get her into the most public arena possible!


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We need Rubio and Mrs. Romney. Get rid of Chris Christie.

Rose on August 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Why not have Ann speak Tuesday?

changer1701 on August 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

wolfie had a hispanic gop pundit on earlier, who is already saying if marco gets bumped that it will be a bad thing for the latino vote…

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

Ann needs to speak.

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I agree..Ann Romeny needs to be seen and heard.

Terrye on August 24, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I dunno. Between Biden and Isaac moving into the area, there’ll be so much warm wet air flowing that there may not be a convention.

trigon on August 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

We need Rubio and Mrs. Romney. Get rid of Chris Christie.

Rose on August 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

That ludicrous kooky-old-bigot Ron Paul homage and celebration should be gotten rid of — if anything.

FlatFoot on August 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Smart move to offset Akin’s black hole sludge

athenadelphi on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

They should also shuffle Hug-A-Bee out of a slot or to the graveyard shift after his F.U. email to the party.

bayview on August 24, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Maybe Bachmann can give us a review of fostering children.
/

hillsoftx on August 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Just dump Huckabee, Christie, McCain and that stupid “tribute” to Ron Paul and there should be plenty of time for Ann Romney and other important speakers.

Pork-Chop on August 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I love Rubio but honestly, he hasn’t delivered too much that isn’t boilerplate lately. Switching him out for Ann Romney would be a smart move. Rubio will have plenty of time to shine during a Romney administration.

Caiwyn on August 24, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Do we really need to hear from John McCain?

bgibbs1000 on August 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

We need Rubio and Mrs. Romney. Get rid of Chris Christie.

Rose on August 24, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Oh sure, and have Acid Ann Coulture start taking down our heroes like Sarah Palin or somebody the democrats hate.

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 6:30 PM

That ludicrous kooky-old-bigot Ron Paul homage and celebration should be gotten rid of — if anything.

FlatFoot on August 24, 2012 at 6:23 PM

YES ! That and the Huck, and I’m all in.
KEEP ANN !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Ann Romney won’t help Mittens jack squat. If they really want the bleeding to stop, they should bring in another mother of five. But I doubt Mittens will be able to stand being overshadowed.

promachus on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

I think there is someone else other than Marco Rubio who should graciously bow out for Mrs. Romney…

Republican Convention 2012 Speakers: John McCain

Seven Percent Solution on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

This. Why is this even up for debate? Whatever the crappiest time slot of the convention is, that’s the one Elmer Hucktry should get.

Fabozz on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

For those suggesting that Huckabee be replaced — he is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, so he already won’t be televised.

Caiwyn on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Problem with Women eh? There was a fix for that much earlier in the game.

Bmore on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

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Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Cut the durn thing to two days…more than enough time, i.e. this isn’t 1968. GOP has about driven me to vote for my registered party, Libertarian, instead of their useless arses. Cutting Rubio may do it…

Karmi on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?
slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Oh, I HATE the ‘Huckleberry’ reference for Huckabee, since it’s SOO suweet for Ryan !!
;-)

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

Bring in Sarah Monday and dare them not to cover it.

wolfsDad on August 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

dang it i just put it on the wrong thread

fox news special alert
ann romney will speak on tuesday, switching with susanna martinez

rubio to introduce mitt on thurs

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Personally, I would prefer that the broadcast networks not cover any of these conventions. With the Internet and cable news, there is no reason for the broadcast networks to change their programming schedules.

eaglescout_1998 on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Ann Romney’s speech exerpt”….and so in conclusion, every birth is a blessing, including yours Mr President…regardless where you were born.”

Don L on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

promachus on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

LOLOLOL … SHE isn’t included, even SLIGHTLY, in the ticket, dearie.
I want to hear our next FLOTUS.

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

THANKS !

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Ann Romney won’t help Mittens jack squat. If they really want the bleeding to stop, they should bring in another mother of five. But I doubt Mittens will be able to stand being overshadowed.

promachus on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

What a good little parrot you are. Here’s your cracker. Now go peck at the mirror in your cage until a new thread is posted where you will repeat the same idiocy.

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

going to the 5:30 show….

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:37 PM

dang it i just put it on the wrong thread

fox news special alert
ann romney will speak on tuesday, switching with susanna martinez

rubio to introduce mitt on thurs

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I think that is the best solution.

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

:)

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

LOLOLOL … SHE isn’t included, even SLIGHTLY, in the ticket, dearie.
I want to hear our next FLOTUS.

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:35 PM

I feel your hate….

idesign on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

+1

a capella on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The numbers of and the ilk of obstacles to fairness that liberals can conceive and place in motion is seemingly infinite.

ericdijon on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The media controls the access. If they now reschedule their coverage yet again to avoid the Romney message they should be charged with contribution in kind for the bias coverage.

Grunt on August 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

I feel your hate….

idesign on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

How the hell do you do that?

Flora Duh on August 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

+1

a capella on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

+ 100..Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

I feel your hate….

idesign on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Easily misunderstood, clarify, please.

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Grunt on August 24, 2012 at 6:39 PM

they are ONLY going to show 1 hour of the convention, so mitt needs to make sure Ann is within that hour…

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Happy TGIF to you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

For those suggesting that Huckabee be replaced — he is scheduled to speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, so he already won’t be televised.

Caiwyn on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I hope they boo him…and I hope THAT’s televised.

thebrokenrattle on August 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Ann Romney won’t help Mittens jack squat. If they really want the bleeding to stop, they should bring in another mother of five. But I doubt Mittens will be able to stand being overshadowed.

promachus on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

The bitterness is really unbecoming.

changer1701 on August 24, 2012 at 6:43 PM

If mo gets top billing, I by golly want Ann to give her speech! And, I will watch Ann, not mo with her, probably gosh horrible outfit that costs thousands and slam the US to see to it the anti-American bho gets re-elected!
L

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Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

We’re going this weekend.

Possum Holler Cineplex heres we comes.

PappyD61 on August 24, 2012 at 6:46 PM

FIRST BOX OFFICE: Anti-Obama Movie #1

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Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

WOO HOO

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Have Palin and Ann Romney do a joint speech introducing the Rich old white guy.

Did we mention……..he’s WHITE, and he’s RICH, and he’s a PSSSSSTTTTT, Morrrrrrrrrmon.

Says the media, all day, forever.

PappyD61 on August 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Happy TGIF!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

I wonder if HA would have a post on those who have seen this and give their views on the movie?
L

letget on August 24, 2012 at 6:50 PM

What I hope happens is that people will flock to the extensive coverage on the cable news, and that it will be the final nail in the coffin for the broadcast idiots.

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I hope they boo [Huckabee]…and I hope THAT’s televised.

thebrokenrattle on August 24, 2012 at 6:42 PM

That would be AWESOME.

Caiwyn on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Happy TGIF!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Thank gophergirl it’s Friday???

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Do we really need to hear from John McCain?

bgibbs1000 on August 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

“Good evening my friendzh…”

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I agree!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Lynyrd Skynyrd is playing 2 songs on Ann Romneys night- in addition to the night they are playing the convention.

woo hoo

poljunkie51 on August 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Happy TGIF!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Thanks! Same to you.

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Happy TGIF to you gophergirl!..:)
Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Fixed!..:)

PS..Good to see you JtL!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

gophergirl on August 24, 2012 at 6:55 PM

..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Caiwyn on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Happy TGIF to you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 6:41 PM

right back at ya :)

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

poljunkie51 on August 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

nice

cmsinaz on August 24, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Congressman Quico Canseco, who represents the district where our family business is, is scheduled for Monday night. He’s going to talk about the huge shale energy boom going on now. It’s nice to have a another Hispanic guy there on stage.

juliesa on August 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Do we really need to hear from John McCain?

bgibbs1000 on August 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM

This.

Mary in LA on August 24, 2012 at 7:00 PM

John the Libertarian on August 24, 2012 at 6:52 PM

LoLz..:)

Dire Straits on August 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

It’s nice to have a another Hispanic guy there on stage.

juliesa on August 24, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Wow. What a pandering view this is. How about we get that dancing dude with the peanut head from the movie Scarface to do a little dance on the stage? Is that hispanic enough, or too much?

Dack Thrombosis on August 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

poljunkie51 on August 24, 2012 at 6:53 PM

PULEEEZE tell me they have the rights to use them !!
:-)

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 7:05 PM

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

This!!

PrincipleStand on August 24, 2012 at 7:06 PM

I feel your hate….

idesign on August 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The ‘id’ is for ‘idolatry’, isn’t it?

Foxhound on August 24, 2012 at 7:07 PM

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Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Excellent! I don’t like crowded theatres, mainly because a lot of women wear too much perfume (sorry, ladies), but I’m willing to make an exception for this.

SailorMark on August 24, 2012 at 7:13 PM

Is that hispanic enough, or too much?

Dack Thrombosis on August 24, 2012 at 7:04 PM

As the article said, Rubio has Hispanic appeal. So does Quico, who is a also a friend.

Appealing to Hispanics is necessary, because if we lose Texas, we lose the US. The US is doomed if TX goes blue.

juliesa on August 24, 2012 at 7:14 PM

FIRST BOX OFFICE: Anti-Obama Movie #1

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Resist We Much on August 24, 2012 at 6:32 PM

An interesting comment by a former Obama supporter who saw the movie:

A friend dragged me kicking and screaming to see the Obama movie–I was convinced it would be right-wing propoganda. It’s actually a well-made and persuasive argument that the guy I voted for in ’08 doesn’t deserve my support this time around. I’d be interested in what other Obama voters from ’08 think–not people who just want to sling talking points from the right or left, but people who have seen this movie and considered the case it makes.

Comment by ThinkingItOver — Friday August 24, 2012 @ 3:12pm PDT

I know it’s anecdotal, but this movie might just move the needle for us in the next few weeks.

TXUS on August 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Why are the networks not broadcasting a hispanic senator?

Racism i bet.

cpaulus on August 24, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Congrats to Rubio for offering to let Ann Romney have his speaking slot. Well done Senator.

txmomof6 on August 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM

How the hell do you do that?

Flora Duh

Cult membership has its privileges. ;)

xblade on August 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Appealing to Hispanics is necessary, because if we lose Texas, we lose the US. The US is doomed if TX goes blue.

juliesa

We just need a massive amnesty. That will make them like us.

xblade on August 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

but I also think we need to do what we gotta’ do to get Ann Romney in front of the cameras. This escalating “war on women” meme from the Democrats is getting patently ridiculous

If we want to fight that meme, let the Cuda speak. I don’t know what she’d say, but it would be powerful, and relevant, and memorable. I’m sorry she’s not speaking.

Paul-Cincy on August 24, 2012 at 7:43 PM

Huckabee has a forum for an hour every week McCain is on the Sunday morning shows ad nauseum and a Ron Paul tribute? WTH. Anns terrific.

ldbgcoleman on August 24, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Rubio will most definitely get a prime time speech. It’ll be right before Christie’s speech. This actually might turn out to be a blessing on many levels.

1. There are three speeches I’m dying to hear- Marco Rubio’s speech, Chris Christie’s keynote, and Matt Scully’s latest creation as delivered by Paul Ryan. Not in there.. Romney’s speech. Putting him after Rubio could lead to bad comparisons.

2. The first two Republicans that most Americans will hear are Rubio and Christie.

3. Having Tipper introduce him did wonders for Gore . Methinks that having Ann introduce might help Romney.

Illinidiva on August 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

great message having mccain speak at the convention. he’ll also be sitting on gregory’s lap this sunday for the umpteenth time.

fight with me my friends.

renalin on August 24, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Future FLOTUS Ann Romney deserves to be seen and heard by a national audience…

Reshuffle away!!

Khun Joe on August 24, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Ann Romney won’t help Mittens jack squat. If they really want the bleeding to stop, they should bring in another mother of five. But I doubt Mittens will be able to stand being overshadowed.

promachus on August 24, 2012 at 6:31 PM

absolutely. Ann Romney exudes health and wealth. She is unable to convey a feeling that she relates to the common man. nice lady , great mom, but will absolutely be of no help. just ask rafalca

renalin on August 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Or perhaps have Ann Romeny introduce Paul Ryan. Condi can warm up for Christie and Rubio can introduce Romney.

Illinidiva on August 24, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Earlier this week, we learned that ABC, CBS, and NBC have no plans to broadcast the first night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week, ostensibly in order to ensure equal coverage of both the RNC and DNC conventions (the DNC already decided to cut their convention from four nights to three, ergo…).

…I’m sure if the RNC decided to cut their convention to 3 days because they have nothing…and the DNC had something to offer”’ the networks would do the same *wink wink*!
Let Ann take the Senile Senator AND the Half-wit Hucksters spots.

KOOLAID2 on August 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

miguel estrada
harriet myers

t8stlikchkn on August 24, 2012 at 8:21 PM

TXUS on August 24, 2012 at 7:17 PM

To be clear, you’re referring to the D’Souza flick “2016″, yes ?

Honestly, it’s not been promoted as an ANTI-Obama movie, which I believe helps draw in the undecideds, and ‘buyer’s remorse’ folks.

Have heard that it’s great, et al, but if presented as ANTI, I’d think you won’t get many in the seats.

Happy to know it’s doing so well, and having such an impact.
LOVE D’Souza !!

pambi on August 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

We just need a massive amnesty. That will make them like us.
xblade on August 24, 2012 at 7:40 PM

Where did I mention amnesty?

The GOP wants to make sure Mrs Romney is seen because she’s a woman. The same goes with making sure there are some minorities speaking.

You are new to politics apparently

juliesa on August 24, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Bring in Sarah Monday and dare them not to cover it.

wolfsDad on August 24, 2012 at 6:33 PM

I love it! That would serve the LSM right!

But it could also set the tone for the media narrative for the rest of the convention.

Yeah, I know, that’s already in place.

ccrosby on August 24, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Get rid of McCain, Trump, and Ron Paul — crinkled old has beens. This is a political convention, not a retirement home talent show.

bitsy on August 24, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Get rid of Ron Paul and McCain (or put them on the night the networks don’t cover). Both are losers.

katablog.com on August 25, 2012 at 1:12 AM

Yes we need Ann to have good coverage, but not at the expense of Rubio! He is one of the most eloquent speakers we conservatives have! And where’s Alan West? Jeb Bush get’s a spot and West doesn’t? Is the GOP so beholden to the establishment that Bush who represents pretty much no one in Party get’s to speak?

D-Bar on August 25, 2012 at 6:01 AM

Worth repeating until he’s a member of msnbc:

If we have to bump someone, why not Huckleberry?

slickwillie2001 on August 24, 2012 at 6:24 PM

RealMc on August 25, 2012 at 7:35 AM