Finally: Romney’s the official Republican nominee for president

posted at 5:51 pm on August 28, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

TAMPA, Fla. — Dancing delegates proudly bedecked in military- and state-themed flare, hours of rules discussion and official rigmarole, and roll-calling the state delegations: It’s all good, ’cause it means we can officially stop calling Mitt Romney the “presumptive Republican nominee” now! Not that anyone was really bothering with that anymore anyhow, but hey, the proprieties must be observed. The delegates painted a typically colorful picture on the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum Tuesday afternoon — the classic Wisconsin cheeseheads and Texas cowboy hats were of course well-represented, and the excitement was palpable.

There was plenty of trepidation that the official nomination proceedings would end up with a full-on Ron Paulite-led floor fight on their hands, but nothing much came of it. After speeches from a string of dignitaries, officials, and Republican candidates, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu was the lucky speaker who presided over the voice vote on the recent rule changes, during which the Ron Paul supporters definitely voiced their disgruntlement (“Point of order!”-chanting and so forth). After a few minutes, however, things settled back down, and besides some enthusiastic cheering whenever Ron Paul’s name was mentioned during the delegate count, the proceedings kept on going pretty much pro forma.

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona… each state had a representative speak briefly to affirm the support of their delegates for Mitt Romney (my personal favorite expression of state pride: “Idaho, the first to sue ObamaCare!”, heh). There were a few exceptions, with Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, etcetera actually having more delegates committed to Ron Paul (cue wild cheers), but after New Jersey’s turn came the “Over the top” alert indicating that Mitt Romney hit the 1,144 votes he needed to lock this thing up.

So, that’s the official nomination clinched — onward!

Update: Yep, Speaker Boehner just wrapped up the state roll call, and Mitt has more than plenty of delegates. “Shout” was the music selection of choice; celebrations ensued. Good times, good times.


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And here comes the big man for the keynote. :D Popcorn time, kiddies!!!

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

I don’t care if she discovered the cure for cancer and threw 3 perfect games for the Red Sox in one season. She still sounds like she’s about to break into sobs at any moment.

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 10:26 PM

lol! You must be the Libertarian she defeated here in NH in 2010, Ken Blylens. Either that, or the incumbent Democrat Representative who was running for the Senate seat that she beat, Paul Hodes.

Poor Baby.

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

pambi on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Ann did a very nice job!..:)

Dire Straits on August 28, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Mitt seems kind of robotic but the truth is he is a man with fears hopes and dreams just like anybody else. I think she is doing a good job of personalizing him which is what he needs right now

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I agree. That’s what I meant about her making him feel less aloof to the common voter. I think Ann did a marvelous job at her speech. It took some time for me to warm up to it, but she killed it in the end.

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

What, I have to be a sockpuppet just because I’m enjoying hearing what she has to say?

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

No, because you two sound like the Red Team version of the robots on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

astonerii on August 28, 2012 at 7:21 PM

You sure do whine a lot. And it’s not very attractive.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

lol! You must be the Libertarian she defeated here in NH in 2010, Ken Blylens. Either that, or the incumbent Democrat Representative who was running for the Senate seat that she beat, Paul Hodes.

Poor Baby.

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Uh, no, sorry. Do you have some sort of anti-libertarian obsession?

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

lol… Great opening, Christie!!

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Now THIS is a fired up speech. I knew this would be a good one. :)

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:40 PM

If you are not supporting Romney for President – no matter your agreement or disagreement with any of his stands – you are supporting Barack Obama for re-election.

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:29 PM

I don’t care who said it. It’s still bullshit. So tell me: if an OWSer votes for Nader rather than Obama, is that still a vote for Obama?

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Nader is running this year? Do tell!

Any vote for a 3rd Party Candidate that would otherwise go to one of the two mainstream candidates is and always has been a vote for the person you want to beat.

I’m assuming by your innate lack of reasoning and intelligence that you are a college student. I voted for the Libertarian candidate Harry Browne while you were in kindergarten, and he got 0.4% of the vote. He was also the candidate 4 years before that, and got 0.5% of the vote.

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

You sure do whine a lot. And it’s not very attractive.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 10:35 PM

That is it, I am here for dates, and since you said that I have decided to totally change my ways.

You sure are one of those happy ignorant fools, it is very much an unattractive quality… if only I was as ignorant and stupid as you…

astonerii on August 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Hmmm…not quite sure how that line squares up after Ann’s speech…which she said was about love.

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

I kinda got the hots for Chris Christie now.

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM

lol steel guy

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Nice to hear an actual speech from Christie, not just sound bites that make the rounds.
Me likey.
RESPECT !!

pambi on August 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:32 PM

Uh, no, sorry. Do you have some sort of anti-libertarian obsession?

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM

See my 10:41 post.

My problem is with the current vanquished Libertarian candidate Ron Paul, and his supporters. You all give the Libertarian Party a Bad Name.

As for Gary Johnson, he’ll get the same 0.5% all the others got.

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Did he say over 30 years? lol

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

lol…loved that little wink and nod at the teacher’s union comment.

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Speak on, brother! :D

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Red Meat. Be not afraid.

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 10:46 PM

are you saying that Romney is running a futile race, characterized by a lack of execution? I can’t disagree.

bayam on August 28, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Hey, your Party is the one running fake public opinion polls that in the past 4 years have routinely oversampled Democrats by 9% to as much as 200% to get the results you desire.

BTW, an earlier reply of mine got black holed here. In essence, you mention all the “progressives” who’ve started massively successful US companies to “create jobs”, yet you conveniently leave out how those same companies outsource all of their manufacturing to cheaper overseas Workers (see Apple).

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 28, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Heh… Chris Christie has them eating out of the palm of his hand now. :D

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

We need 50 (57?) conservative governors like we’ve seen tonight !
They’re gittin ‘er dun out there !!

pambi on August 28, 2012 at 10:52 PM

I am loving this speech. Fire fire fire! Then quieter now…more serious. Then more fire! :D

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:54 PM

Ooohh…now THAT was a great line: “Mr. President, real leaders don’t follow polls…REAL leaders CHANGE polls!”

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 10:55 PM

The lines are clearly drawn. If America chooses e=wrong again it will be our own damned fault. I feel very comfortable with that.

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

The lines are clearly drawn. If America chooses e=wrong again it will be our own damned fault. I feel very comfortable with that.

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 10:58 PM

Exactly. Christie is setting the goal and story and line of the campaign from this point on. Its fight, because we HAVE to…its stand UP for the American ideal…its tell the truth even when the truth hurts, because its what we HAVE to do to save our great country from the ruin of liberalism!

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Highlar on August 28, 2012 at 11:00 PM

A good night but I gotta get up early, so good night:)

steel guy on August 28, 2012 at 11:05 PM

BTW, an earlier reply of mine got black holed here. In essence, you mention all the “progressives” who’ve started massively successful US companies to “create jobs”, yet you conveniently leave out how those same companies outsource all of their manufacturing to cheaper overseas Workers (see Apple).

Do you know where the glass screen of every iPhone and iPad is manufactured?
Kentucky

Every iPhone owner in Asia is carrying around a gadget partially made in Kentucky. And if not for the iPhone, the KY plant would have been shut down many years ago.

The iPhone CPU chipets are manufactured by Samsung in Texas.

Apple has stated that it plans to move more component manufacturing to the USA. But no one can match China when it comes to manufacturing at scale and on demand. There’s no simple solution to address this challenge- not deregulation, not lower wages- as some politicians would have you believe.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?pagewanted=all

bayam on August 28, 2012 at 11:11 PM

I, on the other hand, have no more time for a senile idiot.

avgjo on August 28, 2012 at 8:41 PM

And yet, you sat there and wrote all that tripe…playing defense.
And you’ll do it again. And again. Because you actually believe that you’re right and everyone else is just too stupid to see it.
You might try re-evaluating that; and then you might understand why everyone mocks you and considers you to be a pretentious phuque.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Damn straight he would get hammered.

Dante on August 28, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Not by ronpaul.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 11:20 PM

Save the jingoism.

Dante on August 28, 2012 at 9:20 PM

So you’re saying then that you do not support the racist, anti-Semitic, fascist ronpaul?

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I Still Like Ike!

BDU-33 on August 28, 2012 at 9:21 PM

As a kid, I stayed up to watch that convention.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 11:35 PM

… if only I was as ignorant and stupid as you…

astonerii on August 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM

Oh, you have far surpassed me in those departments. But you’ll still find some way to rationalize whining about how your ignorance and stupidity is caused by lesser mortals just not understanding you.

Solaratov on August 28, 2012 at 11:54 PM

Off topic, but important: MSNBC cuts every speech made by a minority.

Hopefully, the HA staff will create a topic for this.

E-R

electric-rascal on August 29, 2012 at 12:19 AM

My FB feed is BLOWING UP with bitter Paultards who can’t accept reality.

Did you know that today is the DARKEST DAY IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY???!!!1!!!ELEVENTY

mattshu on August 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Which is why all we ever get is breathing room during which there is general GOP capitulation to more statist solutions, more GOP accepting the lib terms of debate, and on and on. And IF Romney somehow wins, let’s see how that “hold his feet to the fire” crap works out. Let’s see those fiery threats to not vote for Romney in 2016, but vote third party or write-in instead…or hope someone mounts a primary challenge to him. Then let’s see you wilt as soon as the same union-thug-type Mittbots start in with their “Do you want to split up the GOP and let the Commies win?!?!?!?!?!?!!?” LOL Beautiful. The wheel goes round and round. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

ddrintn on August 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Just perfect!

DITTO!

TheAlamos on August 29, 2012 at 4:09 AM

My FB feed is BLOWING UP with bitter Paultards who can’t accept reality.

Did you know that today is the DARKEST DAY IN OUR COUNTRY’S HISTORY???!!!1!!!ELEVENTY

mattshu on August 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Can’t defend those overly emotional type people like you described, but Rush, Palin, and Michelle agree this was bad form by the Romney campaign.

V-rod on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Solaratov

Bit late to the conversation, aren’t we?

BTW, crappy response there. I quit dignifying that senile moron with any responses after that. If I had wasted more time on him after, yeah, you might have a point.

BTW, my relations with most people here are fine. Just a few Rombots- our version of the weakminded Obama voters who swoon over him can’t tolerate any criticism of him. Such fools are just as damaging to our country as any Obama voter. That extends far beyond the fact that they are immature dolts who can’t have an adult conversation based on fact. Like the idiots you’re trying (very poorly, I might add) to defend, they don’t have substantive responses, only attacks, just like Obama. As little confidence as I have in Romney, he’s a classy guy. Such supporters do him little justice.

And by the way, since you’re parroting SWalker, that moron spelled it ‘phuck’, not ‘phuque’. At least he got it right.

As for re-evaulating things, you might go back and look at your ‘response’ and see if there is actually any substance.

avgjo on August 29, 2012 at 9:45 AM

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