RNC, round two: We can do better, America

posted at 5:54 pm on August 29, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

There’s a wide swath of opinion making its way through the news networks and media that last night’s headliners at the RNC, Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie, were somehow resounding disappointments. That their respective messages of love and respect were at odds, that Ann Romney didn’t reveal enough, that Christie was too self-centric yet not pugnacious enough, and I don’t even know what else. I have to disagree — I thought they were both great, well-orchestrated speeches, and accomplished what they set out to do exceptionally well. Their messages and the personality of their deliverers were successful complements, and the crowd loved ‘em both. Anyhow, onward to this evening’s festivities.

The big names on tonight’s docket are Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and of course Rep. Paul Ryan. Word on the street is that Condi Rice’s speech is going to be a break from our regularly scheduled jobs n’ economy agenda and take a moment to highlight President Obama’s foreign-policy failures:

Ms. Rice, who served under former President George W. Bush, said on Fox News Channel’s “Fox and Friends” that her address will touch on the need for a domestic economic recovery, but will also tout presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney as the man who will make the U.S. a stronger world leader.

“The only thing that the world hates more than unilateral American leadership is no American leadership,” she said. “There has to be a country that says, “Here’s the view of how human history ought to unfold.’ ”

During the interview, Ms. Rice was critical of the Obama administration for what she considers its lack of involvement in Syria, where a civil war rages between rebels and President Bashar Assad. The U.S. is in favor of Assad’s removal, but he has stayed in power with support from Russia and China.

I’d count on the upcoming sequestration cuts to our defense budget and the recent high-security leaks coming out of the White House making their appearance in the grand scheme of exposing Obama’s International Weaksauce as well, a message that an earlier speech from Sen. John McCain is slated to help with.

Susana Martinez will be a definite crowd-pleaser, as she’s got Hispanic-voter appeal and can help to showcase how ridiculous this war-on-women meme is (if certain news outlets actually care to acknowledge her presence, that is) with her general gubernatorial excellence, and Paul Ryan will of course follow up on his vice-presidential breakout with classic free enterprise-themed stylings. We managed to snag a quick vid of him doing some speech prep and a walk-through on the floor with his family earlier this afternoon, just for funsies:

The earlier speakers setting up tonight’s “We can do better” theme will include Sen. John Thune, Sen. Rob Portman, Sen. Rand Paul, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno, and former Gov. Mike Huckabee — meh. Maybe not the most exciting buildup ever, but rest assured they’ll make some great points and keep hammering home the economic message. Should be a good time, be sure to tune in!


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…one good lady!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 5:57 PM

and former Gov. Mike Huckabee — meh.

Will the crowd boo him?

JPeterman on August 29, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The big names on tonight’s docket are Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and of course Rep. Paul Ryan.

or if you watch MSLSD, just Paul Ryan followed by analysis of why the talk of tax cuts remind their panel of the Third Reich.

gsherin on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno

Hecuva nickname!

/

I know who he is… I believe you missed a title in there, Erika.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

I really like Condi and so happy she is out supporting R&R. I do thank her for doing this.
L

letget on August 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

What do you want to bet that when Condi Rice and Susana Martinez are speaking, MSNBC will suddenly discover some sort of “breaking news” elsewhere that urgently requires their attention.

Hayabusa on August 29, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Thune, Portman and Huckabee?

Better get a reservation at your favorite Tampa restaurant during that bloc… gonna be hard to find a table.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

I despise Huck, but he’s actually good in forums like this. Still not happy with him about the Akin thing, though.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Can we please have an open thread tonight?

JPeterman on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

…wide swath of opinion making its way through the news networks and media that last night’s headliners at the RNC, Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie, were somehow resounding disappointments…

Only further confirming how effective they were.

Drained Brain on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Better get a reservation at your favorite Tampa restaurant during that bloc… gonna be hard to find a table.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Mis En Place – http://www.miseonline.com/

Just outside downtown has this awesome 7 course meal thing that me and the wife did one time. Was awesome. Very fun, with nice varied dishes.

lorien1973 on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

OT- believe it or not.
http://freebeacon.com/msnbc-anchor-gop-senator-likening-obama-to-tiger-woods/

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

So, translated, CNN and MSNBC will have to have continuous coverage of Isaac and the death of Blinky the Clown.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

and former Gov. Mike Huckabee — meh.

Maybe a negative response from the crowd will be enough to drop this moronic Akin crusade.

KingGold on August 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Puerto Rico Luis Fortuno

Hecuva nickname!

/

I know who he is… I believe you missed a title in there, Erika.

mankai on August 29, 2012 at 5:59 PM

His friends call him Rich.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Ms. Rice was critical of the Obama administration for what she considers its lack of involvement in Syria, where a civil war rages between rebels and President Bashar Assad.

But, but, but………Assad is a real reformer! Nancy Pelosi said so!!!!

iurockhead on August 29, 2012 at 6:09 PM

Looking forward to that hurricane coverage while Martinez and Rice are speaking!/

Fortunately I get uninterrupted coverage and don’t have to rely on any MSM hacks to tell me what they want me to believe.

Really am looking forward to Ryan’s speech.

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 6:10 PM

So, translated, CNN and MSNBC will have to have continuous coverage of Isaac and the death of Blinky the Clown.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

What the…….WHAT HAPPENED TO BLINKY??!!!!!

iurockhead on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

We can do better, America

How about “We can have a government that is less harmful, America,” or something. I’m not getting into this “we” thing. I’m doing my part; it’s “you” that’s screwing up.

Axe on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

I flipped through several stations last night and was pretty disgusted by the coverage and that includes Fox news. It’s arogant to think people want to hear the opinions of the pundits instead of actually hearing the speeches themselves. Seeing Shepard Smith in the rain in New Orleans like a little kid at Christmas waiting and hoping for a hurricane to report on was disgusting. So no switching around for me its all Cspan tonight. if Condi can help us win then I think shes terrific

ldbgcoleman on August 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

So no switching around for me its all Cspan tonight. if Condi can help us win then I think shes terrific

ldbgcoleman on August 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

They did a great job last. If you get used to it, you can’t really go back to Shep (without screaming). Not on things like this, anyway.

Axe on August 29, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Condi Rice is like Ron Paul, both are long long past their sell by date and need to shuffle off somewhere and be silent and unseen.

The Fifth Column Treasonous Media air brushes Minorities out of the Republican National Convention.

SWalker on August 29, 2012 at 6:18 PM

So, translated, CNN and MSNBC will have to have continuous coverage of Isaac and the death of Blinky the Clown.

hillsoftx on August 29, 2012 at 6:07 PM

What the…….WHAT HAPPENED TO BLINKY??!!!!!

iurockhead on August 29, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Say it ain’t so!!!

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

From Laura’s FB page:

“Laura W. Bush
Tune in tonight at 9pm to the Grand Ol Party Convention coverage for an interview with me and George and his parents, President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush, from Kennebunkport!”

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

OT- believe it or not.
http://freebeacon.com/msnbc-anchor-gop-senator-likening-obama-to-tiger-woods/

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

In what way? Did Moochelle chase him out of the WH kitchen with a 5 iron when she caught him eating a bacon cheeseburger?

dentarthurdent on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

I’ll be running this, so hubby can do his own thing with the remote.
http://www.c-span.org/rnc/

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

condi?

FORE!

renalin on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

President George H.W. and Mrs. Barbara Bush

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Those two are national treasures… So for the love of God can we please just bury them already???

SWalker on August 29, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Isn’t Condi under threat of citizen’s arrest by liberals ‘protesting’ the convention?

Liam on August 29, 2012 at 6:24 PM

I flipped through several stations last night and was pretty disgusted by the coverage and that includes Fox news. It’s arogant to think people want to hear the opinions of the pundits instead of actually hearing the speeches themselves. Seeing Shepard Smith in the rain in New Orleans like a little kid at Christmas waiting and hoping for a hurricane to report on was disgusting. So no switching around for me its all Cspan tonight. if Condi can help us win then I think shes terrific

ldbgcoleman on August 29, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Speaking of which, did anyone happen to catch Gov. Branstad (R-Iowa) on PBS last night? He was sticking to his talking points and not letting Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodridge get the best of him.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

MSNBC will show only Paul Ryan in its quest to deny that there is any diversity in the Republican party. Just white guys and their corporate wives.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 6:26 PM

So who’s the other prime time speaker besides Ryan? Is there a link to the schedule?

ardenenoch on August 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Here’s a PDF of tonight’s schedule, but no times listed.

http://www.gopconvention2012.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Wednesday1.pdf

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:30 PM

To hell with the media. We all knew going into this that all the RNC speeches would be disappointments in their eyes, while all the DNC speeches will be glorious testaments to the Democrat’s magnificence. Same old, same old. Don’t even bother with tuning into debate analysis, either…Obama could come out a stuttering fool (not a big change, I know…) and Romney would still lose all three handily to him.

I look forward to watching the speeches with an analysis-free stream and come to my own conclusions :)

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

cripe

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

ardenenoch on August 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Condi and Martinez.

John the Libertarian on August 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

I’ll be running this, so hubby can do his own thing with the remote.
http://www.c-span.org/rnc/
pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The RNC is streaming the convention live at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HexouyqQty0

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

The big names on tonight’s docket are Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, and of course Rep. Paul Ryan. Word on the street is that Condi Rice’s speech is going to be a break from our regularly scheduled jobs n’ economy agenda and take a moment to highlight President Obama’s foreign-policy failures:

Maybe like dissing our allies in Israel and Great Britain, sending Canadian oil to China, paying Brazil to drill for oil, shipping car-making jobs to Finland, using American guns to kill Mexicans, supporting a dictator over democratic rule in Honduras, abandoning our missile defense in Poland and the Czech Republic, failing to support protestors in Iran, ushering in the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and selling our government to China.

If Condoleezza Rice fails to mention all these things, our mystery speaker should be John Bolton.

Steve Z on August 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Good Lord !
I guess when you’re a hammer … sheesh.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:34 PM

John the Libertarian on August 29, 2012 at 6:32 PM

Last night there were two prime time speeches, Ann Romney and Chris Christie. So is there going to be three speeches in that same 10 to 11 PM. slot tonight, Condi, Martinez, and Ryan?

ardenenoch on August 29, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I look forward to watching the speeches with an analysis-free stream and come to my own conclusions :)

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Racist, and opposed to free speech for not believing MSM ‘interpretation, clarification, and full decoding of bigoted Conservative terms from objective Democrat journalists’.

/snark

Liam on August 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Good interview going on @ cspan.org/rnc

Man is saying what he appreciates about the GOP is nobody is out to divide, as for male/female, race, age, etc.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:37 PM

RNC, round two: We can do better, America

Um, isn’t that what yesterday was, with all of the GOP governors and Christie’s speech?

As far as Condi goes, this pander-fest is going to backfire. Condi Rice is first and foremost synonymous with George W’s foreign policy. That is a problem.

Here’s the bottom line: The country views Iraq as a massively costly failure. The country does not know or care how much Obama has screwed up with Egypt, Russia, and Iran. To the extent that people know much about O’s foreign policy, its that he has claimed a pile of al-Qaeda scalps with drone strikes, that he killed bin Laden, and that he knocked off that wacko Gaddhafi without putting any troops in harms way.

We should not engage Obama on foreign policy, but if we are going to, we should not do it with someone who the American public entirely associates with George W. Bush’s Middle East nation building.

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I absolutely, positively can’t wait to hear Paul Ryan. Preview on drudge, and it sounds good.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 6:39 PM

There’s a wide swath of opinion making its way through the news networks and media that last night’s headliners at the RNC, Ann Romney and Gov. Chris Christie, were somehow resounding disappointments.
===============
Erika,I think this is what your talking about,
from last nights Tweets!

Andrea Mitchell ‏@mitchellreports

Ive got best perch next to podium @AnnDRomney storybook marriage?storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer

David Axelrod ‏@davidaxelrod

Mitt strangely uncomfortable when Christie says real leaders don’t follow polls.

Glenn Thrush ‏@GlennThrush

What’s Artur’s endgame? Remember him speaking with equal vehemence 2 years ago about how GOP didn’t care about poor, working class

D Wasserman Schultz ‏@DWStweets

Hmm…someone might want to tell Chris Christie that it’s usually better to receive a spontaneous standing O than to insist on one

And heres one before tonight even starts!
=========================================

The Democrats ‏@TheDemocrats

“Tonight, when Paul Ryan looks up at that debt clock, all Americans can say, ‘Thank you, Rep. Ryan. We are forever in your debt.’”

https://twitter.com/#!/search/users/%23election2012

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:40 PM

OT- believe it or not.
http://freebeacon.com/msnbc-anchor-gop-senator-likening-obama-to-tiger-woods/

MontanaMmmm on August 29, 2012 at 6:06 PM

MontanaMmmmm:First off,BatSheer,is full of Bat Poo,and,ITS THE
TRUTH,Hopey has been Partying,and Golfing,like a
King,ummm…Truth To Power thingy!:)
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MARTIN BASHIR:
***************

We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Ann Romney and Chris Christie, in my opinion, both did their jobs splendidly-Ann defining her husband as a “warm, fuzzy teddy bear” who, despite this, can get the job done. This seems to satisfy concerned women voters. Chris, on the other hand, defined WHO WE ARE not who they are. Voters already know (or suspect) (Van Jones, Fast & Furious, EPA shenanigans, Las Vegas $8300 sushi ‘ad infinitum’)that Democrats are crooks but suspect that maybe the Republicans are ‘same-o same-o’. Christie dispelled that notion.

It is more uplifting to define yourself as the good guy with a plan and give the public the adumbration (by default) of a Democratic party bereft of competence-not to mention chaotic–particularly in the economic field.

MaiDee on August 29, 2012 at 6:47 PM

I’ll be running this, so hubby can do his own thing with the remote.
http://www.c-span.org/rnc/
pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The RNC is streaming the convention live at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HexouyqQty0

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

From RightScoop:

Watch the RNC Convention Live Stream

http://www.therightscoop.com/watch-the-rnc-convention-live-stream/

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

So are they planning to airbrush out Condi and Gov. Martinez tonight like they did with the minorities and women last night?

UnderstandingisPower on August 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

MARTIN BASHIR:
***************

We have seen an early draft of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s forthcoming oration. Can I quote something from you? “For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation’s problems, he hasn’t been working to earn re-election. He has been working to earn a spot on the PGA Tour.” How about that?

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Allah has just put a post about that bashir batshit craziness :)….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Will we have an open thread tonight, or is this it ??

Watching the Ron Paul video, atm.
Kinda nice.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 7:12 PM

That their respective messages of love and respect were at odds, that Ann Romney didn’t reveal enough, that Christie was too self-centric yet not pugnacious enough, and I don’t even know what else.

It seems to me that the media wants cartoons and caricatures. In other words, entertainment.

The liberal media doesn’t want political options and solutions, they want something to entertain them, and something they can say sucked afterward; e.g., “That ride really sucked. Let’s go check out Space Mountain!”.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 7:27 PM

I’ll be running this, so hubby can do his own thing with the remote.
http://www.c-span.org/rnc/
pambi on August 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

The RNC is streaming the convention live at YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HexouyqQty0

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 6:33 PM

From RightScoop:

Watch the RNC Convention Live Stream

http://www.therightscoop.com/watch-the-rnc-convention-live-stream/

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Rightscoop is likely just embedding the YouTube stream.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

I’m a little surprised that HA didn’t have a dedicated convention post/thread up last night or tonight.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/05/rice-congratulates-obama_n_141414.html

WASHINGTON — An emotional Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice reveled Wednesday in Barack Obama’s election, calling it an “extraordinary step forward” for the nation.

A child of the segregated deep South who became the highest-ranking African-American woman ever in American government and was once considered a potential Republican presidential nominee, Rice called the Democratic president-elect “inspirational” and said his victory was proof of America’s promise.

“This was an exercise in American democracy of which Americans across the political spectrum are justifiably proud,” she said.

“As an African-American, I’m especially proud,” said Rice, her eyes glistening with emotion, “because this is a country that’s been through a long journey, in terms of overcoming wounds and making race” less of a factor in life. “That work is not done, but yesterday was obviously an extraordinary step forward.”

Ms. Rice will certainly be one of those “You can vote for changing your mind.” commercials. Her comments were absolutely spot on — who could have known that the man would be so flawed that he was incapable of holding the office to which he was elected?

[Rhetorical question -- no need to answer. Even Condi Rice makes mistakes....]

unclesmrgol on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Coiondi was terrific tonight. I’m glad that she’s back in the fold.

ghostwriter on August 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Condi was the star tonight, both on an intellectual and emotional level.

claudius on August 29, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Great speech, and effective.

Ron Paul is fond of pointing out that America survived for 150 years without being the world’s policeman, which is true – BUT only because we then enjoyed the Pax Britannia and the safe passage of the high seas guaranteed by the Royal Navy.

Power not only abhors a vacuum, it will not tolerate one for long. China and Russia aspire to fill leadership roles with less benign intent than Britain and America. The EU proposed to fill economic leadership without military power, and is failing because of it.

It’s not fair that the role of being the World Cop falls upon us, but the alternative is a more unstable and more dangerous world. That’s just a fact. If the world devolves to a system of regional hegemony as some desire, it almost guarantees another world war will ensue, this time with multiple players with nuclear armaments.

Adjoran on August 30, 2012 at 12:15 AM