Video: Guy & MKH preview Ryan speech, RNC Day Two

posted at 7:43 pm on August 29, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

We’re experimenting a little with Ustream from our spots above the Republican National Convention floor. Guy Benson of Townhall and I had a quick conversation tonight about what to expect from Paul Ryan’s speech. Also, what’s with the revamped conventional wisdom on Gov. Chris Christie’s speech? Somewhere between Tuesday night and midday, it went from fab to a “flop” in the prevailing narrative. We disagree.

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Guy’s got more on the whole speaker line-up and what to expect. He wants Ryan to feel free to go full nerd:

I hope he goes at least “half-wonk,” clearly and honestly explicating the problems we face, exposing the president’s failure to address them, and offering his ticket’s solutions. I wouldn’t mind seeing a debt chart or two displayed on the high-tech arrangement of screens that serve as the podium’s backdrop. Numbers are Ryan’s strength. And those numbers represent what’s at stake in this election. I hope the Romney campaign isn’t afraid to allow him to be the sunny, serious explainer-in-chief that he is. It doesn’t have to be overly wonky, nor does this topic necessitate a dry presentation. But vague, uplifting generalities aren’t the currency in which Ryan trades. Unleash the solutions-oriented, competent, unthreatening nerd.


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…she’s cheating on me?

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

We disagree.

ditto

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

it went from fab to a “flop”

hmmm I pegged it as boring and cliched from the start.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Is this the dedicated convention post/thread for tonight?

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

OT: 2 Bushes at the RNC now!!

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Rand Paul just spoke. No open thread to discuss it.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I wonder if MKH is Catholic?

Lanceman on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

me likey

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I watched the convention at c-span.org last night, and now I’m watching tonight.

It seems to me that they cut the feed momentarily at some of the most critical points in the speeches. It’s starting to piss me off.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Hopefully I can catch that somewhere-he was one I wanted to see.
I heart Rand.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

LAURA!!!!!!

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

I agree!! I thought he did a great job.

esr1951 on August 29, 2012 at 7:50 PM

I wish there was,ahem,an Open Thread,instead of all
over the place!

Jus say’n!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Also, what’s with the revamped conventional wisdom on Gov. Chris Christie’s speech? Somewhere between Tuesday night and midday, it went from fab to a “flop” in the prevailing narrative. We disagree.

Gotta say that it didn’t do much for me. I wouldn’t call it a flop but aren’t keynote speakers supposed to be inspiring? Because that speech was just okay.

And yes, Paul Ryan should be himself tonight just so long as he doesn’t pull out a powerpoint presentation.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Hopefully I can catch that somewhere-he was one I wanted to see.
I heart Rand.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’m sure The Right Scoop will have it up later.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

cnn trashing the bushes right after the video…

stay classy there cnn

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Allah,…. OPEN THREAD PLEASE!

Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

John McCain up next! The speech I’ve been waiting for!! /

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Allah,…. OPEN THREAD PLEASE!
Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Otherwise just commandeer this one for that purpose :)

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

wish bill clinton would take a lesson from w…

there is only 1 president at a time…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

@HuffPostPol tweeted:
Photo: Senator Rand Paul speaks at the RNC – via @HuffPostPol

19 mins ago from twitter.com by editor

https://twitter.com/HuffPostPol/status/240955258212327424/photo/1

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Nice video with the Bushes.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 7:48 PM

I’m sure The Right Scoop will have it up later.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

I always have you dear Flora. :)
You tube might as well.
My fave all time is his toilet rant.

Glad he rocked it!

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

It was outstanding.

forest on August 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Le Oops!

2012 elections

Secret Service gun inadvertently left in Romney plane bathroom – @CBSNews

6 secs ago from http://www.cbsnews.com by editor

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-57503016-503544/secret-service-gun-inadvertently-left-in-romney-plane-lavatory/

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

John McCain up next! The speech I’ve been waiting for!! /

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Me too-just chomping at the bit! //
I await all the feedback here.

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 7:56 PM

oopsie

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

I thought Rand Paul was very good.
The video of the Bushes was really nifty, stressing honor and respect for the office.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

my friends

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

*********** 0OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORAAAAAAAAAAY *******************

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Rand Paul just spoke. No open thread to discuss it.

There weren’t specific open threads for specific speakers last night, either, but we’re working hard to update quickly, and Jazz’ll have you up and running with Rand in no time.

Mary Katharine Ham on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

I’m not spending the night bouncing a dozen threads. I’ll just give up. Many here, including me have requested open threads.

Do you listen HA staff? Maybe you have some plan, but it is failing.

C’mon.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Nice video with the Bushes.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

And still a class act. The Obamas would be well advised to look at these families and understand what grace in post-presidency times looks like.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Hey, McCain can’t raise his arms. Let’s mock his war injuries. /MSNBC

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

they won’t do it, sad to say

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Good evening my friends! McCain is up.

celticdefender on August 29, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I’m getting a lot of very bad flashbacks right now.

Mark1971 on August 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

There weren’t specific open threads for specific speakers last night, either, but we’re working hard to update quickly, and Jazz’ll have you up and running with Rand in no time.
Mary Katharine Ham on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Wouldn’t a single “catch-all” convention open thread be advisable? No need for a thread for each speaker, I would think.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I’m getting a lot of very bad flashbacks right now.

Mark1971 on August 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

ROFL really

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

See MKH’s response above yours.
Looks like the Rand speech thread will be the official convention thread.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Nice video with the Bushes.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

And still a class act. The Obamas would be well advised to look at these families and understand what grace in post-presidency times looks like.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

Yup, indeed.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

my friends

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 7:57 PM

cmsinaz:Yup,the Mc………Cains Muntiny….Capt’n Queeg of 08′!:)
(snark)

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Wouldn’t a single “catch-all” convention open thread be advisable? No need for a thread for each speaker, I would think.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

I agree. Have an open thread, then others for specific speeches.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

What if we just have one Open Thread for RINO speakers? Then another for Tea Partiers.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Jazz’ll have you up and running with Rand in no time.
Mary Katharine Ham on August 29, 2012 at 8:00 PM

heck no, we won’t go

heck no, we won’t go

heck no, we won’t go

/jk

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Flora Duh:Yup,he choose the right words to illustrate it!:)

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Good slam against the boy king for leaking secrets by McCain.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Sen. McCain, thank you so much your service. You, sir, are a hero. But, you are the sort of Republican we don’t want anymore. We’re stuck with Mitt, but we are done with you. Get off the stage now, please.

M240H on August 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:04 PM

heh

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

heck no, we won’t go
/jk
faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:06 PM

We are Occupy This MKH Thread!
:D

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

agree

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:08 PM

Rand Paul’s speech was excellent, he should be the Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Take back the Sneate – really take it back so it represents the States & not the party.

batterup on August 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

…why in the world is Senator Senile snoozing and sleeping up there?

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Observation:

The DNC will have paid union hacks at there
Convention,scream’n,clapping,whistling,and
completely a party atmosphere…..a fake
front!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb-bomb-Iran

Lawdawg86 on August 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Ok, I know The Onion is satire, but this is sick.

@TheOnion BREAKING: John McCain Just Blew His Brains Out During RNC Speech

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:09 PM

guaranteed

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

the maverick is giving a rousing speech. And by rousing, I mean …lackluster…

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

friends

*clink*

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:11 PM

Good slam against the boy king for leaking secrets by McCain.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

“Obama is a decent person and a person that you do not have to be scared of as president of the United States.”…

the_nile on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

McCain is on fire-and of course the Ronbots keep shouting USA every time McCain says something they don’t like…like supporting Israel

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

How does anyone think that’s remotely funny?

The call to intervene in Syria didn’t go over well on the convention floor.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Good Point from McCain,

unfortunately,for the Green Party in Iran,
it wasn’t the Environmental Party,or,ReNewable
Energy…..colour that would help Hopey Politically!!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Ok, I know The Onion is satire, but this is sick.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Beyond sick but they’ve always hated the military and McCain is an easy target along those lines.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

Good slam against the boy king for leaking secrets by McCain.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Best part of his speech…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:13 PM

hey, MKH, this’d be the time to go get a coke or something.

ted c on August 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Looks like ‘my friend is done…good…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:14 PM

the_nile on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I’m perfectly aware of what he said 4 yrs ago. Still doesn’t change what he has said tonight.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Rand Paul rocked it!

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 7:47 PM

He really did. It was as close to perfect as could be.

Lightswitch on August 29, 2012 at 8:15 PM

…my gawd!…he’s still sleeping speaking!…it’s going to negatively effect polling tomorrow!

KOOLAID2 on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Idea?

The Convention should of had College Republicans stacked around the
convention,from every school,from every State,nothing like having a
little youthful enthusiasm!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Good Romney/Israel vid.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Bucket List!

Yes,

Israel is Number #1,place I want to visit!!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Wailing horns time!

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:18 PM

Sen. John McCain now speaking at the RNC: ‘I had hopes once of addressing you under different circumstances.’ – Live video

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

MKH- my apology. I still think it would be better to just have one thread. Hell, you guys could hang with us and post. How cool would that be for everyone? Talk about a megathread….

Obviously we enjoy your posts, sometimes even Jazz’s. But piecemeal is kinda a pain in the arse.

wolly4321 on August 29, 2012 at 8:19 PM

Smokin’ saxamaphone!

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM

The call to intervene in Syria didn’t go over well on the convention floor.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I despise McCain for a lot of things not the least of which is raising such a ignorant daughter. He’s always been prone toward intervening more than not but the question is what exactly that means. Unmanned drones or boots on ground?

With troops deployed in two areas of no real strategic importance to the United States beyond regional stablility, it is no wonder that suggesting we start meddling with Syria may be a step too far.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Pretty good house band.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Neil Cavuto has Herman Cain on FNB.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:22 PM

“Green Onions”, Baby!

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

red cross request….

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM

The Convention should of had College Republicans stacked around the
convention,from every school,from every State,nothing like having a little youthful enthusiasm!

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:16 PM

The youngest delegate is from my area. Because the RNC convention is this week, he won’t be missing the start of his senior year in high school. A very impressive individual.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Sumpin ain’t right???

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canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

We CAN change it !!
Good God, I hope we do !!

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:26 PM

not all of us are happy to hear the huckster tonight

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

The call to intervene in Syria didn’t go over well on the convention floor.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:12 PM

I despise McCain for a lot of things not the least of which is raising such a ignorant daughter. He’s always been prone toward intervening more than not but the question is what exactly that means. Unmanned drones or boots on ground?

With troops deployed in two areas of no real strategic importance to the United States beyond regional stablility, it is no wonder that suggesting we start meddling with Syria may be a step too far.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Precisely…Remind me again whatever for we intervened in Lybia, why did we spend a penny on that kinetic military action :)…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Pam Bondi ! Me likey.
Two AGs .. this should be good.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

if you’re interested, today is Sen. McCain’s 76th birthday.

Pam Bondi up now. meh. She’ll not get my vote again after she didn’t do a darn thing about the bounty the NBP put on Zimmerman’s head.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

red cross request….

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canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

not all of us are happy to hear the huckster tonight

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Big skip pour moi….if he mentions Akin though I will barf post-factum…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

With troops deployed in two areas of no real strategic importance to the United States beyond regional stablility, it is no wonder that suggesting we start meddling with Syria may be a step too far.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Precisely…Remind me again whatever for we intervened in Lybia, why did we spend a penny on that kinetic military action :)…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I agree.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

if you’re interested, today is Sen. McCain’s 76th birthday.

Pam Bondi up now. meh. She’ll not get my vote again after she didn’t do a darn thing about the bounty the NBP put on Zimmerman’s head.

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Who’s that dude next to her, are they playing in a duet or something? It’s weird…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 PM

not all of us are happy to hear the huckster tonight

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Ditto, that. Think I’ll run a bath, take a break and come back later. ;)

Cody1991 on August 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

This crowd needs to perk up. Good lord.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

laying out the obamacare fight….very good

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Two AGs .. this should be good.
pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

Not great at reading from prompters, tho.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Flora Duh on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Ahhh.. forgot about that.
Sadly, the AGs focus is SOLELY Otax.
Was hoping for other subjects, lawsuits, etc.

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 8:32 PM

canopfor on August 29, 2012 at 8:29 PM

good job :)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:33 PM

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