Video: Rand Paul turns up the heat in Tampa

posted at 8:51 pm on August 29, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Wednesday evening’s events at the Republican National Convention began to heat up with the first speaker who really seemed to fire up the crowd. This portion of tasty red meat was delivered by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul. He wasted no time getting the engine of the crowd revved up, declaring how, after sufficient time to reflect, he still thinks Obamacare is unconstitutional. He then went into a lengthy stem-winder on everything from “You didn’t build that” to the lessons of the Founding Fathers and more. It went on for quite some time, being frequently punctuated by bursts of applause from a clearly supportive audience. He even managed to sneak in a reference to his father without drawing any obvious ire from some of the folks still concerned over the floor fight situation.

We have the transcript below after the video. This one will be worth breaking out some popcorn and watching if you missed it live. (And possibly for a re-run even if you watched.)

When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!

The leftwing blogs were merciless. Even my wife said — can’t you pleeeease count to ten before you speak?

So, I’ve had time now to count to ten and, you know what? I still think it’s unconstitutional!

Do you think Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas have changed their minds?

I think if James Madison himself — the father of the Constitution — were here today he would agree with me: The whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!

This debate is not new and it’s not over. Hamilton and Madison fought from the beginning about how government would be limited by the enumerated powers.

Madison was unequivocal. The powers of the federal government are few and defined. The power to tax and spend is restricted by the enumerated powers.

So, how do we fix this travesty of justice? There’s only one option left.

We have to have a new president!

When I heard the current president say, “You didn’t build that,” I was first insulted, then I was angered, then I was saddened that anyone in our country, much less the president of the United States, believes that roads create business success and not the other way around.

Anyone who so fundamentally misunderstands American greatness is uniquely unqualified to lead this great nation.

The great and abiding lesson of American history, particularly the Cold War, is that the engine of capitalism — the individual — is mightier than any collective.

American inventiveness and desire to build developed because we were guaranteed the right to own our success. For most of our history, no one dared tell Americans: “You didn’t build that.”

In Bowling Green, Kentucky, the Taing family owns the Great American Donut shop. Their family fled war-torn Cambodia to come to this country. My kids and I love to eat doughnuts, so we go there frequently.

The Taings work long hours. Mrs. Taing told us that the family works through the night to make doughnuts. The Taing children have become valedictorians and National Merit Scholars.

The Taings from Cambodia are an American success story so, Mr. President, don’t you go telling the Taings: “You didn’t build that.”

When you say they didn’t build it, you insult each and every American who ever got up at the crack of dawn. You insult any American who ever put on overalls or a suit.

You insult any American who ever studied late into the night to become a doctor or a lawyer. You insult the dishwasher, the cook, the waitress.

You insult anyone who has ever dragged themselves out of bed to strive for something better for themselves or their children.

My great grandfather, like many, came to this country in search of the American Dream. No sooner had he stepped off the boat than his father died.

He arrived in Pittsburgh as a teenager with nothing, not a penny. He found the American Dream: not great wealth, but a bit of property in a new land that gave him hope for his children.

In America, as opposed to the old country, success was based on merit. Probably America’s greatest asset was that for the first time success was not based on who you were, but on what you did.

My grandfather would live to see his children become doctors, ministers, accountants and professors. He would even live to see one of his sons, a certain congressman from Texas, run for president of the United States of America.

Immigrants have flocked to our shores seeking freedom. Our forbearers came full of hopes and dreams. So consistent and prevalent were these aspirations that they crystallized into a national yearning we call the American Dream.

No other country has a Dream so inextricably associated with the spirit of its people.

In 1982, an American sailor, John Mooney, wrote a letter to his parents that captures the essence of the American Dream:

“Dear Mom and Dad, today we spotted a boat in the water, and we rendered assistance. We picked up 65 Vietnamese refugees. As they approached the ship, they were all waving and trying as best they could to say, ‘Hello America sailor! Hello Freedom man!’ It’s hard to see a boat full of people like that and not get a lump somewhere between chin and bellybutton. And it really makes one proud and glad to be an American. It reminds us all of what America has always been — a place a man or woman can come to for freedom.”

Hung and Thuan Tringh are brothers and friends of mine. They came to America on one of those leaky, overcrowded boats. They were attacked at sea by pirates. Their family’s wealth was stolen. Thuan spent a year on a South Pacific island existing on one cup of rice and water each day until he was allowed to come to America. Now both of these men and their families are proud Americans. Hung owns his own business and Thuan manages a large company. They are the American Dream.

So, Mr. President, don’t go telling the Tringh family: “You didn’t build that.”

When the president says, “You didn’t build that,” he is flat out wrong. Businessmen and women did build that. Businessmen and women did earn their success. Without the success of American business, we wouldn’t have any roads, or bridges, or schools.

Mr. President, you say the rich must pay their fair share. When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are those of the poor and middle class.

When you seek to punish Mr. Exxon Mobil, you punish the secretary who owns Exxon Mobil stock.

When you block the Keystone Pipeline, you punish the welder who works on the pipeline.

Our nation faces a crisis. America wavers. Unfortunately, we are one of a select group of countries whose debt equals their gross domestic product.

The republic of Washington and Jefferson is now in danger of becoming the democracy of debt and despair. Our great nation is coming apart at the seams and the president seems to point fingers and blame others.

President Obama’s administration will add nearly $6 trillion to our national debt in just one term.

This explosion of debt is unconscionable and unsustainable. Mr. President, we will not let you bankrupt this great nation!

Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent, and Democrats must admit that domestic welfare and entitlements must be reformed.

Republicans and Democrats must replace fear with confidence, confidence that no terrorist, and no country, will ever conquer us if we remain steadfast to the principles of our Founding documents.

We have nothing to fear except our own unwillingness to defend what is naturally ours, our God-given rights. We have nothing to fear that should cause us to forget or relinquish our rights as free men and women.

To thrive we must believe in ourselves again, and we must never — never — trade our liberty for any fleeting promise of security.

Author Paul Kengor writes of a brisk evening in small-town Illinois. Returning home from a basketball game at the YMCA, an 11 year old boy is stunned by the sight of his father sprawled out in the snow on the front porch. “He was drunk,” his son later remembered. “Dead to the world, crucified.” The dad’s hair was soaked with melted snow, matted unevenly against the side of his reddened face.

The boy stood over his father for a minute or two. He simply wanted to let himself in the door and pretend his dad wasn’t there. Instead, he grabbed a fistful of overcoat and heaved his dad to the bedroom, away from the weather’s harm and neighbors’ attention.

This young boy became the man – Ronald Reagan – whose sunny optimism and charisma shined so brightly that it cured the malaise of the late seventies, a confidence that beamed so broadly that it pulled us through a serious recession, and a faith that tugged so happily at all hearts that a generation of Democrats became Republicans.

The American Dream is that any among us could become the next Thomas Edison, the next Henry Ford, the next Ronald Reagan.

To lead us forward, away from the looming debt crisis, it will take someone who believes in America’s greatness, who believes in and can articulate the American dream, someone who has created jobs, someone who understands and appreciates what makes America great, someone who will lead our party and our nation forward.

I believe that someone is our nominee: Governor Mitt Romney.

As Reagan said, our freedom is never more than a generation away from extinction. If our freedom is taken, the American Dream will wither and die.

To lead, we must transform the coldness of austerity into the warm, vibrant embrace of prosperity.

To overcome the current crisis, we must appreciate and applaud American success. We must step forward, unabashedly and proclaim: You did build that. You earned that. You worked hard. You studied. You labored. You did build that. And you deserve America’s undying gratitude. For you, the individual, are the engine of America’s greatness.

Thank you.


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OPEN THREAD?

Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 8:52 PM

Yay…new thread. They should’ve save Rand for later.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I think Rand’s picture would look better if you tinted his face red.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

I think Rand’s picture would look better if you tinted his face red.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

That’s Erika’s job.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 8:55 PM

I’m beginning to think they are spiking the punch at Hot Air HQ tonight.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Rand’s speech was great. I wish he would have appeared later as well.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Yay…new thread. They should’ve save Rand for later.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 8:53 PM

No. They couldn’t do that. They probably noticed Paul supporters starting to complain because they weren’t being paid enough attention.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Rand is my fav. senator. Still don’t forget him complaining about low flow toilets.

earlgrey133 on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Also, I thought he gave a great speech, too.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

And GE Smith’s band is still really good.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

‘Hello America sailor! Hello Freedom man!’

Reagan told that great story in his Farewell Address.

INC on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

This speech should’ve been later on, right before the intro speaker for Ryan, but certainly after Bondi and Bozo. It was a home run.

TXUS on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

very nice :)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

I’m beginning to think they are spiking the punch at Hot Air HQ tonight.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 8:56 PM

I’ll volunteer for taste-testing duties.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

What the hell is Ed doing!?!!

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Probably the only Republican I’d ever vote for.

CoffeeMan on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

TXUS on August 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

agree

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

No open thread again tonight?

Fail.

JPeterman on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Rand Paul is a traitor, he betrayed his father… Who could possibly ever trust someone who stabbed their own father in the back?

SWalker on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Rand’s speech was a lot better than John Thune’s ode to Norway.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I thought he was good, but…a bit rambling. His speech seemed to be a bit all over the place, if FILLED with red meat through and through. I really thought the dedication to Ron Paul was thoughtful and quite well done, too.

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Ladies and gentlemen!!! Give it up for the always dynamic ROOOOOOOOOB PORTMAAAAAAAAAANNN!!!

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

portman on now…

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

No open thread again tonight?

Fail.

JPeterman on August 29, 2012 at 8:59 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

will msdnc cover condi’s speech?

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Why is my Senator Portman speaking after this Rand Paul? Portman has all the charisma of a 2×4.

OliverB on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Portman is more peppy than Thune.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Occupy Rand Paul thread!
No Open thread-No Peace!

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I don’t know, either.
Maybe several thousand comments AND several hundred posters on the same thread screws things up?

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Lol. What’d you think of his speech?

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Portman starting off good, I think. I loved his unapologetic “and yes…he made money!”

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

Whoaa, portman unleashed…he’s good…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM

No. They couldn’t do that. They probably noticed Paul supporters starting to complain because they weren’t being paid enough attention.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

sigh. apologized over there already. But no, they didn’t save him for later because the establishment only reluctantly let him even speak; they certainly don’t want to give him prime air time. He hinted earlier that he would have more to say on military spending (in a general discussion of wasteful spending over all). I think they edited his speech. It was still good, although you can hear the boos of the completely ungracious establishment crowd when he alludes to his father.

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

It was good. I like him better than you-know-who. *I know-low bar*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I don’t know, either.
Maybe several thousand comments AND several hundred posters on the same thread screws things up?

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Maybe. But it seemed to work OK for the debates.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Portman’s decidedly less sleep-inducing than Thune.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

LOL… Obama said his economic policies have worked…*sad shake of the head*…not in this universe!

Great line!! :D

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

When the Supreme Court upheld Obamacare, the first words out of my mouth were: I still think it is unconstitutional!

You think?

Of course it is. Pure madness. Roberts betrayed the United States.

CW on August 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

I blame Bush

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

Finally some attacks on Obama.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:04 PM

No. They couldn’t do that. They probably noticed Paul supporters starting to complain because they weren’t being paid enough attention.

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Plus their moms will be out in front to pick them up at 9:30.

Happy Nomad on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

i’m sorry but i’m disappointed in the crowd…not paying attention to portman…he had boo lines for dear leader…crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Let’s all just comandeer THIS as our ‘open thread’ and stay here together !!

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Portman: ‘where is the president’s economic plan?’. …

+ 100000

He’s ticking off all the boxes ….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Well, maybe HA can put up a main page article on Fox cancelling Palin, just to mix things up a little///

JPeterman on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

RedCrow on August 29, 2012 at 9:01 PM

I’m going with the traveling cocktail party feel, moving from thread to thread, group of posters to group of posters.

Its also a great way to leave any given group alone to chew things over on their own for awhile, and move on to something more interesting and better company. :)

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

i’m sorry but i’m disappointed in the crowd…not paying attention to portman…he had boo lines for dear leader…crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

He’s a great speaker, the crowd is awful….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Rand en el fuego!!

bazil9 on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

The convention will wake up when Allah opens up a thread!!!!

Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

How many cooks does it take to spoil the soup? The open thread is the last thread of the day. It usually doesn’t go up till about 6:00 PM PST. The RNC isn’t over at 9:00 PM EST. The threads will obviously continue going up until the last speaker speaks. This is after all a political blog.

SWalker on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Yeah, the crowd is upsetting me too. Portman is hitting on all cylinders right now. Tearing down Obama and putting up a VERY reasonable idea of Romney in his place as economic leader of the US. But they sound like they are starting to get a little more fired up now. :)

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

I’m going with the traveling cocktail party feel, moving from thread to thread, group of posters to group of posters.

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Is that like a progressive dinner? err..

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Rand Paul’s speech was even better considering he followed Mitch McConnell. McConnell’s speech was a cure for insomnia.

midgeorgian on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Pretty powerful stuff.

ButterflyDragon on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

i’m sorry but i’m disappointed in the crowd…not paying attention to portman…he had boo lines for dear leader…crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

He’s a great speaker, the crowd is awful….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Seriously, that’s the worst crowd I’ve seen at anything in quite some time. It’s like they don’t even know when to cheer or what the applause lines are. Then again, most of the early speakers have been lacking.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Let’s all just comandeer THIS as our ‘open thread’ and stay here together !!

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Perfect! Unless they open up an open thread, this is it! Even if they open up some new separate threads, I don’t care, this is the open thread!

Join us in Occupy Hot Air.

I am TXUS and I approved this message.

TXUS on August 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

a little bit :)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

*sigh*

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Seriously, what the heck are they there for…just to flaunt those big cow boy hats…portman’s speech is the best so far…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

LOL…that was great!!

No more years! No more years! No more years!

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

no more years, no more years

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

i’m sorry but i’m disappointed in the crowd…not paying attention to portman…he had boo lines for dear leader…crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I wondered about that. Then I decided that it’s probably just the broadcasters turning down the volume on the crowd microphones. Then next week they’ll turn them up for the Convention of Haters and Propagandists.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

i’m sorry but i’m disappointed in the crowd…not paying attention to portman…he had boo lines for dear leader…crickets

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:05 PM

He’s a great speaker, the crowd is awful….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Seriously, that’s the worst crowd I’ve seen at anything in quite some time. It’s like they don’t even know when to cheer or what the applause lines are. Then again, most of the early speakers have been lacking.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

It’s as if if the suffer from ADD or something….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

They suffer from…

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Woo-Hoo.

“No more years.”

Bumper sticker worthy.

GrannyDee on August 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Seriously, does anyone know how these conventions typically run… do they usually have empty seats / apathetic crowds like this before the vp / prez candidates? I just watched Palin ’08 linked from another thread and couldn’t stop watching till it was over, the crowd was electric.

Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:08 PM

agree

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Good stuff, too bad the good doctor himself couldn’t follow up instead of that weak chinned sumbish McConnell.

abobo on August 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Portman is really hitting it strong, I think. This is a great, fired up speech. :)

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:07 PM

SHHH! ( We’re not going to call it that anymore… we’ll just call it a ‘roving cocktail party) wink…wink.. :)

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Then next week they’ll turn them up for the Convention of Haters and Propagandists.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

you betcha

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

I wondered about that. Then I decided that it’s probably just the broadcasters turning down the volume on the crowd microphones. Then next week they’ll turn them up for the Convention of Haters and Propagandists.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:09 PM

I noticed that they seem to be doing close-ups on people talking, empty spaces or people with vacant looks during the speeches. Anyone else noticing that? Meanwhile at the Dem Convention, I’m sure the media will only show rapt faces and cheering, engaged crowds.

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

that chick in the mitt baseball cap has been shown quite a bit…is she someone’s girlfriend from fox?

:)

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

“bring back the dream” Wasn’t that Teddy’s line?

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Good speech by Portman.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Who selected these delegates? Are they deaf? Do they KNOW they’re delegates?

thatsafactjack on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Seriously, does anyone know how these conventions typically run… do they usually have empty seats / apathetic crowds like this before the vp / prez candidates? I just watched Palin ’08 linked from another thread and couldn’t stop watching till it was over, the crowd was electric.

Braveheart on August 29, 2012 at 9:10 PM

There are usually some empty seats, but the crowd is usually much more into it.

changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

I gotta say. I’m awfully disappointed in Hot Air for refusing to have an open thread up. I would love to know what their rationale is. They’re usually very good about these things.

GOPRanknFile on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

The lesson of the luxury tax on items like yachts is lost on much of America.

CW on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Still think Rand Paul was better than Portman or Thune.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Chris christie on hannity’s….

jimver on August 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Dynamite stuff, Rand!

I defy any Paulestinian to tell me that wasn’t worth it.

JohnGalt23 on August 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

But Ohio is a swing state, so they are pouring on the Buckeye in primetime.

Philly on August 29, 2012 at 9:13 PM

There live feed anywhere?

mrscullen on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I noticed that they seem to be doing close-ups on people talking, empty spaces or people with vacant looks during the speeches. Anyone else noticing that?

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Yep.

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Firefly_76 on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

ding ding ding

they wouldn’t dare showing someone on their phone or empty seats

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

MSNBC to completely ignore Luis Fortuño’s speech in cinco…cuatro…tres…

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I liked Paul…but to me, Portman stayed more on point and kept his speech more directed.

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I liked Rand’s speech alot.
Portman was really good, too.

NO MORE YEARS !!

pambi on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Hey, if you’re bored, Dr Ruth is talking about orgasms on CNN/HLN.

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

Ugh. John McCain was gawd-awful. Thanks Mac, but we don’t need your neocon blood-n-guts schitck.

Highlar on August 29, 2012 at 9:11 PM

He was excellent. So glad to have him purge the bad memory of McCain’s turgid affront to sensibility.

MJBrutus on August 29, 2012 at 9:14 PM

jaime on August 29, 2012 at 9:12 PM

yup

cmsinaz on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I think Rand Paul gave the best speech of the convention so far. He should have been saved for a better time slot.

ModerateMan on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Had to take the cat for a drag. That Steve Cohen is cute. Why couldn’t I find cute, Jewish republicans when I was single….and still Jewish.
*sigh*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

TPaw is going to rock the house soon ….zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

faraway on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

When did Portman put on the that weight to be like Christie?

bayview on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Seriously…what is the reasoning behind NOT having one? Just bizarre.
changer1701 on August 29, 2012 at 9:00 PM

HA to-do list for Thursday:
1) Put up a general, coverall convention open-thread about an hour before the first speaker is scheduled.

2) Link to the GOP’s live stream at YouTube. Or embed it in a separate view-only post so the stream won’t break up when the page is re-loaded to view latest comments.

3} Keep the open post at page top.

whatcat on August 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I FIGURED IT OUT!!!! OMG!!

The Secret Secret Guest Speaker is actually not Clint Eastwood.
It’s the CEO of “Chick-Fil-A.”

Or perhaps its Edward Scissor Hands?

Varchild on August 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

MSNBC interviewing Jan Brewer instead of showing Luis Fortuño’s speech. Unexpected.

steebo77 on August 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

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