Open thread: Mitt’s big moment

posted at 9:01 pm on August 30, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

This is it, folks — the main event. Here are the available excerpts from Romney’s prepared remarks for the evening, and I’ll embed the livestream again below in case you want to watch the whole thing go down here. I’ll update with my immediate thoughts and the crowd’s reaction here from Tampa when it’s all over — I’m pumped. Who’s pumped?

Four years ago, I know that many Americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. That president was not the choice of our party but Americans always come together after elections. We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.

When that hard fought election was over, when the yard signs came down and the television commercials finally came off the air, Americans were eager to go back to work, to live our lives the way Americans always have – optimistic and positive and confident in the future.

That very optimism is uniquely American.

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

***

Every family in America wanted this to be a time when they could get ahead a little more, put aside a little more for college, do more for their elderly mom who’s living alone now or give a little more to their church or charity.

Every small business wanted these to be their best years ever, when they could hire more, do more for those who had stuck with them through the hard times, open a new store or sponsor that Little League team.

Every new college graduate thought they’d have a good job by now, a place of their own, and that they could start paying back some of their loans and build for the future.

This is when our nation was supposed to start paying down the national debt and rolling back those massive deficits.

This was the hope and change America voted for.

***

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn’t something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we CAN do something. With your help we will do something.

Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, “I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”

So here we stand. Americans have a choice. A decision.

To make that choice, you need to know more about me and about where I will lead our country.

***

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all – the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would BE, and much less about what we would DO.

Unconditional love is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren.  All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers. If every child could drift to sleep feeling wrapped in the love of their family – and God’s love– this world would be a far more gentle and better place.

***

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

As Governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman Lt. Governor, a woman chief of staff, half of my cabinet and senior officials were women, and in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

***

Like a lot of families in a new place with no family, we found kinship with a wide circle of friends through our church. When we were new to the community it was welcoming and as the years went by, it was a joy to help others who had just moved to town or just joined our church. We had remarkably vibrant and diverse congregations of all walks of life and many who were new to America. We prayed together, our kids played together and we always stood ready to help each other out in different ways.

And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.

***

When I was 37, I helped start a small company. My partners and I had been working for a company that was in the business of helping other businesses.

So some of us had this idea that if we really believed our advice was helping companies, we should invest in companies. We should bet on ourselves and on our advice.

***

That business we started with 10 people has now grown into a great American success story. Some of the companies we helped start are names you know.  An office supply company called Staples – where I’m pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised. At a time when nobody thought we’d ever see a new steel mill built in America, we took a chance and built one in a corn field in Indiana. Today Steel Dynamics is one of the largest steel producers in the United States.

***

But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and Change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question:  If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had, was the day you voted for him.

***

Today the time has come for us to put the disappointments of the last four years behind us.

To put aside the divisiveness and the recriminations.

To forget about what might have been and to look ahead to what can be.

Now is the time to restore the Promise of America. Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

What is needed in our country today is not complicated or profound. It doesn’t take a special government commission to tell us what America needs.

What America needs is jobs.

Lots of jobs.

***

To the majority of Americans who now believe that the future will not be better than the past, I can guarantee you this: if Barack Obama is re-elected, you will be right.

I am running for president to help create a better future. A future where everyone who wants a job can find one. Where no senior fears for the security of their retirement. An America where every parent knows that their child will get an education that leads them to a good job and a bright horizon.

And unlike the president, I have a plan to create 12 million new jobs. It has 5 steps.

First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables.

Second, we will give our fellow citizens the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow. When it comes to the school your child will attend, every parent should have a choice, and every child should have a chance.

Third, we will make trade work for America by forging new trade agreements. And when nations cheat in trade, there will be unmistakable consequences.

Fourth, to assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments in America will not vanish as have those in Greece, we will cut the deficit and put America on track to a balanced budget.

And fifth, we will champion SMALL businesses, America’s engine of job growth. That means reducing taxes on business, not raising them. It means simplifying and modernizing the regulations that hurt small business the most. And it means that we must rein in the skyrocketing cost of healthcare by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

***

President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

***

We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman, and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

***

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

Update: The balloons are still falling in here and everybody’s celebrating, and despite a few moments of one or two unruly protesters being disruptive toward the beginning of the speech, the crowd of course went bananas for Mitt.

I know the liberal narrative about Mitt Romney is supposed to be that he’s stiff, he’s unapproachable, he’s out of touch, he’s robotic, he’s unfeeling, blah blah blah. Sorry to disappoint you, leftists — but Mitt Romney is a straight-up likeable dude. And not only is he likeable, he is a truly good man. There were countless testimonies tonight about Mitt Romney’s longstanding history of integrity, character, charity, and kindness. His speech included plenty of biography that demonstrated his down-to-earth personality, and I thought it was great.

But to me, that wasn’t even the most important aspect of Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. I don’t need a ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’ president — and I’m pretty sure most Americans are over that. Above all, Mitt Romney just gets it. He understands business and economics in a way that Barack Obama will never know, and what America needs right now is a turnaround artist. Romney can do it. I know the pundits and the fact-checkers will shortly be getting into the minutiae of his speech, praising this and criticizing that, but everything I love about freedom and free enterprise was on display this evening. Mitt Romney has a vision for America that starkly contrasts with the self-imposed hot mess we’re putting up with now, ’nuff said. Johnsen, out.


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Wow, just wow. Mitt hit a home run. It was an out of the park, grand-slam home run.

I know the democrats will diss the speech and pick it apart and say it lacked this and he was off on that, but THEY ARE SCARED! They have seen a side of Mitt Romney that they know will sway the fence sitters.

THE DEMOCRATS ARE SCARED SPITLESS AND THE DESPARATION WILL CAUSE THEIR SELF-DESTRUCTION.

DuctTapeMyBrain on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM

I’m hearing Rubio’s line from last night: “These are ideas that people come to America to get away from.”

That was an incredible line.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Yes and so true.

I was out last night and missed everything-will be catching the speeches later.
I have mixed feeling’s on Rubio at times but he is exactly right on there.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:26 AM

PappyD61 on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

I heard Newt say it. But it doesn’t matter because Obama wants us on wind and solar, because they do more to cripple our racist, cracker country.

Mitt needs to get Newt out on the trail making that case.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 7:27 AM

it sounds like morning joe is trying to be debbie downer on mitt’s night…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

Aren’t they always a downer cms? How do you watch that every morning? :)

Your faves of last night? Apparently I need to start with Clint.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I’m hearing Rubio’s line from last night: “These are ideas that people come to America to get away from.”

That was an incredible line.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 7:05 AM

Yup, it’s a knock out punch. I’m hoping Mitt picks it up and runs with it.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Well Dirty Harry unloaded all 6 shots on the punk last night. And the punk is not feeling lucky today.

bgibbs1000 on August 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

Mornin’ gang. Anyone else watching the US U-20 women v NK?

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:37 AM

it sounds like morning joe is trying to be debbie downer on mitt’s night…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

How do you watch that every morning? :)

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

Lol, he’s strong. He watches it so that we don’t have to. :)

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:38 AM

Goooooooooaaaaal!!!!

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:40 AM

Dibernardo with a beautiful strike. USA 1, NorK 0

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:41 AM

Lol, he’s strong. He watches it so that we don’t have to. :)

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:38 AM

She is..Pete. :)
I wake up and read..while ingesting my caffeine-no hacks on the tube.
She has her limits though..no DNC for her. Me neither.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:38 AM

I just don’t want to start my day with and earful of those clowns.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

Morn’n Nova. What event is this?

Whatever it is..US keep striking! :)

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

clint, marco and mitt…i thought the two families who spoke for Mitt were fantastic and especially loved the athletes…ERUZIONE!!!!

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

US Women’s U-20 (under age 20) World Cup. They are playing a very strong (and favored) North Korean team in the quarterfinals. ESPNU

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:38 AM
bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

:)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

I played some club ball with one player’s father, Angelo DiBernardo. He played for IU, the US Nationals, and the old Cosmos.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:36 AM

clint, marco and mitt…i thought the two families who spoke for Mitt were fantastic and especially loved the athletes…ERUZIONE!!!!

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Cool..I shall be checking it all out later. I went to a movie last night and missed the live coverage. I see rave reviews..glad.

Have a great weekend girl.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

you too buddy :)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:50 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Thanks, bazil. I should have guessed it. Seems most of the best commenters here are of the female persuasion.

Pls ‘scuse me, cmsinaz.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

I’m with you on that. It puts me in a really foul mood to hear that stuff, and I hate to start the day in a bad mood.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:43 AM

US Women’s U-20 (under age 20) World Cup. They are playing a very strong (and favored) North Korean team in the quarterfinals. ESPNU

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:47 AM

A Ha..as you can see-I am so up on sporting events. :)

I hope we beat them silly…considering it N Kor..extra special slamming would be sweet.
I get tooo excited..my tv was in danger several times during the Olympics..think the cats are deaf now also.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:55 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Thanks, bazil. I should have guessed it. Seems most of the best commenters here are of the female persuasion.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 AM

LOL-I’d have to agree with you Pete. ;) But I am biased.

Have a good one bro.

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:56 AM

bazil9 on August 31, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Considering what may be in store for the NorKs if they lose, I hope they lose, but keep it close.

One thing that sticks out is the excellent officiating. Way better than in the regular World Cup, which is notorious for incompetent officiating. They should use these female officials.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:59 AM

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 7:51 AM

no worries…do you still have that famous image of dear leader with his buddy the fly?

that one never gets old
:)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded of why four more years of Obama spells the end of America as we know it…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Goal for NorK. 1-1

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 8:03 AM

do you still have that famous image of dear leader with his buddy the fly?

:)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Yep.

But I use it less often nowadays because it tends to freeze up my computer.

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

OOTD is up.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 8:05 AM

thanks

:)

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 8:08 AM

LOL. What would Moaning Schmoe be without Schmoe saying HIS campaign for Congress was more well-planned, strategically brilliant, and thought out than Romney’s run for President? Oh, Schmoe, no other politician was ever as wondrous as you. It’s why you ended up on TV.

Marcus on August 31, 2012 at 8:17 AM

http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

That’s putting it plainly. Good article!

petefrt on August 31, 2012 at 8:20 AM

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded of why four more years of Obama spells the end of America as we know it…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Agree-simply the best must read of the election cycle. It should be a Utube type ad for the illiterate and non-interested folks who will nonetheless pull the lever for the Marxist in chief.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded of why four more years of Obama spells the end of America as we know it…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Agree-simply the best must read of the election cycle. It should be a Utube type ad for the illiterate and non-interested folks who will nonetheless pull the lever for the Marxist in chief.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The reason I think it’s the best…is because it doesn’t stop at Obama who’s just the puppet de jour for the leftist movement to destroy America. It plasters and exposes the entire left for the anti-freedom evil that it is.

Don L on August 31, 2012 at 8:30 AM

US scores on a header by Obogagu. 2-1, USA.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 8:40 AM

I sent the link to Tips. I hope that HotAir posts it for wider viewing. The points the piece makes are critical.

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:41 AM

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:41 AM

That is a great link. I hope they use it.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded of why four more years of Obama spells the end of America as we know it…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

That is truly a frightening read, but even if barack should win, and I do not think he will, the American people are not going to go down that path quietly. Their dream of a marxist state will require the cooperation of the United States military to put down the rebellion. I don’t think they’re going to have that cooperation.

Rational Thought on August 31, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Final in OT: USA 2-NorK 1.

On to the semis.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I played some club ball with one player’s father, Angelo DiBernardo. He played for IU, the US Nationals, and the old Cosmos.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 7:49 AM

IU. Didn’t they used to play basketball there?

swinia sutki on August 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan: We have strong leaders with integrity here who will turn America around.I believe Romney has the gifts, talents and abilities with Ryan’s help to be a truly trans-formative and great president in the same league as Reagan. May God bless them and the USA.

3dpuzzman on August 31, 2012 at 9:28 AM

DO YOU WANT TO GO TO CHARLOTTE AND BE THERE IN PERSON FOR THE PRESIDENTS”S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH?

In Atlanta: Manuel’s Tavern, 602 N Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

In Macon: Bibb County Democratic Party, 835 Forsyth St. Suite A, Macon GA 31201

Here’s the rules:

Everyone who is at Manuel’s Tavern or the Bibb County Democratic Party by noon is eligible for two tickets. Arrive early if you want, but it won’t give you a better chance to win. Just be there by 12 noon!

If less than 50 people arrive, everyone will get a pair! If more than 50 folks arrive, we will do a random drawing to determine our winners.

There is no cost involved. We’re not selling the tickets, we’re giving them away.

heh. DNC is trolling for drunks to go to Big O’s speech.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

swinia sutki on August 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Yeah, used to play BBall, and had the best collegiate soccer program too. Then the scumbag Myles Brand decided Bobby Knight wasn’t good enough. So we wound up with a nice guy who wasn’t a very good coach, followed by a corrupt cheater. Brand went on to lead the witch hunt against team mascots at the NCAA.

BBall program is back on track.

novaculus on August 31, 2012 at 9:40 AM

heh. DNC is trolling for drunks to go to Big O’s speech.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Hilarious! I know they’ve been worried for some time now about filling that stadium.

Rational Thought on August 31, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Just in case anyone needs to be reminded of why four more years of Obama spells the end of America as we know it…
http://spectator.org/archives/2012/08/31/election-2012-america-will-nev

onlineanalyst on August 31, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Thanks for posting. I have passed it along to as many as I can. It is a must read!

texgal on August 31, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I didn’t think it was bad first time around, but I agree it seemed better in the replay. Now here’s the kicker: starting in about four and a half hours, everybody in the MSM is going to be talking about how “odd” Eastwood was at the RNC, and playing it for proof. Then when the eight o’clock hour comes up and they repeat everything, it will be played again as part of the convention clips. On MSNBC the trolls will join in and play the clip again to mock or concern troll about dementia. People will go to work, where it’s being discussed, at lunchtime somebody will bring it up on Youtube for the guy who somehow missed it. Others will go home and give it another look after a full day of it being among the talking points.

Repeat performances of that. Obama continually being mocked in absentia (or invisibility) the way Zero’s lefties on the late night shows have refused to do for years, by a man whose boots those idiots aren’t fit to shine.

As I’ve said before, every bit of it, right down to the stammering was Bob Newhart style. Many people might not be that familiar with Newhart’s comedy anymore, but to be blunt the man is a legend. So is Eastwood. And if the whole thing tricks the thin-skinned fools in the Obama administration into attacking a legend for a bit that people are mostly okay with, even better.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

You and I are thinking along the same lines.

Clint used the kung-fu method of using one’s opponent’s own motion as leverage to throw him on the ground.

As you say, the water-cooler talk will be about Eastwood. Those offended by/mocking him – the media – the jerks like Ebert – Twitter badgers – will step right into the trap. Those not sure about Romney, etc., but who think of Clint as a hero, will go to YouTube to see for themselves. Amid all the “stammering,” (definitely a ploy by Clint), they will take away one line delivered straight: “When somebody doesn’t do the job, you gotta let `em go,”

It’s going to leave a mark. It’s going to tip undecided voters.

Viewing it again, what threw me at first was that I didn’t realize he was talking to a chair. Once you view it again, the stammering becomes part of the act, instead of senility. Eastwood was gently talking to 0bama as if he were truly there, trying not to offend him – hence the stammering…. Gives the impression of someone trying to tell an unpleasant truth to a friend.

Again, I think that it was as powerful as Ryan’s speech, in a very different way. I predict that when we look back, Clint Eastwood’s speech may well be remembered as an inflection point that started a landslide.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Re: Romney’s speech, I think the best part was near the end. I can’t remember the specific wording, but he looked straight into the camera and swore to use all his energy and skill to repair the country. I belived him. It was very believable, and came across as a solemn oath. To me, it was the most direct part of the speech. It carried the same heft as Bush 41′s “no new taxes” pledge at the ’88 convention (though we know how that turned out).

People forget that Bush’s pledge helped show his firmness, which was in question. And this also explains why his breaking it cost him the ’92 election. Looking back, I sometimes, in forgetfulness, have wondered why America seized upon this one broken promise by Bush as a reason to eject him. Viewing it again, it’s obvious that Bush made an OATH that reached people. Breaking it cost him his presidency.

Last night, Romney swore an oath to work his butt off (and it reminded me of the contrast to 0bama on the golf links). Romney was wise not to make his oath as specific as Bush’s – but the sincerity leapt right through the screen. it made me believe him. I’m hoping that the same sincerity got through to the undecideds.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

To clarify, I believe that Bush 41 was rejected for two reasons that worked in tandem:

On the domestic side, breaking his tax pledge.
On the foreign affairs side, leaving Saddam in power, after he sent the military to Iraq in the first large-scale use of American power since Vietnam. I think a lot more people than myself had a gut feeling that leaving the job unfinished was going to come back and bite us, and it left us questioning Bush’s backbone.

I still remember with perfect clarity being in the basement of my college newspaper, watching Bush’s declaration that the was was over. While most of my collegaues cheered, I shook my head and said to another, “this isn’t over. This is a huge mistake. We didn’t win. We’re going to have to go back over there.”

I wonder if that fellow remembered that when Bush 43 had to go back in. Bet he did.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

heh. DNC is trolling for drunks to go to Big O’s speech.

ted c on August 31, 2012 at 9:36 AM

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Reminds me of a famous quote from a famous Democrat campaign adviser.
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“Drag a hundred-dollar bill Democrat National Convention ticket through a trailer park local bar, you never know what you’ll find.”

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM

#2449: Go …

ShainS on August 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

#2450: Mitt!

ShainS on August 31, 2012 at 11:07 AM

To clarify, I believe that Bush 41 was rejected for two reasons that worked in tandem:

On the domestic side, breaking his tax pledge.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“It’s the economy stupid.” killed Bush first & foremost. That message delivered by a charismatic messenger (Clinton) with full media message control & assistance. Breaking the tax pledge played right into that. Bush was played as an out-of-touch elisting, Kennebunkport vacationing fop. While Clinton & Gore were played as conservative Southerners with a social conscience.

Bush was out of touch (scanner “incident”), a bumbler, and his pardons of the Iran-Contra players negated his Gulf War 1 record. Then there was Democrats beating Clarence Thomas like a rental car to further distract from Bush and imply poor judgement by nominating a sexual predator to the SC. Clinton cold not lose under these conditions. And then there was the Perot sideshow.

roy_batty on August 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

To clarify, I believe that Bush 41 was rejected for two reasons that worked in tandem:

On the domestic side, breaking his tax pledge.

cane_loader on August 31, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“It’s the economy stupid.” killed Bush first & foremost…

Bush was out of touch (scanner “incident”), a bumbler, and his pardons of the Iran-Contra players negated his Gulf War 1 record. Then there was Democrats beating Clarence Thomas like a rental car to further distract from Bush and imply poor judgement by nominating a sexual predator to the SC. Clinton cold not lose under these conditions. And then there was the Perot sideshow.

roy_batty on August 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yet for all that, the most popular Democrat president since JFK never won election by more than a plurality. Obama winning with a majority is the aberration.

de rigueur on August 31, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Ericka said:

But to me, that wasn’t even the most important aspect of Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. I don’t need a ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’ president — and I’m pretty sure most Americans are over that. Above all, Mitt Romney just gets it. He understands business and economics in a way that Barack Obama will never know, and what America needs right now is a turnaround artist.

1. In election, you need cool and exciting.
2. As elected and governing President, you need economics and business.

What did the writer do? To justify the low number of viewers compared to past conventions, Ericka mixed up the two different items above.

Conclusion:

Spinning failed*! It was a flop compared to the last 4 conventions. Oh my bad! Sorry. Maybe that’s the strategy: get away from tea party supporters … i.e., ordinary Americans.

Sure winnah!

TheAlamos on September 1, 2012 at 7:26 AM

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