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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jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Thnks for the info!..I sand corrected..:)

PS..Apologies to the Ronulans..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:41 AM

‘nite all.

Been an interesting evening, in all.

listens2glenn on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 AM

lol Dire Straits :) Its okay…they really have been flipping out all over the place today…here…Facebook…other blogs I’ve seen comments on…

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:43 AM

Rumor is that it was a Ronulan..Has not been verified..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 AM

Funny. I heard earlier it was … Rachel Maddow.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:43 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 AM

I’ve been here mostly just observing. I may crash in a bit if someone doesn’t show. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Good Night listens2glenn, Sleep Well.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 AM
Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 AM
bluefox on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 AM

Thanks guys! Hope I can get them on my iPhone 4g, it’s all I have right now. no cable, no Internet, no phone.
Cindy, Time Warner did say they would credit for outtage, but that doesn’t make up for missing the live speeches on the big screen.

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Hmm. Waiting on an appointment? I’m a very reliable second in such circumstance. Ten paces?

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Who are you witing on??..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

Alana on August 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Gravity

Because sometimes, no matter how much we want to fly, we just get tangled up in… gravity.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Who are you waiting on??..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Fixed!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

Alana on August 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Yeah, from what I hear that’s what he did.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Hmm. Waiting on an appointment? I’m a very reliable second in such circumstance. Ten paces?

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:47 AM

Lol! No I can’t picture you and I in conflict. We both tend to enjoy. I can’t imagine myself saying anything unseemly to you. it’s not my nature. I suspect it may not be yours either.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:51 AM

We all need to learn how..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-responds-to-eastwood-this-seats-taken

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

….with regard to Obama & Clinton.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Hmmm, so that is why he likes her under him as SoS? To one up Bill?

Intriguing.

socalcon on August 31, 2012 at 1:57 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Who are you waiting on??..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

If it is who I think it is, he’ll be waiting a long time.

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-responds-to-eastwood-this-seats-taken

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Bitter clinger (to the chair that is :)….chavez is proud :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:53 AM

LOL! I’m relieved to hear that!

However, I was offering to stand as your official second, in any potential duel in which you might engage. Watching your back, and instantly shooting the miscreant dead should he attempt to cheat in any way.

Its tradition for one who engages in a duel to bring their friends, that would, in this case, be Dire and me, to stand as ‘seconds’ and make sure everything is above board as the two contestants fight it out. :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 AM

Who are you waiting on??..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 AM

Fixed!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:52 AM

Well normally it might be you. You are my friend. Always seems appropriate to cue this up when I’m waiting on you. ; )
I’m not waiting on a friend however.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Watching the re-run of speeches on FOX…

*clinky!*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

http://www.buzzfeed.com/chrisgeidner/obama-responds-to-eastwood-this-seats-taken

crosspatch on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Thinned skin hahahaha

Conservative4ev on August 31, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 1:54 AM

That’s so cool that you caught that! Excellent tune, too! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:01 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

Nic tune!..:)

PS..Let it go!!..It is only a message board!..Remember it is TGIF!!..:

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

If it is who I think it is, he’ll be waiting a long time.

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Lol! No, I knew about the good Dr’s fate. Well deserved. Now don’t everyone get mad at me for being glad to see him gone. He won’t be missed one bit. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Too cool! Justice served. :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 AM

Fricasseed squirrel.

Fried squirrel.

Squirrel stew.

You don’t get any of those without hunting squirrels.

Solaratov on August 31, 2012 at 1:24 AM

My uncle is a squirrel farmer. He raises squirrels and sells them to people who want to have fried squirrel. No hunting necessary.

Ok, I just made that up. It’s my Aunt who is the squirrel farmer. My Uncle raises CatFish for their whiskers.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

If it is who I think it is, he’ll be waiting a long time.

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

T got the ax?
Was it the stuff he was going on and on with ALT about?

(Also, isn’t it a little strange to go crying to MKH?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Wow..That is good news!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Wait . . . Obama actually tweeted “this chair is taken” in response to Clint’s skit?

This is true?

Alana on August 31, 2012 at 1:50 AM

Or whoever is in charge of the Twitter feed did. Not sure they’d leave that in Obama’s hand given his history of bad responses.

Then again, this one is boneheaded enough that it just might have come from him.

Betenoire on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

If it is who I think it is, he’ll be waiting a long time.

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 AM

Lol! No, I knew about the good Dr’s fate. Well deserved. Now don’t everyone get mad at me for being glad to see him gone. He won’t be missed one bit. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

dr Tesla is no more?

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

PS..Let it go!!..It is only a message board!..Remember it is TGIF!!..:

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:02 AM

That’s right it is. Yay! Excellent point as usual Dire. You always know how to cheer me up. : ) Happy TGIF!

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Interesting!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Susanboo on August 31, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Watch the Eastwood appearance twice. I can’t explain it but it’s so much better the second time.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Good evening, RedCrow. Nice to see you.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

JP or the bread ball?

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

(Also, isn’t it a little strange to go crying to MKH?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Not really. Hitting up one of the HA brass on Twitter seems like a reasonable response (and Allah is barely using his anymore for anything other than Pittsburgh Pirate re-tweets like the Mets dropped off the face of the Earth).

Though if banned I would wonder why an E-mail with a reason wouldn’t have been sent explaining things (when I’ve been dinged on other forums they have been very specific as to why).

Betenoire on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Was it the stuff he was going on and on with ALT about?

(Also, isn’t it a little strange to go crying to MKH?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

That’s what I’m assuming since he hasn’t been seen here since to my knowledge.

It is strange that he didn’t appeal to Ed, isn’t it? LOL

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Good evening, RedCrow. Nice to see you.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

You too.

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:04 AM

Hello, Dire. That’s all Flora–I don’t tweet. (Toot once in a while.)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

(Also, isn’t it a little strange to go crying to MKH?)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:03 AM

It IS the Dr. that we’re talking about. Strange is the modis operandi.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

A good, earnest, workmanlike speech, appropriately unencumbered with pretentions of Olympian rhetoric. Firm but gracious, humble but determined. More the work of a serious administrator than a would-be Statesman…and so just the sort of statesmanship for these uncertain times. Quietly inspiring for its aura of unassuming competence.

Well-done, Mittens, well-done.

Noocyte on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 1:59 AM

JP or the bread ball?

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Neither, matter of fact now that so many friends are here I don’t have need to wait for anything. Happy TGIF! What are we listening to? ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Some folks did not get/like it!..I personally thought the talk with the “empty” chair was brilliant!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Stop Loving You

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Though if banned I would wonder why an E-mail with a reason wouldn’t have been sent explaining things (when I’ve been dinged on other forums they have been very specific as to why).

Betenoire on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 AM

Meh. If you say so. Still, I’d probably email Ed (maybe AP) if I had some sort of plea to make. Better still–don’t say horrible violent things toward other posters, and if you do and they tell you to stop–Stop.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

Hello, Dire. That’s all Flora–I don’t tweet. (Toot once in a while.)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

lolz..Good evening!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:10 AM

It is strange that he didn’t appeal to Ed, isn’t it? LOL

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

He was smart enough not to bother Allah. Lol! Flora, did you enjoy the Convention this evening?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:11 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

It was brilliant. The perfect vehicle to be able to point out the Obama has been an absentee leader and is just as stupid as Biden… who Eastwood called ‘the intellectual of the party’. Fabulous.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Some folks did not get/like it!..I personally thought the talk with the “empty” chair was brilliant!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

That’s coz it was…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Good night all…

… see you tomorrow!

:)

*clink*

Seven Percent Solution on August 31, 2012 at 2:13 AM

It is strange that he didn’t appeal to Ed, isn’t it? LOL

Flora Duh on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

He was smart enough not to bother Allah. Lol! Flora, did you enjoy the Convention this evening?

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:11 AM

What did he do this time?

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Boom, boom boom boom!

=========================NO LINK REQUIRED

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

Neither, matter of fact now that so many friends are here I don’t have need to wait for anything. Happy TGIF! What are we listening to? ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

B52′s.

But they are not as cool as my B9. Lol

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Lol. True.

Well-done, Mittens, well-done.

Noocyte on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Good summary. My hope now is that he can stay cool and “likeable” during the debates. Romney has at times, IMO, appeared as a smug, irritable guy.

I know–look at Odumbo. But, Odumbo has the media on his side. We don’t.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

So someone chewed the pooch like Barry and got banned.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:15 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Reminded me of this!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Time Makes Two

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Good Night 7%, Sleep Well. *clink!*

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

A good, earnest, workmanlike speech, appropriately unencumbered with pretentions of Olympian rhetoric. Firm but gracious, humble but determined. More the work of a serious administrator than a would-be Statesman…and so just the sort of statesmanship for these uncertain times. Quietly inspiring for its aura of unassuming competence.

Well-done, Mittens, well-done.

Noocyte on August 31, 2012 at 2:08 AM

Just watched it for the 2nd time. And yes, I do agree. Most appropriate for getting through to those undecided/lapsed Obama voters from 2008. Show them you are saddened by where Obama has brought us…but that you are serious about turning the tide and getting the job done…and you have the experience to do it.

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Because I am a nerd and Doctor Who Season 7 starts Saturday night

Next Stop Everywhere

Betenoire on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

That’s coz it was…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:12 AM

Agreed!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

I don’t get the whole chair thing. Barry is more like a stool.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

I liked that Mitt actually stated that Odumbo’s never had a real job. I was surprised that he did.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

I hadn’t heard that in a long time. Cool. Thanks.:)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

But they are not as cool as my B9. Lol

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:14 AM

B9 is the best. Plus a good T-shirt line coming out soon. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

I don’t get the whole chair thing. Barry is more like a stool.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

This is seriously racist :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

I liked that Mitt actually stated that Odumbo’s never had a real job. I was surprised that he did.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

I know…and on his total lack of experience when he took the office of the Presidency. Romney hit him good several times tonight…but never in a “mean” way.

I don’t get the whole chair thing. Barry is more like a stool.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

This is seriously racist :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Really? I always thought he was more of a tool. :P

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

I don’t get the whole chair thing. Barry is more like a stool.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

Lol.
I thought it was pretty good. Not sure how many got the parts where the “imaginary king” told Romney (and later Clint) to go F themselves.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Lol.
I thought it was pretty good. Not sure how many got the parts where the “imaginary king” told Romney (and later Clint) to go F themselves.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Oh, I think it was REALLY obvious. lol… And hilarious, the way Clint played it up. Had the audience rolling, he did. :)

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

I liked that Mitt actually stated that Odumbo’s never had a real job. I was surprised that he did.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Did he put it like that?? Can’t quite remember it exactly…or was it more like he was inexperienced or something…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

All baloney aside, Mitt Romney delivered the speech he needed to deliver tonight, and exceeded (most) everyone’s expectations in the meantime.

Come on HotAir, let’s do this thing. I’m not a Mittbot by a LOOONG stretch, but when you compare the alternative, it’s a clear-cut choice between our future and our puffed-up political correctness.

Why will no one say that Barry O. is a failure? HE IS A FAILURE IN THIS JOB.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Time Makes Two

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Been a while. Need to put Cray back in my rotation.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Over The Rainbow

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

RedRaven on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris are Republicans. And so is God. Lol

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Well, has it happened, yet, as I predicted earlier?
Is the LSM calling him senile, yet?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Yes. He’s very good. I also really like “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris are Republicans. And so is God. Lol

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

So that means we’ve got the guns…and the fists…and the Power…the libs better watch out! :D

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Clint Eastwood and Chuck Norris are Republicans. And so is God. Lol

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

Yep. But who told whom to be republican? That’s the question.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Have your night.

Mitt will lose. I predict he sees no bounce.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:24 AM

+ 100..Hear!..Hear!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

From what I understand, there has already been a bit of a bounce, and that was from only Ryan’s speech! After tonight’s array of talented speakers, I think it will get bigger. :D

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Did he put it like that?? Can’t quite remember it exactly…or was it more like he was inexperienced or something…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:23 AM

I know he said inexperienced. I thought he said it the way I wrote it.
Maybe I was daydreaming what I hoped he’d say. :)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

I don’t get the whole chair thing. Barry is more like a stool.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:17 AM

This is seriously racist :)…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Really? I always thought he was more of a tool. :P

Highlar on August 31, 2012 at 2:21 AM

Tool is ok, am not getting the vibe that it’s racist (we should ask pmsnbc though, to make sure)…. Stool on the other hand…dunno, polysemantic word, and the one that comes to mind is….brown/dark…so, yeah, definitely racist!!!

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:28 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 AM

It is the oddest thing. The first time around, the delivery seemed stilted, I was unsure of his comfort level. The second time it seemed flawless. It was almost bizarre the way I heard it the second time, like I had totally missed something. Maybe like a new song the first time you hear it and you know you don’t hate it but your just not sure you are going to add it to your playlist.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Romney said a few interesting things in his speech. He implied that he wouldn’t touch Medicare entitlements in any way, and that Defense spending is also off limits. He also implied potential military actions against Iran might be possible during his presidency (He’s said similar things about Syria in the past) and that he would renew building up our nuclear arsenal….. How is this guy going to reign in spending again? Because it seems to me he’ll be increasing government expenditures at a far faster rate than Obama ever has.

Perhaps I’m just not seeing it, but I’d like a conservative here to explain it. Under Obama the federal budget has gone from $3.5 trillion annually to $3.8 trillion, one of the smallest increases in a 4 year period in modern history and yet his spending is supposedly “Out of control”?

Typhonsentra on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Well, I guess I should contribute a song before Jackie goes to bed again! :)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

Never gets old does it RC? ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

RedRaven on August 31, 2012 at 2:22 AM

I already gave her a peck on the cheek the first time she said good night. Now I suppose she’ll want a bed time story or sumpin’. Maybe BMore has some peach cobbler for a treat.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Well we know you have your fingers crossed. Are you going to be sticking around, spreading sunshine all the way to November? Gosh I hope so.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:25 AM

Eastwood appearing at the RNC, and being so very good, particularly at tearing down the straw king, really stings on the left. They wanted to claim him so bad.

I think that ‘Halftime in America’ ad may well have been a set up. When he did that, the left fell all over themselves claiming him and patting him on the back for it.

This gave him the credibility to step up and shove the blade home at the RNC. Jon Voight couldn’t do it. He is well known as a major conservative and viewed as a radical. The left would have been able to easily shred him.

When they try it with Eastwood, they are treading on very dangerous ground. Eastwood is an icon and a kind of hero figure to many in this nation and many of them are… on the left.

If they attack him, they will look trite and petty… and like nasty losers. No one likes a loser.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Thumbs up..Very good points!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:32 AM

Time Makes Two

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:16 AM

Robert Cray fan, too, huh?
I have “I Was Warned” and “Midnight Stroll”.

This is a good one.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:33 AM

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Have your night.

Mitt will lose. I predict he sees no bounce.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Wrong. There will be a Kate Upton on the runway sized bounce.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Plus don’t you know Team Obie is going to be so mad over the “empty chair”..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:34 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

I’ll have to give it a second tumble if you think it helps. The first was torture. I have to confess to being in the uncomfortable with it mode.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:35 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:33 AM

That is a very good one. Thanks. :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:36 AM

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:30 AM

You nailed it bro. The last line is so true.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:36 AM

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