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

One more thing:..You may think I am crazy but there are not a lot of people who could ave pulled off the “empty chair” like Eastwood!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

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

LOL! You’re so baaaaad! I love that about you! :)

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Never gets old does it RC? ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:29 AM

Lol. Well, when your taste in music is as good as mine, ya kinda got to share it with the world. :)

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

I think you’re onto something. I’ll go watch it again. (Though I liked it the first time.)

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

Good points, all. Another thing is that Eastwood has the talent to defy them. Remember the phrase, “F-you money”? (Like someone has so much money that they can say F-you to whomever they want? Eastwood has “F-you talent”. :)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:38 AM

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 2:39 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

Roger Edbert (whom I detest anyways) already did… he started with a short encomium, only to blast him in the next sequence…he tweeted this:

‘Clint, my hero, is coming across as sad and pathetic. He didn’t need to do this to himself. It’s unworthy of him.’

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Honestly.

THIS should be the theme song, just for the refrain!

It is totally appropriate, especially given a couple of Mr. Romney’s lines.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:42 AM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

It will be fun watching the lib screed full melt down over this.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

You may think I am crazy but there are not a lot of people who could ave pulled off the “empty chair” like Eastwood!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

Lol. Bob Newhart!
Did you ever watch him “on the phone“?

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

SparkPlug, moved on from peach to blackberry and blueberry. Next will be candy stuffers / squash.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

mattshu on August 31, 2012 at 2:39 AM

LOL!

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Huh. I’m sure Clint’s all broken hearted about that.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Peach is first
Blueberry next
Then blackberry cobbler.

But all are heavenly with coffee.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 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

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

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Yes!..That is classic funny!..:)

PS..Did you ever play the drinking game “Hi Bob”?..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Roger Ebert is a sad, two-bit hack, who was washed up some time ago. He is desperate to try to dredge up some sort of traction to get his career out of the can and he’d do or say anything that he thought might garner him a little publicity.

Remember, in his line of work ‘Any publicity is good publicity’.

Only this time, they’re absolutely wrong. This will not sit well with the electorate in general. There are some people at whom one may not take cheap shots. Eastwood is one of them.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:47 AM

But all are heavenly with coffee.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Absolutely.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 2:47 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

SNORK!

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 2:48 AM

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

Very good point!..:)

PS..Hat tip to you and Red Crow for the Newhart reference!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Coming soon to a theater TV commercial near you:

Clint Eastwood is the Devil White Man. BOOoooo!

Don’t be scared; his .44 Magnum is old.

Don’t buy the nonsense;

This isn’t about race, class, religion, or anything else other than philosophies about government and economics.

If your a communist, vote for the communist.

If your not, vote for the capitalist.

Simple.

(For the troll-baiting dingbats out there: No, capitalist is NOT a dirty word. It’s an American word.)

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

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

I LOVE Jim Treacher

This is the money line….

There’s no problem Obama can’t solve with a picture of Obama

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/08/30/heres-clint/#ixzz256VpMKQL

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Wayfaring Pilgrim

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 2:48 AM

You made some very good posts in that Rule Change thread in the headlines..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Chuck Yeager could have done the chair thing. Maggy Thatcher and William Buckley too.and of course Ronald Reagan.

Not many others though. Dire is right.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

PS..Did you ever play the drinking game “Hi Bob”?..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Lol. No, but I know what you’re talking about.
I’m a little young. When I played drinking games, I doubt any of my friends knew who Bob Newhart was. (I started watching his shows on re-runs as a young teen. Loved that guy’s dry humor.)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:43 AM

Yep, and look who else recognized the similarity…

3h Bob Newhart ‏@BobNewhart
I heard that Clint Eastwood was channeling me at the RNC. My lawyers and I are drafting our lawsuit… #RNC #ClintEastwood #rnc2012 #GOP2012
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Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

See the Treacher link at my 2:50 comment. It kind of meshes with your point. The Won does not like to be mocked and that mocking is going to get A LOT of air. Somebody’s going to be very very unhappy! And I don’t think it’s going to be Mr. Eastwood.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Jim Treacher rocks as always!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:53 AM

It’s almost funny as hell listening to Sharpton attempting to slam anybody after his long and sordid history of discombobulation in front of the nation every time he has been given a microphone.

C’mon, Al. Give it up. You have NO credibility with anyone who has a functioning brain and access to public information.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 2:54 AM

PS..Hat tip to you and Red Crow for the Newhart reference!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:49 AM

Lol. Is Gingotts in my head?!?! Or, am I somehow controlling Gingotts thoughts?!

Make it stop! Lol.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

LoLz..I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM

rofl..:)

PS..Was Eastwood who you thought was going to be the ??? speaker..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:56 AM

I bid you all a fond goodnight. Its been a pleasure, as always. See you soon. As The Years Go Passing By

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:57 AM

Lol. Is Gingotts in my head?!?! Or, am I somehow controlling Gingotts thoughts?!

Make it stop! Lol.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:55 AM

Even more, go into the Eastwood thread, you’ll see I posted that very same Newhart clip a couple of hours ago over there.

Who is controlling whom? Are you putting a thought in my head now along the lines of “it’s 3 a.m. in the east and I ought to go to bed very soon?”

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

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Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:51 AM

That’s AWESOME!!
Heh–I had no idea Bob Newhart was on Twitter. Too funny.

Good catch and cool that he saw Eastwood’s performance.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

There’s no problem Obama can’t solve with a picture of Obama

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:50 AM

Hahaha. Too funny. Classic Treacher.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

I hope you people are a little more fired up than it seems tonight.

Obarmhy isn’t going down easy; we’re gonna have to outwork those cheating bastages and then some.

Let’s roll.

(P.S.) I’m not a big Romney guy; just a big anti-status-quo guy!!!!

Our future and our childrens’, (and theirs) are all at stake. We cannot keep driving our economy off of the deficit and debt cliff into the abyss without paying dearly. Think.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Who is controlling whom? Are you putting a thought in my head now along the lines of “it’s 3 a.m. in the east and I ought to go to bed very soon?”

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:59 AM

Lol. Nope, that ain’t it. I’m in EST, too.
I was, however, just THINKING THAT VERY THOUGHT!!!

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

See the Treacher link at my 2:50 comment. It kind of meshes with your point. The Won does not like to be mocked and that mocking is going to get A LOT of air. Somebody’s going to be very very unhappy! And I don’t think it’s going to be Mr. Eastwood.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 2:53 AM

Yep. It’s a good point. Remember this is the guy that is so thin-skinned that even as a sitting President he’s tried to lecture three governors (Jindal, Brewer, Walker) over valid political criticism. Also tried the same against Ryan. Got pwned every time, too.

Now you’ve got a private citizen, with even more popular clout than any of those elected officials basically going on national TV and calling him a failure and a dumbass for ten straight minutes. Smart move is to laugh it off with that corny “the seat’s taken” tweet and move on, but history suggests otherwise.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 3:02 AM

Good Night Jackie, Pleasant Dreams.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 3:03 AM

PS..Was Eastwood who you thought was going to be the ??? speaker..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 2:56 AM

Hell no! (I think that that little thought is well down the trail to oblivion, now.)

Eastwood was a major score compared to the-person-I-thought-that-it-was-going-to-be-that-I-can’t-remember. :)

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:03 AM

The magnitude of this is just starting to seep in. Eastwood slaps Barry like a punk like he’s never been slapped before, Cindy is right. This will get huge coverage.

This tooth paste won’t go back in the tube.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:04 AM

This tooth paste won’t go back in the tube.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:04 AM

Ummm…I think what you mean to say is that you can’t unscramble an egg.
Get your idioms right, Sparky.

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:06 AM

High Plains Drifter

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Cindy, I watched it again. Maybe the third time will be the charm. ; )

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 3:07 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:01 AM

Ooh, so then it’s me doing that to you. Okay then, Pinky… gotta play it slow… we’re not yet ready to take over the world, but the mind control has worked on one.

Oh and that lefty bashing of Eastwood that isn’t going to end well for SCOAMF: it begins.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Thanks for cheering me up Dire. ; )

Good Night All.

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 3:09 AM

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:04 AM

The funny thing is that they will play it thinking it makes Eastwood look bad but the long and short of it is that he got some really hard jabs at The Won. Let’s see if the media figures it out by morning.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:09 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:03 AM

I hear you!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 AM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 AM
Roger Ebert is a sad, two-bit hack, who was washed up some time ago. He is desperate to try to dredge up some sort of traction to get his career out of the can and he’d do or say anything that he thought might garner him a little publicity.

Remember, in his line of work ‘Any publicity is good publicity’.

Only this time, they’re absolutely wrong. This will not sit well with the electorate in general. There are some people at whom one may not take cheap shots. Eastwood is one of them.

thatsafactjack on August 31, 2012 at 2:47

i was thinking the exact same thing, that it’s edbert who comes across as a pathetic little man….Eastwood’s invisible chair monologue/dialogue was a masterful stroke of genius…subtle and nuanced, yet powerful humor complete with zingers and all, funny like heck yet thoughtful, not your mindless comedy central recycled garbage/humor…but mostly he struck me as authentic and uscripted, a man and his age, dunno, humane and real, the giant Holywood hero and genius director yet strangely enough the total opposite of everything holywood/phoney…am so glad he was there, not sure if people realize how powerful and maybe even crucial his presence on that stage was…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Like it or not, it will have the desired effect. The man is too smart for it to have been an accident.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Lolx2. I guess that speech must have been pretty effective, huh?

Okay. Well, I promised myself that I was going to bed at 2:30, and it’s now past 3:00.

So, I’ve broken another promise to the American peopl–well…an American person. I’m getting to be as bad as Odumbo.

Night all!

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Romney wanted to convey how a highly successful chief executive communicates and presents himself. Obama might learn something from it if only Obama had intelligence, poise, professionalism and the ability to speak objectively instead of the usual Chicago Way trash talk.

In that mission of defining distinguished, successful gentleman, leader and businessman versus rude, race-baiting dolt who advanced mostly from social engineering, Affirmative-action and set-asides… I think Romney did very well in illustrating the difference and what leads to leadership success or leadership failure.

viking01 on August 31, 2012 at 3:12 AM

High Plains Drifter

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:06 AM

A classic..I also love The Outlaw Josey Wales..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:12 AM

RedRaven on August 31, 2012 at 3:06 AM

Did you call me an idiom? How dare you. (:

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:12 AM

RedCrow on August 31, 2012 at 3:11 AM

Enjoyed it as always..Later..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:13 AM

Bmore on August 31, 2012 at 3:09 AM

Later..Enjoyed it!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:14 AM

Oh and that lefty bashing of Eastwood that isn’t going to end well for SCOAMF: it begins.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 3:07 AM

Yep, they do it at their own peril…they can try that with anyone, but not with Eastwood..he dwarfs them…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

I’m calling it a night also. Here’s to the next 67 days of people we have never “seen” before calling us stupid racist bigots. Good times!

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:12 AM

Yep. How bout a fist full of dollars.

Which movie was the one where Clint kept spitting tobacco on the dog and the Indian tagged along?

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

The Empty Suit meets the Empty Chair.

Spot on.

Perfect.

Fukkin’ A.

Hell yeah.

You go.

That’s the ticket.

SMAK!

Holy Truth-in-the-face, Batman!

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:20 AM

One thing about Mitt. He is one organized mofo.

He plans and plans and sweats the details and Barry is going to get crushed by the mitt machine.

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:21 AM

Is everyone aware that every Metallic concert starts with this

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JG62B_dHfDQ

My Eastwood Metallica reference.

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

The reason that MSLSD and Co. can’t let go of the Eastwood Smackdown of the empty suit in the empty chair is that they have no answers.

All they’ve got is the whining and the gnashing of teeth.

Romney knocked a home run and it’s killing their souls.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Which movie was the one where Clint kept spitting tobacco on the dog and the Indian tagged along?

SparkPlug on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

That is The Outlaw Josey Wells..:)

PS..Fist Full of Dollars was very good!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:25 AM

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Agreed, and agreed on Ebert, too. There’s a guy who with everything he built alongside Gene Siskel should have a stellar reputation. Instead he has continually gone out of his way to spoil it, even engaging in an extended pissing contest with gamers in which he hasn’t come off well. Eastwood is playing in a completely different league. Ebert treads there at his own peril.

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 3:26 AM

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:23 AM

Very Nice..:)

PS..S&M LP by Metallica is outstanding!..:

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:29 AM

That is The Outlaw Josey Wells..:)

PS..Fist Full of Dollars was very good!..:)

Dire Straits on August 31, 2012 at 3:25 AM

I love ‘em all, but particularly the ol’ “spaghetti westerns”.

Truly an aberration in the course of entertainment were they, but they were entertaining and just plain bad-ass. The man, the actor, and the director that emerged from those after Sergio Leone hit the bricks led to Mr. Eastwood’s directorial success and his even further evolution as an actor and an artist.

Personally, I think that “Unforgiven” is his masterpiece, but they’re all fantastic.

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:37 AM

Hell, I love the old “Rawhide” shows with Rowdy Yates ridin’ herd!

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:42 AM

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. ……

Gingotts on August 31, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Amen to that! Bob Newhart was probably the only person who could double me over with laughter. (well, ok, sprinkle in some Shelly Berman)

I had an LP of his – The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart – which I played and played. A co-worker asked to borrow it and I turned it over. I left the firm, then left the city. Never saw my record again.

Wondered, though, if when Oliver Stone went through his late father’s things, he came across my record and said:

BOB NEWHART ?????

timmytee on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 AM

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

On a one time only basis, I will presume that your wildly inaccurate phrasing of the question is just a mistake on your part. So here are the facts:

The FY 2008 budget was $2.9 trillion. As originally proposed, the FY 2009 budget was $3.1 trillion. BUT THAT BUDGET WAS NOT PASSED. Instead, the Democrats, who controlled both houses of Congress, sat on the budget until March of 2009, at which point they larded it up to $3.5 trillion and Obama signed it into law.

So factually, federal expenditures under Obama have jumped from $2.9 trillion (the 2008 number) to $3.8 trillion in 2012, or 31% in 4 years. And that number would be even higher, had the Republicans not taken control of the House in 2011 and reined in the rate of growth for the last two years. Spending would probably have been even lower, had Democrats in the Senate not refused to pass a budget to send to reconciliation with the budgets that the House passed.

HTL on August 31, 2012 at 4:07 AM

hillbillyjim on August 31, 2012 at 3:20 AM

Beautiful thing isn’t it?!

wi farmgirl on August 31, 2012 at 4:27 AM

I’m calling it a night also. Here’s to the next 67 days of people we have never “seen” before calling us stupid racist bigots. Good times!

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Me too Cindy, great post. Scorch earth.

wi farmgirl on August 31, 2012 at 4:29 AM

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

We’ve had more than one budget under Obama? Somehow I missed that.

But I believe your spending numbers are off as well as your terminology.

And I would think the largest increase in the national debt, $5 trillion in one term, more in one term than the next biggest, which took place over 2 terms, would be considered out of control spending.

talkingpoints on August 31, 2012 at 4:42 AM

Heh. Because I was driving to my Thursday night musical engagement, I had to tune in to NPR’s broadcast of the convention to hear it when Clint Eastwood was on. Of course I was busting out laughing in traffic from what Clint said, but it was beyond hilarious to hear the befuddled reaction from the NPR announcer babe when he finished, who had no idea what had just happened. She had the “What? Not Chicago?!?!?” level of cognitive dissonance, and just sputtered incoherently in several attempts at constructing a complete sentence. I hope Rush’s montage of media reactions includes this one.

Harbingeing on August 31, 2012 at 4:43 AM

Let’s see if John Stewart does a similar bit on his show, if he does and gets away with it, you’ll see a cascade of comedians ripping on Obama and Biden. Think that won’t happen? Bits like this are VINTAGE Stewart, let’s see if he dares!

bigmike on August 31, 2012 at 5:42 AM

Good Morning HA…

I thought Mitt did great….had some great lines

CLint was funny

Marco was great as well…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:18 AM

so what did msdnc have to say last night?

how insincere he was….shouldn’t have bashed dear leader…did the r word pop up again?

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Having Clint Eastwood there doing the “empty chair” skit was not a great idea. The performance was rather uncomfortable to watch, a lot of people do not get the Bob Newhart reference, and it served to distract. There are just as much discussions about that skit than the speech by Rubio and Romney.

bayview on August 31, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Morning, peeps. Here’s my take.

Go ahead. Make my day.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

Romney sure didn’t have alot of “I’s” in his speech.

That point alone made Romney’s speech much more enjoyable.

Philo Beddoe on August 31, 2012 at 6:40 AM

“There’s two kinds of people in this world Tuco. Those with loaded guns and those who have to dig. You dig.”

tommyboy on August 31, 2012 at 6:41 AM

The most talked about speech (skit) coming out of the RNC..here and elsewhere is….Clint Eastwood’s?
Zowz.

verbaluce on August 31, 2012 at 6:42 AM

Philo Beddoe on August 31, 2012 at 6:40 AM

very good point…

mitt wants to help you

obama wants to help himself

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:43 AM

mika impressed….well i’ll be darn

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:44 AM

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 6:39 AM

nice KJ…..nice

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:47 AM

Thank you, ma’am. All the Trolls will be coming out of the woodwork today to try desperately through obfuscation to slow the electoral demise of their Dear Leader.

Should be fun.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:18 AM

I’m still scratching my head about Eastwood. I like him; I just wish he’d gotten up and delivered a straightforward crushing indictment. That aside, if hard lefties are offended, I’m happy. Turnabout’s fair play.

Morning Joe crew has concluded that this was a tryout for 2016.

Rubio was good, but he butchered a line in which he said “we want more government” or something. Something got garbled.

Even Scarborough is calling this convention a 1996 remake.

I think the country is fed up with the ideological incompetence. I say bring on the racial divisiveness and skankfest that will be the DNCC.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM

NYT bashing mitt because he didn’t spell out his plan, no specifics…at least joe said did they say the same thing about obama’s speech who didn’t have one specific and was just selling hope and change like soda

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:51 AM

I’m calling it a night also. Here’s to the next 67 days of people we have never “seen” before calling us stupid racist bigots. Good times!

Cindy Munford on August 31, 2012 at 3:18 AM

Hell, as a Conservative I’m called that by the GOP. Still voting for Mitt…just not taking my eye off him for a second.

swinia sutki on August 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM

NYT bashing mitt because he didn’t spell out his plan, no specifics

Which makes it the same as every other candidate convention speech ever uttered.

tommyboy on August 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM

BTW: I asked last night–could Obama find anyone to provide the personal testimonials of personal generosity that Mitt did? Ayers, Pfleger, Wright, Rezko?

C’mon, America, on general principle alone, it’s time to dump this lowlife jive turkey Obama.

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 6:55 AM

Should be fun.

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM

yes indeedy :)

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 6:50 AM

agree, if the left was mad about clint, then it was a good thing…it sounds like morning joe is trying to be debbie downer on mitt’s night…

I’ll be relying on your take and the rest of HA crew’s thoughts on the DNCC….will not be able to watch it…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

I’m still traumatized by the giant virginias…

kingsjester on August 31, 2012 at 6:57 AM

NYT bashing mitt because he didn’t spell out his plan, no specifics

Which makes it the same as every other candidate convention speech ever uttered.

tommyboy on August 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM

I’m guessing the left wanted Mitt to get all wonky on details so they could bash both the details and his focus on them at an event meant for the big picture, not the details. With the Obama-fellating media there is no way Mitt can satisfy them. So sad. I guess he will have to settle for satisfying the voters.

SKYFOX on August 31, 2012 at 6:59 AM

tommyboy on August 31, 2012 at 6:53 AM

exactly

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:00 AM

***

I’ll be relying on your take and the rest of HA crew’s thoughts on the DNCC….will not be able to watch it…

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 6:56 AM

The Dems will have a bunch of clownish minorities in their crowd. But, as Chuck Todd lamented all day yesterday, the GOP has all the minority stars in elected office. What’s less bigoted? Whites electing solid minorities or minorities lining up to vote for hard left white crackpots who undermine them or those of their race who do nothing but take orders from limousine liberals?

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 AM

Even Morning Joe like the “rose story” in Mitt’s speech.

Another nice touch last night was having Mitt’s youngest son deliver an address, in part, in Spanish. I thought that was an eye opener.

Someone name me a Dem limousine liberal who speaks Spanish. All they do is co-opt them and a few of their “leaders” who deliver votes to Dems.

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

Did anyone hear about the Natural Gas play in Ohio and Pa being re-estimated up by 42 FOLD this past week?

I think it was Newt that mentioned it.

And Romney wants us ENERGY INDEPENDENT IN 8 YEARS!!!!

Heck Jeah!

PappyD61 on August 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM

i got my answer on tingles reaction

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:13 AM

BuckeyeSam on August 31, 2012 at 7:01 AM

yepper

cmsinaz on August 31, 2012 at 7:14 AM

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