“I worked extremely hard… I take credit for the work. But I received a free education. I received free health care… I’m unapologetic about saying this,” she added. “I had pneumonia when my daughter was under one year old. If we hadn’t had free health care in this country, God only knows what would have happened to either of us. I am proud of having done what I’ve done. Very proud. But. I do take issue – and this does go to the heart of this book, which is why I have to say it—with anyone who truly feels it’s a 100 percent down to them.”
Fact is: hardly anyone really likes Mitt Romney, even people who say they do — and it showed. He’s everybody’s Cracker Jack box without a prize, the kid to whose birthday party no one wants to be invited to, even though his house has a swimming pool. He’s the would-be head of the richest and most powerful nation on earth, from whom you wouldn’t buy a vacuum cleaner without a money-back guarantee. It appears the only way he could get anyone except his wife to speak on his behalf was to let them unofficially launch their 2016 campaigns for president — and barely mention him. — Republicans are finished – South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Bob Cesca laughs at the idea that anyone in the Republican Party of 2012 would have the nerve to say the word “civility” out loud:
“[T]he Romney campaign and its apparatchiks at Fox News accused the Democrats of lacking “civility” during the first day of their convention. [...] You know who shouldn’t be lecturing the Democrats about civility? The people who gave us swift-boating, the Southern Strategy, the outing of Valerie Plame, Birthers, Reverend Wright videos around the clock, “Obama pals around with domestic terrorists,” the exploitation of 9/11, comparing a triple amputee Vietnam veteran to Saddam Hussein, the booing of a gay soldier, and the party that sported Purple Heart band-aids at the 2004 convention to mock another decorated Vietnam veteran, John Kerry, who was wounded in combat. And no one on the floor of the Democratic convention hurled peanuts at an African American camerawomen, shouting, “This is how we feed the animals.”"
It isn’t uncivil to mention Romney-Ryan’s tax cuts for the wealthy, call for Romney’s tax returns to be released, point out a presidential candidate has hidden assets in tax havens like the Caymans and Switzerland, or criticize the destruction of American jobs thanks to self-serving companies like Bain Capital — that’s called discussing the facts.
Fox’s Bret Baier queries Romney on why he didn’t mention the troops or the war in his speech at the Republican National Convention.
BAIER: A few more things, Governor. To hear several speakers in Charlotte – and I don’t think this is jump (?) – they were essentially saying you don’t care about the U.S. military because you didn’t mention U.S. troops and the war in Afghanistan in your nomination acceptance speech. (….) Do you regret opening up this line of attack, now a recurring attack, by leaving out that issue in the speech?
ROMNEY: I only regret you repeating it day in and day out. (LAUGHS)
BAIER: Well I mean, what just came from Charlotte -
ROMNEY: Because when you give a speech, you don’t give a laundry list. You talk about the things that uh you think are important.
I’ve cut him off right there, deliberately. Romney would go on to give the lamest of excuses, that he had indeed mentioned the military in his speech, that he’d visited an American Legion the day before, and that he absolutely opposed cuts in military spending, and so on. A better answer — and a better man– would have just owned up to this error, admitted it, and perhaps gotten some props for honesty. But that man wouldn’t be Willard Mitt Romney.
There are two potentially accidental revelations there: 1) that he regrets the media has picked up on this rather embarrassing (I would think) omission of his not mentioning the troops — INSTEAD of regretting he didn’t mention them! And 2) Romney thinks mentioning the troops would be like reading a laundry list instead of talking about important things.
Remember if you elect this guy, he’ll be more than happy to send the laundry list (i.e. YOUR sons and daughters) overseas to fight the GOP’s Forever Wars: Next Stop, Iran!
But honestly, if you support Romney, would you really expect anything less from a “fortunate son” who received years worth of deferments from the Vietnam draft to hide out in a mansion in France? You’ve picked yourselves a real winner there, Republicans.
The Facts: Clinton’s math is correct. Using Bureau of Labor Statistics figures for the month each president took office, Democratic presidents presided over the creation of 42.3 million jobs and Republican chief executives saw 23.9 million.
The Claim: Clinton said that in the last 29 months the economy has produced about 4.5 million private-sector jobs.
The Reality: The statement is true. Private non-farm payrolls rose by 4.5 million during the 29 months ended in July, the most recent month for which figures are available.
source: Zina Saunders
Republicans may not like to be reminded, but after all the energy they spent trying to take down Bill Clinton, he left office with spectacular approval ratings. In the final Gallup poll of his presidency, he was at 66 percent approval, which was around where he had been for most of the final three years of his presidency. For comparison, Ronald Reagan, whom many people mistakenly believe was a uniquely popular president, spent his last couple of years with approval ratings around 50 percent (though he got a spike to 63 percent in Gallup’s last poll before he left office). And perhaps most importantly, George W. Bush spent his entire second term in negative approval territory, and when he left office his approval was in the twenties.
The reason that’s important is that there are really only two former presidents people remember these days in anything that approaches a substantive, detailed way. One of them is remembered as a smashing success, and one of them is remembered as an epic failure. So saying to voters, “Do you want things to be like they were when Bill Clinton was president, or like they were when George W. Bush was president?” may not decide the election, but it’s a powerful argument. It’s no wonder Dubya’s name was barely mentioned at the Republican convention.
— America Loves Bill Clinton (And they really didn’t like the last Republican president)
A Smart Politics review finds that Michelle Obama’s 2012 speech to the Democratic convention was written at the highest ever grade level for spouses of presidential candidates and seven grade levels above Ann Romney’s Republican convention remarks, as measured by the Flesch-Kincaid readability test. (via: Political Wire)
The First Lady’s speech was seven grade levels above Ann Romney’s speech? Exactly how dumb does Lady Romney think you people are?
I can’t imagine how disappointing THIS would be:
Democrats moving President Obama’s speech to Time Warner Cable Arena — CHARLOTTE, N.C. President Barack Obama will now deliver his acceptance speech Thursday at Time Warner Cable Arena after forecasts about severe weather led officials to move the event out of Bank of America Stadium.
The switch means the approximately 65,000 members of the public who received community credentials for the stadium event won’t be allowed to go inside the arena, which the DNC has said is holding about 15,000 for the convention.
Instead, the arena seats will be limited to delegates and convention officials, according to the Obama campaign.
Campaign officials promised a Thursday conference call between Obama and the 65,000 people no longer able to attend his speech. And they said they’re working on an event where the president would be able to meet with the credential holders before the election, though no date or location was announced.
On Wednesday, the Democratic National Convention Committee said officials had monitored weather forecasts in deciding whether to move the speech from the football stadium. With several reports predicting thunderstorms on Thursday, officials decided to relocate the event “to ensure the safety and security of our delegates and convention guests,” convention CEO Steve Kerrigan said in a news release.
The National Weather Service, who have been briefing convention organizers and others about forecasts this week, said the number of thunderstorms on Thursday could be fewer than what has hit the region in the past few days. But forecasts showed there was a slight, 2-to-5 percent chance of severe thunderstorms developing during the day that could produce either winds of at least 58 miles-per-hour or hail measuring at least one-inch in diameter.
Even if the storms don’t reach severe level, meteorologists said there still is a possibility for cloud-to-ground lightening.
And let’s just go ahead and admit the obvious right here: no one normal – no normal man (or woman – especially) – listens to Rush Limbaugh regularly. If you do, I’m sorry to break it to you, but something’s very wrong. Here’s how El Douchebaugh interprets the venue change:
And from the Romney campaign — well known for its honesty (and for its no-bump-for-Mitt convention):
“Enthusiasm for President Obama is so low that he’s being forced to downgrade his convention events left and right,” said RNC spokesman Matt Connelly. “First the DNC had to cancel their opening event at Charlotte Motor Speedway due to low enthusiasm, now President Obama is being forced to move his acceptance speech to a smaller venue just to avoid the embarrassment of speaking to an empty stadium. After four years of failure on the economy, it’s clear that Americans are looking for actual solutions, not another speech full of empty promises.”
Considering that Mitt Romney’s acceptance speech came in second in viewers on the final night of the RNC to TLC’s Honey Boo Boo Child Show (or whatever it’s called), I believe the psychological term for this is called transference.
According to Nielsen overnight ratings, TLC’s controversial reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” drew 2.9 million viewers Wednesday night at 10 p.m. In second place: Fox News’ coverage of the Republican National Convention, to which 1.2 million adults tuned in.
But yeah… no one likes Obama anymore. How many Republican kneejerk base voters, dittoheads, dullards, and rubes will believe the President couldn’t fill 70,000 seats? YEP — ALL OF THEM. They really, really, really need to believe it.
Mark Halperin writes that “even before the convention started, there is more energy and carnival festiveness on one block of downtown Queen City real estate than there was within all of the Tampa Green Zone.”
“That difference is also reflected inside the Time Warner Cable Arena. Delegates here are listening much more closely to the speeches than their Republican counterparts did — and reacting. I have no doubt that, at least in the hall, the reception for the major speakers will be deafening.”
Also interesting: “Even the conservative reporters seem to be having more fun here than they did in Tampa.”
Daily Show audits America: “These are not easy conversations to have, but if it’s not working, you gotta end it. It’s gotta go,” one convention attendee told The Daily Show’s Jason Jones. It turns out a lot of states are underperforming. So the team had to let states like Mississippi, Wyoming and Minnesota go.