The Whiches of Eastwood – Puzzling RNC Performance Pulls Focus Totally From Romney

By: Friday August 31, 2012 6:17 am

The thing is, the night was shaping up pretty well for Mitt Romney. The testimonials from members of his church, business partners and political colleagues were heartfelt and often touching. Jane Edmonds, a Democratic member of his cabinet in Massachusetts, made a strong case for his dedication and work ethic. The well-done personal video actually [...]

What Divides Us, What Unites Us: Politics Circa 2012

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 7:38 am

Here’s an important point from Matt Yglesias that I think most people here would agree with. He riffs off a line from Paul Ryan’s convention speech – “None of us have to settle for the best this administration offers — a dull, adventureless journey from one entitlement to the next, a government-planned life, a country [...]

Lying in Post-Fact America

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 6:21 am

Last night, I considered firing up my Commodore 64 (yes, that’s what I use, what else is out there?) and documenting all the lies in Paul Ryan’s RNC convention speech. I could join TPM and The New Republic and The Daily Beast and Huffington Post and Wonkbook and probably half a dozen more. I could [...]

RNC Day 2 Live Tweeting

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 3:56 pm

Hello! The technical wizards here have found a way for me to snark on Twitter about day 2 of the RNC convention while also delivering to you that high-quality snark here. So enjoy and snark amongst yourselves in the comments. Tonight will include the speech from Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, along with cranky old [...]

A Look at the Housing Plank of the GOP Platform

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 7:06 am

The GOP platform was approved and released last night, in that order. There have already been so many reports about parts of the platform, I don’t really feel the need to repeat everyone else. However, few words have been formed about the housing plank of the platform. So let me make my stand there. The [...]

Day 1, RNC: Random Thoughts

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 6:21 am

Some of these you may have picked up from my Twitter feed, which is where I’m likely to be camped for every day of this affair, but just in case you missed it: • I’m not totally certain, but I believe the theme for the night was “We Built It,” which is half a quote [...]

GOP Platform Approved; Romney Formally Nominated

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 2:22 pm

The Republican Party has formally adopted their platform, amid a smattering of No votes and a bit of tension on the convention floor, which was for the most part safely shunted to the sidelines. The platform document can be found here. But we already know plenty about it, based on leaks and even an untimely [...]

Republican Platform Will Feature End of Medicare as We Know It

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 11:45 am

The Republican National Convention has been gaveled into order, and an already-hoarse RNC Chair Reince Priebus has begun the proceedings. The first day will include the roll call to formally nominate Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan for President and Vice President. What may have been an uncomfortable floor fight over the seating of delegates appears [...]

Protesters at RNC Begin With Focus on Bank of America

By: Monday August 27, 2012 1:35 pm

Protests have begun at the RNC, even if the convention hasn’t. And the groups engaged in the protests started by targeting an unlikely but also a universal target, one you’ll hear a lot about next week in Charlotte as well – Bank of America. Some 200 demonstrators gathered in downtown park for an unscheduled protest. [...]

Isaac Pushes Through Gulf of Mexico, Will Drop Massive Rain, Storm Surge on Gulf Coast

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:20 am

Tampa has been given the all-clear signal for Isaac, the tropical storm expected to grow in strength to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico. But the problems for the GOP as they try to hold their signature unveiling of Mitt Romney to the nation may have just begun. The tropical storm headed through the [...]

Rand Paul Will Tell RNC Convention to “Audit the Pentagon”

By: Monday August 27, 2012 7:35 am

Here’s the revised schedule for the Republican National Convention. Nobody who was previously on the schedule got bumped, though a few may have to truncate their speeches. So Mike Huckabee will still get an opportunity to speak, and Rick Santorum, and the collection of “people of color in the Republican Party we see once every [...]

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