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  • Pass/Fail grades for conventions

    09/10/2012 7:58:57 AM PDT · by John David Powell · 3 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | Aug. 9, 2012 | John David Powell
    The absence of a filing deadline is a luxury here at the ranch when current events require more than the instant analysis demanded by editors needing constant content updates to feed the cyber beast. Yet, there they were, some of the best in our business, posting post-convention analyses as balloons and confetti fell from the rafters. TV talking heads do it all the time, and look what you get. It has been more than a week since the elephants packed their trunks, and a couple of days after the donkey show hit the road, plenty of time to grade both...
  • On GPS Sunday: Is the Republican Party too angry? And is a global food crunch coming?

    09/09/2012 6:32:43 PM PDT · by ExxonPatrolUs · 21 replies
    CNN GPS ^ | 9-9-2012 | Fareed Zakaria
    Fareed looks at why the optimistic Republican Party of Ronald Reagan seems to have swapped places with the glum Democratic Party of the 1970s and 1980s. Today it is the Republican Party that often seems angry with America, Fareed says. Read the best-selling books by conservatives these days, watch Fox News or attend a Tea Party rally. They are filled with rage, often combined with a powerful nostalgia for an America that has gone away.
  • Double-Minded Republicans

    09/08/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 9/8/2012 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    They won’t get very far with “We’re not as bad as they say we are.” After a first term that has been historically abysmal, President Obama stands a good chance of being reelected. How can that be? Here is the blunt explanation: We have lost a third of the country and, as if that weren’t bad enough, Republicans act as if it were two-thirds. The lost third cannot be recovered overnight. For now, it is gone. You cannot cede the campus and the culture to the progressive, post-American Left for two generations and expect a different outcome. So even if...
  • Daily Show finds Twisted Tolerance at DNC Convention

    09/07/2012 1:04:47 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 6 replies
    As usual, the intolerant left preaches tolerance and inclusion while missing the irony of their own attacks. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart exposes this very easily at the 2012 Democrat Convention.
  • Where did the Republicans go? (Vanity)

    09/06/2012 9:55:18 PM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 22 replies
    N/A | 09/07/2012 | Me
    Was wondering if some older and/or wiser Freeper could shed light on the following conundrum...
  • MILLER: Hide your guns - Democrats vow to pursue more gun-control laws

    09/06/2012 8:35:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 6, 2012 | Emily Miller
    You didn’t hear the word “guns” voluntarily pass the lips of any Democratic speaker at this week’s convention in Charlotte, N.C. Liberals may be smart enough to avoid alienating the almost half of all Americans who have guns in their homes, but the same can’t be said for their party platform. The Democratic policy statement approved this week calls for enacting “common-sense improvements — like reinstating the assault-weapons ban and closing the gun-show loophole.” The so-called “assault-weapons ban” in the 1990s banned scary-looking guns and magazines that held over 10 rounds. The platform does toss in a line that claims...
  • The bad arithmetic of Bill Clinton’s Democrat-Republican ‘job score’

    09/06/2012 8:29:59 AM PDT · by lasereye · 20 replies
    AEI ^ | September 6, 2012 | James Pethokoukis
    Math is hard. Just ask Bill Clinton. Here’s one of the more memorable lines from his Democratic National Convention address: “What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: Arithmetic.” But Clinton’s speech last night really didn’t add up. Take this Clinton claim: Well, since 1961, for 52 years now, the Republicans have held the White House 28 years, the Democrats 24. In those 52 years, our private economy has produced 66 million private- sector jobs. So what’s the job score? Republicans: twenty-four million. Democrats: forty-two. Why would we analyze the effectiveness of economic approaches...
  • Just how wrong did the media get Clint Eastwood?

    09/03/2012 12:34:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Hot Air ^ | September 3, 2012 | Karl
    Admittedly, I am late to evaluating Clint Eastwood’s RNC performance. However, the fact that the pundit class is still critiquing it days later is one indicator of how shrewd it was as political theater. Accordingly, it is worth noting just how wrong some of the Eastwood analysis has been, even from those defending the speech. The harsh, conventional wisdom about Eastwood’s decidedly unconventional approach to the convention is that it was the ramblings of a senile old man. Even may of Eastwood’s defenders have described it as rambling. This likely makes Eastwood’s day. After all, who is Clint Eastwood? He...
  • Excluded From Inclusion (NY Times questions the absence of gay speakers at the GOP Convention)

    09/02/2012 5:20:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    New York Times ^ | 09/02/2012 | Frank Bruni
    WHAT the Republicans painstakingly constructed here was meant to look like the biggest of tents. And still they couldn’t spare so much as a sleeping bag’s worth of space for the likes of me. Women were welcomed. During the prime evening television hours, the convention stage was festooned with them, and when they weren’t at the microphone, they were front and center in men’s remarks. Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both gushed about their moms in tributes as tactical as they were teary. Latinos were plentiful and flexed their Spanish — “En América, todo es posible,” said Susana Martinez, the...
  • GOP Concept of Freedom Too Limited, Pundit Says

    09/02/2012 12:56:13 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 1 Sep 2012 | John Semmens
    Republican vice-presidential nominee, Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan’s assertion that our rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness are natural rights that come from God was castigated by left-wing journalist Touré as “too limited.” “A talented or energetic person might feel that just being free of restraint is enough,” Touré observed. “But what does the GOP have to offer someone with little ability and no ambition?” Touré contrasted the “harsh” GOP approach with what he called the more generous world view of the Democrats. “Just being free to pursue happiness doesn’t guarantee you’ll be happy,” Touré pointed out. “The Democrats...
  • Racism Festers In RNC's And CNN's Silence (Still trying to inflame the peanut story)

    08/31/2012 4:17:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Black Star News - New York's Leading Investigative Newspaper ^ | August 31, 2012 | Professor Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, John Jay College
    Republican National Convention became the scene of a racist incident involving an African-American CNN camera-woman. The RNC condemned the act. CNN gave a terse statement acknowledging it. At first, no names were released. Finally, under pressure from the Black community, the camera-woman, Patricia Carroll, 34, gave an interview. Resistance to investigating this incident remains as disheartening as the story, itself. The facts are scarce. On Tuesday, August 28, Patricia Carroll, a camera-operator for CNN, was on the Convention floor. She noticed debris falling around her. Carroll looked up and saw the two White males tossing peanuts toward her. Peanuts, a...
  • Freep This Poll, What Did You Think Of Romney's Speech Last Night

    08/31/2012 1:26:41 PM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 18 replies
    Cincy Paper | 8/31/2012 | Howard
    What Did You Think of Romney's Speech ~ Please vote!
  • Democrats, Republicans and Race

    08/31/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | August 30, 2012q | Mona Charen
    Among the most stirring moments in an effective convention came during Condoleeza Rice's speech. She delivered (beautifully) a number of well-chosen one-liners that hit bull's-eyes with Republicans and conservatives, warning, for example, that "when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny." She touched on the problem of failing schools and the challenge they represent to the American dream. "The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are," she said, to thumping agreement. But when she mentioned her own story, the hall erupted. "A little girl grows...
  • Tampa trend: Crashing the other party’s convention could become the norm

    08/30/2012 10:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Maryland Reporter ^ | August 31, 2012 | Matt McNab
    TAMPA, Fla. – Several prominent Democrats, led by Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, made unexpected appearances in Tampa this week, prompting Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to respond that Republicans aren’t fazed. “They can do what they want, but whatever they do we can do 10 times over,” Priebus said Thursday. “What goes around comes around.” Led by two Maryland politicians — O’Malley and U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Montgomery — a contingent of Democrats have slammed Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan in Tampa. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chair of the Democratic National Committee, also made an appearance...
  • Gallup: Democrats drop below GOP in pre-convention favorability

    08/30/2012 9:10:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/30/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    Don't get too excited by this result, because Republicans weren't exactly blowing the doors off on favorability with registered voters before the conventions started, either. However, Democrats are, for the first time since Gallup began surveying on this question, doing worse than Republicans. And also for the first time, Democrats find themselves underwater — and not by a narrow margin, either (via Instapundit): In the lead-up to this year's presidential convention period, 44% of registered voters held a favorable view of the Republican Party and 43% of the Democratic Party. While the Republicans' favorable rating is similar to where it...
  • Advice for the republicans (vanity)

    08/30/2012 6:04:30 AM PDT · by OL Hickory · 5 replies
    FreeRepublic ^ | 08/30/2012 | ol hickory
    After watching Condi get ganged up on over the birther issue.I was hoping she would have responded this way Media ""Bla bla bla birther" US: We really don't want to get involved in internal democratic party squabbles media:explain? US: Everyone knows that before Obama was elected in 2008 an ex district attorney and DEMOCRAT named Phillip J Berg out of the great city of Philadelphia filed the first lawsuit over obama's eligibility......This is where it started and again, This is where it will stay. We really don't want to get involved with anything concerning doubts within the other party and...
  • The Left's Lamest Defense of Obama Yet

    08/29/2012 4:56:18 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 10 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 08/28/2012 | IBD Staff
    Politics: Liberals now say the president can't be blamed for the lousy recovery because he couldn't get his agenda enacted even when Democrats held a supermajority in Congress. And we should be confident in his leadership? On the stump, Mitt Romney has started a new and very effective line of attack against Obama. "He got every piece of legislation he wanted passed, and it didn't work," Romney told Politico this week. "I think (voters) want someone who has a different record, and I do." Paul Ryan used the same attack line in his first speech as Romney's VP pick. "No...
  • Romney officially clinches nomination at condensed GOP convention

    08/28/2012 4:56:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 156 replies
    CNN ^ | August 28, 2012 | Tom Cohen
    Mitt Romney officially clinched the GOP presidential nomination on Tuesday to move a step closer in his five-year quest for the White House. To roaring cheers at the Republican National Convention in the packed Tampa Bay Times Forum, the delegation from New Jersey put Romney above the 1,144-delegate threshold, ensuring he will be the GOP challenger against President Barack Obama in November. Earlier, the 2,200-plus convention delegates approved a conservative platform that called for less government, opposed same-sex marriage and endorsed a "human life amendment" to ban abortion with no specific exceptions for cases of rape, incest or when the...
  • Protesters try to arrest Condoleezza Rice at RNC event (Code Pink)

    08/28/2012 1:49:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    TAMPA, Fla. — Police in Tampa stopped a dozen anti-war protesters from entering an event attended by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after the group said it intended to arrest her for war crimes. The protesters from Code Pink carried handcuffs Tuesday and tried to enter a performing arts center. Rice was attending an event in conjunction with the Republican National Convention. They said they wanted to make a citizen's arrest of Rice. She was George W. Bush's National Security Adviser when the Iraq War started in 2003. Officers told protesters to leave because they were on private property...
  • Gov. Nikki Haley's Critics Have a History of Sticking it to SC Taxpayers

    08/28/2012 11:48:21 AM PDT · by 92nina · 6 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-08-23 | Patrick Gleason
    As ATR noted last week, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has come under fire for simply asking state government employees to contribute a modest amount to help the state cover the rising cost of their health insurance. Listening to the heat that Gov. Haley is taking for this fiscally prudent decision, one would be surprised to find out that Haley’s action will result in government workers paying just a paltry $8 per month extra. Her critics in the legislature and in government employee unions would rather South Carolina taxpayers foot the entire bill. Given the record of some of her...