Republican Convention

Clint Eastwood’s speech, or whatever it is

Featured image Actually, I would have preferred it if the Republicans had not tried this stunt. Eastwood is combining some solid common sense and some pretty good humor, with some howlers and poor taste. My position on actors in politics is the same regardless of which party tries to use them. They shouldn’t have speaking parts at this high level. But right now, the real question is how Eastwood went over with »

Romney and the Olympics

Featured image Excellent testimonials from Olympic stars. Mike Eruzioni captain of the 1980 Miracle on Ice team does a nice job of praising Romney. But Derek Parra, a speed staking gold medalist from the 2002 games that Romney saved, is the show stopper, with his recollection of the opening ceremony in which he carried the tattered flag that had flown at the World Trade Center. That’s two powerful themes — the Olympics »

Romney and Massachusetts

Featured image Good testimony about Romney’s time as Massachusetts Governor from his former Lieutenant Governor and a former member of his cabinet. The first is female. The second is not only an African-American female, but a self-described liberal Democrat. She is talking about how authentic Romney is. It’s not a good sign when someone has to vouch for your authenticity, but if it has to be done, this woman isn’t a bad »

Romney and Bain

Featured image Now the Romney campaign is taking on the potential political problem posed by Bain Capital. And he’s doing it head-on. The head of Staples is testifying to Romney’s dedication to making that company the great success it became. He includes a nice reference to the importance Romney gave to providing day care for the children of Staples employees, at a time when this was not so common. However, the Staples »

Romney and religion

Featured image The Romney campaign is dealing with the potential political problem raised by his Mormon faith the same way he’s dealing with all other potential political problems this year — head-on. A friend and close associate from his church has described how hard Romney worked to help those in their parish. Now an elderly couple is recounting what Mitt Romney did to help bring joy and comfort to their young son »

Jeb Bush’s speech

Featured image Jeb Bush has paid brief tribute to his brother and has politely ripped President Obama for blaming his predecessor for the current woes. After nearly four years, says the former Florida governor, a real leader would accept responsibility for the failure of his policies. Now Bush has turned to his favorite issue — education, the soft underbelly of the Democrats’ fake claim that their Party puts people first. He’s making »

Newt Gingrich’s speech

Featured image Newt Gingrich and his wife are talking about Ronald Reagan’s legacy and how the Romney-Ryan program fits well within that legacy. They are also comparing Barack Obama to Jimmy Carter. In some ways, they are being unfair to Carter, whose domestic policy was not particularly radical. In any event, this presentation represents a good use of Gingrich. — probably his highest and best use for purposes of this convention. »

Join Us At Power Line Live at 7:00 Central

Featured image Once again, Power Line Live will be open for business at 7:00 central time tonight. (Actually, you can wander in any time; no doubt some people will be hanging out there before 7.) I will be there. It’s fun to share your impressions of the convention with like-minded conservatives and to see what others have to say, so stop on by: just go here. PS: The Firefox problem we were »

Romney’s Speech

Featured image These are the extensive excerpts from the speech that Mitt Romney will deliver tonight that have been distributed to the media. It looks like a relatively soft-focus, conciliatory speech: 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 »

The Stuck Pig Squeals

Featured image You can tell that Paul Ryan really stung the Democrats last night, by what the party’s leaders are telling their faithful. This is from Barney Frank, in an email titled “clever:” John — Paul Ryan is a rigid far-right ideologue and a clever politician. That’s a dangerous combination — especially in an election where ultraconservative billionaires like the Koch Brothers are spending millions to ensure that their extreme right-wing agenda »

Live from the RNC

Featured image Reader Peter Rice lives near the site of the Republican National Convention and is attending as a guest. He has kindly sent us this brief set of observations of the convention so far: 1. Republican speakers continue to highlight and celebrate champions and to present themselves as champions, such as Condi Rice as the little girl in Jim Crow Alabama who grew up to become Secretary of State. 2. The »

Poll: Who Will Be Tonight’s Mystery Speaker? [UPDATE: Cue the Ennio Morricone Music!]

Featured image Speculation is swirling around the “To Be Announced” slot on tonight’s GOP convention program. The mystery speaker must be important, since only Marco Rubio, introducing Mitt Romney, and Romney himself follow him or her. But who is it? No one seems to know. Take our poll and make your own guess. If you think it is someone else entirely, you can express your view in the comments: UPDATE: Joe Malchow »

“Yesterday’s wind,” and tomorrow’s

The great thing about Paul Ryan’s speech last night is that it worked at so many levels. As I tried to show in my initial post about the speech, it worked as an indictment of Obama administration policy, as deft support for Mitt Romney, and as traditional pulling of the heartstrings. And it worked at an additional level that I neglected to note — a portryal of Barack Obama as »

Ryan’s rumble

Featured image Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention did not disappoint. John posted the text and Paul celebrated the speech as “optimal and then some.” I believe that’s slightly beyond a superlative, and I concur. The speech ran some 36 minutes. It was full of highlights and merits viewing in its entirety. Let’s go to the tape.  Ryan’s indictment of Obama is profound. Among the bill of particulars is »

An “optimal” speech, and then some

Featured image When Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, my initial take viewed Ryan as a “sub-optimal” choice. Time will tell whether this assessment proves correct. Thankfully, events to date suggest that I was wrong. The most notable such event, of course, was tonight’s brilliant speech to the convention, one of the best I can recall. I’ve long believed that the most persuasive arguments — be it in a »

A Fantastic Night For the Cause of Freedom

Featured image It was a great night for the Republican Party and the cause of freedom. All the speakers were good: Tim Pawlenty, Susana Martinez, John Thune and others. But the headliners, of course, were Condoleezza Rice and Paul Ryan. They were both sensational. Condoleezza Rice is a cerebral woman and a life-long Republican, but conservatives have sometimes wondered whether she is really one of us. She eliminated that doubt tonight. Her »

Susana Martinez’s speech

Featured image I confess to wondering about the decision to give the New Mexico governor a plum speaking time on a big convention night, just in front of Paul Ryan. But then I had never really seen Susana Martinez in action. Now that I have, I wonder no more. The sky could be the limit for this rising star. »