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August 30, 2012

Mitt Romney's Speech Falls Short of Democratic Expectations

"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".

"First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables."

Full transcript HERE

Full Video HERE

Clint Eastwood Speech at RNC HERE

The Bradley Effect + The Shy Tory Effect = Landslide

Posted by Rob at August 30, 2012 11:39 PM
Comments

Let me fix that headline for you:

Rachael Madow and Chris Matthew's heads explode simultaneously.

- or -

Overheard in the Oval Office: "Oops, I crapped my pants".

Posted by: Eskimo at August 30, 2012 11:55 PM

Not exactly a stem-winder. But it was sincere. And he will make a great Potus. The case he and several other Speakers made that its okay to admit voting for Obama was a mistake and that Romney Ryan and the GOP house and senate collectively with the teaparty shoving a rod up their backs is the way forward out of the malaise and morass that the Alinskyite socialists and their union and corporate cronies have driven the country into.

They have made their case ably. And it's not going to even be close in November.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at August 31, 2012 12:00 AM

As far as job interviews go, it had about the same sizzle.

Yet, it was effective in articulating the fact that it's the American people who are the bosses in the Constitution.

And, Clint Eastwood was entertaining.

Posted by: set you free at August 31, 2012 12:05 AM

I thought it was a superbly well-written speech -- great rhythm, great notes - and very well-delivered. Brilliantly coded, too, in the sense that it addressed the inescapable, hammering "racism" issue indirectly throughout, not by name, but through strong, patriotic, ever-so-subtle attacks on the ridiculousness of the specious accusations of same.

I loved Clint Eastwood's on-the-edge, umm, looseness, too, especially in the context of a buttoned up, inevitably demagogic political convention. His line "When somebody doesn't do the job, you gotta let 'em go" was great.

Posted by: EBD at August 31, 2012 12:05 AM

I thought it was a great speech. I can envision Chris Matthews puking in the toilet about now.

Posted by: Bruce at August 31, 2012 12:12 AM

It's been quite a while, but tonight I felt proud to have some American ancestry.

Posted by: David at August 31, 2012 12:14 AM

Gord, I wish I was as optimistic as you. There's far too many voters dependent upon government largesse that see Obama as their meal ticket. For the rest, I agree with your post.

EBD, "You gotta let 'em go" makes a good slogan for the campaign.

Eskimo, I'd pay good money to see that.

Posted by: cgh at August 31, 2012 12:15 AM

Romney's speech was brilliant. Concise, personal, touched on the right notes. A great book-end to Ryan's speech.

Eastwood was amusing.

Posted by: Osumashi Kinyobe at August 31, 2012 12:28 AM

I thought it was a good speech. Romney is, by nature, a 'behind the scenes' guy and not a vibrant speaker like Ryan but his sincerity, principles and decency - and business acumen - came through clearly.

I liked the insistence on returning power to the people rather than its being focused in government and Obama.

I also think that the GOP tactic of telling people that it's OK to, now, reject Obama as 'having tried' but simply not having done the job. You've got to enable a population that went into a romantic hysteria get out of the emotional bond...without feeling embarrassed. Otherwise, they won't let Obama go because they'll be too ashamed of themselves for having been so entranced by him, er, Him.

Obama will try to bond them with racism and more emotional manipulation. I like that the GOP didn't smear Obama - as Obama will do to them.

I also liked the insistence on rejecting identity blocs, insisting on 'we are all Americans', focusing on American freedom and exceptionalism, etc.

I liked Clint Eastwood, though I understand other media sites were apocalyptic in horror. I thought Eastwood was doing what the political speakers couldn't do, namely, commenting on Obama's smears and negative ads. Here was Eastwood, telling 'Obama' that he doesn't talk that way any more... Great fun.

Now, Romney has to get specific about his plans.
And next week, we'll see what the Obama gang will do.

Posted by: ET at August 31, 2012 12:32 AM

This was the moment when the land started to slide...

Posted by: james at August 31, 2012 12:37 AM

Romney's speech was devoid of substance even by his usual standards. Clint was...a bit out of his element and was still a better speaker and his speech was better than anything we'll see at the DNC. Why do we have conventions again? What is the point?

"First, by 2020, North America will be energy independent by taking full advantage of our oil and coal and gas and nuclear and renewables."

So much stupid. Energy independence belongs in North Korea's 'Juche' manual and nowhere else. And nuclear power is, as I have explained before, a total bust.

Posted by: LAS at August 31, 2012 1:34 AM

I thought the entire convention was extremely well done. Romney/Ryan and the Republican Party were effectively presented as competent, thoughtful and passionate people who were committed to leading the way to a renewed America. While many were surprised that Romney did not give a more specific outline of his policy agenda, I think the strategy was to use the convention to build trust in the Party and the candidate. They will now have an open-minded audience more willing to accept the bad news and embrace real solutions.

Posted by: calturns at August 31, 2012 1:39 AM

"This was the moment when the land began to slide"
Yessiree.
And because it was the moment when the land began to slide the BamBam team won't wait until next week. They have already started.
They are already wound up like 8 day clocks and by the time they start their convention they will be in full frothing at the mouth mode.

Posted by: Snowbunnie at August 31, 2012 2:06 AM

Clint Eastwood 'made my day'. Clint Eastwood is a Conservative and a good man, IMO.

Posted by: Jema54 at August 31, 2012 2:11 AM

Haven't had time to listen to the speeches but did enjoy Clint Eastwood's "interview with Obama" while eating.

While I don't consider Romney even close to being a Libertarian, he's far more likely to put the USA on the right path than the Marxist Obozo. It's going to be a tough fight but I'm starting to get optimistic.

Just finished reading David Deutsch's book The Beginning of Infinity and it can be viewed as an endorsement of American exceptionalism (David didn't explicitly say this). In this book, David Deutsch considered human creativity to be the key to the memetic transmission of knowledge and human scientific progress. He also divided societies into static and dynamic societies with the US being the most dynamic society in existence. The danger now is from the static societies (almost entirely muslim) who will resist with violence the flow of modern memes to their people. Obozo was the last person one would want in power at a time when the very future of dynamic societies is threatened by both external and internal regressive forces (internal forces are the watermelons which hopefully will be obliterated under a Republican presidency).

David Deutsch, unfortunately, dashes ET's assumption that muslims moving from a tribal orientation to a more modern society will become less extreme. They are a static culture with a cultural memeplex that rejects any change. That is why muslims are one cultural group that doesn't assimilate in Western cultures as they can't understand the concept of a dynamic culture and will never be able to. That is why I suspect that the battle between dynamic and static cultures will result in many glass parking lots in the middle east in the near future.

LAS, just curious if you know that Canada is energy self sufficient? Energy self sufficiency for the US is a very laudable goal as this would eliminate a major source of funding for islamofascists. I won't comment on your position on nuclear power given how ridiculous it is.

Posted by: Loki at August 31, 2012 2:29 AM

Actually, Jema54, Clint Eastwood is a Libertarian. I know it's easy to get them confused with Conservatives at times.

Posted by: Loki at August 31, 2012 2:31 AM

Loki: Eastwood might or might not be republican (I think he is) but regardless he will be voting republican - like most serious libertarians will be doing.

Posted by: Gord Tulk at August 31, 2012 2:39 AM

Gord Tulk, Clint Eastwood was featured on the Libertarian web site as a high profile Libertarian. And, yes, I'm sure he'll be voting Republican this year as will 95% of Libertarians as this is not a year to be very rigid about ones principles.

Posted by: Loki at August 31, 2012 2:52 AM

Within an hour of Mitt leaving the podium the democrats released a list of speakers, including lots of women and lots of non white speakers. Pelosi, Reid, Kerry. No mention of Sandra Fluke,has she been replaced or just not mentioned again. Should be an all out attack on republicans, with no mention of any plan obama might come up with for another term.
If all they do is attack it could backfire big time. But we must remember the main issue for democratic women is free birth control and abortions.

Posted by: Mary T at August 31, 2012 5:12 AM

including lots of women and lots of non white speakers.
Pelosi, Reid, Kerry.

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Reminds me of,

Walking Dead.
Fright Night.

Angry Birds and grunting pigs.

Posted by: Fearless Leader at August 31, 2012 5:50 AM

All i can say about the speech by romney and clint is this .

Weather it was good enough (witch i thought it was a really good speech ) or not weather it had the substance , or weather it hit the right notes or not should be irrelevant IMO .

Just look at the performance of the current potus
right now americans should be willing to vote for a fly to get him out of there .

romney and ryan will not solve all of the problems , niether would ron paul , or anyone else you put up there .

How ever romney ryan , ron paul or rand paul or marco rubio so on and so forth can all start the ball rolling in the right direction with fact based results ie creating jobs and starting to get rid if the major hinderances to american succes . you cannot undo in 8 years what has been done in 40 or 50 years it is too much .

But romney and ryan can and hopefully will start the ball rolling and maybe in two or three more presidents right of center and truley right of center not CINOS or RINOS ....then you will start to see some serious changes .

Again not matter what you think of romney ,ryan,the gop , just look who they are against and right now i would vote for romney in the blink of an eye with out the speeches or the campaigning . thisi s it america is on the brink .

Cannnot afford more obama , and canada cannot afford spider eyes mulcair!!

Posted by: paul in calgary at August 31, 2012 7:30 AM

That's what I'm talking about! Romney finally throws me some red meat.

Posted by: The Phantom at August 31, 2012 7:46 AM

Seems all the commentary coming from the left side this morning directed at Eastwood, has as its basis the presumption that one of theirs has gone rogue. They seem to have had the notion that all of Hollywood is dyed in the wool democrat and will come Novemeber, get into line.
Judging by the rhetoric I'm seeing and hearing, a few heads exploded last night.
Eastwood's message was clear, don't be afraid to judge Obama's term in office by his record, or by his character, rather than the colour of his skin.
Thats not racist, its just good sense.
Other than that, the fact that so many of the democratic punditry and their peanut gallery are running with the criticism tells me that last nights audience tuning in could be huge.
That and everytime the media trots out what was in the speech, many will be curious to actually go read the actual transcript, or as the internet now allows, watch the entire speech without the media interpretation of "what he meant was".

What I expect from the DNC is exactly the same message as four years ago...so Obama has to run against his own record.

Now just so the trolls understand.
Explain how a woman being able to get an abortion, or obtain "free" birth control, or forcing voters to buy health insurance, gets them a job?
23 million people need a job. They will go to however offers the best chance to getting that opportunity.
We have seen what a community organizer can do.
Is it worth taking a chance on another four years of this? And if so, what if after four more years the US is no further ahead, who then will the democrats offer up?
Obama had four years and he couldn't get it done.

The democrats challenge is:
Why does he need another four years?

Posted by: joseph at August 31, 2012 8:10 AM

Yes, comrade Obama dearly wants 4 more years, but not for the same reasons, that the fools that mostly vote for him do. When people like James O'Keefe are denied flight priveledges, there is something else afloat, remember 50 cars of gaurds through the Swiss Alps, Ken your ancestors would know the preamble to this unfolding nightmare. Romney must win, whatever his religion, there can be nothing in his background that comes anything close to the background of this current president, the friends he keeps and his mentors and creators are enough to scare the devil himself.

Posted by: bartinsky at August 31, 2012 8:45 AM

I can envision Chris Matthews puking in the toilet about now.

This time the tingle is running DOWN his leg.

Posted by: glasnost at August 31, 2012 9:38 AM

Did have time to follow the speeches, but given the rather hysterical reactions I've seen from the opposition, I'm given to understand all went well.

In politics I find I rarely go wrong by seeing who politicians annoy, even if I don't have time/interest to examine the details of specific politicians, and so far R&R& co.are annoying all the right people.

Posted by: Fred2 at August 31, 2012 9:55 AM

glasnost, wouldn't that be "tinkle"?

Posted by: The Phantom at August 31, 2012 10:06 AM

Mary T, what, Sean Penn is not on the list? I would think he would get top billing.

Posted by: Ken (Kulak) at August 31, 2012 10:26 AM

I have been watching American political conventions since the 1960 DNC when JFK was nominated. In my opinion Romney's speech was one of the best. Ryan's speech was without equal for any VP candidate.

Posted by: Ralph at August 31, 2012 10:28 AM

Yeah Michelle Malkin had a column about a condensed dictionary of racist code...

Angry and food stamps are racist?

In the minds of the unhinged (such as Mathews) it is....

This emphasis on dog whistle racism codes...will/is backfiring.

"Hope and Change" is now "hoping for a change" and it sure ain't silent...

IMHO these polls are what we call "push polls" much like a lotta climate science...totally junk science.

Read the lefties in reverse....desperation and PANIC is evident.

Posted by: sasquatch at August 31, 2012 10:29 AM

Watched all the speeches. Robio(?) was great even if he did dwell on his own story a little to much. He has set the stage well for an eventual run himself.

The MSM is taking runs at Eastwood but that is such a sign of desperation. What? Parts of Hollywood are against us. The scary thing about Clint is that his rep in Hollywood is pretty ironclad. The classic ' politicans are employees. If they cannot get the job done then fire them!'

Romney came across as a straight shooter. Glad to see they aren't backing off his business background as it is his strength. Hard to believe that Hispanics don't embrass the GOP more with the number of high profile people they have there.

Posted by: ct at August 31, 2012 10:41 AM

"I never thought that it was a good idea for attorneys to be President." - Clint Eastwood

Mitt Romney, J.D. 1975

Oops! :)

Posted by: mister curious at August 31, 2012 10:59 AM

We watched pretty much the entire RNC, and were especially impressed with the overall positive & optomistic theme, something that has been totally missing from the Dems. Superb live coverage of the events by SunNews - kudos to them, also.

Posted by: greig at August 31, 2012 11:02 AM

I enjoyed Clint Eastwood's presentation; the finale was killer for audience participation.

CE: "I'll start it, you finish it. GO AHEAD..."

Crowd: "MAKE MY DAY."


I thought the empty chair was a very adept tool, the President was and is clearly MIA (missing in action).

As Marco Rubio suggested the President's golf game has improved immensely since he took office, and is about to get a whole lot better.

Romney's business expertise and Ryan's governmental credibility should form a formidable duo. Romney's juxtaposition of family experiences with policy points hit just the right mix. Time to take the show on the road...!


Cheers


Hans Rupprecht, Commander in Chief


1st Saint Nicolaas Army
Army Group “True North”

Posted by: Hans at August 31, 2012 11:07 AM

About the bradley effect article I suspect that MSNBC has been shown Obama's numbers.

Posted by: james at August 31, 2012 11:08 AM

Dems hated Rubio's speech because he is as the old Kinks song goes a "young conservative" and is a stark counter to Obama's youth.

They hated Eastwood's talk because this actor dares to not be a Democrat. Remember how their heads exploded with his Super Bowl commercial?

They hated Romney's speech because they can no longer define him and now understand he is a credible threat to take the WH away. I loved his 5-point plan which seems to take a page out of PMSH's playbook.

IOW false bravado masquerading desperation as they sense declining momentum. Let's see what the Dems bring to the table next week.

Posted by: Shamrock at August 31, 2012 11:25 AM

It's all very well, but the only opinion which counts is that expressed in the polls on election day. I remember that many people commenting on SDA
were sure that the Red Rat would lose in Alberta. But the Albertans are stupid. Similarly if the Americans had any brains Obama would not have won in 2008.
He has turned out worse than anyone expected but not different than expected. Anyway, the Yanks deserve four more years of Obama,
and maybe we do too, judging by the vitriol-filled remarks on PMSH in the Blubb and Wail.

Loki's comments are good. David Deutsch's book The Beginning of Infinity offers some intellectual tools which are effective against much modern nonsense,
including the "French theory" which has infested our philosophy departments. Deutsch is a physicist, by the way.

Posted by: John Lewis at August 31, 2012 12:27 PM

John Lewis @ 12:27;
You could not be more accurate. I was one who thought that WR had it in the bag.

We should neever forget that Canada re-elected Libel governments for decades. I include Mulroney in that bunch as he was a closet Libel. Many conservatives talk a tough line but when they feel the pinch as government cuts back they scream just as load.

Posted by: ct at August 31, 2012 3:11 PM

And, yes, I'm sure he'll be voting Republican this year as will 95% of Libertarians as this is not a year to be very rigid about ones principles.

It never is! It's always the year to vote for whatever the GOP has puked up. Given that Johnson is actually polling decently (for a 3rd party candidate), I highly doubt most libertarians are going back to the 'we hit because we love you' party.

Canada is not 'energy sufficient'; we both import and export energy because that is most efficient. America can and should do the same. Since oil is fungible, cutting of imports will do nothing to eliminate terror funding.

What was ridiculous about my nuclear comments? Nuclear is a subsidy parasite. Do you like subsidy parasites?

Posted by: LAS at August 31, 2012 4:45 PM

LAS:

Yes, we like you, you subsidy parasite.

Posted by: set you free at August 31, 2012 5:13 PM

'Actually, Jema54, Clint Eastwood is a Libertarian. I know it's easy to get them confused with Conservatives at times.'
Posted by: Loki at August 31, 2012 2:31 AM

A Libertarian is revolted by big gument and gument controls on citizen's lives - so is a true Conservative. Conservative means minimal gument in the political world. Mr. Eastwood concedes that Mitty would be better than Barry; Romney is not a Conservative. Eastwood, like most Conservative Libertarians, sounds like a a Ron Paul Republican.
Libertarian is the opposite of Liberal because Liberal has come to mean liberal with constraining other people's liberty to obtain other people's money to be liberal with...

I wish to defend my post about Mr. Eastwood, Loki. Clint really did make my day because he did not gush all over Mitty and he gave a shout out to Dr. Paul with his ironic 'Mr. Chair' address.

Posted by: Jema54 at August 31, 2012 6:24 PM

All i can say about the speech by romney and clint is this .

Weather it was good enough (witch i thought it was a really good speech ) or not weather it had the substance , or weather it hit the right notes or not should be irrelevant IMO .

Just look at the performance of the current potus
right now americans should be willing to vote for a fly to get him out of there .

romney and ryan will not solve all of the problems , niether would ron paul , or anyone else you put up there .

How ever romney ryan , ron paul or rand paul or marco rubio so on and so forth can all start the ball rolling in the right direction with fact based results ie creating jobs and starting to get rid if the major hinderances to american succes . you cannot undo in 8 years what has been done in 40 or 50 years it is too much .

But romney and ryan can and hopefully will start the ball rolling and maybe in two or three more presidents right of center and truley right of center not CINOS or RINOS ....then you will start to see some serious changes .

Again not matter what you think of romney ,ryan,the gop , just look who they are against and right now i would vote for romney in the blink of an eye with out the speeches or the campaigning . thisi s it america is on the brink .

Cannnot afford more obama , and canada cannot afford spider eyes mulcair!!

Posted by: paul in calgary at August 31, 2012 6:41 PM

I watched the RNC live last night (OK I got no life) and today I heard several different accounts of Clint's speech, none of which matched that which I saw. I have just looked at it again, and it was the same as I saw last night.

I watched on C-SPAN; clearly the TV channels were showing something else, or editing and mis-informing people.

Posted by: Robert of Ottawa at August 31, 2012 8:51 PM

Clint was right about attorneys: Mitt has a law DEGREE, but he's never practised as a lawyer!

Posted by: lookout at September 1, 2012 9:03 AM

Demoncrats are going to have a guillotine on stage and behead Romney in effigy ala Alice Cooper.

Thats how foam-flecked-lip insane they are.
You read it here first.

Posted by: eastern paul at September 1, 2012 3:28 PM

And nuclear power is, as I have explained before, a total bust. LAS

The French obtain 70%+ of their electricity from nuclear, and have some of the cheapest electricity rates in Europe. So, total bust is a misnomer. Or, am I missing something?

Posted by: small c conservative at September 1, 2012 9:42 PM
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