It’s one where you get interrupted when you try to spin the stupid things that your candidates say. For those without video, it shows: George Stephanopoulos (!) playing a clip of Joe Biden’s infamous ‘buried’ gaffe*; asking Robert Gibbs whether gaffes like this will hurt the Vice President in his upcoming debate with Paul Ryan**; and stopping Gibbs cold when Gibbs tried to claim | Read More »
Whether one reads The Wall Street Journal, Politico, The National Review, the local newspaper, or watches the MSM or cable news, “what Mitt Romney must do” Wednesday night has itself been debated ad nauseum. Enough already! I’ve been on record that I don’t think Mitt Romney has run a barnstormer of a campaign, and emotion doesn’t appear to be his strong suit thus far, but | Read More »
Back in May when it became apparent that our GOP nominee for President was going to be Governor Mitt Romney, I wrote this diary What Are You Doing the Summer of 2012? (I’ll be trying to save the country.) explaining how I had come around to support Mitt and why. Not much has changed for me since then except my activism has increased, and I’m | Read More »
No president could have fixed the inherited mess in just four years and this President wants to stay inside Washington where, by his own admission, he can’t fix it? See also private sector, that didn’t build itself, is doing fine. The story should have been the courage of Daniel aka Paul Ryan to venture into the Lion’s Den aka AARP aka just another faction of the | Read More »
Barack Obama suddenly feels the need to go to Wisconsin to campaign. But look how subtly they are admitting the state is in play. If you go to BarackObama.com and look on the front page you will find no mention of it. To find it, you have to go here. It’s very subtle and under the radar and it might not have made as much | Read More »
Only a few days left before the Presidential Election – Americans have been overly stimulated with negative ads, political promises and accusations from both candidates. They are confused, angry and fed up with Government and politics. Americans aren’t buying hope and change from either candidate – they want to know exactly what the Romney, Ryan team can do for our Nation’s economic crisis. They’re on | Read More »
Yesterday in Charlotte the Democratic National Convention began as amateurishly as President Obama’s first term has been. Three times Mayor Villaraigosa of Los Angeles tried to get a majority of Democratic delegates to agree to add God and Jerusalem back into the Democratic Platform. Three times he failed. But on the third time, he declared he heard a two-thirds vote for changing the platform. Debbie | Read More »
In writing, especially in the era of the new media, you’re only as good as your last publication… in our case, that was a couple of weeks ago. Dee, my fearless editor, and I both have full time careers. Dee in particular has an awful lot on her plate… I honestly don’t understand how she does it all. We’ve experienced a sort of enforced hiatus | Read More »
There will be something missing from the Time Warner Cable Arena during the Democratic National Convention (DNC) being held this week in Charlotte, NC. However, this “something” was prominently displayed at the Republican National Convention (RNC) inside the Tampa Bay Forum as an integral part of the convention messaging and set design. It was the real time running of the National Debt Clock, and as | Read More »
Our Tampa odyssey began early the Saturday morning preceding the convention. We arrived in Tampa around lunch time, and the airport was abuzz with arriving delegates and greeters from Tampa, including a barber shop quartet which serenaded arriving visitors. My wife and I grabbed the keys to our rental car and headed west to Safety Harbor, a small Tampa suburb where the Tennessee delegation would | Read More »
Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech to the RNC Wednesday night was addressed in no small part to the segment of the population that supported President Obama in 2008, but who were turned off enough by the last four years to consider an alternative in the upcoming election. One of the most vivid lines in Ryan’s speech – and one which conveyed that message very | Read More »
Several of the statements made in Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s RNC address Wednesday night have triggered strong reactions from the Obama campaign and its surrogates throughout the media. One of the biggest points of contention is Ryan’s anecdote about a GM plant in his hometown of Jaynestown Janesville, Wisconsin, which closed just months after being visited by then-candidate Barack Obama. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina responded to the story by accusing Ryan of “dishonestly attack[ing] Barack Obama for the closing of a GM plant in his hometown of Janesville, Wisconsin — a plant that closed in December 2008 under George W. Bush,” while some journalists and media “fact-checkers” have written their own context into Ryan’s remarks in order to claim them false.Let’s look at exactly what Obama said, what Ryan said, and then at what happened.
(And by “Obama’s budget”, I mean the one unanimously rejected even by his own party.) What are those “draconian cuts” that Paul Ryan has proposed in his budget? Is he really going to throw Granny off the cliff with his changes to Medicare? The Independent Voter Network has an interactive graph where you can see the spending over the next 9 years with the two | Read More »
Like most of you, I loved Paul Ryan’s speech last night. He dismantled the Obama presidency like few others can. Yet, his speech and all the other speeches of this convention leave me longing for the master. Although he is gone, Ronald Reagan still looms large over our party and our country. So with that, here is the full version of Reagan’s impromptu speech at | Read More »
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson and Ben Domenech are joined by Andrew Malcolm to discuss the Republican convention so far, Paul Ryan’s speech, and Andrew’s guess for tonight’s mystery speaker.