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GOP Convention Wrap-Up: The Good, the Bad, and the Absent

Aug 31, 2012, 5:00 pm EDT

The Republican National Convention wrapped up last night, and like a certain Clint Eastwood movie, parts of it were good, parts of it were bad, and parts of it were, well…not exactly ugly, but missing altogether. Here’s a look at what was good, what was bad, and what was absent from the RNC. The Good



Romney’s Speech Did the Job

Aug 31, 2012, 12:37 pm EDT
Romney’s Speech Did the Job

TAMPA — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination Thursday night with a speech that was probably a triple or home run for him and a double for anyone else.

He did what he needed to do, with one big exception. He looked presidential, connected with his audience, and unleashed a stinging attack on President Barack Obama that included some clever, novel arguments.

But to me at least, he didn’t offer a credible policy path to get from where we are to where he wants us to be, and remained very short on specifics. And stylistically I think the parts of this speech were better than the whole. Read 

RNC Buzz: Clint Eastwood Talks to Empty Chair

Aug 31, 2012, 11:40 am EDT

Maybe the RNC’s decision to have actor Clint Eastwood speak on behalf of Mitt Romney on the night Romney gave his acceptance speech wasn’t an attempt to inject star power into the convention. Maybe it was actually a way to make Romney’s speech look better.

Either way, Eastwood gave one of the strangest speeches ever seen at a national political convention yesterday, highlighted by a mock interview with an empty chair on stage that signified President Barack Obama. Eastwood portrayed the invisible Obama as angry and profane, and frequently addressed asides from his speech to the chair, like this one:

“What? What do you want me to tell Romney? I can’t tell him to do that. He can’t do that to himself.” Read 

Fox and Sarah Palin to Go Separate Ways?

Aug 31, 2012, 10:43 am EDT

Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin posted on Facebook Wednesday that her scheduled appearances on Fox News Channel that day had been cancelled, fueling speculation that she may be out at Fox.

Palin had the following to say in her post:

“I’m sorry Fox cancelled all my scheduled interviews tonight because I sure wanted to take the opportunity on the air to highlight Senator John McCain’s positive contributions to America, to honor him, and to reflect on what a biased media unfairly put him through four years ago tonight.” Read 

Ryan’s Take on Obama’s Economic Malaise

Aug 30, 2012, 5:37 pm EDT
Ryan’s Take on Obama’s Economic Malaise

TAMPA — Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave a terrific acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention here Wednesday night.

It was well-written by speechwriters John McConnell and Matthew Scully (who also wrote Sarah Palin’s acceptance speech four years ago) and well-delivered by the usually wonkish Ryan, to the delight of the crowd that reveres him as a conservative hero.

The speech was full of nasty zingers (“He said his job is to, quote, ‘tell a story to the American people’ — as if that is the whole problem here? He needs to talk more and we need to be better listeners?”) and eloquent phrasing (“Now all that’s left is a presidency adrift, surviving on slogans that already seem tired, grasping at the moment that has already passed, like a ship trying to sail on yesterday’s wind.”) You can read the transcript here. Read 

Wall Street Has High Hopes for Romney

Aug 30, 2012, 12:43 pm EDT
Wall Street Has High Hopes for Romney

The outcome of the election is yet to be decided, but it’s clear who Wall Street is pulling for.

Just look at the numbers. Last election, President Barack Obama got around $16 million from the securities and investment industry, for example, which is $7 million more than GOP rival John McCain brought in.

This time around, though, things are slightly different. Obama has received a quarter of that amount — around $4 billion — from the same group, while Romney has nearly tripled the President’s lowered total. Read 

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