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Political Conventions Prove Their Own Uselessness

GOP Convention

The recent;y concluded party conventions are further evidence that the events have largely outlived their usefulness.

Clint Eastwood Explains His Bizarre RNC Appearance

Clint Eastwood Chair

Clint Eastwood apparently considers his stunt at the Republican National Convention to be a success:  Clint Eastwood revealed that what he termed a “very unorthodox” speech involving an empty chair at the Republican National Convention was a last-minute, impromptu decision. Eastwood told his hometown newspaper, The Carmel Pine Cone, on Tuesday in an interview that was […]

God And The GOP Platform


David Noon reviewed Republican Party platforms going all the way back to the GOP’s founding in 1856, and came up with this graph: One wonders how the Republican Party survived for so long with so few reference to God or other related deities. Andrew Sullivan comments:  That’s also a superb graph revealing just how new […]

Wait A Minute, The Republican Platform Doesn’t Recognize Jerusalem As Israel’s Capital?

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Another platform controversy?

Romney Convention Speech Receives Mediocre Ratings In New Poll

Romney Convention Speech

According to a new poll, Mitt Romney’s convention speech was among the least well received speeches going back many years: Americans scored Mitt Romney’s GOP convention speech the lowest since Bob Dole’s acceptance speech in 1996, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. Following the Republican National Convention in Tampa, 40 percent of voters said that they […]

Very Little Convention Bounce For Romney In Early Polls


So far, there’s very little movement in the polls for Governor Romney.

Republican Convention Television Ratings Down Significantly From 2008

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Despite the Clint Eastwood gambit, ratings for the final night of the Republican National Convention were down significantly from their 2008 levels: Continuing the trend, TV ratings for the final night of the Republican National Convention were down compared to 2008. 25.28 million viewers tuned in to see Mitt Romney accept the GOP nomination and Clint […]

Nobody On Team Romney Taking Credit, or Blame, For The Eastwood Fiasco

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Not surprisingly, Romney campaigns staffers don’t seem to want to take responsibility for Clint Eastwood’s performance last night.

Ann Romney Clearly Not Happy About The Eastwood Fiasco


Ann Romney clearly didn’t like Clint Eastwood’s bizarre performance last night: (CBS News) The morning after actor Clint Eastwood gave an ad-libbed monologue at the Republican National Convention, Ann Romney said he did “a unique thing.” “He’s a unique guy and he did a unique thing last night,” she said, referring to unscripted remarks during […]

Romney’s Closing Speech Was Good, But Was It Good Enough?

Romney Convention Speech

Mitt Romney’s speech last night was the best he’s ever given, but it’s impact may have been undercut but several odd production decisions that preceded it.

Viewership For Ryan’s Speech Below That For Palin’s

2012 GOP Convention

Last night’s penultimate hour of convention coverage drew far fewer viewers than the night that Sarah Palin spoke in Minneapolis: Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential nominee, drew fewer viewers than the 37.2 million that nominee Sarah Palin attracted four years ago. The final hour of convention coverage last night attracted slightly more than 20 million […]

A Ronald Reagan Hologram At The Republican Convention? It Almost Happened


When we first heard the rumor of a GOP “mystery guest” on the final night of the convention, many people jokingly suggested it would be a Ronald Reagan hologram. As it turns out, that wasn’t a joke: Despite some conflicting reports, Yahoo News has learned that a hologram projection of former President Ronald Reagan is in […]

Confirmed: Clint Eastwood Is The RNC Mystery Guest

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As suspected yesterday, it’s been confirmed that Clint Eastwood will be the “mystery guest” who will speak just before Senator Marco Rubio introduces Mitt Romney tonight at the Republican Convention: (CNN) - Clint Eastwood will be the “mystery guest” at the Republican National Convention’s final night, a GOP source confirmed Thursday. Eastwood, a longtime Republican, is […]

Two Words Missing From The Republican Convention: Tea Party


Over two days of speakers, not a single Republican has mentioned the Tea Party.

Is Clint Eastwood The Republican Mystery Speaker?


As I noted on Monday, there’s an odd gap in Thursday evening’s schedule of speakers at the GOP Convention that has led to speculation about a possible mystery speaker. Today, the speculation seems to be centered around the former Mayor of Carmel-By-The-Sea, California: Thanks to Townhall.com’s Guy Benson, one of the hotter stories of the morning […]

Mitt Romney Officially The Republican Nominee For President


It’s official.

Time Of Get Rid Of Political Conventions?

2012 GOP Convention

The political convention we know is a 19th Century relic. It’s time to modernize it and make it a lot shorter.

Political Conventions In The Era Of The National Security State

Tampa Security

Security at the Republican Convention in Tampa looks more like a war zone than a political convention in a democratic republic.

Republicans Call For Crackdown On Porn


The Republican Party has apparently solved all of the nation’s real problems and decided it can waste time on nonsense.

Compromise Apparently Reached On GOP Delegate Rules Changes


The changes to the delegate allocation rules for Republican Presidential elections which James Joyner and myself have written about over the past several days have, as James noted, stirred up no small degree of controversy. Ron Paul supporters have ended  up in an alliance of convenience with conservatives and Tea Party groups who see the […]

Who Is Thursday Night’s Mystery Convention Speaker?

2012 GOP Convention

“To Be Announced” has a prime speaking slot late in the Thursday program.

GOP Convention Remains Under Threat From Isaac


As Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast, will the Republican Convention be even further impacted?

Isaac Demonstrates Why Political Conventions In Late August Are A Dumb Idea

2012 GOP Convention

Tropical Storm Isaac won’t be as much of a danger to Tampa as feared, but it’s still having an impact. That’s all because of bad scheduling ideas.

Day One Of Republican Convention Canceled Due To Isaac

2012 GOP Convention

For the second Presidential election cycle in a row, a tropical storm has resulted in the postponement of the first day events at the Republican National Convention.

GOP To Change Rules For 2016 Primaries And Beyond

2012 GOP Convention

The GOP is set to approve rules changes that will impact the 2016 primaries, and beyond. They’re a good start.

Republican Convention To Break Tradition, Nominate Romney On Monday


The Republican National Convention will apparently be breaking with tradition by holding its nominating event, the roll call of the states, on Monday rather than the third day of the convention as usually occurs: Mitt Romney’s quest to formally win the Republican Party’s presidential nomination is coming two days earlier than expected. Mr. Romney will be elevated […]

GOP Platform Addresses The Non-Existent Sharia Law Problem


Not surprisingly, the Republican platform includes a toss to the Islamaphobe caucus with a plank concerning the largely non-existent threat of Sharia law: While leaders like Speaker Boehner and Sen. John McCain were rightly praised for taking a strong stand against Rep. Michele Bachmann’s witch hunt against Muslims in the U.S. government, don’t give the party […]

GOP Adopts Strong Anti-Immigration Platform Plank


Not surprisingly, the Republican Party’s 2012 Platform will be taking a very hard line position on immigration issues: TAMPA, Fla.— Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach persuaded the Republican platform committee Tuesday to toughen its language on immigration. “We recognize that if you really want to create a job tomorrow, you can remove an illegal alien […]

Ron Paul Supporters And RNC Reach Truce On Convention Disputes


It looks like Ron Paul supporters and the RNC have come to an agreement that will prevent any embarrassing moments at the upcoming convention: Tampa, Florida (CNN) - A stand off between Ron Paul supporters and the Republican National Committee over convention delegates appears to be easing, and both sides are close to announcing a deal that could help avoid […]

GOP Platform Committee Rejects Endorsement Of Civil Unions


The effort to put a plank supporting civil unions for same-sex couples in the GOP platform has been soundly rejected: TAMPA, Florida — The GOP platform committee overwhelmingly voted down an effort to include recognitions of civil unions in the party’s manifesto. The measure, offered by Rhode Island delegate Barbara Fenton and seconded by Connecticut’s Themis […]

Potential Hurricane Could Threaten Tampa During Republican Convention


With the Republican National Convention set to start on Monday, there are going to be plenty of people in Tampa paying attention to the weather forecast now that what may become Hurricane Isaac could threaten the Gulf Coast of Florida next week:  For three straight simulations, NOAA’s Global Forecast System (GFS) model has tracked a […]

Donald Trump Gets “Surprise” Convention Role


For some inconceivable reason, the Republican Party is giving Donald Trump a role at this year’s convention: The Donald is gearing up for Tampa. When the Republican National Convention kicks off next Monday, Donald Trump will have a “surprise” role on its first day, people familiar with the matter said Sunday evening. Convention organizers won’t say what […]

Donald Trump Says He Has A “Big Surprise” For The Republican Convention


Donald Trump says he has a big surprise planned for the Republican convention: First, the bad news for Donald Trump fans: He’s apparently not going to give a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. He declined an invitation to deliver a major address “because he relishes the role he plays as […]

Chris Christie To Deliver Keynote Address At Republican Convention

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Confirming reports that had leaked out nearly a month ago, the RNC has officially announced that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will deliver the Keynote Address at the Republican National Convention: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will deliver the keynote address that launches theRepublican National Convention in two weeks, telling USA TODAY he plans to make an “emphatic” argument […]

Republicans Begin To Set Convention Speakers

RNC Convention 2008

With the Republican National Convention a mere three weeks away, the party is beginning to announce the names of the people who will be speaking to the gathered crowd. Yesterday, for example, we learned of a trio of female Republicans along with a group of present and former Governors: Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, […]

Tampa Area Strip Clubs Getting Ready For Republican Convention


Never say that Americans lack the initiative to go out and do what they need to do to make the big bucks: Strip clubs may not be the most politically correct venue for those attending the Republican National Convention, but that doesn’t mean Tampa’s well-known adult hot spots won’t be ready for the influx of […]

George W. Bush Skipping Republican Convention

George W Bush

That sound you hear is a massive sigh of relief from the Romney campaign: Former President George W. Bush will not attend the Republican convention next month in Tampa, POLITICO has learned. “President Bush was grateful for the invitation to the Republican National Convention,” Bush spokesman Freddy Ford wrote in an e-mail.  “He supports Governor Romney […]

Report: Chris Christie To Give Republican Convention Keynote Speech


Reports this morning indicate Chris Christie is likely to be the person tapped to given the Keynote Address at next month’s Republican National Convention: The word is going out quietly to Republican activists across New Jersey: If you’re going to the GOP convention in Tampa next month, be sure to be there by Tuesday night, Aug. […]

Sarah Palin Being Frozen Out Of Republican Convention?


Is the Romney camp snubbing Sarah Palin?

Jon Huntsman Skipping Republican Convention


In 2008, then Utah Governor Governor Jon Huntsman gave one of the nominating speeches for Sarah Palin at the Republican Convention in Minneapolis. This year, after being largely rejected by his party during the primary in no small part because he chose to accept an Ambassadorial appointment from President Obama, he won’t be attending the […]

A Brokered GOP Convention? Not Likely


Could the GOP go into Tampa next August not knowing who their nominee will be? It’s possible, but not probable.