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Old 1st Sep 2012, 16:58
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As a follow on to my post to BandAide, what was said and what wasn't said at the Convention, here is today's lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal. Be sure to read the last sentence a couple of times, it is really important...

Mitt's Speech Gamble

By not explaining his agenda, he left an opening for Democrats.

The immediate media consensus, especially on the political right, seems to be that Mitt Romney "did what he had to do" in his GOP convention speech Thursday. He repaired an image battered by Obama attack ads, showed he appreciates women, defended Bain Capital and criticized President Obama more in sorrow than in anger. On to the White House!

Well, maybe. Mr. Romney's speech did hit all of those essential points, but the one thing it didn't do constitutes a major political gamble. Neither he nor the entire GOP convention made a case for his economic policy agenda. He and Paul Ryan promised to help the middle class, but they never explained other than in passing how they would do it.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Romney tossed out his five policy ideas almost as an afterthought. Energy got one sentence, education scored big with two. Neil Armstrong received almost as much speech time as what Mr. Romney would do specifically to spur faster growth and raise middle-class incomes.

This isn't because Mr. Romney lacks an agenda. His platform is brimming with ideas, most of them good and many excellent. He simply didn't talk about them. No doubt this was a strategic political calculation—perhaps a judgment, based on polling, that Mr. Romney's main challenge is to reassure undecided voters that he's not heartless, scary or extreme.

The thinking would be that Mr. Obama's approval rating remains below 50% and voters are prepared to fire him, so all Mr. Romney needs to do is to show Americans that he's competent and presidential. Thus Mr. Romney and the GOP staged a convention intended mainly to rehabilitate their political brands, show off a younger and more diverse party, and leave the policy stuff to the dull wonks on editorial pages.

Ergo, the "safe" political strategy.

Perhaps this is how it will all turn out, but someone should point out that this policy-free zone is risky in its own way. By failing to explain his own agenda, Mr. Romney has left an opening for Democrats and Mr. Obama to define it instead. We wouldn't be surprised to see them pivot away from personal attacks on Mr. Romney and Bain next week and devote all of their time to assailing his policies.

Beyond the "war on women" nonsense that Mr. Romney debunked this week, Democrats will tear into Paul Ryan's House budget and Mr. Romney's tax plan. They'll say he wants to favor his rich friends and political donors, that he'll loot the middle class and brutalize the poor with spending cuts on everything from disaster relief (see Louisiana) to Pell grants to food stamps.

Meanwhile, Mr. Obama will explain in glorious detail all of the "investments" he wants to make in schools, roads, college tuition, medical research, electric cars—which Mr. Romney's "savage" cuts would take away.

These Democratic attacks will be caricatures or worse. But they will have a blank canvass on which to paint because Mr. Romney did so little to explain what he would do and how it would help improve the economy. His only references to taxes were that he won't raise them on the middle class and he'll cut them for small business.

Perhaps this near-silence is pure political genius, but was it too much to devote a single paragraph to pre-empting the attacks on Mr. Romney's tax reform?

Something like this: "President Obama will say I want to cut taxes on the rich. But a fairer tax code with lower rates for everyone will lead to more investment, faster growth and more middle-class jobs. I want to eliminate the special tax favors that the rich can exploit because they have political power that average Americans don't. Mr. Obama wants to keep the current tax code because it gives the rich and powerful in Washington more power. I want average Americans to have more money and power instead."

Our point isn't to throw cold water on the Tampa afterglow so much as to point out that sooner or later Messrs. Romney and Ryan are going to have to make the case for their policies. If not in their own speeches, then surely at the debates when Mr. Obama and the moderators won't let them avoid it.

If they can't confidently and aggressively win the argument for tax reform and spending restraint and why they promote faster growth and more jobs, they will give Mr. Obama an opening to win an election he should lose.
The race to the Presidency is no longer about trivial stuff, but things that really matter, policy, economics, job growth and tax reform. Some will say, "Well, we didn't hear details on Hope and Change, and Obama won, so why do we need to hear details now?" There is a saying for this that goes: "Fool me once, ......

I am just being realistic here, not advocating one way or another, I am waiting and listening as the next two months of the campaign develop......
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 18:19
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As an apolitical animal, I don't come in here much, but this caught my eye after Clint's straaaaaaaaaange speech.


"Maybe Clint is a sleeper agent for the Democrats sent in under deep cover to make the Republicans look stupid. No wait, that's Romney."


Made me laugh, but the fact Condoleezza Rice stepped in at the last moment to make a speech, for some reason, worried me enormously. Dr Rice is a very intelligent woman, and I'm astonished she'd join that bizarre circus when she could be doing better things . . . like playing the piano.

To clarify my position, I don't think one can run any country in this way, especially a country as big as this. A continuous creation philosophy is the only way, with a quiet change of skilled people going on all the time. In this computerized world, the population could still vote on almost every topic - including who gets the top job.
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 19:10
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Made me laugh
Be sure to tune in next week then.
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 21:05
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LR,

Now that you mention it, I do find some humor in it after all. Watching the ever increasing list -by the hour- of actors who will never work in a Clint Eastwood movie again.

Also, it seems to have drawn a few more out of the woodwork as well. One has-been in particular who was probably type-casted for her role in Oceans 13.

There's also another one who's vile posts on Tw!tter were totally inappropriate and may very well cost him his job at Nickelodeon; a children's cable channel. Amazing what happens when the Left shows their true colors.

Anyways, thanks for dropping in. You're always welcome.
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 21:14
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Why is it the left are always the meanest, nastiest, most bilious people publicly yet the media says nothing but when a conservative says something slightly wrong it's all you ever hear about?

More importantly, why don't people seem to notice the glaring difference in the coverage?
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 21:16
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Erosion of Obamaland

Is this a sign of thing s to come?

Rains wash away Mount Obama in Charlotte, N.C. - Washington Times

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Old 1st Sep 2012, 21:19
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This is of the same guy who said "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow, and our planet began to heal. "
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 21:35
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As an apolitical animal, I don't come in here much, but this caught my eye after Clint's straaaaaaaaaange speech.
National review: Tampa Titbits:

For a day or so, I didn’t know what to think about Clint’s appearance. Brilliant? Befuddled? Helpful? Un-? I am now firmly in the “crazy like a fox” camp. A conversation with a famed, magnificent political writer convinced me. And then I read posts by two other stars: Mark Steyn and Jennifer Rubin. Triply convinced.........

On Clint Eastwood

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Old 1st Sep 2012, 23:02
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My Lord, I hope that no crows get trampled in the stampede.

According to new research released today by Rasmussen, more voters identify themselves as Republican than ever in the last 8 years. More importantly, by a 4 point margin, more voters identify as GOP than Democrat. This is the largest spread between the parties ever. Worse for Democrats, the number of voters who identify with their party is also approaching an historic low.
Wave: GOP Voters at All-Time High
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 23:12
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Suppose you gave a Jumah, and nobody came.

Next week is shaping up real well for the Democratic National Convention. After reinstating the Catholic Bishop's Prayer Invitation over outcry that a Jumah would be held, a little problem cropped up.

After 20,000 (minus 19,700) turned out for the Jumah Prayer event, the formal invitation to hold a rally at the DNC was subsequently scrubbed.

Jumah at the DNC Fizzles

In place, the DNC will have Betty White juggle an empty rocking chair for the two hours.

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Old 1st Sep 2012, 23:20
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You can't make this up.....

The DNC is stooping to new lows in their Speaker selection as well as the support behind it, or should I say in front of it.

And there is massive hypocrisy as well: the Dems have been pushing their War on Women meme, but Bill Clinton, a serial adulterer and accused rapist, is prominently featured (although it should be stated, the Democrats are forgiving people; former Time reporter Nina Burleigh once famously said, “I would be happy to give him a blowjob just to thank him for keeping abortion legal. I think American women should be lining up with their presidential kneepads on to show their gratitude for keeping the theocracy off our backs.”)


DNC Speakers: The Usual Angry, Leftist Suspects
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Old 1st Sep 2012, 23:48
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Yeah, Bill Clinton, their rousing speaker poster boy.

Impeached by the United States Congress while President for perjury and obstruction of justice.

That's their role model!

You really couldn't make it up.

Meanwhile, on my monthly cell phone bill since January has appeared a new charge: Universal Service Fund $1.88.

This is the charge implemented by the White House to pay for free cell phone giveaways to those on welfare. Have you checked your own cell phone bill lately? You've got it too (although I understand different cell phone providers use different names for this new Federal mandate fund that can be included on your bill with a wave of the President's pen.)

I checked back and my cell phone basic bill increased in January 2012 by $1.88 with a brand new line alled "Unversal Service Fund" that was never there before. It is to fund this free cell phone program for welfare folks.

Nobody asked me if I wanted to give free phones to poor folks. Did they ask YOU?

I researched it and the basic law providing these phone says no recipient can receive more than one cell phone. But of course I saw a woman on the news telling the reporter she had 8 phones--and opened her purse to show the reporter and camera her 8 phones inside her purse. She was quite proud of going back time and time to get more.

And you wonder how cheaply Obama can buy votes? Well, for $1.88 a month of OUR payments on our cell phone bills. That's how.

We all are buying the Dems their votes. Whether we want to or not. It does put a whole new spin on fund raising to buy votes---all cell phone users in the United States are now funding Democratic vote buying.

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Old 1st Sep 2012, 23:57
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Yeah, Bill Clinton, their rousing speaker poster boy.
If you ever get the opportunity, this is a good flick about Slick Willie.



Primary Colors (1998) - IMDb

Travolta does a great Clinton.
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Old 2nd Sep 2012, 00:03
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Yeah, pretty scary film, especially as it was written by an old guard reporter on the inside and pretty much in the know.

It was a scathing indictment of the morals of the parties involved. I've no doubt why Joe Klein first published the book as "Anonymous."

I used to have reporters I worked with tell me unbelievable stories about the Clinton White House.

Washington is a rumor mill and it's hard to cover everything up when there's so much going on that's dodgy and vile. Leaks happen and you always hear things. It's a small town really.
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Continuing the theme...

A guide to who's who in "Primary Colors:"

Who's Who? - New York Daily News
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Old 2nd Sep 2012, 00:53
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baggersup,

Given that you have an unique perspective of DC, have you ever noticed that every once in a while, something will occur in the current Administration and it seems oddly familiar, as if it came right out of an Episode of The West Wing?

That said, if Jed Bartlet were running for President, I would consider voting Democrat, if for nothing else, to watch CJ do the Press Briefings.
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Old 2nd Sep 2012, 00:59
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Blatant Racist Remarks from the President.

Obama: GOP Convention Was from Era of Black-and-White TV - National Journal Staff - NationalJournal.com

Sorry, for a moment there I thought I worked for MSNBC and that Obama was Republican.
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Is it new?

It could be just me, or the angle of the camera, but doesn't this flag looks little odd? The proportion of the blue background of the stars seems to be square. Seems to me it should be more rectangular. Or is it a an executive order that changed it? Maybe making room for the additional 7 states. Sickle and hammer?

Just sayin...


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Old 2nd Sep 2012, 05:20
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It's true. The "Jack", or blue bit, is supposed to be in a rectangular ratio of .5385/.76

Now there's a bit of trivia for you!
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Old 2nd Sep 2012, 10:25
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