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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Republican Convention Disaster in review

Just for folks who aren't on my facebook page who may be wondering my thoughts about the Republican convention that ended last night, I'll re-post some of the things I posted there during the week, but my major (buzzword alert!) takeaway was that it seemed like it was the most low key convention I've ever seen.

Most of the speakers talked 90% of the time about themselves and then near the end threw in a "Oh yeah, and vote for Mitt Romney. He's our guy!"

The best speakers were Ann Romney, who, as Cheryl said, would make a better president than Mitt and Condi Rice who gave the same speech any Democrat would make. There wasn't a single objectionable thing in her speech from what I heard in the car driving back from my soccer game Wednesday night (in which I scored two awesome goals, thank you very much!).

There was an amazing piece in Business Week this morning by someone who infiltrated a Karl Rove event in which he was speaking to his core of billionaire financiers of his Super Pac and he told them that the focus groups he coordinated showed that they don't want to hear brutal assaults on President Obama's character. They want a soft sell, where he, as a person, is respected, but where his policies have disappointed us.

(In fact, here's the link to the story: )

So maybe that's why the convention in general seemed like such a snoozer. Well that and the fat that Romney and Ryan really gave absolutely nothing in terms of substance with not a single specific plan for how they will do things any different than our President.

So all that said. here is a compendium, depending on what that means, of my posts over the past week:

Tuesday, August 28:

Just sent my first legit tweet. I'll be tweeting as often as possible leading up to and during the Democratic Convention while Cheryl and I are there next week, so if you want the updates, follow me at @jamiepmcv...or i think that's what it is anyway. #DNC2012 babee!

--   So, if I have this right, Ann Romney's speech was all about love followed by Chris Christie who said the country is "paralyzed by a need to be loved." Off to a great start, repubs. I also understand that Christie forgot to thank Ann for her speech and seemed to like mostly only talking about himself. Maybe they were afraid to tell him that he's not the nominee.   --   When someone asked me what I specifically could point to as things Christie has failed at, I wrote:  
  • Jamie P. McVickar This will be fun...
  • Jamie P. McVickar New Jersey ranked 47th in the nation in GDP growth in 2011. [Bureau of Economic Analysis]
  • Jamie P. McVickar The Garden state’s unemployment rate of 9.8 percent is fourth highest in the nation, trailing only Nevada, California, and Rhode Island. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
  • Jamie P. McVickar New Jersey lost 12,000 jobs last month, the most in the country. [Bureau of Labor Statistics]
  • Jamie P. McVickar The state ranked 44th in personal income growth in 2011. [Bureau of Economic Analysis]
  • Jamie P. McVickar Christie has focused on cutting taxes for millionaires (while blocking a millionaires’ surtax), slashing social spending, and opposing plans to help New Jersey’s workers. He’s cheered the firing of public sector workers and scuttled important infrastructure projects on false pretenses.
  • Jamie P. McVickar Finally, he’s handed out a record number of corporate handouts, while getting little for it in terms of job growth. And for this, he’s been rewarded with a huge speaking slot at the Republican convention, from which he will likely proclaim Republican economic ideology a stunning success.
  • Jamie P. McVickar So other than failing in pretty much every category, gosh he's just wonderful!
  • Christie gave a brutally bad speech. In fact of the 5 speeches I've heard or seen so far, they all sort of reflect classic Republican ideology: It's all about ME! Let me tell you about ME! Oh, and yeah, vote for romney please.
  • Jamie P. McVickar Another thing: Christie's father spent tax-payer money (GI Bill) to attend a land-grant institution (Rutgers). That means his father's success story is entirely reliant on public money--richly deserved, but public nonetheless.
    I've listened to all of parts of 5 speeches so far, and it seems like their two themes have been about You didn't build that and They're removing work from welfare, and both are themes based on lies, like the idea that Obamacare strips funds from medicare benefits. They have nothing of substance to talk about. If fact, it seems like most of the speeches are the kinds of pablum that Dems could have said too - our country is awesome, it was based on liberty, there is a chance for everyone...zzzzz...When are they going to say something about what they are going to actually do. What are their policies besides denying rights to women, people who don't love right, who don't have the exact same interests and narrow views of how things oughta be as they do.
    Actually, I think the most significant thing said by a republican this week came from a pollster for Mitt Romney, who said Romney's campaign would not "be dictated by fact-checkers." Truer words were never spoken.

    --   Two 4-letter words you won't hear this week by any Rs: Bain and Bush.

    --   If you don't believe all the other sites, you gotta believe Faux News if even they spotlight all Paul Ryan's lies: "anyone paying the slightest bit of attention to facts, Ryan’s speech was an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech. On this measure, while it was Romney who ran the Olympics, Ryan earned the gold.

    Paul Ryan’s speech in 3 words

    Paul Ryan's speech was three things: dazzling, deceiving and distracting.   -- THURSDAY   Wow - Clint Eastwood is not only embarrassing himself up there, he's pretty much cementing the image of the Republican party as a group of doddering old white guys complaining and shouting at the younger, smarter generation to Get Off My Lawn!

    --   This is just flat out the weirdest convention ever. Every speaker seems almost embarrassed to say Mitt Romney's name. All they want to talk about is themselves. And now Mitt Romney is speaking and not talking about the one thing everyone wants hear: A single new idea of substance. Or a simple explanation of how cutting taxes will increase revenue.

    --   I think it's now safe to say the single most memorable thing in this convention will turn out to be an empty chair, perhaps symbolizing the empty suit they just nominated.

    So there ya go, all caught up.


    1. Friday, August 31, 2012
      The Republican Convention Disaster in review
      Just for folks who aren't on my facebook page who may be wondering my thoughts about the Republican convention...... takeaway was that it seemed like it was the most low key convention I've ever seen.

      Yes Jamie it was low key….no need for Greek Columns like Obama needed to give the appearance of greatness, if you watched on MSNBC you didn’t see or hear all the women, Latinos, Governors who took over States formally run into the ground by democrats and now running balanced budgets and improved job opportunities all without raising Taxes….did you catch the woman, Latino, Governor of New Mexico? She was a former democrat…both she and her husband switched party’s when she came to her senses …she turned that state around from the mess Richardson left her….

      GOP speech puts NM governor in national spotlight
      By BARRY MASSEY Associated PressAssociated Press
      Posted: 08/30/2012 05:57:37 AM PDT
      August 30, 2012 12:59 PM GMTUpdated: 08/30/2012 05:57:37 AM PDT

      SANTA FE, N.M.—New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez used her debut on the national political stage Wednesday night to offer a message of hope and opportunity, describing how she rose from modest roots in a border community to become the nation's first female Hispanic governor.
      Martinez made a prime-time appearance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., speaking minutes before Paul Ryan accepted the vice presidential nomination.

      She offered her life story as an example of the "promise of America" and emphasized the importance of the presidential election in preserving those opportunities for future generations.

      Martinez made political history with her election in 2010, becoming the first woman elected as governor of New Mexico as well as the nation's first Latina governor.
      Remember her name Jamie…she could run on a ticket with Rubio someday….two CONSERVATIVE LATINOS….that the MSNBC folks didn’t want you to see…so folks like you can still spout the lie that the republican party is a “white mans” Party….thats the image you need but that’s not what our Party is..

      And how about the stories about Romney QUIETLY helping, serving folks in need….no cameras, no publicity…a CEO of a major corporation and when church member had a dying son Romney was there to help, visit with the boy, spend time helping the poor boy write his Last Will and testament…can you picture Obama doing that? Biden? Hell Obama won’t even help his own brother who is homeless and Obama is a multi-millionaire..

      Did MSNBC cover the story told by his partner at Bain? An employee was on vacation in another city and his daughter got lost, missing for a few days….Romney said we can’t just stand by and do nothing so he chartered a plan and he and a bunch of Baine employees flew to where the girl was lost and he organized a search effort….they found the little girl. Romney showed LEADERSHIP (something Obama has never shown…Greek columns yes, leadership no) he showed COMPASSION, (something Obama doesn’t even show his own extended family) he showed he is a man of ACTION not WORDS…we all know that teleprompter Obama is all words no action….yes Jamie there were stories about Romney QUIETLY helping others, showing compassion for his fellow man in need but MSNBC didn’t cover those stories so you didn’t see them, and if it weren’t for the attacks by democrats on his character Romney would have been content that those stories never became public…

      Another funny twist….after the convention Obama was headed for a campaign stop in Ohio….no plans to visit the storm damage in the Gulf….raising money for HIMSELF was more important.

      The non-President Romney made plans to visit the Gulf instead of making a campaign stop in critical Virginia… LEADERSHIP, COMPASSION, ACTION..

      Poor Obama begrudgingly had to change his plans to make money for himself and was embarrassed by Romney’s leadership…he had to go to the Gulf….I feel sorry for him…I believe he had to cancel a round of golf too.

    2. Here you are Jamie...this is what you missed by watching MSNBC....does this look or sound like a "rich white male country club person" to you?

      watch her makes all your silly comments about the convention, well only saw what MSNBC wanted you to saw what your handlers fed you..