Posts Tagged ‘RNC’

The Romney Speech

September 4, 2008

I’m very surprised by Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. He was way, way too hot for television, which, we all know, is a cool medium. I don’t think in my 8 years of covering Romney and watching him as a close political observer, I ever saw him shout. He’s best when he slowly builds a case and uses logic and facts to marshall a case.

It’s not that Romney delivered a conservative speech. It’s that he delivered a dumb conservative speech filled with unwieldy metaphors to “steroids” and “weed wacker[s]”. Some of his comments in New Hampshire critical of the House and Senate leadership were sharp as was this attack of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama: “In the case of the three Democratic front-runners, none of them has managed a corner store, let alone a state or a city or an enterprise of the nature of the United States.”

I’d go so far as to say that Romney dumbed his speech down for his audience. That doesn’t explain his hollering, however. He’ll have to do better if he hopes to be the 2012 nominee should McCain lose.

NECN NewsNight RNC Coverage

September 3, 2008

I will appear on NECN NewsNight tonight at 8 p.m. as part of the station’s convention coverage. Other guests will be a Republican state senator, Scott Brown, and former Democratic state senator, George Bachrach.

I am eager to be on tonight to see Sarah Palin’s convention speech.

EDIT — My NewsNight appearance is rescheduled for Thursday night. I’ll get to analyze John McCain’s big speech.

Bush Convention Speech: Is It Legal?

September 3, 2008

I’m watching President Bush address the Republican National Convention from the White House via satellite. The setting for the speech makes me wonder whether his address is even legal. The RNC is a private political event, and politicians are not allowed to use public resources, such as their offices on Capitol Hill, for expressly political purposes. While everything every politician does in office is political, express political activity, such as campaigning for other politicians or raising funds, must take place off premises.

RNC Obama Parody Ad

July 29, 2008

Here’s the Republican National Committee’s attempt to satirize Barack Obama’s recent speech in Berlin. I didn’t think the GOP had it in them, but, if anything, the goofy house music and strobe lighting made me laugh. Who do they even have over at that operation that knows anything about European dance music?