August 30, 2012 |
Americans may not know Mitt Romney yet, but they do know a little more about two impressive people he has chosen to team up with at pivotal moments in his life - Ann Romney and Paul Ryan. One has been his life partner, the other will be his political partner through the 2012 campaign and, if things go well for Republicans, his partner in governing. Ann Romney's speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night was a huge hit. The candidate's wife went a long way to connect with female voters who have had serious doubts about putting her husband in the White House.
August 13, 2012 |
Everybody seems happy with Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin congressman Paul D. Rya n as his running mate. Republicans are joyful because it is a bold move that will electrify the tea party troops of the party's base. Democrats are gleeful because they think they can scare older voters with Ryan's proposal to turn Medicare into a voucher program. Ryan is no bland, play-it-safe choice of the kind many expected from Romney -- a Tim Pawlenty, for instance, who has all the charisma of an Arby's franchise manager.
August 21, 2012 |
Many Republicans believe theirs is the party of Jesus Christ, but, in practice, they are the party of an atheist, Hollywood intellectual named Ayn Rand. After establishing a career as a screenwriter, Ayn Rand authored two novels, “The Fountainhead” and “Atlas Shrugged,” that are the intellectual bibles of libertarian conservatives, corporate executives and callow undergraduates. Among the many aspirational young conservatives inspired by Rand's philosophy was a kid named Paul D. Ryan . “The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand,” Ryan said in a 2005 speech.
August 31, 2012 |
Despite the rainy weather, Tampa, Fla., was good for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan; a bit less so for Clint Eastwood. As the cleaning crew sweeps up the confetti and burst balloons, here are the highlights of the 2012 Republican National Convention… Oddest use of prime time: Clint Eastwood's improvisation with an empty chair They seemed to love it inside the hall, but the folks in charge of keeping the program on schedule were going nuts...
September 6, 2012 |
Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, Bill Clinton put on a master's clinic on how to fight a political campaign. It may not have made Democrats wish he was back in the White House (at least not every Democrat), but they sure long to see him out on the campaign trail. The former president took the stage to nominate the current president -- "I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside, but burns for America on the inside" -- and found a way to turn every vulnerability of Barack Obama's candidacy into a strength.
November 19, 2012 |
In a postmortem of his campaign, Mitt Romney blamed his loss on President Obama's "gifts" to key voting groups, thereby demonstrating, one last time, how he does not understand the country he hoped to lead. Meanwhile, Paul Ryan's poor showing in his own hometown indicates how out of touch he is with the community he claimed to know so well. Maybe that lack of perception is one reason why these two aspirants for the highest offices in the land fell short of their goal. As many pundits have noted, Romney's characterization of government programs as gifts was an echo of his earlier disparaging remarks about the 47% of Americans who pay no income taxes.