What You Missed While Not Watching the Last Night of the Republican Convention

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Filmmaker Clint Eastwood gestures while speaking at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

7:30 p.m. A leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, introduced as only “Ken Hutchins of Massachusetts,” offers the opening benediction. It’s an eloquent tribute to “our kind and loving heavenly father” in the “sacred and holy name of Jesus Christ.” As he prays, a Spanish-speaking television reporter does a live broadcast at one end of the arena. Delegates try to hit her with a cowboy hat and a water bottle to make her stop talking. But they can’t quite reach her. The final night of the Republican convention is underway.

7:38 p.m. Someone waves a sign that reads, “Mitt Is a Ninja,” which means tonight could be totally awesome. Another acclaimed fighter, Connie Mack IV, who is running for Senate in Florida, takes the stage to talk about renewing dreams, dreams becoming reality, and morning in America.

(PHOTOS: Highlights from the Convention)

7:45 p.m. Cue the Ronald Reagan highlight reel, which introduces Newt and Callista Gingrich, with a history lesson about Reagan’s greatness and Democratic rottenness. This leads logically to Gingrich saying Barack Obama “gutted” welfare reform and instituted a “waiving of the work requirements.” Gingrich is wrong. The Obama waiver mandates that states demonstrate they “improve employment outcomes for needy families,” or “face termination of the waiver project.”

7:56 p.m.  The G.E. Smith band launches into “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours,” an old Obama campaign anthem. That leads to a bilingual tribute video to Latino Republicans: “It’s not just about sí se puede. It has to be about cómo se puede.” The Spanish-speaking Romney son, Craig, comes out to speak more Spanish. He tells the crowd en español that his father “values that we are a nation of immigrants.” Then he tears up talking about his family’s story.

8:04 p.m. The disembodied voice of Fred Thompson fills the room, narrating a video of rustling leaves, kids playing wiffle ball and blue-collar white guys laughing in diners. These atmospheric freedom videos are the political equivalent of fortune cookies.

8:06 p.m. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gets a standing ovation as he arrives to talk education reform. First, though, he goes off script to praise his father and grandfather, who “served our country honorably,” he says. “And my brother…” He pauses a beat. “Well, I love my brother.” This was not on the prompter. He goes on to praise his brother’s integrity and accomplishments before calling education inequality “the great moral and economic issue of our time.” He illustrates the case for school choice with a milk metaphor. We have regular, chocolate and strawberry milk, he points out, drawing an analogy to different types of schools.  Then he stretches the metaphor to the breaking point. “They even make milk for people who can’t drink milk.” That’s like a school for people who can’t go to school.

(VIDEO: RNC Buzzwords: A Political Word Game)

8:25 p.m. The house band fires up. You can tell by the way the delegates dance with their signs that it’s a different ballgame than the past two nights. Smith is wearing a suit. Three ladies from Missouri, yellow sunflowers stuck to the brims of their hats, sway with an American flag.

(PHOTOS: The RNC in Pictures: Meet the GOP Delegates)

8:31 p.m. Grant Bennett, Romney’s successor as the leader of a Mormon congregation in Massachusetts, describes ”glorious hours” spent with Mitt in the church. Bennett uses more superlatives than a high school yearbook, but it’s powerful stuff. Romney rising at dawn, raking leaves and shoveling snow for elderly congregants. “I had a front row seat” to Romney’s leadership “and it was marvelous to behold,” Bennett says.

8:41 p.m. An elderly couple tells the story of how Romney comforted their son during his terminal illness and gave the eulogy at his funeral. “David’s story is part of Mitt’s story and America deserves to hear it,” the husband says in a thick Massachusetts accent. He’s not wrong.

8:45 p.m. More tales of compassion in the face of tragedy. Another former congregant tells how Romney came to visit her premature baby in the hospital. “I will never forget that when he looked down tenderly at my daughter, his eyes filled with tears, and he reached out gently and stroked her tiny back,” she says.

8:50 p.m. Bob White, Romney’s longtime business partner and “wingman,” makes Bain Capital sound like a bunch of eagle scouts building soup kitchens. “Integrity. Respect. Responsibility. Trust. These are not just words to Mitt Romney,” White says. “These are principles he lives by. He applied them to the way we worked.”

8:58 p.m. A video explains why Obama is bad and Bain is awesome. Not ninja awesome. But still awesome.

8:59 p.m. Staples Founder Tom Stemberg praises Bain some more. “Who would make a better president: Someone who knows how to save a dollar on pens and paper, or someone who knows how to waste $535 million on Solyndra?” Stemberg asks. The crowd is his, and the rest is easy. Stemberg even gets a chant going in the hall.

(MORE: What You Missed While Not Watching the Second Night of the Republican Convention)

9:13 p.m. After another video and another Bain enthusiast, it’s time for political praise. Kerry Healey, the former Lt. Governor of Massachusetts, testifies to Romney’s performance: Cut taxes, slashed unemployment, earned a credit upgrade. “Thank you Mitt Romney for believing in America. And America, you can believe in Mitt Romney,” she says. Then Jane Edmonds, a self-described liberal Democrat who worked in Romney’s state cabinet, offers cross-aisle testimony. “He is the real thing,” she says, before noting that he “improved the representation of women in senior positions in mass state government.”

9:22 p.m. The press pool reports that Romney is in the building. As we wait, there’s a performance by Taylor Hicks, the American Idol star, followed by a parade of Olympic medal winners. Before long, the crowd is chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.” Speed skater Derek Parra talks about carrying the tattered flag that flew at the World Trade Center on 9/11 to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. “If it’s possible to feel your soul being touched, that’s how it felt,” he says. He chokes up. The crowd chokes up.

9:46 p.m. Singer BeBe Winans belts out a patriotic hymn with a gospel choir as backup. He’s a Democrat who sang at Obama’s inauguration. The guy has serious pipes.

9:51 p.m. Here’s the glimpse of the Romney family that pundits have been clamoring for. In a video, Romney tells the camera the day his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis was the hardest of his life. He recalls telling her that he would be a happy man “as long as I’ve got my soul mate with me.” Pictures flash of Ann, young and pretty, from when they first got married. “Ah, she’s gorgeous – absolutely beautiful,” he says. “You know, I can’t explain love. I don’t know why it happens. I don’t know why it endures the way that it does.” There are grainy old home movies of the Romney kids, and testimonials about Mitt, who sported passable ’70s sideburns way back when. It’s a winsome video, and the perfect moment for the campaign to run it.

10:03 p.m. Or maybe not. Because here is tonight’s “mystery guest,” Clint Eastwood, staggering out to converse with an empty chair. Just as the networks tune in, Eastwood explains that he’s talking to an invisible Obama – not an empty suit, but an empty seat.  “Do you just – you know – I know – people were wondering – you don’t – handle that OK,” Eastwood says. He says lawyers shouldn’t be president, not realizing Romney is one. He appears to suggest the empty chair made a lewd insult. The red light signaling his time is up starts blinking. “You’re crazy. You’re absolutely crazy,” Eastwood mumbles to the empty seat. This is really happening. “I’m not going to shut up. It’s my turn.” The warning light is solid red now. He keeps going. He’s made Obama’s day.

10:15 p.m. The tragedy of Eastwood’s performance is that it’s sandwiched between killer family footage and a sparkling keynote from Florida Senator Marco Rubio, the rare phenom who is even better than advertised. Rubio’s speech is an eloquent ode to a “special” America where parents work two jobs “so doors closed to them would be open for you.” It’s a big-time speech when the chips are down, a scathing denunciation of Obama rendered in a key of sorrow, not anger.

10:33 p.m. Romney enters at the back of room to Kid Rock’s “Born Free.” He makes his way toward the stage, shaking hands as he goes, State of the Union style. Four guys are furiously trying to dislodge the pop-up lectern from the dais, but all eyes are on Mitt.

10:35 p.m. The lectern is up and Romney is behind it. “Mr Chairman and delegates, I accept your nomination for the President of the United States,” he says to wild applause. Romney looks chuffed.

10:36 p.m. He begins by talking about the guy he’s running with—Paul Ryan, “a man with a big heart from a small town”– and the guy he’s running against. Americans deserved hope and change after the 2008 election, Romney says. “I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.”

10:42 p.m. Protesters begin shouting somewhere in the crowd. Romney keeps talking, but the rest of the audience drowns everything out with chants of “U-S-A. U-S-A.”

10:45 p.m. Romney moves to biography. He describes what it was like to watch Neil Armstrong walk on the moon–“When the world needs someone to do the really big stuff, you need an American,” he says—and grow up Mormon in Michigan: “My friends cared more about what sports teams we followed than what church we went to.” When he talks about his parents relationship and his father’s death, Romney begins to choke up. It’s not just a human moment. It’s an important one. Few people have seen this side of him before.

(MORE: What You Missed While Not Watching the First Night of the Republican Convention)

10:48 p.m. Being a stay-at-home mom is harder than any job he’s had, Romney says, and his wife Ann “would have succeeded at anything she wanted to.” Another sweet moment.

10:56 p.m. Romney tells a funny. “I had thought about asking my church’s pension fund to invest” in his company, Bain Capital, he says. “But I didn’t. I figured it was bad enough that I might lose my investors’ money, but I didn’t want to go to hell too.” Edgy. Hell is probably the worst word he’s ever said.

10:58 p.m. Romney defends the practice of firing. “Steve Jobs was fired at Apple. Then he came back and changed the world,” he says. The crowd loves it.

11:02 p.m. Finally time for a little light policy: Obama likes taxes, hates coal, cuts defense, raids Medicare and spends too much, Romney says. Whereas the Republican ticket will create 12 million jobs, achieve energy independence by 2020 and balance the budget. Never mind how. Doesn’t matter when you have a good line: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet,” Romney says. “My promise is to help you and your family.”

11:14 p.m. Romney promises to unite America and restore it to its former glory. “Let us begin that future together tonight,” he concludes. Ryan joins him onstage as the bands plays “Living in America.”  The balloons fall. The confetti follows. The crowd claps. Romney waves. The wives come out. More balloons. The kids come out. More claps. More kids. More balloons.

11:18 p.m. The band plays “America the Beautiful,” Romney’s favorite song. He sings along. The kids play with the balloons. The delegates begin to leave. Tampa 2012 is done.

136 comments
MrTemecula
MrTemecula

I'm appalled about delegates throwing objects at a Spanish reporting team during the benediction. Bad manners on the team, but you don't throw stuff. If Republicans cannot behave better than pre-school kids, how in the world are they going to run the government again. They still have not explained how returning to the neo-con foreign policy or a tax policy from the 1920's or a regulation system from 1880's is going to help America.

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

Paul Ryan is simply a liar.  A bold, belligerent, arrogant, stubborn and obnoxious liar.  He lies about Obamacare just to cater to Special Interests and to neglect responsibilities to the people.  The more the people understand Obamacare, the more they don't want it repealed; to fine tune it okay but to do away with preventing using preexisting conditions to deny coverage or to still have millions without insurance or loosing other benefits and then to naively expect those who aggressively fought it to come up with a responsible new solution is simply ludicrous.  Ryan has also lied about his budget plan as he deceptively advocates more concessions for the very wealthy and more costs for the majority.  He lied about his actions as he stubbornly blocked and arrogantly faulted all efforts to address the problems while just protecting tax cuts for the wealthy and ignoring the needs of the people.  Ryan lied in his speech as he blamed Obama for everything and failed to accept any responsibility.  Along with Boehner, McConnell, Cantor, Bachmann and others Ryan has totally catered to the interests of "the money", their strong supporters and masters, as they just take the people for granted and assume that with the power, influence and mega-millions provided by "the money" they can simply use the abundant propaganda to just con the people, as if "pawns" in their game.

Are the Democrats all "pure and holy"?  Of course not, not even close but they are dependent on the people for their support and power which forces them to concentrate on the people's interests.  The trouble is that it means having concern for all of the people and that naturally creates conflicts.  The people need to pressure the Democrats to do better, to be stronger, more aggressive and more unified while accepting they can't totally resolve all issues for all people at the same time.  There literally is no hope for the majority from the Republican / Tea Party as they are totally owned and controlled by "the money", by the likes of Norquist, the Koch brothers, Adelson and others, the 1%ers, and just committed to and cocky confident in conning the people, the 99%, as they stubbornly pursue their political ambitions and just focus on serving only "the money".

Would it be nice to have a strong third party concentrated on serving the people, the middle-class that makes this country work?  That would help to keep the other two straight and to dilute power, forcing beneficial compromise.  You bet that would be a plus but to ever make that feasible the first need would be to get money out of politics, to create a "level playing field" and make costs reasonable for more and better, altruistic candidates, without their ever needing to sell out to "the money".  The Supreme Court voted against that and supported having unlimited funds spent, thereby giving the distinct advantage to "the money".  The money would aggressively fight any change and the only way the people could ever see any progress there, would be to reject 'the money's" control, to completely reject the propaganda, refuse to be controlled and to firmly reject their "puppet" candidates and break the stranglehold "the money" has over our politics.  It would be very interesting if the people could actually refuse to be controlled by the propaganda and seek to accomplish all of this ... but then that is likely wishful thinking.  Even Romney in a third party, not tied to "the money", could possibly be capable of representing the people - but there really is no chance of that today and the only question now is "whose interests will be served, "the money's" or "the people's"?"

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

http://www.realclearpolitics.c...

That's funny Robert. The polling still suggests that ObamaCare is STILL not liked by the majority of Americans.  Now who is lying, Richard?  Would it be you?

The Republican Party does not want to eliminate the pre-existing conditions part of the law, they have made that abundantly clear.  They also do not want to have millions of insured on a program that they will not be paying for, another ENTITLEMENT program.  

So far as the budget is concerned, it is the Democrats who are lying about the records.  Obama commissioned the Simpson-Bowles group to come up with a plan.  They did, it would have cut over 4 trillion from the debt.  But once Obama realized how that would be achieved, he ignored his own commission.  Ryan's objection was to the amount of tax increases contained within the Simpson-Bowles proposal.  That's all.  Now who is lying again, Richard?  Would it be you?

Money in politics.  How long have the Democrats enjoyed money from big labor in politics, Richard?  10 years?  20 years?  50 years? or more?  Yes, the answer is 50 years and more, Richard.  Billions upon billions of dollars have been spent by special interest groups on the side of the Democrats in order to save their pension funds that we can no longer sustain as a society for the public unions.  Why is that Richard?  

Richard are you just regurgitating the Democrat talking points and do not realize they are all LIES?

Jacques LaBranche
Jacques LaBranche

Only Patriots that love the USA liked the Republican Convention, all others either want a new Socialist Government or are brainwashed by their unions, their special interest groups, or their government entitlement checks so they support Obama.

sacredh
sacredh

The convention drew 30% less viewers than the 2008 convention. Only republicans love their country. We get it.

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

Sacredh I've got it.  On another level Clint showed that senile

repub's are always arguing with empty chairs.  Clint's the

rule and Willard's the tool.

sacredh
sacredh

rokinsteve, I went to Nate Silver's site today and he says the last two nights of the republican convention was down 30% compared to 2008. Mitt was also down fractions of a percent in his simulations AFTER the convention. He's at a 72-28 disadvantage now.

rokinsteve
rokinsteve

On another level Clint showed how senile Repub's are always arguing with

empty chairs.  Clint's the rule and Willard's the tool. 

Moronee
Moronee

I am a christian and some of the things that Romney believes concern me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

At least he has a belief.  

Blind men and women such as yourself overlook the fact that Obama's 'religion' has been one of belonging to a church which supports socialist ideals.  That degrades our country and tells the people we should support the destruction of this country that allows you the freedom to chose what religion or God to worship.  

Here are just a few links which you may want to consider reading, and then come back and extoll the virtues of the current occupant in the white house.

http://www.christianpost.com/n... 

http://www.lifenews.com/2012/0... 

http://www.lifenews.com/2010/1... http://www.catholic.org/nation... 

http://www.humanevents.com/201... 

http://www.prochoiceamerica.or...

Samuel Yap
Samuel Yap

What I missed by not attending the Republican Convention was the definition of Romney as Mitt Romney, a worthy candidate for the US Presidency. You see, a substantial portion of his speech was defining himself as what Obama is not, which is very limiting in a self definition. He was long on that but very short on really defining himself as a persona who does not need Obama for his self definition. That is why Romney does not have a real concrete, sensible and doable plans and platform on what to do as President to move the US forward, which Obama is not doing. That is because he and the GOP is spending most of their time opposing whatever Obama proposes. Indeed they are not called the Republican Party of No for no reason.

frostback
frostback

It's morning -- in the Cayman Islands.

Commentary Fortytwo
Commentary Fortytwo

What you also missed was a single mention of our military, our troops still at risk in Afghanistan, or the thousands of veterans who have given life and limb for their country, nor any mention of why Romney basically gave a green light in Israel for war with Iran or how they are justifying their increase in military spending. 

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

What I learned last night. 

 Mitt Romney is a good and decent person, but he is no Barack Obama. 

Clint Eastwood is old and senile.

Marco Rubio is slick, glib, a  brilliant orator, and very scary in a fascist sort of way.

Most Republicans don't have a clue.

I vote in Texas, where my vote doesn't count.  That is not democracy,  but that is what Republicans want.  Revise the electoral college system.  The Republican party will die, and I won't care, and my vote will count. 

turdface
turdface

your amaxing so true i jus took a big shit n my living room floor on your behalf

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

The Republicans have the spectacle of Dirty Harry  but W. Bush is absent.  Does that make sense?  Do Republicans make sense?  No.

politathiest
politathiest

Conservatism - nothing but a pimple on the butt of progress.

paulejb
paulejb

poliathiest,

You have my condolences, Poli.

"National Atheist Party cancels convention due to lack of funding"

http://hotair.com/headlines/ar... 

I guess that prayer was out of the question.

politathiest
politathiest

PauleBJ,

the Dark Ages called—they want their ideology back.

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

That is being more kind that Republicans deserve.

politathiest
politathiest

Hey, liblies amp; PauleBJ,

Was it you two the other night throwing peanuts at that CNN reporrter?

politathiest
politathiest

Gollie gee, ain't I clever cause I can call names and insult!

contards, conservatards, Repugnicans. Reich wingers, con-munists,

your health insurer called. They're denying treatment because stupid is a preexisting condition.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

""I would just like to say something, ladies and gentlemen. Something that I think is very important. It is that, you, we -- we own this country.

(APPLAUSE)

We -- we own it. It is not you owning it, and not politicians owning it. Politicians are employees of ours.

(APPLAUSE)

And -- so -- they are just going to come around and beg for votes every few years. It is the same old deal. But I just think it is important that you realize , that you’re the best in the world. Whether you are a Democrat or Republican or whether you’re libertarian or whatever, you are the best. And we should not ever forget that. And when somebody does not do the job, we got to let them go."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/... 

While those on the left have one of their hissy-fits, re-reading Eastwoods skit on stage is truly priceless.  Almost an Abbot-Costello comedy routine.  

Barack "Barry" is a joke.  How will the DNC and Obama top this?  It is impossible.  

formerlyjamesm
formerlyjamesm

I don't need you to tell me what I saw.  I saw a fool idiot pandering to a bunch of slobbering right wingers, while the nation watched in horror on the teevee.  On top of it, that senile fool doesn't even know what he says.  He no doubt had a nanny wipe his drool, take him home on a private jet and tuck him in bed. 

That disgusting display did not make my day.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Go back to mommy and daddy's basement, watch your p@rn and jerk your little weeny

politathiest
politathiest

Liblies,

you are a sobering reminder that you can fool too many people too much of the time.

73yearoldVet
73yearoldVet

LL,

Liberals, including TIME JournOlists, could not apprciate Eastwood's comments. They went right over their pointed heads.

The loony left has no sense of humor. Eastwood's comments, with no telepropter present, were for an 83 old man absolutely right on and great.

Libtards will never learn. I guess that's why almost no one takes them seriously

MrObvious
MrObvious

Eastwood's comments, with no telepropter present, were for an 83 old man absolutely right on and great.

I guess that's why almost no one takes them seriously

Right

Wiser words most likely spoken.

politathiest
politathiest

73year old,

May a commune of gay, Marxist Muslim illegal immigrants use your tax dollars to open a Planned Parenthood clinic in your church.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Why don't you go do an Eastwood on yourself sport

LOL

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

MIA

Obama scrambles to change his "schedule" so he can make an appearance in Louisiana to show the voters that he cares.  

If this had been Bush II, the left would be screaming from the top perch saying how bad he was for not jumping into action.  

HYPOCRISY is thy name Libtards.  

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new... 

 

paulejb
paulejb

dunedweller,

"Why do you think they skipped over that?"

===========================

Simple, dweller. The RNC was about the future, not the past.

The DNC will be skipping the future and the past four years and harking back to the days of Bill Clinton prior to the blue dress.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

I think the RNC should send about a 1,000 women to the DNC Convention when Bill is about to take the stage and have them wear blue dresses just like Monica.

politathiest
politathiest

May be Bushes interior Department head can reorganize the orgy parties they used to give away Billions , and they can all have 1 big party .

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

You have a lot of suppressed sexual fantasies, don't you poltergeist

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

It seems like some want to blame the Democrats for the economy, but that isn't reality and if believed it is just asking for more of the same.  How did the jobs go away and who profited in the process - whose supporters are they and why are they paying mega-millions to continue their exploitive ways.  If you look at who really profited, who is using propaganda to blame "big government", government spending and the deficit, which while worthwhile corrections they just didn't cause the problems, and look at who wants to maintain their status quo with permissive, co-responsible politicians allowing their continued exploitation, and if you can consider all of that with an open, objective and rational mind, you should be able to see who is being the problem while they are feeding their insatiable "more" (never enough) appetite and just peddling propaganda to the people, who continually loose more.  And to find fault with politicians' performances during our down turn - who put their political ambitions above all else, stubbornly blocking and arrogantly faulting all efforts, withholding bipartisanship, protecting tax cuts for the very wealthy and just being irresponsible while depending on propaganda to con the people and manipulate public opinion.  Give credit for what has been accomplished and prevent returning to more of the same, Bush-Cheney style, no matter how rationalized.

Richard Giles
Richard Giles

There should be no doubt in anyone's mind that Romney and the Republicans are owned and controlled by "the money", the 1% of the population that they cater to.  Boehner, Cantor, Ryan, Bachmann, McConnell and others have consistently demonstrated it in their stubborn concentration on "the money's" interests and their arrogant focus on their own political ambitions, no matter what the costs to the people.  Norquist, Cheney, Rove, the Koch brothers, SuperPacs and others make it clear as they use the 1%'s mega-millions to coerce their own to assure unity behind "the money's" interests, to recruit and sell "puppet" candidates who will perform as their "strings are pulled", and to constantly bombard the people with their propaganda.  The deceptive propaganda alone is proof enough but that takes people checking their emotional loyalties so they can't be conned and instead see reality.

The Republicans have become cocky confident after being emboldened with past successes in the manipulation of the "conservative" Christian (2000), the Swift-boat propaganda (2004), the Tea Party movement (2010) and the flooding of Wisconsin with many millions in that states recent recall election; all being well designed, well directed and well funded efforts to sway voters in the same single direction.  Their confidence represents their surety that they can take the people for granted, insultingly assuming that the public can just be used as "pawns", to be manipulated by the abundant subterfuge paid for by "the money' - with nowhere in there being any honest concern for the people's interests.

Romney leaves no doubt as he cultivates the substantial support of "the money",  collecting mega- millions while promising his support for their interests - once again catering to exactly those who caused our problems.  Romney's demeanor, attitude and history all identify he is part of the 1%, is focused on serving their interests and won't and can't really understand the needs of the majority - he very apparently feels above that and without the humility to relate to those needs.  He offers the people nothing but criticism of Obama and the arrogant request "I know how, just trust me" but without a history to show he even cares or that he can move beyond the interests of "the money".

It is up to the people, the voters with their first challenge being to resist the aggressive and substantial efforts aimed to use them, to con and manipulate them with the abundant mega-millions spent on bombarding them with propaganda.  If the majority can't look beyond the subterfuge to see reality, to recognize that "the money" is trying to use them for their own purposes and that there really isn't any concern or conscience for the people, then we are just apt to be returned to "more of the same", Bush-Cheney style, and once again incur the drastic costs there for the majority.  

The people need to see that while reducing spending, the deficit and "big government" are worthwhile goals, they aren't the source of our problems and actually, are simply the intentional distraction to keep attention from what is the cause of our problems and what they want to assure continues - that being the exploitation by "the few" allowed by permissive and co-responsible politicians, encouraging run-away greed, gross dishonesty and self-indulgence, resulting in the repeated crises that not only brought our economy down but also spread around the world.  When the people clearly see the 1% are constantly feeding their insatiable "more" (never enough) appetite while substantially costing the 99%, as is proven by their constant gains and the majority's continual losses, then maybe the voters will refuse to support it, refuse to be propagandized and instead totally reject their "puppet" politicians who just subordinate themselves to "the money's" interests.  This really isn't about "conservative" versus "liberal", or even about Romney versus Obama, it is about the survival of the middle-class.

turdface
turdface

eastwood was great the convention and all the speeches were excellent can't wait to vote in November

paulejb
paulejb

turdface,

Don't sweat Mori, turdface. He's not really a stalker. He just has an inordinate interest in posters that disagree with him. Ignore him, he's harmless.

LiberalLies2012
LiberalLies2012

Mori is such a little dweeb.  He takes and posts turd's disqus profile like it is some kind of secret or something.  

But, Mori HIDES behind his little fictitious name.  Same with Ob, 53, outsider and all the rest of the libtards.  TOO AFRAID to show who they really are, they are nothing but a big JOKE.

53underscore3
53underscore3

paulejb math:

inordinate = two

paulejb
paulejb

53_3,

You insist on remaining stuck on stupid, 53.