Up for Debate: Short-term convention

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 at 1:12am

Do you think the shortened length of the Republican National Convention will hurt the party and Mitt Romney's causes? Or if a potential Hurricane Isaac decides to batter New Orleans while Republicans are dropping balloons in Tampa does that hurt the Republicans' efforts? Lastly, do political conventions still make a difference?

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84 Comments on this post:

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 10:35

I'm thinking Romney is a smart guy, that has a better grasp of economics than Obama.
I'm thinking he''ll surround himself with a better group of economic advisors, than Obamas has. Maybe he'll get people back to work, maybe not. He's the better choice. If it doesn't work out, you libs. have Hillary waiting in the wings.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 10:55

This is pretty interesting - check it out:

Wal-Mart Joins Companies Cutting Ties With ’Free-Market’ Group

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 11:10

Right slacker...I have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn...

I happen to agree with what Bloomberg Businessweek had to say: Obama and Romney aren't presenting radically different ideas about the size of government. They're arguing two different plans of how to borrow money, shift it around and not pay it back.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 11:43

Looks like Isaac is now officially a hurricane.

People of New Orleans...don't worry about that 12 foot swell or 80 mph wind or driving rain...it's the Liberal media bias trying to get you to ignore the RNC...

What stupidity.

By: brrrrk on 8/28/12 at 11:49

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By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 11:56

gdiafante.. its gonna take entitlement & tax reform. I don't think Obama will touch entitlements.
Unsure if Romney will, but he at least proposed it. I know.. talk's cheap. How much for the bridge?

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 12:09

And If we go to the gold standard.. William Devane is gonna be rich.

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 12:10

My fadder told me to invest in gold.....

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 12:15

I don't think either will touch entitlements, and I don't think they'll touch taxes either. Obama, for all his "the rich should pay" rhetoric, keeps extending the tax cuts. Romney, for all his "the middle class needs a break" has already said he supports supply-side policies.

The only difference is that Romney would attempt to end Obamacare. That's it. Otherwise, we get the status quo.

I'm really talking myself out of voting today...

By: brrrrk on 8/28/12 at 12:30

gdiafante said

"I'm really talking myself out of voting today..."

If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 12:35

Not if he talks himself out of it before choosing!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 12:36

Kudos on the quote, brrrrk! I approve that message!

By: BenDover on 8/28/12 at 12:48

Must suck to be a Democrat in Tennessee. You guys have gay-basher Mark Clayton running for senate.... Jim Cooper in the same boat after supporting the Constitutional amendment that defines marriage between a man and a woman... plus Obama doesn't have a chance in hell of getting any electors.

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 1:01

Actually, Ben, it I don't equate the suckitude of Tennessee solely on politics. I also include people with no teeth, country music, the ultra-hick accents, UT, proximity to Mississippi, Appalachia, and no wine in groceries.

It's just a given that prominent nutjobs are into politics here.

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 1:02

Ben, Al Gore is gonna speak, the final night of the Dem. convention. Obama's hoping a rerun of the ''lock box '' and ''we're all gonna die unless'' speech will bring Tennessee back to the fold.

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 1:03

Thank god Rush gave me freewill, brrrrk.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 1:11

Suckitude. Yep, that about covers it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 1:21

Ben, are you excited about the new restaurant opening in The Encore?

By: gdiafante on 8/28/12 at 1:22

Oh, I forgot to add Southern Baptists to the suckitude list...

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 1:23

I thought that was a given, g.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 2:03



By: yogiman on 8/28/12 at 2:27

The point is, gdiafante, if you don't vote you don't have an excuse to gripe. Vote, even if it's a write-in. Keep your griping privilege as a right. I've never missed a vote since I turned 21 and it's been rare that I voted for anyone more than twice and that was in the House.

By: yogiman on 8/28/12 at 2:44

Interesting, I've just read where Obama's lawyer admits his birth certificate is a forgery. It seems his lawyer admitted his certificate was a forgery but claimed that, therefore, it cannot be used as evidence to confirm his lack of natural born citizenship status. She further argued it is "irrelevant to his placement on the ballot".

Damn, what law school did she go to?

Read her article at conservativepapers.com/news/2012/04/15/obamas-lawyer-admits-birth-certificate-is-a-forgery/#.UDOqpQP4IoZ

By: dargent7 on 8/28/12 at 2:59

I totally dislike Romney & Co. I want to smack all of his 5 sons. Bunch of sissies.
He and Lovey are 100% fake. They are multi-millioniares and wouldn't know what the middle class and poor struggles with in a thousand years.
Come on...guy has 3 overseas bank accounts and 5 homes.
Clem Kadidlehoffer, Mike Wallace, a FOX News shuck, visited Romney in NH and came away with, "he didn't have any servants..." Guy's building a 4 car elevator in his La Jolla, CA beachfront estate as we speak. He thinks he's already won.
But, Obama is an intellectual and better served in teaching as a Prof. at any University. He'll have speaking engagements everywhere in the world.
He doesn't understand economics and has added over $5. trillion to the National Debt. We cannot recover at his pace. Ben Bernake and Tim Gietner suck.
Romney will do a complete make-over.
Obama, if re-elected, will stay on the same page. To ruin. The next 4 years will be worse than the last 4 years. Obama cannot win, either way.
Only thing I'm enjoying is that both Romney's, Ryan from WI, and the swing state to win, Ohio, are all up-north: Yankee territory. The places where the local hillbillies here love to say," go back home!"
Romney's going to the White House and calling it home.
Anything of any value is based up North.

By: BenDover on 8/28/12 at 3:13

It was going to be called Echo but now it's called 'ETCH' I think.

I'm not one for Fancy Pants dinners and the like but I'll give it a try and let you know Blanket.

By: BenDover on 8/28/12 at 3:15

Gore's going to be presenting at the Democrat convention, slacker? lol... that's great.

By: BenDover on 8/28/12 at 3:22

Are you sure they didn't tell Big Al to show up on the day after the convention is over, Slack.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/28/12 at 3:33

Ben, the chef comes from Zola which was one of my favorite "special occasion" restaurants so I'm anxious to give it a try.

By: slacker on 8/28/12 at 3:36

no..no.. Ben they told Joe Biden to show up the day after. Big Al's hitting town with his masseuse posse, to deliver a rousing speech on thursday.
I'm gonna go out on a limb and predict that global warming will be mentioned.

By: yogiman on 8/28/12 at 3:50

Who is the oldest and worst sissies, dargent7, you, or Romney's sons. That is pure audacity to find them at fault for not volunteering to serve in our military when you didn't serve yourself.

If you volunteered and was turned down for a medical of mental reason, I understand. But to gripe because they didn't serve makes you look like a jackass.

By: BenDover on 8/28/12 at 4:04

I watched a Tony Robbins you-tube video on motivation the other day and Big Al was in the front row... still blaming his loss on the SCOTUS.

By: dargent7 on 8/28/12 at 4:53

25 of Tony Robbins "Fire Walkers" got their feet burned a month ago.
The guru in Sedona got prison time (12 years) for 5 people dying in his "Champion Wizards Sweat Lodge" Apache tent thing.
These "seminars" cost $5,000. People eat it up.
I just sit in my back yard in Tenn. in 100+ degree heat, sweat, talk/ swear, ie. "Jesus Christ is it hot, or what?", to God, and drink Bud Lite.
It's 10 bucks...out the door. I save on the airfare, too.
No enlightment occurs, but I drop 5 lbs.
But, that's just me.

By: Ask01 on 8/28/12 at 5:21

These comments alluding to the lower classes wanting 'free things' is somewhat mystifying.

While there are certainly laggards who seek a free ride, all many citizens desire is a job. A problem arises when the upper classes also want 'freebies' by way of paying workers nothing.

As to the relevance of political conventions, they, and in fact all conventions, are, from my perspective, anachronisms.

They along with trade shows actually perform no useful purpose since the internet allows for faster exchange of ideas and information at a much lower cost.

Truth be told, the only 'positive' I can see is allowing delegates and attendees the opportunity to get away from home and run wild out of town, engaging in activities they would never dare at home.

I could easily see conventions, political or otherwise, taking a nose dive as technology increasingly lessens the need for face to face meetings.

Let's be honest. I believe the only people who care about political conventions are the die hard party faithful. Everyone else could care less.

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 8/29/12 at 2:23

dargent7 Dee Snider can "forbid" all he wants. Unless he has total control over the licensing of the song, it's all bluster from a moron. It's unlikely that he even controls the publishing on the song.