Live blogging from the RPV Convention

Mitt Romney spoke last night at the RPV Convention Gala last night. Video from the press conference soon.

Live Stream of the convention:

Update: 10:28 AM :: We’re off and running. The McDonnell video is so good I’m almost put back by it. As someone who works in professional political consulting I can’t imagine a better looking candidate. We’re talking Hollywood casting. Good stuff.

Obama vs Romney in 2012

I saw this image, where a soccer mom asks Obama, "I thought you were getting a Hybrid?" Obama is driving a giant SUV that says "Big Gov". I compare what Obama is doing with the government, to what Romney would have done.

Here is a quote:

Romney took more than skills and knowledge away from Bain; he also acquired a way of thinking, a Weltanschauung—call it the Bain world view. He sees waste and inefficiency in almost moral terms; in fact, his crusade against inefficiency is practically a governing philosophy. "Government inefficiency wastes resources and places a burden on citizens and employers that's harmful to our future," he told me. "And anytime I see waste, or patronage, it bothers me." 

Now compare that to Obama.


Romney is the best candidate to handle our massive problems.

Reasons to agree

  1. Romney ran businesses (Bain Capital and Bain Consulting) that purchased poorly ran companies and turned them around.
  2. Barack Obama is running the country poorly.
  3. The country will need a massive turnaround in 2012.
The inefficiencies of the internal combustion engine are nothing compared to the waste of energy that big bureaucracies produce. 

In Case You Missed It: Romney’s Speech at the NRA Convention

If you haven’t read Governor Romney’s speech to the NRA yet I highly recommend it.

Click here for recap.

Click here for text of entire speech. (Recommended)

Topics covered in the speech: second amendment (obviously), Obama’s spending binge, health care, cap and trade, where Obama is right and where he is wrong.

I had two prevailing thoughts when I read the speech. 1 - Wow, what a fantastic speech! 2 - He is almost certainly running in 2012!

~Nate G.

Barack Obama thinks its cool that he used to use drugs

 (The Obama photo is a photoshop, just in case you are stupid).

Reasons to agree:

  1. Obama said, “Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack though” (Dreams from My Father). People who use street names for drugs, are trying to sound cool.
  2. Perhaps he thought he would reach those who had used drugs and convence them to go straight. However he will have reached more straight kids and convinced them to use drugs, by making it sound cool, showing that he was able to beat it, and using their street names, as though he is still trying to have “street cred”.
  3. Democrats don’t like the goody-goody, never used drugs image. Steve Jobs said about Bill Gates, “I wish him the best, I really do. I just think he and Microsoft are a bit narrow. He’d be a broader guy if he had dropped acid once or gone off to an ashram when he was younger.” So according to Steve Jobs, Bill Gates wouldn’t be so “narrow” if he had “dropped acid”. Was Barack Obama trying to tell people he wasn’t “narrow” when he told the world all about his drug use, but he hides, and the media helps him hide his continued cigarette addiction? Did Obama think it was sexy of him to have used drugs in the past, but he is embarrassed of his continued cigarette addiction? If not, why did he tell the world about the former, and no one knows about the latter?

 Reasons to disagree:

  1. Obama was trying to reach people by using the street name. He wasn't trying to sound cool. You are reading way too much into this, and wouldn't want people over analyzing everything you say. 
Was Obama too self centered with his drug use story? Will heavy drug use go up? Perhaps it will go down. Obama can be a good or bad role model to people in a powerful way. What do you think?

Steele blasts Romney

One author thinks it’s time for Steele to go. I tend to agree.

“On Friday, Michael Steele guest hosted Bill Bennett’s radio show - and he got into a conversation with a caller on the subject of Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy. This caller - “Jay” (not me!) - had suggested that Mitt Romney could have won the general election, but that liberals had co-opted the Republican nomination by backing John McCain.

This is how Michael Steele responded (h/t Think Progress):

Yeah, but let me ask you. Ok, Jay, I’m there with you. But remember, it was the base that rejected Mitt because of his switch on pro-life, from pro-choice to pro-life. It was the base that rejected Mitt because it had issues with Mormonism. It was the base that rejected Mitch, Mitt, because they thought he was back and forth and waffling on those very economic issues you’re talking about. So, I mean, I hear what you’re saying, but before we even got to a primary vote, the base had made very clear they had issues with Mitt because if they didn’t, he would have defeated John McCain in those primaries in which he lost.


If you look for the bad in people expecting you’ll find it, you will surely find it. - Abraham Lincoln

I lament the fact that I have to come out of my blogging slumber to write a defensive piece rather than reporting on positive news. There seem to be many spreading the news that there is in-fighting amongst GOP leaders, ie. Governor Romney taking a swipe at Palin. After reading the news here, here, here and especially here, I watched the actual video myself. (Sorry, the video is long but it is in there somewhere.)

Here is the quoted conversation:

KING: As you launch this effort, anyone who picks up “Time” magazine this week and sees the 100 most influential people, will see two Republicans in that magazine. They’ll see Sarah Palin and Rush Limbaugh. Is that helpful, hurtful, indifferent?


ROMNEY: John, I’d like to have a lot more influential Republicans. I think there are a lot more influential Republicans than that would suggest. But was that the issue on the most beautiful people or the most influential people? I’m not sure. If it’s the most beautiful, I understand. We’re not real cute.

To think that this is in any form a “swipe,” even a veiled one, is absurd. Romney is not making a dismissive remark about Palin’s appearance, but rather a self-deprecating remark about the GOP in general, and lamenting the fact that there are only two people on the list of 100 most-influential people. Please re-read his words. He is not mentioning the “most beautiful people” because Palin was mentioned, because remember Limbaugh was on that list too. Please don’t tell me that he was inferring that Limbaugh is beautiful. No, he’s saying that because there are only two GOP on the list and the only reason there should only be two on the list is that perhaps it was the wrong list.

To the people of Conservatives for Palin blog I say it’s time to stop the kneejerk, hair-trigger, I-get-offended-anytime-Romney-mentions-Palin reactions. Just think for a moment who is promulgating this false news - mainly biased liberal news sources. Now let’s think to ourselves about why they do this. Because they laugh their heads off whenever they can fabricate a story to cause the GOP to beat themselves up. Things like this and this, are uncalled for and only help to promote the destruction of the party to the benefit of the liberals and the detriment of all. It is shameful and should be avoided.

For the record, though I don’t think Governor Palin is the most qualified for the Office of President of the United States, I like her and was very glad that she was appointed the VP nominee, and I have written to that fact before.

-Nate G.