‘The Best Man’ and Conventions Now and Then

1706 The Best Man and Conventions Now and ThenAround this time of year, nostalgia for the old days of politics runs deep. Thus—bunting, whistle-stop campaigns, somber invocations of the triumph of generations past.  On the stump, everyone’s grandfather is an immigrant, everyone’s mother a saint of sacrifice.  Such paeans to the past become especially prevalent now, when party stalwarts gather for the quadrennial conventions. Sixteen-thousand journalists are expected down in Tampa and Charlotte, and it is safe to say that nearly all of them will express some form of lament over the fact that the conventions are now so scripted , so info-mercional. Where is the excitement of the conventions of yore, with their skinny ties, delegate wrangles, smoke filled backrooms and uncertain outcomes?

Is there a word for nostalgia for something that you do not really know? There hasn’t been any drama at a convention (assuming you don’t count aged Hollywood stars talking to chairs as drama) for 35 years, and the outcome of one hasn’t seriously been in doubt for probably 60, meaning that practically none of the scribblers in the press riser have living memory of the kind of conventions that this year’s are a mere pale imitation of. Continue reading “‘The Best Man’ and Conventions Now and Then”

Mitt Romney’s Full Remarks To The RNC

screen shot 2012 08 30 at 11 07 06 pm Mitt Romneys Full Remarks To The RNCFull transcript:

Mr. Chairman, delegates. I accept your nomination for President of the United States of America.

I do so with humility, deeply moved by the trust you have placed in me. It is a great honor. It is an even greater responsibility.

Tonight I am asking you to join me to walk together to a better future. By my side, I have chosen a man with a big heart from a small town. He represents the best of America, a man who will always make us proud – my friend and America’s next Vice President, Paul Ryan. Continue reading “Mitt Romney’s Full Remarks To The RNC”

Squadron Aims To Out ALEC In Albany

daniel squadron Squadron Aims To Out ALEC In AlbanyNew York Republicans are gathering  for their convention in Tampa, but Brooklyn State Sen. Daniel Squadron has a message for them when they return: Disclose your ties to ALEC!

“ALEC spends thousands of corporate dollars a year to advocate for and against legislation,” said Mr. Squadron. “Legislators who are part of ALEC can call it what they want. But undisclosed lobbying by any other name still stinks. That’s why I’m urging my colleagues in New York and around the country to take the pledge to disclose if ALEC helps shape their bills.”

ALEC, short for American Legislative Exchange Council, has become a recent target of much criticism of Democrats. The Center for Media and Democracy, in a recent expose, revealed that the group is a “front group” in which “corporations hand state legislators the changes to the law they desire that directly benefit their bottom line.” Continue reading “Squadron Aims To Out ALEC In Albany”

Medical Marijuana Group Endorses Obama for Re-Election

6a00d8341da69253ef0163053af972970d 320wi Medical Marijuana Group Endorses Obama for Re ElectionCalling it the defining economic issue of the moment, The United States Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce which advocates for the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes, endorsed Barack Obama for president today.

“Let’s not get distracted by the myriad of issues that will be brought to the forefront at the upcoming political conventions, the single most important election issue is getting our economy back on track,” said Thomas L. Leto III, President and Founder of the U.S. Medical Marijuana Chamber of Commerce. “The Economic Potential of the Cannabis Business in the U.S. is Limitless and President Obama understands this. It is our impression that Mr. Romney just doesn’t get it.” Continue reading “Medical Marijuana Group Endorses Obama for Re-Election”

Romney Forbids Questions on Akin, Abortion–UPDATE

romney21 Romney Forbids Questions on Akin, Abortion  UPDATEA Denver TV reporter scored a rare interview with Mitt Romney today, although the terms were more limited than she may have liked.

Political reporter Shaun Boyd of CBS4 told an anchor, “The one stipulation to the interview was that I not ask him about abortion or Todd Akin—he’s the Missouri Republican who created a firestorm after saying women’s bodies shut down in a legitimate rape to prevent pregnancy. I did ask him about health care, the female vote and energy.”

This created a predictably mocking response from the Obama campaign: Continue reading “Romney Forbids Questions on Akin, Abortion–UPDATE”