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Live-Blogging the RNC Day Three: Part Two…

6:45 PM PST

Everybody’s hoping that Clint Eastwood will be the surprise guest. The GOP usually likes to say that Hollywood should shut up about politics and stick to entertainment. But in Clint’s case it’s different.

6:51 PM PST

I like the band that’s playing in the breaks during the RNC. They look as old as The Rockme Foundation. You don’t get to hear them in the clear too often, but they sound like a very competent cover band, especially adept at blues and R & B. (Which I’d never associate with Romney.)

6:54 PM PST

Oh, no!  It’s another emotional Mitt video with more Ann Romney. Plus darling home videos. Mitt loves Ann. I love my wife, too. Maybe I should be President of the United States!

I think Mitt Romney comes off much better in these video packages than he does in person. He looks the part, he’s got a great smile – and there’s a warmth that’s manufactured and underscored.

Uh oh!

There’s Clint Eastwood!

7:03 PM PST

Clint Eastwood is about to speak. His delivery reminds me of old Jimmy Stewart. You gotta love Clint. He seems to be fumbling a bit, rambling, and disconnected. It’s part Jimmy Stewart, part Admiral James Stockdale. This is the second vaudeville routine of the night, but more entertaining than the Newt & Calista Show.

My wife Victoria notes that the GOP has just given Obama and the Democrats the grand opportunity to call upon any Hollywood star they want (Clooney, Pit, Matt Damon, etc.) and the Republicans can’t criticize them for showcasing a Hollywood star.

7:15 PM PST

And now – Marco Rubio!

Marco?

Rubio!

Marco?

Rubio?

(We’ve all played that game.)

So, Marco Polo (sorry, Rubio) touts the same discredited policies that led to huge deficits under Reagan and turned a surplus into a deficit under George W – and that led to the Great Economic Collapse of 2008. Of course, Marco’s too young to know all this.

And now some blah blah blah about the Creator. Pandering to God. The last refuge of a scoundrel.

Blah blah blah American exceptionalism.

Nothing new and dramatic in Rubio’s speech. (I am enjoying my steak, however. It was rubbed with the “Chicago Back of the Yards” spice mix we bought in Evanston.) Oh, what did Marco Polo just say?

Right about now, my wife Victoria adds that Obama and the Democrats will have the last word.

7:32 PM EST

Mitt Romney jumps his cue – and blows his entrance! He’s walking past a sea of white faces, shaking dozens of white hands, giving awkward hugs all around.

“This will be a disaster for him,” my wife announces. My wife is always right. But, let’s see…

I’m just going to sit back for the next half hour and let the Mitt magic wash over me.

20 minutes in and Mitt’s doing a good job. If you forget that his party’s policies created this economic disaster, you might actually think he’s not full of cr@*p.

And, ah, the family nostalgia! Can we all just stipulate to the family stuff and get on with the nitty gritty of how each party will govern?

24 minutes in and NO policy specifics.

Does Romney understand that the GOP Senate Majority Leader made it his priority from Day One to make Obama a one-term President? Senator Mitch McConnell (Turtle KY) said it right out loud. Does Mitt agree with Yertle McConnell’s policy of constant obstruction?

Here comes the “Attack on Success” canard. Yawn.

29 minutes in – and Mitt’s warming up. He’s got the room rocking with a story about Steve Jobs. So far, it’s not looking like a disaster for Mitt.

But a half-hour into his speech – he’s given no clue as to what he’ll do in the Oval Office. NO specific policy statements. All generalities, bromides and rah rah.

Wow! Romney figured it out! We need jobs! LOTS of jobs! Amazing. I had no idea. HOW will you make those jobs happen, Mitt?

And now the lie about Obama raising taxes on small business.

And now the lie about Medicare.

And now more generalities.

Wait! Romney has a plan to create 12 million new jobs!

It’s a 5-step plan!

Step One: Lie about oil production. Let Big Oil run wild.

Step Two: Destroy public schools

Step Three: More Free Trade

Step Four: Austerity for the poor and middle class

Step Five: Champion small business by getting rid of Obamacare. (What??)

And now he repeats the lie about Obama raising taxes on the middle class, an anti-Gay shout-out, and a bit of religious pandering.

Now Romney takes Obama out of context about stemming the rise of the oceans: another shameless lie.

Boy, he’s piling lie on lie. The crowd loves it.

I can’t take out anymore.

He’s saber rattling against Iran and Russia and I’ve had enough.

I sat through this whole damn thing and my brain hurts. Where’s a bottle of Chardonnay when you need it.

Oh, there it is!

(Filling my glass.)

Here’s to next week’s Democratic Convention, President Obama — and a bold, fearless and comprehensive reply to all this GOP rot!

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Live-Blogging the RNC Day Three: Part One…

5:00 PM PST

Newt Gingrich just finished his underwhelming ventriloquist act. Why he chose to take the stage with a giant wooden puppet in the image of his wife Calista I’ll never know. But, I’ll give him credit, Newt’s lips didn’t move when he threw his voice to Calista. And his lips didn’t move unless he was lying.

Newt and puppet Calista added to the list of Big RNC Lies with the charge that President Obama has decimated energy production – despite the fact that Obama has been more coal and oil friendly than his progressive base wants him to be — and that domestic oil production has never been higher. 

And, yawn, Newt repeats the Great Waiving Work Requirements Under Welfare Lie.

5:01 PM PST

Craig Romney, the Nominee’s youngest son, is making a pitch in Spanish to Latino voters. Now, he’s too choked up to talk. Another story of immigrants made good. Now, he’s done. Mercifully, it’s over in a couple of minutes. So much for Latino outreach.

5:06 PM PST

Jeb Bush comes out and says his brother W made us safe from terror. Really? I thought we suffered the worst terrorist attack in US history on W’s watch?

Now, Jeb wants Obama to stop blaming George W for the economic disaster he inherited. Fine. Let’s also stop blaming the sun for sunshine.

Jeb appears to be a likeable guy. Something tells me he’d have a hard time in the GOP primaries. He’s too soft, too compassionate.

Wait, Jeb’s just 4 minutes into his speech – and he’s already mentioned Romney! That’s a record for this RNC. Now, back to crowing about his record in Florida.

Hold on. Jeb’s doing a comedy routine about milk. It has something to do with school choice. Oh, hang on…now I get it. He’s union bashing.

Jeb just introduced a black Florida student who got a good “election”. (I think Jeb meant “education”.)  The student is advocating for school choice. When the GOP talks about school choice they really mean privatizing schools for profit. Oh yeah, and union busting.

So far, Jeb’s speech is the longest 14 minutes of the RNC.  He made his case for school reform – but not much of a case for Romney.  It’s hard not to like Jeb. But Jeb Bush in 2016? Probably not enough sex appeal.

5:30 PM PST

Grant Bennett, a former Mormon bishop from Massachusetts gives us a dry but informative look at what Mitt Romney did as a Mormon pastor. I like this move. It humanizes Mitt even more than Mitt’s wife did on the RNC’s opening night, but MSNBC and FOX have already cut away to talk to each other rather than hear the bishop out. CNN is staying with Bennett’s earnest, lackluster presentation – if only to make Wolf Blitzer sound exciting by comparison.

5:40 PM PST

A Mormon couple whose young son died of Hodgkin’s disease recounts the help that Mitt gave them in their time of trial. Quite moving, and truly humanizing. Mitt helped their dying teenage son write his will. It’s a moment beyond politics. I like Mormon pastor Mitt a lot more than pandering politician Mitt. This was the most eloquent and effective event at the RNC so far.

5:59 PM PST

There’s been some kind of tribute to Bain Capital going on at the convention, but it’s hard to follow because, flipping from MSNBC to FOX, CNN and finally C-Span, nobody seems to be covering the whole presentation.

6:13 PM PST

Statuesque former Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kerry Healey strides out onto the stage in a bright red dress to tell us how Romney saved the Bay State. She hauls out the now-familiar canard about how Obama’s policies led to the nation’s credit downgrade – ignoring the fact that the Tea Party led House refused the President’s offers at compromise: crass politic brinksmanship that led to the credit downgrade.

And now she beats that old “Obama apologizes for America” drum. Can anyone on the GOP side actually point to a single documented moment where President Obama truly apologized for America? (Crickets.)

6:21 PM PST

I’ve got to make a salad and get the steaks ready to grill. Guess I’ll have to pass up Jane Edmonds, former Massachusetts Workforce Secretary. She’s a woman and she’s black. C-Span and MSNBC are covering her speech – but FOX and CNN are ignoring her in favor of doing interviews on the convention floor. I’m no better than they are – but I’ve got a dinner to prepare!

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