Tampa The kids are alright. That’s what everyone always says. Or in any case, it’s what old fogeys, who don’t want the kids to realize how fogeyish they are, always say. Don’t worry about the kids! They dress funny and listen to that rock-and-roll music, but deep down they’re just as smart and serious as kids have always been, from before all ages.
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The Republican convention will highlight a debt clock, the party announced:
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will unveil tomorrow a national debt clock mounted inside the convention hall of the Tampa Bay Times Forum – a compelling visual reinforcing the desperate need for new fiscal leadership in the White House.
Democrats are trying to use Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's bizarre and offensive comments about rape and pregnancy to smear GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. And many journalists are playing along.
Regardless of one's precise political peccadilloes, most of us agree this is one of the most important elections of our lifetime. However, one gets the feeling the Romney campaign, and even the RNC, either aren't aware of the stakes or, perhaps, just not sure of the best way to convey those stakes to the electorate. But there's a simple way to make sure the upcoming Republican convention in Tampa acts as a constant reminder of the stakes.
The New York Times reports that "a veteran Republican campaign consultant," speaking on the condition of anonymity and in an apparent time warp, said, "Anytime Republicans are debating taxes and the economy, we’re winning. Anytime we’re debating health care, they’re winning." In 2008, this might well have been true. But in 2012, well over two years into the era of Obamacare, it's an amazing and head-scratching statement.
Adam Kinzinger, the 34-year-old Republican congressman from Illinois, considers September 112001 the first of two major, life-changing moments for him. The second came five years later, in 2006, when Kinzinger and his then-girlfriend were walking down Milwaukee’s North Avenue after having dinner with a friend.
Some high profile candidates have decided not to attend their parties' national conventions later this summer. This is news, but one is inclined to wonder why. After all, would you want to spend three days in August, listening to speakers as they introduce some "great and distinguished American" who will then launch into an hour long recitation of stale applause lines before a couple of thousand people who are paying absolutely no attention?
Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has been named chairman of the Republican National Convention Committee on Resolutions. The committee, generally referred to as the Platform Committee, will help set the agenda for the Republican party and convene during the party's convention next month in Tampa, Florida.
"Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota and Representative Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee will serve as Co-Chairmen," a statement from the RNC reads.
National Public Radio has a blog post about President Obama's statement this morning on the private sector--and how conservatives reacted to the president's assertion that"the private sector is doing fine." The title of the post? "GOP Dope Slaps Obama For Saying Private Sector's 'Doing Fine.'"
Mitt Romney, with his wife Ann, met this afternoon in Los Angeles with former first lady Nancy Reagan to receive her endorsement. "Mitt and Ann Romney joined me at my home this afternoon for some lemonade and cookies and I offered my firm endorsement of his campaign for President," Reagan says in a statement released by her office.