Politico reported earlier this afternoon that the Republican National Convention “quickly pulled down a draft copy of its 2012 platform” after “an apparent staff error led to its posting” on the RNC website.
I have to wonder, with all of the press this past week covering the dumb remarks made by Todd Akin (R-MO) and Mitt Romney’s jest “birther” comment, was the posting really an accident? Or was it the GOP’s way of finally shifting the news back to the Republican message?
If it was the latter, kudos to whomever’s brilliant idea it was. And if it was truly an accident, I suspect someone will fade quietly into the Tampa night.
By now, you’ve all heard the news: Romney-Ryan 2012! The Republican nominee for President (yes, I’ve dispensed with the “presumptive” tag), Mitt Romney, has selected Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) as his running mate. His choice obviously departs from my prediction, but it’s a great choice.
I’m sure everyone knows a little bit about who Paul Ryan is, so I won’t detail his biography here. But I do want to hit a few high points for you—points I believe will are significant to the election. Rep. Paul Ryan is an energetic 42-year-old Catholic family man from Wisconsin. He is the always-controversial Chairman of the House Budget Committee and is about as conservative as they come. But what do these biographical points have to do with the election? Let’s review. (more…)
I have a special fondness for Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. Not only did I grow up in the district, but most of my family still lives there. It’s a mostly rural district with only a couple of urban areas of over 30,000 people, covering most of the eastern portion of the state, including my hometown of Tahlequah. So it’s with a little bit of excitement that I get to write about the Republican runoff currently in progress there. (more…)
We’ve heard so much gab in recent months about who Mitt Romney, the GOP’s all-but nominee for president, will or should choose as his running mate. Every name you can think of has been mentioned: Chris Christie, New Jersey’s loud-mouth yet lovable governor; Marco Rubio, Florida’s junior (and did I mention Hispanic?) U.S. Senator; and Paul Ryan, the ever-controversial chairman of the House Budget Committee. There has even been talk about names most have never heard: Bob McDonnell, the governor of Virginia, and Mitch Daniels, Indiana’s chief executive.
But now that the Veepstakes has entered its audition phase, the question everyone will be asking is: “Who will he choose?” Will it be Rubio or Ryan? Will it be Bachmann or Bobby (Jindal, that is)? But the question that appeals to me isn’t so much “who,” but rather “how?” And that’s what I’ll write about. (more…)
As Tim Fitzsimmons points out, calls for Rick Santorum to drop his presidential bid have increased of late, especially in light of Mitt Romney’s sweep of Tuesday night’s primaries, winning Wisconsin, Maryland, and the District of Columbia. Romney leads the delegate count but Santorum has a strong appeal to conservatives, a group with which Romney is struggling, preventing him from sealing the deal. So the question remains: Should Santorum stay in the race or concede defeat? (more…)