“Before I ran for district attorney, two Republicans invited my husband and me to lunch, and I knew a party switch was exactly what they wanted. So, I told Chuck, “We'll be polite, enjoy a free lunch, and then say good-bye.'' But we talked about issues -- they never used the words Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal. We talked about many issues, like welfare, is it the way of life or hand up? Talked about size of government, how much should it tax families and small businesses? And when we left that lunch, we got in the car and I looked over at Chuck and said, “I'll be damned, we're Republicans.'' — New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Republican National Convention, August 29, 2012.
I have always been a big fan of Governor Susana Martinez and in 2010 I devoted my blog to her. On May 21, 2011 I also blogged about her and the Hispanic vote. So I am not a newcomer to the conservative leadership of Ms. Martinez. In fact I have friends who live in Albuquerque who absolutely love her and say she is the best thing to come to the New Mexico State House in years, especially after the failed and corrupt administration of Democrat and Clintonista Bill Richardson.
Last night Susana Martinez showed the rest of America who she is and the delegates at the convention loved it. Martinez, like Mia Love, Nikki Halley, and Condoleezza Rice, all women of color or Hispanic ethnicity showed the American Public that the Republican Party is not a party of old white guys as the Democrats and media like to portray it. In fact these women, along with Marco Rubio, Brian Sandoval (Governor of Nevada), Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rand Paul Allen West, and Paul Ryan are the future of the GOP. The days of the Rockefeller eastern Republicans are fading into history. We can thank the Tea Party for this as each of the people mentioned were supported by the Tea Party and had to primary out RINO Republicans. This was definitely a positive development from Tampa.
Los Angeles Democratic Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Tuesday dismissed GOP efforts to reach out to Hispanic voters.
"You can't just trot out a brown face or a Spanish surname and expect that people are going to vote for your party, or your candidate," he said during a press conference. Villaraigosa, a philandering, corrupt adultery, who runs Los Angeles by virtue of the demographics in the Los Angeles just doesn’t get it. These people were elected as governors and senators, not “trotted out.” Oh, how low you have to stoop when your party is a corrupt failure.
Also the Media Research Center reported ABC hosts GOP-bashing Univision anchor over airing Susana Martinez's RNC speech:
“Instead of airing Latina Governor Susana Martinez's speech at the Republican National Convention, ABC chose to host liberal Univision anchor Jorge Ramos who had dire words for the Republican Party.
"I think Republicans have a real, real challenge trying to get Latinos. Because just a few words in Spanish from Susana Martinez over principle is not enough," warned Ramos while ABC showed video of Martinez speaking. "[I]if they insist on talking about immigration, they're going to lose even more of the Hispanic vote," he also said.
Ramos has been an immigration advocate while appearing as a journalist with Univision. He begged for immigration reform in a Time magazine interview.
Yet ABC aired his liberal screed against Republican immigration policy while one of the party's prominent Latino politicians addressed the convention.”
How bad can it get?
Condoleezza Rice’s speech was a big hit. Her theme of the American Dream covered everything from foreign policy, trade agreements, and national security to welfare and school vouchers. Probably the most memorable, and I am sure to be replayed, was her reference to her personal story when she said:
“And on a personal note, a little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham. The segregated city of the south where her parents cannot take her to a movie theater or to restaurants, but they have convinced that even if she cannot have it hamburger at Woolworths, she can be the president of the United States if she wanted to be, and she becomes the secretary of state.”
As an educator Ms. Rice had this to say about education in the United States:
“And your greatest ally in controlling your response to your circumstances has been a quality education. But today, today, when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you're going to get a good education, can I honestly say it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going? The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are.
My mom was a teacher. I respect the profession. We need great teachers, not poor ones and not mediocre ones. We have to have high standards for our kids, because self-esteem comes from achievement, not from lax standards and false praise.
And we need to give parents greater choice, particularly, particularly poor parents whose kids, very often minorities, are trapped in failing neighborhood schools. This is the civil rights issue of our day.”
Once again you see a conservative black woman with talent and brains standing tall in the GOP tent. Condi Rice is no “token trotted out” for eye candy. She is an accomplished concert pianist, served as national security advisor and secretary of state for the eight years of the G.W. Bush administration through some of the most dangerous times in our nation’s history, and is now a dean at Stanford University.
Rising Republican star Mia Love's Wikipedia page was vandalized overnight with racist and sexist epithets.
The attack comes as Democrats and liberal media outlets criticize or downplay the GOP's effort at showcasing diversity at their convention in Tampa.
Love, a Utah city mayor and congressional candidate who is black, delivered a brief but rousing address Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. The daughter of Haitian immigrants told her family story, throwing in some jabs at President Obama's "divided" America for good measure.
Bloggers were quick to spot some inflammatory changes to her Wikipedia page that night. Though the changes have since been removed, screen grabs posted to various websites show one section called her a "dirty, worthless whore" who sold out to big business. Another section again called her a "sell-out" to the "right wing hate machine," before accusing her of being exploited "like the House N----- she truly is."
The Wikipedia page changes came as the party's other non-white stars in Tampa were either criticized or played down this week.
On Tuesday, MSNBC appeared to gloss over much of the minority politicians' addresses.
Rich Noyes, research director for the conservative Media Research Center and senior editor with Newsbusters.com, said the only minority speaker who got significant air time on MSBNC from 7 p.m. until the end of the lineup was South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, who is Indian-American.
He said he understands the media have to cover Tropical Storm Isaac but suggested there should be a priority on highlighting minority speakers at the RNC.
"There's been this undercurrent in the media that the Republican Party has a diversity problem, that they're not reaching out to minorities," he said. "It's been something you've heard about for months. Well, this is the Republican Party reaching out. If they're reaching out and nobody covers it, who's seeing them do it?"
Of course I am not surprised by these vulgar statements by liberals. Do we not — all of us — know full well what the Democrat Party has become? Seriously, I thought it was pretty well established that the mainstream democrat is a vulgar, hateful hypocrite who projects his/her inner contradictions and self-deceptions on his/her enemy.
Paul Ryan’s speech was a home run. He did what he had to do — convince independent voters that it is okay to like Obama, okay to have voted for Obama, and okay to want to replace Barack Obama. His speech was not for the GOP. His speech was for independents.
Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney know that as the Democrats amp up the negativity, they have to give independents an incentive to keep independents in the race and for them. Paul Ryan succeeded.
Back in 2009, Rush Limbaugh addressed CPAC. The media covered it live, hoping it would damage the GOP. Instead, his off the cuff remarks put the Democrats on defense for months. He made the case that we have to support individuals over the collective, small government over big government, and choice in life (outside of killing kids) over one size fits all mandates.
Republican leaders shied away from those themes until the tea party came along and seized them. GOP leaders still shy away from them. Remember, the weekend Paul Ryan was picked, the GOP leadership was apoplectic that they’d now lose because of Medicare.
Instead, the GOP is now winning on the issue.
Last night, Paul Ryan brought Rush Limbaugh’s CPAC themes full circle into the next generation with a youthful, smiling face that makes it hard for the Democrats to attack. He related to women, to moms, to small businesses, and to families. Paul Ryan made multi-generational points that it is time for a change. He used his personal story to introduce himself and bolster his claims. He made the argument that we must support individuals over the collective. He made the point that we must cut the federal government. He made the point that people should not be dependent on one size fits all federal programs and mandates.
He appealed to independents and the base. He remains one heck of a pick for Mitt Romney.
Paul Ryan is a winner.
Barack Obama’s campaign had several weeks to define Paul Ryan and failed. Now Paul Ryan just defined himself in a way that resonates with swing voters.
Within minutes the Obama media were all over Ryan for his reference to the closing of the GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, Ryan’s home town when he said:
“President Barack Obama, came to office during an economic crisis, as he has reminded us a time or two. Those are very tough days. And any fair measure of his record has to take that into account. My own state voted for President Obama. When he talked about change, many people liked the sound of it.
Especially in Janesville where we were about to lose a major factory. A lot of guys I went to high school with worked at that G.M. plant. Right there at that plant, candidate Obama said, “I believe that if our government is there to support you, this plant will be here for another 100 years.''
That's what he said in 2008. Well, as it turned out, that plant didn't last another year. It is locked up and empty to this day. And that's how it is in so many towns where the recovery that was promised is no where in sight. Right now, 23 million men and women are struggling to find work. 23 million people unemployed or underemployed. Nearly one in six Americans is in poverty. Millions of young Americans have graduated from college during the Obama presidency, ready to use their gifts and get moving in life.
Half of them can't find the work they studied for, or any work at all. So here's the question, without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?”
Sally Kohn authored a hit piece disguised as fact checking on the Fox News opinion page:
“Fact: While Ryan blamed President Obama for the shut down of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, the plant was actually closed under President George W. Bush. Ryan actually asked for federal spending to save the plant, while Romney has criticized the auto industry bailout that President Obama ultimately enacted to prevent other plants from closing.”
Monday, Feb. 2, 2009 the Wisconsin GazetterXtra.com reported:
“The concerned relative had it partly right.
Too bad about the GM thing, but I hear the Janesville plant is getting a new medium-duty truck,” the relative told a salaried employee of the auto plant in Janesville at a holiday gathering.
Full-size sport utility vehicle production has ended at the local General Motors plant, but medium-duty truck production is continuing—not starting—in Janesville.
And it likely will continue into May, when the lights finally go off in the facility that has been producing vehicles since 1923.
When GM officials announced last June that SUV production would cease in Janesville, they also said that medium-duty truck production would conclude by the end of 2009, or sooner if market conditions dictate.
Orphaned by the loss of its big brother in December, the Isuzu line and its 50 or so hourly and salaried employees continue to build about 25 trucks four days a week in what has become a nearly empty plant.
The Isuzu line is operating in the north end of the 4.8 million-square-foot plant, an area that was once the plant’s tire building.
In a partnership with Isuzu, local workers build the NPR truck, which is commonly used as a delivery vehicle.”
So it seems workers at that GM plant in Janesville were indeed working in February of 2009. In fact, they worked on that joint GM/Isuzu project producing new vehicles until May 2009, under President Barack Obama.
The media is declaring Paul Ryan’s speech full of half-truths when they rarely do that to Barack Obama’s campaign speeches? Seriously, this was a campaign speech of big ideas and the media would denigrate it by screaming that Paul Ryan left out key details when, in fact, they weren’t really relevant to the big ideas or themes and some just weren’t added because of time. Meanwhile, Barack Obama claims ObamaCare will solve our national debt problems and the media goes blind to his flat out lies.
Perhaps Ryan should have noted when it comes to jobs once again Obama has failed with his GM bailout. One of Obama’s big lies was that by pouring money down the rat hole of General Motors he saved thousands of good paying jobs in the auto industry. This is pure baloney.
According to TradeReform GM producing 70% of autos outside U.S. Dan Akerson (GM CEO) states that seven out of ten GM automobiles are built outside the U.S. they have 11 joint ventures with Chinese government controlled auto manufacturers. Also they are moving their R&D to China.
The truth of this election is that it is showing just how in the tank for Obama the vast majority of the media really is. They should be embarrassed, but first they have to get their messiah re-elected. It’s time for the fact checkers to check the fact checkers. Ryan had it exactly right, and the fact checkers have made a mockery of their own profession by stepping all over their own biases to refute Ryan. You can read more on this issue in Ed Morrissey’s column in Hot Air.
Among the plethora of negative and racists attacks on the Romney, Ryan and other GOP speakers — attacks that were not unexpected nor a surprise — one of the more egregious attacks came from Juan Williams. Williams is a regular commentator on Fox News and a person fired from liberal NPR and vilified by his compatriots on the left. It was the conservative element at Fox that got him hired as a regular at a much higher salary.
On Tuesday night, as part of a panel consisting of Charles Krauthammer and Britt Hume, Williams labeled Ann Romney as a “corporate wife who hasn’t struggled in her life” when he said:
“Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand looked to me like a corporate wife. And, you know, the stories she told about struggles, that’s hard for me to believe. I mean, she’s a very rich woman. I know that and America knows that.”
Consider the fact that Juan Williams said he had a hard time believing a woman with five children who has overcome breast cancer and is currently fighting M.S. – both of which are conditions that affect women more than men – simply because she has money is appalling. If a conservative commentator had made such a comment N.O.W. would probably be marching outside their studio right now.
A ‘corporate wife’? What exactly is a ‘corporate wife’? I guess it might make sense if Romney got remarried after his business success and one wanted to attack his spouse as a trophy wife, but the Romneys have been married for 43 years, long before the days of Bain Capital. And while the Romneys are indeed very wealthy now, and Mitt Romney was the son of a millionaire governor, he donated his inheritance and built his success on his own — with Ann Romney alongside him every step of the way.
Did Williams have trouble believing that Teresa Heinz Kerry, a woman of rather extensive wealth, too had suffered in life? Not exactly. In May 2004 Williams stated:
“The senator’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, also offers a strong link to independent older women, especially widows and divorcees. In her interview with Barbara Walters, Heinz Kerry revealed that a doctor once recommended she have an abortion because of medical problems, but a miscarriage ended the pregnancy. That personal revelation cut a clear path for her husband to the abortion rights position central to the concerns of so many single women voters.
Regardless of whether female voters are ultimately swayed by the women of the Bush or Kerry clans, one thing’s for sure: Their vote certainly isn’t being ignored.”
Juan, your agenda is really showing.
“I don’t care how much money you have, would you rather have a good healthy life or all the money in the world? I think she would rather be poor than have MS and breast cancer. My wife suffered from breast cancer some twenty years ago and I know how that terrible disease affects women. I also have a very close friend who is suffering MS and, again her life is far from being a picnic. She struggles through life each day combatting this crippling disease. Perhaps if Mr. Williams had a loved one close to him suffering these diseases he might take a different view.
Plain and simply put, Juan’s comment was insulting and fit in lockstep with the Democrat’s talking points to paint Mitt Romney as a corporate CEO’s that must be evil because he worked his way to the top.
What they’re saying is, here’s a guy who’s had everything handed to him, you know, he’s just this corporate CEO, this cold, calculated person, and they can’t understand your struggles because they’ve never had them.
This is the entire approach to the election from the Democratic Party.
Yesterday Williams wrote a weak defense of his comments as a Fox News opinion piece. He attempted to clarify and excuse his vulgar remarks by stating:
“Last night on Fox’s special coverage of the Republican Convention, I said that Ann Romney reminded me of a corporate wife during her speech. In the hours since I made that comment, I have gotten a lot of static and a flurry of negative feedback through Twitter and Facebook.
Many people took offense to that criticism so I think it is worth explaining exactly what I meant.
First, I was making a criticism of the speech-- not of Mrs. Romney.
My reaction was to the political speech. It was intended to help the presidential candidate with women voters. The goal was to let the audience know he is a caring person and not a hardened businessman lacking a heart.
Where the speech lost me was in her representation that the Romneys could understand the struggle of the average American family because they, too, had struggled. Those comments felt to me as if this was something she had often expressed in formal settings while representing her husband. This representation was not at all persuasive to me because their “struggle” is vastly different than the economic struggle of most Americans.
My criticism is about the economic angle of the speech.
The most effective political approach to me -- as a political analyst— would have been for Mrs. Romney to say that she knows she is fortunate, knows she blessed and she wants the best for others too.
That message is the perfect counter to any thoughts that her husband is out of touch with the lives of average Americans. It would have put the issue of their wealth in proper perspective as the American Dream and conveyed that they feel blessed to be in position to help others.”
Okay Juan I understand Teresa Heinz Kerry, a women who was once married to a billionaire Republican Senator from Pennsylvania, who made his money from selling ketchup, is good and Ann Romney is a phony for raising six kids into responsible adults and suffering through two major illnesses. Shame on you Mr. Williams! And, if Sean Hannity, you buddy and protector, on Fox News does not take you to task for your comments he is a phony too.
Finally the last and perhaps the most egregious attack on the Romneys came from the media — in particularly Yahoo News. During live coverage of the Republican National Convention here in Tampa, Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian provided the perfect example of the pervasive anti-Republican bias Mitt Romney faces in his bid to unseat President Barack Obama.
In video broadcast Monday night by ABC and Yahoo over the Internet, Chalian can be heard claiming that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann are unconcerned about the fate of residents of the New Orleans area who are currently being hit by Hurricane Isaac.
“They aren’t concerned at all,” Chalian can be heard on the live broadcast. “They are happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
The anti-Romney joke was made while Chalian was on an active microphone, apparently unaware that his quips against the former Massachusetts governor were being recorded and broadcast live.
Unmentioned by Chalian was the fact that the Republican National Committee canceled the entirety of Monday's program or that President Obama did not cancel any of his regularly scheduled campaign fund-raising parties that night.
Too Yahoo News’ credit they offered an immediate apology and sacked Mr. Chalian. Yahoo News issued the following statement:
“David Chalian’s statement was inappropriate and does not represent the views of Yahoo!. He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended.”
The cast and management at MSNBC really, really want their viewers — all 20 of them now, I believe — to understand that the Republican Party is raaaaaaaaaaaacist, and that the GOP convention is nothing more than a bunch of white men talking and applauding. They are so desperate to sell their agenda of latent Republican racism that they simply averted their eyes every time a speaker that didn’t fit their lone talking point took the stage:
When popular Tea Party candidate Ted Cruz, the GOP nominee for Senate, took the stage, MSNBC cut away from the Republican National Convention and the Hispanic Republican from Texas’ speech.
MSNBC stayed on commercial through former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis’ speech, as well. Davis, who recently became a Republican, is black.
Then, when Puerto Rican Governor Luis Fortuno’s wife Luce’ Vela Fortuño took the stage minutes later, MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews opted to talk over the First Lady’s speech.
And Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval? Noticeably missing from MSNBC, too.
Mia Love, a black candidate for Congress in Utah, was also ignored by MSNBC.
Say, wouldn’t the practice of ignoring people of color be considered raaaaaaaaaaaacist? And what did MSNBC use as a replacement for all of these speakers last night?
In lieu of airing speeches from former Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah; and Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, MSNBC opted to show commentary anchored by Rachel Maddow from Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes and Steve Schmidt.
No doubt, they were trying to keep their 20 19 17 viewers up to date with all of the antics of raaaaaaaaaaaacist Republicans, and so had no choice but to block out Republicans like Mia Love, Ted Cruz, and Artur Davis. I’ve seen news reports from Communist countries that had less Orwellian message control than this.
Why did they just happen to block all of these speakers? Obviously, it’s not a coincidence. They’re afraid of two outcomes by showing these speakers, the first of which is the exposure of the intellectual vapidity of their repeated accusations of raaaaaaaaaaaacism. The second is the possibility of acknowledging that conservatism appeals to a broad, diverse section of the electorate, which might encourage more people of color to consider its policies, especially with the powerful personal stories told by Mia Love and Ted Cruz. Instead of dealing with that reality, MSNBC chose to deliberately misinform their
15 14 12 viewers. Fortunately, the MSNBC lineup (with the apparent acquiescence of Comcast) is so busy marginalizing themselves that it really doesn’t matter anymore.
Tonight the RNC convention will end with speeches from Marco Rubio and the nominee himself Mitt Romney. I am sure the puny little bloggers sitting in their underwear in their parent’s basement are warming up their computers as I write this and the so-called mainstream media journalists are gathering to compare notes as to how they can tear Romney down as they have done with the other speakers. This includes people like Brian Williams and that phony Tom Brokaw
News Busters reported that on NBC: Williams and Brokaw used Condi Rice’s speech to depict Republicans as narrow-minded:
“On NBC’s live Wednesday coverage of the GOP convention both Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw used Condoleezza Rice's speech to paint the GOP delegation as close-minded on immigration, education reform and Barack Obama’s background. Right after the former Secretary of State's speech, Williams snarked: "Portions of that speech could have been delivered at next week [DNC] gathering in North Carolina. Some candid talk to tepid applause on immigration." He then added that Rice made the "rare utterance at a GOP convention of the American truism that zip code determines education in our country."
For his part, Brokaw took a shot at the GOP crowd as he chided: "What was so striking to me was one other line that she had: 'It does not matter where you come from it matters where you are going.' Well to a lot of delegates, on this floor, it does matter where President Obama came from. Because they've been very critical of his Kenyan father, who had a different faith than many of them would embrace and they've raised lots of questions about where his ultimate loyalty is.”
You can read more about the biased coverage of the RNC Convention at News Busters, if you have the stomach for it. And for a history of the media’s biased, and sometimes vulgar, reporting on Republicans check out the Media Research Center’s report; The Media vs. the GOP: Intolerant, Anti-Women, and Always Too Conservative.
That’s enough for now. It’s on to Charlotte, North Carolina for the Vagina Monologues.