“The current Administration's most recent National Security Strategy.... relies on the good intentions and capabilities of international organizations to justify constraining American military readiness.” —GOP draft platform, “A Failed National Security Strategy.” This week I'm tracking insane things Republicans say that undermine the Romney campaign’s painstaking efforts in Tampa to portray the GOP as reasonable and normal. Today please welcome Hon. Tom Head, a Lubbock County judge elected on the Republican ticket.
“We respect the tribal governments as the voice of their communities and encourage federal, state, and local governments to heed those voices in developing programs and partnerships to improve the quality of life for American Indians....” —GOP draft platform, “Honoring Our Relationship With American Indians” Earlier this month I wrote, under the rubric Pas Devant Les Enfants (“not in front of the children”) about the Romney campaign’s successful effort to keep nearly all of Romney’s primary opponents away from the podium in Tampa.
TAMPA—As they assemble in Tampa, the Republicans should consider not just whether they can win back the presidency in November, but whether they can create a viable majority that can endure past an election cycle. But they won’t. Mitt Romney and his party are oblivious to their longer term prospects.
Tropical Storm Isaac could have charged at Tampa, but it didn’t. Instead, Isaac moved further west into the Gulf of Mexico. So although the risk posed by Isaac was enough to cancel the first day of the RNC, the reporters, delegates, and politicians gathered in Tampa will only need to deal with Isaac's gusty outer rain-bands.
Mitt Romney is an imperfect candidate who has been badly served by a strategy that has failed to contest President Obama’s predictable attacks, leaving the former governor poorly positioned heading into the conventions. What he must do now is follow in the footsteps of another governor who challenged a sitting president and used his convention to revive his chances: Bill Clinton. After Romney secured the nomination, the Obama campaign launched a concerted negative advertising campaign to tar Romney’s reputation.
That Republican primary season you thought you witnessed? Just a figment of your imagination. That's the message the Romney people hope to convey later this month at the GOP convention in Tampa,according to Jeremy Peters in the Aug. 9 New York Times. Almost none of the leading Republican contenders for the nomination will be offered an opportunity to speak. Newt Gingrich? They've got him sidelined running workshops. Rick Perry? Herman Cain? Michelle Bachmann? Ron Paul? They've been given no role at all. The Donald's been stiffed as well (not that he was ever a particularly serious candidate).