Republican Joe Scarborough Admits Charlotte Beat Tampa

From “Conventional Warfare:  Why Democrats Won,” Joe Scarborough, Politico:

Which is why Republicans should be particularly glum this weekend. The further Democrats progressed into their convention this week in Charlotte, N.C., the more glaring the shortcomings of last week’s GOP convention became. By the time the last of the confetti fell on the Democratic convention floor, it became frustratingly clear that the most compelling speaker in Tampa, Fla., had been Clint Eastwood’s chair.Michelle Obama connected her family to the American Dream in a way neither campaign has managed all year. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro offered a joyous takedown of Mitt Romney while wearing a smile as wide as the West Texas sky. And Bill Clinton. Oh my. Convention speeches rarely reach that level.

If there was any letdown this week it was that Barack Obama’s speech sounded recycled at times and resembled a State of the Union address more than a soaring acceptance speech for president.

But while Obama said nothing new, he said it much better than when Gov. Romney said nothing in Tampa. And you could tell by the boisterous reaction of Democratic delegates who left the arena Thursday night looking fired up and ready to go. Maybe there seemed to be such a disparity between the two conventions because the Republican Party has never been the least bit excited about its nominee. Or maybe it’s because Democrats were simply blessed with a deeper bench of political athletes in 2012. But whatever the reason, Republicans were lapped by their rivals and may ultimately pay in November for botching Mitt Romney’s debut.

Emphasis added.


Empty Head Day

You probably thought today was Labor Day.

But to the Dinosaur Riders, it was National Empty Chair Day.

Led by Michelle Malkin (Has there ever been a bigger self-promoter with less to promote?), Glenn Reynolds, and (Yes, he’s dead, but his execrable web site lives on), the morons among us were encouraged to put empty chairs in their front yards to show support for Clint Eastwood and hatred of the President and to post photos of these chairs on Facebook and Twitter.

If you look closely, there’s at least one car up on blocks behind each chair.


It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time…

From “Before Eastwood’s Talk With a Chair, Clearance From the Top,” Michael Barbaro and Michael D. Shear, NYT:

“For all the finger-pointing about Clint Eastwood’s rambling conversation with an empty chair on Thursday night, the most bizarre, head-scratching 12 minutes in recent political convention history were set in motion by Mitt Romney himself and made possible by his aides, who had shrouded the actor’s appearance in secrecy.

“Mr. Romney privately invited Mr. Eastwood…to speak after the actor had given him a gravelly, full-throated endorsement at a star-studded fund-raiser at the Sun Valley Resort Lodge in Idaho this summer.

“Behind the scenes, Mr. Eastwood’s convention cameo was cleared by Mr. Romney’s top message mavens, Russ Schriefer and Stuart Stevens, who drew up talking points that Mr. Eastwood included, in his own way.  They gave him a time limit and flashed a blinking red light that told him his time was up.  He ignored both.  The actor’s decision to use a chair as a prop was last-minute, and his own.

“Romney advisers so trusted Mr. Eastwood, 82, that unlike with other speakers, they said they did not conduct rehearsals or insist on a script or communicate guidelines for the style or format of his remarks.”  Emphasis added.

I’ve posted before that Mitt had a lousy staff in 2008, that he has a lousy staff now (many of them the same), and that he needs to “enjoy firing” some of them.  It’s a little ironic that this gang that clearly can’t shoot straight got taken down by Clint.