HotAir Daily Express 08/28/2012

A “mystery speaker” for Thursday night?
8/28/2012 10:01:57 AM  Ed Morrissey
The cancellation of the first night of the Republican convention forced planners to compress the schedule a bit.  Bobby Jindal had to drop out, of course, for very good reason, as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to aim at southern Louisiana and

Q-poll shows McMahon up by 3 in CT
8/28/2012 9:21:37 AM  Ed Morrissey
Last week, Ramussen showed Republican nominee Linda McMahon with a 3-point edge over her Democratic opponent in the US Senate race in Connecticut, Rep. Chris Murphy, 49/46.  Six days later, Quinnipiac confirms that McMahon has a slight edge over Murphy

New RNC convention video: “Switchers”
8/28/2012 8:41:03 AM  Ed Morrissey
Because nothing sells in politics like apostasy, does it?  Just days after the Obama campaign released a web ad featuring Republican Democratic Women for Obama, the RNC will release a new video ad to be played during the Republican National Convention

Obamateurism of the Day
8/28/2012 8:01:21 AM  Ed Morrissey
Some OOTDs are hilarious; some are annoying; some are outrageous.  Others fall into the You’ve Gotta Be Kidding Me category.  When American hero and global icon Neil Armstrong passed away, most people chose to highlight Armstrong’s

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Quotes of the day
8/27/2012 10:52:00 PM  Allahpundit
This week will be about more than watching the Weather Channel for Hurricane Isaac updates; it will also represent a chance to take the temperature of the contemporary GOP. If the schedule is anything to go by, the readings will be mixed indeed—on

Convention contrast: A choice between two futures, indeed
8/27/2012 10:10:36 PM  Erika Johnsen
As Ed noted earlier today, it may very well be true that not many voters pay a whole lot of specific attention to the parties’ conventions, but the conventions can set the tone for the remaining two+ months of the presidential cycle, when a lot of

Cops bust anarchist terror cell suspected of murdering two people, plotting bombings
8/27/2012 9:39:13 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ace. Usually when a fledgling terror cell is broken up, there’s something in the details you can cling to if you want to pretend that things weren’t as dangerous as they seemed. Either the FBI caught the plotters early, maybe even before

GM to shut down Chevy Volt plant for four weeks — for the second time this year
8/27/2012 8:36:55 PM  Allahpundit
They’ve already sold many more units this year than they did last year, thanks in large part to a little help from the California legislature. Not only do you get to use car-pool lanes there if you’re driving a Volt, you get a $1,500 state

Newt to Chris Matthews: Your thinking can be pretty racist, you know
8/27/2012 7:42:01 PM  Allahpundit
Via News Busters, you’ll enjoy watching Matthews being given a taste of his own medicine but this clip is more useful as a demonstration of why it’s pointless for the two sides to talk to each other. The problem isn’t that Tingles is

Convention protest update: Giant puppets, vagina costumes on the scene
8/27/2012 6:58:08 PM  Allahpundit
To cleanse the palate, via the Shark Tank, I was afraid the storm might disrupt the left’s counterprogramming too. But no, no, this is pretty much par for the course. Only one giant papier-mache Romney puppet thus far (“King of the

First Amendment win: Court strikes down graphic images on cig labels
8/27/2012 6:18:07 PM  Erika Johnsen
For a couple of years now, the FDA has been moving forward with new regulations that would have coerced tobacco companies into splashing some rather graphic images (you know, just some corpses and rotting teeth and whatever) on packages of cigarettes.

Reince Priebus: Let’s face it, Chris Matthews is a jerk and no one watches his show
8/27/2012 5:38:06 PM  Allahpundit
Via Guy Benson, live on the scene in Tampa, simple truths from a man who was informed this morning on “The Place for Politics” that he’s “garbage.” Say this much for Tingles, though: His devotion appears to be true.

Reports: Convention could be shortened to one day, or canceled entirely
8/27/2012 4:41:37 PM  Allahpundit
Forget the media concern-trolling about cancellation. There’s no way the RNC’s going to forfeit face time for Romney on national television by pulling the plug when the whole point of this week was to introduce voters to the softer, more

Luntz: Ads about disappointed Obama voters work best with swing voters
8/27/2012 4:01:47 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Maybe this Romney guy is onto something. Conservatives have to grapple with the fact that, whether we agree or not, many people find President Obama likeable. Yes, those likeability numbers have dipped recently, as they should have while Obama was

The Republican National Convention kicks off
8/27/2012 3:21:23 PM  Erika Johnsen
TAMPA, Fla. — Huzzah! Good afternoon from the Tampa Bay Times Forum, home of the 2012 Republican National Convention. It’s been kind of a weird, patchy day weather-wise here (an odd mix of sunshine and tornado warnings?) but looks like Isaac

Guess who’s coming to Charlotte?
8/27/2012 2:41:00 PM  Ed Morrissey
Republicans will have former Rep. Artur Davis speaking at their national convention this week — the man who served as Barack Obama’s national co-chair in 2008 and seconded his nomination at the Democratic convention that year.  Democrats now

Rasmussen poll shows few paying attention to conventions
8/27/2012 2:01:37 PM  Ed Morrissey
The big topic over the next few weeks will be the post-convention bumps for each candidate in the presidential race.  Will Mitt Romney win some momentum going into September, or will Barack Obama reverse a months-long slide?  Two new polls out today

The Ed Morrissey Show: Kevin McCullough, live from the Republican Convention
8/27/2012 1:31:57 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today, on the Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), Kevin McCullough joins us live from Tampa to talk about the Republican convention, and all of the political stories of the day. We’ll also talk about The Binge Thinker, Kevin and Stephen’s exploding success in

Video: Warren driver attacks Republican tracker
8/27/2012 1:21:11 PM  Ed Morrissey
Alternate headline: Unemployment in Massachusetts Ticks Up By One Job.  Seriously, how dumb is this?  It’s so dumb that the last candidate who ran against Scott Brown for US Senate did the same thing, as the Weekly Standard reminds us.  How well

Palin: Time to give Romney a shot
8/27/2012 12:41:41 PM  Ed Morrissey
This is one clip it pays to watch to the very end.  Sarah Palin appeared on Fox Saturday evening to talk about the Tea Party and challenge the Republican Party to stick to its platform ideals, warning at one point that the GOP could go the way of the

Will debt hit $16 trillion as Romney delivers his acceptance speech?
8/27/2012 12:01:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
Later today, the Republican National Convention will unveil a potent visual reference for voters across the country.  They will erect a national debt clock that constantly updates as the federal government spends money it doesn’t have, a reminder

Video: Did GEICO fire spokesman for criticizing Obama?
8/27/2012 11:21:51 AM  Ed Morrissey
By coincidence, I just happened to be watching Full Metal Jacket when I read this post from Noel Sheppard at Newsbusters.  R. Lee Ermey, who delivered a masterful — and mostly improvised — performance as a Vietnam-era Marine Corps drill

Romney: GOP convention theme against Obama will be “nice guy, failed President”
8/27/2012 10:41:34 AM  Ed Morrissey
Politico has an interesting and provocative interview with Mitt Romney this morning — although perhaps not provocative enough for some of the passionate base.  After dumping the “nice guy but failed President” argument in the