HotAir Daily Express 08/29/2012

Video: Artur Davis speaks for the disillusioned
8/29/2012 10:01:25 AM  Ed Morrissey
As I wrote on Twitter last night, we got Artur Davis, and the Democrats got Charlie Crist.  So far it looks like a great trade, and they didn’t even get a player to be named later.  We’ll see how Crist does next week in his speech to the

MSNBC protects their meme any way it can
8/29/2012 9:21:54 AM  Ed Morrissey
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

Isaac storm surge tops levee in Plaquemines Parish
8/29/2012 8:41:04 AM  Ed Morrissey
After making its first landfall yesterday, Hurricane Isaac moved back out into the Gulf of Mexico briefly.  This morning it returned, and the surge topped a levee in Plaquemines Parish, trapping people in their homes and causing flooding: The center of

Obamateurism of the Day
8/29/2012 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Not too long ago, Barack Obama came under withering criticism for avoiding the White House press corps for months, and then suddenly giving interviews to those hard-hitting investigative journalists at … People Magazine and Entertainment Tonight. 

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Report: Clint Eastwood headed to Tampa
8/29/2012 3:49:54 AM  Mary Katharine Ham
Townhall‘s Guy Benson has word from a source that the actor is headed to Tampa. The A-lister’s name has been among those bandied about as the advertised mystery speaker for Thursday night. Inbound? A well-placed Republican source tells

Ann Romney: From our hearts to yours; Update: Video added
8/28/2012 10:45:31 PM  Erika Johnsen
As South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley commented before she relinquished the stage at the RNC, Ann Romney is the perfect balance between strength and grace. The big hype leading up to her speech was that it could afford Republicans and Team a chance to

Christie: We’re strong enough to deal with tough truths, America Update: Video added
8/28/2012 10:35:12 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
For your reading pleasure, here is a Scribd version of the entire Chris Christie text. Chris Christie Updates and video ASAP, but thought you might want to chat. Update: And, you thought Ann Romney got all the “awws” tonight. Video of

Noted swing-state reformer calls Romney and Ryan reformers; Update: Video added
8/28/2012 9:51:56 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Every time Gov. Scott Walker was name-checked in the convention hall Tuesday, he got huge applause. Perhaps an unlikely new star when he started his term in the swing state, the Wisconsin governor earned his cheers the hard way— in a two-year fight with

The Governors speak: You better believe we built this, baby
8/28/2012 9:11:00 PM  Erika Johnsen
Earlier today at a campaign stop in Iowa, President Obama took a sarcastic swipe at the Republican National Convention’s economic agenda. “This week in Tampa, my opponents will offer you their agenda. It should be a pretty entertaining

Rising GOP star: Mia Love is in the house
8/28/2012 8:17:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
The theme of tonight’s convention session at the RNC is “We Built It”, and rising conservative star Mia Love helped get the lineup of speakers off to a great start and showed ‘em how it’s done with a brief spotlight speech

Gov. Nikki Haley: I’m a woman, and I’ll be talking to Americans
8/28/2012 7:31:49 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Gov. Nikki Haley notes she’s a woman and a minority with a nonchalant smile that says “moving on from the obvious” before she dives into economic successes in her home state of South Carolina. When she delivers her speech to the

Reince Priebus: Todd Akin’s not getting a penny from the RNC, even if the race is tied
8/28/2012 7:01:46 PM  Allahpundit
Via Ben Howe and Chris Loesch of Revealing Politics. Two possibilities. One: Priebus is bluffing in order to keep up the pressure on Akin to drop out. If he betrays any willingness to change his mind and start pouring millions into Akin’s campaign,

Christie: Let’s face it, Romney probably wishes he didn’t make that birth-certificate joke
8/28/2012 6:26:34 PM  Allahpundit
That was my hunch too. Which, between the two of us, means this is now the official RINO position on Romney’s Birther goof. Henceforth let no man show misgivings lest he be formally dubbed a candy ass, my friends. If you believe John Avlon,

Finally: Romney’s the official Republican nominee for president
8/28/2012 5:51:10 PM  Erika Johnsen
TAMPA, Fla. — Dancing delegates proudly bedecked in military- and state-themed flare, hours of rules discussion and official rigmarole, and roll-calling the state delegations: It’s all good, ’cause it means we can officially stop

Video: Opening remarks from Reince Priebus
8/28/2012 5:21:37 PM  Jazz Shaw
The RNC chair has been doing an excellent job thus far, both in terms of keeping things moving along smoothly at the convention and bringing together the attendees with some excellent displays of public speaking. Beyond that I don’t have much to

Grave digging in the voter rolls
8/28/2012 4:46:34 PM  Jazz Shaw
Glenn Reynolds has a surprisingly good piece in the NY Post this week which touches on a hot-button topic for me. Called “Dead voters & a dying democracy,” Glenn identifies a number of deficiencies in our current system of identifying,

Change: Obama’s lead down to two points in Iowa
8/28/2012 4:06:52 PM  Allahpundit
Three months ago his lead there was 10, but that was probably due to some anti-Romney Republicans still harboring hard feelings from the primary. Three months later, those are all gone. And so, for the most part, is Obama’s lead. Only six electoral

An early view from Tampa
8/28/2012 3:21:38 PM  Jazz Shaw
In addition to the usual speech videos and coverage, we thought we’d bring you a little taste of the goings on behind the scenes in Tampa this week. The first thing you’ll want to know is that it’s hot. And humid. (Who could have

Theory on the convention’s mystery speaker: Nancy Reagan?
8/28/2012 2:41:40 PM  Allahpundit
Ben Domenech tweets that an appearance by GOP former first ladies makes the most sense. I agree, with the caveat that Barbara and Laura Bush aren’t big enough draws to justify drumming up suspense for a “mystery speaker” in advance. If

RNC shows soft and tough sides as Ann Romney and Christie take the stage
8/28/2012 2:01:37 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
The velvet glove and the iron fist are on the docket tonight as the first official night of festivities hosts Ann Romney, showing the softer side of her husband, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, with his tough rhetoric and tough-love budgetary

The Ed Morrissey Show: Jazz Shaw and Erika Johnsen, live from the Republican Convention
8/28/2012 1:26:10 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), we start the first of three shows with live coverage from the Republican National Convention.  Today, Hot Air’s weekend editor and resident curmudgeon Jazz Shaw joins us from the media room to update us on

MN Supreme Court smacks down Sec’ty of State over marriage amendment, voter-ID ballot titles
8/28/2012 1:21:47 PM  Ed Morrissey
In November, Minnesota voters will choose whether to add a constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between one man and one woman — exactly as it is currently defined by statute now.  The legislature passed the bill adding the referendum

Consumer confidence drops to 2012 low
8/28/2012 12:41:51 PM  Ed Morrissey
How do voters feel about the economy?  Why not ask consumers in general?  According to Reuters, consumer confidence dropped sharply to its lowest level in nine months — while its analysts had actually expected an increase: U.S. consumer confidence

Cardinal Dolan now delivering prayers at both conventions
8/28/2012 12:01:04 PM  Ed Morrissey
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the current president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be a busy man over the next two weeks.  Dolan accepted an invitation to open the Republican National Convention with prayer, a move that had the Left calling

Romney team “optimistic” that floor fight over rules can be avoided
8/28/2012 11:21:09 AM  Ed Morrissey
Give the followers of Ron Paul credit for this misstep by Team Romney.  They apparently spooked the nominee’s campaign enough to provoke a floor fight over delegate control, which blew up in their face rather spectacularly yesterday.  By the end of