HotAir Daily Express 08/31/2012

Palin, Fox at odds in contract negotiations?
8/31/2012 10:01:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
One of the most curious developments at the Republican convention took place far away from the delegate floor.  Two events appeared for a short time to be part of the same story: the announcement of the “mystery speaker,” and the sudden

Video: This was not a great speech?
8/31/2012 9:21:28 AM  Ed Morrissey
“This was not a speech designed to move an audience”?  All due respect to Brit Hume, who’s watched more of these kinds of speeches than I ever dread to be afflicted by, but I think he may have gone into Mitt Romney’s speech with

Video: Marco Rubio delivers on Democrats’ worst fear of 2010
8/31/2012 8:41:31 AM  Ed Morrissey
I remember more than three years ago, in early 2009, when my good friend Val Prieto at Babalu Blog began sending me insistent messages that I needed to talk with a state legislator in Florida that wanted to run for the Republican nomination for Senate. 

Obamateurism of the Day
8/31/2012 8:01:07 AM  Ed Morrissey
Barack Obama and Joe Biden have taken a lot of credit for the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.  Biden has used the “Osama bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” line as a campaign slogan on more than one occasion.  Sadly, some of the men from

No Longer Mystery Guest Revealed Update: Video added
8/30/2012 10:21:40 PM  Jazz Shaw
Even though Allahpundit ruined it and spoiled the surprise, the guessing game surrounding the “mystery speaker” at the RNC was a welcome change from the scripted beauty pageant these things have become over time. It wasn’t the only

Jeb Bush: Mr. President, time to stop blaming your predecessor for your failed economic policies
8/30/2012 9:41:33 PM  Erika Johnsen
Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush was one of tonight’s early speakers here at the Republican National Convention, and he opened his speech with a big crowd-pleaser: In a nutshell, President Obama can take his “inherited” problems and

Open thread: Mitt’s big moment
8/30/2012 9:01:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
This is it, folks — the main event. Here are the available excerpts from Romney’s prepared remarks for the evening, and I’ll embed the livestream again below in case you want to watch the whole thing go down here. I’ll update with

The worst raaaaacism charge against Romney evah?
8/30/2012 8:21:33 PM  Jazz Shaw
Ron Fournier, editor in chief of National Journal, has taken time out of his busy day to pen a hit piece on Mitt Romney which really must be read to be believed. (Though you may want to brace yourself ahead of time with either strong drink or your acid

DWS says GOP put ‘winning’ over Isaac victims, Obama finishes up three-state campaign swing
8/30/2012 7:41:16 PM  Mary Katharine Ham
Of course, President Obama was tenderly caring full-time about those in Hurricane Isaac’s path as he campaigned on a college campus in Ames, Iowa, dropped by his campaign office after a speech in Charlottesville, Va. to meet staffers, and told

The RNC grand finale: Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney
8/30/2012 7:01:59 PM  Erika Johnsen
That pretty much sums up how I feel about it, anyway. It’s Day Three of the Republican National Convention, and in one corner, we’ve got the lamestream media, no doubt already gearing up with a smashing selection of prepared narratives ready

Obama: Those Republicans will be much more amenable during my second term, I’m sure
8/30/2012 6:21:37 PM  Erika Johnsen
As President Obama and the Democrats are wont to remind us, it is merely Republicans’ desire to prevent him from obtaining a second presidential term that motivates them to consistently thwart his august economic and political agenda —

Fact checking in the hot tub time machine
8/30/2012 5:46:01 PM  Jazz Shaw
The always accurate and never disputed people at Wikipedia tell us that “fact checking” has been around since the early 20th century. “By the 1930s a fact checking department became a symbol of establishment among publications.”

Romney on offense: Nine new pro-Bain ads now available on YouTube
8/30/2012 5:10:24 PM  Allahpundit
Via Mark Hemingway, in case you were wondering how important Bain would be to his speech tonight, wonder no longer. Not only did nine new ads just materialize on his YouTube page, his campaign revealed a new website to package them all, “Romney’s

New conservative ad: The faded Obama poster on the wall
8/30/2012 4:37:53 PM  Allahpundit
>From Crossroads Generation, a new spot recalling the most memorable line from Ryan’s speech last night. Much like the Democrats’ Mediscare tactics, this ad is designed less to get a core constituency from the other side to cross over, I

Not a single mention of the tea party in primetime at the convention so far?
8/30/2012 4:01:16 PM  Allahpundit
Via Doug Mataconis, so says BuzzFeed after studying the transcripts. Dave Weigel had already noticed a conspicuous absence of TP mentions on Tuesday night, when Ted Cruz alluded to a “great awakening” and “national movement”

PPP: McCaskill 45, Akin 44 in Missouri
8/30/2012 3:21:53 PM  Allahpundit
Another week, another encouraging poll for Akin from dKos’s pollster. The last one, which was based on a ridiculous R+9 sample, helped convince him to stay in the race. Now, with the GOP still quietly pushing behind the scenes to get him to bail

Hot Air Interview: Allen West
8/30/2012 2:41:11 PM  Jazz Shaw
Down here in the trenches at the Republican National Convention today, we were fortunate enough to have Congressman Allen West of Florida stop by for a brief, but interesting interview. In it, he gives a nod to all of his supporters at Hot Air, shares a

Newest racist dog whistle: “Chicago”
8/30/2012 2:01:47 PM  Allahpundit
Via the Right Newz and Newsbusters, this one’s much easier than Lawrence O’Donnell’s tortured “golf = racist” theory last night. Just a few easy steps: Obama administration –> corruption –> “Chicago”

The Ed Morrissey Show: Andrew Malcolm, Jazz Shaw live from the Republican National Convention
8/30/2012 1:31:44 PM  Ed Morrissey
Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (3 pm ET), my friends Andrew Malcolm and Jazz Shaw join us from the Republican National Convention on today’s TEMS at 3 pm ET! We’ll talk about last night’s speakers, today’s fact-check meltdown, and all

Fox News source: Yep, Clint Eastwood is tonight’s mystery speaker; Update: Confirmation?
8/30/2012 1:21:35 PM  Allahpundit
Via Dan Riehl and Ace, you already sort of knew this but now you really sort of know it: Officials confirmed Wednesday that a surprise guest was still on the schedule but declined further comment. One Republican source told that Eastwood is

The senior vote: it’s about more than Medicare Advantage
8/30/2012 12:41:53 PM  Ed Morrissey
Mitt Romney has enjoyed surprising strength among seniors — perhaps even more surprisingly after adding entitlement-reform crusader Paul Ryan to the ticket.  Most assume that the argument over raiding Medicare Advantage now to pay for ObamaCare

Democrats walking into “war on women” trap of their own making
8/30/2012 12:01:29 PM  Ed Morrissey
Do Democrats still plan to feature a “war on women” theme at their convention?  If they do, I argue in my column today for The Fiscal Times, they may well find themselves hoist with their own petard, after a week of watching accomplished

Gallup: Democrats drop below GOP in pre-convention favorability
8/30/2012 11:21:52 AM  Ed Morrissey
Don’t get too excited by this result, because Republicans weren’t exactly blowing the doors off on favorability with registered voters before the conventions started, either.  However, Democrats are, for the first time since Gallup began

Video: Susana Martinez lays claim to GOP future
8/30/2012 10:41:20 AM  Ed Morrissey
I wrote earlier about the Twitter reaction from the media after Condoleezza Rice’s powerful, moving speech, speculating on her future as a Republican candidate for President or VP.  The conventional wisdom holds that a person who engages in a