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Ten winners and ten losers at the Republican convention

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The speeches are over. The road blocks are dismantled. The delegates are heading out of town. As the debris of the week that was is swept away, let’s savor some of the high points and low points of the Republican National Convention. Here are ten winners and losers from the Tampa convention: WINNERS Condi Rice […] [Read More]
Categories: Election 2012

All work and no play

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TREASURE ISLAND, Fla. — Oh, the things political reporters put up with to get the story. It’s a wrap from the Republican National Convention here in the Tampa area, where I can assure our loyal readers much more time was spent on shuttle buses and getting wanded by Secret Service agents with magnetometers than foraging […] [Read More]
Categories: General

Parting shots

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TAMPA, Fla. — Could Connecticut be the unlikeliest of battleground states this November? The confetti from last night’s GOP finale isn’t even cleaned up, but the state’s top Republican is seeking to make that case to national party leaders today. Check back later today with Hearst Connecticut newspapers for an in-depth post mortem on where […] [Read More]
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Hits and misses from GOP convention day 3

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1. The Speech. It was a very well-constructed acceptance pitch, outlining a vision and a philosophy, if not a lot of substance. It built beautifully from anecdote to assertion to action, and accomplished the mission of giving Americans an alternative that has been lacking from the anti-Obama tirades this week. [Read More]
Categories: Election 2012

Analysis: In acceptance speech, Romney reaches out to political center

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Mitt Romney capped off a Republican National Convention dominated by hard-core conservatives by reaching out to the small sliver of swing voters in the center of the electorate. Eschewing much of the heated partisan rhetoric of most convention speakers, Romney delivered a 37-minute acceptance speech designed to help the Republican presidential nominee make political inroads […] [Read More]
Categories: Election 2012

Ragin Cajun

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TAMPA, Fla. — CBS and CNN. They’re easy to mix up. OK, not really. Scene: James Carville, the “ragin Cajun” Democratic political strategist and yin to Republican Mary Matalin’s yang, mistakenly trying to enter the CBS suite at the GOP convention. Whoops. [Read More]
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Like father, like son

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TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Healy has been collecting political pins since he was 11, including this little piece of history from George Romney’s failed 1968 presidential campaign pinned to the lapel of Healy’s seersucker suit. The elder Romney was the governor of Michigan and entered the GOP nominating race as the frontrunner, only to falter […] [Read More]
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Ten best Republican presidential acceptance speeches

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Mitt Romney has a lot to live up to tonight. For one thing, his wife Ann’s speech to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday won rave reviews from nonpartisan political analysts. And then there’s the ghost of Ronald Reagan, the Republican Party icon whose memory and record has been invoked countless times over the past […] [Read More]
Categories: Election 2012

RNC mystery guest is outed (Hint: It’s Clint)

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Why wouldn’t it be Clint? You can’t pick a pop-culture figure who would move the needle any farther into the euphoria zone at this gathering than the indomitable Mr. Eastwood. [Read More]

McMahon up with new TV ad against Murphy in U.S. Senate showdown. Murphy discounts the charges as typical GOP attacks against Dems

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Here’s US Rep Chris Murphy’s rebuttal of the latest TV ad placed by Republican Linda McMahon: “Linda McMahon’s new attack ad is nothing more than a laundry list of tired, debunked Republican talking points. The millionaire wrestling mogul is clearly trying to distract from her own record of laying off workers, pushing tax policies that benefit […] [Read More]