TIME: What you missed while not watching the first night of the Republican convention
August 29th, 2012
09:51 AM ET
2 years ago

TIME: What you missed while not watching the first night of the Republican convention

(TIME) – 7:14 p.m. The hurricane couldn't stop it. The weak economy didn't underfund it. The orange-bottomed girls at the Hooter's down the street won't distract from it. Day one of the 2012 Republican Convention has arrived, with House Speaker John Boehner walking on stage to fire the prime time starting gun. "We begin tonight with a fundamental question: Can we do better?" he calls out. Crickets from the crowd. They aren't really paying attention yet. Still shuffling to their seats. But Boehner looks good up there, his tanned skin neatly matching the stained wood of the stage.

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  1. gord

    the republican party keep referring to the founding fathers-who built there fortunes with slave labour-today they don,t care what colour the slaves are-low wages no benifits

    August 29, 2012 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  2. CBR

    John Boehner's "speech" to the party faithful left much to be desired. He brought his anger and resentment with him last night. In short, add his performance last night to his dismal record as Speaker of the House and you have good reason to return him to his bar in Ohio. His career in the political arena has given him much to appreciate. He does not seem to be able to understand the great privilege given to him nor has he used his office to move this country forward. Respect for the Congress has disappeared, they do not respect each other and are unwilling to work together, and he does not seem to realize that he and the leaders in Congress have greatly disappointed the American people.

    Mrs. Romney's remarks were heart-felt and warmly received. She does know her husband best and they do have a real marriage. She has helped to raise five sons and has had many opportunities to view their successes. The family has faced health issues together and they are a family.

    When she calls on women to join her in supporting her husband then there are issues that must be faced. Mr. Romney has provided well for his family. They probably have done more than most families. However, they are overlooking the reality of what many women in America fact today. We need respect and support. We need to be able to take charge of our own bodies. We need to make medical decisions based on what we know and what we have discussed with our partners and doctors. We need healthcare so that our families receive the medical care they need. We need men who will stand up for us and recognize that rape is the most traumatic experience that many women face. There is only one type of rape and that is an assault on a woman's body against her will.

    While we respect Ann Romney for who she is and for his successes we also know that our lives are very different. While it is easy to listen to her and to hear her talk about her husband we must face the realities of the lives we have. Somehow our message is not getting through to them. When every American has a warm place to live, food on the table and a job which means they can pay their bills and health insurance for their families, respect for the lifestyle many have chosen, respect for single parents, understanding of the challenges many face every day, then it will be easier to listen and to hear what she is saying. Most of us know that in our own way we have many good reasons to be proud and thankful.

    August 29, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  3. Al-NY,NY

    we learned that the GOP is still infused with people that hate "them"....."this is how we feed animals"

    August 29, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  4. Anonymous

    "Also, Obama is bad for small business, she says, because he “has never even run a lemonade stand.”

    "Message: the Romneys feel your pain. She invokes the metaphorical collective sigh of the American family, weary from balancing work and family and “the price at the pump you just can’t believe.” That last one may be a stretch for someone who is worth a few hundred million dollars."

    "Christie decides to do some calisthenics. “It’s now time to stand up,” he says. Everyone does, including the Romneys in their box."
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    Definitely NOT our grandfathers Republican party. Good for a laugh, but nothing else.

    August 29, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I think that the neo-Republican Party has missed the point. We need laws. Uncontrolled freedom leads to chaos. You can look at what the most ardent freedom fighters in the right wing have done to the party for proof. The party is in chaos.

    August 29, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. gurgyl

    all i saw very few folks....pity.

    August 29, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. cali girl

    To Ann, you may love women, and that is all great and very nice, but you are not the one running for President. Robmey will only send his wife out to ask women what concerns them. Robmey himself can't be bothered. Obviously the entire GOP platform can't be bothered either, since the latest revelations suggest it is an all out war, that women are second class citizens.

    August 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. rs

    One BIG thing- in Arizona, Russell Pearce lost his primary battle in a comeback attempt after being recalled over his roll in the passage of the State's (now unconstitutional) S.B. 1070- the "Papers Please" law. He lost against a much more moderate Republican businessman. Meanwhile rabid Ben Quail lost out to his more moderate opponent.

    Could it be Arizona is a bellweather? Maybe the TEA Party and froth at the mouth politics are dead.

    August 29, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. myviewis

    I just read the message from Gloria Steinem protesting the DNC for the No-Child-Policy and refusing to provide child care, she's angry the Democrats are discriminating against mothers with children. So no children at the Democratic National Convention. I guess mothers with children can stay home.

    August 29, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    It's off to a memorable start. Someone should make a documentary film and name it, "National Republicans' Animal Party".

    August 29, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. myviewis

    cali girl

    To Ann, you may love women, and that is all great and very nice, but you are not the one running for President. Robmey will only send his wife out to ask women what concerns them. Robmey himself can't be bothered. Obviously the entire GOP platform can't be bothered either, since the latest revelations suggest it is an all out war, that women are second class citizens.
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    Hey cali girl, do you agree with Glorida Steinem that the Democratic National Convention is discriminating against mothers with children????? I thought Democrats were for protecting women, helping women. So what are single mothers to do with their babies and what about those that are breastfeeding?????

    August 29, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  12. Larry L

    @CBR
    "Mr. Romney has provided well for his family. They probably have done more than most families. However, they are overlooking the reality of what many women in America face today."
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    Great posting. Thanks. Still, I believe you are quite generous in stating "Mr. Romney has provided quite well for his family". Mr. Romney's father provided the fortune and Mitt Romney never built anything but a predatory vulture capitalism company that destroyed many lives of hard-working people. The Romney's live in a different world and have no idea what challenges are facing working class people as a result of the failed Bush Administration.

    August 29, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |