Five things we learned at the Republican National Convention
August 29th, 2012
07:40 AM ET
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Five things we learned at the Republican National Convention

(CNN) - The first full day of the Republican National Convention was heavy with female speakers and light on the red meat that normally fires up the base.

Here are five things we learned from the convention's first night...


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  1. natalie slack

    The republican party showed its still not united. I was with the president and will stand with him again.

    August 29, 2012 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  2. David Williams

    You couldn't have learned that much

    August 29, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  3. The Other Dale

    The main thing learned is that it has been pretty much a bust so far. The whole Paul thing certainly didn't help make the Republicans look receptive to outside voices (heck, the voices leaning other ways WITHIN their own party will be physically stonewalled, as we know now). Everything else was trying to be "gentle, nice" in a flop-sweat worry about upsetting people getting hit by Isaac, while then going for the same old boring rhetoric about "you didn't build it." Man, if only they could do this based on facts and, I dunno, maybe reality. Ah, but the Republicans haven't been realistic about things since 2008.

    August 29, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  4. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Five things we learned at the Republican National Convention◄
    1. Everyone was there to bring the audience to their OWN attention
    2. Not too much was mentioned about ROMNEY and most of the speakers came off MEAN
    3. They all spoke of their own accomplishments and what THEY would do in 2016
    4. Ann – bless her heart – did not say anymore than what we already knew or already see
    5. Christie came off like a self-righteous, arrogant, self-serving me, Me, ME BULLY!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 29, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  5. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Ann's speech living up to expectations? Sure if you had low expectations. No where near what Hillary, Michelle or (gosh golly) Nancy Reagan would have given.
    Presumptive? Only the Ronbots were still hoping for a miracle.
    Paul Supporters? What do you expect from members of a cult. These guys went to the convention seriously believing that their guy would still win the nomination even though they had less than 10% of the delegates needed.
    Gender Gap? I loved the prominent women displayed. But where were Sarah Palin, Jan Brewer, Michelle Bachmann and Christine O'Donnell? Aren't they the most important women in the Party? Just ask them. Of course, as soon as one of the American Talibaners still running on the anti-woman platform the party is so proud of start giving their stump speeches, the gap will reappear and grow.
    Christie-lite? What fun-house mirror were you using? Yes, this was the most toned down speech he has ever given in his live. I am sure he needed a primal scream room to recover from the mental restraints he needed. Has he set himself up for 2016? Maybe, if he survives the coronary he will probably have in a couple of years. Nothing to do with his physical condition. It is his Type-A personality and temper that have me worried.

    August 29, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  6. true blue

    That MONEY IS THE POWER and if you don't have it your voice crying out to us.

    August 29, 2012 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    (CNN) – The first full day of the Republican National Convention was heavy with female speakers and light on the red meat that normally fires up the base.

    Light on the red meat 'cause Tubby the Governer ate it backstage, with mac and cheese, and pasta, and potatoes,.....

    Queen Ann may have done a good job but as soon as she gets back on the campaign and does her condescension act, forget it

    August 29, 2012 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. ST

    I can understand why 30% of republicans would rather have another candidate. Romney seems did less to unite the party. It was also a big mistake not to let all former GOP contenders have their say and encourage those who supported them during primaries, go behind Romney. This exclusion is going to hurt Romney as every vote always counts and matters.

    August 29, 2012 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  9. Tony

    The wrong Romney is running.

    August 29, 2012 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    1. The rich only care about the rich.

    2. The rich will say anything to get the poor hicks to vote for them.

    3. Willard is still a lying flip flopper. And I am growing sicker of his wife DAILY.

    4. Santorum is absolutely pathetic and a liar and none of them are true Christians.

    5. If people are stupid enough to vote these liars in, they will get what they deserve.

    OBAMA 2012!

    August 29, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |