“Marijuana has been called ‘the sleeper issue of 2016’ and something that’s only going to get bigger. As a libertarian senator, Paul has long been in favor of decriminalization and is quite clearly the most pro-reform Republican 2016 contender on the issue of marijuana.”
– Rand Paul might persuade some new voters to go Republican in 2016.
A 12-Step Program for the Republican Party
By Tim Alberta and Jim O’Sullivan
Some addicts are confronted through an intervention. Others run to Oprah. In the case of a political party that appears to have lost the capacity to win national elections, redemption starts with establishing something called the Growth and Opportunity Project, a five-member group tasked with identifying the party’s foremost problems and solutions for moving forward. Consider it the Washington version of a cry for help.
The GOP has finally admitted it has a problem winning over voters. Here’s how to get the party back on track.
“[Paul] Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, casts himself as an average Joe, describing the challenges his family faced when his father died suddenly when Ryan was 16. He talks about growing up in Janesville, a town descended from Irish immigrants like his great-great-grandfather, who fled the potato famine in the 1800s. Nearly 70 of his cousins still live in the area, and Ryan likes to recall flipping hamburgers at a local McDonald’s restaurant when he was young.”
“The goal will be to demonstrate to the nationwide convention-viewing TV audience—an estimated eight people—that Mitt is a regular non-android human just like you who feels pain the same way any normal person does when one of his helicopters needs repair.
The Republicans will also try to show that Paul Ryan is a nice young man who does not, as the Democrats have been suggesting, want to legalize hunting for senior citizens with crossbows. This is especially important here in Florida, because this is a swing state whose voters could decide the election—assuming they can figure out where their polling places are, which, as I noted earlier, is not a given.”
(this is a humor piece).
Hey you! Are you excited about the conventions?
We sure are over here in the NJ newsroom. And not just because it means late night and pizza for dinner, but because we have this awesome ReCon convention app that is free to download.
You’ll get photos, schedules, news, and even Zagat reviews of local restaurants.
Not going to be in Charlotte or Tampa for the convention? Neither will I. But it’s always good to have Zagat reviews around just. in. case.
iPhone/iPad - http://is.gd/tLFAJn
Android - http://is.gd/os2eAR
Speakers at the Republican Convention include:
(clockwise) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz.), Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
See more here.
Tropical Storm Isaac getting better organized in Atlantic
Tropical Storm Isaac is currently centered about 210 miles east of Guadeloupe with maximum sustained winds near 45 mph. The U.S. National Hurricane Center says Isaac is expected to strengthen and could become a hurricane by Thursday.
Some computer models show Isaac striking Florida, including the Tampa Bay area, during next week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, The Associated Press reports.
Photo: NOAA satellite image
Anyone remember the 2008 Republican National Convention and Hurricane Gustav? -BdM