Monday, January 28, 2013
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.

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.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
[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.

Ryan Likely to Highlight His Personal Story For Convention Speech

Monday, August 27, 2012
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.

Welcome to Hootersville by Dave Berry


(this is a humor piece).

Friday, August 24, 2012

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

(Source: nationaljournal.com)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

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.

breakingnews:

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

breakingnews:

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

Monday, August 13, 2012
It’s funny, because Iowans and Wisconsinites, we like to be respectful of one another and peaceful with one another and listen to each other. These guys must not be from Iowa or Wisconsin. Paul Ryan is heckled at his first solo campaign stop.
Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will debate on October 11 in Kentucky. 
How Biden and Ryan Stack Up

Paul Ryan and Joe Biden will debate on October 11 in Kentucky. 

How Biden and Ryan Stack Up

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
NPR:

One way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders’ Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.
In 2008, as The Washington Post wrote at the time, “just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her Wiki page saw a flurry of activity, with editors adding details about her approval rating and husband’s employment. … Palin’s entry was updated at least 68 times, with at least an additional 54 changes made to her entry over the preceding five days.”
Meanwhile, the Post said, “on Aug. 22, the day before the Obama campaign officially named [then-Sen. Joe] Biden as the veep pick, Biden’s Wiki page garnered roughly 40 changes. Over the five days prior, users would make at least 111 other changes to his entry.”
The obvious — in hindsight — implications of the Wiki activity: Aides were going into the entries to tune them up and clean out any material that was either embarrassing or erroneous.
So what’s going on now with some of those said to be among the leading possibilities to be joining Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket?
Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s Wiki page has been revised 16 times so far today, by someone called “River8009.”
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Wiki page has been revised nine times so far today and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Wiki page has been tweaked four times today.
Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wiki page has been edited once today, and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Wiki page hasn’t been edited today, but was revised eight times from Aug. 3-4.
New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Wiki page has not been touched today. It was last revised on July 28.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Wiki page hasn’t been revised since July 24.

What do we think, Tumblr world? 

NPR:

One way to possibly figure out who will be a vice presidential pick is to watch the various contenders’ Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely.

In 2008, as The Washington Post wrote at the time, “just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her Wiki page saw a flurry of activity, with editors adding details about her approval rating and husband’s employment. … Palin’s entry was updated at least 68 times, with at least an additional 54 changes made to her entry over the preceding five days.”

Meanwhile, the Post said, “on Aug. 22, the day before the Obama campaign officially named [then-Sen. Joe] Biden as the veep pick, Biden’s Wiki page garnered roughly 40 changes. Over the five days prior, users would make at least 111 other changes to his entry.”

The obvious — in hindsight — implications of the Wiki activity: Aides were going into the entries to tune them up and clean out any material that was either embarrassing or erroneous.

So what’s going on now with some of those said to be among the leading possibilities to be joining Mitt Romney on the Republican ticket?

  • Ohio Sen. Rob Portman’s Wiki page has been revised 16 times so far today, by someone called “River8009.”
  • Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s Wiki page has been revised nine times so far today and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
  • Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s Wiki page has been tweaked four times today.
  • Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s Wiki page has been edited once today, and 11 times from Aug. 2-6.
  • Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Wiki page hasn’t been edited today, but was revised eight times from Aug. 3-4.
  • New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte’s Wiki page has not been touched today. It was last revised on July 28.
  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s Wiki page hasn’t been revised since July 24.

What do we think, Tumblr world?