43 Responses to “GOP Convention Night 1: Your Reactions…”
CNN covers hurricane Isaac, goes to a commercial break instead of the start of John Kasich’s speech. The come back and join the speech.
FNC and MSNBC cover John Kasich’s speech from the start.
John Kasich is giving a great speech. I worked at Lehman Bros. while he was a consultant there. On his first day I recognized him from FNC where he was a guest many times. His office was a little to the left of my cubicle. He came out of his office and asked me if I could help him find an outlet. I replied, “Have you tried tennis?” Just kidding. That’s an old Odd Couple joke. So he and I looked all over his office and we couldn’t find even one outlet. So I called maintenance and they were able to find an outlet (his desk was perpendicular to the wall and the outlet was hidden between the side of the desk and the wall). In any case, he is giving what is, so far, the best speech of the day. He’s emphasizing everything he’s done in Ohio as far as job creation, etc., and he’s being specific. He concluded by saying that a President Romney would do the same. So far the convention has been more upbeat than angry; not too much Obama-bashing.
Odd Couple references. I’m home…
^ What she said.
Watching Rick Santorum speak is kinda sad. In spite of the fact I disagree with him about everything, I respect that he has core beliefs, and would rather lose an election than budge on them. Having to speak in support of that scorched-earth, flp-flopping scum who obliterated him in the primaries can’t be easy.
Yeah, it was a real low blow when Romney unsealed Santorum’s divorce records. Oh, wait..
Who’s the schmuck on Fox in a split-screen with a Red Lobster commercial?
CNN seems to be providing the least coverage of the speeches.
Just before 10pm FNC and MSNBC are showing Nikki Haley.
CNN is has commercials on then after the intro joins her speech at 10:03pm.
Nikki gives a good speech,
Is there coverage on the FOX Network? I have local news on FOX5 NYC.
Watching hard-right conservatives try to rile up a crowd for Mitt Romney is weirdly disconnected. They don’t LIKE him!
This will be a no-snark zone for Ann Romney. Mitt has good taste. Barack, too. That is all.
^^Guess who they LIKE even less?
Ann Romney’s is the first political speech that I know of giving a nod to single dads.
Larry is right. Nikki Haley gave a really good speech. I especially loved the Boeing story.
Chris Christie is running for President tonight. Too bad about that Romney guy..
Except for Ann, the speakers don’t talk about Romney. Probably ’cause they have no idea what to say about him. “How ’bout that Romneycare, eh? Bain Capital!”
So much for Christie not talking about Romney.
The closeup shot with the background behind the people speaking changing is very distracting.
Santorum’s remarks seemed self-serving but Christie did a masterful job of setting it up for Romney.
@politicalmath: “Christie didn’t mention Romney until blah blah blah” – someone who has no idea how to use dramatic tension in a speech
“joeremi Says: Chris Christie is running for President tonight.”
Rachel Maddow agrees, she said it was an acceptance speech for 2016 and there was not much said about Romney.
Chris Matthews has hecklers behind him yelling.
Who picked that location for him to broadcast from?
He finally got around to Romney, then pivoted back to himself again. A very weird speech, although probably not by Christie standards.
I thought it a fun night of speeches including my Govenor’s. Love this stuff.
It’s about time Chris Matthews got some hecklers.
Hasn’t it always been tradition that the presidential candidate never shows up at the convention until the very last night?
Carol, I think he shows up for the wife speech on the first night, then skips the rest until his close.
OK, thanks, Joe. I seem to remember, though, that the candidate never showed up even for the wife’s speech. I think Bush 41 changed that. Could be wrong.
FYI, I’m tired of Chris Matthews saying that Mitt Romney doesn’t look human. Get a new line, Chris.
Christie was speaking directly to non-committed and Reagan-style Dems. The keynote address is about the Party, not the nominee, and he did an effective job of showing just how petty and insignificant the Obama administration and campaign have been.
Someone on MSNBC said Obama’s ’04 speech was self-focused, too. We saw how that worked out for Kerry..
like that was the problem.
If Obama gets reelect, Christie’s speech will stick with me the next four years.
I don’t think Gov. Christie has any intention of ever running for president and his intended audience weren’t the people at that convention.
Still much too soon to call it, but the market watchers are decided betting that Obama is toast.
Joe, Tom Brokaw said that we should remember that Barack Obama’s keynote speech in 2004 was mostly about Barack Obama, not John Kerry. But on MSNBC the Republicans can do the same exact thing and be criticized for it.
Why did MSNBC cut away from every Minority speaker at the Convention?
And he absolutely loved Christie’s speech. You do get a mix on FNC.
The juxtaposition of Ann Romney’s love fest and Chris Christie’s hate rant was striking. Christie usually gets by on humor. Here he came off as appealing as Pat Buchanan, whose 1992 speech was described by one pundit as a lot better in the original German. As for what Christie had to say about Romney…” “
It was a jarring juxtaposition. Ann and Christie were not originally scheduled to speak on the same night.