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Neo

Eastwood made a successful foray into elected politics. He was elected mayor in April 1986 of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California (population 4,000), a wealthy small town and artist community on the Monterey Peninsula. He served one term. A focal point of Eastwood's campaign was to overturn a law that banned eating ice cream in public.

Clarice

Roger L. Simon's all excited about it. Says Clint's the most important man in Hollywood and that women love him.


Dave (in MA)

Meanwhile, Mumbles Menino is scheduled to be splinkin' at the DNC on Wednesday at 5.

centralcal

I have been looking for this thread "To Be Announced" for over 3 hours. It was in MOTUS's sidebar blog links since mid-morning and just now showing up here? How the heck did that happen?

centralcal

I had just posted the following on the old thread, but think it applies here too - Maybe Clint can pump up the ratings?

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Here is a rather stunning statistic, per TVNewser - last night, 2nd night of convention, intro of VP candidate in 2012 had 17 million FEWER viewers than on the same night in 2008 when Palin was intro'd - this is across ALL networks including cable.

Palin is a damned hard act to follow, for sure.

All told, just over 20 million people were watching last night on the Nielsen-rated networks, compared to 37 million for night two of the RNC in 2008. Night one of the 2012 RNC was roughly on par with night one of the 2008 RNC ratings-wise, making the gap all the more dramatic.

Danube of Thought

The chicks do dig him, for sure. They want to be with him, and men want to be like him. That's not common.

Threadkiller

Blondie!!!!!

NK

The married and 40something heads of households womens LOVE clint. I wonder what he'll say?

Porchlight

You couldn't beat Palin's speech for hype (and it lived up to it, too).

But remember the key difference - the Palin pick had JUST been announced only 4-5 days prior to her RNC speech. And she was totally unknown to most Americans. Her RNC speech was her world debut. Whereas Ryan's been around for awhile, both as Congressman and as Romney's VP choice, so there isn't as much buildup. I think that is probably a big factor in the difference.

centralcal

Romney-Ryan have some new transportation, via Gretawire:

– Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are getting two brand-new sets of wings on Friday

– The customized jet, a McDonnell-Douglas 83, is emblazoned with the Romney-Ryan logo. Vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan will also get his plane — a DC-93.

– Both of the new campaign jets flew from Willow Run airport in Ypsilanti, Mich. in the dark of night on Wednesday and are now in an airplane hanger at the Lakeland airport in Florida.

– Romney and Ryan will take their inaugural flights in their jets to Richmond, Virginia Friday where they plan to hold a joint rally in the afternoon.

Sara

Says Clint's the most important man in Hollywood and that women love him.

I just can't get my head around this. I did a quick survey of the five women I have quick access to: Ages, 87, 67, 51, 42, and 21 and all said they think Eastwood would appeal to men, rather than women. I'm of that thought too. I was taken aback last night when someone said he was a chick flick guy. Bottom line, that limited cross section was of like mind, "Clint Eastwood, why?"

I did hear that he has been good friends with Mitt since he filmed "Mystic River" in MA while Romney was Governor and he showed up at an Idaho fundraiser for Mitt recently.

centralcal

Totally agree with your analysis, Porch - it is still a stunning number, regardless how it came about. Betcha a lot of that missing 17 million were liberals worried about the pick. ha ha.

Thomas Collins

Re DOT's 4:46 PM comment: I queried a lib female about this. She said every feminist enjoyed the Rolling Stones' "Under My Thumb" even though they don't admit it, and Clint appeals to this aspect of women, even feminist women.

Now, I don't know about the 100% figure for feminists enjoying "Under My Thumb". I assume no class of humans is 100% on anything (hell, one can't even say that 100% of the dead are non-voters). But I do think the GOP has made the correct choice.

Another lib female said to me that Clint will appeal to those who love televison, which will make him more appealing than a Liz Cheney type (an entertainer being more appealing to those who like television than a policy type such as Liz Cheney). So, I think Team Mitt thought this out carefully and made a good choice.

Threadkiller

Deleted from Clint's speech:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXnEeNglN5g

Sara

It missed me. I've watched the entire convention either streaming online at Fox or on cSPAN.

Thomas Collins
"I'm of that thought too. I was taken aback last night when someone said he was a chick flick guy."

Sara, I'm not a big movie goer, and my taste in popular culture is more music videos (I'd much rather watch a Kardinal Offishall music video than sit through a movie, unless the movie itself is one big music video such as Saturday Night Fever). However, I have heard from those into flicks that Eastwood's later movies show a sensitive site. Once, again, that is totally second hand.

Thomas Collins

Make that sensitive siDe.

NK

the 2008 VP candidate lost badly, the 2012 VP candidate will win, enough said about that (one hedge-- the Mullahs)

dublindave

Eastwood's the bomb. It'll be a good'n.

Not to be outdone by Eastwood,Dems are drafting another actor known for isolated violent characters who live and die by their own creed.Ed Begley jnr. is set to appear on the last night of the dem convention to give a talk about grains that can act as a fast and effective colon cleanse.

Jim,MtnViewCA,USA

I'm puzzled why they would pick Clint too.

Hey, nobody can achieve 100% great decisions.
Maybe there is some secret subtext ("I did my best to make this Obama-thing work, even did a commercial, but it just isn't working"), but I'm thinking this is probably a dud, like dumping on Akin was.

C'est le vie. RR is still doing a LOT better than I expected. No complaints.

NK

DD@5:07, very funny, I chuckled.
PS: who do you work for, seriously, are you really reince preibus?

DebinNC

Tonight Romney's friends will testify on his behalf. I guess Clint will be just the most famous one of money.

Sara

TC: As I said last night, I may be being unfair as I remember him from "Rawhide" and I think I've seen one or two of his spaghetti Westerns at the drive-in. We haven't had an open drive-in around for the last 25 years, so I'm not exactly up to date on Clint Eastwood. I just think he looks so creepy now. He has not aged well at all. However, I just saw a quick shot of him on TV and his face looked more relaxed than the last time I remember seeing him, when he looked like someone with a really bad facelift.

Mike X

"40 Clint Eastwood Quotes Illustrating the Obama Years"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHEHhcVIOdY&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Good for a few laughs (and a few obscenities).

NK

Eastwood is a tremendous filmmaker, and during the past 2 years he's made a broad spectrum of movies, including Chick Flicks like "Bridges of madison County", "Million Dollar Baby" and most recently "Hereafter." He does keep his sense of humor about his feminine side though:
"I like to think of it as my chick flick. But one that men will like too. Or at least one that won't make them want to stick a Swiss Army knife in their leg." While the film's star, Matt Damon says the picture will have a bit of an international flavor revealing that, "Clint called it his French film. It's got that kind of vibe to it."

NK

past 20 years...

DebinNC

Clint has a lot of music fans via his love and promotion of jazz too.

Joan

I'm a 71 year old female, and Clint Eastwood would have impressed me if he'd been speaking at a convention when he was on Rawhide(he was beautiful), when he did spaghetti westerns, when he pulled his gun :) and said, 'Make My Day!"...up to today.

I just hope he lives up to my expectations.:)

And, yes, I'm old--but, when I was 20 I would have loved to have heard an older actor speak at my convention--can't think of one, except Clark Gable or Tyrone Power!! :)

I'm really dating myself. :) One thing about getting older, you remain the same inside.

Sue

I don't get it. Clint Eastwood is a get. Even Obama knew that when he got him to do the commercial for the Super Bowl.

Sue

was on Rawhide(he was beautiful)

OMG, he was beautiful. I still watch Rawhide on an occasional Saturday afternoon, just to see Rowdy Yates.

Dave (in MA)
I'd much rather watch a Kardinal Offishall music video
You're putting us on.
Ignatz

--Ed Begley jnr. is set to appear on the last night of the dem convention to give a talk about grains that can act as a fast and effective colon cleanse.

Posted by: dublindave | August 30, 2012 at 05:07 PM--

Even those who hate WeeDavey have to admit that was funny, no?

NK

Eastwood is a 'Get', I agree. IMO Eastwood did the Supe ad to help US Autoworkers who he became fond of doing the Gran Torino movie. If I had to guess, eastwood didn't appreciate Bam claiming the Supe Ad endorsed Bam.

Rick Ballard

TC,

I believe having Dirty Hairy open for the Osmond Family was predicated upon the shift in the median age of the voting population (from 49 to 52) plus the fact Governor Romney's strongest support is within the >50 yo cohort. Gallup has a decent piece outlining the shift in party favorability among seniors. Unfortunately, the piece does not acknowledge the demographic shift within the senior demographic which accounts for a substantial portion of the change. Boomers are very rapidly replacing the Yellow Dogs who are now very rapidly departing this vale of tears (in many cases they've even stopped voting). It's a good idea to remember the Boomers constituted a fair chunk of the Reagan Democrats. The generation has never been particularly faithful to either party.

Dirty Harry is a very good pick if you're selling to Boomers.

NK

Ig absolutely, see my 5:10. WHO does DD really work for?

JM Hanes

Thomas Collins:

"However, I have heard from those into flicks that Eastwood's later movies show a sensitive site."

Exhibit A

Having made my feelings about the Eastwood appearance pretty clear yesterday, I'm now trying to embrace the bright side.

NK

JMH@5:33, exactly!

Janet

DM on Facebook -
Dennis Miller
Guest Speaker at DNC, Sandra Fluke. Guest Speaker at RNC, Clint Eastwood. Hmmm...seems about right.

Sue

And I didn't like Bridges. I didn't like the wife having an affair and being long suffering. Oh well...

Sara

Darn, I was hoping Ed Begley, Jr would show me how he runs his washing machine by pedaling a bike. If I had to pedal a bike to run my washing machine, I would have to add another husband to my list. There is no way I'm doing that myself.

NK

Sandra Fluke is NOT a "get".

Janet

one more DM idea -

"Dennis Miller
Whomever introduces Romney should use word "capable" twice in the intro. Mitt strides to podium, speaks, mic "isn't working." Crowd gasps. Romney raises an index finger and calms them. Reaches into coat pocket and produces a screwdriver. Goes down behind podium. It jiggles. Comes back up. Taps mic twice. It works. "Hi, I'm Mitt Romney and I know how to fix things!" up applause full and..."

Sue

Janet,

You can tell Dennis comes from Hollywood. ::grin::

Sara

Janet:

I was thinking he should come out shaking an Etch-a-sketch and say, "It's time to shake things up!" But, then that is my own diabolical sense of humor.

JM Hanes

Sue:

It was definitely chick flick material, though, don't you think?

As I recall, Eastwood's films have included a lot of strong women, or women struggling against the odds, for whom his characters have had considerable sympathy and/or respect.

Janet

--Ed Begley jnr. is set to appear on the last night of the dem convention to give a talk about grains that can act as a fast and effective colon cleanse.

If Ed is a no-show the Dems can get Mr. Sherman who our TM wrote about in the Calorie Restriction thread!

"...But by switching from pizza and chips to flaxseed, brewer's yeast and sprouts,...Mr. Sherman's libido disappeared, he was cranky, cold and flatulent all the time, and people suspected he had cancer or AIDS."

bgates

Here's a comparison for you Clint doubters.

In 2008, the movie "Twilight" opened. It had a cast of young stars, a public fascination with vampires, and a best-selling book series going for it. It made $190 million in this country.

2008 also saw "Gran Torino", a movie that had Clint Eastwood and a bunch of Hmong non-actors. (The top 5 billed Hmong co-stars have literally 3 other roles between them.) That movie made $150 million in the US.

Joan

Speaking of Dennis Miller :) -- did you all see him on Jay Leno's the other night. I just caught a bit, Leno: "...yeah, but the Republican war on women," with a sad look on his face. Miller: "what! what? are you talking about Sandra Fluke? She's a 30 year old woman and she wants me to pay $10 for her birth control?!"

The audience laughed and applauded. Miller's time was over. I switched channels. :)

bgates

Mr. Sherman's libido disappeared, he was cranky, cold and flatulent all the time

Those problems cancel each other out to an extent.

I mean, you wouldn't want your libido to increase while you were cranky, cold, and flatulent all the time.

Sue

It was definitely chick flick material, though, don't you think?

Yes. It was and the book was for women too. But I didn't like the book or the movie. Let me rephrase that. The acting was awesome. I just disliked the theme.

Clarice

Michelle Malkin:

But I go back to living in DC all these years. I’ve lived there 40 years, a black-majority city, and anybody who wants to get up early in Washington and drive down North Capitol (Street) and drive past Florida Avenue, sees nothing but youn-, but black people up at 6:30 in the morning going to work. That’s where they’re going, to work, and not at big-wage jobs and not to get a welfare check, they’re out working hard all day and not coming home with a fantastic paycheck. After reading that (video at the link) you might assume that Matthews lives in Washington, DC, right? If you answered “no” just because you don’t believe a word that comes out of his mouth, award yourself ten points for attentiveness. Matthews actually lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland — an affluent suburb several miles from DC. Which brings us to this: According to census data at Maryland-Demographics.com, 1,953 people lived in Chevy Chase Village as of 2010. Of those nearly 2,000 residents, 10 were black. That’s right — ten. As in, one-half of one percent. Ninety-three percent of its residents were white, the remaining percentage other minorities.

Even the and and but out of Chris' mouth is a baldfaced lie.

Porchlight

I don't get it. Clint Eastwood is a get. Even Obama knew that when he got him to do the commercial for the Super Bowl.

Absolutely agree and also agree with NK's 5:31.

Sue

Why do people ask what were you thinking? Obviously I was thinking I was going to get away with it and now I have to explain it.

Extraneus

Not a single mention of the tea party in primetime at the convention so far?

Not a single one of the nearly 40 speakers during the convention’s key prime time hours has even mentioned the phrase, according to an examination of their transcripts — a sign both of Romney’s own distance from the movement and that polls have suggested that voters view the movement negatively.
NK

Clarice-- thanks for the quote. Chevy Chase, Md. v. N. Capitol St NE? about 5 miles distance and a MILLION MILES culturally.

Sue

I don't care. If they have to distance themselves from the TEA Party, Sarah Palin, George Bush or me, I'll live with it. ABO, baby,ABO.

centralcal

I think during convention time the term "grassroots" is racist code for the Tea Party.

Sue

C,

Yes.

Mike X

"Sandra Fluke is NOT a "get"."

Or a "beget".

Extraneus

State Department: 'Hold down the fort,' other common phrases could be offensive

Chief Diversity Officer John Robinson penned a column in the department's latest edition of "State Magazine" advising readers on some rather obscure Ps and Qs.

Robinson ticked off several common phrases and went on to explain why their roots are racially or culturally insensitive. The result was a list of no-nos that could easily result in some tongue-tied U.S. diplomats, particularly in an administration that swaps "war on terror" for "overseas contingency operation" and once shied away from using the word "terrorism."

For instance, Robinson warned, "hold down the fort" is a potentially insulting reference to American Indian stereotypes.

"How many times have you or a colleague asked if someone could 'hold down the fort?'" he wrote. "You were likely asking someone to watch the office while you go and do something else, but the phrase's historical connotation to some is negative and racially offensive."

Btw, how much to "chief" diversity "officers" make?

The BLS reports that the mean wage for chief executives was $173,350 as of May 2010. Among the top-paying industries were securities and commodity exchanges and software publishers. Chief executives working for central banks earned upwards of $237,590 per year, on average.
link
Extraneus
"Choose your words thoughtfully," Robinson wrote.
Isn't the word "chief" one of those potentially offensive words?
Clarice

And the only time "hold down the fort" was used was in cowboy and Indian fights? Hmm. I doubt that's true.

Charlie (Colorado)

The chicks do dig him, for sure. They want to be with him, and men want to be like him. That's not common.

Well, to be fair, I know a good number of men who want to be with him and at least a few women who want to be him....

Clarice

From a site called "The Phrase Finder":


In Reply to: Re: Holding down the fort posted by ESC on March 16, 2009 at 23:18:

: : : What is the origin of the phrase "Holding down the fort"?

: : The correct phrase is "hold the fort" - there's no "down".
: : Since the Middle Ages "hold" in a military context has meant, "to keep forcibly against an adversary; defend; occupy". If the commander of a fort decided to take some of his forces to make a foray against the enemy, he would always have to leave some of his men in charge of a reliable officer to hold the fort against any possible attack while they were away. (VSD)

: "Hold down the fort" is a variation. The original use of the phrase "hold the fort" was a military order wired by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman in 1864 to Gen. John M. Corse at Allatoona during the Civil War. "Records show that the actual words had been 'Hold out, relief is coming,' but 'fort' is what caught on and was further popularized when it was made the refrain of a gospel song by Philip Paul Bliss." From "Facts on File Dictionary of Cliches," second edition, edited by Christine Ammer, Checkmark Books, New York, 2006. Page 202.

I accept that this incident is what popularised the phrase, but it can't possibly have been the *original* use! English-speaking people have been holding forts, and ordering other people to hold forts, for close on a millennium. (VSD)

Charlie (Colorado)

give a talk about grains that can act as a fast and effective colon cleanse.

Something that will also be true of the speech.

windansea

Clint was picked for one big reason, to draw more eyeballs and ears to Mitt's big speech.

Also, he was a Tea Partier before there was a Tea Party. He didn't run for Mayor of Carmel just to legaliize ice cream on the streets, but because he wanted to build something and was sick of the red tape bureaucracy.

http://www.clinteastwood.net/welcome/alt/

Plus he owns a great golf course called Tehama and is my hero for helping buy back Pebble Beach from the japanese, and they got it back for 50 cents on the dollar.

Sara

A new FB page opened yesterday called Romney Ryan. Today there is a picture taken in Tehran with this caption:

Here is the US diplomat, Jeffrey Feltman seen here, today, in Tehran, at a meeting with the Iranian Supreme Leader and Ahmadinejad’s senior VP, Mohammad Reza Rahimi. Did anyone hear in the news that Obama was sending US diplomats with Ban Ki Moon to Iran?

Did anyone hear this?

Rick Ballard

Clarice,

If I knew Latin I could come up with the equivalent phrase used by legionaries manning the watch towers along Hadrian's Wall. Those damned Scot tribes were full of fierce savages and the Romans always had to sleep with one eye open.

Extraneus
And "rule of thumb," he wrote, can according to women's activists refer "to an antiquated law, whereby the width of a husband's thumb was the legal size of a switch or rod allowed to beat his wife."

Further, he explained, "If her bruises were not larger than the width of his thumb, the husband could not be brought to court to answer for his behavior because he had not violated the 'rule of thumb.'"

He went on to urge caution over the word "handicap," as some disability advocates "believe this term is rooted in a correlation between a disabled individual and a beggar, who had to beg with a cap in his or her hand because of the inability to maintain employment."

How much does this dude make?

NK

Highlights of Romney and Rubio speeches are at Weekly Standard. ABOT1000 unit takes it to Bam by name. Theme = America deerves better (than Bam)

Ranger

Well, that was quick:

New conservative ad: The faded Obama poster on the wall

Not super great, but not bad for an over-night production.

Extraneus

Every major company, non-profit organization and university has a $200K/yr "Chief Diversity Officer," and they all have staffs consisting of other so-called professionals. How much money does this add up to? Billions? Tens of billions?

This DoS asshole should STFU and just collect his ill-gotten pay without rubbing our noses in it.

A great country wouldn't have such people in positions of power. It would simply enforce a law against racial discrimination.

Clarice

From the Phrase finder again--rule of thumb:

Meaning

A means of estimation made according to a rough and ready practical rule, not based on science or exact measurement.

Origin

The 'rule of thumb' has been said to derive from the belief that English law allowed a man to beat his wife with a stick so long as it is was no thicker than his thumb. In 1782, Judge Sir Francis Buller is reported as having made this legal ruling and in the following year James Gillray published a satirical cartoon attacking Buller and caricaturing him as 'Judge Thumb'. The cartoon shows a man beating a fleeing woman and Buller carrying two bundles of sticks. The caption reads "thumbsticks - for family correction: warranted lawful!"

It seems that Buller was hard done by. He was notoriously harsh in his punishments and had a reputation for arrogance, but there's no evidence that he ever made the ruling that he is infamous for. Edward Foss, in his authoritative work The Judges of England, 1870, wrote that, despite a searching investigation, "no substantial evidence has been found that he ever expressed so ungallant an opinion".

It's certainly the case that, although British common law once held that it was legal for a man to chastise his wife in moderation (whatever that meant), the 'rule of thumb' has never been the law in England.

Even if people mistakenly supposed the law to exist, there's no reason to believe that anyone ever called it the 'rule of thumb'. Despite the phrase being in common use since the 17th century and appearing many thousands of times in print, there are no printed records that associate it with domestic violence until the 1970s, when the notion was castigated by feminists. The responses that circulated then, which assumed the wife-beating law to be true, may have been influenced by Gillray's cartoon or were possibly a reaction to The Rolling Stones' song 'Under My Thumb', which was recorded in 1966.

The phrase itself has been in circulation since the 1600s. In 1692, it appeared in print in Sir William Hope's training manual for aspiring swordsmen, The Compleat Fencing-master:

"What he doth, he doth by rule of Thumb, and not by Art."

The origin of the phrase remains unknown. It is likely that it refers to one of the numerous ways that thumbs have been used to estimate things - judging the alignment or distance of an object by holding the thumb in one's eye-line, the temperature of brews of beer, measurement of an inch from the joint to the nail to the tip, or across the thumb, etc. The phrase joins the whole nine yards as one that probably derives from some form of measurement but which is unlikely ever to be definitively pinned down. The Germans have a similar phrase to indicate a rough approximation - 'pi mal daumen' which translates as 'pi [3.14…] times thumb'.

The earliest such 'measurement' use that I can find referred to in print is in a journal of amusing tales with the comprehensive title of Witt's Recreations - Augmented with Ingenious Conceites for the Wittie and Merrie Medicines for the Melancholic. It was published in 1640 and contains this rhyme:

If Hercules tall stature might be guess'd
But by his thumb, the index of the rest,
In due proportion, the best rule that I
Would chuse, to measure Venus beauty by,
Should be her leg and foot:

The 'rule of leg' never caught on.
________________

If we're paying some moron all this money to do nothing the least he can do is keep quiet when he has no idea what he's talking about.

Rick Ballard

Extraneious,

I agree. He ought to be scalped.

Soylent Red

"Sandra Fluke is NOT a "get"."

But she's damn sure a git.
===

Clint Eastwood is sort of a throwback to 1960s libertarianism. He is a Korean War veteran who opposed the Vietnam War, not because he's a pacifist, but because he doesn't believe we should be getting embroiled in other countries' problems. Stand up for the little guy, help your neighbor, be a plain spoken fair dealer. He reminds me of the Democrats in my family from the same generation.

I think he sees Mitt as being a common sense guy who loves his country and can get people back to work, and I guarantee that he is not impressed with Zero (but probably voted for the image just like a lot of people.)

IMO, his appeal is to the 40+ crowd who needs a familiar face to ratify Mitt as being an OK alternative to King Unprecedented. Just the kind of gravelly reassuring voice that people need to do what they already know is the right thing.

I will be very happy to see him speak, but I will be ecstatic if he tells Obama to get of his lawn.

BTW, after tonight, watch how fast his celebrity and talent are assaulted by those who formerly praised him. He'll immediately be old, irrelevant, blahblahblah.

You gonna pull those pistols,or whistle Dixie?

Clarice

Robert Duvall is also working for RR. I got notice the other day he's holding a undraiser at his home in Va for them.

Clarice

Fundraiser.

JM Hanes

To NK and anyone else commenting on pre-speech exerpts:

If you could start off with a spoiler alert, I'd appreciate it so very much!

centralcal

I am with JMH - I want to hear the speeches tonight from the mouths of the speakers, rather than read the words first. Don't want them to feel stale.

Extraneus

Butthead: "Uh huh huh huh. Undraiser."

[VIMH™: Get your head out of the gutter.]

Soylent Red

Robert Duvall is also working for RR. I got notice the other day he's holding a undraiser at his home in Va for them.

It's the "Joe Kidd" campaign!

Duvall lives right down the road from the PR of Cville. I hear about him locking horns with the local corruptocrats over water issues in Fluvanna County.

I'm hoping one of these days to run into him. What a great pleasure that would be.

Thomas Collins

Dave(in MA), re your 5:30 PM post: I'm serious. Here is what I do in my spare time:

(i) Study Plato's dialogues.

(ii) Post at JOM.

(iii) Watch music videos.

(iv) Mostly unsuccessfully try to solve chess problems.

(v) Listen to sports talk radio (D&C, Felger and Maz, Mustard and Johnson, Pete the Meat, Ordway and Holley, etc.).

(vi) Watch pro basketball, baseball, football and hockey. Basketball is my favorite spectator sport.

(vii) Read Insty, PJMedia, TalkLeft, and a few other blogs.

I'm confident that those JOMers who have met me will confirm that I am the type of person who would so spend his spare time.

Sara

We just lost power twice in the last 10 minutes. I'm getting flood and storm warnings on both TV and phone and I can hear thunder in the distance. I will go stark raving mad if our power goes out tonight of all nights.

JM Hanes

Want to know what I'll be happiest to hear the last of? People opining on "what Romney needs to do" tonight.

JM Hanes

Oh Sara! You of all people! I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Clarice

Soylent, He is great. I don't know if he still does it but he and his Argentine wife were big on Tango and had tango classes at their home.

centralcal

Oh, what an optimist you are JMH! "What Romney needs to do" will continue right up until the polls close and votes are counted.

It is a mainstay of punditry.

MarkO

What, no Rach 3?

JM Hanes

ccal:

So true, alas! I really just meant telling us what Romney needs to tell us in tonight's speech. :-)

MarkO

Clarice, I was really interested in the "undraiser."

centralcal

I thought that was probably the case, JMH - but, we will still be plenty sick of hearing long after the convention.

mikey

I like Larry Kudlow. But I can only take so much of him.

Rick Ballard

TC,

Although this piece refers to a vanishing voter problem in Milwaukee it probably pertains to Cuyahoga County as well. Sixty per cent indicates higher rate of movement than I would have ever guessed.

Ranger

Wasn't it just yesterday that the WaPo had a big story about ObamaCo's huge "ground game" advantage. I wonder why this wasn't mentioned (via Instapudnit):

The Case of the Disappearing Black Voter

"That scraps any traditional GOTV planning — if six in ten people that you planned on talking to are not there,” says Biko Baker, executive director of the League of Young Voters.

No wonder the Midwest is in play this year.

Extraneus

I hope we get back to it when it takes over the Office of the President Elect.

Jane - talk is cheap!

I am so tired I'm not sure I will make it through the speech. I'm thinking maybe some tito's might help....

maryrose

I am excited to hear all the speeches tonight.Romney will be great , just like Ryan was last night. There is such a contrast between the two parties in terms of morality and core beliefs. I know the pendulum is swinging back toward the conservative view. of things.

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