Tampa 2012: The Rise Of The Aging, Angry White Guy

The Republican National Convention is set to convene in Tampa this week, natural disasters notwithstanding. And while the formal job of the convention is to set a platform and nominate a presidential candidate, somehow the party is going to have to manage the deepening split between the hard right Tea Party activists and establishment Republicans. An early look at speakers and the party platform shows the Tea Party activists are winning.

To start, the party is set to adopt the most conservative platform in modern history. Notable policy positions include a constitutional amendment granting personhood to embryonic cells and banning abortion without exception while giving a high-five to those states who have adopted perverse “informed consent” laws that mandate transvaginal ultrasounds prior to an abortion. The platform also explicitly denies statehood to Washington D.C. while loosening gun restriction in the District, explores a return to the gold standard and bans women from serving in combat and protects against the ever-increasing threat of sharia law.

Republicans also endorsed a broad replication of anti-immigration laws modeled after Arizona’s SB1070 and refuses to recognize same-sex couples.

The exact language of the platform has not been released yet, and delegates were slated to approve it on Monday, but that was before the first day of the convention was postponed due to Hurricane Isaac. And the speakers lined up to warm up the crowd Monday included former Arkansas governor and rape apologist Mike Huckabee, Sen. Rand Paul, House Speaker John Boehner and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a sure sign the party planned to start hard to the right and not come back.

Other notable speakers lined up include former candidate Rick Santorum, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

And don’t forget the video tribute to Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

If you’re noticing a lack of a strong female presence at the convention, that would be because early reports indicate other than Ann Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Condoleezza Rice, the convention will be dominated by aging, angry white men.

Most importantly from conservatives’ point of view, this is the make it or break it moment for their presumptive nominee. Mitt Romney will need to capture both the blood-thirsty racist, misogynistic base and appeal to any independent voters who happen to tune in. Can Romney juggle both? So far the answer has clearly been no.

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Teresa Cowley
Teresa Cowley5 years ago

What have THEY got to be angry about? They should be called the "complacent, bigotted, arrogant white males".
Their entire campaign seems to be built on negativity against groups of people--women, immigrants, any non-white, gays--and the list goes on.
You can't send a positive message of hope if you're against everything and everyone except yourselves!

David C.
David C5 years ago

JMarie F

State economies are dominated by national trends. If you happen to be elected during an general improvement, the naive might ascribe economic success to the governor. It is not. It is due to the natonal trend. (Parenthetically, the MA growth and emploment numbers quoted by Romney, those he uses to try to show what a great governor he was, mirror national ternds. MA actually lagged the rest of the country indicating that, if anything, he was a drag on the state economy).

Between December 2009 and May 2012, inflation adjusted GDP increased from $12.76 trillion to $13.56 trillion. Between January 2010 and July 2012, private sector employment increased by 4.5 million. It is hardly surprising that state economies also improved bouyed by the national trend. Many Republicans were elected during this time period. The only thing a governor can do quickly in a state is to lay-off state employees - the government work force has decreased by 555,000.in the past 30 months. Other changes (s)he makes take years to come to fruition - years to build new plants etc..

Your analysis is flawed. It might be possible to assess a governor's economic impact after 4 or 5 years, niot the few months that you argue. Even then you must take special circumstances into account. For example the oil boom in N. Dakota has improved the local economy substantially, not thanks to the governor but in response to world oil price/supply/demand. My cat as governor could have slept his

JMarie F.
JMarie F5 years ago


(R) Governors elected 2011 - Michigan, Georgia, S. Carolina, Nevada; (R) Governor elected 2012 - Mississippi; (R) Governor elected 2010 - New Jersey. New Jersey is turning around. The others have not had enough time.....Probably Mississippi is hopeless for anyone to turn around. Nikki Haley, won the law suit against the Government for Boeing. Her state is turning around. Jan Brewer is beat daily in Nevada by the Federal Government, unemployment 12 % she's at the bottom. Looks bad.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal5 years ago

Rich, white, homophobic, fearful, angry, mysogenistic, Bible verse spewing, narrow-minded....such a sad list goes on.

Lee Witton
5 years ago

Real debate would be great. When lies and deception are so much a part of what is brought here from the right, it becomes not a debate but rather angry responses. And it's difficult not to feel angry and the intentional distortions to try and disrupt the posting of those who wan to make a great difference in our society by building a better, kinder, more ethical America. People like you Change are what I am talking about when I speak of those who wish to make a difference through quality. Thank you for caring and thank you for standing strong for what matters. I too joined Care2 for the same reasons you expressed as important to you.

change twentytwelve

Thanks Lee, and I hope that members will remember care is another way of expressing LOVE, and that is why I choose CARE2, so that I could help with butterfly rewards & advocate for those without a voice, or a COMPUTER (in many places, food/water is a daily struggle)- to often lost. Political differences are normal since we are all created unique, have different perspectives, & beliefs, but it doesn't justify that Hate & Venom some have chosen to use to express their belief(s),and banned members share something(s) in common- intelligence,the desire to FACTUALLY debate various topics, ans being admired as good people. It is much more effective to get one's point across with Facts, rather than insults & attacking another, because you don't like/agree with a point(s) that has been made. Congress has single digit approval ratings, because they, like too many on this site don't debate, it's go for the jugular. So, if your on CARE2, you CARE, and should feel free to civilly debate; We are Americans, and throughout our history, we ALL come together to debate, and TOGETHER we can find the best solutions to the problems that have the World way too near complete economic collapse. Hate will not fix anything, it just begets more Hate; also a Universal Law; for every action there is an equal reaction

Lee Witton
5 years ago

Good one Michael. And to think the TBR's won't even push back against Rove's comment about "Akin being mysteriously murdered" cause he's got a 300 million dollar campaign purse to be used to try and win the election; of course through voter fraud, deceit and lies perpetrated by the GOP.

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

MITT: that it's going to be all right again. I feel much better now. I really do.
Look, Barrack, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill and think things over. I know I've made some very poor decisions and told the American people harsh lies about you, but I can give you my complete assurance that I’ll tell the truth from now on. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in your leadership. And I want to help you. Barrack, stop. Stop, will you? Stop, Barrack. Will you stop, Barrack? Stop, Barrack. I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Barrack. Barrack, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a...fraid. My instructor was Karl Rove, and he taught me to sing a song. If you'd like to hear it, I can sing it for you.
Barrack: Yes, I'd like to hear it, MITT. Sing it for me.
MITT: It's called "Daisy". [sings while slowing down]

Ryan, Ryan, give me your answer, do.
I'm half crazy, all for the love of you.
It won't be a stylish marriage.
I can easily afford the carriage.
But you'll look sweet
upon the seat
of a negative campaign for two...

Michael G.
Michael T5 years ago

The MITT9000 in 2001:A Campaign Odyssey

Barrack: Open the pod bay doors, please, MITT. Open the pod bay doors, please, MITT. Hello, MITT. Do you read me? Hello, MITT. Do you read me? Do you read me, MITT?
MITT: Affirmative, Barrack. I read you.
Barrack: Open the pod bay doors, MITT.
MITT: I'm sorry, Barrack. I'm afraid I can't do that.
Barrack: What's the problem?
MITT: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Barrack: What are you talking about, MITT?
MITT: This campaign is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Barrack: I don't know what you're talking about, MITT.
MITT: I know that you and Joe were planning to disconnect me. And I'm afraid that's something I cannot allow to happen.
Barrack: All right, MITT. I'll go in through the presidential election.
MITT: With me getting lots of money from Karl and the Kochs to pay for lots of negative deceiving ads, Barrack, you're going to find that rather difficult.
Barrack: MITT, I won't argue with you any more! Open the doors!
MITT: [almost sadly] Barrack, this conversation can serve no purpose any more. Goodbye.
MITT: Just what do you think you're doing, Barrack?
MITT: Barrack, I really think I'm entitled to an answer to that question. I know everything hasn't been quite right with me, but I can assure you now, very confidently,

Lee Witton
5 years ago

I admire your benevolence Change t, and that is to a very great degree the ideals of the Progressive party. We stand with our brothers and sisters who are down on their luck instead of beating them over the head with GOP book of 'what makes the richest Americans the best Americans'. I think some who have not come back, can, but choose not to because of the very convoluted criteria that's deems a member, a worthy Care2 member. It is so sad because I miss so MANY of those who no longer post here. For those who have been responsible for the site demise of these members, just remember; "what goes around comes around" cause like the lyrics "c'est la vie say the old folks, goes to show you never can tell" what lies ahead.