GOP 2012 Convention Columns on Townhall

  • Chris Robling - Dems Too Small to Answer Big Issues

    Dems Too Small to Answer Big Issues

    Chris Robling
    Posted: 9/11/2012 2:00:00 PM EST
    It was a goofy, vacuous speech that capped a goofy, vacuous gathering.
  • Bill Murchison - The Two Americas

    The Two Americas

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Two conventions, a few speeches and that's it? Obama-Biden beats Romney-Ryan like a drum and we get back to whatever it was we were doing before the election so rudely interrupted us?
  • Dennis Prager - The Most Important Event At Either Convention

    The Most Important Event At Either Convention

    Dennis Prager
    Posted: 9/11/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The most important event at either national convention was the "vote" taken by the Democratic delegates on a last-minute resolution to reinsert the words "God" and "Jerusalem" into the Democratic Party platform.
  • Cal  Thomas - Privileges and Responsibilities

    Privileges and Responsibilities

    Cal Thomas
    Posted: 9/4/2012 12:01:00 PM EST
    My first political convention was in 1964 when Democrats convened in Atlantic City to nominate Lyndon Johnson for a full term as president. I was a young copyboy at the NBC News network bureau in Washington. We arrived from Washington aboard a chartered DC-3 plane that also carried the late anchor/reporter Frank McGee and his wife.
  • Star Parker - Only Issue now Facing Americans is Freedom

    Only Issue now Facing Americans is Freedom

    Star Parker
    Posted: 9/3/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The political parties throw a lot of glitz at us with their made-for-TV spectaculars, which we call conventions.
  • Michael Barone - Inspiring but Not Slick, Romney Showed Right Stuff

    Inspiring but Not Slick, Romney Showed Right Stuff

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 9/3/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The 40th Republican National Convention is now history, and political strategists and pundits are poring over the poll numbers to see whether Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are getting a post-convention bounce in what have been very closely divided polls.
  • Dan Holler - Democrat Convention: Redefining Success (Fluke-style)

    Democrat Convention: Redefining Success (Fluke-style)

    Dan Holler
    Posted: 9/3/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Although many policy wonks were starved for details last week, and will be again this week, political conventions are properly understood as political theater. The big themes coming out of the conventions will provide structure to the remainder of the presidential contest. The policy details should (in theory) fall neatly under those broad themes, giving Americans a clear choice in November.
  • Salena Zito - Ann Romney, Energized

    Ann Romney, Energized

    Salena Zito
    Posted: 9/2/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Ann Romney said on Wednesday that she felt welcomed and energized when she stepped onto the stage here at the Republican National Convention to introduce her husband, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, to millions of Americans watching on television.
  • Paul Greenberg - The Idea Man: Enter Paul Ryan, Stage Right

    The Idea Man: Enter Paul Ryan, Stage Right

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 9/1/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    It had the air of a debut. The 42-year-old out of the world of conservative ideas was stepping on stage at Tampa as his party's nominee for vice president of the United States. And you could tell he was happy to be there, and would be even happier once the bell rang for the main event, which will be this fall's presidential campaign. ("We can do this!")
  • Kathryn Lopez - Love a Must in any Platform

    Love a Must in any Platform

    Kathryn Lopez
    Posted: 9/1/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    "He didn't just see a tangle of plastic and tubes; he saw our beautiful little girl, and he was clearly overcome with compassion for her," Pam Finlayson told the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Thursday night. She was talking about the man of the hour, Mitt Romney, and the love he demonstrated as a lay bishop in the Mormon Church. Her daughter was born three and a half months early, with grave medical problems.
  • Crystal Wright - Caped Crusader Mitt Romney Fights to Save America from Obama the Empty Suit

    Caped Crusader Mitt Romney Fights to Save America from Obama the Empty Suit

    Crystal Wright
    Posted: 9/1/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Mitt Romney needed to hit a home run with his nomination speech at the Republican National Convention. Put another way, Romney needed to prove he was Batman to Ryan’s Robin and not the other way around, as a Tampa Bay Times editorial cartoon featured him August 30th. I think he did that, if you evaluate him for the content and substance of his speech rather than judging him on pageant standards of congeniality the mainstream media use to praise and prop up a failing President Obama.
  • Mona Charen - Democrats, Republicans and Race

    Democrats, Republicans and Race

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 8/31/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Among the most stirring moments in an effective convention came during Condoleeza Rice's speech. She delivered (beautifully) a number of well-chosen one-liners that hit bull's-eyes with Republicans and conservatives, warning, for example, that "when a nation loses control of its finances, it eventually loses control of its destiny."
  • Diana West - What's Whiter Than the GOP? The Media

    What's Whiter Than the GOP? The Media

    Diana West
    Posted: 8/31/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Ah, to be a member of Big Media when the white Republicans gather to nominate their white ticket for the White House.
  • Paul Greenberg - She Knows How to Do

    She Knows How to Do

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 8/31/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Of all things to be expected at a national political convention, with its balloons and confetti, its pep-rally chants and general hullabaloo, the last thing to surface in such a surreal sea of glitz and glitter might be a glimpse of reality. Sighting reality in those parts would be as surprising as seeing how folks really live in those glamorous ports of call where the sleek cruise ship puts in just for the day.
  • Maggie Gallagher - 2016: The Next GOP Generation

    2016: The Next GOP Generation

    Maggie Gallagher
    Posted: 8/30/2012 2:45:00 PM EST
    The future of the Republican Party was on display in Tampa, Fla., as the roll of speakers before Mitt Romney provided a preview of nomination battles in 2016 and beyond.
  • Rich Galen - Paul Ryan's Night

    Paul Ryan's Night

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 8/30/2012 9:18:00 AM EST
    Fifteen thousand reporters are here all watching the same thing, writing about the same thing, and Tweeting the same thing.
  • Michael Barone - Romney Pins Hopes on Being Different From Obama

    Romney Pins Hopes on Being Different From Obama

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 8/30/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Party conventions are no longer just about rallying the faithful. More important is making a good impression on the "persuadables," the narrow slice of the electorate that is still undecided about whom to vote for, or at least open to a convincing argument to change their minds.
  • Hugh Hewitt - Romney's Big Night

    Romney's Big Night

    Hugh Hewitt
    Posted: 8/30/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    His "whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney."
  • Kevin Glass - Enthusiasm, Excitement, and Ron Paul: The Young GOP Delegates

    Enthusiasm, Excitement, and Ron Paul: The Young GOP Delegates

    Kevin Glass
    Posted: 8/30/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Enthusiasm runs high amongst some of the younger official delegates to the GOP 2012 convention. They stand out in the crowd of predominantly older Republican activists by their brisk pace and infectious energy.
  • Ben Shapiro - Democrats Shaking in Their Boots

    Democrats Shaking in Their Boots

    Ben Shapiro
    Posted: 8/29/2012 2:08:00 PM EST
    The Republican National Convention started off as an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess on Monday morning. By Tuesday night, the Democratic Party and Barack Obama in particular had to be an anxiety-ridden, soggy, depressing mess.