GOP 2012 Convention Columns on Townhall

  • Mary Grabar - Story and Politics

    Story and Politics

    Mary Grabar
    Posted: 8/29/2012 1:12:00 PM EST
    Republicans, especially those within the ranks of the establishment, have insisted that during this general presidential election, it is upon the policies—not the person—of Barack Obama that they will set their sights.
  • Debra J. Saunders - A Good Night for Real Contrast

    A Good Night for Real Contrast

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:14:00 PM EST
    Tuesday night was Good Cop/Bad Cop night at the Republican National Convention. Ann Romney played the good cop; the keynote speaker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, played the bad cop.
  • Jeff Jacoby - Political Fidelity is a Virtue -- Sometimes

    Political Fidelity is a Virtue -- Sometimes

    Jeff Jacoby
    Posted: 8/29/2012 11:36:00 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.
  • Marybeth Hicks - CodePink Won't Make me Blush or See Red

    CodePink Won't Make me Blush or See Red

    Marybeth Hicks
    Posted: 8/29/2012 11:22:00 AM EST
    A costume party at the GOP convention?
  • Ralph Benko - The Republican Platform and the Mainstreaming of the Gold Standard

    The Republican Platform and the Mainstreaming of the Gold Standard

    Ralph Benko
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The most interesting — because powerful and not widely anticipated — plank in the draft GOP Platform scheduled to be voted on tomorrow calls for, according to a Bloomberg, “creation of a commission to ‘consider the feasibility’ of returning the U.S. dollar to the gold standard ‘to set a fixed value’ for the currency.”
  • Thomas Sowell - Entitlement Reforms

    Entitlement Reforms

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    For those of us who like to believe that human beings are rational, trying to explain what happens in politics can be a real challenge.
  • Armstrong Williams - Day One Conversations

    Day One Conversations

    Armstrong Williams
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    This morning I had a chance to speak with two of our nation’s most vibrant and exciting conservative leaders, Ralph Alvarado, candidate for Kentucky Legislature, and former Presidential candidate Herman Cain. To give you an idea of what people on the ground here in Tampa are feeling like, here’s a little of what they told me.
  • Donald Lambro - Romney and Ryan Must Knock it out of the Park in Tampa

    Romney and Ryan Must Knock it out of the Park in Tampa

    Donald Lambro
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has to do two things really well at his convention: Lay out in dramatic terms how bad the Obama economy is, and demonstrate that he is the candidate who can fix it.
  • Jonah Goldberg - After Romney's Birth Certificate Joke, Dems Play the Race Card

    After Romney's Birth Certificate Joke, Dems Play the Race Card

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 8/29/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Huzzah, America, our centuries-old struggle with racism and bigotry may be coming to an end.
  • Rachel Marsden - Five Things Romney Needs From the GOP Convention

    Five Things Romney Needs From the GOP Convention

    Rachel Marsden
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:21:00 PM EST
    This week's Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., is a political autobahn. Depending on how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan play it, they'll either gain some unfettered mileage in advancing their agenda with the voting public, or slam into a pole in a single-car crash.
  • Wayne Allyn Root - Message to Romney: Own The Word “Extreme”

    Message to Romney: Own The Word “Extreme”

    Wayne Allyn Root
    Posted: 8/28/2012 11:47:00 AM EST
    Since Obama can’t run on his dismal failures with jobs and the economy; his devastating $5 trillion in new debt creation; his radical energy plans that have resulted in a hidden tax of thousands of dollars on the poor and middle class in higher gas and utility bills; or his pathetic foreign policy that has diminished America in the eyes of the world and made the Middle East a far more dangerous place; he and his socialist cabal (aka Democratic Party) have enacted a strategy to defeat and demonize fiscal conservatives (aka “sane people”) by distracting voters and instilling fear.
  • Armstrong Williams - We Are Still Building This!

    We Are Still Building This!

    Armstrong Williams
    Posted: 8/28/2012 11:23:00 AM EST
    The theme for this year's Republican National Convention in Tampa is We Did Build That! It's an interesting choice of a theme. There are a lot of options this year: Governor Romney is running against a president who simply hasn't got anything right. Even the death of Osama Bin Laden, it turns out, is something that he bungled, since we saw him "spike the football" about it when his poll numbers started looking scary (incidentally, they haven't got any better since then).
  • Byron York - Voters Fret About Economy, Dems Focus on Abortion

    Voters Fret About Economy, Dems Focus on Abortion

    Byron York
    Posted: 8/28/2012 10:28:00 AM EST
    "This election, to me, is about which candidate is more likely to return us to full employment," says former President Bill Clinton in a new ad released by the Obama campaign. Most voters would agree, at least if one believes countless polls that show the economy and jobs are the nation's top concern.
  • Rich Galen - Unconventional Conventions

    Unconventional Conventions

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 8/28/2012 10:10:00 AM EST
    As you are no doubt aware, Monday's schedule for the Republican National Convention in Tampa was cancelled due to fears of Tropical Storm Isaac becoming Hurricane Isaac, and Hurricane Isaac taking dead aim at Tampa.
  • Dennis Prager - My Dream Speech for Mitt Romney

    My Dream Speech for Mitt Romney

    Dennis Prager
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    My fellow Americans, my fellow Republicans: The 2012 election is not an election between two men but between two entirely different visions of America. President Obama and I are simply the standard bearers of opposing, and may I add, irreconcilable visions of what America is and should be.
  • Bill Murchison - A Campaign of Vilification

    A Campaign of Vilification

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    As Lyndon Johnson told it -- or allowed it to be told in his name -- this Goldwater guy, if given half a chance, would blow up the world. In which case, why shouldn't the voters back in '64 not play it safe and keep LBJ in the White House?
  • Mona Charen - This Convention Matters

    This Convention Matters

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    We've all heard the objection that political conventions have become empty kabuki theater. The high drama of multiple ballots is dead and gone. Uncertainty about the outcome is no more. "Today," laments political guru Mike Murphy, "delegates are bound through the application of TV ad ratings points, not machine deals. They sit in the convention hall like the background actors in a TV show, milling about to the director's orders, wearing costumes and denied a single line. It seems a shabby ending to a great tradition. It's time for a mercy killing."
  • David Stokes - Mitt’s Moment

    Mitt’s Moment

    David Stokes
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The world will be watching this week as Mitt Romney receives the Republican nomination for the presidency and has his moment to speak to history. Hurricane Isaac notwithstanding, this convention, like most in recent memory, has been orchestrated to somehow give a foregone conclusion a hint of drama. It’s a tough sell.
  • Cal  Thomas - Romney's Opportunity

    Romney's Opportunity

    Cal Thomas
    Posted: 8/28/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    This week when Mitt Romney strides to center stage to deliver his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, he might draw inspiration from an unlikely source: the song "I Am What I Am" from the musical "La Cage Aux Folles."
  • Dan Holler - GOP Convention: Repudiating the Past

    GOP Convention: Repudiating the Past

    Dan Holler
    Posted: 8/27/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    All eyes will be on Tampa, Florida as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan attempt to reset the presidential campaign narrative. As all conventions are, this one will be a tightly scripted affair with the intention of firing up the party base and appealing to Mr. and Mrs. Swing Voter.