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The former Governor of Minnesota Tim Pawlenty spoke, and according to him, “Barack Obama is the first president to create more excuses than jobs.” Pawlenty continued, “In his view, it’s George’s fault. It’s the bank’s fault. It’s Europe’s fault. It’s the weather’s fault. It’s Congress’ fault. Mr. President, if you want to find fault, I suggest you look in the mirror.”
Mike Huckabee, the popular Fox News host and former Governor of Arkansas, quickly took a swipe at DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and then proceeded to target Obama, whilst he kept repeating the mantra “We can do better.” Of Obama, Huckabee stated, “Let’s make him a proposition he can’t refuse – Let’s vote him out!” And of Obama’s Nobel Prize, he said, “In the real world you get the prize for producing something, not just promising something.”
Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, offered up a Churhillian-type speech, with a theme that questioned “Where does America stand?” She observed about America’s role in the world, “We cannot be reluctant to lead, and you cannot lead from behind… Our foes cannot doubt our resolve, because peace really does come through strength.” She talked about growing up in “Jim Crow Birmingham” and how her parents told her that, even though she wasn’t able to have a hamburger in segregated Woolworths department store, she could still become President of the United States if that was her wish. And in her words, “she becomes the Secretary of State.”
Finally, Congressman and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan took the stage and gave a magnificent speech, with too many applause lines to mention. He said “I know we can do this.” He said, “I know that we are ready.” He received a huge standing ovation, when he stated the following: “We have suffered no shortage of words in the White House. What is missing is leadership in the White House.” And he made the case for a Mitt Romney presidency when he asked, “Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be different than the last four years?”
The discontent leftists from MSNBC appeared out of sorts. Rachel Maddow, usually sporting a bright grin and who earlier went after Paul Ryan using the Todd Akin rape issue, looked noticeably shaken. They were forced to concede that at least some of Wednesday’s speeches were powerful. But that didn’t stop the hate.
About the GOP speakers, Al Sharpton said, “None of them told the truth.” He specifically called Paul Ryan a liar. Ed Schultz agreed, claiming that Ryan was “perpetuating lies.” And Chris Matthews insinuated that Ryan was a racist, in the same fashion that he did to Rick Santorum just one day earlier.
Once again, none of these belligerents could take away the successful night the GOP had at its convention. They only serve to enhance the night for the conservatives, and this night was much bigger than the previous one. Who knows what’s in store for tomorrow?
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