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Like me, you probably watched at least part of the unofficial first day of the Republican Convention in Tampa Bay last night. You may have heard Rick Santorum… who once claimed Romney was “THE WORST candidate to put up against Obama”… deliver a five minute speech about HIMSELF, hyping his favorite subject: “traditional marriage”, and not even mentioning the name “Romney” until the very end of his hateful diatribe when he tells everyone to vote for him.

The GOP’s new darling from Texas, Hispanic Teanut candidate for Senate “Ted Cruz”, then gave a speech all about himself, mentioning Obama four times (even calling him “a decent man”) while (like Santorum) not mentioning “Romney/Ryan” until the very end, where he told everyone they need to vote for them.

Next up was Mitt’s wife Ann, who announced she was going to “talk about Love”, then following Santorum’s lead, declared she & Mitt had “a REAL marriage”. I guess that’s her way of confirming she’s not really a Dude???

Ann was followed by the big (and I do mean “Big”) headliner of the night, Chris Christie, who told told us that this race is “NOT about Love” (take THAT, Ann!) but about “Respect”. Then went on to talk about himself for 20 minutes. And am I the only person to notice Christie ACTUALLY COMPARE the Obama Administration to “Nazi tyranny”?

Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth. I think tonight of the ‘Greatest Generation.’ We look back and marvel at their courage – overcoming the Great Depression, fighting Nazi tyranny, standing up for freedom around the world. Now it’s our time to answer history’s call.

Defenders of Christie might claim he was talking about “terrorism”, but re-read that first sentence. He’s not talking about war, he’s talking about the economy. The words “war”, “terrorism” or “Afghanistan” are never mentioned in his speech.

But anyway, after watching the first night of the Convention, here are two video reminders from Conventions past from our YouTube archive:

The reaction immediately following Obama’s 2004 Convention speech. You didn’t hear anything like this following any Republican speeches last night:
 


 
And also of note, George W. Bush’s 2000 Convention Hypocrisy:
 

PS: Looking at my list of “10 Things You Won’t Hear at the Convention” from Monday, I was 10-for-10. 🙂


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