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The Republican National Convention and Mitt Romney go out with a whimper

The main problem with Mitt Romney's convention speech was that it was not memorable enough to wipe out the image of Clint Eastwood rambling at an empty chair. That performance by Eastwood, the much-built-up surprise guest at the convention, was downright painful. >More
 Scott Walker says he's a progressive

Sitting with his wife, Tonette, on the floor of the convention hall Wednesday night, Scott Walker was all smiles when I told him I was from The Progressive magazine in Madison, Wisconsin. Being from Wisconsin -- no matter what your politics -- makes you part of the in-group at this cheesehead-dominated convention. >More
 Paul Ryan's brilliant, scary, lying speech at the RNC in Tampa

It was breathtaking when Ryan brought up the GM factory that closed in Janesville, and implied that it was all Obama's fault. Not only did the plant close on George W. Bush's watch, but it did so after union workers pleaded with Ryan to support them and help save their jobs, to no avail. Ryan's record on trade is a perfect recipe for the destruction of manufacturing in his hard-hit district. >More
 Scott Walker blows it at Republican National Convention

To Wisconsinites, Walker looks like a right-wing rock star. And judging from the treatment he was getting from delegates to the RNC, you could imagine he's well on his way to national stardom. Every room he entered during the convention week erupted in applause. He could hardly get the words out to nominate Mitt Romney for our delegation from the floor, the whole hall was cheering so loudly. >More
 Aboard a yacht with Tommy Thompson and Scott Walker in Tampa

As the Wisconsin delegation got fired up for Paul Ryan's big convention speech on Wednesday night, Tommy Thompson held a fundraiser on the StarShip yacht moored at a dock near the Tampa convention center. Haley Barbour was one of the first aboard, followed by Gov. Scott Walker, dressed down in khakis and a Green Bay Packers shirt, and a bevy of other Republican stars with ties to Wisconsin. >More
 Florida activists struggle in the shadow of RNC

Overkill is too mild a word to describe the contrast between the heavy security and the protests in Tampa, which have been peaceful, and somewhat muted by the weather. There is a shanty town called Romneyville at a local park, which was the starting point for a 500-person march demanding an end to foreclosures. There was a beautiful melting ice sculpture in the park that formed the words "middle class." >More
 A crazy first full day at the Republican National Convention in Tampa

The most dramatic event of the day was the near rebellion by the Ron Paul delegates, outraged over Mitt Romney's power grab in the rules committee. Henceforth, the party's nominee will decide which delegates are seated -- effectively disenfranchising future grassroots movement candidates like Paul. >More
 Newt Gingrich, Scott Walker plug supply side economics in Tampa

On day one of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Newt Gingrich hosted a special Newt University session in a Hyatt hotel near the convention center. As the wind picked up outside, and delegates milled around waiting for the weather delay to end, inside the hotel ballroom, Newt and his guests preached a return to supply-side economics as the answer to the current recession. >More
 Paul Ryan's deep anti-choice roots

Paul Ryan's views are just as extreme as Todd Akin's. Before he became famous for his budget plan, Ryan began his political career as a creature of Wisconsin's pro-life movement. >More
 Mitt Romney looks to Paul Ryan for ideas

There is one thing Democrats and Republicans can agree on: Paul Ryan was a great choice to be Mitt Romney's running mate. For the GOP, Ryan has to be a breath of fresh air after their last two veep candidates. It has to be a relief to have somebody who won't confuse international flights going over his house on their way to O'Hare with an understanding of foreign policy and somebody who won't be at an undisclosed location watching Dr. Strangelove and not getting the jokes. >More
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