Wednesday Night RNC Convention Open Thread

On the schedule tonight: Tim Pawlenty, Mike Huckabee, NM Governor Susana Martinez, Condi Rice, and VP Nominee Paul Ryan.

Here’s my updated Flickr photo set from the convention.

Enjoy and discuss whatever Republican thoughts are on your mind.


  1. AMB says:

    Serious question. Just saw Matt Towery discussing the convention. Has he, um, had something done to his face?

      • AMB says:

        Yes I am serious. He’s always been a very pleasant looking man and his face was just…off. I thought maybe he’d had an accident. No offense meant.

  2. SallyForth says:

    Condi was great – especially her point that we must get over the “belief that I’m doing poorly because you’re doing well.” Outrageously smart woman, polar opposite in every way from you-know-who in 2008.

    Ryan was impressive – younger, playful at times, then actually teared up when thanking his mom who raised him on her own, but dug into “red meat” and seemed on target as a policy wonk who actually knows what goes on in Washington. And those laser blue eyes!

    That’s my critique for tonight. Charlie and Buzz, party hardy and do us proud with your booze skills at the parties from now til dawn.

  3. Harry says:

    From F.A. Hayek, The Abandoned Road (1944)
    We have progressively abandoned that freedom in economic affairs without which personal and political freedom has never existed… . We are rapidly abandoning not the views merely of Cobden and Bright, of Adam Smith and Hume, or even Locke and Milton, but one of the salient characteristics of Western civilization[:] the basic individualism inherited by us from Erasmus and Montaigne, from Cicero and Tacitus… .

    Individualism … today … has come to be connected with egotism and selfishness. But the individualism of which we speak, in contrast to socialism and all other forms of collectivism, has no necessary connection with these. Only gradually in the course of [our efforts] shall we be able to make clear the contrast between the two opposing principles.

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