Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Over In Tampa

For those of you just dying to know what’s going on in Tampa, TPM presents yesterday’s events in 100 seconds.

I hear Ann Romney’s speech was a predictable paean to her husband and a plea to get to know him as a real person, which seems a bit odd after nearly seven years of him running for president. I’m sure she’s a nice person and all, but it’s pretty much her role in this whole thing to do that, and she’s doing what every candidate’s wife has done since the parties have let the ladies in to talk. What I really don’t get is why the party leaders think that hearing from the spouse will somehow humanize the candidate; what are they going to do, tell us what he’s like when they’re alone together? Eww, TMI. For the record, I don’t want to hear that from Michelle Obama, either.

I also read that Gov. Chris Christie spent most of his speech talking about himself, obviously introducing himself so that four years from now he can take the stage. Ohio Gov. John Kasich talked about how great the Ohio economy is doing, thanks in no small part to the rescue of the auto industry by President Obama. But of course you wouldn’t hear that part of it.

The rest of it sounds like a lot of red meat (and other things) tossed to the crowd, which is the entire point of the convention.

For my part, I watched Ice Age again on HBO. That John Leguizamo cracks me up.