Let The Games Begin!


August 30, 2012 by esarsea

I thought it would be interesting to put all these speeches in one place where we can compare and contrast the content of each; the Republican’s Keynote speech, followed by the Democrat’s Keynote speech, etc. The Democtatic Convention doesn’t start until Monday Sept 3rd so it will be several days before this post is completed…but here’s a start. (Updated 9/7/12).

Republican Convention Keynote Speech:

Democratic Convention Keynote Speech

Republican Convention VP Candidate Nomination Acceptance Speech

Democratic Convention VP Candidate Nomination Acceptance Speech

Republican Presidental Candidate Nomination Acceptance Speech

Democratic Presidential Candidate Nomination Acceptance Speech

19 thoughts on “Let The Games Begin!

  1. Bill says:

    As an American, I hope the Democrats are seeing the national response to these speeches this week and try to cut the bullshit a bit. People are far too wary of DC and both parties to accept anything either says at this point as the truth, or even a good idea.

    And Romney’s clear lack of popularity means his supporters and wife had the monumental task of not only trying to ‘humanize’ him but attack Obama simultaneously with a lot of stuff that simply isn’t true. Ryan’s speech was just bizarre. He blamed Obama for things that happened when Bush was still president! The campaign had to release a statement mid-week that they aren’t going to be swayed by ‘fact-checkers.’


    When Fox News attacks your speech at the Republican presidential campaign convention, you know you crossed a line the size of an airport runway.

  2. esarsea says:

    It am looking forward to hearing what they come up with – which is why I thought it would be interesting to put the speeches side by side. Without regard to content, I sure found Ryan to be a more dynamic speaker than Romney. I felt Romney’s frequent and unassuming, “awe, shucks” facial expressions rather contrived. But then again, maybe lacking the skills and/or experience to effectively pull off being phony is a good thing!

  3. torqdog says:

    I’m not gonna bother commenting on the content of any of the speeches from either side as I see it as a pointless excercise or akin to “farting in the wind” as we ALL know exactly where we ALL stand…… don’t we?!!!

    What I will say is that I see this as an epic battle, akin to the “Battle for Middle Earth” as depicted in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The “era of Man” (freedom and liberty as we knew it) may soon come to an end if we don’t get our fucked up house in order.

  4. torqdog says:

    I will also add this clip as it was for me the highlight of the RNC Tampa convention. It is the Clint Eastwood “schtick” that has come under wide criticism from those on the left and right as well for different reasons. I found it hilarious, Eastwood’s timing and ad-lib crack me up as I never knew him to be a “stand up comedian”. Everytime I watch this I “laugh out loud” a little louder. An 82 year old man acting as a 90 year old, bumbling, occasionally losing thought, crotchety old guy. It was intentional and Eastwood may have a new carreer path ahead of him.

    Most all libs REALLY hated it for obvious reasons.

    • Bill says:

      Ann Romney wasn’t a big fan of Clint’s ‘schtick ‘, either, Randy.

      In fact, the only real defense of Eastwood’s scene that I’ve experienced was Bill Maher who didn’t go down the humor-path with this like a lot of other embarassed folks did. Maher said last Friday night that he saw what you saw: An old pro walk out onto stage with a single prop, no script (obviously) and played to the immediate crowd and brought them to their respective reward, bashing Obama. Maher said he thought it was a success and that as a stand up comedian, he knows how hard it is to do what Eastwood attempted. And he was dead serious and argued with his less-complimentray panel about it.

      • esarsea says:

        You know, as much as it pains me to say this, I don’t think Clint did very well. And I want to support him! As you know, if I was to try to affix a label to my political leanings, I think I am a moderate conservative. I tend to relate to what I understand (or understood) to be the GOP’s traditional values of smaller government, etc and when push comes to shove you’ll find me on the right side of the isle. I’d be sitting pretty close to the isle, but on the right side none the less. Plus add to this that I’m a DIE HARD Clint Eastwood fan. I can sit down and watch “Fistfull of Dollars” for the 17th time and consider it time well spent. The music of Ennio Morricone gives me goosebumps….but anyway…..

        I don’t think Clint was acting, or employing a “schtick” – I think he was trying to be funny, and on balance he bombed – and this comes from someone who wanted him to be good. He got off some one-liners that were pretty funny, but their impact and/or effectiveness were severely diminished by his rather bumbling, absent-minded presentation. I don’t think he was an 82 year old man pretending to be a 90 year old man.

        I’ll still be first in line when “Trouble with the curve” comes out on Sept 28th, but if I was in Romney’s camp I’d fire whoever approved Clint’s appearance without having some sort of idea about what he was going to say.

  5. Becky says:

    Great idea Stu. I think it will make for interesting banter. Right now I’ll just say I’m glad there was a Packer game on that night. Most of the ignorant in Wis. were consumed with that, and not paying attention to the convention.

    Happy Labor Day. Be thankful and don’t lose sight of your labor rights!

  6. torqdog says:

    As Bill rightly pointed out, factcheck.org had a few things to say about some of the stuff that was laid down in Tampa. Well……..not to be outdone in the B.S. dept, it looks like the Dems first night in Charlotte had the factcheckers busy as well;

    Whether you call them “Pinochios” or “pants on fire”, I think one thing we can all agree on is there seems to be more than the usual amount of bullshittin’ goin on from both parties this time around.

    • Becky says:

      I’ll do fact-checking as time permits, but, pants on fire or not, every speech I heard last night blew the pants off any of the Repub’s. Looking forward to Clinton tonight!

    • Bill says:

      It’s a convention in an election year and like a resume, it’s an opportunity to tell your best lies. Both sides have been throwing out a lot of stuff.

      My beef is with the Obama that Republicans built and has no relationship to the guy in the White House. Call him on his policies or his lack of aggressiveness on some matter, but don’t create a character that doesn’t exist, then tell the world at a convention that you aren’t going to run with fact-checkers in mind, either. People will assume you’re going to lie your face off right out of the gate.

      Anyone with an internet connection can fact check any fo these people.

      I love Joe Biden! “All you need to know is Osama Bin Laden is dead…and General Motors is alive!”

      Oh, and I love that Chuck Norris has apparently totally lost his shit over Obama running for re-election! I saw his tv commercial with his trophy wife and bad wig that makes him look like a meth addict with a chipmunk on his head and he’s predicting “1,000 years of Darkness” if Obama is re-elected.


      • torqdog says:

        Well Bill…….I could sit here and go toe to toe with ya and I’m sure that’s exactly what you’d like to see but I must bow out of this conversation now for one of two reasons. 1st, we have a scheduled vacation and leave(tentatively) tommorow for warmer climes or, #2 and more likely……. I just got a call from my sister and it looks like the grim reaper has decided to knock at my mother’s door and I am likely going to be consumed with that. She’s been in VERY bad health since last October’s massive stroke that left her paralyzed and pretty much unable to eat like you and I are used to and another stroke a month ago had the doctors giving her a 3 to 5 day death warrant. She has thus far flipped the bird at ole Grim but it’s not lookin good right now.

        I will just for fun add to the going conversation that as you’ve laid a somewhat understandable case that the repubs have put poor Barack in a box that you say is undeserved and you may be right. But on the flipside of that coin you have the likes of Stephanie Cutter (you know who she is!) implying that Romney is guilty of a felony and then there’s the ad suggesting Romney was responsible for Soptic’s wife’s death(TOTAL bullshit) and all the other blah-blah-blah crazy crap coming from the Dems and their operatives. And let’s also for good measure add all the crazy lies that Debbie Wasserman Schultz(you know who she is!) has spewed lately…… so much so that Anderson Cooper after repeatedly trying to get her to rephrase her bullshit answer to a question finally said something like “you must live in an alternate universe”. WTF!!!???

        Bottom line is it cuts both ways and as I stated before, there just seems to be allot more bullshit going down this election cycle….. FROM BOTH SIDES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I don’t know if and when I will be able to play ball with y’all but if I do respond, it will be at some undetermined point down the road as referenced in the 1st paragraph.

        Peace Bro!

        • esarsea says:

          Very sorry to hear about your Mom, Randy. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

        • Becky says:

          Sorry too. I know what that’s like. My mom was sliding downhill for a variety of reasons the past year and I thought every visit might be my last, but she seems to be on the upswing for now. Thoughts are with you.

          • torqdog says:

            Thanks to both of you. Becky I know exactly what you’re talkin about as far as every visit might be the last. Every weekend for the past 6 weeks I’ve been driving 225 miles down to the Bay Area just to spend some precious minutes with Mom. Each time I left with the thought in my head that this may indeed be the very last time.

            She has been miserable and suffering allot of discomfort the past year and when she finally goes it will actually be a blessing of sorts. It’s hard for me to say that as I do love my momma. Most everyone who knows our family say that I got my Mom’s genes while my Bro and Sis got my Dad’s. My personality mostly reflects my Mother’s warmth and humor except for the liberal part. LOL

            Anyway……didn’t mean to hijack this discussion but again, thanks for the thoughts.

        • Bill says:

          I’m not going any further than this, Randy, on the political thing. I don’t like what I see out of any of this, honestly. What concerns me is you eschew the conversation saying that you know it’s “what I want,” then go off on Dems for four paragraphs, so make up your goddamn mind! You’re either in or out, sheesh!

          And the important item here for us is your mother. Seriously. That breaks my heart to hear her condition. I lived for four or five years not knowing if the last visit at various retirement facilities and hospitals was the last time I would see my Mom. And the poor thing was in such bad shape that when she said she wanted to stop taking her meds and stop being forced to eat, I knew she wanted out of this life at 85 years old. We all selfishly wanted her to stay as long as she possibly could. During one of my pep talk-visits, she looked at me quietly and whispered, “I can’t even go to the bathroom by myself, Bill. I have to call and wait for a nurse to pee. I’ve lost my dignity now and I don’t want to live like this any more…I want to stop taking my medicine.”

          And she did and she passed 4 days later and she was not suffering any more.

          See how much alike we really are? How connected we all are? If that’s a liberal concept, I’m in!

          Best wishes, take care.

      • Becky says:

        Right on. I’ll admit I don’t understand a great deal about the economy, and rely on other people to explain it, but what scares me the most about these last 4 yrs, are the whacked out extreme right that really came out of the closet when Obama was elected. That’s why I was so excited to see the melting pot of speakers and audience members at the DNC. The dems have mostly always reflected my beliefs and never more than this past year with the Walker policies going into place and the rich bastards who suppport him.

  7. torqdog says:

    I’ll also add that it is really starting to look like the Dems stepped in it big time with this platform B.S. Kinda sad that in the coming weeks, long after the afterglow of all those soaring speeches has died, the most memorable thing folks are gonna remember from this convention is this;


    I predict that soon, all across the country, Repubs will be running ads against their Dem opponents showing clips of the delgates booing and then stating that _____________ (name of opponent) belongs to the same party that booed God. And the sad thing is that we all know full well that if the shoe was on the other foot, the Dems would take the opportunity and use the same strategy as we’ve already witnessed.

    It’s the world we live in. :(

  8. esarsea says:

    I think I’ve come up with the ideal concept for political party conventions. It came to me while watching “America’s Got Talent” the other night.

    I propose we have 3 fact-checker “judges” who sit at a table facing the stage. Above the stage are 3 large “X” signs. As a person is speaking at the podoum, the fact-checkers can press a button that lights up the respective red X and makes a loud buzzing sound. If the speaker receives 3 X’s before their speech is finished, their microphone is cut off – and after a brief critique by the judges – they must leave the stage.

    • Bill says:

      One of the comedy shows on cable did a video with the Romneys sitting there just chatting about themselves and when the fact-checker detected a lie, a big, red word, like “Lie” or “Untrue!” would flash on the screen over them. It got to the point that all you heard were the broken sentences between the big red word freezing the screen and it was actually quite funny.

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