The Unconventional Convention

 

This morning, a few Ricochet editors — me, Mollie Hemingway, Troy Senik, Diane Ellis, and James Lileks — and special correspondent Mickey Kaus, got on Skype to talk over last night’s speeches, Clint Eastwood’s triumph (Troy dissented), and the weird un-weirdness of Mitt Romney.

It was a very fun conversation.

And it’s here, on the Member Feed.

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    @FeliciaB

    I haven’t watched any of the convention speeches since I’ve been away from a TV and off galavanting on an island.  If Troy dissented, I’m going to have to go with Troy.  He was a speechwriter in the White House.  Can’t wait to listen in on your conversation!

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    @KCMulville

    Clint said it best: we own this country, not the politicians.

    The professional politicians, and those who imagine they’re guiding the professional politicians, didn’t like Clint’s speech. 

    Says it all.

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    @DrewInWisconsin

    How do we know Clint’s speech worked? Because it rattled Obama.

    William Jacobsen: “This is Not the Tweet of a Confident Man.”

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    While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it did.

    If it didn’t, Obama would not have felt the need to respond.

    It must have been a late night in AxelPlouffe HQ figuring out what to do, and whether Eastwood making a mockery of Obama’s emptysuitchair before tens of millions of people was something which could not be left to just the media to counter.

    This is not the tweet of a confident man.

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    @Pseudodionysius

    Diane Ellis is married?

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    @Pseudodionysius
    DrewInWisconsin: How do we know Clint’s speech worked? Because it rattled Obama.

    William Jacobsen: “This is Not the Tweet of a Confident Man.”

    While I was very uncertain whether the Eastwood appearance worked, I now believe it did.

    If it didn’t, Obama would not have felt the need to respond.

    It must have been a late night in AxelPlouffe HQ figuring out what to do, and whether Eastwood making a mockery of Obama’s emptysuitchair before tens of millions of people was something which could not be left to just the media to counter.

    This is not the tweet of a confident man.

    1 minute ago

    Its the tweet of a Hollow Man.

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    @Douglas

    I partially agree with Troy. I thought that both Ryan’s and Eastwood’s speeches started slow, rambled for a bit, but when they hit their stride, they finished with a bang. It was pretty obvious that it took them both a few minutes to get comfortable.

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    @BryanGStephens

    Can I add on to Rob’s Plug? If you are not a member, why not? Notice how cool the member threads are that make it to the Main Feed. For everyone of those, there is another half-dozen threads started by members that are just as interesting. And, it updates much faster than all the professionals get around to it.

    That does not even begin to cover all the great podcasts.

    Stop just standing in the doorway; come on in and have a seat at the table.

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    @ScottAbel

    Fantastic that you put this together. I really enjoyed it.

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    It was interesting how the audience spontaneously laughed when Romney quoted Obama about receding oceans and a healing earth. The pretentious, ludicrous  Obama claims are laughed at, not good for a someone needing to show seriousness of purpose in tough times.

    And Eastwood, an actor, played the doddering, unkempt (he looked like his hair hadn’t been combed when he got out of bed in the morning) old man with the wisdom of a life. Like Ann Coulter says, “I hate it when they don’t get the jokes.”

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    @FeliciaB

    And now that I have listened to Eastwood’s speech, I assert my prerogative as a girl to change my mind.  I think the speech was effective. I think it could have been more effective with better delivery.  But it was effective.

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