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How Did Mitt Do?

Romney made the biggest speech of his life Thursday night. Was it good enough to move the needle in a close election battle? Daily Beast contributors weigh in on all things RNC.

Thanks, Clint: You Made Our Day!

The Hollywood legend growling at an empty chair will live on in infamy as the moment when a crazy old man hijacked a national party’s most important gathering to tell off the president.
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Speaking to Invisible Obama last night, in a performance that seemed to have been written by Timothy Leary and performed by Cheech & Chong, Clint Eastwood  was able to drive home to tens of millions of viewers the central message of this year's Republican National Convention: We Are Delusional and Detached from Reality.

Who’s in Charge: Romney or Ryan?

The running mate is itching for a fight over entitlements and Tea Party issues—conflicts the new nominee didn’t even touch on in his acceptance speech.
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The Romney campaign seems unable to make up its mind. In choosing Paul Ryan three weeks ago, it defined the presidential race as a referendum on the American welfare state.Ryan’s core claim is that unless America radically downsizes the domestic functions of the federal government, the country will end up not only broke, but enslaved.

The GOP’s Hollywood Fever

Republicans like to ridicule the Democrats’ strong Hollywood connection, but that’s because they have the support of few celebrities themselves—which is why they went nuts over Clint Eastwood, however surreal his performance.
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Thursday evening, just before the final night of the Republican convention got underway, the editor in chief of the conservative Iowa Republican website tweeted, “Obama campaign sending Ashley Judd and Ben McKenzie to Iowa to campaign.

5 Best Bits From Romney’s Speech

Romney accepted the Republican Party’s nomination to thunderous applause. From his opening lines to his comment that he wishes Obama ‘had succeeded’ to his lauding of his parents, the best bits from the nominee’s big convention speech.
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Mitt Romney took the stage at the Republican National Convention and accepted the GOP’s presidential nomination to thunderous applause. In a rousing speech, he outlined the failures of the current administration and pledged to recreate the American dream—and of course, prove his iPod’s greatness over Paul Ryan’s.

3 Beefs With Romney’s Speech

Mitt’s big RNC speech hasn’t exactly gotten rave reviews—and parts of it weren’t exactly true. Matthew DeLuca checks up on three of Romney’s claims, from the number of jobs he says he’ll create to Obama’s supposed apology tour.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

The media and other members of the American public concerned with the idea that their political representatives base what they say in fact went to town on Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s speech at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday night.

Romney's Speech: Not Bad, Not Great, Not Much Change

It’s 11:20 pm as I’m writing this, and Ross Douthat just tweeted of Mitt Romney’s speech that “it was a highly effective reintroduction to Romney the man, w/ absolutely nothing in it to make Americans nervous about voting for him.

Romney’s Epic Fail

It was the most important and difficult sales pitch of the candidate’s life. And he couldn't generate enough wattage to power a refrigerator light.
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The long national nightmare is over. No, I don't mean Hurricane Isaac, which still threatens folks on the Louisiana-Mississippi border. I'm talking about the man-made disaster in Tampa: the GOP convention.After Ann Romney turned her scene-setter into a scene-stealer; after Chris Christie turned his keynote into a one-note (Me-Me-Me-Me-Me); after Lyin' Ryan and a cringe-worthy cameo from Clint Eastwood, Mitt Romney was introduced by Florida Sen.

Five Takeaways From Mitt’s Speech

The craven bid for the women’s vote. Claiming credit for Staples’s every success. Ex-Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer on Romney’s meh performance.
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Lincoln.  Roosevelt.  Eisenhower.  Reagan.  Romney.   Why do I suddenly hear the song from Sesame Street playing in my head: “One of these things is not like the others . . .”How did the former governor do tonight?  Unfortunately for him, he followed Marco Rubio of Florida, who delivered a curiously (or perhaps not so curiously) self-reverential speech—and with the passion and conviction for which Romney has long searched.

Romney Plays It Safe

The GOP nominee delivered a strong, policy-laden indictment of Obama. Howard Kurtz on the unadventurous address that made little attempt to get personal.
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Mitt Romney told a cheering crowd that they deserved the "hope and change" Barack Obama failed to deliver, wading into a policy assault before describing himself as a churchgoing father and businessman whose faith reflects the values of America.

Best of Beast TV at the RNC

Mike Huckabee called on his ‘problem’ with women. Rudy Giuliani comments on whether Todd Akin should teach science. Jon Voight flares up. See the best moments from Beast TV at the Republican Convention.

Jon Voight: Obama is ‘a Radical’Tempers flared during our live broadcast Wednesday, when Daily Beast columnist Michelle Goldberg charged that Republicans had “fled the reality-based community.” Jon Voight shot back, calling Goldberg “shorty” and asking: “What are you talking about?!”DNC Chair: Huckabee’s Got a ‘Real Problem’ With WomenAfter Mike Huckabee mocked Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s voice during his convention speech, the DNC chair returned the barb in full force during Beast TV's live roundtable.

Why Clint Loves the GOP

‘Dirty Harry’ star Clint Eastwood made a surprise (and wacky) appearance at tonight’s national convention. Miranda Green on how the movie star earned his Republican stripes.
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Has he gone nuts? Clint Eastwood, Thursday night's previously unannounced “mystery speaker” at the Republican National Convention, had a primetime audience in stitches as he quizzed an imaginary Barack Obama. Calling unemployment a “massive disgrace," Eastwood said it was “time for somebody else to come along and solve the problem.

Mormons Have Their Moment

As one of their own breaks a huge barrier, LDS members are proud of the achievement, but also fear what lingering prejudices the limelight might bring this time.
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As Mitt Romney became the first Mormon to accept a major-party presidential nomination Thursday night, his co-religionists in Tampa were both proud and concerned.“These things have a way of being polarizing to an extent,” said Scott Jenkins, the senate majority leader of the Utah legislature, a delegate to the Republican National Convention, and a devout member of the 182-year-old, historically persecuted Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Best Lines From the GOP Convention

Ooh, that hurts! From Mike Huckabee’s slams on Obama to Paul Ryan’s Led Zeppelin zinger, a look at the memorable remarks Republican headliners have delivered in Tampa.
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There have been plenty of speeches at this week’s Republican National Convention, some of them pretty longwinded. In case you didn’t catch all of them, we’ve picked out the best lines from the key speeches so you don’t have to go back and wade through the transcripts.

Obama’s Surprise RNC Boost

Presidential candidates typically get a bounce in polls during and after their convention. So why have the online gamblers at InTrade snubbed Mitt this week? Alex Klein reports.
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[Update]As the Republican National Convention wraps up, InTrade's online bettors may be moving, as predicted, in line with the polls, coming back to Mitt Romney after a surprise Obama rally. Post-speech, the Mitt contract's median price bumped up half a cent.

Why Huckabee Vouched for Mitt’s Mormonism

The former presidential candidate hits back at Debbie Wasserman Schultz and explains why he's glad to be done with politics.
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Mike Huckabee says it was the elephant in the room.  The former Arkansas governor tells me in a video interview that he mentioned Mitt Romney's religion in his Republican convention speech because "a lot of people had this narrative that evangelicals are not going to vote for a Mormon, that somehow that makes it suspect.

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AUTOTUNE: Paul Ryan Trims the Fat

Before Mitt Romney's veep pick takes the stage at the Republican convention tonight, get to know the hunky congressman with this musical supercut. What's he really all about? Two words: muscle confusion.

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    Chris Christie's Best Smackdowns

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    Is Tampa Ready for 'Magic Mitt'?

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    Chris Matthews Attacks RNC Chair

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The Highlights

5 Must-See Moments from the Republican Convention

5 Must-See Moments from the Republican Convention

Clint Eastwood delivers a crazy monologue and more memorable moments from Tampa.

Not Funny

Leave Chris Christie Alone

Enough With the Fat Jokes!

Enough With the Fat Jokes!

From Chris Matthews to Mark Shields, WATCH VIDEO of the most egregious jabs at Chris Christie’s weight.

Earworm

Soundtrack to the Convention

Hear the RNC Playlist!

Hear the RNC Playlist!

From ‘American Idol’ vet Taylor Hicks to Christian rockers The Kantinas, the songs of the convention.

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