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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.

What to Read for the Election

Coverage of the campaign might be increasingly shallow and confusing, but there are classics of political analysis and reportage that readers can turn to for clarity and insight. From Cicero to David Foster Wallace, David Masciotra picks 10 of the best.

As the race pitting President Obama against Mitt Romney officially begins, campaign coverage gains superficiality and confusion. The entertainment extravaganzas of the respective party conventions now include a film star having an incoherent conversation with an empty chair.

Blacks Stick With Bill

As the ex-president gets ready to speak tonight, African-American delegates tell Allison Samuels it’s not worth holding a grudge over the racially sensitive remarks he made four years ago.
Charlie Riedel

For African-American delegates at the DNC this week, feelings about Bill Clinton can be a bit complicated.As the still popular Clinton prepares to take the stage for a highly anticipated speech, more than a few black attendees say it’s difficult to forget the harsh and often ugly language of the 2008 campaign, which featured cutting and divisive comments directed towards Barack Obama from Clinton himself as the current president battled Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

Why We’re Still Talking About Clint

The media tried to make a mockery of Clint Eastwood’s endorsement of Mitt Romney. But five days later, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Mark Wilson / Getty Images

Clint Eastwood’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is the gift that keeps on giving. On Friday morning last week, the day after Clint addressed the Republican National Convention, he told me, “I’m not an extrovert, but the crowd was so welcoming and warm.

A Hell of a GOP Show

The fuss over Clint Eastwood is a smokescreen, obscuring one of the most successful conventions in memory. Mark McKinnon on Russ Schriefer, the man who made Tampa happen.
Eric Draper / Mitt Romney 2012

Liberals and the mainstream media are having a field day over Clint Eastwood’s appearance at the Republican National Convention, mocking it ceaselessly on cable. They’re using it just like the storm beforehand—doing whatever it takes to distract from Mitt Romney and the message he wants to convey.

Romney Rocked—Inside the Bubble

He was huge in the hall, not so much on the screen. Lauren Ashburn on how gauging the impact of a convention speech depends on where you sit.
Jason Reed / Reuters

Those rip-roaring Romney delegates sure know how to pump up a room.On the final night of the Republican convention, the party faithful jammed into the Tampa Bay Times Forum, whooping and hollering about Clint, Rubio, and Romney like teenage girls at a Justin Bieber concert.

Where’s Peggy Noonan When You Need Her?

Accepting his party’s nomination, Mitt Romney only half-met his moment. But as Robert Shrum points out, he could have profited from the examples of George H.W. Bush and Al Gore, stiff speakers who still triumphed at their conventions.
Jewel Samad, AFP / Getty Images

The verdicts were mediocre. One called him “a comfortable and accessible figure, if hardly electric.” I think Mitt fizzled.His speech was the climax of a festival of lies. Typical was the self-proclaimed Catholic true believer Paul Ryan.

Fake Reagan Trumps Real Romney

Ronald Reagan, whatever his failings, was a man of convictions. Mitt Romney, by contrast, is a man of circumstance, writes Will Marshall.

In a small but telling episode, Republican activists reportedly blocked a plan for a surprise speech outside the party’s convention—by a hologram of Ronald Reagan. They feared the projection would overshadow living candidate Mitt Romney’s speech accepting the GOP nomination.

Beast TV’s Wackiest RNC Moments

Beast TV went live at the Republican National Convention in Tampa—and hilarity ensued. From John McCain’s love affair with The Beast and to Jon Voight singing his heart out, watch six laugh-out-loud clips from our RNC coverage.

Another Actor Vs. ObamaStep aside, Clint Eastwood: you’re not the only Hollywood legend with a conservative political opinion to share. At a sitdown with Beast TV, Jon Voight had some choice words about the media’s convention coverage and took on Daily Beast columnist Michelle Goldberg after she said Republicans had ”fled the reality-based community.

Next: ‘I’m Black and I’m Proud’?

Was ‘Living in America’ spun after the candidate’s speech in some hope of enticing African Americans to take another look? No—the Republicans really don’t care that much.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

When Mitt Romney used James Brown’s 1985 Grammy-nominated anthem “Living in America” as his victory-lap song after his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention last night, two thoughts ran parallel through my mind like twin herds of charging elephants: Either I (and virtually every other black in the country) have misread Republicans’ commitment to diversity—in spite of the fact that this year’s gathering is still virtually the same “sea of white faces” Colin Powell referenced back in 1992— or this anomaly serves as proof positive that politicians will plumb any depths in search of a victory.

Clint’s 5 Best Moments at the RNC

Tough night for that chair. From the ‘shut up’ to an invisible president to his pink slip from Dirty Harry, watch the must-see parts of the iconic actor’s convention appearance.
Mark Wilson

The ‘Movie Tradesman’ Weighs In On ‘Hot Doggin’ It’s worth reading up on outdated slang for this one. Addressing the crowd after he came on stage, Eastwood noted that in Hollywood, he's a rarity for being a conservative—and a reticent one, at that.

Protesters Say They Were ‘Successful’ in Tampa Despite Low Turnout

Plagued by sparse attendance throughout the GOP convention, protesters from Code Pink and Occupy Wall Street still say they had some success. Lynn Waddell reports on the mass arrests that never materialized.
Dave Martin / AP Photo

As delegates cheered Mitt Romney inside the Republican National Convention on Thursday night, 500 protesters at a downtown Tampa park eight blocks away crowned an effigy of the presidential nominee “king of the one percent.”The “Romination Coronation GOP Send Off” brought together various groups that had demonstrated throughout the week.

In Defense of Clint

OK, it was awkward. But who wouldn’t want Dirty Harry in their corner? The real story is how Tampa was otherwise perfect for the Republicans and Mitt Romney.
Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

So Clint Eastwood blew it. Wrong message. Bad tone. Stylistically awkward. The Academy Award winner gave a bumbling, even unprofessional, presentation.With the Republican National Convention hoping for good, Eastwood brought the bad and the ugly.

5 Must-See Moments from the Republican Convention

Mitt accepts the nomination! Clint Eastwood delivers a crazy monologue! Ann Romney loves women! Watch the most memorable moments from Republican National Convention.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI

Mitt Accepts GOP Nomination RomNom complete! Mitt Romney accepted the GOP's nomination for president on the final night of the Republican National Convention, attacking the president and discussing his family in his speech.

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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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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.

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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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