Orlando Sentinel: A disciplined clash of ideas from Webster, Demings

It’s a privilege to do analysis for the Newspaper I’ve been reading since the 2nd grade. Here is a Demings vs. Webster Sentinel Article breaking down the race.


“What you have is two well-liked figures … squaring off in a district that — with the president on the ballot — really is going to be a close, tossup race going into November,” said Frank Torres, an Orlando political analyst and Republican strategist.


Demings and Webster are both well liked but only one will win in November

RNC Review Part III: Romney accepts, Marco impresses, Eastwood with the Good, the bad, and the ugly

For a convention that stared down a tropical storm and was cut a day short, Republicans can fly away from Tampa feeling pretty good.

They can feel good knowing that on the final night the RNC, the past, present, and future of the GOP is strong and last night was a strong demonstration of that strength.

You had the Ronald Reagan videos, and retrospective by Newt Gingrich that illustrated past success in American government by exercising conservative values. You had the present with Mitt Romney stepping up and accepting the party’s nomination and reminding the American people that they deserve better, and shouldn’t settle. You also saw the bright future of the party with Florida Senator Marco Rubio shining on the national stage. Let’s break down the final night.

Jeb promotes education, pushes back at Obama:

It was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at his best. Bush used his time to promote education, an issue that’s always been close to his heart, even years after he’s been out of office. He cited eye-opening education numbers, that not only showed American losing ground on India and China but, there were positive numbers as well that demonstrated improvements in speciific areas of the country. He also issued a stern warning to the President to lay off of his brother. “You were dealt a bad hand” Jeb said and, went on to add that he hopes the President still isn’t dwelling on that hand, after his first full term in office.

Clint Eastwood gives us the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

The GOOD: The 82 year old Oscar winner did exactly what he had to. He kept voters from changing the channel to College Football on Thursday night primetime. He hit the right cord with the older audience and there were viewers who found him charming.

The BAD: Bad, bad gimmick. The empty chair conversation hasn’t played well over the last 24 hrs. You can understand he was trying to be clever but the angle missed the mark.

The UGLY: He looked rough. Not spaghetti western rough, but with his hair going in six different directions and looking lost at times, maybe that Reagan hologram wouldn’t have been so bad after all.

Marco Rubio 2016 or 2020?:

Rubio was charged with bringing the energy level back up after Eastwood/Chair thing for Romney. The introduction couldn’t have gone better and now the rest of the country will be asking when will Rubio’s time will come. From his personal family history to testifying at how great a President Romney would be for the country, Rubio did it all. If Ryan should falter at anytime on the campaign trail, the Florida Senator will give some party members buyer’s remorse.

Romney does enough:

Don’t get me wrong. Romney gave a fine speech but, he didn’t blow the roof off the place. He finally presented the human side of the Republican nominee. Up until now, we’ve had bios, articles, features, and even his wife Ann (who spoke beautifully) tell Mitt’s story but it wasn’t until we heard it from Mitt himself that it really provided that personal touch that voters wanted.

He also went after independents and opened the door for Obama defectors. He questioned the enthusiasm of the President’s voter base and rolled out a strong general election message. “We deserve better” went from his lips to the front page of USA Today this morning. He earned some votes with that speech last night and gave the party enough to feel good about it’s chances moving forward.

Convention Awards:

Best Speech: Ann Romney. She filled that cold, emotionless vibe around the campaign by, telling a great story about her family on Tuesday night. She was strong, warm, sincere, and perfectly at home on primetime national television. We’re still talking about her days later.

Runner Up: Condoleezza Rice. Not one negative talking point, or jab at the other side. A dignified message that presented the best of what Republicans had to offer for the future of the country. Is it too late to start printing Rubio/Rice bumper stickers?

Best Speech No one saw: Jeb. You read about it a couple of paragraphs ago. It’s a shame it wasn’t feature nationally but, those familiar with the former Governor knows he probably liked it that way.

Worst Speech: Pam Bondi and Barney Rubble. Even a couple of days later, I still feel terrible for Florida’s AG. It’s a great thing she’s a regular on cable television, it will help put this speech behind us.

Best Joke: Paul Ryan’s Ipod joke about Mitt. Not only did it give us a glance of the kind of dynamic these two have together but, it was funny and now the country knows about Ryan’s love of classic rock. Ryan also gets best dressed honors. I’m totally going to rip off that look he sported during his speech.

So, that’s it guys. Next week we’ve got the DNC and this blog we’ll be breaking that down as well. So, have a great weekend and…

Well done RNC. Well done Tampa.

Romney and Ryan will watch the DNC next week and then prepare for debates

Friday Morning Political Headlines: After RNC, Romney heads to Lakeland

Just hours after he gave the speech of his life in Tampa last night, GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney heads down the interstate to Lakeland today, to meet with more of the country’s most important voters.

Last night left America with a lot to talk about. Clint Eastwood, Marco Rubio, Jeb, and Romney’s speech that ended the RNC and, gives us a few days rest before the President and his gang open shop in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

They’ll be a full write up later today but these stories lead your Friday morning political headlines. Have a great Labor day weekend!

WESH 2: After RNC, Romney heads to Lakeland

WOFL Fox 35: (Video) FOX 35′s Mike Synan logs “A Day at the RNC”

Orlando Sentinel: America deserves better, Romney says, pledging jobs

WKMG Local 6: (Video) Jeb Bush, Rubio speak at RNC

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Romney officially accepts Republican nomination

CF News 13: Mitt Romney accepts GOP presidential nomination, focuses on adding jobs

Hours after giving the speech of his life, Romney is in Lakeland this morning

RNC Review Part II: Ryan, Rice and Martinez energize GOP audience in Tampa.

If you didn’t know who Paul Ryan was before Wednesday night, you were in for an intense introduction.

The Vice-Presidential nominee and Wisconsin Congressman gave a rousing speech in front of an energized crowd last night in Tampa, by unleashing a calculated flurry of attacks at President Obama’s record. From the current economic crisis, to the lack of bi-partisanship, to the overall ability to lead, nothing was off of the table for Ryan.

“Without a change in leadership, why would the next four years be any different from the last four years?” Ryan said and just like he’s done many times before on capitol hill, he moved effortlessly from talking point to talking point. Medicare, Solyndra, the stimulus and as usual his delivery was first class.

He wasn’t on the attack all of the time. He joked about his taste of music compared to Mitt Romney’s (Rock to elevator music) and told the touching story of his single mother creating her business from nothing.

It was a good night for Paul Ryan and he accomplished what he had to do.

But, like Chris Christie, the featured speaker from the night before, he wasn’t the best of the night. That honor went to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who, delivered one of the best speeches of the convention by not going negative once. She spoke about the issues, and flexed her foreign policy smarts, then she switched gears and spoke about her childhood growing up in segregated Alabama, and her journey to Washington, there wasn’t an uninspired soul in the building.

Regardless of what happens in November, you’ll hear from Condoleezza rice again.

There was also the Governor of New Mexico Susana Martinez, who’s been criticized many times on this blog but, did a fine job driving the audience to the Paul Ryan speech on prime time national television. She didn’t change my mind on her Veep Potential but, a great night for her.

This next part hurts.

Who did Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi tick off, to get that weak placement with the Georgia AG. In a cramped speech with a partner that drew comparisons to Barney Rubble on Twitter, Bondi and Rubble trudged through an clumsy attack speech that should have been burned, reformed in a laboratory, and then burned again. My heart goes out to one of the rising political stars of Florida who, I’ve witnessed do better a dozen times. Here’s hoping better opportunities come forward for her.

Tonight, the RNC will close with Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, and Mitt Romney. It’s going to be the platform the party jumps off, that will try to propel them to victory in November.

Ryan checked all of the boxes last night and still inspired the GOP faithful in Tampa

Thursday Morning Political Headlines: Jeb, Rubio, and Romney tonight at RNC

A lot of great content for you today.

Last night had it’s share of highlights at the RNC in Tampa and there will be a full review shortly. The ceremony looks to close with a united Conservative front to move forward to election day.

Those charged with the task? A couple of hometown favorites and the party’s nominee.

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush takes to the stage tonight. The man considered by many to be the one of the most sensible voices in the party, will try to focus and inspire what will be a capacity audience in the forum.

Then the rising star of the Republican party, Florida Senator Marco Rubio will introduce Mitt Romney and will aim to get the crowd fired up for the GOP nominee. It’s not going to be a difficult task. The gifted speaker might actually have to dial down his speech to give Romney some space to reach the enthusiasm ceiling.

It’s shaping out to be an exciting end to the festivities down the road.

That story and an interesting appointment made by State Attorney elect Jeff Ashton, lead your Thursday Morning Political Headlines.

WKMG Local 6: Double Play!

(Video) Ryan speech energizes convention crowd

Jeff Ashton appoints Linda Drane Burdick as assistant state attorney

WESH 2: (Video) Paul Ryan speaks at RNC, says GOP will be ‘responsible’

Orlando Sentinel: Ryan rouses GOP convention by trashing Obama on economy

WFTV 9 Eyewitness News: (Video) Jeff Ashton names Linda Drane Burdick as pick for chief assistant state attorney

WOFL FOX 35: (Video) Fla. Sen. Rubio preps for Thursday night speech at RNC

CF News 13: (Video) Paul Ryan makes his case for Mitt Romney

Rubio will introduced Mitt Romney on one of the biggest political stages in the world