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Republican National Convention 2012

Policy 'Insiders' Overwhelmingly Agree: Jeb Bush Speech Best On Education

Posted 09.28.2012 | Education

Whiteboard Advisors, a consulting firm that specializes in school policy, recently conducted one of its monthly surveys of 50 to 75 anonymous politica...

Hard Luck Mitt Romney Can't Get No Respect

Mario Almonte | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
Mario Almonte

Mitt Romney appears desperate to shake off the bad luck that has been such a drag on his campaign, but his quick jabs at Obama have often proven inadvisable, ill-timed -- or simply ignored.

Jason Linkins

Donald Trump's Super Awesome Republican Convention Surprise Revealed! | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.18.2012 | Politics

As you may have heard, reality show host and celebrity mogul Donald Trump had a huge (pronounced "yooge") surprise planned for August's Republican Nat...

The Unconventional: The Political Conventions in Perspective

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

It appears the Democratic Party's convention in Charlotte produced a better one for Obama. As history has shown, the bounces don't matter very much -- Dukakis, Kerry and McCain each got substantial bounces after their conventions. You know the rest.

Susana Martinez: Highlight of the RNC

Annamarie Rienzi | Posted 11.10.2012 | Teen
Annamarie Rienzi

Susana Martinez's speech was a landmark in Mitt Romney's campaign. This address is one that will always go down in my book as the best of the Republican National Convention.

WATCH: Jerry Brown Still Ready To Duel With Chris Christie

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.09.2012 | San Francisco

Even at age 74, California Gov. Jerry Brown is never one to back down from a challenge. In a Sunday interview on CNN's "State Of The Union," the v...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.08.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

Afghanistan. Mitt Romney didn't even mention it in Tampa. Clint Eastwood did, and got a big applause by asking Invisible Obama why he won't bring the troops home in short order. It's not a bad question -- especially given the president's promise in Charlotte to "use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to's time to do some nation-building right here at home." But despite sky-high unemployment right here at home and a war price tag of $2 billion a week, the president stuck with his plan to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. He opened his acceptance speech by harkening back to his 2004 convention keynote. Perhaps he should have harkened back to 2002, when he declared, "I'm not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." Afghanistan has become a dumb war. It's time to get out.

Postmortem on Clint and His Talking Chair

Tom Alderman | Posted 11.07.2012 | Politics
Tom Alderman

The one thing you can say about the whole Clint Eastwood convention episode is that it will live forever in TV replay-land. 'Doing an Eastwood' might even become a new phrase for being unprepared, for winging it -- badly.

Clint Eastwood Reveals The Inspiration Behind The Empty Chair

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 05.31.2013 | Politics

Clint Eastwood spoke to his local paper following his much-discussed speech last Thursday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa and revealed ...

GOP Convention Viewers Fell; Eastwood Speech Was Highlight

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics

Viewership of the Republican convention was down sharply from four years ago, according to a Pew Research Center poll released Wednesday. While 56 per...

Michael Calderone

Why Do Journalists Still Flock To Conventions? | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.05.2012 | Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On the morning of Aug. 30, Sheelah Kolhatkar, a features editor and national correspondent for Bloomberg Businessweek, made her way...

Critical Musings on the RNC From a Tampa Resident

Gary Stein | Posted 11.04.2012 | Politics
Gary Stein

The buses have finally left, the barricades are being sent to wherever they came from, and Tampa is getting back to normal, whatever that is. I took ...

Amanda Terkel

The Surprisingly Progressive History Of GOP Platforms | Amanda Terkel | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Republican Party's 2012 platform is one of the most conservative in modern history, with policy positions that even GOP preside...

Paul Ryan: I Wasn't Blaming Obama

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

Vice-presidential nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) backpedaled Monday from a claim in his Republican National Convention speech that President Barack O...

Obama Teams Up With Kal Penn In New Campaign Video (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 09.04.2012 | Politics

The Obama campaign released a new video on Monday featuring the president imploring actor and former White House staffer Kal Penn to take his job seri...

Michelangelo Signorile

Anti-Gay Radio Host Links Homosexuality With Pedophilia, Cancer | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

In an interview conducted at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. last week, the antigay American Family Association radio host, Bryan Fi...

Michelangelo Signorile

GOP Congressman Responds To Gay Rumors | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

GOP Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, the subject of persistent gay rumors since he took office in 2009, said on Thursday that questions about his...

Sam Stein

Republicans Imagine The Day After Obama Wins | Sam Stein | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- Should President Barack Obama win reelection this November, anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist pledges that he would immediately begin w...

L-Chief to the Rescue!

Lynette Mae | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lynette Mae

Is it possible that maybe, just maybe, being a woman and a lesbian was the intangible difference that calmed the masses? The L-Chief is always gracious in giving credit to the hard work of the officers under her command, and will likely shrug off the significance of the L in L-chief.

Michael Calderone

Newt Gingrich Back To Attacking The Media | Michael Calderone | Posted 09.02.2012 | Media

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- While Newt Gingrich seemed to enjoy the media spotlight during the Republican National Convention, with journalists flocking to hi...

Former Bush Strategist: Paul Ryan 'So Stretched The Truth'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 09.03.2012 | Politics

Former George W. Bush strategist Matthew Dowd slammed Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan on Sunday, taking issue with the facts presented ...

Jason Linkins

Tales Of Woe Are Part Of Republican Convention's Show: HuffPost List | Jason Linkins | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

Before we forget about Tampa, let's take a journey way back to 1956, when the National Broadcasting Company aired a "reality" television show so dead-...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, Clint Eastwood's rambling chat with an empty chair spawned a run of comical memes. But the moment was actually an apt visual metaphor for the convention itself, with the empty chair representing not Invisible Obama but the Invisible Issues that went unmentioned -- including the issues HuffPost sought to put a spotlight on this week with our Shadow Convention: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America, and the disastrous war on drugs. It was a site-wide effort. To see the breadth of what our HuffPost editors did, click here. And click here to watch HuffPost Live's amazing, comprehensive coverage. And because the neglect is a bipartisan affair, we're doing it again during the DNC, taking on these issues from a whole different set of angles. Don't miss HuffPost Live's Shadow Coverage this coming Tuesday-Thursday between 12-4 p.m. EST.

Former Janesville GM Plant Employee: Paul Ryan 'Should Be Ashamed Of Himself' For Telling An 'Outright Lie"

Posted 09.01.2012 | Politics

A former employee of the General Motors plant in Janesville, Wisconsin said Paul Ryan "should be ashamed of himself" for his misleading claim about th...

Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them

Sean Carman | Posted 11.01.2012 | Politics
Sean Carman

Here is the takeaway from last week's saturation-level political activity, revealed by carefully-staged theater and by the moments in which the actors went off-script: Mitt Romney is not a particularly great decision-maker, and Paul Ryan is a liar.