My two takeaways from the GOP convention

The Jeb Bush-Tom Luna connection

Jeb Bush and Students Come First. As state schools superintendent Tom Luna looks to sell his K-12 overhaul to the Idaho electorate in November, he leaves the GOP convention with a little money, and a little plug.

On Wednesday, the former Florida governor hosted a fund-raiser that netted at least $100,000 for Yes for Idaho Education, the group campaigning on behalf of the Students Come First overhaul.

Then, on Thursday, Bush brought up Students Come First in a convention speech.

“Idaho’s governor, (Butch) Otter and Superintendent Luna are raising up the best teachers and separating out the ineffective ones. That earned some enemies. Some of them slashed the superintendent’s tires. But he didn’t back down.”

I sense a recurring storyline coming on, heading into the Nov. 6 referenda on the three Students Come First laws: Luna, the reformer, standing up to political goonery. I do feel compelled to note the record, for the second time this week. This vandalism complaint was reported while the 2011 Legislature was locked in a heated debate over the Luna proposals, but the case has never been resolved. In the absence of a criminal charge, speculation about this incident is just that: speculation. And in Bush’s case, it’s speculation from afar.

Sorry to begrudge a guy for trying to squeeze every last mile from a slashed set of tires.

The Bush-Luna connections go back at least to late 2010 — when Luna was working on the overhauls he would unveil at the start of the 2011 session. Luna met with Bush during a national education summit sponsored by Bush. In June 2011,
Bush spoke to a committee assembled to implement the Students Come First technology-in-the-classroom component.

If you needed further proof that the Students Come First election will have national reverberations, the convention provided it.

The Romney speech

For what he had to do on a national stage — launching the sprint to Nov. 6 — Romney did what he needed to do.

He laid out his priorities, albeit in broad strokes. He made clear that he will campaign on the jobs issue — and adhered closely to this theme, deviating only occasionally to talk about foreign policy and social issues. He told his personal story to a national audience.

Perhaps it sounded a bit old hat to Idaho Republicans, especially those who have supported Romney since his 2008 run. But this speech was tailored to the undecided voters, what few of them there are, and was designed to avoid risk. Done and done.

If Romney dwelled a bit too much on family anecdotes, there’s this: They’re tougher to fact-check. (And let’s be fair: the fact-checkers have had their hands full with Wednesday night’s speech from the vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan.)

And if the speech sounded a bit too polished, consider the alternative: a painful-to-watch Clint Eastwood. The legend behind “The Unforgiven” gave us the unintelligible. Ouch.

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Facts Don't Matter Much Now

Romney repeated a few of Ryan's non-facts such as the Medicare spin -- misleading by omission

He also threw in "Obama has thrown Israel under the bus" as a new urban legend. Israel receives the largest per capita share of US aid, military and economic, in the world. And Obama has repeatedly stated that the US will defend Israel if attacked.

Romney's party vowed to not pass any of Obama's initiatives and succeeded, especially in the last two years. Now Romney is largely running on the the premise that Obama has done nothing. Now Romney expects to unit the country by finding friendly Democrats? Some joke that is.

Yes for Idaho Education fundraiser

If possible is there a way to check who made the contributions? Heard through the grape vine that Frank Vander Sloot cut the check for the entire amount and the rest of the attendees were there for the free shrimp and drinks.

"And when somebody does not do the job,

we got to let them go." (Clint Eastwood, Aug 30). I can understand how an elitist would have trouble with that.

"Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans....

and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your families." (Mitt Romney, Aug 30). One of my GOP convention takeaways.

A proud embelished moment by the intellectually challenged

at what I like to call the "The Bigfoot and Birthers convention" ...

I guess we'll just have wait to see how the....

Biden's Buffoons convention goes.


"And if the speech sounded a bit too polished, consider the alternative...."

Funny how we all react to political speeches differently. I didn't think Romney's speech was in any way "polished" - it almost lulled me to sleep a couple of times. I wondered if he wrote it himself, because it seemed to me like a large and varied collection of thoughts and experiences he wanted to share with voters, but they were not well organized and didn't flow together in a thematic sort of way.

Having said that, it has been my experience that very few politicians are truly gifted speakers, and it's a pleasant surprise when you encounter one, which brings up the alternative. Rather than compare Romney's speech to Clint Eastwood's - Eastwood is an aging actor who isn't running for office - it seems more appropriate to compare Romney's oratory skills, which seemed to be lacking in his acceptance speech, to President Obama's soaring but empty rhetoric (i.e. slowing the rise of the oceans and healing the planet). I sense the Obama tide of eloquent words is receding in popularity this time around, that Romney's speech will suffice with voters who are disappointed with the current administration's performance record.

Americans can see through the phony infomercials!!!

A little bump for Romney, mostly in the base that was already there. Will almost be erased after next week Democratic Convention. Romney will choke in the debates and Biden will prove all the lies as Pinochios nose will grow even longer. Romney might still win the popular vote due to the large amounts of TV coverage but the batle ground states will stay or move even more towards Obama. Four more years, sorry Idaho!!!

6-8 percent

"tailored to the undecided voters, what few of them there are"


It's not a "few of them" if they are the winning votes.

And it's not just the undecided voters. It's also the swing voters. Someone may be decided for a condidate but might easily change their mind due to a small, unexpected change in events.