RNC Chairs Hammer Obama and Democrat Leaders, Vow to Rebuild American Dream During Convention Opening

As the 2012 Republican National Convention finally got underway on Tuesday, the chair of the RNC Reince Priebus and RNC Co-chair Sharon Day reaffirmed the GOP’s desire to win the election in November, stating it was an election not just about the party or the election, but about our country. The pair threw out generic, red meat phrases about the election such as “It’s not just a victory for the Republican Party, it’s a victory for America” and “This is the most important election in our lifetime.”

But they also used the opportunity to slam president Obama, highlighting high unemployment, the national debt and shrinking wages in his first term, declaring “We’ve seen what Obama and Biden offer – it looks nothing like hope or change,” Priebus said amidst applause. “Give them another term and we’ll just get four more years of failure.”

“We embrace success and we want everyone to be successful – it is a country in turmoil,” Priebus said, presumably alluding to President Obama’s small business gaffe a few weeks ago when he said that small business owners owe their success, in part, to the federal government.

Priebus also predictably propped up the Romney-Ryan ticket as the winning strategy for America, stating, “But with Mitt Romeny’s experience and Paul Ryan’s expertise, we can expect great things from a Romney-Ryan administration.”

Priebus closed his opening remarks by invoking the big tent rhetoric of the GOP, inviting those who share the Republican vision to join the party. “We invite all Americans who believe their children deserve a better future to join us… I want to welcome you to our convention and to the beginning of a better future.”

Sharon Day also took shots at the president, telling the crowd that it is imperative to defeat a president whose actions are a threat to the liberty of Americans.

But her harshest words were not reserved just for the top dog, as she also set her sights on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “The Danger for America is already here – it’s in the form of the Democratic leaders in Washington,” Day said. “We have a Democratic Senate leader who refuses to meet his moral obligation to pass a budget for our government.”

Day then zoomed out, and took aim at all of the top Democratic leaders in the United States. “We know the problem, America – their names are Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Holder.”

She then closed her comments by reinstating the importance of the coming election in November. “It is our duty as citizen activists of this great Republican Party to fight, to restore the values of our founding fathers,” Day said. “This fight is not just about an election and it’s not about our party – our fight is about our country and we cannot lose this battle.”

Comments

The 'Notorious RBG' takes over SNL
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives pretty hilarious and biting interviews in real life — “not 100 percent sober” ringing any bells? — but Kate McKinnon’s version of the “Notorious RBG” on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update” may just take the cake. From jokes about her morning exercise routine to her sexy dreams about […]
Jimmy Kimmel 'censors' Obama

Thanks to some mischievous editing from Jimmy Kimmel, these originally innocent TV clips will put your mind straight in the gutter.

Jon Stewart: Fox News is 'killing' him

As his days on the Daily Show wind down, Jon Stewart wants to make sure we are all aware how much he really, really hates Fox News.

Jay Carney is going to work for Amazon

Imagining an Amazon customer service call with Jay Carney on the line.

Ron Swanson, libertarian visionary

We're sad to say that "Parks and Rec" has aired its finale episode, leaving a Pawnee-shaped hole in our hearts.

White House

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

It’s on: Obama follows through and vetoes Keystone pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Biden: The middle class is ‘being killed,’ in worse shape than any time since the ’20s

Joe Biden—everyone’s favorite creeper and truth-bomb-dropper.

MSNBC Host: Obama’s terrorism summit is a ‘dog and pony show’
You know it’s bad when President Obama has even lost the support of MSNBC. MSNBC Host Andrea Mitchell basically called the White House’s Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” a farce during her show Wednesday. “Here he has the summit, no heads of government coming, the participation has not been at a particularly high level. We’ll have […]
Obama assures ‘almost complete confidence’ there have been no NSA abuses

The president’s interview with Re/code over the weekend touched on privacy issues, with Obama insisting with “almost complete confidence” that there have been no abuses of the government’s vast surveillance program.

Congress

Boehner: GOP infighting over 'tactics'
After a week that saw Republican infighting leading to a dramatic near-shutdown situation for the Department of Homeland Security, House Speaker John Boehner was questioned on CBS’s “Face the Nation” about his leadership. Boehner downplayed the divisions and said that it wasn’t the big picture that they disagreed on, but rather how to accomplish it. […]
DCCC fundraises off shutdown that didn't happen
Democrats really jumped the gun on this one. It seems that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee was in such a hurry to fundraise over their hatred for Republicans this weekend that they were willing to spread a little misinformation to do so. The DCCC emailed supporters Saturday morning incorrectly saying that Republicans had allowed the Department of […]
Rand Paul calls on Hillary to retire

Rand Paul’s speech at CPAC Friday felt a lot like a campaign rally—and the crowd left little room to doubt that they wanted it that way, breaking out into chants of “President Paul! President Paul!” at least three times over the course of his remarks.

Cruz: Obama, Carter similarities 'uncanny'
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has his sights set on 2016, but he is not very optimistic about what will happen both at home and abroad in the mean time. Cruz laid out his predictions for the direction he believes President Obama is leading the country in during a round table event with reporters and bloggers […]
Cruz calls Lynch vote 'heartbreaking'
Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation’s next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. The 12 to 8 vote in the Judiciary Committee sent Lynch’s nomination to the full Senate. Three Republicans joined all committee Democrats in voting “yes.” […]