Republican Convention Coverage Part 1

Monday, August 27, 2012

WNYC live from Radio Row at the RNC (Paige Cowett)

The RNC has postponed the Republican convention start to Tuesday. We discuss the planning, delays, and the emerging story lines of the convention. Featuring:

  • Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic
  • Todd Zwillich, The Takeaway Washington correspondent
  • Dean Skelos, Republican majority leader in the New York Senate, on the New York delegation

Comments [36]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

The DNC convention should be cancelled.

They already have their candidates, who will run on their record of achievement for the past 3.75 years.

Better that the money for the DNC convention go to Americans who are out of work, whose homes are in foreclosure, to businesses that are barely hanging on.

Aug. 27 2012 01:35 PM

Why is it taking so long to post the recorded stream?

Aug. 27 2012 01:11 PM
antonio from baySide

Man, this segment is incredulous. Brian clearly told Herman Cain what he was referring to was false, but continued unfazed... How was he ever in contention?

Aug. 27 2012 11:58 AM
Leftist in Garfield

Do the Oligarchicans think we're really that stupid? This whole convention crap, and the lies the process perpetrates, is a sham to get people to buy into the Hypocritical Paradox! These anarchists have been trying to subvert American economic viability, values, and culture, while trying to convince us that their conspiratorial inaction, and stonewalling, is for our benefit? Of course they will guarantee that the next generation will be better off than the current one, as long as they can continue to systematically decimate the current generation's value. Then, there will be nowhere to go but up! "Vote for the 1%! We have your best interest at heart! We will give you a better life, after we suck the value out of everything we touch! Trust our intent ... You'll be happy living in a New 3rd World Country!"

Aug. 27 2012 11:43 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

"It's a job killing tax" for the people that ACTUALLY use the MTA? But Mr. (I love Pedro Espada) Skelos, will "cover" any gaps in MTA funding with general tax money? How is that fair to upstate New Yorkers?

Aug. 27 2012 10:45 AM
Tom Pinch

4 years ago I was about where I am now. 3 years ago things were awful. Things are much better now than they were 3 years ago. How do we decide how many years to go back to where Bush's screw ups were hitting us vs. Obama getting us out of the ditch?

Now if congress would do something... anything... we could be movin' on down the road. But that's gonna be force to wait until after the election.

Aug. 27 2012 10:44 AM

Are we going to have to listen to Republicans parrot the phrase "Job creator" for the next three months?
Can't Luntz come up with something new for them?

Aug. 27 2012 10:44 AM
John P MacKenzie from Long Island City

You mention the Medicare "raid" claim of the GOP.
Please nail this down: it's Medicare Advantage, not regular Medicare, but what of that?
That charge should not go unexplained when it's discussed.

Aug. 27 2012 10:43 AM

Dear BL producer - perhaps you should do a show on how frighteningly polarized the voters are for this election. Lots of angry angry angry people - on both sides.

Aug. 27 2012 10:42 AM

Can Mr Skelos please do something other than spout GOP talking point one liners?

Aug. 27 2012 10:41 AM
Robert from NYC

So all it takes is a high school diploma to become the most powerful republican in NYS!!

Aug. 27 2012 10:41 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Even though I said something at a Saturday night gathering about the storm in Tampa possibly being the Earth's revenge on global climate disruption deniers, I don't wish that on the convention or the people of the city. And it's better to cancel events & then have the hurricane not hit than the other way around. Local weather prediction is still not exact, & no one could have known beforehand that cancellation would turn out not to be necessary. I hope the damage from Isaac is minimal.

Aug. 27 2012 10:39 AM
Drew from Brooklyn

Someone needs to remind Mr. Skelos that Ronald Reagan raised taxes 11 times during the course of his 2 terms. Also, someone should remind Mr. Skelos the budget deficit ballooned under President Reagan, much as it did under President Bush.
Also, I would love to hear someone ask Mr. Skelos how those Bush tax cuts have been for creating jobs. And is he looking forward to a country where the majority of the population have low-skill minimum wage jobs of the sort that Romney "created" in strip malls across the country.

Aug. 27 2012 10:38 AM

John from office, it was Romney's father that was born in Mexico.

Aug. 27 2012 10:36 AM
BL Producer

Just a reminder of our comments section policy: please keep the conversation civil. Thanks!

Aug. 27 2012 10:36 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Look, race is all over this birther business. (And yes, it may have been propogated by pro-Clinton Democrats during the 2008 primaries.) And it is sordid. Racism and its centuries of effects are alive and well. For Romney, in the 21st century, to not only NOT condemn it, but to carouse with overt birthers and think he can make a joke about it is evidence of complicity or a dangerous tone-deafness. The thought that this man could be the leader of this diverse country (and world) is chilling.

Aug. 27 2012 10:35 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Sorry, Dean Skelos, the President is not for cutting Medicare funds "for seniors" -- that's been shown to be a lie. Rather, his cuts would fall at the provider level.

Aug. 27 2012 10:34 AM
joe from nearby

"Romney is a job creator."......Is this guy Skelos kidding?!

Romney is a job cremator. Brian- ask him how many American jobs he off shored, and how many companies he shut down like KB Toys....and how many millions he leeched doff of those workers.

Aug. 27 2012 10:33 AM
Robert from NYC

Gee, Skelos actually believes, he believes that Romeny created jobs. Wow, scary, and he's the NYS senate majority leader, "leader" he's a leader. The degeneration of american politics.

Aug. 27 2012 10:32 AM

Brian, I am serious about this question. Please explain why it was not an issue for George Romney to run for president even though he was born in Mexico? Is it because his parents were American citizens? If that is the case, since Obama's mother is an American citizen, wouldn't that make her children American citizens no matter where they were born?

Aug. 27 2012 10:31 AM

Edward from Washington Heights,
im better off! a lot of people are.

Aug. 27 2012 10:30 AM

Just love American politics and how much time we waste on elections. A president only gets 3 years before we shut down for "electionmania," a congressperson only gets a year. Hey but I shouldn't put down America - we should be PROUD that we have so much more time than any other country to waste. Go America!!!!

Aug. 27 2012 10:29 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Americans should ask themselves, "am I better off today than I was 4 years ago?" and vote accordingly.

FLASHBACK: Obama: My Presidency Will Be 'A One-Term Proposition' If Economy Doesn't Turn In 3 Years

Aug. 27 2012 10:27 AM
john from office

clebeau896's , I thnk it was his grandfather who was born in Mexico.

Aug. 27 2012 10:23 AM
kikakiki from Wall street

Sometimes you just don't have to go there. When you know many of your supporters embrace this "the President is an other". You could have just passed on the I have a birth certificate "joke". When you embrace Donald Trump whose one-issue mantra has been "the President is an other". You leave yourself open to charges that you are playing to the suppporter who believes "the President is an other". You cannot claim you believe the President is a bona fide American with your fingers crossed behind your back and not believe that the camera is catching all angles. If you didn't think your "joke" would come across as playing to "the President is an Other" than you are not paying attention and maybe you aren't ready for prime time. Gov. Romney who is "we" -

Aug. 27 2012 10:23 AM
hmi from Park Slope

Brian should point out that "Yes, we can" is a coded message that the "we" of the Democrats is a rejection of the "we" of the minorities who hope to overthrow rest of America. Perfectly obvious.
BTW—has Brian yet registered as an Obama delegate?

Aug. 27 2012 10:21 AM
Marianne from Staten Island

"We believe in America", says Romney...

How come he invests his moneys off shore, pays taxes in other country so that hedoesn't have to pay in America (or pay the least possible amount...?

Obama paid his taxes full and in America!

Aug. 27 2012 10:20 AM
Nancy from Manhattan

Maybe Obama's convention theme should be We Believe in AmericanS! Just as the Repubs "believe" in America, so do the Dems believe...but in AMERICANS, can do! The implication would be clear that the Repubs have no monopoly on belief in our country and its people.

Aug. 27 2012 10:19 AM

It is well known that Romney's father was born in Mexico and ran for president in the US. Why wasn't his birthplace an issue?

Aug. 27 2012 10:19 AM
john from office

Obama was born in Kenya, just ask Mr. Trump. The GOP has lowered thenselves to the level of a trukish toilet. The birther joke was stupid and if you are a stiff guy, dont try to make jokes.

Aug. 27 2012 10:18 AM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

A harbinger of the November wind that will sweep clean the Oval Office?

Aug. 27 2012 10:16 AM

I don't think Romney has made the "birther" issue a part of his campaign...i would never vote for Romney btw. Is this show gonna do anti-repub stuff for 3 months.

Aug. 27 2012 10:16 AM
mike from Inwood

Come on Brian, not every collective decision made by group of leaders is a "conspiracy theory." Conventions don't just happen like the coalescence of slime mold amoebas into a single body when the local ecology is under stress. (Although that may be an otherwise apt metaphor in this case.)They are media events whose organizers make decisions based on the media environment.

Aug. 27 2012 10:13 AM

Will the gods please send Isaac to teach the gop about weather

Aug. 27 2012 10:05 AM
Martin Chuzzlewit from Manhattan


(....and I'm giving some special love to my boy, Brian Lehrer.)

Aug. 27 2012 09:51 AM
John from office

Can it be that GOD, is sending a message to the GOP. As Moses said, in the movie at least, BEHOLD HIS MIGHTY HAND!

Maybe they will be swept out to sea!

Aug. 27 2012 09:01 AM

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