He recently served as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government Institute of Politics for the Fall 2011 term at Harvard University. From 2002 to 2004, he was Acting Director of USA Freedom Corps and special assistant to President George W. Bush. He began service at the White House in 2001 as deputy assistant to Vice President Cheney for domestic policy, advising the Vice President on policy initiatives in health care, budget, tax and other policy areas.
RNC Dispatch: For a GOP Insider, Convention a High School Reunion
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 05:26 PM
After the uncertainty caused by Hurricane Isaac on Monday, Republicans got down to business in earnest yesterday to nominate Mitt Romney to be their presidential standard-bearer. The feeling in the corridors is almost one of a high school reunion – many folks you know, others you recognize and others still you feel like you’ve never met – but perhaps you have.
I’ve marveled at some of the sights and sounds here in Tampa. Why was it, for example, that I spied Herman Cain in the media filing center with a larger entourage of staff/hangers on than S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley who passed by going in the opposite direction?
I spoke to an energetic and upbeat Marco Rubio (R-FL) earlier today as well as angry Ron Paul supporters who feel that their candidate has been treated unfairly during the Convention.
Finally, when the lights went up last night, the attendees were enthralled with the speeches of NJ Gov. Chris Christie and First Lady in Waiting, Ann Romney. The cheers (as well as some tears) from the crowd when Mrs. Romney spoke were hard to miss.
On deck tonight? VEEP nominee Paul Ryan. I will be very interested to see if the intensity and enthusiasm is even higher tonight than it was last night. If so, expect Gov. Romney acceptance speech to put some much-needed momentum behind his campaign as he seeks to unseat the incumbent occupant of the Oval Office. Much more to come!