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Mitt Romney prepares to address the final night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
Cokie Roberts, senior news analyst for NPR News and an ABC News political commentator, wraps up convention coverage with analysis of Romney's speech.
I have listened to Cokie Roberts on NPR all my life. I have much less respect for her after hearing her doggedly thoughtless comments on the climate change line. I didn't hear it as a joke at all, and Romney wasn't smiling. It was straight-up climate change denialism on the most public stage in the world.
How about this Mittens: "Why should women have any less say about the great decisions facing their Bodies!?" How's that for a question no one wanted to ask last night. That whole list of women he could practically read on two hands - - - that's like saying, How can i be racist, my best friends are black. Not convinced at all with the GOP.
BTW: Cokie was great in this segment.
I apologize for the sacrilege, but I did not get Romney's story about the rose - didn't his father have a standing order for the rose-a-day? And did the florist find out the sad news before the wife, Romney's mother?!
@ Robert from NYC"So ask him what he thinks Romney will do to help him not lose his house?"
I was hoping Brian would ask this question. This caller says that President Obama's health plan has made healthcare more affordable for him, but he still plans to vote for Romney, based on economic considerations. So what happens when/if Romney: 1)dismantles the Affordable Care Act, which he has promised to do, and 2) is unable to effect the economic change he is promising?
I find it striking that people such as this caller wouldn't realize that a better solution would be to give the President a second term, but this term making sure that he has a Congress that will actually work with him for the good of the country. Callers such as this exemplify the same mentality that allowed the Republicans to gain control of the House and many state governorships in 2010.
Cokie Roberts is one of the least insightful media personalities (analyst is too high praise) around. Please stop having her on and stick to the good ones you usually have!
The good thing about this convention is that it's a great Pro-Obama ad. :)
@"stop blaming bush" - seems I was under the same assumption...uhhh who should be held responsible?
Nothing was mentioned by Cokie or Bryan about the way the crowd booed Zoraida Fonalledas, the Puerto Rican delegate to the Republican convention. A segment of the crowd showted: "USA, USA...Take her out". Back to West Side Story: "Puerto Rico is in America". It was absolutely shameful and disturbing.
We don't love Cokie, Brian.She just laughed off Mitt's joke on climate change, as if it does not reflect his priorities and merit intelligent analysis.She just dismissed the fact-checking of Ryan's misleading claims about the Janesville auto plant closure, claiming that it's a murky grey area. UnbelievableAnd she just said that, "Obama has to stop blaming Bush," simply perpetuating a talking point from the right. Please ask her to document the frequency of this deflection.Please stop inviting her on the show. She may have a big name, but she has no credibility as a so-called analyst.
I never thought of anyone as jesus?!
No mention was made by Cokie or Brian about the outright and open obstruction by the Republicans in Congress to many (if not all) solutions Obama put forward to solve problems. Their plan: Make Obama look bad even if it hurts the country.
Neil Armstrong is an American hero who served his country and the greater good. He was a man who served his nation and elevated the standing of the country.
Romney doesn't deserve to have his name in the same sentence as him. His idea of sacrifice is meant for the poor, middle class, and elderly while giving more tax cuts to...himself and his friends. The only think Romney will elevate is his take after taxes, which he will promptly offshore to his Cayman Island tax haven accounts.
When Romney say one of the requirements for President, is someone who has had business experience. Doesn't this disqualify Paul Ryan?.
Well I have been out of work for over 18 months and I don’t blame the current president for that. I blame the crooks on Wall St and the previous president for being asleep at the wheel and getting us into 2 wars. (and I worked on WS for over 25 years). I did not expect the current president to turn the country around after it took the previous president 8 years to drive it not into the ground but way below ground. As a young man I was in construction/demolition business. Like any thing we were able to demolish a building in 1 to 2 days but it took us months to build it back up new and better. What is wrong with the American public, you can dig up the best president from the grave and he would not be able to do what they are expecting the current president to do after working with 2 wars, the country in a depression that rivals 1929.
I hope to see Alec Baldwin spoof Clint Eastwood's empty chair skit at the DNC.
I have heard no one discuss Eastwood's comment:"See, Inever thought it was a good idea for attorneys to the president,anyway."
Has he not read Mr. Romney's bio?
Only Newt Gingrich should be able to mention Neil Armstrong in a motivational speech since it dovetails with his American moon base plan.
I do enjoy a good zombie movie.....but not for 3 days straight!
Eastman, Romney, and Ryan.....THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY.
Rah not just callers, at least 45% of the voters will fall for this GOP pack of rubish. not just scary more a sad state of affairs
I feel for the caller losing his house.
However, he said that the banks won’t offer new mortgage options because there is no law for them to do so, but Romney’s argument is that he will fix the economy by removing regulation, not passing laws to force the banks to do anything.
The Republican party obstructs any reform or regulation Obama attempts.
I was astonished at Cokie's cavalier attitude about environmental damage due to global warming, especially sea level and water damage. She is from New Orleans, right? Wow. Much too Beltway enclosed, maybe?
I live in an area of NJ which had put in flood protection on the Passaic River which was supposed to take care of even once in a 100 years floods. Well, Irene, as a tropical storm, then tropical depression, dumped insanely heavy rains on NJ, then on upstate NY and into New England, with more than 100 year flood levels. Rains that just kept falling and falling and falling. Huge numbers of homes were flooded; homes which people had bought expecting to not see this kind of flooding. A year on, many are still empty or just being fixed up now.
Now, that kind of heavy rainfall has dumped up to 2 and a half, maybe three FEET of water on NOLA and other areas along the Gulf and up state as well.
A joke, Cokie? Really? Maybe more likely Romney is tone deaf as so many wealthy people are?
My belief is that much of the disappointment people feel who are not died in the wool Republicans or Tea Party members is in the fact that the Republicans in Congress have made it their job to thwart anything that President Obama has tried to do by voting NO.
Our country is in a very sad state and it is due to the extreme partisanship on the part of the majority of the Republicans.
Perhaps the path is to have no parties with money limits on campaigns, no PACs and make it a popular vote but the chances of this happening are about nil with all the vested corporate interests in politics. It is very difficult not to become jaded. However, I will vote for Obama again and keep hoping for a breakthrough.
I think Ms. Roberts sounded rather jaded and negative which I suppose is understandable, if disappointing.
Is Brian contractually obligated to have Cokie Roberts on his show?
I know no one will answer but I wanted to put it out there...
The bank bailout was in 2008. Had the Bush administration and congress made the banks deal with the mortgage crisis, housing could have turned around. I sense the malaise but the rational and somehow pinning that problem only on Obama and not the congress is baffling.
Seriously...I love the backchannel election. The one where the media are campaigning viewers to 'vote' for their shows. I know Cokie's on right now but I'm thinking mostly of how all the MSM actually fact-checked the Ryan speech. NBC lead off with it, and the CBS anchor walked over to the PBS NewsHour booth to advertise what they found in the S&P US report fingering the Republicans. Fantastic stuff. They're doing their job for once.
And no mention of the obstructionit, do-nothing Congress and Republican leadership who decided to oppose Obama's efforts at every turn right from the start. No wonder people are dispirited.
So under mittens we all will be clerks at Staples, are those jobs, real jobs?? Will we be able to buy a house, car and feed our families with a Staples job???
We need real jobs and that will come from job creation which like in the 30's comes from Government activity and free enterprise. We all cannot flip burgers for a living.
Mitt's so called "Plan" is as empty as Clint's chair.
GOP = Fear of science
It's scary that the callers would be fooled by the Ryan/Romney lies.
I don't LOVE Obama, but he's the only choice for a thinking person.
Well, actually the bail-out, as distasteful as it was to all of us, was a spectacular success. Not only did it prevent a melt-down of the banking/financial system (which we need whether we like it or not), but the government cleared a $17.7 BILLION PROFIT. Yes:
I'd like to hear a segment on this, Brian!
cokie-"these are good callers brian" ....like these callers are odd,rare situations? this is what i mean about this woman- she has no idea how the real world works. she just wallows in the world of false words from these empty suits. that caller is almost everyone i know....
The promises of jobs is silly. Presidents can't create jobs short of enlarging government (which is mostly salaries). Reducing the deficit will take jobs away! Nothing will create jobs except the rest of us spending money - and then employers will create jobs - but not one more than is needed to satisfy demand.
Stop talking about jobs!
Gave up on Cokie long ago. Re Romney's 5 point plan: how is he going to do any of that and radically shrink the federal government at the same time. Once again the middle class is happily marching towards its own demise.
I agree w/you that being able to joke in politics is great and brings some levity to having to talk about some really serious issues facing our country. However, there's a difference between joking and being snide and sarcastic about the realities of climate warming (which we all know Republicans don't believe in, b/c they don't believe in scientific evidence -- though they do believe we should be creating more scientists by having our education focus on science, which is another contradiction of their platform). Marco Rubio's joke about Obama getting better at golf was funny.
Precisely who are these 'undecideds' that Brian is always obsessed with? I have yet to meet any here in Manhattan. Listening to them, they seem A) very simple. B) to have very, very short memories, since they don't remember (or never knew) that the Republican set out to destroy the President from day one and has thwarted him ever since, and C) don't seem to realize that given the array of trouble he has had to contend with (including 'B' listed above) the President has done a good job.
My problem with media hacks like Roberts is they only care about the PR campaign that is the Republican Party and the convention just ended. Is the PR campaign good? Is it working? These are the wrong questions -- Cokie needs to pull the curtain aside and show the hollow men pulling the levers, instead of helping to ladle out the Kool-Aid. Brian is usually good at this, but has fallen down on the job with his enthusiasm for the race itself and the game that is party politics today.
Bottom line: we have a two-party system and one of the two parties has lost its collective mind, become a purveyor of lies and worshippers or power and wealth exclusively. To me, this isn't partisan thinking, it is rational thinking, it's the way things are, and any media figures that don't discuss that broader picture are part of the problem.
Walter,Maybe it's your fault you can’t get a job.
This Cokie Roberts is giving me a headache, I feel like I am listening to the RNC again. The facts are the facts and I would go with someone who doesn't lie like the Republicans. I wish this woman would hold both parties accountable for what they say, then she would be more legitimate.
Now Cokie calls lies nuances. This is what is wrong with her. Good that Brian is actually searching for the truth.
So ask him what he thinks Romney will do to help him not lose his house?
Too bad Obama listened to Geithner, his Wall Street bankster buddies and money supporters, to the right wing of the Corporatists in the Dem Party --or actually IS Republican Lite-- and didn't do much of anything for the vast numbers of Americans out of work and finding jobs very, very, very hard to find. Too bad he let Geithner tank any help for foreclosure victims, or got exactly from Treasury what he wanted....
What was he thinking? Because he was not thinking like a Democrat from the anywhere near the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party. He rarely talks about FDR or the New Deal; it's almost as if he wants to never be connected with those "old fashioned" Democrats --or any Democrats?
If he'd used just some of the funds given to the banks to find work for regular people, he would have been a political god in this century. But, no, he had to think like a Republican Corporatist.
What a missed opportunity, for him, yes, but so much more for our nation.
(BTW, 12 millions new jobs is just what's predicted, no matter who is in office. But, with his tax and budget cuts, Romney could create his own new recession, just as Cameron and Osborne have done in England.
But Romney will do it in an exceptionally Merkin Way, not taking any ideas from the Austerian Europeans, eh?)dd(Oh, this poor caller losing his house -- I so fear Romney would rather offshore him and at least fire him than help him!)
Mittens has a plan to create 12 million new jobs? I hope most of the jobs he creates are gondoliers because with Mittens environmental plan, that's how we will be getting to work in the morning.
Was Obama's solution ineffective? We had a Republican party which said from day one we will not work with Obama, we will obstruct him. Where does the blame lie?
Incidentally, he did keep us from going off the cliff into Depression. It is [accurately] said that the market is self correcting. Unfortunately in late 08 the market wanted to "correct" itself by completely collapsing. We've had 30 years of debt financed growth, and that kind of pseudo growth simply cannot go on forever. We're now in the painful transition of getting back to reality.
The Romney/Ryan answer is to try the Herbert Hoover solutions of deep cuts during a downturn and the same failed policies of tax cuts for the rich with the hope of trickle down affects.
To the last caller: Pres. Obama's economic policies were ineffective? No, they were never put *into* effect, because the Congressional Republicans voted them down in the House & filibustered them in the Senate. Actually, at least 1 measure he did get passed, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, did create jobs (which should have been better publicized).
Ronald Reagan ran against Carter in 1984. George H. W. Bush ran against Carter in 1988. Mitt Romney was floating attacks on Carter just a few months ago.
So perhaps Cokie Roberts should stop shilling for the GOP. And maybe _she_ should do some fact checking — something she hasn't done since the 1980s.
"By 2020 America will be energy independent." You notice how every campaign promise is scheduled far beyond the reasonable present? Who the hell cares if we're energy dependent in 2020? Why is everything that America is working on scheduled to come to fruition in 118 years? What the hell is wrong with people? Who can get excited about this garbage? Americans are spoken to as if they are children, and therefore they remain children, clapping their hands and oohing and ahhing at all the shiny nonsense that comes out of Daddy's mouth.
"There's a Bull in the woods.... And he's getting ready to 'sit' down."
Cokie Roberts is so clearly a mouthpiece for the 1% status quo.
Gosh,this really is a Barbie (Romney) world, it's so plastic. I can't believe these callers-in who seem to have moved over, more or less, to Romney based on what he and Ryan and anyone of these speakers have said/promised when they are just saying it to get the job. Don't listen to them, wait until they put out some policies, which they haven't yet, so you can base your choice on what they will do not what they say they will do. These folks are all telling lies, THEY'RE ALL TELLING LIES!!! And the other side makes promises they don't keep. It's ok to lose faith in a system that doesn't work. But get off your backs a work getting one that does work.
The 12 million new jobs is what _will_ be created in a normal economic environment.
The energy independence claim will _either_ raise energy prices (if there is some limitation on imports or exports, which would be government regulation) or it won't do _anything_ if free trade is allowed.
I wait for the day when somebody at NPR or WNYC does actual fact checking on Republican economic claims.
You know that red rose story? I know a lot of people were touched by it, but I'll tell you the first thing that I thought when I heard it, and maybe that's just because I'm paying off debt, like most people:If a single red rose costs $4 today, and my BF were to buy me a single red rose every single day for the next 64 years? He'd have spent $93,440.00.Just saying.
why give cokie roberts airtime? what is she? i don't get it...she just regurgitates talking points from both sides without any real, creative analysis of anything. cokie roberts is to intelligent political discourse as corn is to our digestive system.
The current caller is saying that he was the economy to get better, which it is, slow, but better. He needs a better job, but that is not the President's job to find him a better job, so Romney will not fix that. The economy is bad because of the ridiculous amounts of money spent is Bush wars and the losses the banks and housing markets have had. Why? because of lack of regulation and because they break policies in a "legal" way. Just like Romney can have an insane IRA by having invested in BAIN deals he knew he would make money on.
Were some of these callers asleep during the last few years. CONGRESS blocked him at every turn. Ryan, Cantor and crew had a plan, deny him any victory and then claim he was ineffective. I was not asleep.
RUBIO ON RAMIFICATION OF OBAMA NOT SEEING THE U.S. AS A GREAT HOPE FOR FREEDOM-
"These are ideas that threaten to make America more like the rest of the world ... instead of helping the rest of the world become more like America."
No women are calling in! No woman in her right mind would ever vote for Romney/Ryan.
Against abortion? don't have one!
When you played that clip in the intro of Mitt Romney saying the American flag Neil Armstrong planted on the moon was still up there, I almost thought he'd go on to say that if Pres. Obama were reelected, somehow the flag wouldn't be there anymore!
to the caller...if you voted for obama because you fell for the "change" and "hope" branding and now, as an undecided voter, you will vote for romney after hearing that sad, pathetic excuse for a speech i think you and people like you don't deserve to vote. obviously i'm exaggerating but it's people like you that put almost no thought into your vote and just go with the wind. you're an uninformed sheep. please take the time and research the candidates.
Why is this woman Cokie Roberts sounding so exited about Romney as if taking sides rather than analyzing? You need to find a new analyst NPR
What Romney didn't mention when discussing his mother is that she was PRO-CHOICE.
"How he [Romney] comes across?", what is this caller talking about?!
Why not identify Cokie Roberts as paid Chairman of the Republican National Committee. I know she's not, but she might as well be.
I found Romney's making fun of the Presidents initiatives to save the planet pathetic.As another commenter has already stated, what has Cokie ever brought to the discussion.Her tired hashed over views are just that. At least Brian pressed her on Romney's stupid joke and I was grateful to hear that. Thank you Brian.
When I was listening to Romney talk about his mother, his voice nearly cracking, I kept wondering if today's Republican Party would even allow her to run for dogcatcher.
I also wondering if Romney would even dare to support her candidacy since she was strongly pro-choice on abortion,
Maybe that's why he seemed so sad when talking about her...he's sold out, or at least sold her out.
Could it be that the Eastwood segment was a set up. I cannot believe he was not asked about what he would say???
I would put Martin in the empty chair.
Cokie Roberts sounds like a shill for the GOP, which is all she's sounded like for 20 years.
As for Romney prating about jobs — more than a little ironic when the Bain he ran sought first and foremost to squeeze money from 'undervalued' firms by cutting jobs.
One would be hard-pressed to find _any_ GOP policy from the past 30 years that has not been directly hostile to job creation.
John from office: Thank you.
I am definitely not undecided. I am supporting Obama. I see the Republican ticket as PATHETIC and their stated agenda as dangerous for this country. Nothing Romney or Ryan could say at this convention could sway me, unless either or both decided to convert to Democrats, and even then, I would not want them to represent me because they are so embarrassing as speakers and human beings.
Muzzlewit: Cokie Roberts is a reporter and commentator. Her contribution is to pare down the news to understandable segments and present it to us for our evaluation. If you can't handle that, then maybe a news forum is not for you.
Hi to Cokie. I'm a fan.:-)
Clint Eastwood was embarassingly disjointed...but its not our biggest problem.
Totally agree - Cokie Roberts? Talk about a beltway hack - she defines it. And she thinks Romney's "joke" about the sea levels rising was just fine - get a sense of humor, already is her take. Of course, she has power, money, connections so it's easier for her to laugh.
MORE RUBIO ON PRESIDENT UNITY -
"He tells Americans they're worse off because others are better off. That people got rich by making others poor.
Hope and Change has become Divide and Conquer."
It wasn't improvised, someone had to bring the chair out for him.
Gee Mr Dickens guy if he's been out on the golf course that many times then he really HAS become a republican. Does he then join cry baby Boehner for drinks at his uncle's bar after the games?
Oh, Oh no, really, Brian, Obama can walk on water!
99 3/4% MENDACITY
I'd support a unity government, an Obama-Romney administration, because in the end, after all is said and done, there won't be a dime's worth of difference between them. It's all hot air.
How can anyone take anything that was said at that entire convention seriously? Was there anything said of an adult nature, with a serious constructive attitude towards serious issues? Just a bunch of treacly jingoistic meaningless hostile garbage about nothing. The blathering of con men and children, delusional religious nuts and liars. Beyond pathetic. Who can waste even a minute of their irreplaceable life discussing this nonsense?
I'll try to be both brief and civil.
Even among a high-income press corps which regards politics as sport without real world consequences (for them and their children, anyway), and sees politicians and corporate titans as friends and colleagues, one still has to ask what contribution Cokie Roberts had made, over her many, many years in the public eye, to the national discourse.
Perhaps WNYC has a duty to expose its listeners to conventional wisdom; conventional wisdom also being "news" of a sort, even if it "news" created solely by corporate news people, in lieu of actual reporting. After all, "what's bad for the Democrats" this week, or a critique of Obama's vacation choices (Hawaii is a foreign country) does reflect our reality -- alas.
But are there no limits to this kind of pabulum? Ever? Do we never step out of this box where politics are strictly entertainment?
YET MORE RUBIO LAST NIGHT ON OBAMA -
"By all accounts, he is a good husband, and a good father — and thanks to lots of practice, a pretty good golfer."
(Yes, Senator, he has now (CNN reports) spent 105 full days out on the golf course ..... in the midst of "the worst recession ever"..... when he is not spending all of his day campaigning.)
MORE RUBIO ON OBAMA
"These are tired and old big government ideas that have failed every time and everywhere that they have been tried.THESE ARE THE IDEAS THAT PEOPLE CAME TO AMERICA TO GET AWAY FROM."
(BRAVO, MARCO.....they have all lost their minds.)
Martin, here is a nice quote from those you would put into power:
“This nation was founded as a Christian nation...there’s only one God and his name is Jesus. I’m tired of people telling me that I can’t say those words. [...] If you don’t love America and you don’t like the way we do things, I’ve got one thing to say -- Get out! We don’t worship Buddha. I said we don’t worship Buddha. We don’t worship Mohammed. We don’t worship Allah. We worship God. We worship God’s son Jesus Christ.”
Pastor Dennis Terry during a speech introducing Rick Santorum at Greenwell Springs Baptist Church in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana
PACK YOUR BAGS MARTIN
Most telling moment was Mr. Eastwood's speech. Reflects on an old, tired, mean, party. Disrespectful of a president because of his race.
Martin, what will you do when Santorum and Ryan have a pogrom to rid America of Non believer's. As a Jew, you should fear these people, they hate you, New York and those they see as not American.
Remember their America is a "Christian" nation, you will not be welcomed.
MARCO RUBIO... LAST NIGHT... ON OBAMA -
"Our problem with President Obama isn't that he's a bad person.Our problem is he's a bad president."
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