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8/31/2012 10:00:00 PM
Editorial: Distractions are the last thing we need
The Daily Courier

The buzz at the conclusion of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Thursday night gathered a lot of steam by the time newscasts began early Friday morning.

And the hype had little to do with GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. It was all about Clint Eastwood's surprise appearance that people were reacting to with "great," or "terrible" or "bizarre."

Eastwood is a Hollywood icon. The RNC had "teased" the crowd the entire day with hints that the evening's program would include a special person at the podium at the grand finale of the 2012 convention.

But, listening to the post-convention coverage, it seems a Hollywood actor had upstaged the presidential nominee who, in his acceptance speech, would layout his blueprint for guiding America in the next four years, should he be victorious in the race for the White House.

As with much political oratory, we heard a lot of rhetoric, but Romney did weave into his speech his vision to create 12 million new jobs.

He promised that North America will be energy independent by 2020; citizens will get the skills they need for the jobs of today and the careers of tomorrow; there will be trade work for Americans with forging of new trade agreements; every entrepreneur and every job creator can be assured that their investments in America will not vanish; the deficit will shrink and America will be on track to a balanced budget; small business will get a break through reduced taxes and simplified and modernized regulations; and the cost of healthcare will be reined in by repealing and replacing Obamacare.

These are heavy-duty goals for our nation to expect from Mitt Romney if he becomes our next president. The nation has a lot to debate.

Instead, Eastwood's spoof on President Obama consumed the immediate aftermath of the GOP convention.

National political conventions were once great summertime TV fare, filled with suspense and excitement up to the very end when the roll call of states determined the nominee.

Those days are long gone. The mystery vanished with state primaries.

If we can't have fun and immerse ourselves in the real drama of political conventions anymore, empty theatrics of a movie actor don't fit the bill and should never have overshadowed a presidential candidate's speech.

We should be talking today, instead, about what Romney said to the nation Thursday night and not about the antics of a movie star.

Now it's your turn, Mr. Romney. Out shout such frivolous distractions and speak to us. Give us the details of your five-step plan, one by one.

We want and need to hear them.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, September 08, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

A vote for Obama OR Romney is a wasted vote because they BOTH suck!

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2012
Article comment by: Chris Bergman

@ sheesh, I didn't know one was running. bergman_blogs@yahoo.com

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Sheesh Deluxe

I will be voting for the Christian.

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Progress Happens

OK, so Eastwood was a mistake. A big one. I voted for Obama four years ago but will not vote for him again. He's smart, a great speaker and I'm sure his heart is in the right place according to HIS ideaolgoy but he just doesn't have the skills needed to get the job done, and his ideaology is just a little too far to the left for me anymore. My vote goes to Romney this year, even though I've been very skeptical of big business for years. I think maybe Romney is someone who can fix things. I sure hope so.

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Ghost of the Real Prescott Patriot

I will be writing in Mickey Mouse this year!

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Bib Laden would be alive if Romney Pres

Biden said it well today: "Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive". Romney, on the other hand, said he WOULD NOT have gone after Bin Laden and he wouldn't have helped GM. So if Romney had been president the story would be the exact opposite: Bin Laden would be alive and GM would be dead!! Not based on guess work, but based on Romney's words. Just the facts.

Posted: Monday, September 03, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

A vote for Obama OR Romney is a wasted vote because the BOTH suck!

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: Independent Voter

I once heard that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome each time. Considering the complete failure of the present administration to improve the faltering economy or high unemployment rate, I wonder what that implies about those who want to return Obama to office. As for Romney being like a used car salesman, one needs only to look at last electionís plethora of grandiose campaign promises made by our present commander and chief. During his four years in office, how many of these promises have been implemented? Enough said.

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: Hilariously Wrong

You guys must not visit the paper's website often. There are LOTS of conservative posters that comment on EVERY article written. Honest folks that pay attention would know that. Observation and intellect never were the GOP's strength though.

Posted: Sunday, September 02, 2012
Article comment by: Just Saying

These are statements recently heard on the campaign trail.
"Oh well I suppose we are stuck with him. It would look bad if there was anyone who challenged him as leader of our party." Vote Democrat,
We adMITT we don't ike him or trust him and he is as similar to the current president on most of his Etch-a-Sketch positions, but he's our nominee." Vote Republican

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: @Hilariously Ironic

I guess all the republicans are too busy working while the dems have all the free time to comment. We do find time to vote, however.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Hilariously Ironic

The demographic of these comments just proves to me that the pessimistic, gullible, and contrarian people who tend to comment on articles never represent the majority (thank heavens). 90% of these comments just naively repeat liberal talking points, yet AZ will go to Romney. I guess it's just a forum to take out all your frustrations about living in a conservative state.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: @ U No Me? Used Car Salesman are good people

Factually, I have bought a lot of nice cars at a fair price from used car salesman of all stripes over the past several years. Only time I ever got ripped off was from a private seller. Thus, given a choice, I will go to a used car lot any day to buy a pre-owned automobile.

Having said that, where would you rather buy a car in the first place.?

Romney Auto Sales, which a history of solid deals and good service on American cars.

Or...Obamas Cars-R-Us, specializing in imports, mostly illegal ones, and 'special' pricing where everyone is treated with "equality" and gets the same overpriced type of smoking car, no matter how much money they spend, what type of car they want, all based on need according to a pushy sales manager in the back room.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: @Just Saying

"After a 7 year interview we are still asking ourselves "Who IS Mitt Romney?" "

Umm...after 3.5 years of obummer presidency, most of us are STILL askijg "Who is Barrack Hussian Obama"? Where was he born? Where did he go to college? How did he collect foreign aid as a college student? Etc.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Not Bergy Again!!

Ah, the GOP's number one apologizer and spin doctor returns to defend the elderly man rambling incoherently at an empty chair. It wouldn't be a story, Bergy, if the GOP hadn't been dropping hints all convention that they invited a special mystery speaker, and then it turns out that speaker is an Oscar-winning actor who turns his speech into a 12-minute vaudeville play two speeches before the biggest moment of Romney's life. I know you'd like nothing more than to sweep that under the rug, but please...it was the best, most entertaining 12 minutes of the entire convention! If Clint didn't make himself a story, it wouldn't be a story.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: U No Me?

@Tongue in Cheek

The slick fast talking dude is Mitt Romney! Look at his record vs what he is saying now. He's like a used car salesman.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: The Rev

One need not imagine the results of electing a candidate that embraces theatrical methods. In recent memory America's leader has stained a dress in the Oval Office, landed a plane upon an aircraft carrier at sea and one won a Nobel just for being elected. Imagine we now expect the theatrical.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: THE TRUTH ABOUT ROMNEY

is worse than the lies about President Obama. Repetition of lies can't create truth. I agree, that if Romney can't manage his own campaign and staff, what hope does he have to run a country. Personally, I am better off than four years ago, thanks to the rebound of the stock market of over 13,000. Let's go over some of the lies being spread by the Romney campaign. First of all, the 700 billion in savings from medicare over 10 years is being done by reducing payments to hospitals and insurance companies that provide medicare advantage, which has cost tax payers more than normal medicare. The savings does not affect beneficiaries, but extends medicare. It will also offer preventative care and close the donut hole. This same amount of savings was noted in both of Ryan's budgets. It is a good thing. Then Romney goes on to say he can produce 12 million jobs. This isn't a stretch, as the CBO had originally said 11 million would be created between 2013-2017, regardless of who is president. Moody's also agrees and other economists on the job figures. Let's also remember that the trillion dollar cuts to the military was a result of a 2011 budget deal between President Obama and the republicans to avoid default on the national debt. Once again, Obama did not raise taxes, but extended the Bush tax cuts for two years and reduced payroll taxes, among other tax reductions. Romney's ramblings on Israel are unfounded also. Israel Defense Minister Ehud Barak said in July on CNN, "I should tell you, honestly, that this administration, under President Obama, is doing in regard to our security, more than anything I can remember in the past". Last of all, repeal Obamacare? I don't think so, unless they achieve a filibuster proof senate and that's slim odds. Besides, they have no plan, if they could repeal. Yes, Romney proposes reducing the debt, overhauling the tax code and fostering free trade. Well, what president doesn't want to do those things, but we need details Mr. Romney. President Obama has put forth ideas and has been met with resistance from the republicans. Also Mr. Romney, if you wished the Obama administration success, why is it that Paul Ryan was one of the attendees of the secret meeting on inaugural night to bring down his presidency. Boy, I really call that cooperation. Perhaps when President Obama wins in November, he will finally have a mandate. You know, I would address the debt, but then again, republicans didn't seem to mind it rising during the Bush years!

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Get Real

Seriously, can you imagine someone in the private sector, 4 years into a management job at any level, still blaming whomever held it before for any and all problems in his or her department, plant, etc. They would have been fired 3 years ago assuming they had even a barely a competent boss. Time for us to replace the existing failure with someone (almost anyone) new. Mitt cannot be worse. Obama had his chance - he failed at everything except (as pointed out first by Beg to Disagree) getting dumb people to vote for him. He is good at that.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Wake me When it's Over

It's ALL a meaningless distraction. I can't wait for November...

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Couldn't Resist

Oh, I see, a 10 minute speech by an elderly actor/director is a big "distraction" for the feeble, meandering liberal mind. I'm not surprised at all. Eastwood chose to put in a little fun and humor, mixed in with plenty of substantive, serious commentary. But liberals get all antsy and confused whenever someone doesn't follow their mindless liberal mantra, let alone when the speaker adds a few humorous quips toward their beloved emperor.

Nothing new here folks. A publication that is moving increasingly toward the left has to express their concern about something that is very minor. But that's what liberals do, they focus on the smaller, less meaningful things in order to DISTRACT others from what's important. They know that when it comes down to substance and facts, they have no argument.

While we'll have hold our noses and even cover our eyes at times, as we watch the Democract convention, we will see many more speeches from leftists in the media and entertainment sectors, that will represent much more vicious, petty attacks against Romney than anything Eastwood or any other speaker at the RNC did last week.

p.s. to a couple of the flailing liberals making comments here comparing the healthcare policy Romney helped implement in a small state, to what Obama is doing with national healthcare: once again, you betray how simple-minded and blindly partisan you truly are.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Eastwood Just Another Democratic Distraction

I don t see all the fireworks" about Eastwood's appearance. Can't wait to see the DNC and all the "hollywood" performances, but, of course, they will be excused because the media will be on the "left" side of all the BS. We listen to Bill Maher with his hateful remarks and nothing is said on the liberal stations but one Republican movie star shows up and BANG, the media side tracks to him. I enjoyed every word Mr, Eastwood had to say and those who didn't get it, take your cotton out of your ears. As a former Democrat and a senior citizen I say, we need a much needed change in 2013. Four years of Obama was enough for me.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: @ James Madison

Trouble is, no matter how hard they tried, the GOP convention didn't come close to speak for the majority of Americans the way six minutes of late night comedy does. But heck, go with your second choice.
Uhh, this guy was your second choice??

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: We have

... the choice of voting for the people who created the mess or the people who couldn't clean it up. I speak not only of the presidential race, but more so the congress. Why would/should we vote for anyone who has an approval rating of just 10 percent? It's obvious there's a good chance that ANYBODY off the street would do a better job than the bozos who hold the positions now. I of course include the contingency from Arizona in the ranks of the bozos. The main reason they keep getting reelected is voters from any state believe it's the congressmen from the OTHER states that are the problem, not the good guys from their own state. So the status quo will prevail.

Posted: Saturday, September 01, 2012
Article comment by: Ryan Jensen

Having watched much of the RNC (and the subsequent polling), it is now quite clear that our President will be re-elected, thank God.

But troubles still linger, folks. It is likely Republicans will retain a majority in the House and certainly plausible that they could capture the Senate. Can you imagine?!

Republicans have stated clearly and repeatedly that defeating our President trumps any inclination they have toward providing for the greater good of the country and moving us forward. Holding on to their power is more important than anything that you or I or any other American citizen could want or need. They do not care about you (unless your wallet is very full)!

Look...if not today, then certainly tomorrow, we will see gay marriage allowed in all 50 states, we will have fewer guns to shoot each other with, climate change will be addressed with the urgency it requires, women truly will have all the rights they deserve as human beings, primary healthcare will be guaranteed for all, religion will finally be removed from governance....these things and more will come to pass. Itís only a matter of time....certainly not during President Obamaís second term, possibly not even during my lifetime...but they will come to pass. It is inevitable.

So letís set it all in motion this November.

While President Obama will get a second term, he can only do so much. Pay attention to the local and state elections as well. Do what you can to help our President. Even if the good candidate in your city council race or state legislative district is hopelessly outgunned by money and majority, you will send a message with your vote. You may ignite a groundswell...if not this November, then next time. Or the time after that. Just ask Steve Pierce (and soon Joe Arpaio) what a small, determined group can do when they carry with them the knowledge that they are right and just in their motivations.

Hope and Change? You better believe it.

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