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Winners and losers of the 2012 RNC



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Paul Ryan. This is Paul Ryan's Republican party, with his conservative agenda driving the discussion and energizing the party.

Condi Rice. She gave the strongest speech of Wednesday night - and didn't even need a teleprompter.

Bob Buckhorn. Local Republicans for months have been raving about the Tampa Mayor enthusiasm and help with the GOP convention, and he's been all over today gushing enthusiasm for his city. As one prominent GOP strategist told us the other day, if Florida Democrats were smart they'd forget their flirtation with Charlie Crist and unite behind a draft-Buckhorn campaign for the 2014 governor's race.

Ken Jones: Nobody has worked harder than the president and CEO of the Tampa Bay Host Committee to raise the $55-million and help the community showcase itself to the nation, though much of the credit has gone to others.

Jeb Bush. He's become the newest national media darling, with his straight talk and depth.

Jane Castor. Two arrests so far. Two. That's an incredible testament to Tampa's Police Chief and her department.

Rick Scott. He hates giving speeches anyway, and staying away from the RNC to keep an eye on Isaac and emergency preparedness is better politics than shmoozing in Tampa.

Charlie Crist. Say what you will about the guy, the guy shunned by the GOP has a knack for staying in the conversation.

Marco Rubio. Based on the caliber of speakers so far, all he needs to do is hit a double and he'll be a convention standout.


Bill Harris and Mike Miller. The Convention CEO and COO are veterans of putting together these mega events, so there is no excuse for the ridiculous transportation snafus that had delegates in open revolt on overheated buses.

Barricades. Obviously tight security is crucial, but over and over again we've heard people complaining about overkill with the barricades, that snuffed out traffic for local businesses venues of groups who had been led to believe by the RNC would be easily accessible from the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

Chris Christie. Me. Me. Me. The keynote speech did nothing to elevate his political stature.

Gulf Coast States. Fair or not, convention organizers will definitely think twice about picking Gulf Coast states during hurricane season.

Pam Bondi: Weird two-person speech. The pair looked like the anchor team in a third tier TV market, quipped one wag.

Teleprompter jokes. They're usually staples at GOP functions, but don't work when speaker after speaker is reading from the teleprompter screen.

Jon Voigt. You were great in Anaconda, but we really have to see you trolling for media interviews every hour of the convention? 




[Last modified: Thursday, August 30, 2012 3:37pm]


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