Inside the Big Tent on Thursday, the theme was diversity (or lack thereof) — of opinions on Paul Ryan's speech, and in racial representation at the RNC.
Paul Ryan's speech was … (insert opinion here)
Paul Ryan's speech was dazzling but also deceiving and distracting (foxnews.com). Paul Ryan's speech was admirably reckless red meat from a cheesehead (the New Yorker). Paul Ryan's speech was "the emergence of a new generation of Republican leaders willing to reshape the main pillars of a social safety net that has been in place since the 1960s" (Wall Street Journal). Paul Ryan's speech was greeted with deafening applause (Tampa Bay Times). Paul Ryan's speech hit the Republican G-spot with the force of 10,000 vibrators (Esquire). Paul Ryan's speech was a masterpiece (CNN). Paul Ryan's speech was inspiring and electrifying (Catholic Online). Paul Ryan's speech was exciting because the speeches before him were so boring (the Guardian). Paul Ryan's speech was hypocritical (the New Yorker). Paul Ryan's speech was about trust (foxnews.com). Paul Ryan's speech was lies. Lies. Lies. Lies. Lies (Washington Post, Slate, Salon, Politifact). Paul Ryan's speech was tendentious (Atlantic). Paul Ryan's speech was mendacious (@Daniel_Sweeney). Paul Ryan's speech was appallingly disingenuous and also the most effective speech of the convention (New York).
Black camerawoman not 'surprised at all'
"I hate that it happened, but I'm not surprised at all," Patricia Carroll said Thursday to the Maynard Institute — two days since two people in the convention threw peanuts at her, saying "This is what we feed the animals."
"This is Florida, and I'm from the Deep South. You come to places like this, you can count the black people on your hand."
But the CNN camerawoman added: "This situation could happen to me at the Democratic convention or standing on the street corner. Racism is a global issue."
A lesson in acce$$ at the Vinoy hotel
From Katherine Snow Smith on tampabay.com:
More than 600 people who have raised $15,000 or more gathered in the Palm Court Ballroom, where Condoleezza Rice spoke briefly and gave each person a copy of her memoir, No Higher Honor.
Meanwhile, a smaller crowd that had raised $1 million or more gathered in the Grand Ballroom where it visited with Gov. Mitt Romney and wife, Ann . The GOP presidential nominee shook every hand in the room.
Who's Mitt Romney?
Just a guy who once turned down a $30 million annual salary.
Government handouts nothing to gripe about
This is the logical end to the week of the protests that weren't. No fight. Just food. The boxed lunches — sandwiches, fruit and ice cold bottled water — came after police heard protesters were getting low on provisions, the Tampa Bay Times' Marissa Lang and Kim Wilmath reported.
The protesters had planned to occupy companies owned by Romney's Bain Capital empire all day but were tired and hot and ended up at nearby Domino's instead. A young woman who identified herself as Ducky wasn't happy. An older man took exception, yelling at her: "You might not need rest, but some of us do."