Susana makes her star turn at GOP convention

From Capitol Report New Mexico - Susana Martinez got her shot Wednesday night. And the early reviews were good. The New Mexico governor seemed to touch all the political bases Republicans hoped she would hit when she made her national debut in front of millions of Americans on Thursday night (Aug. 29) at the Republican National Convention in Tampa. The first Hispanic female governor in US history received a plumb spot on the speakers’ roster, following former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice and preceding vice presidential pick Paul Ryan and her 10-minute speech brought delegates to their feet on at least three occasions:
*with Mitt Romney needing to appeal to Hispanic voters, one of the first things Martinez said in her speech was “En America, todo es posible.”
*recalling her time working for her parents’ security business, she fired off her first big applause line by saying, “I carried a Smith & Wesson .357 magnum.”
*although it’s a familiar story for New Mexico political followers, she recounted how she long considered herself a Democrat. But after a lunch date she and her husband Chuck had with GOP officials, she declared, “I’ll be damned, we’re Republicans.”
*took a shot at President Obama’s “you didn’t build that” comment by saying, “If he can take credit for government building small businesses, then he can accept responsibility for breaking his promise and adding 5 trillion dollars to the national debt. Because he did build that.”
Within minutes of the speech, #SusanaMartinez was trending on Twitter and the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza wrote, “This is very good stuff from Susana Martinez. I am a little surprised how good she is tonight given she’s never done this before.” As you’d expect, conservatives on the blogosphere raved about her performance. On Powerline, Paul Mirengoff wrote: I confess to wondering about the decision to give the New Mexico governor a plum speaking time on a big convention night, just in front of Paul Ryan. But then I had never really seen Susana Martinez in action. Now that I have, I wonder no more. The sky could be the limit for this rising star. But even liberals gave her good reviews. The convention live blogger for the ├╝ber-lefty Daily Kos wrote: Susana Martinez is giving a terrific speech, I think. Which I assume means Republicans will hate it. Here’s more from Cillizza who placed Martinez under the heading of the night’s “winners”: * Susana Martinez: Before tonight most people — including most Republicans — didn’t know much (if anything) about the New Mexico governor. Martinez changed that — in a good way — with a down-to-earth delivery and ease in the moment that many politicians with much more experience on the national stage would rightly be jealous of. Read more

Isaac Hits New Orleans, Police and Guard on Patrol

Hurricane Isaac's floodwaters spilled over a levee just outside of New Orleans today. The gigantic slow moving system weakened to a tropical storm this afternoon. New multibillion-dollar barriers paid for with the nation's taxpayer dollars, which were constructed to protect the city after Hurricane Katrina, seemed to be holding.
Reuters quoted New Orleans Mayor Mitchell Landrieu as saying, "The federal levee system ... is fine," when he was asked about the city that was built below sea level today.
"There are no risks. It is holding exactly as we expected it to and is performing exactly as it should," he added.
Police and National Guard units, patrolled the downtown area of the city to protect businesses and homes from looters who use crippling storms as an opportunity to steal.
Despite widespread flood damage, a few injuries, and devastating power outages that are fairly typical of any hurricane, the mainstream media was relieved that unlike the damages and threats to life caused during Katrina, the damages and destruction caused by Issac were not a result of racism. Only hurricanes that occured between 2001 and the end of 2008 that hit cities constructed below sea level, that have large minority populations that ignore advance storm warnings, are storms that cause death and damages due to racism.


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Media (Except Fox) Repeats "White Man Party" Drumbeat

Mia Love
Commentary by Jim Spence - It is no wonder Fox News has gobbled up market share in the news game. Read the roster of speakers at the Republican National Convention. Or better yet, actually watch and listen to them (not me, I watched the U.S. Open Tennis matches last night). Then watch every organization in the mainstream media cover the convention except for Fox. What you will see is intentional misrepresentation, distortion, and the outright lies. Other than Fox News the national media consistently repeats the most desired message the Democratic National Committee wants to incorporate into the American voter's psyche.

Ted Cruz
John Harwood of NBC provided a stunning example when he reviewed the first day of the GOP convention this morning for NBC. Harwood said the Republicans are a party “dominated by white men.” And in his roster of speakers for tonight Harwood conveniently forgot to put New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez on the list, despite the fact that Martinez goes on stage in prime time right before V.P. nominee Paul Ryan. Yesterday New Mexico business person Phil Archuleta, Representative Artur Davis, a black American; Mia Love, a black candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah, Texas senatorial hopeful Ted Cruz, a Latino American, and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada spoke at the convention. And last night it seems that MSNBC, which serves as the unofficial mouthpiece for the DNC, intentionally omitted coverage of all minority speakers so they could go to their handpicked panel of "experts" who proceeded to bash the GOP for an absence of "diversity." Coverage of the convention at CNN, ABC, CBS, and NBC is similarly biased with the party of white people being a common theme.
Brian Sandoval
It will be interesting to see how the media handles Susana Martinez tonight who is scheduled to address the delegates around 8:00pm MDT. A rock star in this state the smart money says every major news network EXCEPT Fox News will downplay the Martinez speech and draw attention away from the leadership role she has taken in a state dominated by Democrats of all shapes and sizes for eight decades. Democrats seem to pin their hopes on the race card once again. After four years of skyrocketing deficits and national debt, unemployment over 8% for longer than anytime in modern history, what else do they have to talk about? Charles Rangel said it best. It is a filthy, obsene, game....this race baiting.