January 23, 2018
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RNC Finale

Here’s the crashdown for the RNC from last night. For thenation.com all told, 68 pieces.

Newt, Calista, Jeb, Marco, the Bot. And not a shred of content between them. Someone had the bright idea yo shove Clint Eastwood in for entertainment value. That worked, but not as intended (unless it was planned by a Democrat).  To paraphrase John Ford: when the information becomes the bullshit, print the bullshit. I hope there will be someone left who can tell the difference.

Here’s my batch (in reverse order). Democrats on Tues.

Coda. For a man who almost nobody likes, whose dad may have unliked him tonight. From a letter by George Romney, words to contemplate.

The presidential and vice presidential nominees… and Romney and Ryan.

Romney Olympics 2012: Pentagon Cuts/Pentagon Spending Spree

Romney Olympics 2012: The Abortion Flip

Romney Olympics 2012: The Healthcare Flip

The Romney Olympics 2012

President Who (from an idea suggested by Burt Silverman).

Rubio’s speech gives Romney a new perspective on his VP pick.

Sarah Palin, Fox News: “If the Republican Party is racist, why have we elected so many minorities? Why did we elect Susana Martinez?… Why do we have so much respect for Herman Cain, and so many of these minorities?”

Happy to be here, and happy to contemplate 2016!

Marco Rubio claims his family escaped Castro in 1956. Castro must have looked like this.

So if this Clint Eastwood blends with Mitt Romney in viewer’s brains, is that the image Republicans want?

Ann Coulter, Fox News, on the Youth Vote: “Why are we all letting infants vote? Their brains aren’t fully formed!”

Tom Stemberg, founder of Staples, says Romney worked on saving Staples and its jobs—not Bain and its investors. That was easy!

The Oparowskis — who lost their son — Mitt was nice to them. The Humanize Romney Project.

Bobby Jindal, my favorite Republican (as a caricaturist), gets to be seen again as a man of action… and escapes this convention!

Education is just like milk.

My opinion.

The Education Party. Is Our Children Learning?

I love my brother, but OWWW!!

Jeb, we hardly knew ye.

Oh, to be a Romney son.

It’s the Loopy/Dizzy Comedy Hour!

Connie & Mary

Connie Mack starts the evening!

RNC Day 2

Highlights from last n ight.

Tonight we wrap at http://www.thenation.com/blog/169608/steve-brodner-live-rnc-art-blog

Paul Ryan, tongue puppet, by Koch Industries. Available at RNC concession stands.


Paul Ryan’s Growth Agenda.


Ryan’s Honest-T


Gov. Susana Martinez (NM) slightly delayed tonight. Jan Brewer had to check her papers.




Condi Rice, accompanied tonight by an escort of 4,000 soldiers lost in Iraq.


GOP’s Favorite Dish


Chris Matthews, MSNBC: “All of this is disgraceful BS. They’re saying things to people to get them to stand up and applaud something that’s not going to happen. And if it does happen it’s a prescription for screwing people.”


Tonight all delegates get free Mike Huckabee coathangers.


Huck used to be so skinny. Must be all those Chick-Fil-As!


John Roberts, Fox News: “Romney has been attacking Obama on substance. Obama has been attacking Romney on personal.”




What pops into your mind when you see John McCain?


As a prank, the RNC puts up Bush video to scare the hell out of the delegates!

The Insulter In Chief

Wallace on FOX just now.

Ron Paul’s legacy. Another butt that burns for Ayn.

What does Rand Paul’s head look like to you?

Mitch McConnell — Where are the jobs?

Day Two! Here’s a deleted scene from the Ron Paul video. His 1964 civil rights position.

RNC Live Blog from Last Night

Last night blogging from 7-11 pm on http://www.thenation.com/blogs/steve-brodner

Back at it again tonight @7


The American virtue of being an a**hole.

And away we go!

The delightful Ann Romney, here to humanize Mitt. How can she miss?

Nikki Haley. Anti-union, anti-black innuendo all in one speech!

Nikki Haley, former Sikh, now fiercely anti-immigrant. Also loves those Eggpersons.

Artur Davis loved Obama then tried to run for governor of Alabama and failed. Now he hates him. Are you following this?

The GOP convention may not be the best place for Ted Cruz to tell his family’s immigration story.

Rick Santorum goes over his To Do list.

One clock they forgot.

Scott Walker: saved in Wisconsin by Kochs, knows how good it is.

Bob McDonnell, Virginia governor, who loves the ultrasound machine. We thought he would like a scan.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin dealt with a recent heat wave by telling citizens to pray for rain.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has the backing of the race-based anti-voting rights movement. And vice versa.

Police at the RNC are paid with $50 million voted by Congress. We (the public) built it.

Senator Kelly Ayotte (NH) used to be State Attorney General. She spent years prosecuting Planned Parenthood, but ignored a large mortgage corporation Ponzi scheme.

Media stay on message.

We (the public) built it.

Do you think Reince Priebus got the job because he looks like a fetus?

Blockhead Boehner

7 pm: Blockhead Boehner (for all you Gumby fans). His and Mitch McConnell’s Job #1 has been to block and destroy the Obama presidency. When he talks about pain in the United States, it never seemed that important before.

Tuesday Afternoon



Tonight, the first actual night of the Republican Convention, we see the big stage set, which was designed with Romney’s input, replicating his idea of a warm and comfortable living room. It has thirteen TV screens. That sort of figures.

What’s most important here is the new post-–Citizens United politics in America. Post-partisan now mean Neo-Oligarchian.

And the funny part is all the howling we will hear about the Constitution. The right’s argument makes sense if you understand which “people” we are supposed to care about…

…and if you flip the word “We” just a bit.

So a big challenge for the GOP in Tampa who can best make “Me” sound most like “We”!

See you at 7.

Tampa Update

Steve Brodner on August 27, 2012 – 2:24 PM ET

Hurricane Isaac has postponed the first day of the GOP Convention. Perhaps a Trump outdoor event might still proceed. A fervent hope.

Ann Romney realized she wouldn’t make the networks if she spoke on Monday so she was switched to Tuesday night in the primetime hour. She also arranged with The Weather Channel to be inserted into hurricane coverage.

Bigger storms are brewing, however.

The platform suggests that the party is pretty unified on the idea that fertilized human eggs should be recognized as persons. As a result Tampa is now experiencing a massive pilgrimage of entitled Eggpersons demanding credentials.

This question is causing considerable delays as Eggpersons demand to be seated as delegates,

They immediately hold a caucus complete with an appearance by the candidate.

One of the first results: logo change.

And what about Paul Ryan?

I am reminded of a famous photo of GOP prankster Roger Stone, who had Nixon art tattooed on his back.

Some similar ink for Ryan involving Todd Akin would perhaps be enough to keep the GOP as happy as a blastocyst in glycoprotein.

COMING SOON to TheNation.com

It’s hard to forget the political conventions I’ve covered. But sometimes, I feel, it would be a good idea.

Today, conventions seem, on the surface at least, about less and less. They mostly exist as a fancy feast for fat cats and the creatures of the media industrial complex.

They try to hold the country’s attention for the better part of a week, but without really having anything new or illuminating to say!

So why is it a good idea for an artist to cover them? Because we do very well with BS. We know how to sift through it and find stuff you can use. In fact we find it nourishing.

So for the next week we will focus on Tampa, which happens to be about 84 miles from Walt Disney World . . . and is, very possibly, now an even greater Fantasyland.

Like many protesters I will be confined to a specially designated area (in my case in a completely uncredentialed apartment  in New York).

But with enough pizza and beer I expect to be able to see Tampa and Charlotte from my house.

For the conventions I will be doing a live blog for thenation.com, posting regularly, producing dignified art. These characters, though, really draw themselves.


Just had this idea: what if we thought of the candidates as mash-ups of personalities and archetypes? So who would Paul Ryan, for example, be a mash-up of? Perhaps Howdy Doody meets Arnold Schwarzenegger?


And Mitt Romney? Maybe Gordon Gekko meets Mr. Bean.

So check out my flowing cluster-mash for convention weeks.

The live blog begins Monday Aug 27. Grovel to grovel coverage. Going Koch to Koch. At thenation.com.