- 6:55 p.m. ET | Overheard at the RNC:
- 6:54 p.m. ET | Presidential historian Michael Beschloss recalled a conversation he had with Richard Nixon, who argued that voters don’t vote on like or dislike; they vote their interests. “And he was absolutely wrong.”
- 6:51 p.m. ET | Today’s RNC schedule, as imagined by “The Onion”:
- 6:50 p.m. ET | Political Cartoonists Face Off in RNC Drawing Duel:
- 6:49 p.m. ET | ::Fail horn:: “RNC closes with the good, the bad and the Romney.” MSNBC video discusses whether the surprise appearance by Clint Eastwood help or hurts Mitt Romney.
- 6:47 p.m. ET | From Thursday’s NewsHour: Reviewing Romney's Record: Businessman, 'Savior' for Olympics, Mass. Governor:
- 6:45 p.m. ET | Fashion at the RNC:
- 6:44 p.m. ET | According to David Brooks, Paul Ryan “did the indictiment, and he did it pretty well, I think. … I thought what he did was lay out the prosecutorial case. But all Mitt Romney has to do is hit a threshhold, hit a threshhold of acceptability: ‘I mirror you.���”
- 6:43 p.m. Mark Shields: “I think the anger factor has been maximized. What they’re looking for - to give permission to people who voted for President Obama in 2008 … and want to be convinced that Mitt Romney could be better. … That’s what he’s trying to communicate, I believe.”
- 6:42 p.m. ET | On the Thursday’s PBS NewsHour, Shields & Brooks weighed in on what Romney needs to do in his speech this evening:
NewsHour political analyst Mark Shields: “The fact is people don’t know Mitt Romney, and they have an unfavorable personal impression of him.”
Shields: “They want to be comfortable with the president.”
NewsHour political analyst David Brooks: “I think he’s got to give a story: ‘This was a pivotal moment of my life.’”
Brooks: “It is true, and it’s widely reported, that it wrote it himself - and that’s always bad.”
- 6:41 p.m. ET | Last night’s “Daily Show” jabbed at the RNC:
- 6:40 p.m. ET | Celeste Katz from New York Daily News - long lines to see Romney tonight:
- 6:40 p.m. ET | Former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, who recruited Romney to bail out the Olympics after a bribery scandal: “I needed someone who had a proven track record of turning things around. Second, I needed someone who could demonstrate the financial disciple for the budget problem.” But also needed someone who could convince Utahns to believe in the Olympics again. “He was able to inspire a sense of new confidence among the Olympic community and the people of our state.”
- 6:38 p.m. ET | Stemberg: “That’s the kind of guy Mitt is - he absorbs everything, he studies everything - and then he surrounds himself with highly successful people to get things done.”
- 6:37 p.m. ET | Stemberg: “Mitt Romney may be the cheapest person I know - so the notion of saving money on paper clips immediately resonated with him. … He was a real instrumental part of the Staples story for 15 years.”
- 6:37 p.m. ET | Mike Leavitt (former Utah governor) and Tom Stemberg (founder of Staples, which was funded by Bain Capital) appeared on the NewsHour Thursday evening.
- 6:36 p.m. ET | Mitt Romney’s son, Tagg, was on the PBS NewsHour earlier tonight.