Although all 15,000 journalists covering the Republican National Convention this week will strive to find original takes on the highly managed event, some will face the added challenge of explaining the fist-pumping rally to foreign readers back home.
Here’s a selection of articles from columnists and reporters for world papers who have unique interpretations on the RNC and its role in the election:
Romney can make the Republican convention into a vote winner, if the party will only let Mitt be Mitt - The Telegraph, United Kingdom
Telegraph blogger Tim Stanley says Romney and the rest of the Republican party face a daunting task in attempting to win over voters:
“At first glance, Romney’s convention looks like a hopeless task. Consider the challenges. A hurricane that could turn the proceedings into a literal disaster. A divided party that seems determined to embarrass itself. Uncompetitive likability ratings, an aura of mystery over his tax arrangements, and a history of canine disturbance. All this will pass through the filter of a media so biased that it can sometimes make North Korean television look fair and balanced,” he wrote, citing the conflagration following Todd Akin’s comments as evidence of U.S. media slant.
Cheerleaders, paella and anger: the Republican convention starts with a bang - Le Monde, France
A blog post from Le Monde’s Philippe Bernard describes meeting Tammi Sturm, a delegate from Texas who proudly describes herself as the “voice of 100,000 people.”
“For now, she participated in the welcome party organized by the [GOP] in the huge indoor stadium in St. Petersburg.... [complete with] giant buffets of paella and tacos, a thunderous PA system and cheerleaders. ‘A fantastic welcome,’ says the Texan.”
Dampa in Tampa: Isaac rains on the republican parade - Times of India
Columnist Chidanand Rajghatta explains the symbolic importance of political conventions:
“American political conventions are essentially coronations. There’s no suspense, no intrigue, no thrill. From punch lines to panegyrics, everything is choreographed and canned, ready to be unleashed on a faithful flock waving party colors. In Tampa, the crowning of Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential candidate is a foregone conclusion. The only thing that remains on the agenda is to patch up a few bruised egos (of losers and wannabes), mollify sulking colleagues, and present a united front to challenge Obama and the Democrats, who will gather at a similar convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, next week.”
The Republican Party, in search of lost moderation - El Pais, Spain
El Pais’s Antonio Cano writes on the challenge Republicans face in reaching women, Hispanics, African Americans and moderates:
“The candidato presidential, Mitt Romney, will try to reconcile the interests of different factions in order to seem integrator and centrist enough for victory in November.
“The Republican Party coming to Tampa is the product of several years in which traditional leaders, the old establishment, have been swept away by the revolutionary anger of the Tea Party, in whose shadow triumphed the young Turks who currently dominate Congress and impose party discourse. ... But to get also the White House, the Republican Party now needs to cross the line to the middle of the country.”
Isaac Spoils Festival for Republicans - Russia’s Nezavisimaya Gazeta, or Independent Gazette:
After noting that Hurricane Isaac threatened to derail the convention, writer Artur Blinov said the storm isn’t the only obstacle for a GOP hoping for a post-convention boost:
“Selecting a location for the forum is not only a banana peel under the feet of the Republicans ... a scandal that threatens to alienate the party’s female voters ... is associated with the performance of Todd Akin, Congressman from Missouri, who is fighting for a place in the Senate. He vigorously defended the idea of a law banning abortion, demonstrating complete ignorance on the matter and disregard for the rights of women.”
(Note: This is an experiment partly done with the help of online translation, so native speakers, feel free to offer better translations in the comments.)
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