Tonight’s the night. (Apolo­gies to Neil Young.)

Mitt Rom­ney was a work­ing swain

He used to fire to Econ­o­mize Bain.

A sparkle was in his eye

‘Cuz Romi­na­tion was in his hands.

His father, George Rom­ney, never did it, though he came close in 1968. Tonight, for­mer Mass­a­chu­setts Gov­er­nor Willard “Mitt” Rom­ney accepts the Repub­li­can Party’s nom­i­na­tion to be their can­di­date for Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica.

Lead­ing up to that, there’s a Spe­cial Mys­tery Guest (accord­ing to FOX News, that will be Clint East­wood), sand­wiched between Tay­lor Hicks and Sen­a­tor Marco Rubio (R-​​FL). Hicks clearly “built it him­self” hav­ing won fame on a rigged tal­ent contest.

Like New Jer­sey Gov­er­nor Chris Christie and for­mer Sec­re­tary of State Con­doleezza Rice did ear­lier this week, for­mer Florida Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush will lay down his marker for the 2016 (or 2020) Repub­li­can Pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion. The grand­son of for­mer Planned Par­ent­hood trea­surer and Nazi sym­pa­thizer Prescott Bush cer­tainly “built it him­self” with­out access to the family’s con­nec­tions or oil money, just like his brother, George W., who built the Texas Rangers (and their sta­dium) him­self. Jeb’s father, Pres­i­dent George H.W. Bush, was born on third base (con­vinced he hit a triple) so he bought W a base­ball team. A little-​​known fact about Pres­i­dent George W. Bush is that he played all nine posi­tions on the Rangers, out­pitch­ing Nolan Ryan, and far out­strip­ping his father’s abil­ity to “build it himself”.

For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich, who built the Capi­tol build­ing him­self using well-​​paid non-​​union labor, will also speak.

Here’s the run­down for tonight. Come join us and make com­ments as the night moves to its inevitable Romi­na­tory conclusion.

7:00 PM EDT

  • Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Con­nie Mack, IV (R-​​Fort Myers, FL)
  • Video on the Rea­gan Legacy
  • For­mer House Speaker Newt Gin­grich and Cal­lista Gingrich
  • Craig Rom­ney

8:00 PM EDT

  • For­mer Florida Gov­er­nor Jeb Bush
  • Rom­ney cam­paign chair­man Bob White
  • Grant Ben­nett
  • Tom Stem­berg

9:00 PM EDT

  • For­mer Mass­a­chu­setts Lieu­tenant Gov­er­nor Kerry Healey
  • For­mer Mass­a­chu­setts Sec­re­tary of Work­force Jane Edmonds
  • Olympians Michael Eruzione, Derek Parra and Kim Rhode

10:00 PM EDT

  • Sen­a­tor Marco Rubio (R-​​FL)
  • Mitt Rom­ney