Video: This was not a great speech?

posted at 9:21 am on August 31, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

“This was not a speech designed to move an audience”?  All due respect to Brit Hume, who’s watched more of these kinds of speeches than I ever dread to be afflicted by, but I think he may have gone into Mitt Romney’s speech with some blinders on.  Hume calls the speech “good” and “solid,” which it was, but it was also eloquent and moving at times, too.  Hume is undoubtedly correct that Romney wanted to contrast Barack Obama’s soaring oratory with some plain speaking, but it’s a mistake to think that’s all that Romney had to offer, either.


Let’s look at a couple of passages, which are both prosaic and yet inspirational considering current political circumstances.  Romney spoke on the immigrant experience, being only two generations removed from it (via Common Cents):

It is what brought us to America. We are a nation of immigrants. We are the children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren of the ones who wanted a better life, the driven ones, the ones who woke up at night hearing that voice telling them that life in that place called America could be better.

They came not just in pursuit of the riches of this world but for the richness of this life.

Freedom.

Freedom of religion.

Freedom to speak their mind.

Freedom to build a life.

And yes, freedom to build a business. With their own hands.

This is the essence of the American experience.

And when Romney spoke of the contemporary American experience:

And that’s how it is in America. We look to our communities, our faiths, our families for our joy, our support, in good times and bad. It is both how we live our lives and why we live our lives. The strength and power and goodness of America has always been based on the strength and power and goodness of our communities, our families, our faiths.

That is the bedrock of what makes America, America. In our best days, we can feel the vibrancy of America’s communities, large and small.

It’s when we see that new business opening up downtown. It’s when we go to work in the morning and see everybody else on our block doing the same.

It’s when our son or daughter calls from college to talk about which job offer they should take….and you try not to choke up when you hear that the one they like is not far from home.

It’s that good feeling when you have more time to volunteer to coach your kid’s soccer team, or help out on school trips.

But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?

Romney finished by reminding us of what we were and can be again:

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother’s confidence that their children’s future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

It’s true that much of Romney’s speech focused on the need for new leadership in the US, which by its nature is a prosaic approach.  It’s also true that he followed a truly gifted orator in Marco Rubio, whose own triumph was almost impossible to trump.  But I’d call his speech a good deal more than just “solid.”


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I’d give Mitt a B+. Not great but it did the job and brought the convention to a successful close. Rubio also was solid–but neither came close to Ryan in rhetorical power. I thoroughly enjoyed Eastwood. It was a put-down of Obama and a good one.

writeblock on August 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

She was a TX governor and probably the smartest politician that hellhole ever birthed.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

She was a terrible governor. Evidently you’re not from The Lone Star State.

redridinghood on August 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Every 4 years, a new one of these is cycled around and updated to fit the times. I’m sure you can find the 2008 version somewhere and it’s strikingly similar.

lorien1973 on August 31, 2012 at 11:54 AM

They should’ve added a song & dance routine by the CodePink chorus line girls.

hoosiermama on August 31, 2012 at 12:03 PM

She was a TX governor and probably the smartest politician that hellhole ever birthed.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Double moron:

1. Sha was not Einsteinian, by far.

2. Texas is NOT a hellhole.

Live with it!

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 12:09 PM

She was a TX governor and probably the smartest politician that hellhole ever birthed.

tommyhawk on August 31, 2012 at 10:25 AM

She was a terrible governor. Evidently you’re not from The Lone Star State.

redridinghood on August 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

You need perspective red. To the Molly Ivins type Texans she was a great governor.

tommyhawk may be one of those and did what many of the liberal losers did when some managing partner of a little baseball team gave her the heave-ho…run away.

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Not a memorable speech.

Mitt’s in real trouble now and it’s time we start looking to 2016.

I’m expecting a 7-12 point loss, something like 53-46 Obama.

The silver lining is that campaign will serve as a test run for Paul Ryan..and hopefully a Rubio or Condi as running mate.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The problem was the crowd.

Maxlugar on August 31, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I kind of thought so too. I can’t say any of the speakers were disappointing…but the responses of the crowd did leave something to be desired. I practically OD’ed on adrenaline just sitting in my den.

lynncgb on August 31, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Most of the crowd were his delegates. Their response is probably a good indication of the pro Romney GOP response.

There is still time. Romney needs to get strong sometime though. Americans want a Strong Leader. They do not like firing Presidents. The base will not vote for a weak man for President.

Obama talks very strong some times. Mitt needs to come off even stronger. Bring his IUD to a gun fight or something.

Steveangell on August 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The silver lining is that campaign…

…that *this campaign…

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Not a memorable speech.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

haha, good meme. Is see CNN and MSNBC trying that one out this morning.

The speech served it’s purpose. Obama 08 voters can now let go of him, and vote Romney.

faraway on August 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

you’re not cozmo…you need a sarc tag on that

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

cozmo on August 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

when he referenced Texas as “that hellhole” it told me he’s prolly a vegan liberal from Council Bluffs

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I agree with Brit Hume. It’s not that it wasn’t a great speech, it’s that it wasn’t a Conservative speech. Paul Ryan and Marco Rubio talked the conservative talk which made their speeches great. Romney’s speech was “solid” because it made him a guy people could vote for. However, conservatives know that he will govern like a moderate and most likely cave to people like Harry Reid. Conservatives want more specifics and have been very patient so far, but still have not heard any. Yes, conservatives can and will vote for him, but we also have our reservations about him being a moderate. There are no reservations about Ryan and Rubio.

Getting Romney elected is the first step to stopping the bleeding that Obama started.

lea on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM

So sarcasm here. I don’t see anything that will change the trajectory of this race. Obama will “win” the debates because he can yell louder, has the cover of the media and is a better orator. Substance no longer matters in American politics, as it’s all about perception and emotion.

Why do you think Mitt went out of his way to say the President is a nice guy…you think he really believes that or is it because he’s tired of being called a racist? Maybe it’s both, I don’t know. But the fact he wove so many little niceites into his speech says a great deal about how worried Team Romney is perception.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I also thought Ryan was better at whipping up the crowd. But when you stop and think about it, we aren’t after a President that gives good speeches and can whip up a crowd. We are after a solid, stable President with good ideas and the courage to implement them. One who understands and loves America. Not a president that hopes to change the America we love.

katablog.com on August 31, 2012 at 12:25 PM

That Obama is “a nice guy” is the meme of this century.

Obama is a destructive thug and has never been nice. He only loves himself. He doesn’t even like himself. He loves himself and the charlatanry he has created, the myth of Obama, like Mao or Lenin.

Get over yourselves. He is a narcissistic power-hungry destroyer, even of his ‘friends’. Only fools fall for anything else.

A great thesis on topic will be written for psychology, “Charlatanry like no other”.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Romney was speaking to the people not the press. I think Hume and others were looking for grandiosity. I’m sick of grandiosity.It is too expensive. Romney knows humility and his place. He works for us not the other way around. I’m tired of politicians’ big dreams. Just let us live our lives in freedom, keep us safe and get out of the way. We’ll create the jobs. Stop government from wasting our money and destroying the future of our children and grandchildren. Romney’s speech gave me they sense that he will actually work for Americans instead of prancing around like some emperor.

Charm on August 31, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Welcome to the first day of the campaign for President!

Mitt was magnificent! If I have a criticism, it was that I felt he was a little too defensive. He spent a lot of time expressing his admiration and support for women in a way which felt like he thought he needed to refute the war on women assaults against him. That’s a nit I’m picking.

The speech was, like Ryan’s the night before, respectful to the voters, forceful and at the same time rational and reassuring. Hearing the first few minutes of Rush today confirmed my opinion that he has knitted the party together by his simple, plain, honest decency and generosity of spirit.

It was full of optimism. I loved the line about our kinship with the future. He laid out the basics of his agenda in plain terms. I was so pleased to hear him say that we all DESERVE the opportunities of a free society. He doesn’t promise riches, he promises the opportunity to enrich our own lives. He isn’t promising to lower the oceans and heal the planet, he is promising to give us in the middle class the opportunity to help our selves and if successful, to help others as well!

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Not to bash Mr. Hume, but I was wondering what speech he watched.

I watched Mr. Romney, et al, with a mixed group of people- some of whom had not yet made up their minds. When he was done, they were solidly in his camp. I took a new voter this morning to register, just so they could vote for Mitt.

So I would say it may not have been a “great” speech, Mr. Hume. It was exactly what was needed.

Marcus Traianus on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

However, conservatives know that he will govern like a moderate and most likely cave to people like Harry Reid.

lea on August 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Meanwhile if you ignore the manufactured narratives and look at his actual governing history you would see he is more likely to Veto anything produced by Harry Reed. Does Reed have 67 votes for an override because that is what the liberals needed in MASS?

Resolute on August 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I loved his speech. I was expecting to be bored, but I thought he looked very relaxed and confident. Even my teenaged son listened to it. I guess I’m supposed to pretend that I’m too sophisticated to be inspired by a politician’s speech.

ktrich on August 31, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Judith Miller excoriate the left media (especially ABC) for their bias in reporting the convention…she said something that the funereal look at tone of many in the left media speaks for itself…

jimver on August 31, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Can someone tell me if NEWTOPIA is playing at being a “Republican disappointed with a less than perfect candidate and is bracing for the inevitable loss….sigh” . OR the mythical beast…a “reasonable democrat” just trying to make points to put some pinpricks in the balloon. Either Newtonian isn’t that good because the shrill desperation of a paid lefty still oozes through the cracks or the the directions he was given in his assignment to hit the conservative boards just wasn’t clear enough…….

Caseoftheblues on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Brit Hume was Romney’s biggest supporter during the campaign. Now he is Mitt’s biggest critic.

Typical case of conservatives being our own worst enemies by giving quotes to the opposition as Chris Wallace did in critiquing the Paul Ryan speech.

HellCat on August 31, 2012 at 1:04 PM

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Axelrod-trained troll alert here. I’ve never seen a post from this entity before today, and this is clearly a talking point generated from Organizing for America intended to disspirit voters from going to the polls.
But this untrained troll overplayed his hand. 7-12 points? Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

Right Mover on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Romney is not a great speaker, good, but not great…and he is kind of stiff, and dorky.

But, he is accomplished, and I am convinced he will do a great job as President…I am convinced he will make the right decisions for the right cabinet positions, for the right reasons.

I am not voting for the “cool” factor, I want someone in that office that is effective, a good leader, and honest leader, a moral ethical man, that has discernment in his choices…and Mitt fits that.

I don’t care if he is “stiff” or not a great speaker…when he can put the friendly leaders of countries at ease, and give them hope, and put our “enemy” leaders of countries on edge and create respect, that is who I want in the White House.

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Typical case of conservatives being our own worst enemies by giving quotes to the opposition as Chris Wallace did in critiquing the Paul Ryan speech.

Chris Wallace is no conservative.

Right Mover on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Not a memorable speech.

Mitt’s in real trouble now and it’s time we start looking to 2016.

I’m expecting a 7-12 point loss, something like 53-46 Obama.

The silver lining is that campaign will serve as a test run for Paul Ryan..and hopefully a Rubio or Condi as running mate.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Good try…but no cigar pal….

Go back, sorry to cut your paycheck, but you will have to tell your employers that in your first post you were outed….

Right Mover on August 31, 2012 at 1:09 PM

right2bright on August 31, 2012 at 1:12 PM

That Obama is “a nice guy” is the meme of this century.

Obama is a destructive thug and has never been nice. He only loves himself. He doesn’t even like himself. He loves himself and the charlatanry he has created, the myth of Obama, like Mao or Lenin.

Get over yourselves. He is a narcissistic power-hungry destroyer, even of his ‘friends’. Only fools fall for anything else.

A great thesis on topic will be written for psychology, “Charlatanry like no other”.

Schadenfreude on August 31, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You’re speaking to the choir here. We know this. I can safely say “we” in this respect.

But. Romney is speaking to the low information and “undecideds”. They don’t know what we know and their under-used brains would explode if they were to get too much information in too short a time. Those are who he is saying this pap to.

One can only hope that history will not be kind to Obama.

kim roy on August 31, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Chris Wallace is no conservative.

Right Mover on August 31, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I’ll second that. He was so excited to spend a few days at George Clooney’s Italian villa a couple of weeks ago.

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Caseoftheblues on August 31, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Given his handle, I’m guessing he’s deflated because the dude who gave that hostage interview of a speech with that nasty blonde lady isn’t the nominee.

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So sarcasm here. I don’t see anything that will change the trajectory of this race. Obama will “win” the debates because he can yell louder, has the cover of the media and is a better orator. Substance no longer matters in American politics, as it’s all about perception and emotion.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Nice try. Want a hanky?

No matter how smart and cute your dog is, you will eventually tire of them running around the house barking, pissing and crapping on the floor, and chewing everything up, much less licking their privates whenever company shows up.

Eventually, you will do what has to be done.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Yeah I’m calling bs on you based on your premise that Obama is the better orator. Anyone who has been subjected to his stuttering air puffs of nothing knows that he can not deliver the same effect he did as a fresh faced freshman senator. As for moderator bias, I wouldn’t count on that this time around. Too many of the in-the-tank types have been pulling away lately, trying to salvage some of their tattered credibility because their gut is telling them Obama is a lost cause. He over promised, under delivered and has been a whiny finger pointing excuse making SCOAMF.

Mitt will handle himself well in the debates and there WILL be policies and failures discussed. Can’t escape it and Mitt will bring his A game. Obama will be lucky to manage a B+.

CitizenEgg on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

I’m expecting a 7-12 point loss, something like 53-46 Obama.

wasn’t that the high watermark Obama had in 2008? Did you miss the next special election that brought in Scott Brown? 2010? yeah, this is a koskid playing outdoors for the first time

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Mitt will handle himself well in the debates and there WILL be policies and failures discussed. Can’t escape it and Mitt will bring his A game. Obama will be lucky to manage a B+.

CitizenEgg on August 31, 2012 at 1:31 PM

How does one use a teleprompter in a debate?

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I suppose that when the press feeds you the questions ahead of time, it’s possible :-)

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Ok, so this is sorta O/T, but it’s not my fault. Ed picked the video link…..

Megyn’s dress would sure look nice lying on my bedroom floor.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Or maybe the prompter just has a single line on it, “It’s Boosh’es fault!”

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

I suppose that when the press feeds you the questions ahead of time, it’s possible :-)

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Kind of like critiquing a speech that hasn’t been given yet?

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:38 PM

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:34 PM

I suppose that when the press feeds you the questions ahead of time, it’s possible :-)

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:35 PM

I’d LOL if Mitt wrote some stuff on his hand. Maybe a list like
1) Economy
2)Jobs
3)Fast and Furious
4)Solyndra
5)SCOAMF

CitizenEgg on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Or maybe the prompter just has a single line on it, “It’s Boosh’es fault!”

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Just wait. November 7 it’s going to be “That Da%m Bidens fault!”

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

I’m expecting a 7-12 point loss, something like 53-46 Obama.

The silver lining is that campaign will serve as a test run for Paul Ryan..and hopefully a Rubio or Condi as running mate.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Have you been living under a rock for the last…oh, three and a half years???

Grace_is_sufficient on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

I’d LOL if Mitt wrote some stuff on his hand. Maybe a list like
1) Economy
2)Jobs
3)Fast and Furious
4)Solyndra
5)SCOAMF

CitizenEgg on August 31, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Empty suit Chair.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Running with a “grin with a body behind it!”

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Wait, so the President is going to Ft. Bliss today, and then going to NOLA on Monday?

What’s he doing Saturday and Sunday that would prevent him from flying to NOLA on the weekend?

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:43 PM

When he’s done screaming in to his pillow, following that convention, he’ll be out fundraising, of course.

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

When he’s done screaming in to his pillow, following that convention, he’ll be out fundraising, of course.

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Heh. You can bet your b%tt he’s not going to be screaming at Michelle……

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:46 PM

My mouth fell open when Hume made his statement that the speech was OK but not great. I think he has been around too long and has become jaded to any speech by anyone. The entire Fox panel was a little jaded in my opinion and they do not seem to have the perspective of an out of the beltway voter. They all seemed to be trying to tone it down so that they did not appear to be cheerleaders for Romney/Ryan. I cannot figure out why the would feel that way since every other media hack is so in the tank for Obama that it is not even in dispute. There were so many good/great speeches that it is hard to remember them all.

inspectorudy on August 31, 2012 at 1:48 PM

The speech was excellent. Hume’s evaluation was not so.

Sherman1864 on August 31, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Tell ya’ what….For the first time I’m actually excited by this ticket. The Ryan speech and now Romney’s (who nailed it).

Admittedly I had concerns that a Mass. Moderate was the last thing the party needed at this point…..but this guy actually had the cajones to MOVE RIGHT unabashadly last night….combine that with the Ryan choice, and we could lock the NEXT three elections.

Romney / Ryan placard PROUDLY going on the lawn ASAP.

Tim_CA on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

verbaluce on August 31, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Then you weren’t listening! He is not going to scream and shout, he is talking to us like we are adults! Too bad some of you aren’t and you have to have lies and pointing and shouting and tilting your head up so that everyones knows that you are so smarter then all the rubes below you!

Romney is a man, who has a tender side for his family, his country and his Church ! Women will recognize that and I’m sure men will too. He is a roll up your sleeve, surround yourself with smart women and men and get the job done!
We don’t need a photo op to tell us what we have to do. We will do it.
I’m so excited to see the people he will surround himself with as his cabinet. NOT his CZARS!
So this time I disagree with Britt – I loved his speech and all the others who came before. We have a life to look forward to.

Bambi on August 31, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Tim_CA on August 31, 2012 at 2:06 PM

He won me over back when he released his plan last year. He hasn’t wavered from it and in fact has built upon and reinforced it. By picking Ryan, he put an indelible stamp on the sincerity of his intentions to carry that plan out.

A lot of folks were skeptical over his time as Gov in MA. But that was and is a solid, bluest of blue states. He did the best that anyone could there.

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 2:40 PM

We don’t need a great speaker. We need a president who loves this country and will work to put it back on the right track. In 2008 people voted for all the utopian rhetoric and we ended up with an inexperienced, thin-skinned, empty suit hack who hides his past, apologizes for America and is determined to turn America into a divided third-world country.

As far as Brit Hume goes, maybe it’s time he retired.

jqc1970 on August 31, 2012 at 2:53 PM

I’m not a big fan of Brit Hume, who goes out of his way to be fair and balanced. That act gets pretty tiring when Brit’s commenting on the commie in the White House – never any hard criticism of the fraud, kind of like O’Reilly.

Having said all that, Hume basicly said what I was thinking when it came to Romney’s speech. Good, not great. Solid.

My wife on the other hand, felt the way many others here feel: who the hell was Hume watching? The Romney’s have been married about as long as we have, and many of their early experiences hit home with us, big time. They’re very good people!

Bottom line: we both loved the convention, and feel very enthusiastic about the election prospects. I was left with the definite impression that this is a man who has my vote, based on all that was said. Frankly, he had it to begin with, but I believe more importantly that he’s headed in the right direction with the undecideds.

The debate may well be the deciding factor, and I think the nasty Republican primary process that Mitt went through will bode well for him against O’Commie.

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Personally, I don’t see the debates as being the thing that decides this at all. I think that it is Mitt’s to lose now. As long as he doesn’t blow it in the debates, and he won’t, he will win this election handily!

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

So sarcasm here. I don’t see anything that will change the trajectory of this race. Obama will “win” the debates because he can yell louder, has the cover of the media and is a better orator. Substance no longer matters in American politics, as it’s all about perception and emotion.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:23 PM
Nice try. Want a hanky?

No matter how smart and cute your dog is, you will eventually tire of them running around the house barking, pissing and crapping on the floor, and chewing everything up, much less licking their privates whenever company shows up.

Eventually, you will do what has to be done.
Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:30 PM

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You mean eat the dog? This ain’t Indonesia!!

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM
Personally, I don’t see the debates as being the thing that decides this at all. I think that it is Mitt’s to lose now. As long as he doesn’t blow it in the debates, and he won’t, he will win this election handily!

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

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You sound like a longtime friend who was convinced even before the Convention that Romney wins in a landslide. At this point, I’m happy to settle for “win[s] this election handily!”

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Ok, so this is sorta O/T, but it’s not my fault. Ed picked the video link…..

Megyn’s dress would sure look nice lying on my bedroom floor.

Tenwheeler on August 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM


Well put!

And yes, Megyn IS easy on the eyes!!

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I thought it was a good speech. It wasn’t overblown and filled with soaring rhetoric like Obama’s speeches were and that was the best part. After four years of hearing about how Obama was going to heal the planet and stick it to the rich and give everyone their “right” to health care it was nice to hear someone talk like he’s giving a speech to America and not the rest of the world.

Cyhort on August 31, 2012 at 3:40 PM

It was a Great Speech.

Brit, Get some sleep. You should know better.

Texyank on August 31, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Sweet_Thang on August 31, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Mega Dttos. . . . But I do enjoy Brit , He’s a good fair man.
Maybe a bit tooooo fair.

Texyank on August 31, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I think that Brit just meant that Romney was not trying to reduce people to tears or anything…at least that was the impression I had of what he said.

I thought Romney tried to connect with the American people as a man who knows how to fix things…not as some con artist promising to slow the rise of the oceans.

I think he succeeded.

Terrye on August 31, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I watched the speech last night live and thought it was bland. I was up to ten beers at that point.
I just rewatched it again, on two beers. Much better. What a relief.

the new aesthetic on August 31, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Not sure it was great?
Passed out from the tequila?

Watch it again care of za luffly Arianna!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/31/mitt-romney-acceptance-speech-video_n_1826618.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012

PaleoRider on August 31, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Personally, I don’t see the debates as being the thing that decides this at all. I think that it is Mitt’s to lose now. As long as he doesn’t blow it in the debates, and he won’t, he will win this election handily!

MJBrutus on August 31, 2012 at 3:14 PM

I have to disagree in some ways. First, I DO think it is Mitt’s to lose, but its also not as simple as that. First, there’s the DNC. If they can somehow manage to pull away from the hate and smear fest it looks like they are keen to deliver up to the liberal arm of the nation and can somehow swing it to a more “left of center” convention (as we took it to a “right of center” convention)…that could leave a mark against Mitt and for Obama with the electorate. And the debates COULD have a big impact, because while not many people tune into campaign stop speeches like we do…they DO tune into the debates. If Mitt can eviscerate Obama in the debates in the same way he did at the convention (cool, calm, collected, personable, and direct) he will score major points. But he cannot allow Obama to walk all over him with the assistance of the “moderators” either.

Highlar on September 1, 2012 at 1:30 AM

One thing a lot of people don’t understand about Romney is he is a very focused problem solver. When he performed poorly in the debates the last cycle, he worked on that skill. This cycle, he was the winner or “not loser” of every debate except two. And after Gingrich’s surge, he got help again, and clearly won the next two and ended the Gingrich challenge.

Against Obama, he will do well – and could do even better if he consults Gingrich, or at least studies his debates this cycle. Challenging the media for idiotic questions isn’t just a winner with conservatives, the public sees the bias and hates the “gotcha” attitude, exposing it wins points with the people who count.

Obama didn’t win many debates last time. He was able to ride his narrative and the hopey-changey crap and skate by not losing too badly. McCain didn’t lose any of the debates, but failed to expose Obama as an empty suit in any of them either.

This time the bar is set higher for Obama. He can’t hide behind meaningless rhetoric, he has an abysmal record to defend and just isn’t up to doing it. If Romney is calmly aggressive and assertive and rebuking of the panel a time or two – just as much for softballs to Obama as to objectionable questions to him – he can easily gain the initiative and put Obama AND the panels on the defensive.

Adjoran on September 1, 2012 at 3:01 AM

I’ll second that. He was so excited to spend a few days at George Clooney’s Italian villa a couple of weeks ago.

DanMan on August 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Because it was a chance to hang out with Clooney, or a chance to chill in Italy, or because of the prospect of underage topless girls hanging around? All three?

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 1, 2012 at 5:51 AM

http://conservatives4palin.com/2012/08/top-three-things-mitt-romney-missed-in-his-speech.html

Top Three Things Mitt Romney Missed in His Speec

Last night, I was pleasantly surprised when Mitt Romney delivered his speech to the RNC.

He was gracious at the beginning; walking through the crowd and shaking hands with delegates and supporters as if to say: hey guys, we’re all in this together. Then at the end, he wrapped up his speech in what I believe to be the most passionate tone he’s ever demonstrated when saying:

“If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.”

Romney’s conviction seemed to come alive. But did he risk its effectiveness for the long term by omitting a few things?

Number One: NO Mention of our Military in Afghanistan

What does Governor Palin usually do at the beginning of most speeches and what did she do when talking about her own son and others in her 2008 RNC speech? She first acknowledges our brave men and women in uniform who carry out our country’s humble mission of peace-through-strength across the world.

As Bill Kristol pointed out this morning:

The United States has some 68,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan. Over two thousand Americans have died in the more than ten years of that war, a war Mitt Romney has supported. Yet in his speech accepting his party’s nomination to be commander in chief, Mitt Romney said not a word about the war in Afghanistan. Nor did he utter a word of appreciation to the troops fighting there, or to those who have fought there. Nor for that matter were there thanks for those who fought in Iraq, another conflict that went unmentioned.

To Romney’s credit, he did mention the SEALS in their killing of Bin Laden.

Every American was relieved the day President Obama gave the order, and Seal Team Six took out Osama bin Laden. But on another front, every American is less secure today because he has failed to slow Iran’s nuclear threat.

In his first TV interview as president, he said we should talk to Iran. We’re still talking, and Iran’s centrifuges are still spinning.

But despite the Presidential intervals of George Bush, Barack Obama, and others, it remains a fact that our great men and women who serve in uniform do so longer than the terms served by Washington D.C. politicians. It’s a real commitment to make. That commitment affects families, friends, children, and communities. That’s why it’s an honorable commitment. It’s a lifetime gig and it is no luxury. Our men and women in uniform deserve mention every time a commander-in-chief or one applying for the job stands to address the country – it’s the epitome of unity.

Number Two: NO Mention of the Tea Party

In what seemed to be an unfortunate theme of the convention, Mitt Romney was not the only speaker to avoid thanking the Tea Party for all they’ve done over the last four years. While nobody sacrifices as much as our brave men and women in uniform do, millions and millions of average Americans who struggled, who suffered hard times and took hits, who got off their couches and took to rallies in 2009 – those folks had a massive impact on the Healthcare negotiating processes including their appearances at the town halls. These “real people” as celebrated in Sarah Palin’s infamous Tea Party video aren’t highly paid political “experts.” They are average Americans – a lot unemployed or under-employed – who are tired of the failed social experiments in this country. They also realize for their children to have a better shot at opportunities, we have to get our government under control.

Such out-of-control government issues include overspending, crony capitalism, and politics behind closed doors. The Tea Party is a “ground up call to action” and are primarily responsible for many of the speakers who took to the floor over the course of the convention who were more-than-happy to praise the Tea Party when it was their own elections which mattered. But in the course of selecting our next commander-in-chief or being a part of that process, they were basically told to sit back this time.

That’s insulting. That’s the truth. And once that “roar of the crowd” fades away, that truth will remain for those same speakers who someday will face election again. They will be dependent on the same Tea Party members they ignored.

Number Three: NO Mention of Gov. Sarah Palin

In the portion of his speech where he paid homage to his mother, Romney said the following:

My mom and dad were true partners, a life lesson that shaped me by everyday example. When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way. I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, “Why should women have any less say than men, about the great decisions facing our nation?”

I wish she could have been here at the convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Probably the most telling part of the GOP Establishment’s chill towards the Tea Party was their refusal to mention the proud achievement their party recognized when it named its first female Vice-Presidential nominee in 2008. Before many of the women he mentioned became Governors or Senators, the USA already had a female Governor. And while the Republican Party has its impressive list of women, only one got close to the White House. It was a moment of impact and one of history not just for our country and the Republican Party, but for the future of women in politics forever.

To prove the point, Gov. Nikki Haley owes Gov. Sarah Palin a great deal of thanks. It was Palin’s endorsement and strong backbone to defend Nikki Haley during periods of ugly rumors which surfaced during the South Carolina gubernatiorial campaign in 2010. As such Nikki Haley won her election. In addition, both Kelly Ayotte and Susana Martinez were thrilled to receive the endorsements of Gov. Sarah Palin and welcomed her whole-heartedly when she worked hard – along with the Tea Party – in their respective states to make their dreams of winning these elections become realities.

It goes without saying around here how many times Gov. Palin has stuck her neck out for what is right. It also goes without saying that her influence continues to make a massive impact on the House and Senate races this year. Just ask Ted Cruz who won his primary in Texas and talked about the authenticity and effectiveness of Palin’s support just recently.

Palin’s strong support and energy is found in the same principles that force her to stay cemented in her convictions – avoiding the game of D.C. politics and shenanigans. That kind of conviction is Reaganesque, it is Thatcheresque, and there is no Washington expert’s game that can out-live that kind of integrity.

To be fair, perhaps Gov. Palin challenged all the primary candidates a little harder than anyone else did. She advocated for a longer and tougher contested primary. Therefore, on a political scale one could imagine why the establishment would avoid the mention of her name.

Nevertheless, she’s the party’s first woman to sit on a national ticket at any level and it’s our party’s current presidential candidate’s task to demonstrate ability to put differences aside and recognize what is universal. It’s not a matter of current-day convenience. It’s a matter of the same given respect Governor Palin showed in 2008 when she mentioned Hillary Clinton and Geraldine Ferraro many times.

If it’s truly time to unite, it’s the responsibility of the current players to reach out to Tea Party Patriots and Palin supporters to close that hole for longer-lasting party enthusiasm

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:25 AM

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:25 AM

You have copied and pasted that huge chunk of text in several threads now. What you are doing is spam. You are abusing your commenting privileges here. Please stop filling up these comment sections with your copied and pasted articles.

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 6:38 AM

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 6:25 AM

THANKS! GOOD READ! Ed failed to mentioned the top 3 missing items. LOL!

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Bluegill is like a “stinking police” of the GOP-E Big Government that always asks for higher tax to pay the remuneration for his “disservice to the people”. Bluegill is like a corrupt police who thinks that bullying the citizenry [DEM] is a business.

Congrats!

TheAlamos on September 1, 2012 at 7:47 AM

Not a memorable speech.

newtopia on August 31, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Last night a former co-worker called me and went on a rant against Obama. She is 24, barely surviving with having to pay rent, car payments, etc… She voted for Obama, “That was the first time I voted in the national election”, and now she is really angry at him. She said she was fed up with paying so much taxes to support welfare queens and people who are too lazy to work, while she is struggling with a low paying job, rising gas prices, rising food prices, and now she has to buy health insurance or pay a fine.
She watched Romney’s speech and decided, “I’m voting for Romney because he knows what he’s doing and he understands the economy”. She repeated things from his speech about how disappointed people must be who voted for Obama and how he failed to live up to their expectations. She said she resented how Obama plays golf so much and how Michelle Obama goes on these expensive holidays while she can’t afford to take a modest vacation because she is struggling not to have to move back in with her parents.

She also said that she is pro abortion and pro gay marriage, but right now, that’s not important to her because she is more worried about economic survival than social issues. She said that she is annoyed to stand in the grocery store line and watch someone pay for their food with food stamps (or whatever that card is called) while they have a salon manicure and a Coach handbag and she can’t afford those luxuries yet is paying for their food.

Romney’s speech hit the right notes for her: She repeated things he said which made her feel that she’s not the only one who voted for Obama but is now disappointed and disenchanted with him.

I wonder how many more young people like her feel the same way?

dukecitygirl on September 1, 2012 at 10:59 AM

…What you are doing is spam. You are abusing your commenting privileges here…

bluegill on September 1, 2012 at 6:38 AM

I was doing for those, like you, a favor like Rush does for his fans in Rio Linda.

Heh..

ChuckTX on September 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

Sorry Ed, but I agree with Brit Hume. It was a solid performance by Romney, but it was not a great speech.

Phil Byler on September 3, 2012 at 7:21 PM

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