The much anticipated acceptance of the Party nomination and speech of Gov. Mitt Romney did not disappoint but was no inspirational sermon either. The test for Gov. Romney, in my opinion, was to appear presidential while being a viable alternative to what has been a failed presidency and to inspire independent voters. I say he knocked it out of the park.
Romney spent ample time repudiating the Obama presidency and outlining the consequences of the failed Obama presidency. The top memorable lines were: “I wish President Obama had succeeded, because I want America to succeed;” and he said, “Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I would ask a simple question: if you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he is President Obama?” These were memorable quotes that night.
Romney finally made a presentation of his own plan to restore America bolstered by his business success at Bain Capital. It wasn’t sexy but it was thorough and enough to give the delegates and pundits what they needed.
The gift to Romney/Ryan was a 5 point bounce in the polls and a slight lead over Obama as we all brace for the Democratic National Convention only days away in Charlotte.
Of note on Day Three was the inescapable brilliance of Senator Marco Rubio from Florida. He introduced Romney and was a stand-out because of his intellect, delivery, and life story but was overshadowed only by the unscripted presentation by legendary actor and conservative Clint Eastwood. While Eastwood was criticized for having less than perfect delivery, I was extraordinarily pleased at his moxie alone. Few conservatives in Hollywood are powerful enough to be open with their conservative values let alone give a national speech. Bravo to Eastwood, my new hero.
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