Saturday, September 1, 2012
Brief Thoughts on the Republican Convention
When talking about political conventions, it is best to be brief. I don't want to dwell on how this or that speaker "hit one out of the park", and I have already said plenty about the MSNBC peanut gallery. However, a few closing thoughts are in order.
The best speech was (as expected) by Marco Rubio. You are looking at a future presidential candidate.
Similar comment as to Paul Ryan. You may not like his ideas, but you have to admit, he does have ideas. He is a serious thinker and a man to be reckoned with. I am salivating thinking of his upcoming debate with Joe Biden.
Like them or not, the Republicans are coming up with a young generation of people who have ideas. Ryan and Rubio are two leading examples, but there are many more. Who do the Democrats having coming up the ranks? Tony Villaraigosa and Elizabeth Warren.
As I mentioned before, MSNBC made it a point to not show the minority speakers. They clearly wanted to continue the image of the Republicans as the party of old white men. People like Allen West, Mia Love, Ted Cruz, and Susana Martinez have a great future ahead of them. More than anyone, Condi Rice has made the Republican party (and the country) proud. She exemplifies grace and dignity. Yet, the liberals and Democrats castigate them all as Aunt Jemimas, Uncle Toms, Tio Tacos and showcases. They are independent thinkers who don't follow the crowd, and they have ideas. Their treatment has been shameful on the part of the left.
As for Clint Eastwood, it is easy to take potshots at this traitor to the Hollywood set. He showed his age. His hair was out of place. He bumbled. Yet, he was not reading from a teleprompter (and that is not directed specifically at President Obama). But the crowd loved it, and I would guess most of the TV audience loved it too (unless they are for Obama). The empty chair image has gone viral, and we will see it again and again.
As for Romney's speech, it was good, but not much more than I expected. Walking up the aisle was a mistake. It only buttressed Chris Matthews' caustic comment about Romney being wheeled out on the stage after his wife's speech. The best speech I ever heard him give was four years ago when he dropped out of the primary. Ann Romney's speech was good-especially at the end. She is an accomplished speaker in her own right and an impressive woman. She will be a fine first lady.
All in all, I think the Republicans did a good job this week. I am starting to feel more confident about this election-especially watching the changing (more desperate) tone of those e-mails I get from the Obama campaign asking for more and more money.
Today, I feel that Romney is going to win.