I fell asleep during parts of last night's convention that I wish I had been awake for; the Internet does allow me to catch up, though I think I might have enjoyed the sequencing of events from the floor. (CPAC seems to have that online so I can play that on the computer and put tennis on the TV). I did awake to Rubio part way through his 'introduction of Romney' (and he is always fun to listen to) and I did follow the Romney speech.
And I knew as I listened it was not for the floor of the convention, but for the few undecided voters still out there who need to see they can trust this guy to do his best. I do not think we would see him off golfing much.
Romney is no rhetorician, but I found it quite good, very moving in places. In fact this damned convention just got me more and more moved as we progressively learned more about what a good person this guy is. The story of the missing rose should have hit a lot of people. And he does not have to sing that story in any soaring way; one need only tell it. (And BTW go to that previous generation Romney history and think about his parents' choices; impressive lives.)
Still my favorite moment in the speech was the stinging line in which Romney quietly and lightly mocked that nonsensical line from Obama about stopping the rise of the oceans and healing the earth, contrasting it with his much more modest and believable purpose. A purpose he has clearly lived for his whole life in his personal life.
I have noted today that this sent Chris Matthews into apoplexy on MSNBC, arguing it was climate change denial. What a tin ear! That passage had ONE message and I suspect most people who do not drool over Obama heard it clearly. The Great Windbag is a Great Windbag, and I AM NOT.
I know I heard it clearly. And while I admit Romney is a politician, he is not cut from the grandiose self-important cloth of The Great Windbag (BTW if you do not come here that is indeed Obama).
It has been a lot of fun to read various commentary this morning. William Jacobson just posted a nice summary of the closing speeches/performances. I confess to stealing the word 'mock' (well its present participle) from his post.
Another article posted today was a very good one from Andrew Ferguson; I do not have fond memories of Romney from 2008. But he documents the turnaround on Romney I have been encountering this summer.
I missed seeing live what Byron York says the most extraordinary story of the convention. And damn, I think I am glad I did not see that live; might have been too much for me.
And Clint!? Lots of opinions; when I got up SillyWife messaged me not to bother but I did go find a clip a couple of hours later. I thought it was very funny, if the tone was a bit weird. Was he incoherent, or playing the grandpa down the hall with some folksy questions for the empty chair/suit/rhetoric? I don't know. But I recall the twinkling eyes of Rowdy Yates and I have no reason to doubt he knew just what he was doing. He was contributing but clearly marking his independence (the wars would never have been mentioned on an RNC script).I suspect part of the response may have to do with knowing his full amazing career, almost all of which I got to watch. Perhaps you have to see the Dirty Harry movies back when they were made. So my default is to think he did just as he planned; sure it tossed the rhythm off a bit, but I cannot believe Rubio did not get it right back.
That was really a great political convention; I like watching them and do not recall one since the days when we did not have dramatic votes that had more to engage me.
DNC coming up! I hope they can find a lot of people Obama helped in extraordinary ways and maybe some shred of apparent economic competence to document, only for the entertainment value the debunking will provide. Oh social media, you make it so much more fun.
Bring it on!