Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Romney Speech Sets Bar Low for Dems This Week

Mitt Romney
Last Thursday night, Mitt Romney had a chance to capture the American public's interest with his speech to accept the GOP nomination.  Instead, many people ended up talking about Clint Eastwood and an empty chair, Chris Christie being one of the only reasonable people in the party, Paul Ryan's speech full of deceptions and Marco Rubio's speaking ability.

We heard a speech from Mitt Romney that rambled and did not have a single identifiable focus.  It was not a speech that offered anything new besides a jobs plan that he says can create 12 million jobs by following five simple steps.

Ladies and gentlemen, it's not that easy.  Mitt Romney's speech inspired no one but his hardcore base, and it has set the bar incredibly low for this week's Democratic National Convention.

The Republican National Convention did nothing for the GOP's brand.  I would argue that it hurt more than it helped because it fractured the party along the lines of Romney vs. Ron Paul.  Instead of embracing the Paul supporters, the RNC further alienated them.  That's a price that could be paid in November, for sure.

In the 24-hour news cycle, conventions do little good.  In fact, it's the gaffes and guffaws that play much bigger.  We've seen a meme begin with people talking to furniture, thanks to Clint Eastwood.  We've spent time fact checking Paul Ryan's speech that included more holes than a piece of Swiss cheese.  The only Republican response to that scrutiny has been to point out that Ryan didn't lie, but that he didn't tell the whole truth.  When I used to do that to my grandmother, I'd be asked to pick a switch.

Well, it's all over now.  The post-convention bump is gone for Romney as quick as it came.  We're back to where we were a week ago with more jokes about chair speeches.

Thankfully, the American people are smarter than that.  As the President goes to work this week, all he needs to do is reestablish a why.  He needs to ignore Romney and highlight a message of positivity and honesty.  Tell us the truth.  Things aren't where they need to be.  The President must sketch out a road map to get us back.  He needs to establish the why.  Once he does that, this election will be over because Romney has no why.

I predict that this week, President Obama will strengthen his position for reelection.

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