While Mitt Romney’s speech wasn’t as exhilarating as Paul Ryan’s speech, it’s impossible to say Mitt’s speech wasn’t effective. The media has characterized the speech as workmanlike. That isn’t it at all. The adjectives I’d use would be economical and stoic.

The pundits who’ve said Mitt needed to bare his soul in his speech are wrong. The country doesn’t need an Emoter-in-Chief. What we need now is someone to fix this broken economy. Mitt’s that person, with Paul Ryan being the perfect vice presidential candidate.

During his speech, Mitt made an underappreciated point that was the line of the night:

President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.

America doesn’t need lofty rhetoric. It needs the right policies and the right priorities. That’s Mitt. Here’s another line that worked:

Many Americans have given up on this president but they haven’t ever thought about giving up. Not on themselves. Not on each other. And not on America.

Americans that’ve given up on this president quit because he didn’t share their priorities. While he campaigned in 2008, President Obama complained about Iraq because it “distracted us” from Afghanistan, where “the real war” was happening.

A similar accusation would fit President Obama. After signing the stimulus and a new budget for FY2009, President Obama didn’t focus on creating jobs. Instead, he didn’t “let a good crisis go to waste.” He turned his focus away from the economy and passed the biggest job-killing legislation in US history.

Mitt’s campaigning to repeal that monstrosity and get the economy moving again. We’ve been miserable long enough. We’ve waited too long for a return to prosperity.

Together with Paul Ryan, Mitt will get the economy going again. They’ll tackle real challenges that threaten our economic health. With Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, America is getting a technocrat and an ideologue, a mechanic and a visionary.

They’re getting men that will reapply America’s founding principles to today’s difficulties. They’re getting men with real accomplishments.

Last night, when the Olympians were onstage, I remembered that the Salt Lake City Olympics were in a terrible mess. (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) Corruption was rampant. Important projects weren’t getting completed.

Mitt was called to rescue those Olympics in February, 1999. Three years and a terrorist attack later, the Salt Lake City Olympics were judged a major success. Some sportswriters called it a miracle.

Mitt didn’t blame his predecessor. Mitt didn’t complain about the mess he’d inherited. Instead, he turned failure and disgrace into another American miracle.

That’s the type of leader we need. That’s who the GOP nominated. That’s who America will hire this November.

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One Response to “Romney’s speech hits all the right notes”

  • walter hanson says:

    Gary:

    To me the most important line of the speech since I see this as a theme for the rest of the campaign, “I wished President Obama succeeded because I want America to succeed.”

    To me it works great because:

    * Hey Romney is on the side of don’t we want America to succeed. Obama’s record is that he can’t claim that.

    * When the personal attacks Romney can ignore them just by saying, “What’s more important than discussing getting America to succeed again.”

    Or do I have that wrong?

    Walter Hanson
    Minneapolis, MN

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