Romney’s Speech: Likes & Dislikes

Likes: Romney did a fine job undermining the hysterical “war on women” propaganda being shoved down our throats 24/7 by the DNC. Undecided voters in the battleground states will be less likely to accept the notion that Romney is a “dangerous extremist” who wants to send women “back to the dark ages.” He stated his willingness to defend innocent life and the institution of marriage but did not press the point.

I appreciated his emphasis on family, community, and religious faith comprising the foundation of social and economic life in the United States – this, in contrast to inefficient welfare bureaucracies and self-appointed nannies deciding what is best for us. The best social safety net is a spouse, a job, and a church.

I also appreciated his insistence that success in business is not something to be ashamed of, but something to celebrate, and that private-sector experience is an asset to the Presidency.

Dislikes: Of course my co-bloggers and half of my readers will disagree (and that’s ok), but the reassertion of America’s old foreign policy really strikes a sour note with me. I wasn’t particularly thrilled when Chris Christie called for a “second American century” either. A country with financial problems and cultural divisions as deep as ours, and with a serious and unattended crisis on its southern border, cannot afford to be the policeman of the world.

Granted I didn’t expect Romney to say anything about the broken border tonight, but in my view this is the most serious national security threat and the one that ought to be the top priority. One of the reasons I supported Ron Paul in the primaries is because I agree with his foreign policy views – and reject those of the rest of the GOP.

But since I don’t really believe that Obama’s foreign policy is significantly different, at least for my tastes, this is really a non-issue for me as far as the election itself goes.

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  1. It was a very good speech, perhaps great given the context. I felt this way before the convention, but am doubly convinced now: Romney wins, and will net about 350 or so electoral votes.

  2. I thought Romney used humor effectively and was quite good at hammering away how absymal Obama’s stewardship of the economy has been. Best line: “America needs jobs and lots of them.” This election will not be close. Romney 54-Obama 46.

  3. You two are way more optimistic than I am. I think Romney has a better chance than the MSM is giving him, but the Obama campaign must be taken seriously and victory cannot be assumed.

  4. Great speech, and for these days. I felt sorry that he even had to address some of the slime being thrown at him, because it’s an embarassment to this country and the mindset of the current admin.
    67 days left to find the opportunity to thank God for these two men, Romney and Ryan, and to ask for His help in the face diatribes being prepared right about now.
    Ryan’ speech was on the mark, too.

  5. I think Romney’s speach was very good. For someone who according to US pudits is not a good speaker, I think he did very well. He didn’t get caried away – emphasized, as other speakers have done, the American dream, and how it has not been fulfilled in the past 4 years. The good thing was he stated their plan – broadly of course, but he enunciated it; and also did a good job of despatching – “We will stop the sea from rising…..” and kept it simple – the love of a family etc. A degree of knocking Obama’s performance, but not too much, and spoke of making America great again, instead of the decline under Obama.
    Its important – speaking as an outsider – that America remains strong militarily as well as economically. The US cannot abdicate its position as the leader of the free world – too many have done that, notably UK and Europe.
    Loved Cdl. Dolan’s final blessing. Apparently he is doing the same for the Dems – I hope he usues the same speach 🙂

  6. It’s all words. It doesn’t matter who’s steering the wheel; it’s so small and the machine is so big…as a centrist it does not surprise me that approx 35-40% of the people don’t want so called obamacare, just the same percentage that did not want to go to war with a country that did not attack us. Our system is failing us and we are letting it fail us. We let this great entertainment called politics, pundits, blogging take a hold of us and we spew as many intelligently sounding negative words at the opposition as possible and think we’ve done some good for the terrible situation were in, but we haven’t done nothin. I’ve not heard one viable long term solution that a majority of the people agree on or of a solution to a wedge issue that gets buy in from both sides.
    We desperately need a viable 3rd party in our political system and I’d love to see Ron Paul run for president as he would be the best candidate and I would vote for him.

  7. “but the Obama campaign must be taken seriously and victory cannot be assumed.”

    Indeed, but all the signs are there that Obama is in serious trouble. Recent polls, even with a D+7 or a D+9 sampling bias,are showing the race as tied or Obama or Romney with a one point advantage. Come election day this year the electorate in regard to party preference are likely to be dead even to D+2. I will do a post on all of this in the next week or so, but there are quite a few signs as to what is in the wind.

  8. Romney did a fine job undermining the hysterical “war on women” propaganda…

    I certainly wish for that to be so but I couldn’t tell – I’m not of the hysteria persuasion. Seems to me that that meme is getting tired and overexposed. I call it NOW WOW BOW WOW – only the first two are true acronyms. 😉 When the Democrats assemble in convention and put their Slutwalk types on stage, they’ll only be playing to their true believers and driving away many, many swing voters – that’s my opinion, take it for what it’s worth.

    The best social safety net is a spouse, a job, and a church.


    By the way, if one turns down a job – even if it’s a crummy job – most people insist one should be cut off the dole. But, if one turns down a church or an espousement nobody objects to keeping one on the dole. Why is that?


    I’ve not heard one viable long term solution that a majority of the people agree on…

    And you won’t, as long as “a majority of the people” are spoiled children. Why? Because the “one viable long term solution” requires “sweat, toil and tears” (“blood”? – not yet) and that’s not going to be fun.

    We desperately need a viable 3rd party…

    If that’s not idle talk, then jump in and start helping to build one. Nobody’s stopping you.

    P.S. So you’d “love to see Ron Paul run for president”, eh? Been there, done that.

  9. Reactive not proactive like the entire least watched convention. Made no case whatsoever for Romney’s economic plans because he quivers in fear from class warfare. Provided no anticipatory knockdowns of Dem talking points in this area either. Striving to make no outright mistakes I suppose it succeeded at that. Eastwood and Rubio were the only striking, hard speaking and thus memorable speechifiers, putting the very touching tributes in a separate category. Christie was a major disappointment.

    As for the election yes Mr Zummo and Mr McCleary are doing reasonable extrapolations for a “normal” campaign. Th recent CO academic analysis said the same thing. Of course in a normal campaign McCaskill loses by 10 points in Missouri. I look for October surprises by the Dems who are pretty good at them.

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