If you missed the two main speeches at last night’s GOP Lie-fest (aka The Republican National Convention), here are the two best summaries I’ve come across.
Steve Benen on the Chris Christie speech:
Christie decided to use this opportunity to celebrate … himself.
Even Christie’s theme seemed bizarre. The keynote was ostensibly about “hard truths” — he used the word “truth” 21 times — and the need for bold political “courage,” but all of this only reinforced the degree to which Mitt Romney disagrees.
Romney’s afraid to offend conservatives; he’s afraid to push back against extremist rhetoric; he’s afraid of the religious right; and he’s afraid of Limbaugh. He’s afraid to release his tax returns because he thinks Democrats might be mean to him; he’s afraid to disclose his bundlers because he worries sunlight may scare his wealthy benefactors away; and he’s afraid to take a firm position on key issues because he thinks he’d lose. His campaign said last week presenting specifics to voters would be “suicidal.”
Romney’s campaign isn’t about courageous “hard truths”; it’s about hiding the truth and hoping voters don’t notice.
Juan Williams on the Ann Romney speech:
Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann Romney, on the other hand, looked to me like a corporate wife. And, you know, the stories she told about struggle, it’s hard for me to believe. She’s a very rich woman. I know that, and America knows that.
It looks like a woman whose husband takes care of her, and she’s been very lucky and blessed in this life. She’s not speaking, I think, for the tremendous number of single women in this country, or married women, or separated. She did not convince me that, ‘You know what, I understand the struggles of American women in general.’
There you have it. Christie’s speech was little more than a set up for his 2016 run for the White House. If he has any respect for Romney as a leader, it didn’t come across in his speech. Rachel Maddow noted that Christie did not mention Romney’s name until he got through two thirds of his speech. Oh yeah, Christie’s really into Romney.
As for Ann Romney’s speech, Williams could not have stated it better. Ann came across as a loyal wife who would say whatever it took to help her man get elected. None of her words rang true. Trying to convince America that she understands the plight of middle class women because she and her privileged hubby started their marriage in a basement apartment was as phony as she stating yesterday that she buys Mitt’s shirts at Costco and he ironed his own shirt that very morning. Get real. These people treat the electorate as complete morons.
If this is the best Republicans have to offer in terms of convincing America that Romney is anything other than an out-of-touch modern day Gordon Gekko, they’re in deep, deep trouble.