Mitt Romney – Man, Moment, Mission

Despite all his previous accomplishments it is fairly safe to say that tonight will be the biggest night in the life of Willard “Mitt” Romney. At least so far.

Tonight he will stand on a national stage in prime time and accept the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He is seeking membership in the most exclusive club on Earth.

Mitt Romney has spent years to reach this moment. This isn’t the ultimate moment – that won’t come until November, if it ever comes at all. Tonight is like the kick-off of the Super Bowl. Mitt made it though the regular season and the play-offs. Now he is facing his toughest opponent yet.

In the end there can be only one.

Mitt’s mission is simple but not easy. This election is a referendum on Barack Obama. There are two stages to a referendum election. The first stage is when the voting public decides whether an incumbent deserves a second term. Barack Obama has already lost that stage.

To win the second stage Mitt must convince voters that he would be a better alternative. That is why the Obama campaign strategy has been “The Republicans are worse!”

Mitt is in a similar position to Ronald Reagan in 1980. Jimmy Carter was unpopular but people were worried that Reagan was too radical. Reagan won by softening his image with humor and folksy charm.

Mitt doesn’t need to convince people he will solve all our problems. He just needs to convince people he will be a competent steward for the next four years. If he does that he will win the election.

Tonight is his first big opportunity to close the sale with the American people. But it won’t be the last, nor will it be the last opportunity to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. There will be three debates between Romney and Obama between now and election day.

What the partisans on either side think about Mitt’s performance tonight is irrelevant. You can watch MSNBC for amusement but don’t expect any insightful commentary. But their hysteria level will indicate how effective they think Mitt was.

What really matters is what those damn swing voters think. And since they don’t hang out in the blogosphere and like to lie to pollsters we won’t know for sure until November.

So pace yourselves.

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176 Responses to Mitt Romney – Man, Moment, Mission

  1. myiq2xu says:

    This is the RNC thread for the evening

  2. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan – Craig Romney, youngest son, I think this is kick off 😀

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan – Jeb Bush up…..and some friends ?

  4. Oswald says:

    Mitt’s public speaking ability has improved dramatically from the debates.

    I expect him to hit a home run tonight. But he needs more than one run to win.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan-Jeb- Loves his brother, during challenging times, kept us safe. So, Mr. President stop blaming my brother, your policies haven’t worked either !

  6. looking forward to the post speech hysteria!!

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan – Give me some loving or watch the talking heads. Your choice 😀

  8. OldCoastie says:

    I’ll watch, but I don’t really want to…

    geesh… I’ve never seen an election that was such a poor choice between 2 candidates…

    • OldCoastie says:

      any idea when Clint is speaking?

      • darraghcmurphy says:

        I’m disappointed in the choice. Wish it woulda been Sarah Palin.

        I dont care what Matt Damon and Sean Penn think about politics, and I dont care what Clint Eastwood thinks.

        • OldCoastie says:

          eh… I think I like him because he reminds me of my dearly departed uncle…

        • carol haka says:

          I like him because he gorgeous.

        • myiq2xu says:

          My grandma had a thang for “Rowdy Yates.”

        • darraghcmurphy says:

          Oh I like him OldCoastie, dont get me wrong. I like Matt and Sean too. Just dont think their opinion on politics is any more important than say, any of the bloggers here.

          Though to be fair he did actually run and win an election, so maybe I’m being too hard on the old coot.

          Also, last time I saw him do public speaking was at the Academy Awards and he totally flubbed it — was confused by the teleprompters I think — and he looked old. I felt really bad for him and I dont want that to happen tonight.

        • OldCoastie says:

          I agree actually. Palin would be much more signicant. I think I’ve just been missing Uncle recently and Crotchety Clint just fills the bill somehow.

        • darraghcmurphy says:


  9. DeniseVB says:

    Kathy McMorris Rodgers up. I’ve heard a rumor teh Gop wants her for Boehner’s replacement in 2013 house hammer gig. She’s great!

  10. DeniseVB says:

    Zzzzzz, a Romney, Grant Bennet?, up now, a Mitt “Friend” ?

  11. Lola-atLarge says:

    I get out of class in 20 minutes. Luckily I can be home in 5 minutes. Can’t wait!

  12. myiq2xu says:

    I finally gave up on trying to get caught-up on my Twitter feed. Now I’m just trying to keep up.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    Fluke showed up at the RNC with Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, early Thursday afternoon and the two paraded around media outlets in the convention center pushing their message.

    Loesch isn’t surprised that Fluke has not agreed to a debate.

    “If Sandra Fluke is going to come here and talk about women’s issues, then why not talk to actual conservative women about women’s issues?” Loesch told The Daily Caller. “I mean, that’s the whole point. You can’t just come here and hold a press conference and not take any questions. You can’t just go on MSNBC and say whatever you want. Is she an advocate or propagandist? Which one is she? If she’s an advocate, she’s completely willing to have a discussion on the issues. Democrats don’t speak for women. They don’t speak for me. I would like to hear why she thinks she speaks for all women because she obviously does not.”

    Read more:

  14. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan….the Oparowksis speaking. Mitt honored their dying son.

  15. carol haka says:

    I put myself on suicide watch! 👿 PUMA’s love PALIN

  16. DeniseVB says:

    Pam up, another Mitt supporter. Mitt did her laundry. Game on Obama!

  17. myiq2xu says:

    Right now I am watching the Giants/Astros game and switching over during breaks.

  18. WMCB says:

    Mitt Romney is a quietly good, decent man, whatever else he is, whatever I disagree or agree with him on. That much has been obvious for quite some time.

  19. cj says:

    Just changed over to see if CNN was covering the friends’ testimonies; they’re not, but Wolf is in a little tizzy of excitement over Clint Eastwood, wonder if he’ll fact-check him too.

  20. carol haka says:

    Palin on Hannity

  21. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan…Staples guy loves him some Mitt.

    • leslie says:

      So, I’m listening to NPR on my way home from work and they tried to play” gotcha” with the guy from Staples.

      “What do you mean, ‘ Obama doesn’t get it?'” and no matter how the Staples guy explained himself, he was hit by another “explain this to me”. NPR= Nothing but Pure Rubbish

  22. myiq2xu says:

  23. DeniseVB says:

    Cspan…more Mitt luvahs….

  24. cj says:

    Oh for chrissakes, Hannity has Juan Williams on again. WTF is wrong with FOX? They’ve got Ann Coulter’s sitting next to him, I might just listen for awhile to see what happens.

  25. DeniseVB says:

    Ok kids, Paul Ryan had a much better starter band Q last night. ?

  26. DeniseVB says:

    Olympians on stage now….Mike Eruzione speaking, ‘nuf said 😀

  27. carol haka says:

    Sarah Palin, what a beautiful and smart woman! We have been robbed! 👿

  28. myiq2xu says:

    I have a confession.

    I am drunk blogging tonight.

    Please don’t tell my doctor.

    But if I stop commenting it means I passed out.

  29. he was the mayor of Carmel California for a long time. He’s funny tonight….

  30. myiq2xu says:

    Clint kicked ass!

  31. myiq2xu says:

  32. carol haka says:

    Clint just made my day! 👿

  33. myiq2xu says:

    Marco has HUGE ears!

  34. jeffhas says:

    Clint Eastwood was DEVASTATING to Obama; he made him into a pathetic, small man… belittling him, mocking him…. totally devastating. The left will have to come out hard to punish Clint for that fine piece of work… I can hear it already ‘Old Codger’, ‘Out of it’, ‘CRAAAAZY’…

    Yeah, but as probably one of the two or three FINEST Director’s RIGHTNOW, anyone of you vapid MSNBC heads would kill to be in one of his movies – because you know he’s the consummate professional. How does that square with the names your about to call him?

  35. myiq2xu says:

    Here comes Mitt!

  36. never heard Rubio before—-awesome!!!!

    • darraghcmurphy says:

      I could have done without the almighty god source of all we have baloney but YES Rubio was moving sincere and persuasive

      His line, “every American is only one or two generations away from someone who made their future the purpose of theirs” (or close to that) absolutely killed me. So true.

  37. JohnSmart says:

    the man looks Presidential. Hillary is the only other person out there who looks Presidential to me right now.

  38. soupcity says:

    LOVE the rose story and shout out to women and Ann.

    • darraghcmurphy says:

      The rose story made me cry.

      Who knew his Mormon mother ran for senate?

      I was always planning to vote for the guy but now I’m giving money and getting a lawn sign.

    • Absolutely loved that. Loved seeing him choke up, too. A real moment of humanity and humility. They don’t men like George anymore, or Mitt for that matter

  39. Mitt’s having a great night!!!! woo hoo!!!! He’s got to win…..

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  42. darraghcmurphy says:

    Taking on Russia.


  43. myiq2xu says:

    “Putin will see a little less flexibility and more backbone”

  44. WMCB says:

  45. myiq2xu says:

    Mitt is rockin’ the house.

    • cj says:

      He really did. He’s improved so much it was like listening to a completely different Mitt. Don’t know if this will post, having trouble with the damned laptop, but just wanted to chime in.

  46. soupcity says:

    Very skeptical till now, wow. Great, convincing speech. Home run.

  47. myiq2xu says:

    My take:

    Mitt didn’t just hit a home run, he hit a grand slam.

    “Exceeded expectations”

  48. myiq2xu says:

    Tweety is foaming at the mouth

    “A war-like speech”

  49. darraghcmurphy says:

    Mitt knows all the verses to America the Beautiful and wants to sing

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the guy

  50. myiq2xu says:

    I was watching C-Span so I didn’t see the Code Pinko protester.

  51. myiq2xu says:

    I get the impression that the MSNBC gasbags have heard how everyone is making fun of them. They seem more restrained tonight.

  52. myiq2xu says:

    I am losing consciousness. Y’all behave until I come to.

  53. leslie says:

    Did you see all those children on the stage at the end? How beautiful was that?

    I must admitt I’m smitten with the ticket. AND their families. I hope I’m not the only one.

  54. leslie says:

    The more I learn about Mitt, the more I want him to be elected. that convention must’ve been THE place to be.

    Watched on C-SPAN and felt as if I were there.

  55. lyn5 says:

    Romney just cooked Obama’s goose.

    • tommy says:

      Yep, O is done. Romney gave the speech of his life. Now I have no doubts that he’ll be our next POTUS.

  56. I thought Mitt’s speech was great I like his business man approach, as well as his obvious admiration and support for the women in his life. I was especially moved when he discussed his parents and talked about moving away to prove himself. I have done that myself and it resonated with me.

    This is a man who has always had courage and always tried his best, and that’s just we need right now. He’ll be so much better than The Slacker-in-Chief.

    Rubio was the perfect intro to him, ftr. Laid an emotional foundation that allowed Romney’s practicality to shine.

  57. DandyTiger says:

    All Mitt had to do was show that he was not a murder. That’s the low bar that the Obama campaign set for him. The background showed him to be a really great businessman, community leader, and someone who cares about people. It showed that when governor, he included half Dems and half Repubs, and half women and half men in his administration. He had a liberal Dem cabinet member sing his praises and promote him. And when they got into details of how he’s helped people and how he ran organizations, he came across as a truly great leader. And anything but partisan and petty. Mitt’s own speech hit just the right tone I thought. He’s not a great speaker. It wasn’t poetry. But it was just right. I don’t think tonight could have been better for them.

  58. DandyTiger says:

    Oh, and Clint was brilliant. What a great way to make fun of Obama. And to make it clear it’s time for him to go.

  59. so desperate on MSNBC. They’re grasping at straws and making almost no sense at all. Trying to give some red meat to their fan base but generally not succeeding. more incoherent than usual

  60. DandyTiger says:

    Whoa, CNN and MSNBC are all going nuts. You can tell Mitt delivered the goods. CNN is all about beer now. Of course we know why there all about beer and why they’ll keep pushing it, because Mitt doesn’t drink — isn’t that creepy. MSNBC and CNN are so yesterday.

  61. DM says:

    Romney, take over! You are the conductor of this train. If you don’t get us on the right track, there will be a train wreck.

  62. DandyTiger says:

    Clint Eastwood to the media: “Go ahead, make my day.” I think if they try to trash him, he might just seriously campaign for Mitt.

  63. uh oh—-Palin and Fox in contract negotiations. They may not renew her….

    • leslie says:

      Not renewing Palins contract would be a huge mistake for FOX.

    • DM says:

      When a door closes, it means the world opened up new opportunities are created. If Palin loses her contract, she could start her own syndicated show, or run for office, or…..
      So many possibilities.

  64. DandyTiger says:

    Debbie Downer says the Clint segment was bizarre and uncomfortable. Well, yeah, of course it was for you Debbie. Someone actually openly talked about the invisible prezzy that hasn’t done shit. Must make you squirm.

  65. leslie says:

    i’m tired. It was a hard day at work. It’s late and I’ve got to go to work tomorrow.

    Nite TCH.

  66. Karma says:

    Didn’t get to to see all of Clint’s speech yet and Mitt’s was a no go. Will watch in full later. Because my hubby is the one dude in the country who voted for McCain/Palin and will be voting for Obama. Ugh. Even though he agrees with me about Obama. It’s still the ‘Reps are worse’ cause NPR tells him so.

    Funny how NPR used to tell him that Palin was great, took on AK corruption, and that the Dems loved her too. That was of course before she hit the national scene and they had to tear her apart.

    So last weekend he said I almost had him voting for Mitt. And really I don’t care who he votes for, because it was Obama who I was railing on when answering his questions about voting. It’s hubby calling me a Republican, in that derogatory way, because I don’t support Obama, that has irked me the most.

    Go Mitt, Go!

  67. DM says:

    I read at an obot website that Romney was pandering to women. I think that’s better than taking the vote for granted.

  68. HELENK says:

    stolen from a commenter at No Quarter

  69. HELENK says:

    dippy debbie spews again,

    In the last week we have seen some remarkable women.
    Is this and nancy pelosi the best the new democratic party can come up with?

  70. WMCB says:

    Ooooo, Clint really got under Preezy Petulant’s skin. He tweeted a photo of himself sitting in the Oval Office chair, saying “This seat’s taken”. What an arrogant little small, small smug man he is.

  71. DandyTiger says:

    OMG. From the speech, Mitt, while talking about America’s greatness, said when the world needs big things, they need an American. So according to crazy Ed, that’s a dog whistle. Yeah, so talking up how great America is, is now a dog whistle.

    Latest crazy from the progs, even better than Ed, so apparently talking to an empty chair is, you guessed it, a dog whistle. Don’t ask me, I can’t follow these nut cases any more.

  72. WMCB says:

    In other news, the evil David Koch, EEEVIL boogeyman conservative big donor, said today he supports gay marriage, and has for ages.

    We have influential R’s like him and Cheney and others cool w gay marriage, a GOP convention chock full of women and hispanics and black speakers, and a Dem party throwing tantrums on the floor:

    “Waaaaaaah! They are all old white racist men! ALL of them! It’s 1972! It is it is it is!!!!! And we are young and hip and own all the wimminz and minorities! We do! We see no diversity! We see no change! The GOP is old and white and fat and racist! IT IS!!!”

  73. WMCB says:

    Okay, now I know for certain that the Dems are badly shaken up. Because they are losing their marbles and going all insulting and gratuitous insults and snapping and pissy as hell on Althouse. You know, the blog where the commenters usually pride themselves on being all analytical and unemotional and above it all.

    When it’s incoherent tantrum city from Dems on Althouse, you know they are baaaaaaaaadly rattled in Obot land.

  74. WMCB says:

    To the people on Twitter getting very upset over American Pie actor Jason Biggs’ vile sexist remarks:

    Look, dude’s major life accomplishment heretofore is fucking a pie.. Set your expectations accordingly.

  75. foxyladi14 says:

    Loved it.Reposted to my face book. 🙂

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