Last night the party of morality began the wrap up of their convention featuring a special guest known for losing his virginity at 14; his incessant womanizing; fathering at least seven children from five different women and only two wives; the neglect of his first wife; and, eventually, their messy drawn-out divorce. The GOP floor welcomed this man who allegedly facilitated the demonization of his live-in companion for a decade and a half—who by the way was married to someone else...and, we’ll just brush over the well publicized abortions during the relationship. I thought he looked a little exhausted which is quite understandable given his current wife is 35 years his junior--what a family man.
After that little tidbit we were graced with the introduction of Mitt Romney by the barely vetted Marco Rubio, who should be a little nervous about drinking from the previous speaker’s glass.
I was dying to hear what the man of night would say; finally someone I could count on to tell the truth and not waiver on his promises. Romney took the floor and was doing really well up to the point when he says something to the effect of “most Americans cannot say they are better off today than they were four years ago.”
The crowd whimpered a bit on that note because Romney had reminded them of where they were four years ago. They remembered that the country was in a free fall. They remembered that people were losing their homes faster than Jennifer Hudson was losing pounds. They remembered that before President Obama took office businesses were laying off and closing their doors tighter than Mitt Romney has been holding his tax returns to his chest. They remembered where their 401ks were then and thought about where they are now. They thought about the war in Iraq and the prospect of getting out. They thought about Bin Laden who had been free and roaming since 9/11.
My guess is that some might have thought about how Mitt Romney had the opportunity to step up and fix America in 2008 but instead he put his little tail between his legs, went home, and left the hard work to someone else—to John McCain and Sarah Palin. Ron Paul is not this year’s nominee but he certainly has not gone off into the sunset. Actually, Romney went away and made a few more dollars off the hardships of companies that were trying to survive the disastrous economic woes of the GOP.
The crowd quickly recovered and remembered where they were—the RNC Convention. And, then they got behind the same old rhetoric that we have been hearing for months—and Mitt was on; he was good. Still, other than a few family films, and a few scripted cuts, I saw no indication of the real Mitt Romney. I will say that the testimonies made it even harder to fathom why Ann Romney did not wake him from his sleep as she lay their next to him for three hours miscarrying his child. His speech was good, and careful...but then Romney usually is good as long as he doesn’t have to answer a question.
You know who was probably in the back interrogating a chair or two.