Ann Romney And Chris Christie

Tuesday night at the GOP 2012 Convention features a number of impressive speakers. Several popular Republican Governors spoke to an enthusiastic crowd. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker received an ovation almost as long as his speech. Ted Cruz, a surprise Senate nominee from Texas, spoke without a podium and a casual ease in front of a national audience. Mia Love, a Mayor and now Congressional Candidate in Utah, won the title as surprise of the convention thus far, electrifying the crowd with her speech. Former Senator and one time Romney rival Rick Santorum spoke as well, the only 2012 candidate who will address the convention other than the winner.

Despite the impressive line up, the evening belonged to two people: Ann Romney and Governor Chris Christie. The speech delivered by the nominee’s wife is always an important one. Many voters want to know about the private side of the candidate. They want to know what makes him tick, what he values in his private life and will he consider the human side of things while President. This message is perhaps even more important than usual for Mitt Romney, given that one of the criticisms of him is he appears robotic at times. Democrats will also attack him as being out of touch with the problems of the average American. No pressure Ann!

The First Lady hopeful was introduced by Puerto Rican First Lady Lucé Fortuño and proceeded by South Carolina Governor Nicki Haley. She spoke to the hushed crowd about the people she’s met on the campaign trail who are struggling. About how the “moms have to work a little bit harder” to take care of the family.

I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours.

Tonight I want to talk to you about love.

She spoke meeting Mitt, and how he made her laugh. Her family’s humble beginnings and the humble beginning of Mitt’s father. Mock Romney’s wealth if you want but their families lived the American dream and earned their the wealth they now enjoy. Using personal stories about the early days of their marriage, Mrs. Romney made the case they earned everything they have. She spoke of his charity and times he’s cared for other people.

Did she deliver? Did she present a more human side of her husband? The audience in the convention hall thought she did. Time will tell if America agrees.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vaulted to the national stage a few years ago because of his willingness to take his State’s fiscal problems head on. His bold blunt style earned him plenty of national media and viral videos. The fact that he is a Governor of a Blue State is icing on the cake for Republicans.

Christie’s courage gave courage to other Republicans like Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Mitch Daniels, all of whom pushed through reforms and are improving the lives of their citizens.

Christie’s keynote speech is perhaps second only to Mitt Romney’s in importance. The keynote speech at a convention is meant to deliver the core message of the Party to the country. Given the fiscal crisis and Christie’s courage in taking it on made him the perfect choice for this convention at this time.

Christie’s speech built on the message sent by putting Paul Ryan on the ticket: Elect Romney President and he’ll take our fiscal crisis head on. Christie said:

Our founding fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times.

Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say “yes,” rather than to say no when “no” is what’s required.

In recent years, we as a country have too often chosen the same path.

It’s been easy for our leaders to say not us, and not now, in taking on the tough issues. And we’ve stood silently by and let them get away with it.

But tonight, I say enough.

Focusing the campaign on austerity and fiscal pain may not win the election. It’s fraught with electoral danger. As Jim Galloway recently pointed out, voters in Greece rejected austerity (as mild as those may have been) and voted for the candidates who promised good times. Christie knows a little about this:

The disciples of yesterday’s politics underestimated the will of the people. They assumed our people were selfish; that when told of the difficult problems, tough choices and complicated solutions, they would simply turn their backs, that they would decide it was every man for himself.

Instead, the people of New Jersey stepped up and shared in the sacrifice.

They rewarded politicians who led instead of politicians who pandered.

The debate has been framed. The President and his Party will give their answer next week. The choice will be laid before us and in seventy days we’ll make our choice.

25 comments

  1. Jimmie says:

    “Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say “yes,” rather than to say no when “no” is what’s required.” …..Funny. How does this reflect on Paul Ryans yea on the Bank Bailouts, Auto Bailouts, NDAA, Medicare Part D. This stuff is great!

  2. saltycracker says:

    Ann Romney took the hearts and Christie won the minds and both had a positive direction.
    They were great pre-game talks before getting beat to hell and hopefully winning by a few points.

  3. PegM says:

    Call me a wimp if you will, but tears streamed down my cheeks during parts of Ann Romneys speech, and I clapped and nodded in the affirmative when Christie spoke. And I know of what he speaks, Although I’m a Georgian through and through, I was once a New Jersey American LOL.

  4. rrrrr says:

    You have to admit, it’s one of the best places to be FROM.

    if you get the chance NOT to go back…

  5. jbgotcha says:

    I was unimpressed. All of their words ring hollow in the face of reality. I’m glad people enjoyed the movie.

  6. Dave Bearse says:

    It was so important that Ann Romney speak from the heart to convey what makes Mitt tick that it was the first time she was required to have a speechwriter and read from a teleprompter.

    • Noway says:

      How dare Anne Romney use a teleprompter to deliver her speech!!!! She should speak off the cuff like the other speakers at the convention!! Yeah, that’s it. And all of those heart felt speeches that Barak delivers, it’s ok that he uses one? Good Lord.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        There’s nothing untoward with either speedwriters or teleprompters. What’s notable is that these two aids are first used at a time publicized as Ann being her most genuine.

  7. Trey A. says:

    “Mock Romney’s wealth if you want but their families lived the American dream and earned their the wealth they now enjoy.”

    There are a few problems with that assertion. George Romney was already a wealthy and powerful man by the time Mitt was born. He had been the head spokesman of the automobile industry for years and he would be a Detroit auto CEO by the time Mitt was 6 years old. When Mitt and Anne moved into that basement apartment, Romney’s parents were millionaires and his father was the governor of Michigan. George Romney’s story is much more the quintessential story of the American Dream–although George, too, had the great fortune of marrying into a family with strong connections (Mitt’s maternal grandfather worked in the Coolidge White House and got George jobs in D.C.). Yes, Mitt Romney made a ton of money during his career, but he and Anne’s “American dream” is the one shared by the likes of George W. Bush, Al Gore and others who were born into extremely wealthy and politically powerful families.

    Also, outside of casual late-night talk show jokes, I don’t think people are mocking Romney’s wealth. They (rightfully) point out that he was dealt a pretty nice hand at birth and they want to know what he payed in taxes. That is not mocking. Romney’s well-established penchent for flip-flopping on issues, his leadership positions in the Mormon church (which few Americans understand) and his insistance on running on his business record make the tax returns all the more important. You can talk about American dreams and basement apartments until you’re blue in the face, but those tax returns say more about Mitt than any of that ever will.

      • Lea Thrace says:

        Why is it that when someone asks a question of a particular candidate it has to be envy or hate? Can it not just be a question? I hate when people do it re: Romney AND Obama. It’s stupid and degrades the discourse.

        • seenbetrdayz says:

          Because here in this country we don’t question our leaders, if you want to do that, you should move to Americ— wait.

          • Trey A. says:

            Thanks Lea and Betrdayz. I couldn’t have put it better.

            Being dissatisfied with Obama’s first term is not a legitimate justification to uncritically lap up every narrative the Romney campaign throws our way.

    • saltycracker says:

      Romney reflects the ideals of a heck of a lot of self-made multi-millionaires that spun off more successdful folks that created a lot more jobs and returned a lot to their community. Many failed in one endeavor or another, had health issues, met obstacles and kept on plugging. Their expectations were not that someone else needed to do something for them. Those tax returns of Romney reflect his success and millions in charitable contributions.

      The fix for your envy is to end the winner/looser legislations, close all tax loopholes and go to flat and/or consumption taxes, no exceptions, no exemptions, no minimums.

      • Trey A. says:

        There is no such thing as a “self-made” anything. It is a natural, proven human proclivity to over-emphasize our roles in our successes and over-emphasize external factors in our failures. We’ve been aware of the trappings of the “self-made” fallacy for thousands of years. Moses warned us against it on the plains of Moab (Deuteronomy 8:12 – 8:18).

        Obama, whose path to the pinnacle of success resembles George Romney’s own glorious struggle, is not “self-made” either. It’s a B.S. concept.

        Romney’s tax returns give insight into the character of the man. We already know he is dedicated to his church and was wildly successful in business. We also know that he is seemingly willing to say anything to tack along with the prevailing political winds of the day and he steadfastly avoided military service during the Vietnam War. Anne and the campaign want us to “get to know” Mitt. Well, I think one of the best ways to really get to know him is to see his tax returns.

        • Noway says:

          There is no self made anything? Really, Trey? Did you give Obama the “You didn’t build that” line? They sound eerily similar. There might be royalties you’re entitled to. You might wanna check that out. “It is a natural, proven human proclivity”…to denigrate those who have achieved so much more that 99% of everyone else. There is a reason that envy is the deadliest of the Seven Deadly Sins. It’s destructive and pathetic.

          • Trey A. says:

            I don’t quite follow your logic there. How is it envious to criticize the concept of the self-made man? It is a fallacy, plain and simple. I’m not criticizing Romney or his success. It’s the b.s. “self-made” narrative that is the problem.

        • Self_Made says:

          “Obama, whose path to the pinnacle of success resembles George Romney’s own glorious struggle, is not “self-made” either. It’s a B.S. concept.”

          My name is Self_Made…and I approve this message.

          I do posses the energy, smarts, and perseverance that have made me successful…modest as that success may be in relation to you big timers. However, despite never attending public schools, working my way through college (work-study and scholarships), and paying my “fair share” of taxes, it would be absolutely ludicrous for me to imagine that I have not been subsidized, aided, assisted, or saved from ruin by input from neighbors, friends, family, AND my evil, overreaching government.

    • peachstealth says:

      I’ve seen one tax return. He made tens of millions of dollars, gave millions to charity and took every deduction he could legally take.
      Substitute the word “thousand” for “million” and most conservatives, including me, do the same.
      I’d much rather see a candidate’s credit report than his tax return anyway.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Romney, unlike GWB born on third, has earned his success. It is valid to note Romney had most every opportunity.

      I don’t know where it fits in the timeline with respect to the basement apartment, but George Romney also bankrolled Mitt and Ann in their college days to the tune of $50,000 or more, which in the early 70’s was close to a quarter-million in today’s dollars.

      • Blake says:

        I don’t see how Romney wasn’t also born on third. Except to exhaust the metaphor, he took being born on third and leveraged it over other people’s at-bats to credit himself with a grand slam.

  8. Three Jack says:

    “Tonight I want to talk to you about love.” Ann Romney

    “I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved….Tonight, we choose respect over love. We are not afraid. We are taking our country back.” Chris Christie immediately after Mrs. Romney.

    This pretty much sums up the GOP’s ongoing dilemma. Does it want to be loved or respected? Trying to achieve both as it would seem the GOP does ends up with it accomplishing neither. Thus we are left with wishy-washy nominees like Mitt trying to be all things to all people.

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