30 August 2012

Mitt's the one Reagan warned us about, and he loves women just as much as Joe Namath

I hope it's okay to say that Mitt's speech was not a stemwinder, and not all that memorable. I'm not sure it had to be. We heard all night that he's a really great guy, and we heard what a failure Obama is. I think all Romney needed to do was come across as a grown-up, and really, that's what he does best.

But let me tell you just a couple things that bothered me.

First, Mitt said: "My promise is to help you and your family."

Some years ago, Reagan said: "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"

Mitt, my family doesn't want your help. They want you - as the government - to leave us alone.

Second, this passage:

When my mom ran for the Senate, my dad was there for her every step of the way.  I can still hear her saying in her beautiful voice, "why should women have any less say than men about the great decisions facing our nation?" 

Don't you wish she could have been here at this convention and heard leaders like Governor Mary Fallin, Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Susana Martinez, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice? 

As governor of Massachusetts, I chose a woman lieutenant governor, a woman chief of staff.  Half of my cabinet and senior officials were women.  And in business, I mentored and supported great women leaders who went on to run great companies.

I get it, okay? Message: Mitt loves women. Love-love-loves them. This is just over the top, and it kind of reminded me of Roger Staubach's 1975 interview with Phyllis George, where he assured her that he loved sex just as much as Joe Namath.

Hey, it was an okay speech, as these things go. I was a little disappointed that Kid Rock didn't show up to perform his song in person as Mitt took the stage. He would've been better than that Night Ranger guy or Taylor Hicks.

Taken as a whole, the convention did pump me up. If I have misgivings, they were not sown by anything that happened this week. They've been sown during the last four years, as America has chosen more wrong turns, and politicians have fallen below even my low expectations of them to an extent that was previously unimaginable.

Every election, if you follow these things, is "the most important of our lifetimes." This one defies hyperbole. It really is existential.

Do I trust Mitt Romney because he inspires me? Because he's a great leader, speaker, ideologue, politician? No.

I trust him because I have to. Because there is no other choice. Because I do believe in America, and if there was ever a time we needed a turnaround specialist, it's now. He'll do the right thing.

All the rest of it is nitpicking.

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