I watched some parts of the big speeches at this year’s Republican Convention in Tampa and was struck by a number of things running the gamut from good to bad to ugly.
I think Mrs. Romney did a good job on her speech. She came across as likable and someone I can imagine as a first lady. She also helped flesh out the picture of her husband as a person.
I also thought that Marco Rubio did a good job even though I disagree with most of what he said. He seemed nervous, which is understandable, but I think he came off well to the audience most important for him and that is very conservative people setting himself up for a 2016 run at the oval office. He seemed a tad angry at times though, which is a turnoff.
Also angry was Chris Christie, but to a higher level than Rubio. I think Christie gave a bad speech. He came across as a very negative man with an inflated ego. I think he too is already looking to 2016.
The video about Romney was excellent. It was quirky, funny, and served to humanize Romney.
Romney himself did just OK I thought on his speech. To me as a Democrat, I thought he said many things that were great stretches of the truth about Obama. Romney also was short on details about his own plans. However, overall I thought this was far better than previous speeches so I think he accomplished something.
One of my kids did say though “his smile could make children cry” so Romney’s forced smile is still an issue. It was interesting that we did not hear much of that strange, unsettling laugh of his about which I’ve posted previously so that was nice. I also thought it very odd that Romney told a religious joke in his speech, which seems highly risky. However, in whole I think the speech helped more than it hurt.
Paul Ryan did poorly on his own speech in my opinion. I know conservatives probably loved his speech, but he seemed angry and there was so much in his speech that is simply untrue as determined by non-partisan fact checkers that I found his speech hard to stomach.
Then there was the ugly.
Clint Eastwood, movie star, pseudo-Republican, and octogenarian. I loved Clint in the movies when I was a kid.
Last night I thought his performance was very entertaining, but not for the right reasons…. so sad for someone so formerly cool. People told me that they were laughing at Clint, not with him. He seemed disoriented, weak, and mean-spirited. The empty chair he was talking to was meant, I believe, to be a symbol for a lack of substance in President Obama, but that failed. Instead the empty chair came to represent a problem for the Republicans.
I’m curious about the Democratic Convention.