Wednesday, August 29, 2012



GOP "big guns" fired
shots from center stage 
on Tuesday night as
opening speeches were
delivered at the Republican
National Convention in
Tampa, Florida. Kick-off
proceedings had been
postponed for one day
due to weather conditions
brought on by Hurricane
Isaac. However, Republicans
made up for lost time and
came out swinging!

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney officially clenched his party's nomination for President late in the afternoon. From there the convention became a "Who's Who" event as former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and other prominent GOP leaders commandeered the podium throughout the evening. Their sentiments hearkened back to Ronald Reagan's inspirational 1980 convention address — the last time Republicans ousted a failed one-term Democratic incumbent President. Reagan similarly energized his flock 30 years ago by referring to the Carter administration as an "unprecedented calamity" and having offered "mediocre leadership." Hmm, déjà vu. Reagan further challenged, "Can anyone look at the record of this administration and say, 'well-done?'  No, we've had enough."

But it was Mitt Romney's wife Ann who delivered  the most effective speech of the night — speaking passionately of the man she knows better than anyone — the man poised in Reagan-like fashion to assume the highest office in the land.

"Listen carefully," she implored the audience inside the packed, 20,000-seat Tampa Bay Times Forum. "This man will NOT fail!" The 63-year-old wife, mother and grandmother further offered, "No one will move heaven and earth like Mitt Romney to make this country a better place to live!"

In response to critics who have suggested that he's led a "silver spoon" life (as if somehow that's something to be ashamed of), Ann Romney reassured supporters that, "Mitt Romney was not handed success. He built it." Sharing her personal health issues and recounting challenges the two have faced during their 40-plus year marriage she maintained that, "What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage." Delegates rose to their feet and cheered wildly as Mitt Romney joined Ann at the conclusion of her speech. After a warm and heartfelt exchange, the couple left the stage and moved to a private VIP viewing box for the remainder of the evening.

The convention resumes later today with Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan receiving and accepting the GOP Vice-Presidential nomination this evening. Festivities conclude tomorrow night with what is expected to be a deal-clinching speech from the top-slot nominee, himself, Mitt Romney.

-Christopher Long
(August 2012)

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