Chris Christie's keynote speech

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Ok. I just saw christie's RNC keynote speech.

I'm a huge christie fan, but simply put, I was extremely disappointed by the speech. In this, I actually agree with the MSNBC pundits including chris matthews and rachel maddow.

  1. The speech was filled with platitudes on "telling the truth" but contained almost no specifics on policy or a philosophical defense of conservatism. There was no theme whatsoever. He meandered from one topic to another. This is one of his worst speeches I've ever seen. I don't know who wrote the speech, but the content was a debacle.
  2. Christie talked more about his own accomplishments as governor than about Romney. This infuriated me because he treated the speech as his audition for 2016 rather than selling Romney and why we NEED Romney as our president rather than Obama.
  3. Christie's point that respect is more important than love totally contradicted Ann Romney's speech. Huh? Do speechwriters read this stuff before sending them out on the stage?
  4. On style, Christie came across as a bit too angry. It's fine when he's speaking in jersey, but at a national convention that aims to appeal to independents, that's just not effective.

The first night of the RNC was disappointing. Ann's speech was fine but too corny for my tastes. The more critical problem is that there has not been any unifying theme on the conservative argument against Obama, liberalism as well as a coherent argument for a Romney presidency. I really hope that the next 2 nights are significantly better. If not, the GOP is screwed.

Comments (11)

Aug 28, 2012

Interviewing for 2016 because he's a realist when it comes to 2012.

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Aug 28, 2012
happypantsmcgee:

Interviewing for 2016 because he's a realist when it comes to 2012.

Judging from Romney's facial expressions, I think he regrets picking him to give the keynote speech. In the 2600 word speech, Christie did not even mention Romney until 1800 words in. He failed to sell our nominee or even our ideals that we hold dear. He did critique unions, which is ok, but there was very little substance.

Even if he treated this speech as his 2016 audition, I don't think Christie did himself any good. In my opinion, this is the worst RNC keynote speech since 1992 or 1996.

Aug 28, 2012

Speech was terrible.

1) It did not sell the American people on Romney and 2) it was not specifically critical of Obama's policies.

It was self-promotional speech that I doubt even resonates with the public that is unfamiliar with Christie

Aug 28, 2012
Devils Advocate:

Speech was terrible.

1) It did not sell the American people on Romney and 2) it was not specifically critical of Obama's policies.

It was self-promotional speech that I doubt even resonates with the public that is unfamiliar with Christie

I agree on both points. I wonder if the Romney team even read christie's speech before he delivered it. Truly awful.

If Romney loses, the 2016 GOP nominee will be Jeb Bush. I'm calling it right now.

Aug 29, 2012
Brady4MVP:
Devils Advocate:

Speech was terrible.

1) It did not sell the American people on Romney and 2) it was not specifically critical of Obama's policies.

It was self-promotional speech that I doubt even resonates with the public that is unfamiliar with Christie

I agree on both points. I wonder if the Romney team even read christie's speech before he delivered it. Truly awful.

If Romney loses, the 2016 GOP nominee will be Jeb Bush. I'm calling it right now.

It will be a cold day in hell before another Bush sits in the White Hous. I'm calling it now.

Aug 28, 2012

Definitely felt to me Christie was attempting to snag some spotlight, downright circlejerk-y

Aug 28, 2012

I'm gonna obv be the odd man out saying I liked his speech. He touted Republican values and action rather than Romney specifically. Some may see that as odd, but the fact is that many people don't think Romney is THAT conservative and is rather a flip-flopper for political gain. By touting what the Republicans will do for America he is holding Romney to a different standard. Not Romney's liberal past, or Ryan's specific deficit hawks. But rather the idealized image of an all-American Republican party that will get us back on track. His keynote wasn't like Reagan's at the '64 convention. But it was definitely good, and focused on a lot of things that Obama has attacked Republicans on recently and refuted or reframed them in such a way that was positive to the ticket. I see his sppech as following the formula of set up the problem, this is our guy, he's gonna solve it.

Reality hits you hard, bro...

Aug 29, 2012

I would have to agree with the pundits over on CNN vs MSNBC that his speech was good and to the point. He explained everything Obama is not and Obama has failed on. He also did mention Mitt Romney 2-3 times, so not sure how you missed that.

Ann gave the best speech by far, humanizing the machine called Mitt. Her telling of how they are regular people with problems, lives etc and not just super rich was great and should give him a boost over next few days.

Aug 29, 2012

http://drudgereport.com/flashcc.htm
Mentioned MItt 7 times, mostly towards the end/ last 1/3rd. Sounds like he built the speech up, contrasted the Dems strongly and then ended it by bringing it back to Mitt. If anything, if CC came off as angry that is probably his shtick. I mean this is the same guy telling reporters to shut up all the time.

I still think Obumbles is going to win, but this isn't going to be a cake walk for him. Romney is running a tight ship, Ryan is young and energetic, the economy blows, unemployment blows, and making this all worse was the massive hype surrounding Obama.

Under promise and over deliver. Obama should have learned this.

Aug 29, 2012

I was watching a marathon of "Pawn Stars" on History Channel and missed the speech...

Aug 29, 2012
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