Ok. I just saw Romney's speech. My detailed thoughts are below. Overall I give it a B-/B.
- Started off awful and awkward, but his delivery got better as the speech progressed. There were some touching personal anecdotes, but i thought he talked too much about his personal life. And aesthetically, his facial reactions and body language were a bit off.
- He had some powerful lines, especially regarding the disappointment of today vs the hope surrounding Obama's election in 2008. His line, "if you were excited about obama on election night, what does it tell you that you don't feel that way now that he's been president?", was effective and underscores his argument to independents that it's ok to fire Obama after 4 years.
- I was VERY disappointed with the substance of his speech when it came to policy. I agree with James Carville of CNN on this. Nothing Romney said about economic, foreign, or social policy, is different from what George W. Bush would have said. There were few specific proposals. Romney just went through 5 points on his plan to revive the economy, but they were too broad. I suppose Romney did not want to propose new policies or go against the grain during his acceptance speech. Perhaps he's saving that for the debates or the stump speech? We shall see.
Overall, Romney's speech was nowhere close to the caliber of Condi Rice and Ryan's speeches, which were by far the best at this convention. Nonetheless, I'm still pumped up and cannot wait to see Romney as our next President.