Reaction to Romney's acceptance speech

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Ok. I just saw Romney's speech. My detailed thoughts are below. Overall I give it a B-/B.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Comments (24)

Aug 30, 2012

Romney went to HBS he is so baller

Aug 30, 2012

Romney is just an awkward motherfucker...

Did not enjoy the speech. Didn't expect to. It's just not his gift.

-The part praising women seemed forced
-There wasn't anything substantive about his economic, social or foreign policy
-The end where he switched focused to Iran and Russia was a bit unsettling

Aug 30, 2012
Devils Advocate:

Romney is just an awkward motherfucker...

Did not enjoy the speech. Didn't expect to. It's just not his gift.

-The part praising women seemed forced
-There wasn't anything substantive about his economic, social or foreign policy
-The end where he switched focused to Iran and Russia was a bit unsettling

I agree 100% with this. The part where he talked about his mom finding out about his dad's death when she did not receive a rose, was creepy because he had a smirk/smile when he was talking about it. Huh? It was really creepy, as if he was glad that he got to tell a story that ostensibly appeals to women.

The lack of interesting policy proposals really upset me, as a policy geek. And his hawkish stance towards Russia, Iran, and China, sent chills down my spine, as it is verbatim what the neocons would want. That part actually disturbs me greatly since by all indication, Romney will bring in neocons to his foreign policy team.

Aug 30, 2012

It felt really weird when he was talking about what it feels like for someone making hourly wage and has to take two $9/hourly wage job to make for the one he lost. And some other lines related to this. He was clearly trying to connect with lower/middle income American people but it sounded so insincere.

Aug 30, 2012

One more thing. That Clint Eastwood monologue (i will not dignify it by using the word "speech") was downright bizarre, creepy, and ineffective. It was nothing more than a debacle, and I'm furious at the RNC for allowing that old senile man to embarrass himself and the party with his show tonight. It was simply unbelievable.

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Aug 31, 2012
Brady4MVP:

One more thing. That Clint Eastwood monologue (i will not dignify it by using the word "speech") was downright bizarre, creepy, and ineffective. It was nothing more than a debacle, and I'm furious at the RNC for allowing that old senile man to embarrass himself and the party with his show tonight. It was simply unbelievable.

Don't worry Obama routinely has to deal with that bumbling old fool Biden and it doesn't really affect him.

Btw did Erin Burnett look better than normal tonight?

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Aug 31, 2012

I didn't watch tonight because I'd rather pierce my cock with a fork than suffer through that shit but all I'm seeing on twitter, Internet, etc is that Ryan's speech was full of falsehoods and it was awful. Any comments on that?

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Aug 31, 2012

As a politic hating 30year old, I have found myself more intwind with our current election then ever before. Maybe its because I've been layed off twice due to "corporate restructuring," or the fact I cant get the job I want with experience, and not compromising going back to school to drop useless $$$.

However, Ryan made 1 solid point and analogy. That its wrong/unfathomable, that 28year old adult children are still forced to live at home with their parents while staring up at their Pearl Jam posters!!!

Thought it was funny and relative.

"Their analysts, they don't know preferred stock from live stock, alright."

Aug 31, 2012

College graduates should not have to live out their 20s in their childhood bedrooms, staring up at fading Obama posters and wondering when they can move out and get going with life..

Can someone embed this for me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yD43OrcjDI&feature...

Aug 31, 2012
happypantsmcgee:

I didn't watch tonight because I'd rather pierce my cock with a fork than suffer through that shit but all I'm seeing on twitter, Internet, etc is that Ryan's speech was full of falsehoods and it was awful. Any comments on that?

I watched some of it. Mostly anti-Obama administration, which wasn't a surprise. Here's two articles I read that fact checked. I know I shouldn't be surprised by how blatantly politicians lie, but I am...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/...

Aug 31, 2012

I thought as a whole the convention was extremely successful. I also have to disagree with the above, I thought that Romney's speech was one of the best speeches I have heard out of him since he began running for 2008.

On Rubio, I am excited about his future. His speech was excellent.

Hopefully we will start talking substance here in the next month. I look forward to the debates.

Romney / Ryan are going to win this thing.

PS. On the Iran situation, I think we are going to see Israel hit Iran in the next 6-12 months. Whoever is going to be president at that time needs to be prepared for this.

Aug 30, 2012
Nobama88:

I thought as a whole the convention was extremely successful. I also have to disagree with the above, I thought that Romney's speech was one of the best speeches I have heard out of him since he began running for 2008.

On Rubio, I am excited about his future. His speech was excellent.

Hopefully we will start talking substance here in the next month. I look forward to the debates.

Romney / Ryan are going to win this thing.

PS. On the Iran situation, I think we are going to see Israel hit Iran in the next 6-12 months. Whoever is going to be president at that time needs to be prepared for this.

I sincerely hope you're right, although I disagree with your thoughts on the convention. I thought it was utterly mediocre, with the exceptions of condi and ryan. I actually did not like rubio's speech that much. He talked way too much about himself. And the whole immigrant story, although moving, is getting tiring. It didn't hit the spot for me.

Aug 31, 2012
Brady4MVP:
Nobama88:

I thought as a whole the convention was extremely successful. I also have to disagree with the above, I thought that Romney's speech was one of the best speeches I have heard out of him since he began running for 2008.

On Rubio, I am excited about his future. His speech was excellent.

Hopefully we will start talking substance here in the next month. I look forward to the debates.

Romney / Ryan are going to win this thing.

PS. On the Iran situation, I think we are going to see Israel hit Iran in the next 6-12 months. Whoever is going to be president at that time needs to be prepared for this.

I sincerely hope you're right, although I disagree with your thoughts on the convention. I thought it was utterly mediocre, with the exceptions of condi and ryan. I actually did not like rubio's speech that much. He talked way too much about himself. And the whole immigrant story, although moving, is getting tiring. It didn't hit the spot for me.

But dude he went to HBS. The H-Bomb is all he needs. Think about all the chicks he's slaying.

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Aug 31, 2012
Nobama88:

I thought as a whole the convention was extremely successful. I also have to disagree with the above, I thought that Romney's speech was one of the best speeches I have heard out of him since he began running for 2008.

On Rubio, I am excited about his future. His speech was excellent.

Hopefully we will start talking substance here in the next month. I look forward to the debates.

Romney / Ryan are going to win this thing.

PS. On the Iran situation, I think we are going to see Israel hit Iran in the next 6-12 months. Whoever is going to be president at that time needs to be prepared for this.

Dude, Im a diehard republican but I know R squared is going to get slaughtered in November.

Aug 31, 2012
ChrisHansen:
Nobama88:

I thought as a whole the convention was extremely successful. I also have to disagree with the above, I thought that Romney's speech was one of the best speeches I have heard out of him since he began running for 2008.

On Rubio, I am excited about his future. His speech was excellent.

Hopefully we will start talking substance here in the next month. I look forward to the debates.

Romney / Ryan are going to win this thing.

PS. On the Iran situation, I think we are going to see Israel hit Iran in the next 6-12 months. Whoever is going to be president at that time needs to be prepared for this.

Dude, Im a diehard republican but I know R squared is going to get slaughtered in November.

lol, no way man. Minority and young vote aren't going to turn out like they did in 2008. Romney is leading or tied now in all likely voter polls. Ryan destroys Biden in the debates and Romney will hold his own. I am more optimistic now then I was 6 months ago, that is for sure.

Aug 31, 2012

Rubio's intro was the best part of the night IMO and i agree about Eastwood wtf was that???

Aug 31, 2012

Romney came across better than expected. Not enough for me to vote for or against him, but he did alright.

Aug 31, 2012

Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art - Andy Warhol

Aug 31, 2012

Eastwood didn't have a "speech", more of a rambling rant that had no real clear message. Hard to transition to someone like him when we are all expecting some uptight politician with a teleprompter.

Aug 31, 2012

There's a live Romney / Ryan speech right now on the BBC from Florida and I must say, Romney has improved as a public speaker since the last time I saw him during the nominee debates. Ryan is a pretty decent speaker as well and seems to work the crowd much better than Romney.

Its also quite funny seeing them give a speech in front of a jumbo jet and a 50ft tall American flag. So much money is wasted in US presidential elections and it's all so theatrical and OTT. Politicians over here travel around on public trains or 3-4 car motorcades, not a million-dollar plane =P

Romneys views and comments on China / Iran and foreign policy in general are worrying though!

Aug 31, 2012

Romney doesn't have to do well in the South. Everyone there will vote for anyone but Obama. Lets face it. 90% of this election is already in the bag. The deciding factor will be Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, etc. Romney needs to win these battle ground states.

Aug 31, 2012
TNA:

Romney doesn't have to do well in the South. Everyone there will vote for anyone but Obama. Lets face it. 90% of this election is already in the bag. The deciding factor will be Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin, etc. Romney needs to win these battle ground states.

http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2012...