Like John Hinderaker, I too was impressed with Mitt Romney’s speech last night. And like him, I too noticed the former governor’s wife. John took note of his poise and speculates about how she might contribute “in a subtle way, to the overall image of the ticket.” I noticed how devoted he seems to her. He looks at her, as if he just can’t believe that, out of all the men in the world, she picked him.
It wasn’t just the way he looked at his wife that struck me, but also the content of his speech. Now, given that I watched while doing cardio, I did not catch the tone of his voice, only saw how he energized he looked as I read the text of his remarks through the miracle of closed-captioning. He hit all the right notes and made clear he was taking the fight to Obama, hitting the Democrat for his policy failures and for the sour state of the national economy.
The Republican was upbeat, optimistic, Reaganesque in rhetoric if not in tone.
Those who promise to spread the wealth around only ever succeed in spreading poverty. Other nations have chosen that path. It leads to chronic high unemployment, crushing debt, and stagnant wages.
He also turned a familiar Clinton campaign expression on its head. Warning us that the Democrats remain determined to “run a campaign of diversions, distractions, and distortions”, Romney reminds us that “It’s still about the economy …and we’re not stupid.” The UK’s Toby Harnden reminds us of a bit of American history:
Just as the Clinton campaign (whose manager James Carville famously coined the phrase ‘it’s the economy, stupid’) resisted President George H.W. Bush’s attempts to make the 1992 election about the then Arkansas governor’s character, Team Romney will try keep the focus on Obama and his record.
H/t Instapundit. The reference to Clinton’s expression is clear, but I’m wondering if Romney was also referring to Obama’s own use of the derogatory adjective In an energy speech (falsely) suggesting that all that the Republican energy plan entails is drilling, drilling and more drilling, he said, “Well the American people aren’t stupid.”
In his speech last night, Mitt Romney hit the right tone and made quite clear that he intends to take the fight to the failed incumbent. And he’s not pulling punches.