Alright. I’ll now be analyzing former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R-MA) speech to the RNC:
He’s talking about respecting the people there for the views they have. He’s talking about Washington looking at the elites from the East Coast, such as liberal newspapers, etc…. “If America really wants to change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, because it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska!” That was a pretty cool imagery – and it got a good response from the crowd.
He’s talking about the DNC speakers talking about change. He’s talking about the government being liberal: Supreme Court being liberal, giving rights to terrorist prisoners, stopping off shore drilling and nuclear power plants, making inflation rise. “We need change all right: change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington!” Again, that was a pretty good quote, and he’s now reaching out to the conservative base, which is the part of the party that Lieberman didn’t appeal to, so they’re hitting all of the members of the party as well as other people watching.
Talking about throwing out the big government liberals. Now he’s talking about his history in the private sector, and that liberals don’t know how to deal with economic issues. He’s basically saying that we have a good economy because of the work of the American people.
“We strengthen our people and our economy when we preserve and promote opportunity. Opportunity is what lets hope become reality.” Now he’s talking about when opportunity expands – talking about good educations, talking about schools and homes that are moral homes, free from pornography, drugs, etc…. “America cannot long lead the family of nations if we fail the family here at home.” And again, that’s a great quote that appeals to the Religious Right conservatives. He’s shoring up the party base, something that on his own, McCain would have a hard time doing.
“It’s time to stop the spread of government dependency and fight it like the poison that it is. You know, it’s time for the party of big ideas, not the party of Big Brother.” And that appeals to the economic conservatives – and it helps McCain look better on economics, an area that he won’t appear strong on his own.
Now he’s talking about the housing crisis and gas prices. He’s talking about the Democrats wanting to take the wrong course, but we should take the right course, the same course that Reagan took over 20 years ago.
“The right course is to rein in government spending, lower taxes, take a weed whacker to excessive regulation and mandates, put a stop to tort windfalls, and to stand up to the tyrannosaurus appetite of government unions.” And that’s going to hurt with the moderates, but this is where Palin comes in to help. Her and her husband were union members, so that connection is going to sway over some moderate union members who are undecided as of now.
Talking about pursuing every source of energy security, including drilling for oil off our shores. “I have one more recommendation for energy conservation: let’s keep Al Gore’s private jet on the ground.” That was a great quote.
He’s talking about Democrats not talking about the threat from radical Muslims at their convention last week. Now he’s talking about good an evil, and McCain said (at the Saddleback forum) “hit the nail on head: radical violent Islam is evil and he will defeat it.” That’s another great quote there. That really appeals to the military families and people who are mostly concerned with national security. Although, this is an area that McCain really doesn’t need help in.
And the crowd has now gone into chanting, “USA.”
“People in our party prefer straight talk to politically correct talk.” Again, another great quote, showing that Democrats are spinning the truth, and that McCain is telling the truth.
He’s now talking about McCain and Palin strengthening the economy, and not retreating in the face of evil extremism.
“Just like you, there’s never been a day when I was not proud to be an American.” And the crowd has gone into chanting “USA” again. “We Americans inherited the greatest nation in the history of the earth. It’s our burden and our privilege to preserve it, to renew its spirit, so that its noble past is prologue to its glorious future. To this we’re all dedicated, and I firmly believe, by the providence of the Almighty, that we will succeed. President McCain and Vice President Palin will keep America as it has always been, the hope of the earth. Thank you and God bless America.”
Alright, so there you have Mitt Romney’s speech, a speech to shore up some more of the base. It was good speech, but I expected better from him. He can be a great speaker, and I just didn’t see a great speech there. I’d give it an 8.5/10.
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