By Teresa Welsh |
Was the Republican National Convention a success for Mitt Romney?
In a word, yes.
Mitt Romney hit a home run with his well-organized convention. Paul Ryan did extremely well, but Romney's acceptance speech was an out of the park home run.
Fortunately for Romney, the speech will be what is remembered from this convention, not the badly handled power grab from earlier in the week.
We all know the first rule of politics is you define yourself; you do not let the other guy define you. Romney did an amazing job of defining himself.
There was hardly a dry eye in the auditorium or in the TV audience as Ted and Pat Oparowski told the story of their 14-year-old son who was dying from Hodgkin's disease. The story of Mitt Romney visiting that child, developing a friendship with him is beyond touching. The part of the story where the boy asks Romney, who is a lawyer, to help him write a will so his prized possessions will go to the right people is priceless.
People will remember this. Romney is not the cold, stiff executive who likes firing people. He is the caring man who took time from his busy life to offer comfort to a dying boy.
The brilliance of this is that President Obama has no come back. There is no one who will come forward to tell stories of how Barack Obama comforted their dying child or cooked them Thanksgiving dinner while their child was in intensive care.
While the convention was going on, conservative media outlets reported that Barack Obama sent form letters to the families of fallen Navy SEALs, which were signed not by him but by his autopen.
There is the contrast. Mitt Romney comforts a dying child and Barack Obama sends form letters to the families of military personnel killed for this nation.
This is the contrast this convention set up for Romney. It is a battle he almost cannot lose.
For Romney, this convention was better than a success. It was a true home run.
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