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The Pre-Speech Buzz Underestimated
Ann Romney & Chris Christie


From today’s edition of the Morning Jolt, some buzz about how each swing state looks at this point, an assessment of the night’s earlier speakers, and then . . .

The Big Names

So, we in the press often get the written prepared speeches, or at least excerpts, before delivery. The convention organizers do this because they want the text printed online and in the next day’s morning papers. The early buzz on Chris Christie’s speech was pretty bad. The word was that it barely mentioned Mitt Romney, that it had no red meat, that it was all about Christie and that you could easily be lulled into thinking he was there to accept the nomination.

There was less buzz about Ann Romney’s speech. There should have been: Brit Hume called it “The single most effective speech I’ve ever heard from a political wife.” Ari Fleischer: “One of the best speeches I’ve ever heard.”

This was a great section:

I’m not sure if men really understand this, but I don’t think there’s a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better! And that’s fine. We don’t want easy. But these last few years have been harder than they needed to be. It’s all the little things — that price at the pump you just can’t believe, the grocery bills that just get bigger; all those things that used to be free, like school sports, are now one more bill to pay. It’s all the little things that pile up to become big things. And the big things — the good jobs, the chance at college, that home you want to buy, just get harder. Everything has become harder. We’re too smart to know there aren’t easy answers. But we’re not dumb enough to accept that there aren’t better answers.

That line might be the very best line of the night.

Perhaps Christie felt the need to demonstrate that he’s more than the big guy who bellows at obnoxious hecklers at political rallies. But I liked it more than I expected; I thought the stories of his mother worked a lot.

Maybe the best section, one that dovetails nicely with Paul Ryan’s presence on the Republican ticket:

We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements.

We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren.

Seniors are not selfish.

They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election.

Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.

We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete.

Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.

We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future — demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.

They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense.

They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.

They believe in teacher’s unions.

We believe in teachers.

Brit Hume: “He lays out his political philosophy, but he’s also the guy you sit behind at the ballgame.” You mean an obstructed view?

Erik Telford: “You can judge how effective the convention is by how angry the anchors are on MSNBC. So it was a good night.”

Tags: Ann Romney , Chris Christie


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