RNC 2012: For Romney, voters’ love would be nice — but their respect may suffice

TAMPA — Giving a glimpse at Mitt the man was Ann Romney’s job Tuesday night, and she framed her story as one about love: hers for him and his for her, their family and his fellow man.

Defining the choice between the Romney Republicans and Barack Obama’s Democrats was Chris Christie’s job immediately afterward, and he framed his story as one about respect: the kind, as he said his mother taught him, a person sometimes has to seek instead of love. The kind that leads one to make tough decisions, to say “no” when it’s right, even if “yes” would be easier.

“Look into your hearts,” Ann Romney implored.

“I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved,” Christie intoned, not so many minutes later.

And any number of people watching the first full night of the 2012 Republican National Convention must have thought, Um, THAT’S awkward.

But the two messages were not as incongruent as they appeared at first blush. Christie explained why early in his speech: “love without respect [is] always fleeting,” but “respect [can] grow into real, lasting love.”

“I think,” he continued, “that advice applies to America today more than ever.” Certainly, he and Ann and the entire GOP hope it applies to Mitt Romney.

Unloved by much of his own party, Mitt Romney won its presidential nomination almost bloodlessly mechanically: with superior organization, discipline and resources. He was unloved, but he came to be respected. And to judge by a night when, for long stretches of time, the only full-throated cheers came when the speakers on the stage invoked his name, his party’s faithful have developed something like the respect-driven love Mama Christie told her son about.

Now the task is to repeat the trick with the broader electorate, against an opponent with whom voters fell into something more akin to infatuation four years ago.

It was to that end that Ann Romney spoke about respect as much as Christie did, and as deeply, if not explicitly, as she spoke about love.

There was the respect for parents — and especially for mothers, without whom, she said, “there would not be an America.”

“It’s the moms who always have to work a little harder to make everything right,” she said. (This dad knows that’s true.)

“We don’t want easy. But,” and here she distinguished between women’s usual burden and the heavier one they’ve felt during an administration that likes to talk about a War on Women, “these last few years have been harder than they needed to be.”

It’s not just “the little things that pile up,” like the cost of gas and groceries, but “the big things — the good jobs, the chance at college, that home you want to buy, just get harder. Everything has become harder.”

Then this applause line, one of the night’s best: “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.”

There was also the respect for individual success. Here, she made one of the best cases yet offered for respecting, not demonizing, her husband’s business career.

“It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked,” she said. “Are those really the values that made our country great? As a mom of five boys, do we want to raise our children to be afraid of success? Do we send our children out in the world with the advice, ‘Try to do [just] OK?’ “

Then another kicker, again bringing it back to the decision at hand: “Let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?”

Of course not, she — and any intellectually honest person watching her — said.

Mitt Romney and his partners created success for themselves, success “beyond their dreams,” she said. But it didn’t stop there. “The jobs that grew from the risks they took have become college educations, first homes. That success has helped fund scholarships, pensions, and retirement funds.

“This is the genius of America: dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams.”

The many, many Americans who understand that truth may or may not love Mitt Romney now. But in the end, he’s not asking them to love him. Nor, really, is his wife.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Kyle Wingfield

August 29th, 2012
5:56 pm

Fyi, this is about last night’s speeches but it’s tomorrow’s print column. So you can choose to view the glass as half-full (it’s a day early!) or half-empty (it’s a day late!).

Sallie

August 29th, 2012
6:06 pm

boner would drink both glasses and throw you out of his bar.

Interested Observer

August 29th, 2012
6:12 pm

“Unloved by much of his own party, Mitt Romney won its presidential nomination almost bloodlessly: with superior organization, discipline and resources [aka: money].”

By the way, there was nothing bloodless about Romney’s campaign.

http://elections.americablog.com/2012/01/romney-obliterating-gingrich-in-florida.html

Interested Observer

August 29th, 2012
6:13 pm

“Unloved by much of his own party, Mitt Romney won its presidential nomination almost bloodlessly: with superior organization, discipline and resources [aka: money].”

By the way, there was nothing bloodless about Romney’s campaign.

http://elections.americablog.com/2012/01/romney-obliterating-gingrich-in-florida.html

(Fixed.)

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

August 29th, 2012
6:22 pm

He is certainly unloved and disrespected by the MSM. Every year it seems to get worse, the MS media’s dislike and disrespect for the GOP and conservatives in general. I saw where Yahoo fired their guy, who said Romney wanted to party while black people drowned, ABC denied he belonged to them, however, there were many more incidents of obvious disgust displayed by wannabe’s on camera.

I guess the truth hurts, the MSM obviously tries to focus the attention away from what is being said.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
6:26 pm

I liked the part in the circus with two cons throwing peanuts at the black cameraman saying, “this is how we feed the animals.”

Clowns.

Interested Observer

August 29th, 2012
6:27 pm

RE: “It amazes me to see his history of success actually being attacked,…”

I like Nancy Reagan, Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama. I didn’t, however, like Hillary Clinton when she was the first lady. I don’t like Ann Romney for the same reason.

Mrs. Romney isn’t humble about the fact that anybody is only interested in her opinion because of who she happens to married to. She doesn’t limit her comments to her relationship with her husband and kids. Rather, she’s happy to present herself as a campaign surrogate. If she wants to act as an attack dog for the Romney campaign, irregardless of her lack of expertise, then fine. But nobody should treat her with kid gloves when she repeats idiocy like this.

Nobody, and I mean nobody, is attacking success. Among other things, Romney has been attacked for how he achieved his success (outsourcing jobs, piling debt onto previously healthy companies,…). Among other things, Romney has been attacked for paying lower taxes than most Americans, despite his success. Among other things, Romney has been attacked for hiding money arising out of his success in offshore accounts and nontaxable vehicles. (How did his IRA get so big when annual contribution limits are so small?)

Claiming that success is being attacked is political rhetoric that has no basis in reality, and I’m sorry to see Ann Romney peddle such falsehoods.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
6:29 pm

“My husband will not fail” was a shot at w.

Bob Loblaw

August 29th, 2012
6:31 pm

OMG if you read that headline and realize you’re at the convention already, you’ve not quite done your job to unite the base or even have a chance. The people that travel to Tampa in August don’t “respect” him? How about that voter that wakes up three days before election day? This isn’t good.

Get ready for four more, people and all you Republicans running for re-election? Think 96 Dole v. Clinton. You have no coattails.

md

August 29th, 2012
6:39 pm

” I saw where Yahoo fired their guy, who said Romney wanted to party while black people drowned”

The scary part is the guy is a teacher at Georgetown……..

Kyle Wingfield

August 29th, 2012
6:41 pm

Loblaw: General election voters. Not GOP voters. Read the column.

Tealiban Party

August 29th, 2012
6:45 pm

Americans don’t respect the “patriotic” wealthy that see fit to hide their money in offshore accounts, yet clamor for more tax cuts. Americans don’t love the rich that complain about the evil socialist kenyan marxist Obama policies, but can covertly contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to corrupt the American political process.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
6:55 pm

md,

This time they are rescuing white folks from their roofs.

Kyle Wingfield

August 29th, 2012
6:56 pm

There seemed to be some confusion about the meaning of “bloodlessly” I intended here, so I’ve substituted what should be a clearer word. My apologies for the lack of clarity.

md

August 29th, 2012
6:59 pm

“This time they are rescuing white folks from their roofs.”

I don’t care who they are rescuing……the blame lies with the individual that made the choice NOT to evacuate………and the same applied in Katrina.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
7:03 pm

md,

Of course you don’t care.

You are a con.

It is all about you.

Me generation.

MarkV

August 29th, 2012
7:09 pm

Just like the Republicans keep distorting the truth of Obama’s words regarding who built what, Ann Romney distorts the truth about success. It is not Romney’s success that has been attacked, it is some of the means used to achieve that success. And not just by Democrats, but also by his Republican rivals, as we remember so well.

saywhat?

August 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

Then another kicker, again bringing it back to the decision at hand: “Let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?”

Of course not, she — and any intellectually honest person watching her — said.
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Of course not, if his success wasn’t rigged by the wealthy for the wealthy, at the expense of everbody else, as it has been for the last 20-30-40 years.
If the wall street melt down hadn’t exposed the raping of America’s middle class, no we wouldn’t be questioning mitts’ “success”.

SheeshLouise

August 29th, 2012
7:10 pm

Recurring theme in last night’s speeches: “Here’s how great I am. Here is what I did. Here’s MY life story. Join ME (in 2016). Oh yeah… ‘Mitt Romney’…(ticket punched, now back to ME)”. The camera cuts to Romney and his face looks like he smells boo boo! Ann at one point looked the same, though trying hard to keep on the right face. They’re not stupid, they could see through it.

There is your “respect”, on display for all to see. They don’t believe in Romney. It’s obvious.

Stephenson Billings

August 29th, 2012
7:15 pm

Here’s a good article about the so-called “swing votes”: http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/315094/meet-deciders-daniel-foster

“The sum total revealed a bizarre truth about swing voters. It’s not that they’re divided on any given issue, with half taking one side and half the other. Rather, everybody seemed to agree with everybody else about everything — and to disagree with them, too. Transitory coalitions formed and dissolved in what seemed a matter of milliseconds, like exotic particles in a supercollider.

“One minute, Latino Nose Spectacles was in complete agreement with Senior in Blazer. The next, they were at each other’s throats, and Young Yellow Dress had to team with Hair Gel to step in as the voice of reason. Working majorities seemingly assented to some premise, only to split a thousand ways on the most straightforward logical conclusion from said premise. Everybody hates Congress, but most of these people either voted for their current congressmen or can’t name them.

“Everybody blames both parties for gridlock, but everyone also wants politicians brave enough to stand for their principles and against business as usual. Most call themselves moderates. One — one — describes himself as a liberal, and he voted for McCain and plans to vote for Romney. There were even those among them, reader, who liked Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan equally. Such people aren’t so much swing voters as they are schizophrenic. … The bad news is that these people are going to determine the election.

“The good news? The good news is that they are for Mitt.”

@@

August 29th, 2012
7:16 pm

Then another kicker, again bringing it back to the decision at hand: “Let’s be honest. If the last four years had been more successful, do we really think there would be this attack on Mitt Romney’s success?”

Excellent!

Nobody ever complained about Kerry, Edwards, Clinton, Gore OR Kennedy’s wealth. Heck! They loved Jon Huntsman (R).

Wealth among liberals is très chic.

Tough love is something liberals don’t wanna face.

md

August 29th, 2012
7:18 pm

I expected no less from that response get…..true to form.

@@

August 29th, 2012
7:23 pm

And then there’s the most popular third-party candidate, Ross Perot. Lots of folks voted for him.

Wealth didn’t seem to matter in past presidential campaigns.

finn mccool

August 29th, 2012
7:32 pm

Hey, where is W?

You can’t hold a Convenchun without “The Decider”

finn mccool

August 29th, 2012
7:33 pm

No one is complaining about Romney’s wealth. We are just interested in where it came from and where it currently resides.

finn mccool

August 29th, 2012
7:38 pm

Here Colbert helps viewers understand the Akin mentality with the nwest Apple innovation – the Vagina iTouch:

http://rackjite.com/colbert-report-vagina-itouch-and-sex-ed-with-todd-akin-and-steve-king/

“there be dragons here”

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
7:46 pm

David Chalian of Yahoo! News gets booted for RNC, Isaac comment

By James Rainey
August 29, 2012, 3:29 p.m.

TAMPA, Fla. — [T]he only clear casualty in the first days of the Republican National Convention was Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian.

The veteran newsman quipped: “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”
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I’m sure that his racism, partisanship, and hatred had no effect on the job he did as Washington bureau chief though.

Americans will have to defeat both Obozo and the media to make any progress the next four years.

Thomas Heyward Jr.

August 29th, 2012
7:47 pm

The last man in the GOP who commanded respect …went back to Texas last night.
The rest are only political wh*res.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
7:47 pm

He was unloved, but he came to be respected.

What????

Are you kidding??

He’s still not respected by the party faithful.

The only reason he survived is that, like McCain, his inter-party competition was absurdly laughable. Newt??? Herman??? Both Rickys??? Michelle??? Ron Paul???

The only thing that drives them to support this “severely conservative” (LOL!) socialist RINO is that they hate – with a capital H – the incumbent Uppity Kenyan without a birth certificate.

The guy is the worst GOP candidate in fifty years and is so unprincipled that he makes John Kerry look like the Rock of Gibraltar!

Good luck with this loser in November…

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
7:51 pm

getalife: “My husband will not fail” was a shot at w.
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Right, because four years of 8-10% unemployment is so much better than eight years of 4-6% unemployment. And because $1.5 trillion deficits is preferable to $300 billion ones. And because more people on welfare is better than fewer. And because we didn’t really need that AAA credit rating.

Obozo: Inferior. Failure.

@@

August 29th, 2012
7:52 pm

finn:

Dem. Chair (Debbie Wasserman Schultz) Invested in Swiss Banks, Foreign Drug Companies, and the State Bank of India–Weekly Standard

Obama Jobs Council Packed With Outsourcing Companies–Huffington Post

Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000.–ABC News

According to Pelosi’s 2011 financial disclosure statement, the Democratic House Minority Leader received between $1 million and $5 million in partnership income from ”Matthews International Capital Management LLC,” a group that emphasizes that it has a “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” A quick trip to the company website reveals a featured post extolling the virtues of outsourcing.–Open Secrets

What say you?

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
7:52 pm

We are just interested in where it came from and where it currently resides.
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And why would that be any of your business?

md

August 29th, 2012
7:55 pm

“And why would that be any of your business?”

Probably thinks he’s entitled to some of it…….

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
7:59 pm

Success envy.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
8:05 pm

Let me be clear:

No more occupations.

No attacks.

No collapses.

No gop.

Four more years!

@@

August 29th, 2012
8:06 pm

No bailouts.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
8:08 pm

willie robme wants to deregulate the banks again @@.

That means more bailouts.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
8:11 pm

Lets talk about ryan’s votes shall we:

” In January 2001, before any Bush administration policies had been passed, the Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, was projecting budget surpluses totaling $5.6 trillion over following decade. Instead, we got cumulative deficits totaling $6.1 trillion, an $11.7 trillion difference. CBO estimates that laws passed by Congress and signed by Presidents Bush and Barack Obama are responsible for $8.5 trillion of that difference. Rep. Ryan cast his vote for about 80 percent of that $8.5 trillion.

Mr. Ryan has also voted for every defense spending increase during his political career, resulting in an additional $1.9 trillion to the deficit.”

He should be booed off the stage .

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
8:12 pm

Interested Observer: Nobody, and I mean nobody, is attacking success. (Just as long as you allow the government to spread your success around to parasites who did not earn it.)

Romney has been attacked for how he achieved his success (outsourcing jobs, piling debt onto previously healthy companies). (Yet another spasm of ignorance on your part. When you buy a company and borrow money to finance its turnaround or growth, you also own that debt.)

Romney has been attacked for paying lower taxes than most Americans, despite his success. (Wrong again. Romney pays taxes according to the same rates everyone else pays. If you have some evidence of illegalities, put up or shut up.)

Romney has been attacked for hiding money arising out of his success in offshore accounts and nontaxable vehicles. (If it was “hidden”, how do we know about it? Please point to the section of federal or state law that prohibits saving and investing overseas. Otherwise, you’re just a small-minded xenophobe.)

How did his IRA get so big when annual contribution limits are so small? (You tell us, and again, if you have some evidence of illegalities, put up or shut up.)

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For someone who doesn’t begrudge President Romney the wealth that he earned, you sure do seem envious and hateful.

Liar.

td

August 29th, 2012
8:13 pm

“Now the task is to repeat the trick with the broader electorate, against an opponent with whom voters fell into something more akin to infatuation four years ago.”

I would say it is more like 2:00 am bar love (lust). She looked good when you were full of beer and it was closing time but you can not wait for her to leave in the morning and you are hoping and praying that she did not leave you with an everlasting memory.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
8:15 pm

In other words, ryan is not the solution, he is the problem.

Enjoy his lies in his speech.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
8:16 pm

Americans with functioning brain stems know they made a huge mistake four years ago. They’ll admit that mistake in the voting booth.

getalife

August 29th, 2012
8:18 pm

The mistake was bush.

bush was a disaster.

robme is another disaster waiting to happen.

Sane Americans will decide this one.

President Obama will win.

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
8:19 pm

If Americans decide the election, Romney wins.

If Democrats decide, Obozo wins (and America loses).

Vote American.

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
8:20 pm

Romney has ZERO chance. He never did. This election was over months and months ago.

And the Bush/Cheney disease will likely linger another four or eight years after this defeat.

Cons on the outside, looking in at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

I love it…

Lil' Barry Bailout - Vote American

August 29th, 2012
8:28 pm

You have to be mentally retarded if you attack someone for correctly filling out their tax forms.

Democrats: Mentally retarded.

Stephenson Billings

August 29th, 2012
8:30 pm

Uh oh….

“Just a few months ago, back in May, according to Democratic pollster Public Policy Polling, President Obama held a commanding 51-41% lead over Mitt Romney. What was especially notable is that Obama was over the all-important 50% mark. This is crucial for an incumbent, because undecideds historically go with the challenger.

Two months later, though, in July, Obama’s lead fell in the PPP poll to just five points, 48-43%.

Today, one month later, both men are statistically tied with Obama besting Romney by only two points, 47-45%.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Rasmussen released a poll showing Romney up 2 in Iowa.

In 2008, Obama won Iowa by almost 10 points.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/28/Obama-Lead-Collapses-Iowa-Tied

Jeff

August 29th, 2012
8:31 pm

get a life, jamvet, AND ALL YOU OTHER LEFTEST, Go to Bookmans blog, he is just your kind of scum..

JamVet

August 29th, 2012
8:31 pm

Barack Obama: -190 = An odds on favorite.
Mitt Romney: +155.

For you big rollers out there, this means that you can risk $100 and make $155 if Flip wins. Less the juice, of course. That would mean a nice pay day for those that lay down some serious change on the socialist flip-flopping RINO.

On the other hand one needs to risk $190 to earn $100 in winnings on Obama winning the election. Less the juice.

So it looks like REAL easy money for you Romney fans.

But I’m sure all of you devoted cons already have skin in the game!

Stephenson Billings

August 29th, 2012
8:34 pm

This is good. Also from the 1st article I posted:

“When asked to describe Romney in one word, they said things like “stiff,” “experienced,” “educated,” “accomplished,” “articulate,” “untrustworthy,” “a leader,” “successful,” “privileged,” “question-mark,” and “ethical.” A mixed bag, right? Sure, but look at what they call Obama: “narcissist,” “polarizing,” “trying,” “having hope,” “incapable,” “lost,” “polarizing,” “socialist” (!), and most damning of all, “disappointing.” ‘