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Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention
Political Realities ^ | 08/30/12 | LD Jackson

Posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:45 PM PDT by LD Jackson

After watching the speeches given over the past three days, it was only natural to wonder if Mitt Romney would be able to do his predecessors justice. Ann Romney did a great job, as did Paul Ryan, and a host of other speakers. Thursday night's programming was clearly designed to help introduce the real Mitt Romney to the rest of America. Many of us had not heard the stories we heard leading up to our nominee's acceptance speech. We learned there is much more to the man than he has told. These are the stories Mitt Romney is not comfortable telling, stories about himself that reveal there is much more to his inner character than we have been led to believe.

To be honest, Mitt Romney had a tough act to follow tonight. With Marco Rubio introducing him, and Clint Eastwood before that, it was no small task to pull off a convention speech that would fire up the Republican base, introduce our nominee to the rest of the country, and kick off a fall campaign that will hopefully unseat the most unsuccessful President since Jimmy Carter. In my humble and honest opinion, he did just that.

Mitt Romney did what he needed to do tonight. In his acceptance speech, he highlighted exactly why we should vote for him on November 6. I keep coming back to this point, but let me reiterate it once more. Time after time, we have been told there is not a real and significant difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama. Once again, I must beg to differ. Romney's speech explained what many of those differences were. They are fundamental differences in the America each man believes in. The latter part of his speech tells these differences well. Quoted from a transcript at The Huffington Post.

We will honor America’s democratic ideals because a free world is a more peaceful world. This is the bipartisan foreign policy legacy of Truman and Reagan. And under my presidency we will return to it once again.

You might have asked yourself if these last years are really the America we want, the America won for us by the greatest generation.

Does the America we want borrow a trillion dollars from China? No.

Does it fail to find the jobs that are needed for 23 million people and for half the kids graduating from college? No.

Are its schools lagging behind the rest of the developed world? No.

And does the America we want succumb to resentment and division? We know the answer.

The America we all know has been a story of the many becoming one, uniting to preserve liberty, uniting to build the greatest economy in the world, uniting to save the world from unspeakable darkness.

Everywhere I go in America, there are monuments that list those who have given their lives for America. There is no mention of their race, their party affiliation, or what they did for a living. They lived and died under a single flag, fighting for a single purpose. They pledged allegiance to the UNITED States of America.

That America, that united America, can unleash an economy that will put Americans back to work, that will once again lead the world with innovation and productivity, and that will restore every father and mother's confidence that their children's future is brighter even than the past.

That America, that united America, will preserve a military that is so strong, no nation would ever dare to test it.

That America, that united America, will uphold the constellation of rights that were endowed by our Creator, and codified in our Constitution.

That united America will care for the poor and the sick, will honor and respect the elderly, and will give a helping hand to those in need.

That America is the best within each of us. That America we want for our children.

If I am elected President of these United States, I will work with all my energy and soul to restore that America, to lift our eyes to a better future. That future is our destiny. That future is out there. It is waiting for us. Our children deserve it, our nation depends upon it, the peace and freedom of the world require it. And with your help we will deliver it. Let us begin that future together tonight.

In September, the blog that has grown into Political Realities will be five years old. I started writing in support of Mike Huckabee and one of his main rivals in that campaign was Mitt Romney. At the time, I was focused on trying to do what I could do for the Huckabee campaign and I was not a big fan of Mitt Romney. During this past primary, I voted for Ron Paul. I do not regret that vote. However, in the past several months, I have learned a lot about the man who is our nominee. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, there is much more to him that meets the eye. His character and integrity were never in question, but I did wonder about some of his politics. Many, if not all, of those questions have been satisfied in my mind.

The differences between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are very real, the least of which is not our nominee's vision of America. Even if I may still disagree with some of his politics, at least he wants to work to bring our country out of the hole it is in. Everything Barack Obama has done since taking office seems to have been focused on fundamentally changing the direction of America. I believe Mitt Romney will work, from his first day in office, to be the kind of President who inspires us to be the best we can be. He may not be Ronald Reagan, but there is a vast chasm between Mitt Romney and the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. I think I'll bet on Mitt Romney.


TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012rncconvention; barackobama; mittromney
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1 posted on 08/30/2012 9:05:46 PM PDT by LD Jackson
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To: LD Jackson

I was blown away by Mitt Romney’s speech.

He meant and believed every word of it.

I could see it in his eyes.

I was just utterly blown away.


2 posted on 08/30/2012 9:09:33 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

We saw different speeches then, he was soooooooooooo boring.
I thought he was going to award a metal to Obama for trying.
I re-read the transcript to make sure I knew what he was saying, even reading it was boring.


3 posted on 08/30/2012 9:15:01 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: LD Jackson

One of the problems that the left has cooking against them is that their attempted demonization of Mitt and Paul is just wrong.

They are obviously fundamentally decent men. Which is not something which may be said of anyone on the left.


4 posted on 08/30/2012 9:15:09 PM PDT by buffaloguy
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To: svcw

Go back to the beach and play in the water, babe.


5 posted on 08/30/2012 9:18:00 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: chris37

And you sweetie you go back to your groveling for the liberal.
Romney is boring, how can you not see even that?


6 posted on 08/30/2012 9:20:24 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: LD Jackson
“I think I'll bet on Mitt Romney”

I wont. Obama is a incompetent liberal Romney is a competent liberal. I bet the competent one will do far more damage than the incompetent one.

One of the biggest fears I have of a Romney presidency is the Supreme Court. If he is elected he will appoint liberals to replace Scalia and Kennedy who will almost surely retire during a 4 or 8 year Romney administration. They would never retire during an Obama administration. Remember Clinton appointed NO SC Justices during his second term.

Romney's liberal SC Justices will change the balance of the Court for 40 years into the future. Obama at most will replace Ginsburg with a liberal and will not change the court.

I'd rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose..

7 posted on 08/30/2012 9:20:35 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: LD Jackson

Romney just got me enthusiastic FOR him as well as AGAINST the president. What a speech. My favorite two lines from it.

“Obama wants to heal the earth.... I wanna help you and your family”

and

“Under my administration, Putin will see a lot less flexibility.... and a lot more backbone.”

This convention has been an unapologetic success, regardless of the MSM SMEAR that we have witnessed. It’s REFUSAL to even cover the speakers who deserved to be heard was deplorable, but I honestly think Obama is finished. He may be a popular face at his convention, but who else is there? The racist mayor of LA? Biden, who is viewed as an idiot? Big Chief Elizabeth Warren?

Who do you think people will connect with more. An aging patriot, Clint Eastwood, or a polished barbie doll, Eva Longoria? I think Obama was always destined to lose this reelection, and after tonight, I’m more sure than ever that we will win. Nothing less will satisfy.


8 posted on 08/30/2012 9:20:47 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: svcw

Too much whiskey? Too much vodka? Maybe you were just tired. Take an Advil and get a good night’s sleep. You really screwed up...


9 posted on 08/30/2012 9:22:12 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: bcsco

Neither, Romney was boring.
Seriously, how do you not see that.


10 posted on 08/30/2012 9:23:43 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: svcw

You must have seen what you were hoping to see, is all I can say. He won me over tonight....I won’t have to grit my teeth to vote for him now.


11 posted on 08/30/2012 9:24:20 PM PDT by basil (Second Amendment Sisters.org)
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To: Viennacon

He and Ryan are honest men.

And having the Cardinal come out and bless them might just turn a few more ‘Catholics’ against the dems.


12 posted on 08/30/2012 9:26:06 PM PDT by bitt (These Commies are making it impossible to stick to my self-imposed moratorium on foul language)
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To: svcw
Seriously, how do you not see that.

Because, I didn't look at it through your cynical, myopic eyes.

13 posted on 08/30/2012 9:26:39 PM PDT by bcsco (Bourbon gets better with age...I age better with Bourbon.)
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To: montanajoe
I'd rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose..

I'm with you. Reliable sources tell me that the first SC slot that opens up, Obama is going to give Robert Bork a second chance.

14 posted on 08/30/2012 9:27:49 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: svcw
Obama is treacherous, how can you not see even that?
15 posted on 08/30/2012 9:30:20 PM PDT by oyez ( .Apparently The U.S. CONSTITUTION has been reduced to the consistency of quicksand.)
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To: oyez
I think you might want to check your sources :)
Obama will appoint liberal justices trust me..
16 posted on 08/30/2012 9:32:46 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

“I’d rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose”

This blows away any conservative persona you put on exposing your real liberal views. Thanks for coming clean.


17 posted on 08/30/2012 9:34:35 PM PDT by GregH
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To: oyez

Listen both men are treacherous, how do you not see that.
We are bolts, we are either airgun tightened or handgun tightened - either way we are screwed.


18 posted on 08/30/2012 9:34:45 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: Viennacon

And you joined FR yesterday to be here tonight to praise your liberal man. I’ve noticed several of your type join in the past couple of days. I don’t think this is a liberal forum, yet.


19 posted on 08/30/2012 9:36:27 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: montanajoe

you sir are deluding yourself, but it’s a free country. Today anyway.


20 posted on 08/30/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: LD Jackson

You joined Aug. 2 to promote liberal Romney. Have a good time, maybe you will get by with it.


21 posted on 08/30/2012 9:39:56 PM PDT by Marcella (Conservatism is dead. PREPARE)
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To: svcw

“We saw different speeches then, he was soooooooooooo boring.”

Yes. Rule 1: keep your audience. A good fraction of the audience probably tuned out, or just flipped the switch. Sure, it wasn’t a completely horrible speech, but it certainly wasn’t a home run of a speech like Ryan’s.


22 posted on 08/30/2012 9:40:29 PM PDT by Hokestuk
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To: yldstrk
I have been around long enough to never trust what a politician says I look at their record. Romney has a record of appointing liberal justices. I would be deluding myself to think he would do anything else in the future..
23 posted on 08/30/2012 9:42:51 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: oyez

obama is an not a competent businessman.

The business of America is business and Romney is a very competent businessman.

S. Ct justices will be the least of your problems if obama is reelected


24 posted on 08/30/2012 9:43:14 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: svcw

“oh he’s so boring, I’d rather have life with an exciting narcissist” is your mantra eh? You and a lot of others who thrive on emotional highs


25 posted on 08/30/2012 9:44:41 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: chris37

Same.

I had thought Romney was an empty suit during the debates, but I now believe he was strategizing himself to win the primaries.

I loved Cain, Gingrich, the rest a lot more than Romney. But, Romney (naturally) was out there to win, and he took the strategy of standing back, knew that his opponents would focus on tearing each other down and shove each other to get into the spotlight. Sadly for my favorite Cain, it did work.

It’ll work in the general election, too. Leftists are already getting pissed off at the message of American exceptionalism & mouthing off against America — something that won’t resonante well with at least 60% of voters.


26 posted on 08/30/2012 9:45:47 PM PDT by Cruising For Freedom
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To: svcw

You are boring.
We have one path, get the house, senate, presidency and scotus.

Romney MAY not provide that, but Obama WON’T provide that.


27 posted on 08/30/2012 9:49:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: montanajoe
"I'd rather live with four more years of Obama than have my kids live with 40 years of a liberal SC because of the liberal justices Romney will choose.."

You'll have that anyway if Obama wins again.

28 posted on 08/30/2012 9:49:39 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th
Do you really think Scalia and Kennedy will retire is Obama is reelected?

The threat Romney poses is he will get to replace these two conservative justices.

I wont vote for a liberal, voting conservative down ticket in the next two election cycles might give a Congress that can start turning things around.

29 posted on 08/30/2012 9:55:33 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

You’d better vote down ticket in the Senate.


30 posted on 08/30/2012 9:57:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: svcw
"Neither, Romney was boring."

Did you vote for Dole? Dole was boring and wishy-washy too, but we voted for him, just like we voted for McCain because of Palin. I'm not looking forward to voting for Romney, but the thought of 4 more years of our military under Obama's control, 4 more years of Holder's Injustice Department, 4 more years of Obama aiding the Islamists in the destruction of Israel, and 4 more years of that ugly Wookie would make me hold my nose and vote for a turd if it meant getting rid of the grifters presently living in the White House. You can't honestly love your country and say you'd rather have 4 more years of Obama's corruption, executive orders and lies.

31 posted on 08/30/2012 9:58:03 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: montanajoe

BTW Ryan would be the tie breaker in the Senate.


32 posted on 08/30/2012 9:58:54 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Ill vote for conservatives from dog catcher to Senator but I wont vote for either liberal running for president.


33 posted on 08/30/2012 10:00:04 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

I hear ya, but by not voting, YOU VOTE.


34 posted on 08/30/2012 10:01:11 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: montanajoe

IMHO Romney is going to piss off all of us, R’s and D’s

He is a pragmatic fellow that follows the constituency.

Obie on the other hand is a flat out marxist SOB that has no issue with telling the majority to go to hell while he goes golfing.


35 posted on 08/30/2012 10:04:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

So be it..I’ll vote for either liberal by not voting for either of them..


36 posted on 08/30/2012 10:04:35 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

When we lose the Presidency, it will be on your head.


37 posted on 08/30/2012 10:06:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: montanajoe

I understand your position Joe.

I just disagree.
I think we need to win the war by inches if we HAVE too.


38 posted on 08/30/2012 10:09:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
I could care less if Romney pisses me off, what I care about is what a liberal supreme court can do to this country in the next 40 years. The gains in the 2nd amendment, life, affirmative action can and will all be reversed if we have a shift in the SC from slightly conservative to very liberal as the result of Romney's picks..
39 posted on 08/30/2012 10:09:42 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: yldstrk
"S. Ct justices will be the least of your problems if obama is reelected"

Ain't that the truth. Besides there's no guarantee as to how a so-called Conservative Supreme Court Justice will vote on a case. We've been disappointed before, and it will happen again. I think the days of having a guaranteed Conservative Justice appointed to the bench have gone by the wayside. We all know the only certain things in life are death and taxes.

40 posted on 08/30/2012 10:12:36 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: montanajoe

You are guaranteed a liberal SCOTUS with Obama.

He put 2 on board already, 4 more are waiting to be replaced.


41 posted on 08/30/2012 10:13:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
Conservatives can't win a war by inches by electing liberals.

The GOP will win their war against conservatives by miles by electing liberals

42 posted on 08/30/2012 10:14:05 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

And you need 2/3s of the Senate.


43 posted on 08/30/2012 10:14:25 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: montanajoe

So Vote for the guy of your dreams.


44 posted on 08/30/2012 10:15:22 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: svcw

It is people like you who are harming my college age kids who can’t find jobs or start a business. I will bet my paycheck you have never ran a business or created a single job. You are trying your best to discourage GOP voters which only helps the self declared radical socialist from Chicago.

Romney is a businessman, not a actor or politician. That is just what this country needs under current situation. Unless of course if you are not educated enough to understand the financial situation we are in.


45 posted on 08/30/2012 10:17:05 PM PDT by entropy12
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To: mylife
Remember Clinton replaced NO SC justices in his second term.
Obsama may be able to replace Ginsburg with another liberal but there is no way in hell Scalia and Kennedy or Thomas would retire if Obama is reelected
46 posted on 08/30/2012 10:17:24 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

Good luck with your strategery.


47 posted on 08/30/2012 10:24:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: montanajoe

Interesting. Scalia, Thomas etc fear Obama so much they’d alter their life plans to avoid Obama picking a SCJustice.

...and others side with Pelosi and Reid.


48 posted on 08/30/2012 10:25:58 PM PDT by rbmillerjr (Conservative Economic and National Security Commentary: econus.blogspot.com)
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To: mylife

Good luck to all conservatives with a Romney appointed liberal SC for 40 or more years...


49 posted on 08/30/2012 10:26:35 PM PDT by montanajoe (Blame Flame Shame or Beg I won't vote for R/R)
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To: montanajoe

Thomas is in no danger of leaving the court.


50 posted on 08/30/2012 10:26:56 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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