The London-based Economist pulls no political punches in its lead editorial this week with a question on many a mind: So Mitt, what do you really believe? Under the section labeled “Details, details,” the magazine lays out the political plague of Romney’s entire presidential run.
Would that Candidate Romney had indeed presented himself as a solid chief executive who got things done. Instead he has appeared as a fawning PR man, apparently willing to do or say just about anything to get elected.
If Mitt Romney cannot effectively answer this question tonight, then consider him the loser in a two-man race for the American presidency. His running mate, Paul Ryan, though appearing High-Def-wise a wee bit too young for commander in chief status, nevertheless did an excellent job in setting the table for Romney’s nomination acceptance speech on Thursday, August 30th. Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, were quite riveting speakers; Dr. Rice, in particular was able to end her speech on a very emotional high:
A little girl grows up in Jim Crow Birmingham, the most segregated big city in America, her parents can’t take her to a movie theater or a restaurant, but they make her believe that even though she can’t have a hamburger at the Woolworth’s lunch counter, she can be president of the United States and she becomes the secretary of state.
The official end of summer isn’t until the third week in September but the start of the hot political rhetoric begins today with the kick-off of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. Of course, a tropical hurricane that may vote Democrat had something to say about this and so the real drama won’t begin until Tuesday, August 28th.
My question for the start of the fall semester here at Cal State Fullerton is this: Do you plan to watch part of either political convention? Any particular speaker you look forward to hearing? Will it be possible for Republican nominee Mitt Romney to connect with voters to a much greater extent than he has throughout the entire nomination process? It seems strange that Romney has to wait until this late in Election 2012 to work on his brand image, but he’s done a poor job overall of defining himself to the voter. Whether or not you support Barack Obama, you would have to agree that the image of a sitting president is a fixed image and Romney’s image is a moving target.
With the amount of money, campaign ads and lofty promises swirling around politics these days, I cannot say that I’m either enthusiastic or optimistic about the whole process. This I do know. Count on the traditional and social media to set the agenda for high drama at the conventions. Stories will be amplified and spun by the political consultants and political action committees to bring more eyeballs to the main attraction: political advertising. Where is the “Just Us” in all of this?