Politics: Raw reactions to Romney as they happen

Published by: Dan Calabrese on Friday August 31st, 2012

Dan Calabrese

By DAN CALABRESE - A commentary even more unscripted than Clint Eastwood!

- I've never been entirely sure what this means, but he seems presidential. You can picture him in the Oval Office making the difficult decision, and feel confident about it.

- Yes. He's CEOish. You do know the president is a CEO, right? Maybe we should try one who knows how to do that job.

- The theme that we deserve better is a nice contrast from Obama's constant excuses for achieving so very little.

- The stuff about his parents is fantastic. I have lived in Michigan all my life but I am too young to remember George Romney as governor. Mitt is really making him come to life, and what a great segue into his mentions of modern-day female governors.

- "If you felt that excitement when you voted for Obama, shouldn't you feel that way now that he's President Obama? You know something's wrong when the best you felt was the day you voted for him." Excellent.

- Obama supporters insist that Obama is not attacking success in 3 . . . 2 . . . 1 . . .

- "This president cannot tell us that you're better off today than when he took office." Quoted for truth.

- Excellent that he's laying out the facts of what's happened to the middle class under Obama. Average income has fallen more than $4,000. This is your middle class champion? Maybe electing the rich CEO would be a better idea, ya think?

- Every time he talks about the squalor that Obama has made of the economy, he immediately follows with his determination to turn the negatives into positives. That's good stuff.

- Now we come to the policy priorities: 1. Energy independence. 2. School choice. 3. Make trade work for America. 4. Assure every entrepreneur and every job creator that their investments will not vanish by cutting the deficit and putting America on track to a balanced budget. 5. Champion small businesses, reducing taxes on them and simplifying regulations. 6. Repeal and replace ObamaCare.

- Get ready for the left to claim that Romney "lied" when he said, "Unlike President Obama, I will not raise taxes on the middle class of America."

- "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans, and to heal the planet. My promise is to help you and your family." Oh my goodness, that is awesome.

- Glad to hear him mention Obama's welching of America's missile defense commitments in Poland. That was horrible.

Overall impression: That was an outstanding speech. Romney is very natural, very sincere and very confident. I'm sure the media will complain that it was "short on specifics" or whatever, but a convention speech is not the time to lay out every policy you propose in detail. He listed the priorities. There will be plenty of time to expound upon them.

Your objective when you give this speech is to make America feel comfortable with the idea of you as president. I don't see how anyone can deny that Romney succeeded at that tonight. Do you?