Heather Robinson @ Political Mavens:
Tonight’s speeches at the Republican National Convention in Tampa were solid and periodically inspiring. Ann Romney spoke about her husband and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the keynote.
The most affecting moment, for me, came when Ann Romney spoke about Mitt in the second half of her speech. She came across as dead honest and sincere when she looked point-blank into the camera and said, ‘One thing I can tell you: this man will not fail.’ A couple thoughts: one, whatever else may or may not be true, I have zero problem doubting the sincerity of her belief or the likelihood that statement is probably a true one. Of course, failure and success are relative and the Presidency is surely one of the most complex jobs on the planet. She acknowledged that no one can possibly know what challenges lay in store. But Mitt Romney is a highly successful man in most endeavors he’s undertaken and is nothing if not an effective manager – something the country sorely needs.
The other thing about the ‘he will not fail’ statement is, without directly confronting it, it turned on its head the Obama team’s ridiculous effort to turn Romney’s success into a negative. In that vein, “This is the genius of America – dreams fulfilled help others launch new dreams” reminded listeners of the great truth that drives the economic engine that has helped more people attain prosperity than any system in human history.