For the last few days, we have been privileged to view the most dishonest party convention in my memory, as a parade of Republican politicians and pundits compete to be the biggest liar of all. The mannequin candidate, Willard Romney, may not have won the contest, but he came close.
Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life, for Thursday night’s session of his convention, around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.
Mr. Romney’s big speech, delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears, was of a piece with the rest of the convention. Republicans have offered precious little of substance but a lot of bromides (“A free world is a more peaceful world!”) meant to convey profundity and take passive-aggressive digs at President Obama… [emphasis added]
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The most concrete promise I heard from Willard was a statement that he has a plan to create twelve million new jobs as President. As impressive as that sounds, you may not know that leading economists from both sides of the aisle have projected that the economy, as is, will produce twelve million jobs over the next four years, anyway!
Here’s Rachel Maddow’s reaction to Willard’s speech, with commentary from Chris Matthews.
My reaction to the speech and to the convention as a while is that Romney and the Republicans failed to give any details regarding their intent. The convention may have fed red meat to their rabid base, but it may sway only undecided voters too lazy to check their claims for accuracy.