Friday, August 31, 2012

Mitt's line that bothers me

Gave me a chill. And took away lots of last night's warm RNC fuzzies...

Mitt Romney was chuggin' right along in his Republican nomination acceptance speech until...
I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed.
To be fair, I'l add some context:

I wish President Obama had succeeded because I want America to succeed. But his promises gave way to disappointment and division.  This isn't something we have to accept. Now is the moment when we can do something. With your help we will do something. 
Now is the moment when we can stand up and say, "I’m an American. I make my destiny. And we deserve better! My children deserve better! My family deserves better. My country deserves better!”
If Mitt got his wish in paragraph one and Mr. Obama had succeeded, would we still have a shot at being what he refers to in paragraph two?

At times, Mitt Romney shows signs that he gets it, that this not a typical political era, that what Barack Obama strived (and still strives) to usher in is not the same America most of us embrace. But when Romney throws in a line like the one last night, I start to remember the Mitt Romney who spoke of himself as a progressive... the Mitt Romney who spoke of not taking partisan sides because he didn't like to see Washington DC divided up between winners and losers.

Let's hope the conservative Romney we're being sold now is the Romney we'll still have after the election. But even then, and if Romney prevails and takes office, I fear those expecting bold conservative changes in our national direction may be sorely disappointed.

No one dared take to the podium at the RNC to tell us how dire our national situation is. Sure, it was a nice pep rally. But did the RNC serve up any real solutions to America's deepening economic crises?

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