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Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Politics | 10 comments

Ann Romney Rocks The GOP Convention

Yesterday was pretty exciting stuff at the GOP convention. First we had Ron Paul supporters creating all kinds of havoc during the roll call vote. Maine delegates lost a voice vote to seat more of their delegates. There were many upset about a rule change, but a compromise was reached.
I hope you didn’t miss Mia Love, candidate for Congress in Utah, speaking last night. A strong, conservative black woman who is so inspiring to me. Our own Ted Cruz was amazing as well.  Artur Davis, African American former Obama supporter and Democrat, just tore it up in his speech. It was one of the best speeches of the night.
Then there was Ann Romney.  A beautiful speech.

…Tonight I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts.

I want to talk not about what divides us, but what holds us together as an American family. I want to talk to you tonight about that one great thing that unites us, that one thing that brings us our greatest joy when times are good, and the deepest solace in our dark hours.

Tonight I want to talk to you about love.


I read somewhere that Mitt and I have a “storybook marriage.” Well, in the storybooks I read, there were never long, long, rainy winter afternoons in a house with five boys screaming at once. And those storybooks never seemed to have chapters called MS or Breast Cancer.

A storybook marriage?  No, not at all. What Mitt Romney and I have is a real marriage.

At every turn in his life, this man I met at a high school dance, has helped lift up others.  He did it with the Olympics, when many wanted to give up.

This is the man America needs.

This is the man who will wake up every day with the determination to solve the problems that others say can’t be solved, to fix what others say is beyond repair. This is the man who will work harder than anyone so that we can work a little less hard.

I can’t tell you what will happen over the next four years. But I can only stand here tonight, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, an American, and make you this solemn commitment:

This man will not fail.

This man will not let us down.

Those last two lines really speak to us. We all see and feel the failure around us. Americans need to know that our next President will not fail. Ann Romney was more amazing than I thought she would be. She was genuine, and just lovely. I know what it’s like to raise a larger family, but I never have been through the tough things she has, MS and breast cancer. But I know so many women have. She was very relatable. I read that 20 million people saw Ann Romney for the first time last night. I think it was an incredible introduction. She described Mitt Romney in ways we hadn’t heard before. She described how much Mitt has helped people, but never talks about it because “he sees it as a privilege, not a political talking point.” She really is Romney’s best asset.
Then there was Chris Christi. First the beauty, then the beast. “They believe in teacher’s unions. We believe in teachers.” He pointed out how hard it is to tell Americans the hard truth. How important it is to give that truth, and make the hard choices that will save this country.
It was a great night for conservatives like myself.
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  • rudi

    LOL Like Wayne Newton rocks. I’ll take Pussy Riot over Mrs. Mittens…

  • She had some oddly placed pauses in spots. But as far as “rocked it”?? Eh. I felt she did a solid job. No glaring missteps but no home runs. Singles and doubles (baseball… lol). But I’m so much more forgiving of First Ladies and First Lady Candidates. They are cheerleaders for their husband/candidate. But they can’t be too “cheerleady” or the media gets all prickly.

  • areafiftyone

    Nice Lady like most potential first ladies are – same humdrum “my guy is the best guy” speech. Nothing wrong with Ann Romney as a person but she does not help with the woman’s vote because she’s is still not getting the fact that Old White Republican men need to stay out of women’s health issues. But of course they are not going to alienate the crazy “right to lifers” who think if a woman is raped she should just throw a baby shower and be happy.

  • dduck

    What T said.

  • Marsman

    I don’t pay much attention to the conventions. They are merely pep-rallies for their own sides. The spouses of the candidates do not merit much attention either. A speech by one of the spouses does not contain one word that has not been tuned by a dozen p.r. people and consequently can not contain one word of truth. This is not unique to the Republicans, of course. If there is some truth in these speeches it is in the service of making the lies more palatable like putting poison in a candybar.
    Having said all that, I do think the quote is interesting. Mrs. Romney talks about the difficulties in raising her children while having medical problems. What if she would have had to face those problems while having a household income of $75,000 a year (150% of the median)? Do Mr. Romney’s plan for America address those kinds of families? It would be hard to educate the five children on that income. Mr. Romney might have been stuck in a unfavorable job because of the pre-existing condition that the M.S. would have been characterized as. Now, I know that Mr. Romney has deliberately been a bit fuzzy on these issues, but the mainstream Republican talking points would create the impression that a family that is a little better of than average is in a very precarious place, and they intend to leave them there.

  • dduck

    Great mountain pictures from your home planet.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    I agree, Ms. McKinley, it was a very nice, heartfelt speech.

  • Mrs. Romney would be unable to get counseling, let alone treatment, for so-called women’s issues if her husband and Mr. Ryan were elected. That speaks far louder than a “heartfelt” speech filled with solopsisms.

  • Clay Houser

    I wasn’t able to catch the speech, though I’m sure it was lovely. The Romney family is beautiful, and the family oriented communities of faith that I’ve experienced first hand are one of the most endearing features of the Mormon religion in America. Now, on to content that really matters. I take issue with the statement about ” how hard it is to tell Americans the hard truth. How important it is to give that truth, and make the hard choices that will save this country.” I don’t think that Americans are averse to the idea of hearing the truth, but I don’t think that Chris Christie is telling the whole truth, and I don’t think that Mitt Romney has put forward enough (any) facts about how he would “make the hard choices that will save this country”. If I knew more about what he plans I’d listen to him and consider voting for him, but his secrecy is maddening. He says he’ll veto the Affordable Care Act, but he doesn’t say what he’ll do to replace it. He says he’ll balance the budget, but won’t provide details about how he intends to do that. He talks about reforming the tax code, but he won’t even show us his own tax returns (if 1.5 years of returns was the norm, I wouldn’t mention this, but it’s not the norm. He’s refusing to do what every other candidate for the past 50 years has done, and that is suspicious to a rational mind). Tell us the hard truth about the hard choices you intend to make and let us decide. Until he does that, he won’t even get my consideration, let alone my vote.

  • SteveK

    He says he’ll veto the Affordable Care Act

    He’ll have to do it retro-actively like he retired from Bain. 🙂

    A President has already signed it into law and only both houses of congress, or the SCOTUS can repeal an existing law. The SCOTUS looked at it… And passed.

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