- Posted August 29, 2012 by
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Sights and sounds of the RNC
Speakers Hit Right Note on RNC 1st Night
The speakers slated on the 1st night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida hit the right notes and a balance that was more toward what the GOP believed than castigating the current occupant of the White House.
As I reported earlier, I was mainly interested in hearing Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Both were well worth hearing.
I must admit tuning out for a while to watch America's Got Talent, but tuned in during commercials. I was, however, all eyes and ears for the main event with Ann and Christie.
Ann to me came across warm and welcoming. Her reaching out to women in both the convention hall and across the nation was what she needed to do. Pointing out how her "storybook marriage" did not match the fairy tales she had read, she got an audible agreement from the women at the convention saying the storybooks did not include a winter's night with 5 screaming boys with which to contend nor battling multiple sclerosis and breast cancer. Ann is definitely the big gun in the Romney camp.
Christie, though not as bombastic as we have often heard him in sound bytes, laid out the GOP view in contrast to the Democratic view rather succinctly. Many made known their approval of Christie pointing out that he was indeed his "mother's son".
The most memorable lines from Christie, the keynote speaker, were these:
"We have never been victims of destiny. We have always been masters of our own."
"Mr. President, real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls."
"Washington DC is out of excuses."
"Doesn't matter how we got here. There's enough blame to go around. What matters is what we do now."
"Tonight we are going to choose respect over love."
Of course there were others who were notable:
Mia Love, the Utah mayor seeking to become the 1st black Republican woman member of Congress from Utah, proved she is a star worth watching and future power with which to be reckoned.
Rick Santorum came out strong in favor of Romney and Veep running mate Paul Ryan.
Artur Davis, the former Democratic Alabama Congressman, had some iReporters commenting early in the evening that he made them feel like they were in church.
Even with some early floor angst from supporters of Texas Congressman Dr. Ron Paul, the party displayed its unity and desire to change direction come November 6.
From the Cornfield, for this political junkie, the opening day and night of the Republican National Convention was far from disappointing.