Friday, August 31, 2012

The Good, The Bad, And The Not-So-Ugly After All,...

This was by far the best speech I saw at the Republican convention. I know, Clint Eastwood is an actor, but he didn't appear to be acting here, with the stumbling and unscripted asides, and his theme, ultimately, is one I've stressed many times - especially when warning why we should vet Romney:

"We own this place." 

Clint's appearance wasn't Obama in 2004, or Palin on 2008, but it was a breath of fresh air and - considering the lack of talent on display so far - I was grateful for it.

Now this was an actor practicing his craft! 

Marco Rubio has performed this speech so often, his simple tale on the virtues of sacrifice comes off as slick, and false, and as manipulative as a puppeteer. Sorry - I got that wrong - his speech didn't, HE did in the telling, and all of a sudden I found myself disliking someone I've admired quite a bit.

You know that moment when someone, maybe a friend, finds fortune of some kind and they start making changes to accommodate it, until you're forced to tell them "you've changed - and not for the better"? That's what is happening to Marco. He's acquiring too much polish for his own good, reducing the best thing about him - that he can clearly and plainly articulate what this country is all about - to calculation, revealing his dark side once the authenticity is gone.

He'll never be Antonio Villaraigosa, thank goodness, but, ever so slightly, he's moving in that direction.

And, finally, after taking his own sweet time, glad-handing, while making it to the podium (and I was positive he'd HUG Orrin Hatch, because he's his main Mormon fixer in Washington) Mitt opened by immediately accepting the nomination he's coveted for the last six years, as though he was Gollum in The Lord Of The Rings, finally in reach of "the precious." I don't buy his claim to humility, and that condescending-as-hell "sad eyes" routine, with the slightly tilted head and wan grin, is as grating today as ever - four years of that is going to be excruciating - as are the cutaways to his wife, who has the eyes of a bald eagle deciding what chunk of flesh to tear next.

And the pandering - good God, man, make it stop! FOUR YEARS OF THIS SHIT?!? Paul Ryan loves his mom? Really? Never woulda caught that without you pointing it out (and Ryan laughing, pretending to not know the line was coming - jeez). Mitt also mentioned all the women speakers over the course of the entire convention and, though I didn't couldn't stomach watching the entire speech, I wouldn't be surprised to discover he mentioned that - if you listen carefully - you'll hear women actually speaking everywhere you go. (What's that in the background of my mind? It's Ann Romney on a digital loop saying, "We're the mothers.  We're the wives.  We're the grandmothers.  We're the big sisters.  We're the little sisters and we are the daughters. You know it's true, don't you?" Yes, you silly bitch, I know that everyone who isn't a father, a husband, a grandfather, a big brother, a little brother, and a son, has a vagina and won't shut up about it - got anything else?) And, considering - as a friend pointed out - Paul Ryan's iPod selection seems to have missed at least 3 decades, Romney's "classic Baby Boomer" playlist must suck.

Romney gives a better speech than Paul Ryan, which is a surprise, but he was most effective when he went after Obama. (The pause after saying, "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans" was especially good.) He wasn't mean, but on-point, which is a fine approach for him. His 5-point plan is a natural rebuke, though not a stroke of genius, but that's not what is called for, to fix the economy, anyway.

The foreign policy section was also good. I heard it while driving in my truck and had to give him a nod.

All-in-all, it wasn't a great speech, but it wasn't bad, and left me feeling (as long as his cult stays out of the way) I can hope he succeeds - because I want our country to - though I still can't vote for him. The LDS's success is tied up in his and I can have nothing to do with that.

Will the Democrats go there? Get desperate and drop the depth-chargers?

We'll just have to wait and see,...