I came up with this list after going through a very long process. The validity of these key takeaways is subject to the individual’s perspective. Needless to say, if you don’t have a humor nerve in you, never mind going past this period.
- Apparently the best way to get voters out to the polling stations to vote for Romney is to plant them with a fear – Do you want to go home safe from your high school dance?
- If you want to highlight what your weakness is, go the extra mile and perhaps even overboard to showcase it with the hope that people will think that is in fact your strength. But the risk is that it will come across as if you are trying too hard to do this. Case in point being Romney’s desperate effort to show his popularity among women. All the 33 women who attended the RNC convention (excluding those who belong to Romney/Ryan’s family) were made to stand when Romney was walking the aisle before his acceptance speech, so that Romney could shake hands with them, Jay Leno style. Needless to say, it was too obvious.
- If you want to show that your party is not to be ‘left’ behind when it comes to Hollywood or Celebrity support, then do not bring the oldest man in H town to deliver a speech. He may have been the quintessential gun toting macho maverick of his days, but today he is an old, crochety dude rambling along with no clear target in his mind.
- If I am responsible for the convention, I would demand all the prime time speakers (especially the keynote speaker) submit their speeches ahead of time and let me whet them (the speeches) before they can deliver them. Else, you will have a Chris Christie with an inflated ego, walking in “weighting heavily” on himself and talk all about himself but nothing about the nominee. Get it?
- “We Built It” theme – Really? Who came up with that? Even if you wanted the other side to stop the blame game, by this “We built it” theme, you have actually successfully managed to remind everyone again that you in fact were the reason for this economic mess and that you built it.
- I know the elites of the Republican Party are expected to have read Ayn Rand and pretend they actually understand her. The part that RNC hosts may have failed to understand is that, Ayn Rand’s ideology/philosophy works great in fictional books, specially in those where the reader is more caught up with the literary chase Rand gives through her complicated sentence structures than the actual basics of the ideology. But to run the most powerful democracy of the world using that ideology?? Hmmmm..Either one must be really dumb to propose that or simply doesn’t understand Ayn Rand.
- Condoleezza Rice was the only primetime speaker, I think, who refused to use Obama’s name during her entire 15 minute speech. Being the only dignified-sort-of person to grace the podium during the 4 nights of RNC, you should have let her be the highlight of the evening. Instead you brought in a bag of lies called Paul Ryan and ruined it for her. Where Rice carefully maneuvered through her Secretary of State days, which, looking back were only filled one disastrous foreign policy missteps after another, trying to perhaps talk about how GOP “also” can keep you safe, you had Ryan walk in a few minutes later and fire up the base with his lie filled speech. Shame on him for ruining Rice’s evening! Yes, just like Eastwood ruined Romney’s speech the following night with his empty chair rambling.