The representative cast was chosen in hopes of bringing conservative on the left closer to right; the undecided closer to a decision; the conservatives on the right closer to action and the conservatives who are upset that their candidates were not chosen closer to an acceptance of the choices made.
As for the latter, it stands to reason that when your preferred representative is not chosen, it acts peculiarly in one’s mind—such as a thread that is unraveling on your sleeve, bothering and irritating you until it is cut.
So this convention, in a sense, acted as the “scissor” that removed the faulty thread and brought you a simple kind of peace.
But did it work?
For me, Ann Romney’s RN speech rang out as one of the most eloquent, inspirational and moving. Ann opened by clearly stating what so many in politics neglect to say but it’s something that resounds in each of us on some level.
“I want to talk to you from my heart about our hearts,” she said.
Ann Romney spoke of what “holds us together as an American family” and “love…love for a man… for this country…for our children and our children’s children.”
The very heart of Mrs. Romney’s message was all about the basic and essential elements of what we as women teach and have learned for centuries– but what is faltering in our country now more than ever before.
The family unit, the structure of a home, the importance of good planning, the molding of young minds and the stability of our children’s futures are foremost in the minds of women and mothers everywhere.
For women, these are familiar tools we have worked with all of our lives and Mrs. Romney clearly showed how these are also the fundamental elements of a firm foundation in America.
Her opening comments, that some might consider cliché or ‘soft’, may have resonated primarily with women but that was according to plan.
“Women, you are the best of America,” Mrs. Romney said. “You are the hope of America. There would not be an America without you. Tonight we salute you and sing your praises!”
The assumed Republican “war on women” was not only absent from Ann Romney’s speech but I dare say, it wasn’t even thought of when Mrs. Romney was finished speaking.
Mrs. Romney spoke proudly and made us proud as leaders, as families, citizens, entrepreneurs, problem-solvers, protectors, builders and Americans. She told us how her husband, Mitt Romney, GOP candidate for President of the United States 2012, has been all of those things and succeeded even at the hardest times or facing the toughest challenges.
Perhaps this speech was just the thing the “fence sitters” needed to finally jump to the right side of the proverbial fence. But will these former perchers positively perform at the polls or is it still too early to expect an exact ending?
Time will tell but the excitement is definitely building and one thing is very clear: in Mrs. Romney’s– and all speeches at the RNC – -the pride, generosity, determination and heart of America that has been so lacking in the current administration is refreshing the dry spirits and energizing tired minds of Conservatives everywhere.