Naturally I, nor anyone else, knows how the coming election will turn out. But now that the Republican convention has ended, there are a few things which I believe are certain.
First and foremost, regardless of the election’s outcome, those who paid any attention at all to the proceedings in Tampa saw undeniable evidence that the face of the party has changed significantly. The image of fat cat, cigar smoking barons sitting in club chairs, reading stock market reports by the fire as their dividends pile up is gone completely.
They’ve been replaced by a new breed of predominately young, multi-racial, ambitious go-getters, a significant number of them women, whose unified goal is the return of the United States to its position as the most powerful and respected nation on earth, apologizing to none for its hard-earned world-leading status.
To that end, a roster of dynamic, committed, erstwhile, forward-lookers and thinkers spoke from their hearts as they related stories of personal success and their desire to help others achieve goals of their own.
In that regard, I doubt anyone, regardless of political persuasion, can remain dry-eyed while listening to Condoleezza Rice tell of her parents who raised her in highly segregated Birmingham, Alabama, yet continually assuring their young daughter that she could become whatever she wished, up to and including POTUS. Because this was the U.S. And then that little girl went on to become the Secretary of State.
Florida Senator, Marco Rubio, too spoke of his father who worked tending bar at the back of many banquet rooms, doing his absolute best to insure that his son would one day appear at many of those same venues as the one addressing the crowds from the podium at the front.
Another of the many, many composed achievers who impressed me greatly was Susana Martinez, currently the first female governor of New Mexico and first female Hispanic governor in the United States. She told of meeting two influential Republican men who’d invited her to lunch one day. As a Democrat then, she went because she thought she’d enjoy the free food, though was absolutely convinced she’d ignore their pitch and simply thank them for the hospitality at the end. However, as they described their individuality-based credo, she realized their beliefs were more in line with hers than her own party’s, so she switched.
As speaker after speaker reinforced the theme of personal responsibility and achievement, I got the sense that the incumbent president gave them all an invaluable gift. One likely to come back and haunt him for years to come. Because each and every one of them in their own way, was sure to mention that all those who accomplish their goals, though they might have had some help here and there, absolutely built their success themselves.
And then there was Clint, who at 82 might be showing the strains of his age. But nonetheless, Dirty Harry told it like it is and pulled no punches while stating that those in office work for the people, not the other way around. And as such, when they fail, it’s time to replace them which is why he thinks it’s time for the incumbent to get out of Dodge. Consequently, whether seeming a bit shaky or not, his beliefs and comments brought the house down in cheers.
Finally of course, came the man of the hour whose goal was to help folks get to know him better. Especially since the press has tried to paint him as cold, uncaring and aloof. But despite all the media negativism, what came through was an accomplished, polished, highly professional achiever with the kind of control that can only come thorough seasoned, continued confidence gained by considerable success. And, in that regard, Mitt Romney came off as a winner by any measure, including a warm, caring, extremely close relationship with his wife, five sons, their wives and 18 children, which I think all helped to kick off his campaign in high gear.
That’s it for today folks.