We haven’t inflicted enough bad-for-you-but-sinfully-delicious Politico Republican convention post-mortem on you yet today. Anne Laurie covered it pretty well, but I’ll give an executive summary: (a) a lot of (probably silly) hand-wringing about the campaign’s inability to take advantage of what a “special” candidate Romney is and (b) an interesting account of what an unbelievable clusterfuck the Republican convention was.
It wasn’t just Eastwood’s musical chair routine, it was Romney’s speech and its (inexplicable) failure to mention Afghanistan. Some of it was that they had to scramble to deal with the hurricane (though no one made them put the convention in Tampa), but some of it was just incompetence. The original speech did include references to Afghanistan, but it was scrapped at the last minute.
Here’s my favorite part of the article:
Nevertheless, Wehner came up with a draft he found pleasing, including the memorable line: “The incumbent president is trying to lower the expectations of our nation to the sorry level of his own achievement. He only wins if you settle.”
That is one memorable line, huh? Can’t you see it becoming a catch phrase? If Romney had opened that can of eloquent whup ass on us, we’d be in serious trouble, right?