I admit that I am a political junkie. I spent hours watching the GOP--and will do the same with the Democratic one next week.
It was one of the best conventions I have ever seen, despite Isaac and despite some pretty lame media coverage of it (MSNBC was beyond disgusting). The array of new GOP faces is genuinely awesome; the Democrats have nothing to compare with Mia Love, Paul Ryan, Marco Rubio, Condi Rice, Susana Martinez, Ted Cruz, Allan West, Chris Christie, Nikki Haley, or Clint Eastwood. And, of course, they don't have Mitt Romney. They've got Joe Biden, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Sandra Fluke, Rahm Emmanuel, Barney Frank, Elizabeth "High Cheekbones" Warren, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and Clint Eastwood's empty chair. No contest.
It is not just a people issue, it is a message issue. The GOP managed to lay out an optimistic and clear vision of support for freedom, success, and the basic values of this country. The Dems? We will see, but judging from their campaign so far, it will be about bashing the rich, getting free contraception and abortion, and more government programs. It, in other words, will be trying to put some sort of a shine on the failed politics of the past.
Mitt Romney's speech had the right tone, delivery, and substance, and made the point that the President of the United States should work for the United States. The President is not the Citizen of the World out to heal the planet while making America look like Greece. I think it was an effective appeal to those who got caught up in Obamania in 2008 and now are waking up with an empty wallet, a splitting headache, and deep regret for the past four years.
Prediction: Romney will win this election.