Charles Krauthammer discusses Mitt Romney's acceptance speech.
If he becomes president he will not be known as the "Great Connecter". He may be known for a lot of other things, but that's not what he does. But I thought he did try to the best of his ability, and I thought it worked out rather affectingly--the sort of very plain-spoken, prosaic review of his life--yet not trying to go over all those wonderful stories, leaving that to others.
I don't think he had a high bar that he had to meet because of how badly he's been portrayed. I found the entire speech a very interesting combination of deeply personal and yet intensely nationalist.
I thought the importance of that line--about Obama being concerned about the globe and the oceans--and then Romney saying "I'm going to be concerned about you." Obama lives on the moon, Obama's the citizen of the world--as he proclaimed himself in that speech he gave in Berlin in 2007--and he [Romney] says "I'm your president, this is a unique country. We're not interested in that. We're not going to go abroad and apologize."
And those lines, the foreign policy lines--in an election that is overwhelmingly about the economy--got the most applause and the most energy from the crowd, because he was saying one thing: Obama has not succeeded, and he has failed--not just you and your family--but the nation. Because an America this stagnant is not one that we understand and not one that we can be.