Romney’s strategy: effective or not?

So Jon Stewart’s somewhat predictable take on Romney’s speech follows — very entertaining, even if you don’t agree with him.  The real question, though, is how effective this strategy (assuming you accept Stewart’s interpretation) can be.  See the poll at the end of the clip.

4 responses to “Romney’s strategy: effective or not?”

  1. Carolyn4 says :

    To begin, I’d like to say that I think both the Republican and Democratic conventions are a waste of time. Both parties use these conventions as more of a parade, or roast, rather than a place to outline party goals or ambitions. However after watching Governor Romney’s speech, I appreciated (towards the end) how he laid out a few goals he has for his presidency. For example, making America a completely self-sustained country by using all resources on our land. He also outlined his goals to prevent gay-marriage and abortions. I might add that I don’t agree with said policies, but I did appreciate his clarity in describing what he hopes to accomplish. Over all, Governor Romney is a mediocre speaker: eloquent, but not inspirational. I think his speech depicted these traits.

  2. 4thomas says :

    I agree with Carolyn in a lot of respects. I don’t have a great liking for either of the conventions. I always see them as a tail-gating event leading up to the big game. They are filled with boasting and even trash talking that I don’t believe belong in the political arena. But to focus on Governor Romney’s speech, I thought it was nothing extraordinary. I don’t think Jon Stewart’s biased, yet humorous, opinions hold much ground. Did Governor Romney exaggerate and fantasize “the good American times” in many ways? Yes, but candidates exaggerate and fantasize as commonly as they wear an American flag pin. When Governor Romney spent time discussing his personal plans, ideas, and goals, it was more enjoyable to me. I don’t think Romney says things in a very flashy way, but I would rather pay attention to purely what he is saying as opposed to how. I think he can drop the “bringing back the America we all know and love” thing and just stick to his experience, personality, and political views.

  3. Adam7 says :

    Stewart got it right: Romney overreached. The America he was talking about has never really existed, and it certainly didn’t exist in 2008 as Obama prepared to take the Oath of Office. That deceptive rhetoric is red meat for the base he so desperately tries to fire up, but it isn’t going to do much for Independent voters. Romney is trying so hard to make the answer to the question “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” incredibly clear cut, but it isn’t. The stock market is up; unemployment is down (but still high); America is no longer in any danger of experiencing a depression; our auto industry is back from the brink; Osama bin Laden is dead; the list goes on. The idea that Obama inherited a perfect country and destroyed it isn’t going to take the governor very far, because it is blatantly untrue. Romney is going to need to come up with a much more effective message if he is going to make up some ground in the polls and win this election

    • emmar4 says :

      I don’t believe that the conventions are necessarily a waste, however, they do serve one purpose: rallying the base. This, although it becomes passionate and sometimes too emotional, is necessary to get people out to vote and to excite the party about each candidate. It also is a designated setting for people to see different aspects of the candidate (from the running mate, wife, family members, etc.) that we might not hear about in normal speeches. Ideally, it would be a good place for a candidate not only to outline their general goals, but also give an idea of how they plan to do it. However, there was barely any indication or detailed plan of how the Romney/Ryan team will achieve every goal they set. How will they get the country back to the “perfect America” as their claims suggest? This is one issue about the speech (and convention as a whole) which bothered me, along with the exaggeration and attacks which are inevitable in speeches from both parties.

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