This is what it was like “being there” live at the RNC Convention. From yesterday:
Janine Turner said that Ann Romney “represents the American tenacity that makes our country great.”
Ann’s performance started out a little shaky but as she gained confidence, she ‘owned” the room and everyone in it. Media tweets I saw were favorable on site at the Convention. Those on the left who wanted to paint her in a bad light weren’t going to like her anyway and they didn’t.
But here’s the thing: Ann was real. She talked of how she and Mitt met. Many of us did not know that she was not Mormon. We didn’t know that that they lived in a basement while Mitt worked his way through Harvard and that they used an ironing board as their dining room table. That’s what young couples did while working their way through school. My parents stories were similar.
She talked of a loving husband holding her after her diagnosis with multiple sclerosis, their good times with their kids and grandchildren, and her love of the man who she says will always do what’s right – a man with a compassionate heart.
The key line of the speech – directed at women – mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters -
“We know that there are no easy answers but we’re not dumb enough to think that there are not better answers.”
I not only related to her. I believed her. What did you think?
The Governor of New Jersey’s impassionated speech reminded me of the old days of Conventions in Detroit and Chicago – at the time when union bosses dominated Democrat Conventions. It was a time when unions served a good purpose in protecting its workers. My grandfather was in the Boiler Makers union after immigrating to this country from Italy. This reminded me of that era and time.
But this time, the party of the people looking for a better life and better jobs is not the party on the left. Its the party on the right offering common sense solutions that lift people up without heavy reliance in government. It’s an opportunity for people to rise on their own rather than relying on government to give them their place in life.
This was Chris Christie at his best – making the case as only the big man from New Jersey can do (a reference to my tweet to Bruce Springsteen last night – from Tenth Avenue Freezeout on the Born To Run album:
When the change was made uptown
And the big man joined the band
From the coastline to the city
All the little pretties raise their hands
Im gonna sit back right easy and laugh
When scooter and the big man bust this city in half
With a tenth avenue freeze-out, tenth avenue freeze-out
Tenth avenue freeze-out…
We’re ready, big man.
The Behind the Scenes Mood of the Delegates
Yesterday was our longest day at the RNC Convention. We had all of our procedural and rules change votes and were at the Convention Center for about nine or ten hours. I started my day at the Credentials Committee where we had a vote to seat the state delegations. We had some contentious votes in the States of Maine, Oregon, and Oklahoma, but all the delegates I met from those states thanked me and other Members of Credentials for doing the right thing.
It was the first chance I had to see the Convention floor which is always overwhelming. I walked down the stairs just behind John Sununu who was the former Governor of New Hampshire and Chairman of the Committee on Rules. I had met John years earlier, at the beginning of 1992, when I was working with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole at the time when he was Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. He told me he’s having a great time being a guest on FOX News and doing major media.
The California Delegation was seated next to Texas. We saw Gov. Rick Perry (I even tweeted him to come by to visit with us). The largest crescendo from delegates was when Texas had to post their votes for Romney and their favorite son Ron Paul. It was clear that the Paul delegates didn’t necessarily agree with the rules changes and they voiced that. After a short demonstration, in Texas style, they helped to invigorate the party with their cowboy hats, boots and jeans. This is America.
For those of you who think the GOP has no “star power”, actor Jon Voight has been here all week along with Stephen Baldwin. The group “3 Doors Down” rocked the Convention last night. I spoke briefly yesterday to radio personality, actress Janine Turner who founded a new educational program on the U.S. Constitution. She was nervous when we talked about her speech but she delivered it with great zest:
What I have witnessed is the splendor of American ingenuity, the triumph of American tenacity and the goodness of the American heart.
And President Obama, I’m here to tell ya, the government didn’t build it. God and the American people built it!
And while we are at it, I stand here as witness – America is exceptional.
America’s entrepreneurship was fostered by our Founding Fathers’ vision of a Republic – a small government, limited by the Constitution’s enumerated powers.
I had the chance to talk with U.S. Congressman Connie Mack who is running for United States Senate from Florida. He is married to our favorite daughter from California, Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack who has taken a large role on Mitt Romney’s team as a popular speaker.
Oh, and for you ladies who are fans of The Bachelor – here I am with Andrew Firestone, the first bachelor and a Delegate from California. I’ve known Andrew’s parents Brooks and Kate and have visited their lovely winery. Andrew is exceedingly nice and we talked about his great life with his new wife and two young children. It’s good to see him doing so well.
Tonight, VP Nominee Paul Ryan will lay out his vision for our country. We can barely wait to see our young superstar as he takes the stage. He will be introduced by former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice, who is also part of our California Delegation. Gotta go -