The Republican Convention began Monday, but was briefly suspended until Tuesday due to Hurricane Isaac. Thankfully it passed Tampa inflicting little to no damage. To the families in the Gulf States where the storm headed, we pray that you stand tall and withstand the fury of the storm.
Last night Ann Romney, wife of Republican Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney addressed the RNC and New Jersey Governor, Republican star Chris Christie headlined the night giving the keynote address. Ann’s speech lacked the oomph and emotional electricity desperately needed by Romney’s camp to win over independent women voters. Despite Romney’s attempts to distance himself from the disastrous comments on women and rape made last week by GOP Senatorial candidate, Missouri Congressman Todd Akin still has a long way to go to close the gender gap.
Mrs. Romney described women as the backbone of the American family but failed to connect in an approachable relatable way. I believe that she and Governor Romney have a genuine love story but I didn’t feel it, and leaves me wondering how as a First Lady she would connect with the everyday working woman or mom. On the other hand, Governor Christie’s speech was peppered with heartfelt sentiment as he shared a personal lesson from his mother who passed away eight years ago.
“…the greatest lesson that mom ever taught me though was this one. She told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected….She told me that love without respect was always fleeting, but that respect would grow into real and lasting love.”
After hearing from Christie a conservative Republican governor I couldn’t help wondering how different the race would be if he was the nominee. I came away hoping he will run in 2016. Now as Romney’s turn comes he needs to take a page from Christie’s playbook and reveal to the American people and Republicans who he really is. Without the personal connection by revealing something about his inner self, his electability is in peril.