The balloons have dropped and the convention is over.
For those of us who wanted sharp principles espoused raucously from the podium; for those of us who wanted a red meat take down of Obama; for those of us who wanted substance on policy issues explained from a conservative philosophy, this convention was probably underwhelming.
Then again, for better or worse, the convention was never about winning over the conservative base. Thanks to the repulsive thought of Obama winning another 4 years, we are all already on board. This convention was clearly carefully orchestrated to appeal to Independent suburban married women, and to large extent, they were probably successful.
I’m not going to hide the fact that the touchy-feely ‘Oprahazation’ of politics is not exactly what resonates with me, and most likely, many of our activists. The thing is that as conservatives, we never had any doubts that Romney is a good man and a successful, yet kindhearted, entrepreneur. Our problem is that he is not a good conservative. Obviously, the convention was never designed to assuage that concern. It was simply aimed at those swing voters who are disappointed with Obama, yet believed all the scandalous lies that were said about Romney in Obama’s barrage of negative ads.
To that end, the speech was historically light on substance, yet it brought out the human and emotional side of Mitt. While that did not appeal to me, it probably appealed to the right voters. And that is fine.
However, at some point, Mitt Romney will have to deal with us; we cannot be cut out forever. We are all committed to throwing out Obama and working as hard as possible to help Mitt get elected on November 6. That’s why we will be spearheading a high tech GOTV operation in all the swing states. We’ll be announcing more details in the coming days.
But we must concurrently prepare for November 7 – the day after the election. We must be ready to make our voices heard. It will begin with cabinet appointments. Eventually, as his term begins, we must hold the line in the sand and let Romney know our minimum expectations on policy issues – social, fiscal, and foreign.
Theatrics and feel-good stories are fine and even appropriate for the convention. However, we do have a Republic to restore – one which is under assault from both the socialists and the social liberals. These are tough issues that will require a tough fighter. We must be there to strengthen him when he wavers and to oppose him when he jumps ship. We cannot afford to repeat the mistakes of past Republican presidents. We must fulfill the promises of limited government and free markets before the level of dependency in this country becomes immutable. And nobody else will be there to enforce those promises except for our fellow conservative brothers and sisters.
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