GOP's Big 3: bizarre Eastwood, lyin' Ryan, Uncle Mitt
The Kansas City Star
The Republican National Convention is over. Ah, the memories.
This was an event that many Americans didn’t watch; just look at the TV ratings. More than likely, the Democratic National Convention will suffer the same fate.
A review of the GOP’s festivities:
- Thursday night brought a bizarre - but refreshing - skit from 82-year-old actor Clint Eastwood.
The liberal media (and some on the conservative side) roasted Eastwood for his meandering discussion with an empty chair, supposedly inhabited by a feisty President Barack Obama.
Sure, it was offbeat. But it was also something the entire GOP convention was not: a little entertaining. You wondered what the heck Eastwood was going to do next. And he did his job of getting the crowd revved up, and into the night’s action.
He also zinged Obama for a few of his failures, especially along the “hope and change” lines.
The Eastwood skit will be one of the most remembered pieces of the convention, although probably not fondly by the straight-laced handlers of Mitt Romney.
- On the previous night vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan brought his fresh-faced perspective to America.
And it was (mostly) lies.
I get why Ryan is beloved by the far-right. He says the right things: I’m against big government. I’m against big deficits. I will make the tough calls.
Unfortunately for America’s future, Ryan has almost no real experience in accomplishing anything that he boasts about.
He’s been on the government dole almost his whole adult life. He hasn’t successfully brought down the size of government. He voted for all the expensive, debt-crushing proposals in Congress, especially the Bush tax cuts.
Finally, as for tough decisions, take a look at his speech from Wednesday night and see how many of the nation’s problems Ryan talked about in detail, with even remotely detailed solutions to them.
That’s right. They aren’t there.
- Finally, the big speech by Romney Thursday night - while also short on specifics on how his administration would save the country - succeeded in one of its stated purposes.
It made Romney look like more of a human being.
Sure, he was still stiff, still smug, still not exactly the kind of lovable president some Americans might want to have.
But he also came across as someone who cares about the country. You could see why he is far ahead of Obama in the polls among men: He looks like a decider.
Unfortunately for women and much of the rest of America, though, Romney’s actual decisions wouldn’t be very positive for them when it comes to abortion, women’s rights, and the plight of low- and middle-income voters.
Romney’s continued insistence on tax cuts being one of the major solutions to what ails America is dangerous policy.
After Nov. 6, we’ll see if he gets a chance - along with Ryan and others - to do what all of them have been preaching.