Even Brit Hume wasn’t impressed with Mitt Romney: “This was not a great speech”
I think this about says it all: “This was not designed to be a moving speech, though Mitt Romney himself at times was moved…”
The average American would not have intentionally tuned in for this speech. If they saw this speech it all, it would have been inadvertently, for a split second, as they flipped through the channels from Man vs. Food to Toddlers & Tiaras. They will base their vote entirely on whose face they find more likable: Obama or Romney (the same way women know instantaneously whether they are attracted to man).
Based on these measures, this speech did not convert a single voter. Focus groups conducted after the speech were less kind.
In other words:
- Obama thought bubble after Ryan’s speech: “Oh crap!”
- Obama thought bubble after Rubio’s speech: “We’re screwed!”
- Obama thought bubble after Romney’s speech: “Whew…!”
So here’s what will happen now:
Mitt Romney will take a slight lead which will evaporate entirely by the end of the Democrat convention. We will head into the debates trailing by around 5 points. Our only hope is for A) the economy to get worse and/or B) for Obama to make a huge gaffe in the debates.
I prefer Rubio/Ryan 2016 but I will settle for Ryan/Rubio.