Updated Aug 31, 2012 - 3:17 pm
Mitt Romney should be more like The Situation
As I sat with one eye and ear on Mitt Romney's speech at the RNC, and the other surfing the web for stories for Karie and Chuck's show today, I came to a few conclusions.
1. These convention speeches do nothing for me. It's like listening to one end of a fight and never hearing any opposing argument or point of view. It's just one applause line after another and everyone in the crowd is drinking the kool-aid the speakers serve up.
2. The same will be true at the DNC next week.
3. Mitt may have done a good job of introducing himself to America this week through Ann's speech and his own, but he didn't take one second to explain how he'd make a better President than Barack Obama. All I heard was Obama failed and Romney's going to create jobs.
Is it just me or is that an awful lot like the 8th grade student council president speech promising a shorter school day and less homework?
How exactly are you going to do that Mr. Romney?
4. Republican commentator Alex Castellanos made the point of the night when he said this election is going to come down to a moment in the Presidential debates when President Obama looks at Mitt Romney and accuses him of wanting to go back to the George W. Bush era and challenges him to suggest something new. Romney's answer at that moment will make or break his chance to become President and everyone should be eagerly awaiting it.
5. I wish I cared more about politics but I think they aim to be as confusing and boring as possible. And in the end so little will differ between a Romney or Obama presidency I don't think it much matters who's elected.
6. (Follow me for a minute here…) Would it really be so bad if politicians were honest with themselves and the American people as opposed to catering to the special interests who pump up their PACs and get them elected?
Of course not.
7. (Keep following…) I read last night that "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" (I swear I've never watched) ratings bested the RNC in the 18-49 demo on cable. Ouch!
It gets worse.
Wednesday night 17 million fewer people watched this year compared with ‘08 when Sarah Palin gave her VP nominee acceptance speech.
People want excitement.
I understand this is a presidential election. I'm not calling for Mitt Romney to ask for Snooki to join him on the campaign trail. Sure McCain/Palin didn't win but there was a buzz there. People who'd never watched before were giving politics a chance.
If Romney wants to win I do suggest he lighten up and learn how to be relateable. No need to say you can see Russia from land in Alaska or reference the "good ole west" like Governor Brewer, but appeal to younger voters somehow!
Be more exciting, it's OK to be a little energetic. When you're as boring as watching paint dry there's a problem.
When your ratings are worse than whatever the heck "Honey Boo Boo" is, you're in trouble with anyone under 50.
People would watch the conventions and the debates if they shook things up a little.
I hope tough questions are posed at the debates, I hope we get concise answers from the candidates and not muck.
I don't care what's in Mitt's or Paul Ryan's iPod, and Clint Eastwood did you no favors with my demo.
It might be time to fist pump.
Joe Huizenga , Producer