I have certainly heard a lot of buzz about our first selection, the speech by former mayor of Carmel and director of some of my favoritely bleak films, Clint Eastwood. Slate made a case that the Romney campaign was either incompetently out of control of the content of this speech, or else it badly backfired on them. Let's see:
Now on to the intro to Romney's speech by the man most likely to be nominated VP by second-guessers if Ryan doesn't work out for Romney, the Republican most likely to need a long-form birth certificate, Senator Marco Rubio:
Which brings us to the main event, the acceptance speech of one Mitt Romney. I actually haven't read a whole lot about it, so my reactions will be about as live as if I'd watched it live:
Well, there we have it. I think it was a solid, well-played speech. I don't know that it was particularly inspirational past the base, which you would need to swing enough of the middle to win. Or even fire breathing enough for the kind of super-base turnout that would be the other most likely path to victory, though you can read a review from a fellow blogger who I admire as a writer and astute political commentator from the other side of the aisle, Erin at Swing State Voter, here.
I found it to be a little too down the middle to really shake things up plus or minus, which this word balloon put together from the speech might bear out (graphic courtesy of FiveThirtyEight.com):
The consensus of opinion so far would seem to be along these lines as well, initial results from Gallup show it to have been one of the most lukewarmly received acceptance speeches of the last few decades. What did you think of it? Not just in an election year, but every year, I'm very interested in hearing from readers!