Next week, the Democrats will spend three full days sinking their incisors into Mitt Romney, depicting him as a cold blooded rich guy who would like to plunder the checking accounts of middle class and put poor people out on a raft in the Atlantic.
Meanwhile, they’ll proclaim that only they and President Obama care enough to create a world where everyone goes to college, gets a job, and dies happy. Or, through the miracle of Obamacare, doesn’t die at all.
One thing I’ve noticed again and again about people who want to save to world is how awful some of them can be to the actual real people in their lives, and how angry they can be in general.
Romney, as he put it in his address to the convention, is not trying to move oceans. He does think he can make them easier to swim in, though.
A defining feature of Romney’s life, no doubt driven by his religion, is his eagerness to provide small services to everyone from close friends to individuals he hardly knows.
I don’t think this means he will be a great president. Jimmy Carter also believed in small kindnesses.
I do think it means that, though divided from most Americans by class, Romney cares about them nevertheless.
A reader sent me these videos that showcase what I think is the real Romney. I thought you might want to have a look.
What galls me as a journalist is to see reality stood on its head. With little to say about the achievements of their own candidate, Democrats will viciously rip apart a man who is basically good.
I think the reason the Republican convention was a success was that Romney finally started putting out an alternative story. He’d do well not be too modest about his modesty.