What Did We Learn from the Conventions? Romney-Democrats Offers an Answer

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The end of the political conventions marks the true beginning of the presidential campaign. Detailed policy positions will emerge over the coming weeks, but major themes are defined during the conventions. Romney-Democrats.com believes that the key themes expressed in Tampa and Charlotte should encourage moderate Democrats to support Mitt Romney.

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This man may be our president, but he is not our leader. And if he can’t lead domestically it’s no surprise that he can’t lead globally.

Romney-Democrats believe that the themes presented at both conventions confirm their support of Mitt Romney. The GOP stressed bi-partisan success, enhanced opportunity and self-reliance. The Democrats featured special interests, emotional appeals, and government programs.

The creators of Romney-Democrats.com are life-long Democrats. Their career choices reflect their political interests: labor organizer, environmental preservation, anti-poverty research. Indeed their members have voted exclusively for Democratic nominees from Mondale to and including Obama. A recent addition to their website, however, argues that the key themes that emerged at the national conventions should encourage all moderate Democrats to consider supporting Mitt Romney for president.

Keynote speakers at the GOP convention included New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, VP nominee Paul Ryan, and two liberal Democrats who worked with Governor Romney in Massachusetts. Romney-Democrats highlights the themes: bi-partisan success, the need for enhanced opportunities for all Americans, global leadership, fiscal discipline at home, Mitt Romney’s proven ability to work with people with differing views.

Romney-Democrats also recognizes and addresses the concerns of many moderate Democrats over the influence of the Tea Party in Republican policies; especially the policies of Mitt Romney. Of interest going forward will be how the Romney campaign utilizes Paul Ryan – will he be a magnet, drawing Romney to the right or will he serve as an anchor to reassure more conservative Republicans so that Romney can move toward the center. “Common sense for the common good,” a theme of Romney-Democrats, reflects their belief that the country needs practical rather than ideological solutions to our current challenges. Watch the debates for a clearer sense of the direction that Mitt Romney is heading.

The GOP convention did not turn Romney-Democrats away from their support of Mitt Romney. But they realized that the Charlotte convention could persuade them to return to the Democratic fold. As the website reveals it did not happen. In the eyes of Romney-Democrats the opening night seemed to confirm the liberal Democratic model – the solution for every problem is a government program. This model supports the GOP campaign strategy: identify special interest groups and offer them government aid, even better if you can personalize it to create an emotional rather than a reasoned response.

The commentary on Romney-Democrats.com challenges several of the emotional pitches delivered in Charlotte: Stacey Lihn on Obamacare, Lilly Ledbetter on wage discrimination against women, the Obama rescue of the US auto industry, Obama’s ending the war in Iraq, the effectiveness of the efforts at job creation.

There were some great speeches, speeches that moved traditional Democrats – Biden’s and Clinton’s as well as Michelle Obama’s. But in the view of Romney-Democrats the overall pattern was the same: highlight a sympathetic special interest group (women, “innocent” children of undocumented immigrants, veterans, kids headed to college), portray them as helpless, and then show how the government will come to their rescue if Barack Obama is re-elected. And then to have the president claim, in affect, that “I have a plan to create a million jobs, but the Republicans won’t let me do it.” The Democratic convention was combination of pandering and whining. Romney-Democrats close with the observation that “This man may be our president, but he is not our leader. And if he can’t lead domestically it’s no surprise that he can’t lead globally.”

Right now the Romney-Democrats are looking at deeds, not words; at performance, not promises. The debates may change their minds, but based on what they have seen so far they will vote for Mitt Romney in November.

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