What Mitt Romney Didn’t Say

When you learn about Romney’s plan, you know why he doesn’t have much to say.

Mitt Romney capped off the Republican National Convention last night with his big speech, and the reviews are in:

“We heard precious little about Mitt Romney’s plans for the country. By my count, Barack Obama’s 2008 convention speech spent 768 words describing his domestic and economic policies. Romney’s speech spent 260 words. There was almost no mention—and absolutely no description—of his budget, tax, health care or Medicare plans.”
—Ezra Klein of The Washington Post, “Romney’s speech: Where was the policy?”

“The economic plan he laid out is just a rehash of the policies we had in 2007, when the economy started falling apart.”
—Bloomberg News, “Romney: Generic Republican for President”

“Mr. Romney’s big speech, delivered in a treacly tone with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears, was of a piece with the rest of the convention. Republicans have offered precious little of substance but a lot of bromides (“A free world is a more peaceful world!”) meant to convey profundity and take passive-aggressive digs at President Obama. But no subjects have received less attention, or been treated with less honesty, than foreign affairs and national security—and Mr. Romney’s banal speech was no exception.”
—The New York Times, “Mr. Romney Reinvents History”

“ … a sad evening for an actual reality-based critique of Obama’s record, or a coherent set of proposals for the future … In a word: mediocre, and deeply dishonest as an argument.”
The Daily Beast

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