The second lamest part of the Republican National Convention — after Clint Eastwood’s incoherent ramble — was this part of Romney’s speech:
President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans — [pauses for audience laughter(!)] — and to heal the planet. MY promise is to help you and your family.
TPM posted this comment which I agree with:
This is obviously meant to portray Obama as grandiose and foolish, making wild promises he can’t keep —- about things that don’t matter to people.
However, it creates an odd distinction, as if the health of the planet and help for one’s family are different altogether and one’s family will do well even if the planet is doing poorly. Meanwhile, this summer, families in Colorado have lost their homes to fire and families through the Midwest have suffered intense heat and farmers’ crops have failed. Belief that global warming is happening has increased.
If the Obama people were to take this comment seriously, not just ignore or dismiss it as a nasty crack, but take it seriously as a policy matter, they really could have a winning issue in some swing states.
One can mock Obama for not doing enough to keep this important promise, but not for making it in the first place.
Chris Hayes on MSNBC rightly says the audience laughter at the whole notion of fighting sea level rise will some day “be in documentaries as a moment of just ‘what-were-they-thinking’ madness.” Hear! Hear!
This wasn’t a great speech. It was devoid of metaphor and vision.
It was a checklist, as Tom Brokaw said on NBC afterwords — and was marred by Eastwood’s bomb.