Romney's Big Night

Hugh Hewitt

8/30/2012 12:01:00 AM - Hugh Hewitt

His "whole life has prepared him for this moment – to meet serious challenges in a serious way, without excuses and idle words. After four years of getting the run-around, America needs a turnaround, and the man for the job is Governor Mitt Romney."

When Paul Ryan declared this last night he reiterated what Ann Romney had declared the night before.

Together these two speeches have prepared the ground for Mitt Romney to accept the nomination of the GOP and to make his opening argument to the American people: That he is ready to take over for this failed president and to launch a renewal of the American economy and thus the American position in the world.

For Barack Obama and all the Chicago Gang everything is about politics.

For Mitt Romney, it is about solving problems.

Fox News Channel's James Rosen said Romney is a "singularly determined guy," on the O'Reilly Factor Wednesday night and that is what has got to come through on the television tonight --that he knows what threatens the country and that he will take on those enormous problems and solve them as opposed to avoid them as President Obama has assiduously done for four years.

The smoking ruins of the Obama presidency are so immense that they cannot be minimized when they are looked at, so the strategy of Team Obama, working hand-in-glove with large swaths of the Manhattan-Beltway media elite, is to do everything possible to avoid having the public focus on these immense failures.

The first three days of the GOP convention has been full of attempted diversions from the left: The heartlessness of the GOP for proceeding with their convention as Isaac neared shore; the treatment of a camera woman; the alleged GOP disappointment with Chris Christie.

This last meme is a MSM creation that took the grumblings of a handful of the envious and amplified them. Absurd. Christie turned in a very good speech that hit exactly the right note with his challenge on whether or not America will choose a "second American Century". Lefty pundits professed disappointment with Christie which meant Christie hit home with his blunt talk about a president led by polls.

What matters most is what Ohio governor John Kasich demonstrated when he slammed down his wallet on the desk that separated him and Sean Hannity Tuesday night. It remains an election about the economy, and Mitt Romney's appeal to the American people is that he can dispel the gloom brought about by Obamanomics and engage the amazing engines of the private sector.

Ann Romney's appeal to voters was to trust her husband to do so and to extend that trust not because of his words.

America is in the jam it is because it trusted the words of a candidate. That is not what Ann Romney argued.

She argued that Mitt Romney has done this before --in the private sector, with the Salt Lake Games, and with Massachusetts.

Mitt Romney has indeed conducted turn arounds before, and the circumstances he accepted were often dire. Tonight he gets to tell the American people that this country can turn around and that he can lead that change. His wife and his running mate have primed the country to hear this message. If Mitt Romney follows through on the opening they have created, Barack Obama will only see his back from here forward.