Never underestimate your opponent. The guy everyone in the media was sure was “stiff, boring, and unlikeable” just pulled off the upset of the year…of the decade…maybe of the century. Mitt Romney used his experience at staging the Olympics to upstage and out-shine Barack Obama Thursday night in Tampa. To put it bluntly, he pulled off the impossible: Mitt out Obama-ed Obama!
How did Mitt do it? With stories. Mitt learned the most important lesson running the 2002 Winter Olympics in Utah. The lesson is that Olympics aren’t about sports. They are about hundreds of compelling stories -- each of them bringing tears to your eyes. Each of them is really about God, faith, family and country.
The same lesson applies to politics. It isn’t about policies. It’s about riveting and compelling stories that connect with the American people. And Mitt learned well enough to earn a gold medal on Thursday night.
Mitt "out Obama-ed Obama" with a diversity no GOP convention has ever seen. A diversity that, to be honest let me flabbergasted.
As a political pundit and observer of politics for decades, I’ve never seen such an array of star power, let alone this kind of diversity of star power at a GOP event.
The turnaround specialist turned-around his image 180 degrees on Thursday night. There were few dry eyes in the house. You may not agree with all of Mitt's political views, but you've got to now respect the man.
We watched a never ending array of storytellers. Fomer Secretary of State Condi Rice, Governor Susanna Martinez, Senator Marco Rubio, Mayor Mia Love, Governor Nikki Haley, Senator Kelly Ayotte, Olympic heroes, Mitt’s friends, neighbors and churchgoers…and then the real Exhibit A definition of star power, Clint Eastwood talking to an empty chair (and an empty suit named Obama). And one story was better than the next.
Mitt "out Obama-ed Obama" by showcasing testimonials to his life as a clergyman -- who knew? We heard testimony to his love and respect for fellow church members -- who knew? We heard testimony to his willingness to help heal the sick, honor the dying, and give eulogies for the dead -- who knew?
In one masterful convention and one miraculous night, Mitt transformed from “evil, greedy Wall Street titan”…to America’s favorite husband, father, and…minister? That’s one heck of a transformation.
The man Obama has painted as evil and greedy turns out to be not just a CEO, business dynamo, and hero that saved the Olympics, but a man of God.
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