It was Mitt Romney’s night to shine and as you may have heard, he was upstaged by an empty chair. As writer Jamelle Bouie quipped on Twitter, “This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama.” Indeed it was.
But the entirety of the RNC was perhaps more sincerely summed up by Sen. Lindsey Graham who reportedly described the challenge ahead for the Republican party. “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” the senior senator from South Carolina explained. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long-term.”
If the Republican party isn’t generating enough angry white guys, it’s not for want of trying. A whole army of them launched the Ron Paul revolution on the convention floor. The conservative movement is splintering. The Ron Paul supporters deserve credit for showing a commitment to the cause and frankly they did get shafted by the Republican establishment in the rule change.
There was at least one bright spot in the convention. Mia Love, the mayor of Saratoga Springs, Utah is the daughter of Hatian immigrants and may become the first black Republican woman in Congress. This is a woman with potential to be a real star in the Republican party, but she’s going to have to get past the entrenched racism in current parts of the conservative movement.
On the whole, though, the convention looked more like the staging ground for the 2016 race then it did a decisive win for Mitt Romney. Republicans will undoubtedly do all they can to try and defeat President Obama, but if at the end of the party it’s the empty chair that’s more memorable than the presidential nominee, shouldn’t we be talking about Mitt as the empty suit?
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