GOP convention winners and losers, from Condoleezza Rice to Clint Eastwood (+video)
2. Winner: Ann Romney
It was the first big national speech of Ann Romneyâ€™s career â€“ and, with a few dissenters, most people felt she knocked it out of the park.
She was smiling, giggly, and a bit nervous, dressed in a bright red dress, and her emotional appeal to â€śtrust Mittâ€ť seemed to resonate with voters.
Her task was to â€śhumanizeâ€ť her sometimes wooden husband, and she won convention-goers over with her comment that her 43-year marriage to her high school sweetheart wasnâ€™t a â€śstorybook marriageâ€ť but a â€śreal marriage,â€ť filled with screaming boys and shared hardship as her husband helped her face multiple sclerosis and breast cancer.
She also made a not-so-subtle appeal to a demographic with whom Romney struggles. â€śI love you women,â€ť she shouted to a cheering crowd, before telling them that â€śitâ€™s the moms who always have to work a little harder.â€ť
Pandering? Maybe, and not everyone was won over, especially by Mrs. Romneyâ€™s attempt to relate to experiences of hardship. But the overall consensus here was that Ann needs to speak more often.