From the Grand Bibliotheque
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Four years ago, I distinctly remember Barack Obama`s acceptance speech from Colorado. I had just arrived in Montreal, so listened on radio as I sat in my car eating delicious tomatoes fresh from my brother`s garden.
Creature of habit that I am, I`m in Montreal again. And I have lots of tomatoes again.
I was, however, in the United States for of Mitt Romney`s acceptance speech last night. In fact, I arrived at the border just as Romey finished what was the shortest acceptance speech in memory
I was passing through Shelburne trying to figure out what Clint Eastwood was talking about--I guess you had to be watching TV to get it. The radio announcer kept pointing out Eastwood was talking to Obama in an empty chair. Eastwood sounded rather incoherent on radio, but the line about Joe Biden being "a grin with a body behind it" was the best of the week.
By the time I got to Burlington, Marco Rubio was on delivering what to me was the best speech of the convention.
I missed a bit of Romney`s speech because, if you can believe it, the ABC Radio network interrupted him right in mid-sentence to cut to its 11 p.m. newscast and the Burlington, Vermont station (WVMT) mysteriously went off the air. WBZ`s signal was coming in as a back-up, and I even managed to find a Vermont public radio station.
You will recall that I was a big supporter of Marco Rubio for Vice President. No surprise then that I found his speech the best of the entire convention, and A plus, right up there with Artur Davis, the African American who nominated Barack Obama four years ago and since has turned Republican.
I would give Romney a solid A, but I wasn`t surprised at how good his speech was. When you have millions of dollars to spend on a campaign, it`s not all that tough to come up with a great speech. The delivery was also good.
Ann Romney would get an A- from me, Chris Christie a C. I missed Paul Ryan`s speech (I was talking with my brother), but from the clips I heard (from the Jerry Doyle show), it was a real winner as well.
The one poll that was quoted last night appeared to give Romney a six point bump from the convention, from trailing by four with Reuters to up by two.
Stay tuned...but not to WVMT or ABC Radio.