Tough Mitt

A campaign blog.
Sept. 3 2008 9:33 PM

Tough Mitt

Is it just me, or was Mitt Romney’s address the most frightening speech delivered this election cycle?

Romney has been criticized in the past for looking fake. When he tries to do relaxed, he looks stilted. When he tries to do passionate, he looks sappy. Tonight, when he tried to do tough, he looked like a helmet-haired Brooks Brothers angel of death.

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Maybe it’s because he spent half the time looking into the camera. (The teleprompter is located directly below the center camera.) Maybe it’s because 17 sentences in the transcript end with exclamation points.

Either way, I think he succeeded mightily at convincing Republicans they made the right choice—not him.

Christopher Beam is a writer living in Beijing.

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