Tough Mitt

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.


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.

  Slate Plus
Plus Roundups
May 21 2015 2:34 PM What We Like Right Now Our favorite picks for the week of May 18, curated by Slate writers and editors. 
  Health & Science
May 22 2015 3:45 AM Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning In 10 percent of drownings, adults are nearby but have no idea the victim is dying. Here’s what to look for.