Caught parts of the Republican National Convention last night and was not impressed. Ann Romney bragged of her "real" marriage (code: fuck the gays) while harping on how great Mitt Romney—her husband, after all—is. The only time I'm curious about how a spouse/partner feels about a spouse/partner is when he/she is absent. When they're around and vocal and supportive, that's just the norm. I can't see how having his wife's endorsement really should affect anyone.
Ann has a "real" marriage—you know, where you wed the richest dude you can find and raise children and priceless horses together and avoid paying taxes. I'll never warm up to this imperious, entitled woman. It's not that she and her husband can buy us and sell us, it's that they intend to.
Then, after going on and on about their LOVING relationship, Ann was followed by Chris Christie, whose speech is being (appropriately enough) roundly panned for focusing on himself more than on his party's nominee. But the real issue I had with it is following a speech about love with one in which Christie was basically saying "screw love, respect is where it's at!" He has neither from me.
Artur Davis, it should go without saying, is a scumbag.
But yeah, I'm not the audience. I have no doubt Republicans and some swing voters will have liked what they say. Hopefully—and probably—any bounces from this week's speechifying will be counteracted by some bounces on the Democratic side when their convention follows.
(Perfect that two delegates pelted a black female CNN reporter with nuts, saying, "This is how we feed animals.")