Mitt Romney’s big speech last night was notable almost as much for what he didn’t say as for what he said.
He used the word “Medicare” only once, but never mentioned Social Security, or Iraq, or Afghanistan, or entitlements, or terrorism. He referred to his tenure as governor of Masschusetts only once, and then only to say that he had a lot of women in his administration.
The one GREAT FALSEHOOD in Romney’s speech was apparent only to those of us who have been paying attention for the past four years:
Mitt Romney wrapped the most important speech of his life, for Thursday night’s session of his convention, around an extraordinary reinvention of history — that his party rallied behind President Obama when he won in 2008, hoping that he would succeed. “That president was not the choice of our party,” he said. “We are a good and generous people who are united by so much more than divides us.”
The truth, rarely heard this week in Tampa, Fla., is that the Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda.