The Rhetoric: Romney, Republicans

Corynne Hogan | Staff Writer

It’s not what you say; it’s how you say it.

Let’s face it: this expression is much more than a phrase thrown around in high school English classes. For example, why would I tell you The Great Gatsby is my favorite book if I could just wear my Gatsby cover sweatshirt and matching shoes? Showing is telling. But I digress.

Last Saturday, September 1st, I had the pleasure of attending Mitt Romney’s victory rally at the Cincinnati Children’s Museum. Because of the crowd overflow, I was put into one of the museum’s basement rooms, with a large monitor live-streaming the event going on the main floor above.

I assumed that I wasn’t going to get a chance to see Romney, but before delivering his address on the main floor, Romney, his wife Ann Romney, Senator Rob Portman and House Speaker John Boehner made a surprise–and quite personable–appearance in our room.

“This is the most enthusiastic overflow I’ve ever seen,” Romney said, after being greeted by a loud and lengthy cheer. “I wanted to come in this morning just to say hi, just to make sure you saw what we actually look like in the flesh. …I brought some friends with me that wanted to say hi. One, my sweetheart for I don’t know how many years—forever–my wife, Ann.”

And there it is, folks—he’s finally softening his image.

After seeing commercials from Romney pushing a senior citizen into a lake to how he’s deceiving the middle class by creating a malicious plan to raise taxes in benefit of the rich, the Republican Party is finally fighting back with attempts to replace his cold, detached demeanor with a more warming, personable one.

Leading up to Romney’s speech last week at the Republican National Convention, multiple speakers gave their testimonies of personal experiences they’ve had with the Romney family. The parents of a boy diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma spoke on how Romney made frequent trips to the hospital to visit the couple’s son. As the boy was dying, he asked Romney if we would help write his will and if Romney would give his eulogy—which he did.

Being a conservative myself, I’m pretty thrilled conservatives are starting to highlight this softer side of Romney. I don’t usually disagree with what Republicans are saying. It’s more of the manner they go about saying it that makes me want to dissociate myself from the party.  

Conservatives aren’t just telling Americas why Romney should be our president anymore, they’re beginning to show us.

Photo taken by Nick Staresinic and Corynne Hogan.

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