On Tuesday night, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) delivered the Republican National Committee’s keynote address, and assured the audience, “Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear” – a phrase Christie used three times. A day later, Paul Ryan vowed, “We will not duck the tough issues.”
By last night, those promises seemed more like wishful thinking than campaign promises. Mitt Romney had a unique opportunity to step up, “tell us the hard truths,” and take on “the tough issues,” but in his formal introduction to the nation as his party’s presidential nominee, Romney preferred to play it safe, delivering a generic, vague, and unambitious speech.