Bill Kristol is still unhappy:
Romney’s remarks consisted basically of the claim that the business of America is business, that he’s a businessman who understands business, and that we need “economic freedom” not for the sake of freedom but to allow business to fuel the economy. It’s true that Romney will have plenty of time to improve for the general election, if, as seems likely (but still not inevitable!), he wins the nomination. But if he sticks with this core message, we’d better hope Republicans and independents are really determined to get rid of Barack Obama.
This may be an underwhelming message, but it occurred to me as I listened to Romney’s victory speech on the radio last night that this was the only part of his predictable speech that sounded remotely sincere. If someone wants to know what political assumptions Romney truly holds, he couldn’t do any better than to listen to that portion of the victory speech focused on entrepreneurship and dreams. The speech contained this passage:
Every great innovation, every world-changing business breakthrough begins with a dream. And nothing is more fragile than a dream. The genius of America is that we nurture these dreams and the dreamers. We honor them, and, yes, we reward them.
That’s part of what is uniquely brilliant about America.
This might be the only part of the speech that had much merit, and so much of the speech was overflowing with Romney’s insulting condescension that its effect was cancelled out, but it is probably the one thing Romney said last night that would have made sense to independents and non-ideological voters if they were listening to it.