The headliners at last night’s Republican National Convention may have been New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ann Romney, but Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who is running for Congress against six-term incumbent Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, stole the show earlier in the night with a pitch perfect performance.
“If I could describe freedom in one word,” Love said in an introductory video before she spoke, “it would be agency: the ability to make a decision and reap the benefits of those decisions or suffer the consequences. If I could go to Washington tomorrow and change one thing, it would be to restore the power of the decision making back to the people.”
If that isn’t a perfect encapsulation of limited government conservatism, we don’t know what is.
In her prepared remarks, Love went on to say:
Let me tell you about the America I know. My parents immigrated to the U.S. believing that the America they had heard about really did exist. When times got tough they did not look to Washington, they looked within. So, the America I came to know was centered in personal responsibility and filled with the American dream.
We know that the American dream is not just my story, and it is not just your story, it is our story. It is a story of human struggle – of standing up and striving for more. It’s been told for over 200 years with small steps and giant leaps: from a woman on a bus to a man with a dream; from the bravery of the greatest generation to the entrepreneurs of today. This is our story – this is the America we know because we built it.
By the end of her speech, Love had the crowd chanting “Mia, Mia, Mia” before breaking into “USA! USA! USA!”
A recent Deseret News poll has love down 15 points to Matheson though, 53-38. We bet she gets a bigger bounce out of this convention than Romney does.
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Redistricting: A federal court in Washington, DC, threw out Texas’ redistricting map yesterday, ruling that the Texas legislature enacted with “discriminatory purpose” against Hispanics. This year’s elections are proceeding under different, interim maps developed by a separate federal court in San Antonio.
Polls: Gallup‘s last pre-convention poll shows that the favorability of the GOP (44/50) and Democratic (43/52) parties are essentially tied.
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Cato‘s David Boaz looks at polling data showing that voters want smaller government.
Mediate reports that David Letterman has started a new segment called “Ann and Mitt Romney Lies.”
The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein posts a chart purporting to show that virtually all of today’s debt can be blamed on President Bush.
Red Alert notes that MSNBC abandoned their GOP convention coverage during every speech by a minority last night.