News From Terre Haute, Indiana

August 31, 2012

EDITORIAL: Romney, GOP set their course

Convention provides insight into candidate’s hopes, ideals

The Tribune-Star

---- — Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney triumphantly accepted his party’s nomination in Tampa, Fla., Thursday night as throngs of GOP faithful cheered him on. It was a grand moment for the Grand Ol’ Party.

The final night of the Republican National Convention was the culmination of a rugged week of politicking as Romney worked, with his party’s help, to define themselves for American voters who will decide this fall between him and incumbent Democrat President Barack Obama.

Clearly, Republicans are pleased with their efforts of the past week. It was important for Romney to spell out his cause and give people a reason to like him, what he represents and approve of his plans for the future. It was an effective convention and Romney’s campaign can be confident that it accomplished some, if not all, of its goals for the week.

Conventions are largely ceremonial events, a fact for which Romney can be grateful. His road to the nomination was difficult and hard fought against a host of aggressive and well-financed competitors from his own party. Being able to conduct a celebratory convention in his honor was a just reward for winning a tough and long primary battle.

Next up — next week — is the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., where President Obama will accept his party’s nomination to re-election. It will then be the Democrats’ turn to beat up their opposition and make their case the voters.

While we hear many complaints about the negative tone and content of this year’s campaigns, history tells us this is pretty much par for the course. As Opinion page columnist Andrea Neal reported in a piece published in Thursday’s Tribune-Star, nasty political campaigns are as old as the republic itself. It’s not always fun to witness, but it’s the American way.

Ultimately, the political parties must own the tenor of their campaigns. Voters will then decide which candidate, and which vision, they prefer for the next four years.

Congratulations to Mitt Romney for his nomination and successful convention. He promises to be a formidable foe for the incumbent president.