Lays Big Fat Egg
Prior to his speech that evening the air was positively giddy; one person in attendance told me that Romney was the “best retail politician he’d ever seen — including Reagan.” And while Romney’s charm, coiffure and orthodonture were indeed impressive, I can’t recall another moment in recent political memory where a politician has so badly misjudged a room. You can watch the speech over at NRO [Quicktime link] but I’ll give you the highlights:
A lot of the details we've already heard - but here's the reaction of the conversion story:
"His come-to-Jesus speech about how he realized at 50+ years of age that he really and truly is pro-life, after he repeatedly said he was pro-choice to get elected in a liberal northeastern state is about as convincing as Clay Aiken jammering on about why his girlfriend couldn’t be here.
I could go on, but suffice to say that even one of his biggest public champions, the incomparable Kathryn Lopez of National Review, was less than impressed, lamenting “Governor Romney missed an opportunity last night.” The Romney campaign needs to do something big and something soon to win over conservatives; they were clearly planning on him capturing that part of the vote early on. But for now, that hissing is the air being let out of Romney’s balloon."