POLAR OPPOSITES in temperament and purpose, Mrs. Romney and Gov. Christie begin the case for Mitt Romney. Ann Romney will deliver the heart. Chris Christie will bring the muscle.

Mrs. Romney’s role so far hasn’t quite worked out as expected. She’s gotten caught up in defending her husband on issues that aren’t her purview, with her strengths solely suited for sharing who Mitt Romney is as a husband, father and morally unimpeachable man. She’s scheduled to speak at 10:05 EST.

The keynote speech by Gov. Chris Christie, which is scheduled for 10:35 EST, cannot be understated. He remains the one politician in the Republican Party who represents the old style, unpolished and gruffly blunt pol, who doesn’t much care who gets bent out of shape about what he says. He is who he is explains the man more than anything. We’re talking cosmetics, because that’s what the keynote is about and Christie’s role for Romney. Gov. Christie will have one target tonight: Pres. Obama. The expectations are high for Christie. Romney needs him to deliver. For his own future prospects, Chris Christie needs that, too.

Earlier in the day there was a convention disruption over the rules. Sarah Palin was happy to help give it legs, which began in the conservative blogosphere with Eric Erickson. From her Facebook page:

Had a great time today in Gilbert, Arizona, at a rally for Kirk Adams. It’s very important to pay attention to these down ballot races like Kirk Adams, Jeff Flake, and Paul Gosar in Arizona. We have to remember that this election is not just about replacing the party in power. It’s about who and what we replace it with. Grassroots conservatives know this. Without the energy and wisdom of the grassroots, the GOP would not have had the historic 2010 electoral victories. That’s why the controversial rule change being debated at the RNC convention right now is so very disappointing. It’s a direct attack on grassroots activists by the GOP establishment, and it must be rejected. Please follow the link to Michelle Malkin’s article about this.

At issue is an effort to make sure a candidacy like Rep. Ron Paul’s will never happens again by cutting off the avenue to anyone trying to accumulate delegates as he did.

So begins it for Mitt Romney, building up to Thursday’s speech, which better be good. I’m not expecting a new and improved Mitt Romney, who’ll say something that could shift the election.

After selecting Paul Ryan there was a real push to will the race onto higher ground. He did make it interesting, especially once Todd Akin happened, but not in the way Romney hoped where it came to media coverage. It was one of those unforeseeable moments that derail the best laid plans, because Paul Ryan got tied to Akin, because of congressional bills that perfectly make the Democratic point about the right’s war on women. However, Ryan is reportedly helping Romney a lot on the campaign trail, so that’s something.

So, it looks like we’re staying on smallness, because Obama and Romney aren’t saying anything that would engage or excite the electorate. They’re both petrified they might piss off the soft decided or the undecided, miniscule numbers, so half measures it is. At a time when there are no answers on jobs, another catastrophe awaits from the too big to fail banks, while in Afghanistan green-on-blue murders are a regular event, with Iraq very shaky, and Syria dragging Lebanon into the battle, our presidential candidates are bickering about non-essential stuff, with not a word uttered about Iran or China.

Let the political pageants of 2012 begin.

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