Gov. Brian Sandoval did some editing on his speech to the Republican convention between the time he previewed it for reporters on Saturday, and when he delivered his remarks in Tampa, Fla., today.
And they were good edits.
On Saturday, he told the press that his speech was to include a line that the current administration had given up on the American dream. That prompted a question from me on the conference call: You’re really going to say that? Seriously?
Apparently not. Editing continued on the speech right up until it was delivered, and while there was plenty of president-bashing, that line didn’t make the cut.
This, by the way, is a good thing. Because while President Barack Obama‘s ideas for America may be different than Sandoval’s, or Mitt Romney‘s, or Paul Ryan‘s, they are in no way a surrender of the American dream. It’s at once an unserious and scandalous allegation, one more suited to Rush Limbaugh or Donald Trump than to Nevada’s generally upbeat, seldom partisan governor.
Now, I harbor no illusions that my incredulous questioning caused Sandoval to do anything other than roll his eyes. Perhaps he heard negative feedback after his comments appeared in the Sunday newspaper, or he re-read the speech and thought better of it. No matter how he came to the decision to drop it, he made the right call.
Instead, Sandoval let loose with this:
Make no mistake, the current administration’s failed experiment with big government gets in the way of economic recovery.
Their [sic] love affair with government regulation is a drag on business confidence.
This administration sings the siren song that this is all there is.
They tell us that government is the answer, but we know it’s the problem.
They tell us we didn’t build our businesses, but somebody else made it happen.
They tell us not to dream, but to settle.
You and I know America is better than that.
Of course, one might as well respond that Nevada’s failed experiment with tiny government does nothing to help economic recovery, as I did last year welcoming Republican presidential candidates to the Silver State. And one could also note that Sandoval has touted the economic development that has occurred on his watch, a powerful counter-narrative to Romney’s dour remarks about the state of the union.
But who’s to quibble?
You can watch Sandoval’s entire speech here:
Meanwhile, Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post puts Sandoval in the “loser” category and calls his speech “thin” and “forgettable.” That’s kind of mean, I think.