The NY Times Editorial board highlights Romney's and Republican dishonesty in not acknowledging that "Republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day Mr. Obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement, no matter the cost to the economy or American security — even if it meant holding the nation’s credit rating hostage to a narrow partisan agenda."
Describing Romney's acceptance speech as "treacly," and delivered "with a strange misty smile on his face suggesting he was always about to burst into tears," the Times found it "of a piece with the rest of the convention," offering "precious little of substance but a lot of bromides...."
The editorial also noted that in this election Republicans cannot present themselves as the tougher party on foreign or military policy. "Mr. Obama has robbed them of that by being aggressive on counterterrorism and by flexing military and diplomatic muscle repeatedly and effectively."
One of few foreign-policy-centered speeches was delivered by Bush National Securty Adviser, Condoleeza Rice.
But Ms. Rice is a reminder of the colossal errors and deceptions of George W. Bush’s administration. She was a central player in the decision to invade Iraq and the peddling of fantasies about weapons of mass destruction. She barely mentioned Iraq in her speech and spoke not at all about Afghanistan. She was particularly ludicrous when she talked about keeping America strong at home so it could be strong globally, since she was part of the team that fought two wars off the books and entirely on borrowed money.