Tonight, Mitt Romney needed to give the speech of his life. And he did.

That isn’t to say that Romney suddenly morphed into Ronald Reagan. He wasn’t electrifying. But he brought what is best about Mitt Romney to the surface: seriousness, leadership ability, and most of all, a true understanding of how business works, and how jobs are created.

The speech was optimistic throughout – but Romney’s assault on Barack Obama’s record was devastating. The key line of the night came midway through the speech when he dropped a rhetorical nuclear bomb on Obama’s failed hope-and-change aspirations: “President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. MY promise…is to help you and your family.”

And that, in a nutshell, is what this election is about: a president who has dreams but no competence versus a president who believes in the competence of the American people and wishes to free them from the dreamy nonsense of federal overreach. Romney is all substance. Obama is all style. And America doesn’t need a stylish president when our economy faces a double-dip recession caused, at least in part, by a celebrity commander-in-chief.

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