On Friday August 31, after a shortened convention, the reviews of Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the Republican Party as a whole began. Critics have accused Mr. Ryan of outright lying, while supporters have praised the convention for having a diverse set of speakers, and emphasizing the economy, individual choice, and hard work.
While the general consensus seems to be that Paul Ryan said some things that were less than true, that is what politicians do. The bigger issue coming out of the convention is if the attempt to establish diversity at the convention will change the public perception.
The GOP convention had numerous women speaking, in what was a clear attempt to try and win back women who have been put-off by the pervasive influence of the religious right.
After many high-ranking Republicans condemned Todd Akin for his ignorant comment, the GOP still approved a policy plank that stated life begins at conception, and abortion should be illegal, without indicating any exceptions. The attempts to distance the Romney/Ryan ticket from that aspect of the party might be an impossible task.
Words spoken by a politician are worth very little, but a man can be judged by the company he keeps. The GOP depends on the money and support from many people who are deeply invested in pro-life causes. Unless more members of the GOP can appear less beholden to the interests of religious leaders, it will be a struggle for any individual Republican to close the national gender gap.