Also, regarding Romney's speech - The whole time that nonsense was going on, I kept imagining it all in baby-talk. His facial expression was soooo over-the-top. Chin down, sad puppy-dog eyes up, concerned eyebrows - PUKE! I'd bet a dollar that some acting coach tried to train him to have a "concerned, sympathetic expression," and it turned into that patronizing mess. The head-tilting! The eyelash flutters! OMG!
The good strategy was that it totally distracted me from everything he actually said, so there's that.