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And even Mr. Romney, who was never a particularly good political speaker, managed to hit a groove halfway through and crescendoed to a rousing conclusion.

Several of his most memorable lines are sure to leave many Democratic voters feeling rather uneasy today.

“You know there is something wrong with the kind of job he has done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him,” he said.

And then there was the single strongest moment of the entire convention when Mr. Romney took that annoying disappointed-father look he has and turned it into a powerful strength.

“President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans,” he said, pausing a long time to display that unfortunate look. “And to heal the planet.”

Again, with the annoying disappointed-father look.

“My promise is to help you and your family.”

Boom. If nothing is remembered from the entire convention but that line and the defiant response — “We did built that!” — then Republicans are on pretty good footing going into November.

Charles Hurt can be reached at