From the 2012 Republican National Convention speeches commending Mitt Romney, a character sketch emerges.
Romney, man of faith. Romney, successful governor. Romney, defender of traditional family values. Romney, founder of Bain Capital? If you say so.
On the second day of the convention, as with the first, the name of the private equity firm started by Romney went unmentioned by keynote speakers, even when they spoke about his success in business.
It's a telling sign. After attack ads transformed Romney's tenure at Bain into political poison, what was once arguably the centerpiece of his campaign has been relegated to the sidelines.
Even Paul Ryan, the vice-presidential nominee, mentioned Romney's private sector work only once, saying vaguely that Romney "helped start businesses and turn around failing ones. By the way, being successful in business -- that’s a good thing."