TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE: Romney at the RNC: From the Audacity of Hype to the Tenacity of Hope. “Obama 2008 was about the audacity of hype. What Obama sold in 2008 was less hope than hype, because hope is not baseless, and Obama was all surface and no substance, all promise and no power. Americans — some of them, anyway — fell so in love with the promises that they failed to note that Obama possessed neither the record, the experience nor the expertise to suggest that he could follow through on those promises. Romney 2012 is about the tenacity of hope. The miracle that hope endures even through the worst of times, that it survives like a flower bud beneath the ruins of a stagnant economy and a dysfunctional government.”