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Well, you can get styling properties that apply to the whole thing, yes. However, if you make some different styling to part of the text, your technique doesn't work.

Copy As Applescript gives:
tell application "OmniGraffle Professional"
	tell canvas of front window
		make new shape at end of graphics with properties {fill: no fill, draws shadow: false, size: {131.000000, 23.000000}, side padding: 0, autosizing: full, origin: {99.000000, 180.500000}, text: {{text: "This is a bit of ", text: "This is a bit of ", size: 11}, {text: "colored", text: "colored", size: 11, color: {1.000000, 0.000000, 0.000000}}, {text: " text.", text: " text.", size: 11}}, draws stroke: false}
	end tell
end tell
Your script fragment gives:

I believe that shows the problem RobTrew is referring to above.