Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Democratic National Convention -- Night 1

First Lady Michelle Obama did a terrific job last night. Home run.

The first thing you notice at a Democratic Convention is that the delegates and the audience look like America. I saw people who were white, black, hispanic, Asian, male, female, gay, straight, young, old, and everything in between. Last week the cameraman struggled to find that one black face in that older, angry white Regressive crowd. And I'm convinced HE walked in by accident.

Michelle reminded us of Pres Obama's character, core convictions, sense of fairness and desire for everyone to succeed. She reminded us that "for Barack, success isn't about how much money you make; it's about the difference you make in people's lives." And "when you walk through the door of opportunity, don't slam it behind you."

Julian Castro (Mayor of San Antonio), Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, Lilly Ledbetter and Mass Gov Deval Patrick gave tremendous, rousing speeches -- not filled with hate or resentment like we heard last week, but filled with hope, excitement, pride in their country, their many accomplishments as well as listing the major accomplishments of President Obama.

Watching Michelle's speech
 Some say this year Pres Obama's facing an "enthusiasm gap." Is he?  No way. Of course, it's not the same as it was 4 years ago because that was a historic election of mammoth proportions. In addition, 4 years ago the economic situation was drastic. One financial institution after another was going bankrupt; millions were losing their homes; we were losing 750,000 jobs a month. We were falling off a cliff without a parachute.

That's no longer the case.

Take a look at this convention. Watch the speeches. Listen to the ebullience. And wait for the bump at the beginning of next week.

The question should be, "is Willard facing an enthusiasm gap?"

There was NO BUMP WHATSOEVER after their hatefest last week. Willard is still far behind in approval from women, blacks, gays, hispanics, etc. His base is bitter, angry older white men. Clint Eastwood solidified that last week.

No one is enthusiastic about Willard. This is why, during the primaries, EVERY OTHER REGRESSIVE CANDIDATE took a turn being the flavor of the month in the #1 position -- for a couple of weeks, until, one by one, they each imploded. Willard just happened to be the last man standing. That's not something to be excited about.

While Obama supporters can't wait to vote for him, Willard's people are stuck with someone they don't really support -- someone they know is not conservative at all, but a flip flopping liar who'll say anything to be elected.

Can't wait for tonight's speeches from President Bill Clinton and Mass Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

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