Now that both conventions are over, I can finally get back to my “Breaking Bad” shows. Before I do that, I’d like to share my observations on those conventions. Full disclosure: I’m not especially a fan of political GOP conventions and often view them through highlight clips and PBS post event coverage. That said, I do listen for substantive dialog (as opposed to party rhetoric), and try to understand the correlation of facts with the zeal of speakers and moderators.
First, as in past conventions, diversity told its own story. Turbans, union caps, LGBT buttons, whites, blacks, Latinos, young faces, old faces and war vets in the Democrat’s arena contrasted to the big hats and limited diversity attending the GOP bash.
Then there were the speeches. I have to give the nod to the Dems. The first Lady was charming but her speech was predictable—as was Corey Booker’s speech. The women and union people lit up the crowd on Wednesday with compelling, real-life stories. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and many others emphasized issues affecting women (and men), while union leaders, CEOs, and displaced workers shared their stories. Bill Clinton “knocked it out of the park,” as usual.
Thursday brought us a lengthy but profound speech by Joe Biden followed by a knockout speech from the President. Those looking for 10-point plans or a way to solve partisan impasse, will have been disappointed. The convention succeeded in re-focusing on the who’s and why’s about how our nation wound up where we are today.
Finally, plans for our country’s future were discussed. I found the GOP’s relentless pounding on deficits while taking no responsibility for their inept leadership and financial sector oversight bungling that brought them on, to be a classic case selective memory, i.e., denial. Florida Governor Crist’s story demonstrated a party that can no longer tolerate a moderate voice and will turn on it’s own and devour any candidate daring to compromise.