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Convention Thoughts

My thoughts on the 2012 party conventions.

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.            

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Thomas Lotito September 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Kevin, CELL PHONES DON'T VOTE!! When the data from the Reuters/Ipsos poll is unskewed, Romney is leading by 10 percent, 54 percent to 44 percent over the president. http://www.examiner.com/article/mitt-romney-double-digit-lead-unskewed-data-from-reuters-ipsos-poll-1
Chuck Ruff September 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
My God, you’re right Tom, cell phones don’t vote. Then again, LAN phones don’t vote either. That means all phone polls are worthless since PHONES DON”T VOTE!!! How could we all have been so stupid to miss that???
Thomas Lotito September 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hookerman, You sound like you're becoming unhinged. If you had read the NY times story, the author points out that the reason Obama s going to win big is because people on cell phones choose Obama by a wider margin than people on landlines.But the article doesn't mention if the people questioned in the poll were registered voters. BTW, are you member of the bandwagon effect? Which is a well documented form of groupthink? http://www.examiner.com/article/commentary-the-mainstream-media-polls-are-skewed-for-a-reason?fb_action_ids=10151090150487408&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210151090150487408%22%3A10151162867910996}&action_type_map={%2210151090150487408%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]
Thomas Lotito September 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Kevin, I didn't miss any points, maybe I shouldn't have used the words "win big" but Nate Silver is projecting a win on Nov. 6th because Democrats do much better when people are polled on cellphones vs. landlines. Here's a couple of quotes from the article. "Either way, we also detected a tendency for polls that include cellphones to show better results for Democrats in both 2008 and 2010." and "Thus, his chances of winning the Electoral College are just 61 percent, as compared with 83 percent in the polls that do include cellphones.


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