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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Two Conventions: Passion versus Choreography

The Republican National Convention was more orchestrated than any Broadway extravaganza.  But underneath all that choreography, you couldn’t find a drop of enthusiasm if you used a Geiger Counter.

Mitt Romney was grudgingly — sulkingly — given the nomination, and there weren’t enough fake smiles and synchronized stunts to hide this.  It’s like when you go to somebody’s house, and you can just tell that the couple was arguing before you got there.  They’ll put on their forced smiles and say “Oh, hi!  We’re glad you’re here.  Dinner’s almost ready.”  But they can’t hide the fact that they were in the middle of a huge fight just before you arrived.

And on top of that, most of the RNC speakers were positioning themselves for 2016.  Mitt Romney was an afterthought.  An article about the RNC had a comment at the end of the article saying “Which one was Romney?”

This wasn’t the case with Day One of the Democratic National Convention.  Speaker after speaker tore into the oligarchs and their cute little sockpuppet duo, Mitt and Paul.  Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland:

“Mitt Romney, he lives by a different code.  To him, American workers are just numbers on a spreadsheet. To him, all profits are created equal, whether made on our shores or off…Mitt Romney never saw the point of building something when he could profit from tearing it down. If Mitt was Santa Claus, he'd fire the reindeer and outsource the elves…Barack Obama is betting on the American worker. Mitt Romney is betting on a Bermuda shell corporation.”

Newark Mayor Cory Booker:

“Being asked to pay your fair share isn't class warfare. It's patriotism…It's not about left or right, but moving America forward and our economy forward.”

He also described the Democratic Party Platform as “focusing on big and practical ideas,” as opposed to the “petty political arguments” in the Republican Party Platform.

Michelle Obama’s line — “We've got so much more to do” — generated more than 22,000 Tweets per minute.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro:

“We all understand that freedom isn’t free.  What Romney and Ryan don’t understand is that neither is opportunity. We have to invest in it.”

Here is some video coverage of yesterday’s DNC speeches.

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Blogger Mr. Charleston said...

How about passionate choreography?

September 5, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Anonymous Jolly Roger said...

I kept waiting for Ann to extract the stick from her ass that was making her grimace, but apparently it's in there pretty deep.

September 5, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger S.W. Anderson said...

The energy, conviction and bigness of spirit (for lack of a better term) in Michelle Obama and Deval Patrick's speeches alone was nothing short of spectacular.

The GOP convention was mostly a robotic exercise of lies and distortions delivered with a cold, bloodless corporate face. The rest of the time it was mostly an angry, resentful face. I kept remembering, "I like firing people," and "On day 1 of my administration I'll repeal Obama care."

Like corporate salesmen, Christie, Kasich and the rest spending, as you noted, so much time tooting their own horns.

The Democratic gathering is America with a human face The party isn't perfect, but it's one that sees people who work and live so many floor below the executive suite and hears people who don't have Dick Armey's expensive lobbyists to speak up for them and what they need and what they want.

September 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

The goopers are indeed fine examples of yahooery, but c'mon, the dum stage show is just as choreographed.

September 6, 2012 at 5:52 AM  
Blogger jim marquis said...

When Ann Romney said "I love you women" I saw a thought balloon over her head that read "and we plan on sending you all back to 1952".

September 6, 2012 at 8:54 AM  
Anonymous Jess said...

It was all about trying to get the vagina American vote with these asshats, at the KKK meeting pretending to be a repug convention. Sorry, but I don't think talking down to people about what they need to be doing will work for you GoOpers. DNC on the other hand, all about inclusion of everyone. Notice not once did they mention the military or vets over in Tampa and they are for the troops. topping it off we have Michelle Obama, Big Dog and they have Ann Romney and a visibly absent last president.

September 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mr. C: There you go.

JR: Nope, I don't think it's coming out.

SW: I agree, there's been much more of a human face on the Democratic convention.

Randal: But it's passionate choreography.

Jim: LOL. That's probably exactly what she was thinking.

Jess: Even some rightwing pundits (i.e. Bill Kristol) blasted Romney for not mentioning the wars or the troops.

September 6, 2012 at 10:05 AM  

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