Well, now they’re both behind us, back to back: the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention.
And, having attended one and lived through both, all I can say is: What a world of difference between them. When they were over, even veteran reporters agreed that the two parties could not have staged two more distinctly difference conventions.
At the Republican convention, the theme was: Here’s what’s wrong with Barack Obama. Here’s what’s wrong with the economy. Here’s what’s wrong with America. With no ideas about how to make things better, no agenda for the future.
At the Democratic convention, the theme was: We’re a great country. We’re a resilient people. We’re on the right path. We’re on our way back. And here’s how we’re going to make it even better, under Barack Obama’s leadership, during the next four years.
It was, to borrow a phrase, a Tale of Two Conventions. One looked backward, the other looked forward. One was negative, the other was positive. One was full of despair, the other was brimming with hope.
No wonder that the Republican Party remained flat after Tampa – and the Democratic Party got a big bounce after Charlotte.
That’s my parting shot for today.