The Democratic Convention. I’ll pick and choose, but I’ve already watched more of it than the Republican Convention. I enjoyed the Ted Kennedy tribute video, although I was never a big Kennedy fan. I particularly enjoyed the clip from his debate with Mitt Romney, where Romney was speaking so earnestly about supporting Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose. Times sure have changed. Looks like the Dems plan to hoist him with his own petard.
I was also struck by the huge difference between Romney and Kennedy — both very wealthy men. Yet Kennedy was not aloof, not awkward with people of lesser means. He cared about them and it showed. In contrast, Romney is totally aloof and disconnected. He doesn’t know how to relate to the middle and lower classes, nor does he seem to want to. Furthermore, although both families are/were wealthy, I don’t recall hearing about the Kennedys having Swiss bank accounts or offshore investments.
As for the wives (Michelle Obama and Ann Romney) speaking in support of their husbands, what a waste of time. Of course they’ll say wonderful things about their husbands! Of course they’ll say their husbands are wonderful, caring men who love their families, their country, and all Americans. These women are not going to get up there and say their husbands are angry, temperamental men, that they cheated on them or occasionally beat them. Nope, these are starry-eyed devoted wives who have nothing but the best to say about their men. The only reason for them to be on stage at all is so we can judge their suitability as First Lady. And even that is irrelevant, since we can’t vote for them. They’re a part of the package whether we like it or not. (Pity the male politician who doesn’t have a photogenic wife.)
No doubt we’ll see a parade of unknown but honest, hard-working everyday people with personal tales of disaster and triumph — thanks, of course, to their party’s candidate. And we’ll see a number of lesser known but ambitious politicians speaking on behalf of their boss-in-chief. Yawn.
The Democratic platform is attracting comment for (a) not asserting that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital and (b) not mentioning God. Both things have appeared in past platforms, but omitting both is fine by me; I don’t think either belongs in a domestic political platform. Whatever the Dems’ rationale (and interestingly, CNN has yet to find an interviewee who admits to knowing anything about it), I’m expecting GOP criticism and outrage. Or maybe not. Romney is vacationing in New Hampshire again, isn’t he? Who does that with an election just two months away?
At least, if one can believe the media, the Dems seem a lot more unified and organized than the GOP. We’re not hearing about delegates being booed on the floor, or speakers being denied, or party notables not being invited to their own convention (or notables refusing to attend). And with luck, we won’t see any grumpy old men talking to empty chairs. Maybe we’ll see Betty White instead.