Over the whole event I got the impression that the DNC is going to have an uphill climb. Some things I noticed:
- Concern and compassion as the planners sacrificed an entire day to insure safety and allow for preparation in case Isaac became a danger to the Florida west coast as well as the rest of the possible impact points. Isaac never became a major hurricane, but did pack an incredible amount of rain. The RNC shared the headlines without a gripe.
- The understated podium was a masterstroke! Unlike the massive pedestal atop Mt. Olympus which we usually see, this was a simple and tasteful wooden dias much like you might encounter in a small church, a college classroom or a corporate briefing room.
- The message stayed positive. Speakers addressed the solutions rather than dwell on who was to blame for the problems. There certainly were a few jabs at the incumbent but they were more like locker-room kidding than serious character attacks. The Dems will flounder at that sort of perspective.
- The understated but very obvious negation of the meme that the Republican Party is anti-women (notice female Republican governors?), anti-Latino (notice all the heavy-hitters both male and female with Hispanic surnames?), and anti-Black (real Black leaders making appearances of substance rather than race-baiting.)
- Clint Eastwood is too old for stand-up.
Then, on a whim, during a speech by a former Bain Capital official addressing the job creation, business successes and developments in a free market, I switched from Fox to MSNBC. Just wanted to see how they were covering the same event.
I got Rachel Maddow in the left sidebar doing a voice-over of a collage of anti-Bain Obama political ads! Seriously! A live event with a real player speaking and they are doing hard-core Goebbels!