Friday, September 07, 2012

Joel Connelly: "Obama's convention leaves the right wing writhing"

Joel Connelly (
With superlative staging and red-blooded themes, the Obama re-election campaign has left its right-wing opposition writhing and whimpering and seeing red:  It has gone over the heads of SuperPACs, Fox News and talk radio, and engaged America.
Scenes in Charlotte were curiously reminiscent of successful Republican conventions past -- chants of "USA! USA!" and a refrain that dates back to Nixon:  "Four more years!"  Vice President Biden delivering a red meat answer to the are-you-better-off question:  "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive."
President Obama, a pickup basketball player, is a big-play politician.  He showed it at the 2004 and 2008 Democratic conventions, and again on Thursday night.
The Charlotte convention was a masterful two-step.  Three days of speeches -- with star turns by Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton -- were devoted to warming up a somewhat remote president, both to Democrats in the hall and TV viewers.  He sweats the tribulations of ordinary Americans, the First Lady told us. MORE...

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