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...
Friday, September 07, 2012
Joel Connelly: "Obama's convention leaves the right wing writhing"
Joel Connelly (SeattlePI.com):