Here’s the C-SPAN archive of last night’s speeches for the morning crowd who might have missed some of last night’s festivities. I thought it showed a deep bench (Deval Patrick and Julián Castro both did a good job) and impressive message coordination. One of the most interesting aspects was that the speakers I saw weren’t afraid of saying Barack Obama’s name, and they also didn’t let their ambition get in the way of doing their convention job.
Of course, that’s how the Republican convention should have been, too, but clearly something is badly wrong with the Romney campaign. The Eastwood debacle is just the tip of the iceberg. Deval Patrick is every bit as interested in 2016 as Chris Christie, yet he was able to say Obama’s name long before two-thirds of his speech was over, and he didn’t take credit for everything that’s going well in his state. Listening to Patrick, you’d think Obama came to Massachusetts in person to help Patrick fix the mess that Mitt Romney left. The only reason Christie’s speech didn’t sound the same was that the Romney people didn’t review it, rip it up, and tell him to go back to work.
Castro had the tougher job of introducing himself while supporting Obama, and he did well, mentioning Obama’s name 17 times while telling the story of how his mother and grandmother raised him and his twin brother. And, of course, Michelle Obama gave a great speech. She was introduced by a mom who had 5 kids in the service, which brings up another point: like “Romney”, “war” is another word you didn’t hear much at the RNC, while Democrats aren’t afraid to talk about it. Here’s Patrick:
This is the president who brought Osama bin Laden to justice, who ended the war in Iraq and is ending the war in Afghanistan.
It’s much easier to have a party convention when you aren’t ashamed of your candidate or your party’s performance over the last few years, but even so, the Republican performance last week was a pale imitation of what we’ve seen so far in Charlotte.