I have to admit, I got bored watching the convention last night, because it ran like clockwork. I miss the old days of not knowing quite what Jesse Jackson and Ted Kennedy were going to do.
But I know this is better politics. It’s amazing to me the extent to which the two parties have switched roles: the Republican convention was a bunch of self-promoters free-lancing, the Democratic convention last night was a bunch of disciplined political foot soldiers staying on message. Here’s what one of Josh Marshall’s readers wrote:
I only have the 2004 and 2008 conventions to compare it to, and so far the democrats seem almost super-humanly organized on messaging. Every speech is hitting some kind of trifecta of explaining the party goals in philosophical terms, boasting of Obama’s policy achievements to move towards them, and taking a hit at Romney for having the opposite position.
The closest comparison, with most things this cycle, is the reverse-2004 analogy, where the RNC was a combination of love for Bush’s heroism and disgust at Kerry’s weakness. It seems like the Democrats at taking that level of discipline to another level, hitting across the entire spectrum of economic policy.
This may be the main story of the campaign so far: Democrats playing smart, disciplined, and very tough while the daddy party imitates a reality tv show. I hope this continues through November.