WASHINGTON, D.C., September 5, 2012 — The best thing that can happen for the Republican Party tonight is a shootout between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants that will draw viewers away from the Democratic National Convention.
If the second night of the DNC Convention is anything like the first, the level of momentum and potential electoral bounce for President Obama going into the fall campaign could be huge.
The first night of the convention was a success for Democrats. With that said, there was a slight disconnect between the sheer exhilaration in the hall and the harsh realities many Americans face.
Nevertheless, from a stylistic standpoint, everything from the roll-out, choice of music, use of imagery, to the quality of speakers and speeches was impressive. Unlike the Republican Convention that looked like a cast of GOP all-stars auditioning for a future presidential run (think Chris Christie and Marco Rubio), the first night of the DNC Convention was all about President Barack Obama. About his accomplishments, leadership and why he deserves a second term.
There was an emotional connection between the audience and speakers. Speakers like Mayor Julian Castro and Gov. Deval Patrick did not have to try to win the crowd. The crowd was already with them. They were engaged. Some of them even shed tears. All of these were missing in the Republican Convention.
In Tampa, there was never a sense that the crowd was emotionally invested in the candidacy of Mitt Romney. The primetime speakers focused too much on themselves and forgot it was not their convention (think Christie and Rubio again).
Day two of the Democratic Convention will feature President Bill Clinton. With his unique ability to connect with working and middle-class voters, he will try to make a strong case for President Obama’s leadership and policies. With Bill, it is never really a question of if he will be effective. It is how effective.
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