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Democratic convention fruitless

Starks is a first-year politics/finance major and can be reached at raymond.starks@drake.edu

A week after former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accepted his party’s nomination in Tampa, Fla., President Barack Obama attempted to relive the glory and hype of 2008’s Democratic National Convention. Gone were the glorious columns, in reality, this year’s convention looked austere compared to the momentous occasion where the then Sen. Obama formally accepted the Democratic nomination for president, becoming the first African-American to do so. However, past the glittering lights for Obama on Thursday evening, the Democratic National Convention was a series of falters for a party in desperate need of a boost

Obama began the week of Sept. 3 in a statistical tie in most polls and with the Real Clear Politics polling average in a dead heat. Most nominating conventions give the nominee of a party a slight statistical boost that is often attributed to the massive media coverage of the event.

However, Tuesday was the beginning of the choreographed part of the DNC, an endless series of speakers backing the Obama/Biden ticket.  Like many stump speeches, most lacked substance and actual vision for the country. Former Republican Govs. Lincoln Chaffee, RI, and Charlie Christ, Fla., addressed the convention in an attempt to broaden the ticket’s appeal with disillusioned Republican voters. None the less, the speeches were not nearly as covered as 2008 Obama Campaign Chair and Democratic Congressman Artur Davis’ heartfelt appeal in Tampa for the Romney/Ryan ticket. One of the highlights of Tuesday night, let alone the entire convention, was a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, which showed the softer side of the Obama family and reiterated the message of her husband’s greatest legislative achievement reworded to show “Obama cares.”

Following Tuesday night’s shining star, the second day of the DNC seemed to try to replicate that flowing emotion. However, many viewers would note how forceful the emotional connection made seemed. The party rolled out former Bain Capital employees, pro-choice activist Sandra Fluke and Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren in an attempt to demonize the Romney campaign. The reiteration of the same attacks used in many commercials likely had little to no effect on the campaign as it stands and most of the second day seemed a waste. Like Tuesday, there was a diamond in the rough in former President Bill Clinton’s speaking style, which can woo many independent voters who may think that President Obama is far too liberal.

The convention culminated Thursday night in a much smaller arena seating only 20,000 people after some speculated the first arena (aptly named Bank of America Stadium) which seats over 70,000 couldn’t be filled. Obama’s speech had a far different tone than the hope and change that seemed gospel only four years ago. It seemed dismal as if the world could soon face a terrible change if Gov. Romney were to become president, which seemed to be a shadow of the overall convention. President Obama looked like the underdog last week after a flawless convention by the Romney campaign, so he, with the rest of the party, engaged in the politics of deception that he swore against in front of Greek columns four years ago.

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5 Comments

  1. JMG September 13, 2012

    Are we on the same planet?

  2. fugacity September 13, 2012

    Is this parody? I really can’t tell.

    Are you really complaining that the architecture changed, when the venue changed, when the frikken city changed?

    The speeches were fantastic and the energy was great.

    Also the final nights speeches were due to weather and viewing overflowed. I actually went to a convention watching party with a guy who held up his ticket for the event, one of the many bumped due to weather.

    Are you peddling insanity or comedy? Because you failed in both.

  3. Benjamin September 13, 2012

    The writer missed the entire experience, it seems. Had something better to do that week, and just caught the highlights as presented by Fox News, I guess.

  4. Michael September 13, 2012

    Seriously – politics aside, this as a piece of writing, one that you were happy to publish online, is absurdly weak. You split infinitives like they are going out of fashion. Your prose is labored and repetitive – for example you use ‘seem’ six times in two paragraphs, including twice in one sentence. Here is an example:

    “It seemed dismal as if the world could soon face a terrible change if Gov. Romney were to become president, which seemed to be a shadow of the overall convention.”

    I’d fail any student who handed me that sentence. Observe, please:

    “It seemed dismal, as if the world would face an imminent and terrible change if Governor Romney were to become President, an unspoken fear that loomed large over the entire convention”.

    You see how that is better and more effective? The infinitive isn’t split, there is a necessary comma before ‘as if’, it adds alliteration…etc. etc. etc.

    Nonetheless is considered one word, not three (“None the less”) in the modern era.

    “However, many viewers would note how forceful the emotional connection made seemed.”

    Here we have ‘seemed’ yet again – but in your efforts to make your sentence neither active or passive, simply a state of being, your verbs pile up into a full-on car crash between both passive AND active at the end of the clause. Impressively poor writing.

    Your hyperbole needs work also. There’s one thing you cannot usually say about “endless” things, and that is that they “culminated” in anything. I guess you didn’t get as far as bathos in your rhetorical studies yet, or you forgot about your third paragraph by the time you got to your fifth…

    Other grammatical and rhetorical mistakes aside, even the Romney camp thought that Eastwood was a mistake and ran as fast as they could in the other direction when asked if they wanted to take credit. Hardly a flawless GOP convention when an old man ranting at a chair upstages the candidate?

  5. Matt September 13, 2012

    Obviously not everyone though it was quite as big of a failure as you did. Right after the convention ended, Obama’s lead in the polls jumped to the highest margin since July. That’s not coincidence.

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