If one needed to feel the spine of the Democratic Party it only required turning into one of the all-news channels Tuesday night. Often there is a wondering–even among Democrats–of where the metal is when it comes to politicians, and the policy goals we are striving for.
After several hours of speeches from Charlotte, North Carolina there is no doubt where the political moral compass of our nation resides, or where the steady captain of a ship would be steering his craft if caught in a storm of policy disputes on the seas. From making sure the car industry did not collapse, to ending wars, from caring about wages for women to health care for all, the message from the podium was one that moved the delegates to cheer, and I suspect many a citizen agreeing back home in front of the television.
In speech after speech tonight it was as it the nation was going to church. Preaching from the gospel of helping hands, united efforts, and governmental understanding there was a message delivered to the nation that we can do better as a country if we trust one another on a shared path.
When the cameras panned out over the huge arena it was a showcase of the men and women who make up this land. From Muslims, Hasidic Jews, African-American, Sikhs, Hispanics, gay men and lesbian women–it was a quilt of humanity. There was no way not to see the many diverse sides to this nation, feel proud about who we are, and how we came to this point with our common bonds.
The first night of the Democratic convention did not need compete with the angry side of Mother Nature. As such, the party was better able to portray the message they wished to deliver without reports needed from those facing a hurricane.
But there was more than just perfect logistics to the convention.
There was a true enthusiasm for the nominee of our party, the President.
While the Republicans clapped a lot at their convention it was more often than not aimed at the hatred they have for President Obama. Conversely on the first night of the convention the Democrats applauded much more often and louder for the true affection they have for the leader of the free world—yes we still get to use that phrase.
It was a stark contrast between the two conventions. After all, Democrats really like–even love–our nominee, while Republicans had to settle for the least objectionable following an intense and personal primary fight.
The evening was capped off with the most impressive performance from the spouse of a president I have ever witnessed. It was truly a home run!
Michelle Obama remains the best political asset President Obama has.
Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it…and he wants everyone in this country to have that same opportunity, no matter who we are, or where we’re from, or what we look like, or who we love.
And he believes that when you’ve worked hard, and done well, and walked through that doorway of opportunity…you do not slam it shut behind you…you reach back, and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.
As the night’s proceedings ended I turned to James and commented, “And this is only Day One!”
I suspect there is a poll bounce come this weekend for President Obama.