Harry Reid's speech to the Democratic National Convention demonstrated all the charm, eloquence and passion we have come to expect from the Senate Majority Leader, which is to say pretty much hardly any at all.
And yet it was still better than Brian Sandoval's speech to the GOP convention, and not just because of Sandoval's monotonous insincerity.
Reid stated an obvious but no-less actual fact: If you like what the Tea Party did when they took over the House, you'll love what they'll do if, in all their collective rage, paranoia and whackadoodledoo, they take control of the Senate and the White House.
Sandoval, by contrast, merely echoed the GOP's silly trope that business owners and only business owners are Real Americans, except unlike other GOP speakers, Sandoval had been directed to use the word "Hispanic" in every third sentence. Outreach, GOP style!
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Yes, Michelle's speech was not only a far more enlightened, inspirational and, frankly, patriotic exploration and explanation of American values than anything that was muttered at the Republican convention. Education, health care and the safety net, women's freedoms, the brink of economic collapse and the need to move forward not backward -- her speech was also more detailed and sophisticated with respect to policy than either Mitt Romney's or Paul Ryan's.
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Perhaps the Republican Party's primary achievement thus far this campaign cycle, aside from going down on Sheldon Adelson, of course, has been deliberately taking an innocous Barack Obama line about the public good wildly out of context and turning into a pathetic cliche. A whole night of the Republican convention was devoted to the "we built it" nonsense. Coupled with the fact that the delegates can't stand their nominee, who is but a nominee by default because nobody else who was even remotely credible would run for the party's nomination, and little wonder the GOP convention seemed a loveless and rather dreary affair. Whether either conventions will make a dent in the overall campaign narrative remains to be seen (indeed, polling suggests the Republican gathering might as well not have happened). But if there is an "enthusiasm gap," as the nattering media grown-ups are always saying, the Republicans are the listless ones, at least judging from the conventions.