As an innocent bystander who watched from home and tried to follow the most important prime-time speeches and then channel surfed for different pundit reactions of both conventions, here is my assessment of the two presidential conventions of 2012.
The problem isn't Crist's decision to speak at the convention of a party he has long opposed. Many good people have switched allegiances. But Crist doesn't seem to have any principles at all.
When Michelle Obama took the stage she looked like First Lady of Everything. Her words (and delivery) for the country about her husband, her history, his history, their history and how it paralleled the middle class struck me.
"Time is relative," Einstein discovered. So, too, is political time. But these two facts together cause many problems, as reflected in current debates over the seemingly simple question, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?"
Choices in life, as in politics, are generally about better and worse, not about light and darkness. We diminish God when we suppose that the Divine can only bless my football team or my political party.
It would be useful to begin a new Obama term with a firm critique of the first four years. What went wrong? Why was the president defeated at the mid-term elections in 2010?
Using words, putting them together and then delivering them in such a manner that they inspire others is not something that many of us can do. Bill Clinton however, can give a speech as easily and as naturally as most of us can tie our shoes.
This is not old style environmentalism, where consumers change their behavior to be morally correct while denying themselves basic comforts. And it's certainly not capitalism as we know it. It's adaptation, where environment and capitalism come together.
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Republicans have forgotten Henry Ford, have forgotten that consumers make up 70 percent of all economic activity, and cannot boost the recovery with the diminished incomes of today.
A closer look at past Republican and Democratic conventions reveals a significant flaw in the history of our democratic process: brokered conventions in the event no candidate garners a majority of delegates in the primaries and caucuses.
For what has thus far been a very "populist" and "inclusive" Democratic campaign, there is also an absurd display of wealth.
Checkmate, Democrats! Try and make your case against discriminatory voter ID laws that would provide only illusory protection against nonexistent cases of in-person voter fraud now!
Authentic and classy and inspiring, people immediately started examining the 25th Amendment for loopholes that would allow the First Lady to jump to the top of the line of succession. At least leapfrog Boehner. If not Biden.
The idea that there is no grand plan, no tried-and-true blueprint that can show us how to find our place in the world, is one scary thought. What the First Lady reminds us is that, as women, we're all in this together. And hooray for that.
Among Ronald Reagan's most damaging legacies was, I think, that he undermined the meaning of being a citizen in America. To him, we did not belong to a nation. We belonged only to ourselves. It would be nice to bring the concept of citizen back.