To them, one party extends an olive branch to it's most sympathetic community members, fragile as it may be; the other, the middle finger of an angry, xenophobic white man frightened of change.
First they obstruct. Then they complain. ...
All the rumors, hearsay, speculation, and motives divining about President Clinton's speech in Charlotte last week were rendered irrelevant by the simple truths he articulated in stating his argument for President Barack Obama's re-election.
If Ohio goes with the loser and enough other swing states choose the victor, then there is no love lost. Yet in the eyes of the candidates, Ohio is just too desirable and determinant to be left to its own whims.
Lesbians, and liberals, and Clinton, oh my! What a week! I spent time in the belly of the beast: Charlotte, NC for the DNC. I have to admit, they put on a good show.
I wish the Republicans had devoted more energy in trying to humanize their ideas and policies rather than their candidates, especially those who can flip at the drop of a hat.
I need to hear more from our president. What do you mean by "move our country forward"? How will you do it? Yes, we know you're human. So am I.
Like President Clinton, I believe that in order for us to see President Obama bring his vision, the change he promised, to fruition, he must serve a second term.
After thousands of attendees broke into a spontaneous synchronized orgasm during the final moment of President Obama's speech, Karl Yamenski, lone janitor at the Time Warner Arena, recognized that this would be a night for the ages.
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.