Afghanistan. Mitt Romney didn't even mention it in Tampa. Clint Eastwood did, and got a big applause by asking Invisible Obama why he won't bring the troops home in short order. It's not a bad question -- especially given the president's promise in Charlotte to "use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work...it's time to do some nation-building right here at home." But despite sky-high unemployment right here at home and a war price tag of $2 billion a week, the president stuck with his plan to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. He opened his acceptance speech by harkening back to his 2004 convention keynote. Perhaps he should have harkened back to 2002, when he declared, "I'm not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." Afghanistan has become a dumb war. It's time to get out.
This week, Clint Eastwood's rambling chat with an empty chair spawned a run of comical memes. But the moment was actually an apt visual metaphor for the convention itself, with the empty chair representing not Invisible Obama but the Invisible Issues that went unmentioned -- including the issues HuffPost sought to put a spotlight on this week with our Shadow Convention: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America, and the disastrous war on drugs. It was a site-wide effort. To see the breadth of what our HuffPost editors did, click here. And click here to watch HuffPost Live's amazing, comprehensive coverage. And because the neglect is a bipartisan affair, we're doing it again during the DNC, taking on these issues from a whole different set of angles. Don't miss HuffPost Live's Shadow Coverage this coming Tuesday-Thursday between 12-4 p.m. EST.