This will be a bit shorter than the previous two reaction posts because I also want to talk about today’s jobs report, and what it might mean.
After two incredibly emotional and uplifting days, it may have been understandable if the third day didn’t quite meet expectations, perhaps due to emotional exhaustion, or at least that’s what I thought. Then Gabby Giffords kicked off the evening like this:
So… yeah. Emotion wasn’t going to be in short supply. The night had some good speakers and they weren’t shy about painting a stark contrast between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm wasted no time in taking some verbal shots at Romney.
He loves our cars so much, they have their own elevator. But the people who design, build, and sell those cars?
Well, in Romney’s world, the cars get the elevator; the workers get the shaft.
Former presidential candidate John Kerry gave a speech that made a lot of people wonder why he didn’t win in 2004, including this line:
He’s even blurted out the preposterous notion that Russia is our number one political/geopolitical foe.
Folks, Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from Alaska. Mitt — Mitt Romney talks like he’s only seen Russia by watching Rocky IV.
Conservatives love to mock Joe Biden and suggest that he’s a drag on the ticket. There were a lot of very dumb pundits openly predicting that Biden would be dropped from the ticket and replaced with Hillary Clinton. I love Joe Biden. His speech was unpolished as always, but moving.
And then finally it was time for the man everybody came to see.
Michelle Obama closed Tuesday’s convention with a speech mostly about the past. Bill Clinton talked about the current situation. And Barack Obama told us about what the future will be about. He also got a couple of great lines into his speech.
My opponent and his running mate are… new… to foreign policy.
Quite possibly the most brutal three-letter word in a political speech ever.
I’m no longer just the candidate. I’m the president.
Obviously, I’m not an unbiased observer of these two political conventions. (BREAKING NEWS: Jon Wiesman remains a liberal Democrat.) But I just don’t see how any undecided voter looks at these last two weeks and decides to go for Mitt Romney. The real problem is that I just don’t think there are very many remaining undecided voters out there. Romney got almost no bump from his convention last week, and it’s tempting to want to believe that it was because it was so awful (which it was!) but the reality is that it’s more likely because very few people remain undecided. It’s quite probably that the president will also get a very small or possibly no bump after this week.
Either way, the jobs report that came out today, and which I will post about soon, won’t help the president’s cause. We’re going to have to work hard, and convince others to work hard, to get this good man re-elected.