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Saturday, September 8, 2012

A Tale of Two Presidential Conventions

With the RNC and DNC conventions at a close, we look back and give you our thoughts, critiquing the tone and vibe of the two. Starting with the Republican Convention.

We find that the Republican convention looked more and more like Midwestern America with its mostly Caucasian audience.  This is troubling because it seems to suggest that the Republican model speaks to only white people.  While the speakers at the DNC were diverse, one was hard pressed to find ten people of color in the entire listening audience. 

We know there are at least ten people of color in the Midwest.  Judging from the camera angles at the RNC, not even they are supporting Mitt Romney.

The DNC audience looked more like the face of America: people of all races, creeds, and nationalities convening harmoniously, to listen to the words of their party's platform. 

At the RNC reports of hate and bigotry surfaced.  Stories that a CNN reporter had peanuts thrown at her, and had the words, "This is how we feed the animals" yelled at her by an attendee, was deplorable.

How can the Romney campaign suggest they are working for the 'American People' when their party shows offensiveness and bigotry toward the American people?  (We wonder which American People Romney is referring to).

As if that weren't enough, the Romney campaign solicited the stage act of one Clint Eastwood to talk to an empty chair.

These acts by the Republicans, including those that have tried to block the president's plans for a successful America, have given the likes of even former Florida governor Charlie Crist reason to pause, leading him to say,  "I'm ashamed at where my Party's taken me."

Christ, a former anti-Obama Republican who claims his party ousted him -- giving him no where to turn -- is voting Democratic in November to re-elect President Obama (on these grounds).

But let's be fair. The DNC, with its magnanimously fired up crowd, did have its share of hostility when one over-zealous delegate told a reporter that she would "kill Romney" if she saw him in the street.

She is now under investigation by the Secret Service, and perhaps even ICE.

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