Live Blog: Democratic National Convention, 9/4/12
Welcome to our live blog of the Democratic National Convention!
For the next three nights, I’ll live blog the Democratic National Convention from 9pm—11pm eastern.
Tonight’s highlights include speeches from First Lady Michelle Obama, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
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Look for “We can’t trust Mitt Romney” to make its way into a future Democratic attack ad. When the NARAL president mentioned that Romney didn’t stand up for Sandra Fluke, that likely personalized Romney’s cowardice in the eyes of female voters.
Tammy Duckworth is giving a great speech with a great message, but she is stepping all over its effectiveness by cutting the crowd off when they want to cheer. If you’ve got the crowd on your side, why do you want to take the risk of turning some of them off by not letting them show their support?
None of these speakers in the 9pm hours are making an impact so far. Sebelius would put anyone to sleep and Rahm is listing off things like an action dealer. No overriding narrative is on display.
No empty chair for Obama’s Hollywood speaker at least.
So far the feeling I am getting here is this is just a big, great job, pat on the back for President Obama the problem is the country doesn’t believe that. The majority of the Country thinks we are going in the wrong track. The Obama team is wasting time tonight. They should be making clear contrast with Romney pounding down on the their summer strategy that has kept the President in the drivers seat in this election.
Lilly is giving the best speech of the 9pm hour so far. Great mix of personal narrative and policy details.
On a side note, I think the DNC stage is a little odd. That Statue of Liberty looks like something out of Vegas. The cut a ways from the RNC backdrop were 100x better in my opinion.
Gov. Patrick is now defining and giving that clear contrast I was talking about earlier. Very effective.