The political conventions aren’t all about the people in the arenas; those are the true blood, die hard, party members. They are the people in the trenches, who work year-round; they are dedicated fundraisers, phone bankers, and door knockers. They’re delegates! Their votes might as well already be counted. Yes, they have ‘party business’ to tend to, but the conventions have moved beyond that. They’re bigger than that.
So what have the conventions come to mean in popular culture? Entertainment! They’re TV shows! Think of them as highly produced infomercials. Each party puts their heroes and sheroes on display, along with their new comers and rising stars. Viewers at home are able to see what each party represents, the people they represent, hear their platforms, and also see (by looking in the crowd) who represents the party. Based on viewing the conventionns, someone could come to better understand which party they identify with the most, and as a result could even make a decision about who they will support going forward. I would advise them to fact-check first, but it’s still plausible.
So, who won the convention wars? The eye-test tells me the Dems. They won hands down, no contest. Period. They understood that it was a production and they nailed it. Thinking about the RNC still makes me yawn.
Think about this: First Lady Michelle Obama’s tweets-per-minute were almost twice as high as Mitt Romney’s was - during his acceptance speech! And, get this: The RNC couldn’t beat out ‘Honey Boo Boo’ but former President Bill Clinton BEAT the Dallas Cowboys!
The Dems put on a better show, but will this translate into a bump in the polls for the Obama campaign? Donations? Probably so. But will it carry him to victory in November is the more important question.
By Oceal Ross
Submitted September 7, 2012 at 6:26 AM EST