A tale of two conventions

I’m here in Charlotte, and I’ve been here for all of the speeches. There is more to this convention than the speeches from first lady Michelle Obama and former President William Jefferson Clinton. You might not have seen a lot of them — and there’s a good reason for that. The Democrats have put all of their most alienating, radical speakers first, before prime-time media coverage, and then their more moderate, salable speakers later in the evening, for Middle America to see. Fortunately, we are in the Internet age, when all of this is on the record, and none of it will be forgotten.

This is already a terribly negative convention. Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, got up on stage and said that “women can’t trust Mitt Romney.” Who does Nancy Keenan speak for? She, no doubt, would claim that she speaks for all women, which is about as arrogant as it gets.

The Democrats have made the strange choice of portraying Mitt Romney as both a flip-flopper and an extremist. I have news for them: You can’t be both. If he were extreme, he wouldn’t flip-flop; if he flip-flopped, he wouldn’t be extreme. They’ve even shown us video from Romney’s Senate run in 1994 against Ted Kennedy. They think that it will help their cause by showing a younger, more moderate Romney.

The Democrats need to stick to a narrative. If they’re going to play dirty — and they have definitely decided to do that— t hey’re going to have to be a lot more convincing, and they’re going to have to do it in front of the right cameras.

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