Between back-to-school and my need to watch a chunk of the Democratic National Convention live the blog is running a bit slow. I only saw bits and pieces of the RNC: Marco Rubio seemed pretty good, Susana Martinez (who I missed) got good reviews, Mitt surpassed my exceedingly low expectation (meaning he got about a 1/10 in my book where I was expecting a 0/10). Ann Romney did what she was supposed to do (give her three Oprahs out of five) but her pretending that her and Mitt were one upon a time starving students ("We...ate a lot of pasta and tuna fish") was a loathsome and despicable lie. Speaking of liars, marathon man Paul Ryan really knocked the stuffing out of his puffed-up reputation for seriousness all by his lonesome. And Eastood? As Jamelle Bouie said, "This is a perfect representation of the campaign: an old white man arguing with an imaginary Barack Obama."
As for the DNC, we saw some weak speeches (none come to mind but there were plenty), some middling ones (thanks, Costco guy), some strong ones (Elizabeth Warren, Julian Castro, Deval Patrick) and, unlike RNC we've actually seen history-making speeches, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama. The RNC had some successes at their convention but, all biases aside, the DNC are blowing them out of the water. When I say, all biases aside, I really mean it. If the RNC had fulfilled their mission, I would gladly give the the devil his due but thus far the victor is indisputable for the simple reason that the Democrats are proud of the man atop their ticket and the Republicans are not.
What's your take on the conventions up till now?