After I did this, it is only natural that I do something similar for DNC2012 as well. So here I go..
1) When you decide your platform, especially in an election that is filled with acrimony and hatred, the last thing you want is to have a mandate to remove something as sensitive as ‘God’. Because this is America and even though a developed society is expected to progress as time goes by, it should be very obvious to everyone (including the Democrats) that the country is moving backwards in many ways socially. If winning the election is of prime importance, then this should not even have been up for discussion. But better sense prevailed before it turned ugly the next day.
2) If you are going to have Bill Clinton as your prime time key speaker of a night, whose idea was it to get him started at 10:30 PM like all the other prime time key speakers do? He is Bill Clinton. He is expected to run overtime. And people don’t mind that. Now that the ratings are out, you will see, his speech beat the NFL opening night ratings, probably at the cost of a few crying sponsors.
3) Pretty smart idea not to give Joe Biden his own night (like RNC did for Paul Ryan and what a disaster that turned out to be)!
4) John Kerry could very well be positioning himself as the next Secretary of State should Obama get reelected. At least, that’s what one would gather given his speech. One would also wonder where this kind of a scathing John Kerry was in 2004.
5) The advantage of having so many hollywood friends is that most of your A/V stuff is above par (the tribute to Ted Kennedy as an example). But may be, just may be..you shouldn’t make it very obvious,to minimize the unnecessary distraction of your opponents painting a liberal grease paint over everything that comes out of Beverly Hills and Hollywood barring Clint Eastwood.
6) As much obvious as it was, if anyone tries to argue that the Republican party is a party of all genders and races alike, the conventions were an obvious give away. Anyone who watched DNC2012 and RNC2012 could come to the conclusion in 2 seconds what everyone has been harping about. Also, it was very clear that the average age of DNC2012 attendees was probably 15 years less than those who attended RNC2012.What a contrast it was!
7) Finally, the biggest advantage of having a good orator like Obama take stage on the last night after Bill Clinton pretty much singlehandedly closing the convention symbolically on a high note the previous night was that, you could be assured that he wouldn’t cause much damage. Critics were more subdued in showing their praises for his speech more because the Clinton speech was such a triumph.