A few notes on the final night of the Democratic National Convention:
1.) Why is anyone at all surprised that Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Bill Clinton praised President Barack Obama? Why did the NBC anchors tear up over Biden praising his boss and Michelle lauding her hubby. They are his family, his political cronies, his buddies. They sup at his table. Why is it impressive that they praise him and look deeply moved at the mention of his name?
2.) The GOP made a big mistake at the convention not paying homage in a huge way to the military and their families. The Democrats drove a truck right through that hole and the Republicans got run over by it.
3.) Mr. Obama made much of the truth that the USA is producing a lot more energy from oil and gas domestically now compared with some years ago. But he gives no credit at all to the oil companies and the gas companies that made that possible. In fact, he endlessly damns them. What sad hypocrisy.
4.) Did anyone but me notice how when Mr. Obama said he would not allow the Iran regime to get a nuclear weapon, there was no cheering in the hall? Did anyone notice no cheering for his support of Israel? This was a highly pro-Arab, anti-Israel group in Charlotte. Pro-Israel voters be warned. This is the future.
5.) Did anyone notice that essentially every single promise that Mr. Obama made boiled down to, "I'm going to give you something for nothing and the rich people are going to pay for it?" A person close to me said the Obama narrative boils down to, "I'm going to give every last one of you forty acres and a mule," but that might go too far. Or maybe not.
In that same vein, did anyone notice that Mr. Obama promised every single thing he promised in 2008 -- more education, more research, more "clean energy," more jobs, more housing, higher taxes on the rich --and that we are expected to believe he'll deliver this time. Why? Why would we believe that? Did anyone notice how he played games about the military budget? First, he orders them to ask for very little, much less than they need. Then he damns Romney for saying they should get more. It played well with that anti-military crowd, though.
6.) I was on a show with the famed pollster, Jonathan Zogby. He said that if the black vote were split evenly, instead of going 95% to Obama, Romney would win in a landslide. The ethnic bloc vote is extremely serious and important.
7.) On to the debates and let's hope Mr. Romney can find his emotions and some specifics and bring them to bear. Beating Mr. Obama, with his 95% support in the black community, 80% support in the gay community -- that is not going to be easy. It may not even be possible. It is a new America.