Last week’s Democrat convention might’ve been the most negative convention since the 1992 GOP Convention. By comparison, Monday night’s GOP convention had the feel of Reagan’s Morning in America of 1984. When Nikki Haley talked about a US ambassador to the United Nations who spoke at a GOP Convention, my first thought was about Jeane Kirkpatrick characterizing Democrats as the “blame America first” party. That’s exactly what Ambassador Haley referenced:

It’s fair to say that South Carolina played a starring role in Monday night’s events. While Haley’s speech was positive and well-received, Sen. Tim Scott’s speech was the highlight of the night:

Sean Parnell made a name for himself, too:

Sean Parnell, a U.S. Army combat veteran and GOP candidate for Pennsylvania’s 17th congressional district, ripped Democrats over their “contempt for middle America,” accusing the party of abandoning the families and workers they were supposed to represent in favor of hedge fund managers and celebrities.

“Where Democrats once stood for hard-working, law-abiding Americans who displayed our flag with pride, this New Democrat party considered them uneducated racists, clinging to guns and Bibles,” Parnell said during his Monday night speech to the Republican National Convention. “The party of Harry Truman became the party of hedge fund managers, Hollywood celebrities, tech moguls and academia, bloated with contempt for middle America.”

From a substantive perspective, last night’s event was filled with substance. From the standpoint of assessing the Democrats’ lack of character, it was devastating. From the standpoint of disproving the Democrats’ opinion of President Trump, it was powerful.

Most powerful, though, was how easy it was to create a positive first impression of the entire GOP, President Trump included. The production value was high. The tempo of the speakers was even better. The messages from the first night was that a) President Trump has accomplished a lot on behalf of the American people and b) Republicans are the hopeful party.

Republicans made a great first impression last night, despite what Jennifer Rubin thinks:

In the spin before the Republican National Convention began, President Trump’s team insisted we would get optimism, hope and uplift. Instead, the first night has brought a parade of angry and aggrieved, and mostly White, speakers who sound as paranoid as Trump.

Ahw must mean that the speakers were mostly white other than Tim Scott, Nikki Haley, Herschel Walker, Vernon Jones, Kim Klacik and Maximo Alvarez. Rubin also made this insulting statement:

The white supremacy was barely disguised as 26-year-old Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA and Students for Trump said Trump is the “the bodyguard of Western civilization.” Let me translate: Anyone who is not a White American is foreign, alien and “the other.”

It’s stunning that an educated person like Rubin could be that racist. Equating Charlie Kirk with white supremacy is foolish. Only a Democrat would think like that.

The first night of the DNC was characterized by Michelle Obama’s angry scold of a speech. The first night of the RNC was characterized by one upbeat patriot after another after another. A tale of 2 conventions, indeed.

2 Responses to “A tale of 2 conventions, Part I”

  • eric z says:

    Better TV? “Bodyguard of Western Civilization?” Was somebody really that pompous? Jeez. Being There must have been an even stronger thing – watching camera work, lighting, the make-up room. The coaching of each speaker before going on camera.

    Gary, I am curious about your segment choices. It had to have run several hours. Can you put your finger on why those two segments?

    Was there any other point where you were struck but the video was not available? Matt Gaetz? Mark and Patricia McCloskey? Were they highlights, or did they bomb? Or so-so? Trump Jr.? Your editorial choice is what interests me. Can you shed light about conscious choice, or was it instinct that those were the two?

  • Gretchen L Leisen says:

    The entire night was inspiring. For example, Eric, Mr Pollack, the father of the deceased Meadow Pollock, the McCloskeys, Herschel Walker, Maximo Alvarez, etc. Probably the least interesting because of their relationship to the President were Donald Trump Jr., and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr’s girlfriend [and a Latina].

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