atching the Democrat convention and the Republican convention over the past two weeks revealed that they were a study in contrasts.
The Democrat version was strictly a virtual presentation where the Dems trotted out a number of antediluvian swamp dwellers who attempted to paint candidate Joe Biden as a lovable, empathetic and caring individual. They were hoping to draw a contrast between Joe and the rough and tumble President Trump.
Most notable among the Dem speakers was loser Hillary Clinton who looked as if she had just fired her hairdresser before going on camera. Her later advice for Joe was that under no circumstances should he concede if Trump should happen to win. This is the same Hillary who four years ago wondered if Trump would accept the result of the election. And remember that Hillary’s most famous statement is still that if you support Trump you are an “irredeemable deplorable”.
Another faux pas of the Dem convention was having former President Obama upstage Kamala Harris by taking camera just before her acceptance speech. Because Obama’s main talent has always been the gift of gab, he pretty much suffocated Harris’s presentation.
As for Obama and his wife Michelle in their twin criticisms of Trump there were passages where Obama’s name could easily have been substituted for that of Trump. This was especially true when Obama said that Trump failed to grow into the job and when Michelle stated that Trump was in over his head.
One of the most derisive offerings was delivered by ex-Secretary of State Kerry. While he was lambasting Trump’s foreign policy it should be noted that Kerry has been roundly accused of engaging in some sort of shadow diplomacy with Iran while Trump is still in the White House. It is rumored that he has advised the Iranians to wait out Trump’s first and last term.
Sore loser John Kasich gave an almost feeble endorsement of the feeble Joe Biden, who recently was advised by speaker Pelosi not to debate Trump. Apparently, Pelosi is suffering permanent “brain freeze” from gobbling up her vast supply of ice cream.
Prior to the conventions I would have bet that the Democrats, with their strong Hollywood support, would produce the more outstanding television settings and superior performances. However, the exact opposite proved to be true. While most of the Democrat virtual speakers seem to be in cramped cave-like rooms the Republican’s live speakers had a magnificent set and podium from which to deliver their messages.
Furthermore, the Republican settings for the final two nights, in baseball parlance, knocked it out of the park. It did not look like the Fort McHenry location could be topped, but the final night on the White House south lawn topped everything. Even the White House fireworks made the Democrat fireworks look paltry. One thing the Republicans did not do was to slip in a subliminal tribute to Black Lives Matter as did the Democrats in the doctor Biden classroom set.
As for President Trump’s acceptance speech he delivered it in very strict Presidential tone. Unlike his usual off the teleprompter way of speaking. For acting Presidential Trump was roundly criticized by the Liberal press. Had he delivered it in rally style he would have been equally demeaned.
In calling for law and order Trump was quick to note that the current mob violence, looting and arson were occurring in Democrat controlled cities. He said if Joe Biden was elected the scenes of carnage would be coming to your hometown.
This is probably a good time to point out the Democrat strategy of ignoring the tremendous destruction by the mob during the Dem convention. By remaining silent Biden and the Democrats were complicit in the violence. Somehow the Dems thought that they could blame the unrest on President Trump.
Apparently, the mob action is now having a boomerang effect on the left as it is only happening in Dem controlled cities. The reason for this is that in those cities the mob knows it can get away with it because feckless politicians will not allow the police to do their duty.
When all is said and done, we had one convention of doom and gloom and the other of hope and promise. I think you can figure out which was which.
Harry Spencer is a 75-year resident of Nevada and a freelance writer living in Reno. He writes a weekly column for the Sparks Tribune.