Maybe a religious allegory is more
appropriate, given that the Democrats voted God off their island for a few hours, and then
fought like hell when party fixers tried to fix it. In this case, you had a Presbyterian
prayer circle going up against a Billy Sunday (www.billysunday.org) tent revival. No
Ive written hundreds of speeches and remarks for CEOs of industry and academia
delivered in a variety of venues from a football stadium to a living room. I learned
you can inform and motivate, but you cannot do both equally. Going back to religion,
preachers will quote scriptures, even out of context, but their goal is either an altar
call or a call to alter social behavior. And the more you get the faithful fired up, the
more they will take the message to the masses.
Perception is the other aspect of a convention; some may argue it is the most import
aspect. And this is where the Republicans failed miserably on so many levels. We all know
why party planners chose to avoid, not ignore, but avoid Afghanistan, Iraq, and bin Laden.
It was because Uncle Sams wars are low on the priorities of most Americans. The
economy, their jobs, their homes take the top spots.
But that does not explain why Mitt Romney did not start his acceptance speech with
something like this: I accept your nomination for President of the United States.
And as the person who will be our nations next commander-in-chief, I ask all of you
to stand up right now and join me in saluting, by your applause, the men and women in our
armed forces in Afghanistan, in Iraq, on our bases around the world, and here at home,
risking their lives, and yes, sometimes giving their lives, so that we can come together
tonight to exercise the freedom they fight to protect.
And then, cameras would cut to see everyone in the hall waiving one or both of the
American flags given to them at the start of the evening as they drowned out Romneys
words with chants of USA, USA.
Instead, Republicans presented a local chamber of commerce breakfast meeting, and
walked away with mud on their faces, but pride in their hearts knowing they did their
best. The Democrats earned their passing grade by engaging in old-fashioned mudslinging.
But Democrats may have the more difficult task, one of turning shallow showmanship into
a solid political message that voters will believe.
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