Conventional Wisdom

Posted on September 6, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

By Caren Z. Turner

Unconventional wisdom has had us questioning the wisdom of conventions!

No longer are the conventions brokered.  No longer are there floor fights…(or so we thought).

The taxpayer bill for the 2012 conventions exceeds $136 million. Candidates don’t seem to be getting the convention “bump” in popularity.

Conventions seemed to be a short campaign respite for slightly crippled candidates who have their back against the ropes.  Whether they are wounded by perceived lack of charisma, leadership capacity, or character, this year’s conventions seemed to be designed to heal those wounds and create the rallying cry for the next two months.

Finally, last night, we saw some fireworks.  What is most interesting about the two conventions? First, super human resilience – Bill Clinton just knocked the ball out of the park. From impeachment to nearly 70 percent approval rating, we all need his vegan diet, or something! Aside from the policy considerations, his speech is a life lesson in resiliency. Second, the Democratic platform votes on G-d and Jerusalem left two highly seasoned pols speechless.   Both Ted Strickland and Mayor Villaraigosa were stunned into silence. Power play, tone-deaf, technical correction, anti Israel?  It wasn’t pretty no matter what it was.  Finally, we saw unprecedented reliance of each candidate on their spouse.

Ann and Michelle gushed about their spouse’s unique selling points.  The polls determined that Ann and Michelle are more popular than their husbands!  So, convention or to hell with convention?  Let us know your thoughts!

In the interim, here are some photos of a convention from 100 years ago.

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