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Philly – it’s a wrap.

July 29, 2016

Given the inconvenience of having to admit that the Democratic Party has schisms just as wide as it’s GOP counterpart, Mrs. Clinton got just about everything else she could have expected out of the DNC convention.

There was the undeniable drama of having a woman finally in the running for the nation’s top office.

There was the poignancy of the candidate herself, having endured and even created for herself just about every career-shaping indignity and obstacle a rising political star could face, coming out just a few more steps from her lifelong goal.

There was the inevitable checklist of progressive social promises of peace and light at the end of the tunnel, courtesy of your Federal government.

There was the usual demonization of the other side’s candidate.  The media is currently focused on  Donald Trump’s “scandalous” (or dangerous or pick your adjective) deadpan sarcasm regarding the hacking of the DNC emails.

Strange, but it hard to remember if President Obama’s hot mic comment to Putin’s envoy at the 2012 nuclear summit (regarding having more flexibility after his last campaign was over) got the same hysterical reaction.

There was the fairly wholehearted shift by the campaign to the left, at least for the duration of the convention.

And of course there was the tactic of identity politics, one which has been working quite well for the Democrats for decades upon decades.

Mr. Clinton certainly did nothing to scare off any of her base.

Succinctly put, Philly in the end was a textbook DNC nominating convention.

The question for her, as it is for Donald Trump,  is did she create enough converts among the skeptics to assure her of a win?

Both candidates provide a target-rich environment for the other, and the remaining 100 days will hinge on which one gets closest to the bull’s eye the most times.

With the weekend ahead for people to digest what they’ve heard and seen, it will be interesting to see what full polling results indicate in the next week.

On balance, if the candidates were stocks, will undecided voters give them guidance as a buy, a hold, or a sell?

Maybe we’ll get a feel for that next week.

From → op-ed

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