The Hope and the Change is a brilliant piece of cinematic story telling. It begins with the wild and weepy enthusiasm that greeted Obama in 2008 and moves slowly through the effects of his efforts to “fundamentally transform the United States of America.” Pat Caddell, the Democratic polling whiz who helped Jimmy Carter to victory in 1976, helped assemble the cast. Although he is a lifelong Democrat, he understands the destructive nature of Obama’s tenure, and he was on hand to praise the film and point out that its portraits of everyday suffering and disillusionment might well prove to be the Obama’s administration’s “biggest nightmare.”
He might well be right, though let’s not forget Paul Ryan, who, as one wag pointed out, embodies the president’s most horrifying nightmare: math.
So far, anyway, this convention has succeeded splendidly in achieving what conventions are meant to achieve: it has brought the various Republican factions together and energized the troops. Byron York reported yesterday on a squabble over how Republican delegates would be chosen in the future. That fight is real, but it’s my sense that it is taking a distant back seat to the main event: beating Barack Obama and retaking America.
More coverage of the RNC convention at PJ Media:
- Ann Romney: Mitt ‘Is the Man America Needs’
- Christie Exhorts RNC to Stand Up and Lead into Next American Century
- Dateline Tampa: Should We Still Have Conventions?
- #GOP2012: Photoblogging Behind the Scenes at the RNC