Last night garnered positive attention and reviews through social media for the Democrats and their opening night speakers. Overall, supporters enjoyed the solid adherence to key points of the party platform, a focus on moving forward, and what the President has brought and can bring, with little to no distraction of trash-talking opposition candidates and deviation into “MYOB DC” issues.
With a heavy focus on core Democrat values: education, health care reform, fair pay, job creation and security, energy, the environment and equal rights, the night was stocked with solid speakers and informative and inspiration speeches.
An overlooked strong performance: Lilly Ledbetter making the case that although she never received (or ever will receive) money for her case, her greater reward will be to see in her lifetime protection for fair pay for her daughters and grand-daughters. Don’t let this fair pay point and Ledbetter’s speech get overlooked and forgotten for some of the huge performances.
Ledbetter also, as did most of the speakers, make the case, in a huge answer to the question so many said Democrats failed to respond to, of how she is, in fact, better off now than four years ago.
In truth, despite my strong expectations, Kal Penn became the most forgettable speaker of the night. Perhaps he resonated more strongly with the generation after me. Here’s to hoping.
I though Maria Ciano was an intriguing addition to the line-up. Her points about changing to Democrat from Republican, and case against the War on Women made it clear the Democrats are strongly differentiating themselves on the women’s rights issue. Three speakers and addressing straight-on the War made the Democrats position in support of the military and need to end action while improving military support clear.
Kathleen Sebelius, as always solid, made a strong case for the existing and coming benefits of health care reform, especially for women.
The night built up well, ending with the key and strongest performances from beloved First lady Michelle Obama and rising Democrat superstar, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Yes, San Antonio. The one in Texas. It’s a huge mystery how the three large cities in Texas all elected progressive, Democratic mayors yet the state continues to elect, well, um, who it elects.
Truth? I think it goes to the point that people realize Democrat policies are best directly for them and their immediate communities. I know experts will say it’s because cities host more educated and higher income white collar workers, but I call potentially false deductive reasoning on that. However, I don’t want to digress too far.
Here’s a snippet of some of the highlights from the superstars of opening night: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama.
This tweet fairly well sums up the majority response from Democrats on Twitter after a strong opening night launch:
Supporters, me included, appreciated how the speeches focused more on what to do to move our nation forward in a good direction, and less on why we don’t like the other side, people who are different from us, and personal values that are different from those we opted to buy into.
RT @jpippert: “Gratitude and humility for what we have” yes, these are regular people’s basic values, well-represented at #DNC2012#shevotes
When it came to the most popular speeches — both FLOTUS and San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro trended nationally on Twitter during their speeches — supporters were generous in their reactions:
How can u listen to Julian Castro’s speech at the DNC and NOT be moved? #TeamOBAMA – the dream still lives!
via @Jamie Foxx
I’m ready to vote NOW dammmit! Where’s the ballot? What day is it? Where am I? Who am I? Michelle OBAMA ladies & gentlemen. wow #DNC
via @Chris Rock
Julian Castro ‘s speech was really moving 🙂
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro dazzles audience and the nation in ‘watershed’ speech at Democratic National Convention cmap.it/OYR6i0
via @CultureMap Houston
via @Shirley Moulton
Excellent speeches by Michelle Obama, Julian Castro and Gov of Massachusettes at the DNC. Moving, inspiring yet classy.
via @Rosa Rai Djalal
Certain points from Castro’s speech strongly resonated with listeners:
‘My mother fought hard for civil rights so instead of a mop, I could hold this microphone’ – Julian Castro. What a moving speech
via @Carlos Aguilar
WOW Julián Castro. seriously BRILLIANT speech. I’m in tears. the “mop” metaphor was absolutely amazing.
via @Lynley Allen
Julian Castro gave a hell of a speech at the DNC tonight. “Instead of a mop he holds the microphone.” Strong words. #DNC
via @Angel Maldonado
“My mother fought for civil rights, so that instead of a mop, I can hold this microphone”–Julián Castro…very powerful speech.
via @Jeannette Castillo
“We know you can’t be pro business unless you’re pro education”- Julian Castro #DNC
via @Kerry Black
via @Maria Teresa Kumar
“We know that you can’t be pro-business unless you’re pro-education.” Julián Castro’s other great quote.
RT @davidaxelrod: Julian Castro absolutely crushed it! A week later, America hears keynoter who inspired, instead of incited.
via @Mr. Green
via @Danny Carroll
Julian Castro Mayor of San Antonio thank you for giving a great speech! Julian castro what a wonderful speech about your mother! Pt.1
via @Carlos Los Barriga
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