DNC First Night
There was a sharp contrast between the RNC's first night and the DNC's first night. Specifically, there was a consistent running theme last night and the RNC's was more scattered.
Ann Romney gave a very good speech last week, but then it was followed by Chris Christie who gave a very different type of speech. Both speeches were good (although Christie's was more about himself than about Mitt), but they didn't fit together at all.
Contrast that with last night. Early in the night there were more red meat speeches for the base that were anti-Romney, but as the night progressed, it was more about agenda and the personal character or the President. In the 10:00 pm hour, Julian Castro's speech was about opportunity and Democratic Party values that support families. This was followed by an effective video and what I considered a great speech by Michelle Obama. Her speech clearly contrasted the Obama family's experiences with those of the Romney family. Without uttering any negative attacks on Romney, she laid out the clear message that she and President Obama can relate to the concerns of everyday, average Americans. She added anecdotes and emotion that Ann Romney just did not have, which is why I would give Michelle Obama an edge.
The first night of the DNC ended on a high note for Democrats. We'll see if the momentum carries into tonight.