Political Debate: Which Convention 'Won'?

Democratic ConventionIf you've been keeping up with our political posts and videos here on The Stir over the last two weeks, you know that things have been a little crazy around here!

Our Moms Matter crew went to the Republican and Democratic conventions, where we interviewed legislators, cabinet members, celebrities, delegates, and everyday moms. We also held mom panels at each convention, both of which were televised on HLN. And we wrote about it (and will be writing more this week) here on The Stir.

The conventions officially launched the election season for millions of Americans, so we decided to ask our political bloggers this week which convention was best and why. And while I can already guess each of our bloggers' answers, I'm sure their posts will lead to plenty of interesting (and hopefully civil) discussion.

In the meantime, though, which convention was your favorite? Let us know in the comments of this post!

From my perspective, each convention had its merits and drawbacks.

The Republican convention had an insider-y feel from start to finish. The perimeter of the convention was heavily guarded by armed troops and, as a result, downtown Tampa was deserted except for delegates, politicians, "honored guests," and media. The lack of diversity in this group was palpable -- yes, I am a middle class white person, but on a personal level, by the end of the week, I was sick and tired of being surrounded by middle class white people. That's something I had never thought much about before GOP convention week!

On the upside, as a reporter, the ease of getting from location to location was wonderful. The fact that the only people there were people with official convention business made coverage a breeze. HLN graciously shared its camera platform with us on the floor of the convention, so we had an incredible view of the speeches. And it was truly amazing to see some of these speeches in person. Ann Romney was charming and came across as someone you'd want to know, Clint Eastwood was entertaining and bizarre, and Mitt Romney gave, I thought, the best speech of his candidacy. And the balloon/confetti drop was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life.

Republican Convention

The Democratic convention was a totally different experience. It opened with a family-friendly festival that set the tone for the entire week. The public was a big part of this convention -- all week long, thousands of people milled around outside the arena and convention center, from families to protesters to street vendors to curious onlookers. The diversity of the crowd was markedly different from the crowd at the GOP convention. But while I loved the inclusiveness, it made for a much more disorganized and crowded convention. It was very difficult to get from place to place and the arena was so crowded that at times, I worried for my safety. On the night of President Obama's speech, the arena was actually locked down because of overcrowding, and our photographers very nearly missed the president's speech! Good times, people. Good times.

Michelle Obama

Once again, the speeches themselves were stellar. Michelle Obama gave, I thought, the best speech of both conventions. Gabby Giffords made me cry when she gave the pledge of allegiance. John Kerry was a surprise hit. President Obama's speech, though solid, was not his best. I've seen him speak three times now this year, and I have to say, I think his speech at a campaign stop in Jacksonville was far more passionate and charismatic than his convention speech. Check out our coverage of the Jacksonville speech here and see for yourself.

Here's what our political bloggers have to say about them:

Democrats Trump Republicans In Representing America

The American Voter Won at the Conventions

Democratic National Convention Inspired Me More than the DNC

DNC vs. RNC: And the Winner Is ...

Democratic National Convention Didn't Change My Vote



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Nicole Vaughn Bessinger

dnc inclusiveness? I guess you missed all the bashing of the evangelical Christians, "rich" white males, and "teabaggers"! oh and family friendly like booing  God in the  revised platform, abortion groups front and center,  the charming delegate who wants to "KILL Mitt Romney!" and the law-breaking illegal alien. then  my most secret favorite the unhinged-howard dean in drag jennifer granholm! 

Suzanne Walters

It's that time of year! "Character bashing". Too sad that so much needed time is wasted on what he/she did and did not do, what he/she said or did't say! As Art Williams says...."JUST DO IT"

Gail Mitchell


SallyMJ SallyMJ

I thought the "3 verbal vote" debacle at the DNC was shameful. That was NOT 2/3, no matter what DWS says. So the DNC disenfranchised half  their delegates, so that the party could get the revised statement they wanted - so they could have a chance of holding onto the religious vote.

I thought overall the RNC speeches were more positive even when disagreeing with Democrats. There is a way to disagree with denigrating and demonizing your opponent. The DNC speeches on the other hand had a "nastiness factor" about them that was unsettling. I watched it closely the first night, but not so much following, due to the horrid negativity that seemed personally directed at me.

C-SPAN - best coverage by far.  They showed EVERYTHING, including the great music. They showed speeches in their entirety without pundits, instead of completely not showing them (as MSNBC did with minority GOP leaders), or interrupting them (as Fox News did to Condoleezza Rice!). C-SPAN is the best!

butte... buttersworth

It doesn't matter to me which convention "won". The outcome of the election is all that matters, and we haven't had that yet.

kestl kestl

Surprise! Surprise...liberal Cafemom 'MomsMatter2012' favors the DNC...its hard to take this whole forum on here seriously...you only have one true conservative blogger out of 5....really???  

To make this serious and fair, you should have had 2 liberal/democrats, 2 conservative/republicans, and 2 liberatarians (1 conservative, 1 liberal).  Instead you had 2 liberal/democrats, 1 "moderate" (who votes democrat), 1 christian conservative, 1 atheist/mostly liberal

This entire forum is also edited by a liberal/democrat...so who are you fooling?  


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