Democratic National Convention Didn't Change My Vote

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dncIt's time for a change!The excitement surrounding the party conventions is over and we can take stock of any real boosts gained by either presidential candidate.

The Republican National Convention focused on the economy and what it’s going to take to get America back to work. Hard work was touted as a virtue, and multiple speakers reminded attendees that they did build their small businesses, their careers, and their lives here in this great country themselves.

The Democratic National Convention voted against God, had Sandra Fluke talk about the need for government-sponsored birth control right before Bill Clinton took the stage, and Jennifer Granholm, one of the biggest failures of a governor ever, practically had a seizure on stage for Obama.

Governor Mitt Romney talked about the importance of family and community in our everyday lives, and the unique optimism that Americans have to continually improve our lives, especially for our children’s sake. He pointed out that while Obama’s election in 2008 brought hope to millions, it has resulted in four years of disappointments.

President Barack Obama promised everyone lots of free stuff, with no plan on how to pay for it. He also promised that women would no longer be discriminated against for being women, which was news to me, because I was unaware that as a woman, I wasn’t being afforded the opportunities as men. Then I remembered that it’s 2012, I have rights, and that I can legally challenge any chauvinist that tries to brush me off because of my gender. 

The overall theme of the RNC was Obama Isn’t Working, while the DNC concentrated on Shared Responsibility. Democrats also spent as much time as possible promoting the idea that Republicans want to push grandma off a cliff, steal candy from babies, and ban birth control – which are ideas so preposterous it’s a wonder anyone believes any variation of them.

Both conventions were held in swing states, states that don’t reliably vote Republican or Democrat in every cycle. Presumably, this was done to try to win over voters in those states, as a national convention brings excitement to the residents and capital to local economies. The DNC was held in Charlotte, North Carolina, but it seems to have had little effect as Romney is currently polling six points ahead of Obama in that state.

In Florida, the state that hosted the RNC, the candidates have been running neck and neck, with Romney leading in August, but Obama polling two points ahead in the most recent polls.

It’s hard to tell if the conventions will have any significant, direct outcome on the election in November, but they definitely set the tone for this home stretch of campaigning. Personally, I’ll vote for the candidate that has real world experience in creating thousands of jobs in the private sector, not the one that has presided over a faux recovery.

This post is part of a weekly conversation with our Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. To see the original question and what the other writers have to say, see Which Convention 'Won'?

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EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

How SHOCKING that it didn't change YOUR mind, the woman who goes out of her way to bash Obama....

nonmember avatar Cee

GASP! I almost spilled my drink with shock and awe because this surprised NO ONE!

shesl... shesliketx

I'm not surprised it didn't change your vote.

It didnt change mine either, rather it solidified my vote to give President Obama a SECOND TERM.

At least I felt like my family (a military family, a family that includes gay people, and a family that believes in a woman's right to make decisions for her own body, and a family that respects and accepts those who believe in a different God, as well as a family who is truly middle class) was important to our president.

Sara Power

Really?  of all people that could have their mind changed I was sure it would be you.


nonmember avatar meghan

Is this supposed to shock anyone? Your mind is too narrow to be changed.

jiwillis jiwillis

The DNC did not vote against God-as you know from the first amendment guarantees everyone freedom of religion and thus we have no state religon.  Also, there are many people that don't believe in God and that does not make them less American.  Read about our founding fathers and you will learn that many of them weren't very religious either.

The Repubs-aka the party of no-has had no other agenda since the election of the current President, which has been to make him a one term president.  Maybe if they had worked together like the people in their districts voted them in office to do, maybe our country would be in better shape.

nonmember avatar Lily

Both conventions have criticisms.
The one that irks me the most? The fact that one of the RNC's slogans -We Built It- is based completely and utterly around something that was taken out of context. But Mitt Romney has done this before. If you recall, and this was awhile, Mitt Romney claimed Obama said, "If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose." He even had a clip! However, he cut the clip, the entire quote from Obama being: "Sen. McCain's campaign actually said, and I quote, ‘If we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose.’" Don't get me wrong, a couple of Obama's adds, especially the one where Romney killed the man's wife, are dumb too. But what was Mitt Romney's response when confronted for the earlier add? Did he say sorry? No. His words: "There was no hidden effort on the part of our campaign. It was instead to point out that what's sauce for the goose is now sauce for the gander." I guess I'm a swing voter or whatever, but to hear someone say that they're fine with taking things out of contexts to suit their own needs is disgusting. Did any of the conventions change my mind? You know, I don't know if I can say. Checking multiple fact checking sites, both are saying things that aren't 100% true. So, I guess I'm looking for the one that's not the biggest, fattest liar. It makes me so mad that either side won't acknowledge their lies or why either one has ardent followers such as yourself.

DebaLa DebaLa

Bizarre that you would even pose this. Snap out of it: dress it any way you like. You're someone who'll vote how you've always voted, and how your parents voted, and so on. 

NatAndCo NatAndCo

II don't think anything less than God personally knocking on your door campaigning for Obama would make you rethink your vote. And even then you'd probably post a blog about how God is wrong.

wamom223 wamom223

I love how you all come and attack Jenny for this but none of you had anything to say about your liberal bloggers that said the RNC didn't change their minds.  One thing we should all be able to agree on is that both sides played to their base and there is nothing wrong with that. But if its going to be this way from here on out, lets not spend anymore tax dollars on this.  Lets make the parties themselves pay for everything that goes into a four day 'we are awesome' party for themselves.  

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