Democrats offered a smorgasbord of policy options to one of the most diverse political gatherings in US history. More than half the delegates to the conventionwere black, Latino, LGBTQ, disabled, Native American, Pacific Islander or female. On the history making final convention night, Democrats unabashedly showed their liberal roots. Clinton promised criminal justice reform, infrastructure investments, civil rights enforcement, environmental protection, gun control and debt free higher education. The delegates, blogosphere and even conservative pundits ate it up.
One explanation is that the liberal policy proposals were served as an appetizer to a main course of patriotism, military might, flags and moral superiority. The takeout from the evening’s festivities seemed to leave viewers with a sense of confidence, competence and optimism. In short, stronger together.
It remains to be seen whether Thursday night’s euphoria translates into grassroots GOTV investment and more than a temporary surge in the polls. And even more distantly into the future, the real test of an artfully crafted message is whether any President can pull us close enough together to realize our common destiny as Americans.