Well, now it’s the Democrats turn.
The Democratic National Convention kicks off in Charlotte, North Carolina on September 4th. The Democrats job is to make the case why the Obama administration deserves a second term and to lay out a vision for the next four years and beyond. For progressives and liberals the case is clear, especially in contrast to the alternative Romney-Ryan ticket. But for those prized independent voters, Democrats have a slightly more difficult task to win that constituency
So, how will Democrats make their case?
1. The Economy
For starters they are bringing in some heavy hitters, including former President Bill Clinton. It’s damn near impossible to argue against the economic good times of the Clinton presidency, so for those voters who are concerned first and foremost about our economic future, Clinton’s prime-time speaking spot is almost surely geared toward getting that message across.
Massachusetts Senate candidate and progressive favorite Elizabeth Warren will also make the economic case to voters. Conservatives have tried to disparage Warren’s credentials in every way, from attacking her job as a Harvard professor to lampooning her claims of Native American heritage, but the fact remains she’s one of the most reliable and credible messengers on the economy in the Democrats camp.
2. The Extremists of the Right
They’ll also have the distinct advantage of working against a 2012 Republican party platform that is so radical and so extreme that even Democrats like Rep. Dennis Kucinich look moderate by comparison. If the Democrats are able to clearly point out the differences based on policy alone, voters should hear that message.
3. Diversity, Diversity, Diversity
Likewise, Democrats have the advantage of diversity in their ranks. Their crowd of delegates will look different. They likely won’t be the sort to throw food at racist epithets at reporters. With a majority-minority population now in this country, this is an optic that matters. And more importantly, the party pays more than simply lip-service to the idea of diversity. While the official platform has not yet been announced and adopted, we know Democrats plan to endorse same-sex marriage, reproductive rights and compassionate immigration reform in start contrast to the Republican platform of denial of basic human rights to many in this country
4. The Return of the Equal Rights Amendment?
Republicans are hurting with women voters, and for good reason. The Republican platform is among the most anti-woman policy statements to come from a major political party in modern times, and during their convention Republicans did little to repair this reality. Ann Romney tried to assure voters her husband was full of “love” for women, and there was one break-out star from the right to come out of the convention, but none of that can undo a platform that doesn’t believe in women’s fundamental human rights. So, what better way to show voters that Democrats are the party for women voters than by re-invigorating the Equal Rights Amendment in contrast to the Republican’s call for a constitutional amendment granting fetal personhood?
The convention runs from September 4th through the 6th and Care2.com will bring you the highlights.
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