In order to win, you have to play


The Democratic National Convention took place this past week in Charlotte, N.C. Just like the GOP's convention the week before, it dominated the news. That was thanks in part to moving and unexpected speeches from several guest speakers, like First Lady Michelle Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

The First Lady's speech was touching-she talked about Obama's upbringing "by a single mother who struggled to pay the bills, and by grandparents who stepped in when she needed help".

She did a great job of making her husband seem, not only relatable to the every-man, but also the most desirable candidate for the Presidency out there. Who wouldn't want to elect the guy "who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods" where people really needed him?

If Mrs. Obama's speech was touching, Clinton's was rousing. The former President went above and beyond the call of duty in his address of the convention's audience with a brilliant defense of Obama's actions in regard to healthcare reform.

President Barack Obama formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President on Sept. 6, the last day of the convention. His more than 40 minute long acceptance speech elicited a record-breaking 52,757 tweets per minute on Twitter.

However, criticism of that speech began almost immediately after he left the podium, which wasn't surprising-pundits and talking heads are never satisfied. What was surprising is that some of the most vocal critics of the president weren't conservative talk-show hosts, but progressive Democrats.

Michael Tomasky, editor-in-chief of the liberal journal Democracy and a special correspondent for The Daily Beast, said that Obama had given a "dull and pedestrian speech tonight".

"Nothing in this speech was developed, nothing even given hard thought, nothing that built to a great moment," he wrote. "He's going to have to do much better than this."

Critics at the political news site Politico weren't impressed either.

"Obama fell flat," reads the headline of an article by Jonathon Martin and Jonathon Allen. They pointed out that while Obama claimed to be disdainful of the petty squabbles of this election in his speech, he didn't miss an opportunity to take several pot-shots at Romney.

Here's the deal, though. Critics can write and say whatever they want about the president's speech. The reality is that he's just playing the game. It's sad, but it's true-the political system here in America has become so broken and self-defeating that that's all it really is: a game.

And in order to win this game, Obama has to play a little dirty. He's got to appeal to the voters who aren't as interested in the political convictions of each candidate so much as how they look and sound on television. This is what it all comes down to.

"Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs, the economy; taxes and deficits; energy, education; war and peace, decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children's lives for decades to come," said the president.

"And on every issue, the choice you face won't be just between two candidates or two parties. It will be a choice between two different paths for America," he continued.

Romney and Ryan's vision for America's path into the future isn't one that will work. Not for the baby-boomers, not for generation X-ers, not for the middle-class and not for us or our children to come.

09/13/2012


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