If this were the first quarter of a football game, the Democrats would have scored three touchdowns. As has been noted by many observers, the energy was high and positive throughout the evening, from Congressional women on through to the First Lady’s speech.
Deval fired them up with a sense of purpose. Ted Strickland lobbed devastating salvos against Romney and Ryan, here with one-liners, there with Scripture. Tammy Duckworth’s story showed iron courage. Julian Castro deftly wove together an inspiring life and family story while stripping the bark off of a hapless GOP ticket.
This was a party that seemed to have found its voice, its pride, and its purpose. Those are hard-won discoveries, since the timidity, disunity, and political fecklessness of 2010 led to disaster. But the accomplishments remain; and the note of pride was very much in evidence tonight and with pride and accomplishment comes joy. That’s what we felt tonight; that was the story opening-night.