At least one of Chris Matthew's often repeated political quips is going to have to be changed. It goes like this: Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line.
Well, during the first three days of this four-day convention here, in Denver, I’ve watched Democrats in love, fall in line.
It was some sight to behold. Michelle Obama was stunning in appearance and speech on Monday. The next night, Hillary Clinton strongly endorsed Obama and chiefly commanded her troops to not be the enemy within and prepare for the battle begun. Tonight Bill Clinton seconded that emotion.
And, just like that, all those worries about a floor fight or a brokered convention vanished. It was all verbal hugs and kisses. Goo-goo ayes and acclamations. Obama and Biden are a team and the Clintons have given their blessings.
It looks like bad news for the Republicans. For the past week or so they’ve been courting Hillary’ disenchanted and disillusioned followers, hoping to woo them into a temporary political tryst. Republican operatives played on the tensions between the Obama and Clinton camps. They clucked about possible swipes Hillary had made and help spread rumors that Bill would be a party unfaithful.
No such luck and the GOP’s sweet nothings, for the most part, seem to be falling on deaf ears. And while there are still are a small percentage of Hillites ready for the taking, I don’t think there’s enough to spoil the Democrat’s new union. We'll see.
But no doubt about it, this has been Obama’s night. Tomorrow will be his day. Ain’t love Grand, Old Party?
("A Love Puzzle" by Joyce Owens is shown above. (30" x 40" acrylic & collage on canvas.)