Mad Spin

The morning after Day Two of the Democratic National Convention, when most political junkies (Republicans, too, at least privately) are still buzzing about how blown away they were by Bill Clinton’s tour de force, some poor schlubs have to go to work very early today denying it mattered at all. Maybe nobody saw it, preferring to watch pro football’s season-opener. It was too long! It was too wonky! It was really designed to “show up” Obama and/or boost Hillary! If you want to see every negative asessment a malignant heart can devise instantly, particularly with full access to Romney campaign advice, you can check out Jennifer Rubin’s sour take.

The most popular tactic among conservatives for dealing with the case Clinton made was simply to ignore it, and instead focus incessantly on the Great Platform Scandal of 2012. Look at any aggregator this morning, and you will see this discussed endlessly on conservative and MSM sites. I certainly agree that it was an “unforced error” for the Democratic Convention to get trapped into defensive manuevering on completely symbolic language in a completely symbolic document; word is Obama himself insisted on the amendments. But it’s all pretty much a nothing-burger, and the frantic efforts to fan this into a really big deal–if not a deadly insult to God or to Israel–are a sign of how badly many conservatives want to avoid dealing with the actual Democratic Convention. Expect this to get even worse in the course of the day when, I expect, those gabbers who aren’t still yapping about the platform will switch to claiming that Clinton set the bar so high that Obama will surely fail when he comes to the podium tonight. Count on it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.