First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a masterful speech Tuesday night, but what did she say? She looked great and spoke flawlessly, but what about the context of her speech?
First, if you have to testify to the character of your husband four years into a presidency, she must think voters have some doubts about it. Why shouldn't they, given his many broken promises? Character is something observed, not talked about. If you don't have it, no one can give it to you, not even your wife.
Second, the stories she told, along with those of keynote speaker Julian Castro about having nothing and overcoming, are Republican stories. Castro especially spoke lovingly of his mother and what she sacrificed to help he and his brother make it in life. Parents have been doing that since time began. Notice that neither he nor Michelle Obama claimed a government program helped them.
For the first time, the Democratic platform doesn't mention God. That, I think, is because for many on the left, government is God. They think the government is our keeper and so we shall not want. No God, but lots of talk about abortion and same-sex marriage. This is today's Democratic Party.
In Charlotte, I'm Cal Thomas.
Publication date: September 6, 2012