Tampa was then, Charlotte is now. Following the Republican National Convention (RNC) held in Tampa, Florida last week, the Democrats are gearing up for their paramount gathering in the Tarheel state, with Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presiding over the convention. But what can the donkeys learn from the elephants in terms of convention efficacy? Last week, the GOP garnered attention and headlines, albeit not always flattering, with big speeches from Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, conservative film actor/director Clint Eastwood, and from the presidential hopeful himself, Mitt Romney.
Have Democrats been overshadowed by a big Republican splash and is the more liberal party in need of some front page real estate? What is the most effective way to influence voters and motivate party members at political conventions? What aspects of the RNC can the Democrats learn from to optimize this week’s gala in Charlotte?
Mark Barabak, political writer, Los Angeles Times
David Paleologos, political researcher, pollster and director of the Sufolk University Political Research Center