So who spoke at the Conventions and what does that say about each party?
THAT was the question I put to myself. Yes, we all heard the prime-time speakers and sound bites, we all heard of the "cool" or embarrassing moments, we all heard the version the media fed us.
But what about a little breakdown of WHO spoke and what that says for each party. I got curious- so here it goes.
The Republicans had 85 speakers in their 3 day event, whereas Democrats had 107 total speakers.
The Republicans had 27% women (probably a mistake for the party defending itself about having a "war" on women) speak vs the Democrats 40% (nice showing for a party concerned about losing the women vote).
The Republicans had over 24% from swing states, whereas the Democrats had under 19%. THIS might have been a critical mistake by the Democrats.
Looking inside the swing state breakdown gives a really interesting peak into the different strategies being applied by both major parties.
The Republicans spread the wealth- Florida 5, Wisconsin 4, Ohio and North Carolina 3, Virginia 2, Nevada/Iowa/Michigan 1, and Colorado was the only swing state to be left out on the speaker platform.
The Democrats took a different path. North Carolina got 10 speakers- yes, 10 speakers from their state. Ohio got 3, Wisconsin and Florida 2, Virginia/Nevada/Colorado got 1- while Iowa/Michigan/New Hampshire were shut out of the platform in 2012.
The contrast comes down to this in my opinion. The Republicans are making a broad appeal to the swing states overall. They value all of them, but are targeting half or more of them. Two of the prime time speakers also came from swing states (Christie and Rubio). The Democrats are more about protecting their core base of non-swing states, but giving some strategic love to NC- a state they probably believe to be in play and worth stealing from the Republicans for the second national election in a row.
My ending comment about the speakers has 2 main points. Whereas both parties have a strong bench of young up-and-comers, what we actually need in this country are doers- not talkers. So THAT is what I would keep in mind come election day- WHO is going to fix this country?
HINT: One party has succeeded at the state level several times over the last few years, whereas the other doesn't have a single success story and a lot of failure... Can you guess which is which?
See you at the polls Nov 6th!