Conventions in a nutshell:
Democrats: Their speeches resonated with me, elucidating the problems facing this country, the causes, and the solutions. It's the same resonating talk I hear when Obama speaks. Unfortunately, I'm old enough to realize that this great talk won't result in much. The Democrats know the problems but will lack the will and ability to do much about it. Soft on the outside, empty on the inside.
Republicans: Cynical as hell, with a denial of serious problems in this country and belittling of those who solve problems in ways different than their own. Socially hypocritical, featuring a frighteningly inexperienced vice presidential candidate who is a poster child of failed Republican social program, such as teaching kids abstinence. In some states (like California) her daughters 18 year old boyfriend, flown in from Alaska for the event, would be charged with rape. Oh golly, what a portrait of family values. Lots of flag waving and patriotic talk, because only Republicans love their country. Hard on the outside, empty on the inside.