R. Emmett Tyrrell was there and reports:
the Democrats milling about on the floor have interesting faces. There are the hard-faced union types, mostly men, and they are angry. There are the feminists, the race hustlers, and the other vested interests: environmentalists, consumerists, school teachers — the kind of people that we at The American Spectator call practitioners of Masked Politics. They claim a special fervor for the environment, the consumer, for children, that sort of thing. Yet behind their Masks, they are standard issue Big Government meddlers.An odd bunch they are. Easily duped. Interminably resentful. Splenetic. Self-interested. Unaware and uncaring about the country's future. And then there's abortion. And God. Or not.
Then there are the poor souls who compose the Democratic base. They are the voters to whom the Democratic Super PACs direct their mendacious messages. They get fired up upon hearing that the Republican candidate Mitt Romney has killed a woman, probably more than one. They really believe Romney is a felon, probably a misdemeanant too, and he put his dog on the roof of his car or vice versa. They believe that the legendary 1 percent of the income earners who pay 35-40 percent of income taxes should, out of fairness, pay more. In fact, they believe that this legendary 1 percent can carry the entire burden of Obamacare, Social Security and a few other entitlements along the way. We call these galoots the moron vote. I have watched them on the floor of the convention. They are highly excitable. They wear funny red, white, and blue outfits, patriotic hats and glasses. They are perfect dupes.
Toby Harnden, the perceptive British journalist who covers America for the "MailOnline," has been traveling with the president and says things are different from 2008. The crowds are smaller. "There is a sullenness, even resentment, that was not present in 2008. Ask an Obama supporter," Harnden writes, "about their man, and as often as not you will get a few words about him and then a demeaning attack on Romney and Ryan." Moreover, Harnden has noted that something else has changed; "Obama tends to look emptily past rather than at his audiences. It's as if the light in his eyes has gone out." It will take a lot of morons this year to light up his sad eyes. [link]
Odd bunch indeed.