At the Republican convention, Donald Trump and company invoked what have traditionally been Democratic themes: quoting dubious statistics about how women earn less than men do; opposing free trade; wanting to regulate capitalism; claiming workers are oppressed; cheering gay rights; promising no more war, etc.
The Democratic convention has done the reverse, invoking what are usually Republican themes: support for the military; character; “USA” cheers; aggressive foreign policy; “faith, family, & values” rhetoric (to use a Tim Kaine phrase).
Read what William Saletan says about this at Slate, excerpted and linked after the jump.
Are the parties just trying to reach out to the disaffected members of the other side? Is this just the old tactic of playing to your base in the primaries, then going to the center in the general election? Or does it represent a shift for both parties, heralding some ideological changes on both sides? [Read more…]