The Big Dog beat the guy in the Big Chair. And a guy talking to an empty chair beat the guy trying to win the White House.
Asked to name the highlights of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, most people cited a pair speakers who won’t be on any ballot this November: Bill Clinton and Clint Eastwood.
Perhaps it’s because both, in their own way, winged it.
Clinton, who delivered a lengthy, sprawling, often-extemporaneous endorsement of President Obama, was cited as the highlight of the Democratic gathering by nearly three in 10 of those surveyed, according to poll released Monday by the Pew Research Center.
President Obama’s speech — which capped Thursday final session — was cited as a highlight by 16% of those surveyed, followed closely by his wife, Michelle.
Of those who watched at least some of the minutely scripted conventions, six in 10 rated the president’s speech excellent or good, compared with 73% who said of Obama’s speech four years ago — which, back then, was deemed the highlight of the Democratic National Convention in Denver.