By pretty much any measure, the first night in Charlotte went well for the Democratic Party. Getting particularly high marks by the pundits were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, and First Lady Michelle Obama. In fact, the speech by Mrs. Obama prompted this reaction from MSNBC's Chuck Todd:
From my floor vantage point: Michelle Obama owned this convention in a way I didn't see anyone own Tampa. She is clearly personally beloved— Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) September 5, 2012
"On the first night of President Obama's convention, not a single speaker uttered the words 'Americans are better off than they were four years ago.' Instead, there was a night full of tributes to government as the solution to every problem, even going as far as to say that 'government is the only thing that we all belong to.' But government belongs to the American people - not the other way around - and the American people will hold President Obama accountable for his record. Our country deserves real solutions and a plan to turn our economy around. Mitt Romney offers a clear alternative to President Obama's record of disappointment and failure."
-Andrea Saul, Romney Spokesperson