Remember how much fun America had last week when the Republicans were marching around Tampa, Fla., beating on their chests and talking about politics and such? I think we can all agree that it was the best thing that ever happened, entertainment-wise and politics-wise. After seeing how cool the Republicans looked with their balloons and elderly celebrities, the Democrats just decided to do the same thing, except in a place called Charlotte. (To get there, call your travel agent and say, "gimme the US Airways.")
Today, the Democratic Party will officially approve its 2012 platform. The platform is meant to embody the purest articulation of what the party stands for, but it reads much more like an extended white paper from the Obama campaign. Mitt Romney had at least one (mild) objection to his party's platform; I suspect that President Obama won't have any. Here's a word cloud of the platform:
The Democratic Party's most important political topics are "President" and "Obama."
The Washington Post's Brad Plumer did a good job tracking the party's evolution on environmental issues since its 2008 platform. You will be unsurprised to learn that they basically mirror President Obama's own softer tone on the issues. Plumer notes four ways the 2012 platform is different from the 2008: