Thus far Democrats have praised Obama roughly twice as often as they’ve attacked Romney — 447 to 223. Those numbers were boosted by former President Bill Clinton’s rambling epic of a speech on Wednesday night, in which he mentioned Obama 33 times in 48 minutes. At the RNC last week, the numbers were reversed, with speakers attacking Obama roughly twice as often as they praised their candidate — 411 to 213.
Whether the numbers reflect a lack of enthusiasm for Romney or merely the imperative to attack an incumbent in the months leading up to an election, the data is unequivocal.
- Lucia Graves, “2012 Democratic Convention Speakers Outpace GOP With Praise for Nominee,” September 6, 2012 6:38pm.