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DNC Day 4: 'Historic Heft'

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"The truth is that both Clinton and Biden were needed Wednesday night to provide heft to an otherwise lacking Obama resume," writes guest blogger Princella Smith. Smith serves as Chief Advocate for the Platform of the American People at American Solutions, an organization founded by former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich. She has the first of today's DNC morning-after analysis.

Princella Smith

Initially, I must acknowledge this moment in history. An African American was nominated in full acclamation as the nominee of a major political party. It was touching to hear the words of people I've read about in history books like John Lewis and James Clyburn.

It was inspirational to think of those who fought with Lewis and Clyburn but were not here to speak with them because they had given their lives in the fight. It is a sentiment so unique, that words cannot really express its depth. However, because we are rational human beings, I'm encouraging everyone to use empirical reasoning and not historical emotion when casing their votes. ... Still ... congratulations, America. We are making great strides toward the America that the mothers and fathers of civil rights fought and died for ...

Well, Bubba was asked to prove that he is a team player, and he did. His speech didn't overshadow Hillary's (a future candidate), or Biden's (the Vice-Presidential nominee). He did what he needed to do to show a unified face and attempt at getting his party behind Obama.

The truth is that both Clinton and Biden were needed Wednesday night to provide heft to an otherwise lacking Obama resume. It's kind of hard to talk about Obama for three days when there is so little to say other than he has the ability to organize and galvanize people. Though, those are good traits for a leader to have, being Commander-in-Chief of the most powerful nation in the world will require more than ground galvanization.

The Clinton / Biden heft show leads me to the next observation. Critics of this week's convention — including myself — said that too much time was given to the Clintons. I thought it brilliant on the part of the Obama staff to bring Barack out on a surprise appearance after Biden's acceptance speech as an official "turn the page from the Clintons" moment. After all, his image had been seen very little over the course of the past three days.