Getting Rocky in the Rockies

The Democratic National Convention is officially on in Denver, and the media has seized on the many mood swings swirling around the convention floor: the New York Times‘ front page piece “Anxious Party Hopes to Show Strong Obama” claims that the Illinois senator will “use the next four days to address weaknesses in his candidacy and lingering party divisions from the primary fight”; Politico pounces on claims that “mistrust and resentments [continue] to boil among top associates of presumptive nominee Barack Obama and his defeated rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton“; the Chicago Tribune writes that Michelle Obama must “define herself rather than let the caricature sketched by her critics settle in the mind of voters”; on Sunday, “a choir belted out a gospel song and was followed by a rabbi reciting a Torah reading about forgiveness and the future” in a direct appeal to value voters, but AP Religion Writer Eric Gorski wonders if everyone was satisfied; Joan Walsh of Salon lists her “reasons to worry“; and Jacob Weisberg of Slate writes that racism is the “only reason” for Obama’s diminishing lead in the polls. And it’s only day two.