CAN the Democrats win the White House? Here are two visions of the party and the country from the convention's keynote speeches Monday night:
From former Rep. Barbara Jordan of Texas:
"We will change from a party with a reputation of tax and spend to one of investment and growth . . . .
"We must have an economy that does not force the migrant worker's child to miss school in order to earn less than the minimum wage just so the family can have one meal a day. That is the moral bankruptcy that trickle-down economics is all about. We can change the direction of America's economic engine and become proud and competitive again. The American dream is not dead.
"True, it is gasping for breath, but it is not dead."
From Sen. Bill Bradley of New Jersey:
"Diversity is our strength, not our weakness. It offers opportunity for world leadership that is deeper than the swagger of military might or the pride of material wealth . . . .
"At another time in our history, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from his jail cell in Birmingham, 'We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the vitriolic words and actions of bad people, but for the silence of good people.'
"The silence of good people. Isn't that our challenge as a party and a nation -- to reach out to our fellow Americans and mobilize the good people of all races for action, action that will stop the random violence in our cities, rebuild economic opportunity and jobs for all, and provide the moral leadership worthy of our ideals?"