Robert Knight

Mr. Tobias noted that "the stock market is up 58 percent since Mr. Obama took office." Well, yes. Companies have shed millions of employees, closed plants and stockpiled cash while awaiting a less punitive regulatory and tax climate.

Meanwhile, the rest of America is stuck in the Great Waiting Room.

Like virtually every speaker, including Mr. Obama, Mr. Tobias promised that re-electing Mr. Obama would make life better for "the middle class." If we had a dollar for every time the "middle class" was mentioned, we'd have enough to cover a good portion of what Mr. Obama spent of our tax dollars in his very first few weeks in office.

Much media attention was showered upon first lady Michelle Obama and her husband for having raised two "normal" daughters, which thankfully appears to be the case. When you gazed out at the '60s-like conglomeration of special pleaders around the convention floor, wouldn't you have thought those folks would have been offended by the idea that "normal" is a good thing? Isn't the entire concept of "normal" rooted in judgmentalism?

After all, liberals are working mightily to persuade us that long-held social norms and free-market freedoms are vestiges of classism, evil capitalism, superstition, nongovernment schooling, oppressive religion (except for Islam) and barely suppressed hatred. Plus, George W. Bush.

For a look at what Democrats think is "normal," we could view the new NBC sitcom about homosexual parenting, "The New Normal." Or we could go to the convention's other superstar, Bill Clinton. On Wednesday, Mr. Clinton proved once again that he is a great speaker who can schmooze the socks off you, or at least an intern.

But "normal" isn't the first adjective that comes to mind. This is a guy with such voluptuous appetites that he's been known to eat half a baked potato in one bite and had state troopers pimping for him. That's not normal. Nor does a normal guy seem contented that his wife has been exiled on a world mission to make other countries more closely resemble West Hollywood.

It's like a real-life version of the female reporter in the 1987 movie "Broadcast News" who is banished to a snowy, subzero post to keep her away from the handsome anchorman.

In July, Hillary Rodham Clinton sailed past Madeleine K. Albright's record of visiting 98 nations as secretary of state, reaching 100 with a visit to Latvia. On a trip to Geneva, she hectored ambassadors to the United Nations about their countries' stubborn refusal to adopt the Democratic Party's "new normal" social values.

"Clinton has visited 108 countries and counting," reports the Christian Science Monitor. "The number will jump to 111 once she adds Brunei, the Cook Islands, and Timor-Leste from her current trip."

Timor-Leste is near Indonesia, in case you're not familiar with it. The important thing is that Mrs. Clinton was halfway around the world while the Democratic convention was going on in North Carolina. You'd think someone who might aspire someday to be the presidential nominee would show up at her party's most important event.

On the other hand, it will be easier in 2016 to pretend to be a moderate, middle-class-loving, normal American politician if she keeps her distance from a crowd that lionizes Barney Frank and Sandra Fluke, embraces Marxist economics and is divided over whether God and Jerusalem are fit for inclusion in the party platform.


Robert Knight

Robert Knight is an author, senior fellow for the American Civil Rights Union and a frequent contributor to Townhall.