If Broadway stars are made on opening night, then political stars are surely made on National Convention night.  One need only look to the gushing crowd soaking in the words of the late John F. Kennedy, Jr’s speech at the 1988 Democratic National Convention gave the nation a glimpse of a return to Camelot that might have been.  And, in 2004, then-Senator Barack Obama, in his keynote address, foreshadowed the historical presidency that was yet to come.

As we ride the wave of the major party conventions into the month of September, we thought it might be interesting to compare and contrast two of the most talked about moments from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

When legendary actor/director/producer Clint Eastwood took the stage at the 2012 GOP National Convention, the crowd was electrified and eagerly clung to his every word. The former mayor of Carmel, CA represented Hollywood’s quiet conservative contingent and wowed the crowd with an improvisational sketch and speech:

After delivering a rousing speech on night two of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, it was the current – and not the former – Governor of Massachusetts who had many political pundits’ tongues wagging. Governor Deval Patrick gave the country and the world a taste of the precise and fiery rhetoric that Massachusetts residents have already come to know and expect:

So, chime in.  Two men who are charismatic, passionate and no nonsense addressed their respective party’s conventions in hopes of helping their candidate’s cause.  Who represented his party’s platform and interests better?  Who moved the crowd to a deeper level?  And, most importantly, which speaker do you think had the greatest impact on voters? Join the Conversation here and on social media and stay connected as Wiles Magazine counts down to the 2012 US Presidential election!

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