The Democrat National Convention wrapped up with a speech by Barack Obama that was more contentious than anticipated. While many pundits predicted that surrogates and VP nominee Joe Biden would act as the attack dogs and deliver the red meat, the speeches of said surrogates mostly fell flat. Much of the mood of unity in the audience during the early going appeared to be bolstered by the musical performances of famous singers. Barack Obama assumed the role of attack dog, not reaching the lofty heights of his famous keynote speech of four years ago. Overall, I think the climax of the convention occurred on the 3rd night, with the speech of Bill Clinton.