If there was any unifying theme of the Republican National Convention last week, it was leadership.
With the exception of a few hot-button issues such as abortion and gay marriage, both the Democrats and the Republicans are now "big-tent" parties.
The "big-tent" Democratic convention featured speeches by more four-star generals than we knew existed and the nomination of a candidate who stressed his service during the Vietnam War - all this from a party that has been anti-war and anti-military since Vietnam.
By the same token, the Republicans, whose platform and core constituency are staunchly conservative, featured strong speeches by moderates like Sen. John McCain, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, New York Gov. George Pataki, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, the first black elected to statewide office in his state.