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I have never seen opponents so silent about their record … They've run out of ideas. Their moment came and went. Fear and division are all they've got left. -- Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan

Come again? Day 1 of the Democratic convention put their record front and center.

And not a watered down version of the record. They held up the big stuff, regardless of how controversial. Auto bailout. Green energy. Immigration reform. Public employee rights. Gay equality. Pell Grants. Free contraception. ObamaCare.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick urged the crowd, "I will not stand by and let him be bullied out of office—and neither should you."

But there was no need to worry about that. This convention is not apologizing for anything.

They want voters to see exactly what they did, so they can ask voters for a renewed mandate to build on our successes and do even more for the economy.

The Democrats cut through the Tea Party blather about death panels, and held up real Americans deeply grateful for the expansion of health care coverage.

They dismissed the phony outrage over Solyndra -- coming the same Republicans who claimed Obama doesn't understand the importance of risk and entrepreneurship -- showed the green jobs that have been created, and mocked the Republicans backward "Drill Baby Drill" stance.

They barreled past the union attacks to tout the success of the auto bailout, and featured a former Republican firefighter who is disgusted by attacks on public sector unions as well as foolish cuts by conservative governors for first responders that merely shift the tax burden to cities.

Hell, they even said the word "liberal" twice.

The Republicans are trying to get voters to tune out the tough hits on their ticket and their failed policies of the past by arguing they come from a place of "desperation."

The charge makes no sense. Because as anyone can see, the Democrats are not desperate. They're proud.

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