Jealous conservatives amazed by 'patriotic' DNC: 'These guys are turning into Republicans'
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton (Photo: Sarah Burris/Raw Story)

The Democratic National Convention has offered Americans a competing -- and compelling -- vision to the dark, dystopian fantasy served up last week by Donald Trump.

They've woven traditionally conservative themes, such as patriotism, military service, small-town values and the virtues of hard work, into an inclusive and socially liberal narrative lauding shared sacrifice and civic virtue.

And no one's more mystified than Republicans, who've watched their rival scoop up all the political ground that Trump abandoned in his improbable and divisive presidential campaign.

The historic gravity of Clinton's nomination was not lost on all conservatives.