06 September 2012

Hidin' Biden! Clinton 2012 at the DNC much like Reagan 1992 at the RNC - the crowd loved him, but he couldn't save the incumbent.

What planet to Democrats live on? Watching Cecile Richards (among others) talk about Republicans trying to "end access to birth control" I can't think of a good response. It is so insanely untethered from reality it is isn't even funny. It's sad.

I am curious to know whether they think they need to stop insurance companies from charging men more than women for the same auto insurance coverage.

Not to dwell too long on the insanity, but I just want to point out that being a woman is, in fact, a pre-existing condition. On the other hand, pregnancy is not a disease, and neither abortion nor birth control are "health care."

On to prime time...

It's hard to understand the crackpot choices Democrats made for prime time. It began with the 30-year-old law student Sandra Fluke. She is, first of all, a terrible orator. But ultimately, a speaker cannot really transcend the message.

But more generally, why do Democrats always see such a dystopian society around them?

The theme continued through both the Costco guy and Elizabeth Warren. America is a dark place where the "game is rigged against you."

So often I hear conservatives warning Republicans against being too negative about their opponents, but never have I heard a Republican so negative in outlook about the world around them as every single speaker at the DNC. They want to re-elect the guy who is president of a country where people are "hanging on by their fingernails?"

I have to give Warren credit for one thing. SHe said "corporations aren't people." True. that's why corporations don't pay taxes. Only people pay taxes. Corporations collect them. Only Elizabeth Warren doesn't understand that.

My bottom line about this convention so far is that it reminds me a lot of the Republican convention of 1992. There was a lot to like for the Republican faithful in that convention, but it was angry and quite out of step with what the country was thinking about at the time.

Which brings us to Bill Clinton. In 1992, Ronald Reagan gave his final major speech. He rocked. The crowd loved him. And he served mostly to remind the attendees of how far they had fallen since his tenure.

Let's be clear: Clinton is a terrible person. But conservatives have never given him enough credit for doing almost nothing during his time in office. It was the best thing he could have done.

Sure, his neglect of foreign policy led rather directly to 9/11. But he pretty much rubber-stamped most of the Republican Congress' agenda.

I found his angle on how nice and good Presidents Eisenhower, Reagan and both Bushes were to be a bit curious. Especially the praise for George W. Bush. For an Obama campaign that seeks to continue to blame Bush for everything, this did not strike me as a helpful message for Obama.

He went on about how important it is to work with Republicans. How does that help Obama? He has hardly been a conciliatory and compromising figure. I have to be honest - this struck me as a fairly backhanded endorsement.

On a personal note, I know that Bill Clinton is 66 years old, but his feeble and weak presentation surprised even me. He is the same age as George W. Bush and only one year older than Mitt Romney, but seems much older than both. I think he is not a healthy man.

It is not surprising that I was unmoved by his message, but could his speech sway some votes? Not among football fans, who all were watching the Dallas Cowboys defeat the New York Giants in the NFL's season opener.

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