After Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention, I know what you’re thinking: Wow, how can anything beat Bill Clinton?
Well expect Thursday night to answer that question for you.
Day 3 of the DNC is Thursday, and it’s set to be the most epic of them all. Barack Obama will give his keynote speech, one that many analysts are expecting to overshadow Bill Clinton’s oratory brilliance on Wednesday night.
Expect tonight to be a bit more global in scope and theme: Sen. John Kerry will offer a detailed critique of the "Romney-Ryan" foreign policy, before Vice President Joe Biden (a foreign policy expert) and President Obama deliver their nomination acceptance speeches around the 10:00 p.m. mark.
What can we expect from Obama? Well, in short, a little taste of 2008.
Ahead of his nomination acceptance speech tonight, the Obama campaign has released a new video that lays out how President Obama has kept the promises he made at his DNC speech in 2008. "From cutting taxes for middle-class families to bringing about comprehensive health care reform to re-investing in education and infrastructure, President Obama has kept his promise to rebuild America for millions of families." Watch here.
Other big names include Barney Frank, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria, Jill Biden, Charlie Crist, just to name a few.
PolicyMic will be following the DNC live. Bookmark and refresh this page for all the most recent updates and full analysis.
11:16 p.m. Joe Biden Cries During His Speech: Was it Real or Fake? PM Editor Alex Marin Weighs in:
It's official, Joe Biden is the nominee for reelection of Vice President of the United States of America. Biden gave a rousing and emotional speech that, however, was sober and low key and didn't threaten with upstaging the following speech by President Barack Obama.
Towards the end of the speech, however, Vice President Biden addressed the war in Afghanistan as well as our fallen heroes during conflict. Then he did it. The vice president sobbed, then cried. Was it heartfelt and real, or part of an carefully designed performance?
10:56 p.m. Twitter reacts:
10:51 p.m. Obama:
10:48 p.m. Here's Romney's counter to Obama tonight: “Tonight President Obama laid out the choice in this election, making the case for more of the same policies that haven't worked for the past four years. He offered more promises, but he hasn’t kept the promises he made four years ago. Americans will hold President Obama accountable for his record – they know they’re not better off and that it’s time to change direction. Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will restore America’s promise and deliver a better future for our country.”
10:40 p.m. Still going a little slow. What do you think? Feel free to respond in the comments.
10:37 p.m. Speech sounds like a State of the Unioin ... not a campaign speech.
10:35 p.m. Speech is so-so so far, I think. Very normal and average. Obama didn't come out swinging
10:31 p.m. Obama's full speech can be found here-- courtesy of PM Editor Jake Horowitz
10:30 p.m. Obama's voice is like a warm blanket.
President Obama's initial ovation was way shorter (and less enthusiastic) than Clinton's.
10:28 p.m. Clinton had a better start to his speech. #truth. I said it.
10:25 p.m. OBAMA
10:23 p.m. George Clooney narrated that speech, btw.
10:21 p.m. This video is amazing. Joe Biden: "This is a guy with a backbone like a ram rod."
10:12 p.m. Hillary reacts to Biden:
10:05 p.m. Joseph Beck provides his libertarian take on tonight's events:
9/6, 10:05 PM: "America is not in decline!" Did Biden ask the 46 million poor?
9/6, 10:00 PM: "Two different visions, Two different value sets" - But we both love drones, TSA, and the failed drug war.
9/6, 9:55 PM: Introducing the sacred cow: Medicare. Our plan vs. their plan routine. How's Medicare, Social Security, and other failing government interventions going to hold up during the upcoming economic implosion?
Read more from Beck @ his blog, Liberty Alliance ... great perspectives.
10:03 p.m. Biden is bringing down the house now: "It's never good to bet against the American people"
10 p.m. Here's some DNC photos from Charlotte, courtesy of Frank Chi:
9:56 p.m. PolicyMic Editor Mike Luciano is Live blogging with some real color right now. Here's what he's saying:
Biden: "Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!"
"Biden is doing a fantastic job contrasting the worldviews of Obama and Romney. Obama saving the U.S. auto industry is a major part of tonight's narrative, as the Democrats will likely need Ohio and Michigan to win the presidency. The Dems are also hoping to pick up congressional seats there. If Obama can be portrayed as the savior of manufacturing jobs in the midwest, Democratic candidates in those areas may be able to ride his coattails to victory."
Follow his blog @ Policy Mike (no pun intended).
9:53 p.m. Not a cloud in sight over Charlotte at 9:50 p.m. -- Sorry Obama! This could have been an outside party!
9:47 p.m. The conservative take on Biden:
9:42 p.m. Here's the Romney camp's response to Biden:
At The 2008 Democratic Convention, Senator Joe Biden Criticized The State Of The Economy For Middle-Class Families:
Senator Biden, On Middle-Class Struggles In 2008: “Seventy Dollars Just To Fill Up The Gas Tank … Another Year, No Raise. … Now We Owe More Money On Our Home Than Our Home Is Worth.” BIDEN: “Like millions of Americans, they're asking questions as -- as ordinary as they are profound, questions they never, ever thought they'd have to ask themselves. Should Mom move in with us now that -- now that Dad's gone? Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars just to fill up the gas tank, how in God's name, with winter coming, how are we going to heat the home? Another year, no raise. Did you hear -- did you hear they may be cutting our health care at the company? Now -- now we owe more money on our home than our home is worth.”(Senator Joe Biden, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/27/08)
Senator Biden: “How In God's Name Are We Going To Send The Kids To College? How Are We Going To Retire…” (Senator Joe Biden, Remarks, Denver, CO, 8/27/08)
But Four Years Later, Middle-Class Americans Aren’t Worried About A Raise – They’re Worried About Lower Take-Home Pay And A Shrinking Middle Class:
Lower-Paying Jobs Account For Nearly 60% Of The Jobs Added Since The Recession Ended In 2009. “Lower-paying jobs, with median hourly wages from $7.69 to $13.83, accounted for just 21% of the job losses during the recession. But they've made up about 58% of the job growth from the end of the recession in late 2009 through early 2012.” (Jim Puzzanghera, “Majority Of New Jobs In Recovery Are Low-Paying, Study Finds,” Los Angeles Times, 8/31/12)
- · “The Findings Highlight Concerns About A Shrinking Middle Class…” “The findings highlight concerns about a shrinking middle class and pose another obstacle to getting the economy back on track, said Annette Bernhardt, policy co-director at the National Employment Law Project, which conducted the study.” (Jim Puzzanghera, “Majority Of New Jobs In Recovery Are Low-Paying, Study Finds,” Los Angeles Times, 8/31/12)
9:39 p.m. Biden Gaffe Watch -- so far so good. Props to Biden.
9:36 p.m. Biden LIVE
9:28 p.m. Biden being introduced now.
9:24 p.m. Biden got bumped from a primetime slot because Bill Clinton took the Wednesday night speech slot.
9:23 p.m. EXCERPTS: Vice President Biden’s Remarks to the 2012 Democratic National Convention
Below are key excerpts of Vice President Biden’s remarks as prepared for delivery:
“In the face of the deepest economic crisis in our lifetimes -- this nation proved itself. We're as worthy as any generation that has gone before us.
“The same grit, the same determination, the same courage, that has always defined what it’s meant to be an American—is in you.
“We're on a mission to move this nation forward — from doubt and downturn, to promise and prosperity.
“A mission we will continue and a mission we will complete.
“The two men seeking to lead this country over the next four years have fundamentally different visions, and a completely different value set.
“Governor Romney believes that in the global economy, it doesn’t much matter where American companies put their money or where they create jobs.
“I found it fascinating last week--when Governor Romney said, that as President, he’d take a jobs tour. Well with all his support for outsourcing -- it’s going to have to be a foreign trip.
“Look, President Obama knows that creating jobs in America -- keeping jobs in America -- and bringing jobs back to America -- is what being President is all about.
“My fellow Americans, we now find ourselves at the hinge of history.
“And the direction we turn is in your hands.
“It has been an honor to serve you, and to serve with a President who has always stood up for you.
“As I’ve said, I’ve seen him tested.
9:18 p.m. Obama has just arrived at the convention center.
9:16 p.m. Jill Biden on Now.
8:43 p.m. Massachusetts Senator, and likely next Secretary of State of State (if Obama is reelected) John Kerry is addressing the convention. Word has it he has some zingers for Romney in his speech.
8:41p.m. Video of Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first female VP candidate in history (1984). The only other female nominee for VP (or president) was Sarah Palin. This is a devolution.
8:36 p.m. Charlie Crist is just as orange-tanned as John Boehner. Crist is from Florida, but Boehner's from Ohio. What gives?
8:30pm: What a jovial, affable man Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer... even when he's holding a giant gun!
From the convention, photo of Gabby Giffords:
Annnd the Foo Fighters:
Cute meme of Bill and Hillz
8:39 p.m. I'd say Marc Anthony is pretty good.
8:32 p.m. Here's who we expect to see in the next 30 mins.
Eva Longoria, Actress (former NBA basketball star Tony parker's wife)
Brian Schweitzer, Governor of Montana
Charlie Crist, Jr., Former Governor of Florida (also former Republican)
John Kerry, (former Dem prez. nominee)
8:30 p.m. If you had to describe President Barack Obama in one word, what would you say?
Back in 2008, voters who were asked this question used words that focued on Barack Obama's newness to the political scene to describe the new president. In September 2008, the majority of voters used the words "inexperienced" and "change" to describe the President.
Flash forward to 2012, the public uses a range of terms to describe Obama, reflecting the country's mixed feelings about his presidency. Most voters say is "good/goodman" and that he is "trying/tried/tries," but many also say he is a "failure" and "incompetent."
The study conducted by the Pew Center offers a window into the mentality of American voters, and gives a sense of the challenge that President Obama has before him as he addresses the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night to remake his case for election in November 2012. Just four years ago, Obama captivated the nation during his 2008 Convention address, after a long and bruising primary battle with Hillary, proving he deserved the Democrats' nomination. It will be up to Obama and vice president Joe Biden on Thursday to deliver that same energy once again.
Some descriptors have remained consistent over the course of Obama's presidency. Four years ago, the word "intelligent" was one of the key descriptions of Obama, and it remains one of the most frequently used words to describe Obama. The word socialist also has been consistently used to describe Obama. Among Republicans, "socialist" is one of the frequently most mentioned words, along with "failure" and "incompetent."
Take a look at the data here, conducted in a poll on Aug 31-Sept 3 among 1,008 adults:
8:22 p.m. John Kerry should give his speech at the tail-end of this hour.
8:21 p.m. Expect Obama's speech tonight to show love for women and LGBT voters.
8:08 p.m. Fact: Alexis Bledel ... who is on screen now ... is actually my neighbor.
8:07 p.m. John Kerry -- the former Democratic presidential candidate -- will give a foreign policy speech tonight, outlining the success of the Obama administration.
Here's what he has to say:
1) On American exceptionalism.
"Our opponents like to talk about 'American Exceptionalism.' But all they do is talk. They forget that we are exceptional not because we say we are, but because we do exceptional things. The only thing exceptional about today's Republicans is that - almost without exception - they oppose everything that has made America exceptional in the first place."
2) On Bin Laden.
Touting the bin Laden kill: "And after more than ten years without justice for thousands of murdered Americans, after Mitt Romney said it would be 'naïve' to go into Pakistan to pursue the terrorists, it took President Obama, against the advice of many, to give that order to finally rid this earth of Osama bin Laden. Ask Osama Bin Laden if he's better off now than he was four years ago!"
3) On Israel.
"Barack Obama promised always to stand with Israel-- to tighten sanctions on Iran and take nothing off the table. Again and again the other side has lied about where this President stands and what this President has done. But Prime Minister Netanyahu set the record straight -he said: our two countries have 'exactly the same policy ... our security cooperation is unprecedented.'"
4) On Romney.
"It isn't fair to say Mitt Romney doesn't have a position on Afghanistan. He has every position."
8:06 p.m. And we're back.
6:40 p.m. Mary J. Blige @ the DNC!
6:29 p.m. Obama Speech Preview:
Below are excerpts of President Obama’s remarks as prepared for delivery. The president’s speech will include a set of goals for our country – and a list of those goals is also provided below.
“But when all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come.
“On every issue, the choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.
“It will be a choice between two different paths for America.
“A choice between two fundamentally different visions for the future.
“I won’t pretend the path I’m offering is quick or easy. I never have. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear. You elected me to tell you the truth. And the truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades. It will require common effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold, persistent experimentation that Franklin Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse than this one. And by the way – those of us who carry on his party’s legacy should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.
“But know this, America: Our problems can be solved. Our challenges can be met. The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place. And I’m asking you to choose that future. I’m asking you to rally around a set of goals for your country – goals in manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit; a real, achievable plan that will lead to new jobs, more opportunity, and rebuild this economy on a stronger foundation. That’s what we can do in the next four years, and that’s why I’m running for a second term as President of the United States.”
President Obama’s Goals for America
Tonight President Obama will ask the country to rally around a set of goals on manufacturing, energy, education, national security, and the deficit – a real, achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity, and ensure an economy built to last.
6:26 p.m. DNC spices it up -- James Taylor to perform later tonight:
It's going to be a wonderful night at the DNC, and that's not only thanks to Barack Obama and the incredible speech he is sure to give. Tonight, singing legend James Taylor will take the stage at the convention and sing his classic "Carolina in My Mind." As the convention is taking place in North Carolina, his song of choice is spot on.
This is not the first time Taylor has come out in support of President Obama. In 2009 Taylor sang at Obama's inauguration concert with Jennifer Nettles and John Legend; the trio performed "Shower the People."
Taylor will not be the only musical act of the evening, Mary J. Blige is also set to perform. Pop star Marc Anthony kicked off the evening performing the National Anthem.
On Wednesday night, American Idol star Jessica Sanchez wowed DNC crowds singing "You're All I Need to Get By."
Twitter users have already made "James Taylor" trend today, sending news of his one-hour sound check earlier in the day. They even included images of Taylor rehearsing at the convention:
Politics is getting musical tonight, and the lineup is looking mighty fine.
6:16 p.m. Why is Obama Seeing His Poll Numbers Tank Among Women and Independents? PM Pundit John Giokaris reports:
Just 47% of registered voters in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll see Obama favorably overall, down 7 percentage points from his recent peak in April, while 49% rate him unfavorably. He’s numerically underwater in this group for the first time since February.
The decline has occurred entirely among women registered voters – from 57%-39% favorable-unfavorable in April to a numerically negative 46%-50% now. That’s Obama’s lowest score among women voters – a focus of recent political positioning – in ABC/Post polls since he took office.
On top of that, according to CNN’s latest poll, Romney’s lead among independents has jumped in the last week from 3 points to 10 points today among likely voters.
Against that backdrop of new polling, there are more campaign ads being released targeting women voters.
Independent Women’s Voice is a 501(c)(4) nonpartisan, nonprofit organization for mainstream women and is the sister organization of the Independent Women’s Forum. IWV has a track record demonstrating that it uses resources wisely while effectively developing and delivering messages to independents and women, key blocs of citizens in 2010 and 2012.
IWV released an ad back in June called “Boyfriend.”
A good friend of mine worked with IVW on putting that ad together and after testing it, found that it was effective in moving the needle. An Ohio focus group moved from 44% disapproval of Obama to 62% after viewing the ad.
Apparently, it also got the attention of the RNC, who just released this ad today that’s eerily similar in its message.
You have to admit, both ads aren’t particularly venomous, even offering understanding about how Obama may have inspired them in 2008 and promised them a new direction for America and its politics. The pitch (and the message discipline) produced a reasonable tone and approach, one that tended to ask for unity rather than make a strident base-appeal rally.
Now contrast that with the abortion-palooza that’s the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
“I have NEVER heard this much about abortion as in that hall last night…” That’s according to Melinda Henneberger, who writes the "She the People" column for the Washington Post. She was responding to a post Matt Lewis wrote in which he argued that Democrats risk turning off undecided voters if their convention turns into “abortion-palooza.”
Even liberal columnist Margaret Carlson recently wrote on Bloomberg, “I hate to bring up abortion during the Democrats’ festivities, which are going so swimmingly, but I have a question. Why has the party removed the sentence ‘Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare’ from its platform? It was in the 2004 document but not in 2008’s or this year’s. Can’t Democrats just throw a crumb to the many millions who are pro-choice but not pro-abortion?” (Btw: kudos to Carlson for pointing out the difference).
There’s no doubt that one of the key demographics the Obama campaign is counting on come November is women and are keeping up the disingenuous “War on Women” rhetoric to scare more and more women voters into their corner. It’s also why they’re still trying to keep Sandra Fluke (remember her?) fresh in everyone’s minds.
But the entire convention is turning into a primal scream on abortion and contraception. Don’t be surprised if swing voters feel repelled by the spectacle. They may be breaking up with more than just Obama by the end of this week.
6:12 p.m. PolicyMic pundit Daniel Cetina is also covering tonight's big DNC finale live. Here's a snippet from his blog:
Mitt Romney, who has been holed up at a campaign retreat preparing for the fall debates, toldCNN he does not plan to watch President Obama's speech tonight.
Back at the DNC, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), who is not seeking reelection this year, called Mitt Romney "Myth" Romney for his inconsistent record and blasted the challenger for intending to repeat "failed policies" of the past.
Follow Cetina @ his blog here for some great updates.
4:34 p.m. It's like the '90s all over again, with news outlets all but swooning over Bill Clinton's speech last night at the Democratic National Convention—and the rave reviews come a day after the journalistic standing ovation for Michelle Obama's highly personal speech. As President Obama prepares to take the stage tonight, The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz asks whether pundits are going soft on the Democrats.
4:29 p.m. Obama regrets moving his speech inside: From USA Today: President Obama expressed regret to supporters who will be shut out from his acceptance speech because of the change in venue.
The decision was made Wednesday to move Obama's speech from the 74,000-seat Bank of American Stadium to the 20,000-capacity Time Warner Arena, because of concerns about severe weather.
Republicans have suggested that the Obama campaign decided to move the speech out of fear that they wouldn't be able to fill all the seats. But Obama campaign spokesmen said on Wednesday that the entire stadium would have been filled, and 19,000 more people were on a waiting list.
4:00 p.m. Will the Obama Speech Be Better Than the Clinton Speech? Elliot Friar has the answer: Former President Bill Clinton rocked the house last night at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. Thousands gave multiple standing ovations during Clinton’s almost 50 minute- long speech that is being regarded by some as one of the best convention speeches of all time.
This came just one night after First Lady Michelle Obama gave an incredibly amazing and powerful speech. Tonight, the final speech of the DNC will take place. And the speaker is President Barack Obama.
But, will President Obama match the excitement from President Clinton’s long, powerful … conversation? I call it a conversation because that’s exactly what it was. Bill Clinton’s speaking style is to not just speak, but to have an interactive discussion with the audience regarding actual details of policies. Clinton said “listen up” or “this is serious” numerous times last night before invalidating claims by the opposing GOP campaign. One who is giving a speech to an audience doesn’t do that. President Obama doesn’t do that, at least during a formal speech. It’s the former president’s personal style. And it worked.
It’s a story that hasn’t made me the most conventional candidate. But it is a story that has seared into my genetic makeup the idea that this nation is more than the sum of its parts – that out of many, we are truly one. – Barack Obama, A More Perfect Union
He will form his words into a train of poetic movement and flow. He will speak softly, raise his voice and pause with perfect timing. Without getting into the wonky policy talk, he’ll produce his record in a less arrogant manor than Mitt Romney. He’s personable. He’s eloquent. He’s going to, for the third night in a row, energize the Democratic base and lead his party through the last, most intense leg of this election year.
1:31 p.m. The official schedule of speakers has not been released by the DNC.
But we do have a rough outline.
President Barack Obama is expected to take the stage in front of a crowd of thousands on at 10 p.m. EDT on Thursday night to accept his party's nomination-an event plenty of local residents plan to watch at local viewing parties.
Vice President Joe Biden is expected to speak shortly before him (expect “gaffe” to trend of Twitter).
Soon to retire Congressman Barney Frank should speak sometime before Biden.
Then add in the group being referred to as “Obama’s angels” — the answer to the Republicans pulling Clint Eastwood on stage, a celebrity appearance from actresses Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Kerry Washington. The three women are scheduled to speak on Thursday evening. Washington, Portman, and Johansson represent a demographic that the Obama camp is hoping to win by a dramatic margin: women and the youth vote. The three women are also ethnically diverse with Johansson and Portman both white, and Washington African-American. Portman also has strong ties to her birth country, Israel. Sources say that the trio of women will come on stage together.
Obama’s speech will be indoors, which was not the original plan.
Due to severe Charlotte weather forecasts, President Obama's prime-time Thursday night convention speech has been moved from the Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena. The Obama campaign had hoped to relive the glory of the 2008 campaign by drawing 75,000 people to the outdoor stadium speech.
The president was set to deliver his speech as an open-air affair at Bank of America Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. But a threat of thunderstorms prompted convention planners to move the event indoors to the convention arena that has hosted the first two nights of the program.
That means a much smaller audience, but also a more intimate setting that could heighten the sense of excitement for those watching at home.
PolicyMicwill be covering all events, speeches, moments, and speakers live! Check back in for full details.
Wednesday Recap: Bill Clinton DNC 2012 Speech Was Far From a Ramble, Clinton Shows He Still Has Magic: PM Pundit Dan Cetina reports:
Day two of the 2012 Democratic National Convention (DNC) boasted an impressive array of speakers, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senatorial candidate Elizabeth Warren, and DNC Chairman and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. But the expectations were high and anticipation palpable for former President Bill Clinton’s speech that concluded the night’s events.
Tuesday night’s speakers were hard to follow: keynote speaker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro poignantly described his grandmother’s immigrant journey from Mexico to America; Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick absolutely enthused the crowd with zealous endorsements of President Barack Obama and scathing condemnations of GOP challenger Mitt Romney; and First Lady Michelle Obama was alternately sharp, relatable, funny, and passionate as she sought to bolster her husband’s appeal to the middle class with the delivery of a highly personal story about her husband’s past as an ambitious young leader and advocate for the American people.
Yet even with the thrills of the previous night, Clinton still managed to deliver what was arguably the best oration thus far.
Though some have criticized the speech for devolving into a ramble and dealing too heavily with esoteric policy matters, it was exactly what the DNC needed.
Clinton, the most popular living ex-president, was true to form: a little off-the-cuff and easy to understand, yet willing to shoot straight and discuss complex issues affecting the entire country. While touching almost every major campaign talking point – jobs, the auto industry, congressional gridlock, energy, college costs, health care, the future of the economy – Clinton both bolstered the incumbent’s credibility and undermined the challenger’s with patently Clintonian subtly and humor.
Most importantly, his speech was a necessarily detailed articulation of many Obama policies. Casually eschewing partisan campaign rhetoric for the simple fact that he can, Clinton nevertheless explained the policies behind such legislation as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and clarified certain Republican attacks against Obama, including the infamous and erroneous welfare attack.
In short: he lauded and explained and clarified all while wowing the crowd.
Far from losing his audience, Clinton commanded his listeners’ attention. He made the best case for a second Obama term to date. He showed he hasn’t lost his magic touch. And he may have just worked wonders on Democrats and independents alike.
See Bill Clinton's full DNC speech below.
Wednesday Recap: ICYMI, This Really Was An Outrageous Moment at the DNC: PMPundit Robert Taylor reports:
It took less than 24 hours after the Democrats kicked off their convention this week in Charlotte to have their "Ron Paul moment."
After facing criticism from conservatives and Republicans concerning the Democrats' decision to remove "God" and blind acquiesence to Israel from their party platform, the Democrats held a "vote" on the convention floor. After three calls on whether to amend the platform in which the "nayes" clearly outweighed the affirmitive votes, the DNC approved the changes anyway.
It was a truly chilling moment, and the speaker clearly looked nervous as he ignored the democratic desires of the delegates and their loud boos.
As Zerohedge and PolicyMic's John Giokaris reported earlier, this was eerily reminiscent to how the Republicans treated the Ron Paul delegates (and as a matter fact, any grassroots influence in the party) during last week's convention. This couldn't be a more accurate description. I've written frequently about the GOP and how they treated Ron Paul not just last week but throughout his entire presidential campaign and his entire tenure in Congress, and it appears that liberals are beginning to feel a similar sting.
These latest shenanigans from the Democrats help further prove that it's not just the Republicans that are openly hostile to any grassroots movement within their party and should be a wake-up call to progressives and liberals to finally abandon a Democrat Party that has time after time failed to represent them.
The DNC, like the RNC, is playing out to be a dissent-free, carefully scripted coronation of the president. And while the speakers try to differentiate their party from the Republicans and create a false caricature of them to scare loyal liberals into voting for the lesser of two evils, the DNC has so far been predictably absent of any substantial discussion of Obama's record, his policies, and why any honest progressive (or anyone!) should support the president. Attacking the other side, no matter how similar their policies may actually be, is not a fiery rallying cry but the signs of a party desperate to stay in power.
While the media and the rest of the country fawned over Michelle Obama's speech, and Senator Harry Reid once again attacked Mitt Romney over his tax returns and financial records, Obama has been given a free pass and a blank check to sell out his base ... the same base that loudly rejected the platform changes on the convention floor last night.
Just this week, Obama scolded the press for daring to actually report the truth about comments he made last Sunday at a campaign stop in Boulder, Colorado. Obama told the crowd that he would remove all U.S. combat troops out of Afghanistan by 2014 despite the fact that he was in Afghanistan earlier this year to sign a deal to keep U.S. troops there until 2024. When this "off-script" comment was reported, the White House press secretary disavowed the comments, claiming Obama "never said" that in Boulder. Obama directly lied to his swooning base in order to woo them and then had Carney pretend like it never happened. And it's not like the Republicans, who think Obama is some sort of weak peacenick, will call him on it!
Just think about it for a second. For an honest progressive, or even a moderate liberal, who claims to value peace and civil liberties, what do Obama and the Democrats offer other than fearmongering that their Republican "opposition" will be worse? In just under one term, Obama has escalated the war in Afghanistan, launched wars — including hundreds of drone strikes — inLibya, Somalia, Yemen, and Pakistan, is intervening in Syria, has repeatedly threatened and sanctioned Iran, has been aggressively prosecuting medical marijuana facilities across the country, claims the right to assassinate and detain U.S. citizens without trial, brags about his personal "kill list," and has deported more immigrants than President George W. Bush did in two terms. And this is the Democratic ticket?
Will there be any mention of these policies at the DNC or by the president himself? Judging by how the Democratic delegates were openly snubbed and ignored by the party elites during the platform vote, I doubt it.
Just like conservatives and libertarians should look beyond the crooked Republicans for the future of their movement, any attempt by progressives to influence the Democrat Party will likely be just as futile. Instead, this would be an opportune time for a radical realignment shift in American politics, a unification of libertarians and the grassroots Right and Left as the party of the Bill of Rights and decentralized government against the Obama-Romney extremist center of war, debt, and an encroaching police state.
Millions of Ron Paul supporters have wisely walked away from the GOP, and here's hoping that this latest act of disdain for their party's supposed base is the straw that breaks liberals' support for a corrupt, and fundamentally unliberal, Democrat Party.