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The Republican Convention was at a definite disadvantage. They went first. Never ideal. They lost a day, thanks to Isaac. And they built their entire convention on a lie. They are running against a figment of their collective imaginations. The Obama who hates success, hates America and hates taking responsibility for the economy. It is an Obama as nonexistent as the straw man floating above Clint Eastwood’s empty chair.

The Democrats, by contrast, are building their convention on Obama’s record and agenda: expanding opportunity. Equal pay for equal work, equal access to healthcare, Pell grants for greater college opportunity, the rescue of jobs tied to the US auto industry and the overturning of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell so homosexuals can openly fight for the country they love. These are accomplishments that move the country forward. And accomplishments tend to make for better speeches than trumped up fear mongering.  But what was striking about the first night of the Democratic convention was the unbridled patriotism of it all. The Democrats’ love of country is positively passionate! Just as the Republicans tried to build an entire convention around a gaffe in an Obama speech, this convention is taking Romney’s premise that the best we have felt about Obama was the day we cast our vote for him and deftly turned it on its head. The Democrats feel just fine about Obama. And some seem as smitten with him as the First Lady, who, as it turns out, may be the best orator in the Obama household.

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  1. I agree that the Republicans had a disadvantage in going first and the delay from the hurricane, and I thought the speeches on the first night of the Democratic convention were very good. However, they were chocked full of lies and deception. Those speeches and the rhetoric about Dems loving America (while taking every opportunity to call her dirty names and act in the best interest of her enemies) will make the 30% of Americans who are die hard Democrats feel even better about their blind following. But the rest of America will compare the lefts rhetoric with what they’ve done the last four years. And this does not bear well for the left. On another note, I’ve noticed that the Dems are making a particularly strong emphasis on social issues in their convention. This strikes me as odd, as every Democratic strategist has repeatedly repeated George Stephanopolus’ line of “It’s the economy, stupid,” and the left has been adamant about trying to get the right to make it about social issues. Dems have already lost some black voters to their adamant stance on homosexual marriage (mostly Christian ones) and if their extremist positions on abortion are made more well known, it will only hurt them. I did think a lot of what the Dems talked about *sounded* good, if only money grew on trees. I too would like to give every American free health care, and a house, and a car, and diamonds, and free food, and….. The failure of Dems to see the light on these seems to be summed up with a four letter word….”MATH”

  2. Unlike the Republican Convention, which was a one act play in three redundant acts, I suspect the Democratic convention will be more nuanced with each night building upon the next. If you are wondering how Obama plays for his policies, the answer so clear that I’d think a Republican should know it by heart. It’s what we call revenue and you call taxes. You see, Democrats actually love successful companies and individuals. That’s where we get our funding for social programs and an effective military. Their pocketbooks.

    • I’m anxious for the debates. I get the one sided views of both liberals and conservatives all the time. I want to hear a candidate have to defend his position instead of spouting whatever he wants to. I miss Crossfire. Do you remember that show?

  3. One Great Big Colorful Lie

    From Joel B. Pollack at Breitbart News: FACT CHECK: FIRST LADY’S FALSE FAIRY TALE OF STRUGGLE…

    “First Lady Michelle Obama’s pitch to voters last night relied on the premise that she and her husband understand what it is to struggle to make ends meet. She spoke movingly about their early years–about how a young Barack Obama drove a car that was “rusted out” and found his furniture “in a dumpster,” how they both came from families that had to “scrape by.” Her fairy tale–however well-delivered–was one great, big, colorful lie.
    Both Michelle Robinson and Barack Obama began their adult lives with a leg up on the rest of America. They attended elite schools: Michelle went to Whitney Young, the public magnet school for Chicago’s upper class, while Barack attended Punahou, the private prep school for the top stratum of Hawaiian society. They were accepted to Ivy League schools despite undistinguished credentials, and both attended Harvard Law School.

    “[B]elieve it or not, when we were first married, our combined monthly student loan bills were actually higher than our mortgage,” Michelle said. That sounds like a raw deal–but in fact reflects their fortunate circumstances. They had both just graduated from a very expensive law school, and their combined income from cushy law firm jobs dwarfed the repayments. Barack also soon enjoyed a second salary from the University of Chicago.

    They had expensive tastes, reflected in the $277,500 two-bedroom condo they bought in 1993–a high price even by today’s standards. Several years later, they moved into their $1.65 million mansion in Hyde Park–with the help of fraudster Tony Rezko. Barack often told a story of hardship on the campaign trail in 2008 about having his credit card declined–once. The fact that he thought this counted as real hardship speaks volumes.

    As her husband moved onto the national political stage, Michelle Obama began to enjoy a lavish lifestyle at taxpayer expense, directly and indirectly. When Barack Obama was elected to the U.S. Senate, he obtained a $1 million earmark for the University of Chicago Hospital–and his wife’s salary as Vice President for Community Affairs jumped from $121,910 to $316,962. Her job: pushing poor, uninsured patients to other hospitals.

    As First Lady, Michelle Obama has lived high on the hog while the rest of the country has suffered through an extraordinary recession. In 2010, she and her entourage decamped to Spain for a lavish vacation. That summer, the Obamas encouraged Americans to visit the Gulf coast after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which threatened tourism in the region. They promptly jetted off to Maine for their own summer holiday.

    This summer, the Obamas skipped their usual summer trip to the wealthy playground of Martha’s Vineyard–months after Michelle and her daughters had enjoyed an expensive winter skiing trip in Aspen. And, of course, there are the frequent pilgrimages to Hawaii, Some of their family’s comfort, of course, comes from private income, principally Barack Obama’s book sales–yet even that wealth is a spin-off of Obama’s political career.

    If, as the Democrats eagerly pointing out, Mitt Romney enjoyed the privilege of private wealth, the Obamas have enjoyed privilege funded by public money and public life. And until entering the national spotlight, they gave little to charity, contributing instead to a church that preached racial grievance. “[T]ruth matters,” Michelle Obama told the nation last night. That, too, is a lie–because so far, she has evaded it without consequence.”

  4. Wow, Brian! Look who hates success, now:)


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