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HISTORICAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK - "Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ABRAHAM LINCOLN

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION DAY 1 - A FLOP

The Democratic Convention began in earnest at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado and I must say if day one is an example of the rest of the week then this Convention is not going to help the Dems in the least and may actually hinder any chance they have come November.

I have never been one to agree with former Clintonite James Carville who is now a CNN political analyst but he did have the quote of the evening and it is one that I agree with. In fact while watching the Fox News coverage, his quote was actually mentioned several times by Fox contributors. Carville's take on day 1: "Well if this party has a message it has done a hell of a job of hiding it tonight I promise you that."

One of the purposes of a Convention, other than nominating, a candidate is to use the very partisan setting as a means to get that parties message to the people in a grand a sensational format. The Dems had no message last night and the one they were trying to claim that they were attempting failed completely.

The theme was "One Nation." No where in the coverage I watched was the idea of ," One Nation," ever given. But I will admit I did not watch the entire coverage because I can only stomach only so much Democrat rhetoric.

Nancy Pelosi was the first main speaker and judging by her performance last night she should stick to writing and selling, (sort of), books because she is better at being an author than a speaker! And we all know how she failed as an author. Even the crowd who was in the Pepsi Center paid no attention to her.

Next on the podium was Jimmy Carter.....yawn. That is about all I have to say about that. I will admit that the surprise visit by the ailing Senator Ted Kennedy was a touching moment considering that being only weeks removed from brain tumor surgery with a very dire prognoses for recovery was a memorable moment. I do not like his politics but wish him the best during this terrible time for both he and the Kennedy's.

But even Teddy was not original plagiarising JFK's historic line from the 1961 Inaugural speech were Kennedy said, "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans." JFK referenced this to his generation and Ted plagiarized it in trying to make a comparison with Barack Obama. Give me a break!

Then the magic moment came, ( all sarcasm intended), Michelle Obama took the podium. The goal of her speech was to create a different view of her. To erase the view by most that she is an elitist who makes controversial statements like, "being proud of her country for the first time in her adult life, " because her husband was running for President.

She was to portray the devoted daughter, loving wife and mother image. What I saw was a scripted narration about her life which moved into a litany of how Obama would bring everything to everyone. Not once did this, "loving," wife ever refer to Barack with the word husband but always by his name. Very intimate aren't they .

The last effort of the night was a video link between the Obama family and the candidate on the campaign trail. The link was from a backers house in Kansas City, Missouri. Barack asked the kids how did , "mommy do," and the kids replied , "good." Oh, sooooo touching. I did get a kick out of Obama saying he was in St. Louis and his younger daughter asking him, " where he was, " in a correcting manner to which he replied, Kansas City. Hmmmm the messiah didn't know where he was.

Many pundits deemed this first night in Denver a waste. To those pundits I add my whole hearted agreement. Now on to the back to back Clintons and there take over of the Convention. The war begins!

Ken Taylor

12 Comments:

Blogger Rob said...

Ken, not surprisingly, we don't agree.

There are three main goals for the convention.

1. Make people more comfortable with Obama.

2. Show the very real differences between Obama and McCain in terms of policy.

3. Lay out the vision for the future.

Last night was clearly for to address the first item. Tonight and tomorrow will be focused on the second item. The third will start tomorrow but culiminate on Thursday night when Obama speaks in front of the huge crowd.

Quite frankly, the convention is not targeted to you - you aren't going to change your mind. It is for Dems to get behind their candidate and for independents who aren't sure who Obama is (personally) or what he offers that is different than McCain.

You cannot achieve all three goals in one night - that is why the convention is 4 nights. We'll see at the end of the convention whether it was successful or not.

Giving a grade after one night is like watching for first half hour of a movie and then deciding whether it is good or not without watching the last hour and a half.

12:04 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger Gayle said...

No surprise, Ken, but I do agree with you.

Rob, I do believe Obama wants to bring the Democrats together. That isn't happening. If you want proof of how the far left liberals feel about Obama picking Biden for VP, there is proof on my blog. You raise a good point about not deciding on the outcome until we have watched the entire thing, and I give you that point. But a problem remains and I doubt any convention is going to change it. Obama turns off the far left by patronizing the moderates and turns off the moderates by patronizing the far left. Can he bring the two together? Not without some sort of magic. Then there are the PUMA's. Hillary is going to try to change their minds. Time will tell whether she succeeds or not, but I doubt that too. Still... we shall wait and see. They remember Hillary saying that McCain has far more experience than Obama. People just aren't that stupid. They know this is a deal made between Hillary and Obama. I don't believe for one minute that Hillary really wants Obama to be the next president. I also know what I believe isn't important. Again, we shall see. A new Rasmussen poll has it that Obama has lost 3 points in their poll since the convention opened. Whatever happens, that probably isn't a good sign for the Dems.

Ken, I know what you mean regarding only being able to listen to so much Democratic rhetoric. I couldn't listen to Michelle's speech. I entertained myself on You Tube instead. I'm going to try to listen to Hillary tonight. I don't know if I can get past the first five minutes, but I'll give it a shot. :)

2:16 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger Gayle said...

I just finished listening (and commenting) on your radio show. Great job! I don't know how you can talk for 30 minutes by yourself, but you're a natural for the radio.

3:31 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Thanks Gayle. I was in radio for about eight in the eighties!

3:36 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

eight years that is

3:36 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger The Liberal Lie The Conservative Truth said...

Rob, I realize that giving a full pass or fail grade after only one night is not feasable but for what they wanted to accomplish last night and following their theme they completely failed.

I know I am biased against the Obama's but last night she did looked very scripted and insincere,.

I have also heard numerous pundits who are not biased and even liberal that agree with my assesment.

The first night is also supposed to be a night to capture an audience for the week and that to failed because other than her speach the ratings were very low!

3:42 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger Rob said...

I don't understand your last point. I haven't seen anything on the TV ratings, but if the ratings grew and were high for Michelle, it was a successful night - she certainly made no mistakes last night.

I will say this, whoever did the scheduling for the Dem convention did a much, much better job than for the Republicans. Obama will speak in front of a huge crowd, laying out his vision for America on the anniversary of MLK's "I have a dream speech."

McCain is going to deliver his message next Thursday night on opening night of the NFL season. It is virtually a certainty that more people will watch the Giants-Redskins game than will watch McCain give one of his lackluster speeches. In fact, I believe that the game is on NBC and I would be surprised if they pre-empted the game to show McCain.

3:59 PM, August 26, 2008  
Blogger Mike's America said...

Rob: Listen to Gayle. You might learn something.

Tuesday's Gallup tracking poll had McCain up by two points. That's the first time that has happened. Certainly no bounce at all from the pick of Biden as Obama's V.P.

Too early to see what kind of bounce the Dems will get from their convention, but it doesn't look like it will amount to much.

Carville's right. There is no message coming out of this convention. It's all confused, just like Rob.

2:13 AM, August 27, 2008  
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