Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC


I don't know if party politics is supposed to be a zero sum game, where each side gets something it wants and reaches a consensus to ignore the rest, but I have seen that in the hearts of many Bernie Sanders delegates at the Democratic National Convention, last week, there was a feeling of being… Continue reading Alienation, silence and revolution at the DNC

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A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won


There is a two part movie analogy to what took place at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, North Carolina, last week. One is the the trial drama, where the parade of witnesses for the defense - and the incumbent is always on the defense - testify to the jury of voters, and validate allegiance… Continue reading A verdict to be rendered, votes to be gathered, victory to be won

Cooperation and the Clinton effect


Why is it that a Bill Clinton speech can soften Republican hearts when President Obama hardens them so much? Alex Castellanos, a Republican operator who offers his side's commentary for CNN's political coverage, told viewers, after watching President Clinton's nomination speech, Wednesday night, "...tonight when everybody leaves, lock the doors. You don't have to come… Continue reading Cooperation and the Clinton effect

Jerusalem, God amendments to Democratic platform added on close vote


In what can easily be described as an uncomfortable three minutes for the Democratic National Convention, its chairman, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, was forced to take three, apparently close, voice votes from the delegates in Charlotte,  to amend the party's platform, Wednesday, to include mentioning God and affirming the party's belief in Jerusalem as… Continue reading Jerusalem, God amendments to Democratic platform added on close vote

Reproductive rights not Sandra Fluke’s only passion


Sandra Fluke's accidental celebrity, this year, may have come about over a Capitol Hill clash on women's reproductive rights, and an unworthy epithet hurled at her from a right wing radio blowhard, but when she takes the podium, Wednesday night, at the Democratic National Convention, in Charlotte, she is going to reveal to the country… Continue reading Reproductive rights not Sandra Fluke’s only passion

Democrats say value in American Dream is in who you are


One of the earliest speeches to the delegates of the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday evening, came from a man in a white cowboy hat - Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar. It kind of set the theme for the night."Barack Obama has lived the American Dream," he said. "He has walked in our shoes." Talking… Continue reading Democrats say value in American Dream is in who you are

Democrat platform – familiar themes and contrasts, plus the wonky bits


As a policy document, one could get lost in the weeds about NATO, North Korea and loose nukes, but the wonky bits in the 2012 Democratic National Platform don't start until halfway through the forty page document. The first twenty pages of the platform, which the party will approve at their convention in Charlotte, Tuesday… Continue reading Democrat platform – familiar themes and contrasts, plus the wonky bits

Yes, the Democrats have a Southern Strategy, of sorts


"We are thrilled to have the Democratic National Convention here, thrilled to have our party fighting for the South." - Charlotte, North Carolina, Mayor Anthony Foxx, in a statement welcoming the media to his hometown, September 3, 2012 Mayor Foxx called the Democrats' mobilizing in North Carolina, "a ripple effect," because, "we border Virginia, and… Continue reading Yes, the Democrats have a Southern Strategy, of sorts

Open, accessible and diverse, versus secret, exclusive and white


Flip the coin over. The Democrats in Charlotte are planning what they consider a kind of antithesis of what the Republicans just did in Tampa, and, they believe, it's as much about population and platform as it is about publicizing policy. “I think it's a little different than the Republicans,” offered Los Angeles Mayor Antonio… Continue reading Open, accessible and diverse, versus secret, exclusive and white

History as caricature – Republicans selling malaise like it’s 1979


"[O]n issue after issue, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan want to go backwards." -President Obama, Boulder, Colorado, September 2, 2012 The Republicans want you to be morose, sad and resigned. One of the themes that emerged from the Republican National Convention, in Tampa, last week, was how sad are the times, how disappointing is the economy,… Continue reading History as caricature – Republicans selling malaise like it’s 1979