Something went wrong at the Democratic National Convention yesterday. Due to a change in the weather forecast, they will have to move the final day inside, and thousands of people will be unable to see Barack Obama and Joe Biden speak. I understand their desire to win North Carolina, but I have to say that the Democrats really blew it, when they scheduled the convention in a right-to-work, aka right-to-screw-workers, state in an open air stadium, in the middle of thunderstorm season. Isn’t there a swing state with unions and a dome? That said, that’s the only bad thing I have to say about the convention. On day two, the speakers performed infinitely better than their Republican counterparts. Sandra Fluke, Elizabeth Warren and Bill Clinton combined for a triple play. Here’s complete coverage.
Attorney and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke is sounding dire warnings at the Democratic National Convention on a range of health issues if the GOP wins the White House.
Fluke inadvertently gained notoriety when talk show host Rush Limbaugh spoke disparagingly of her testimony to congressional Democrats. He subsequently apologized. She had called for requiring her college health plan to cover her birth control.
Fluke referred to Limbaugh’s comments about her during her Wednesday night address.
She said the future could bring a president who won’t stand up to extreme voices in his own party, or it could bring one where women can’t be charged more than men for the same health coverage… [emphasis added]
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Actually she went much further documenting the Republican war on woman and Democratic support for women’s rights. Here’s the complete video.
If you prefer, here is the complete text of Sandra Fluke’s DNC speech.
As hard as it was to top that performance, Elizabeth Warren did.
Elizabeth Warren, the White House consumer-protection adviser now running for a U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, ripped into the tax plan put out by Mitt Romney, the state’s former governor, at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night.
"He wants to give tax cuts to millionaires and billionaires," said Warren, a former Harvard law professor who served as the Senate watchdog over the 2008 bank bailout. "But for middle-class families who are hanging on by their fingernails? His plans will hammer them with a new tax hike of up to $2,000."
That’s a lot of money to average folks, so let’s take a closer look….
…The $2000 "tax hike" figure that Warren cites is grounded in a third-party analysis that Romney has criticized, but one the authors stand by. The authors also note that their calculations are not precise because they lack some specifics of Romney’s plan.
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Actually she went a lot further in documenting the differences between Republican failed top-down economic policy and Democratic middle-out economic policy. Here’s the complete video.
If you prefer, here is the complete text of Elizabeth Warren’s DNC speech.
Next up was former President Bill Clinton.
Former President Bill Clinton and President Obama hugged onstage Wednesday night after Mr. Clinton delivered an impassioned plea on behalf of Mr. Obama’s re-election, the 42nd president nominating the 44th to a second term with a forceful and spirited argument that Democratic values would restore the promise of the middle class.
The former president delivered a point-by-point rebuttal of the arguments made during the Republican National Convention last week, warning against Republicans taking back the White House and declaring, “We can’t let it happen.”
He offered an equally detailed affirmative case for the re-election of Mr. Obama, saying there was no question the country was in a better position than it was four years ago.
“We simply cannot afford to give the reins of government to someone who will double down on trickle down,” Mr. Clinton said, repeatedly bringing the crowd at the Democratic convention to its feet… [emphasis added]
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I understand he had the teleprompter operator’s panties bunched tighter than John “Agent Orange” Boehner is during happy hour, because he spent more time off script than on, but the effect was magnificent. Here’s the complete video.
If you prefer, here is the complete text to Bill Clinton’s DNC speech.
All things considered, the Democratic National Convention to date is as complete a success as the Republican was a failure. Tonight it will be a tall order for Joe Biden and Barack Obama to measure up the what has gone before. Nevertheless, I’m confident that that they will. The big difference between the two conventions is that enthusiasm is far more natural and far more contagious when the speakers really believe what they are saying.