Democrats’ convention

The Stark Backdrop to the Democrats’ God Fiasco

Featured image The Democrats’ serial bungling of the “God” and “Jerusalem” issues is being universally derided as an unforced error. And, of course it was. But it was not an error that occurred in a vacuum. On the contrary, these events–dropping any reference to God from the party’s platform, and refusing, in effect, to identify Jerusalem with Judeo-Christian history, followed by the spectacle of a majority of delegates voting against reinstating God »

Chronicles of Ineptitude, DNC Supplemental

Featured image This really is one of those Shatneresque “Captain’s log—supplemental” moments.  I had no idea when I was writing up my Chronicles of Ineptitude notice yesterday on the Fluke fluke that the DNC was exceeding even my lowest expectations in real time, with their ham-handed handling of the platform references to Jerusalem and God.  It was obvious from the voice vote that there was nowhere near a two-thirds majority in favor »

Bill Clinton puts Bill Clinton first

Featured image In theory, the highest and best use of Bill Clinton last night would have been a full-throated defense of President Obama’s first term, including an explanation of how this “yes we can” president turned the economy around and ushered in a new era of prosperity. But that speech was never an option. Even the most hack Democrat partisans aren’t going there. The next best speech would have been a ringing »

A house divided

Featured image The media report that Democrats amended their platform yesterday to restore mention of “God” and recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (despite Obama administration policy to the contrary). But that’s not quite accurate. The delegates audibly voted against God and Jerusalem three times (video below). But why? You have to wonder. Was it something He said? UPDATE: Abe Greenwald takes a serious look at the boos. »

Clinton’s intemperate address

Featured image Bill Clinton’s stemwinder of a speech supporting President Obama at the DNC last night provided the unexpected twist or two that some pundits had led us to anticipate. But you had to know how to read it. It was a little like Abraham Lincoln’s Temperance Address of 1842 — a celebration of sobriety in drunken rhetoric that undermines the celebration. Clinton’s support had a satirical edge. In 2008 Obama nicely »

How Is Contraception a Political Issue?

Featured image Sandra Fluke, one of the weirder figures in public life, just spoke at the Democratic Convention. Her speech was mostly incoherent. She appears to be a person of limited intelligence, which is consistent with being 30 years old and still a student. Her signature issue is contraception: she wants you to pay for her birth control. Is she willing to pay for yours? Not clear. I can’t figure that out. »

News Flash: Obama Approved Democratic Platform

Featured image Earlier today, President Obama demanded that the Democratic Party’s platform be amended to include a reference to God and an acknowledgement of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. But moments ago, it came to light that Obama saw and approved the original version of the platform, which deleted all references to the Deity, eliminated the description of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and softened references to Hamas. Obama was fine with »

By the Way, What IS the Capital of Israel?

Featured image It has always struck me as bizarre that there should be a debate over what city is the capital of Israel. I think back to my own elementary school days, when we learned the capitals. South Dakota: Pierre. (Pronounced “pier,” not “Pierre,” like a Frenchman’s name.) New Hampshire: Concord. Oklahoma: Oklahoma City. How did we know that Pierre was the capital of South Dakota? This is not a trick question: »

Today’s dose of punishment — live blogging the Democratic convention

Featured image 11:38. Bill Clinton is widely considered to have been a successful president. I would argue that to the extent Clinton was successful, he owed that success in considerable part to his response to the smashing Republican victory in the 1994 congressional elections, a response very different from Obama’s response to 2010. Be that as it may, getting Clinton’s publicly and vehemently expressed “seal of approval” is helpful to Obama. Beyond »

More on God and Jerusalem

Featured image Politico reports that President Obama personally demanded that the Democrats’ platform be amended to bring back references to God and to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (funny, because until now neither Obama nor his spokesmen could figure out where Israel’s capital is). The motion to amend was voted down by the delegates twice, and on the third vote the chairman announced that the motion to amend the platform had »

Pro-Choice Dems? Oh Yeah?

Featured image So Democrats are pro-choice, right?  Well, except on everything else besides abortion, where they are resolutely pro-coercion, as this splendid video from our friends at ReasonTV shows: So let’s see: you can choose to have an abortion, but you can’t be allowed to choose a 16-ounce bottle of soda.  Got it. Still waiting to hear the Democrats talk about freedom down in Charlotte. . . »

Caught on Jerusalem, Dems Backtrack [UPDATE: They Bring God Back Too, as Delegates Boo]

Featured image As we noted here, this year’s Democratic Party platform contained significant policy changes on the Middle East, abandoning any reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and going soft on Hamas. Apparently the Dems thought no one would notice. Now, stung by the criticism they have received, the Dems are beating a retreat. NBC reports that the Democrats will reinstate support for Jerusalem aas Israel’s capital in their platform »

Chronicles of Ineptitude, Special DNC Edition

Featured image So we know Sandra Fluke thinks free contraception should be a fundamental right (paid for by someone else, of course), but guess what else she thinks should be a taxpayer-funded right: sex-change operations.  From The Daily Caller: In an academic article published last year, contraception advocate Sandra Fluke made the case that private health insurers should be required to pay for sex change operations. Fluke and co-editor Karen Hu advocated »

A tale of two conventions

Featured image Barack Obama says, correctly, that this election offers the American public a stark choice with respect to policy and national direction. So far, the two political conventions also present clear differences in approach. The Republican Convention was, in some ways, an understated affair. The Party devoted huge amounts of time attempting to show how nice Republicans are, especially when it comes to woman and Hispanics. This time could have been »

Blabbermouth busted

Featured image The Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein reported that Democratic National Committee Chairman (and Rep.) Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the following at a convention session on selling Obama to Jewish voters on Monday: “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.” Schultz’s statement elicited a definitive denial from Ambassador Oren. Asked about her statement on Fox News »

The Dems double down on leftism

Featured image I live watched the first night of the Dems’ Convention so you wouldn’t have to. Of course, you don’t have to read my live-bloging of the proceedings either. Tonight’s festival made for painful viewing. But I was heartened by this fact: the Dems doubled-down on their key positions — e.g., abortion, gay marriage, Obamacare, and the primacy of the federal government. Since FDR’s time, the Democrats have been a party »

Live blogging the DNC, or as much of it as I can stand

Featured image 7:50. Some Hispanic guy in a cowboy hat just praised Barack Obama as a man of humble origins. Pretentious origins would be more like it. But I guess only the Dems are allowed to talk about Obama’s origins. 7:55. Now the Dems are doing their Ted Kennedy tribute. Kennedy’s coattails weren’t very long in Massachusetts following his death, and I doubt he can help Obama from the grave. The Dems »