I’ve had the weekend after the Democrat Convention to roll things over in my mind, and I’ve come to what I believe is the only rational conclusion: that it was a huge win ……for the Republicans.
Yes, you heard me right.
If you’re a political junkie like yours-truly, you’ve been hearing what a masterful, splendiferous, super-duper week it was for the Democrats. But let’s be honest: everyone knew going into DNC week that, regardless of WHAT actually happened, the ‘Praetorian Press’ would hail the event as a success. It was equally understood that during the preceding week’s Republican’s convention, Romney and Ryan could have given their speeches while walking on water and simultaneously pulling fully assembled Chevy Volts out of their ears, and they’d still be derided in the press as banal.
That said, we got a decent glimpse of both parties during the fortnight, and the Dems would be wise to be concerned for several reasons.
1) In Charlotte, seemingly every speaker appeared to be sponsored by
Abortions ‘R Us Planned Parenthood. Even Cokie Roberts (who is never the conservative part of ANY panel) not only noticed it on Sunday’s ‘This Week’, but observed that it was “over the top”. In fact, 25 Democrat speakers managed to work in a reference to abortion, even though practically everyone assiduously managed too avoid using the actual ‘A’ word. They used a “woman’s right to choose” and even “women’s reproductive health”, among others; I was half expecting them to start referring to it as the “practice-which-shall-not-be-named”, Harry Potter-style.
2) The old Liberal mainstay of TOLERANCE was shown to be a total sham with the videotaped booing of either God, Jerusalem or at least 50% of the delegates’ intolerance being blatantly ignored… or quite possibly all three. That video needs to be shown to every Independent and every Democrat in the country. The liberal press will try to sweep it under the rug as fast as they can, but I predict that video will be repeated incessantly for the next 8 weeks, as it should be.
3) Even more importantly still, more than Biden’s or Obama’s turns at the microphone, or even Bill Clinton’s smooth but dishonest soliloquy, we were treated to Sandra “Free Condoms” Fluke. Mark Steyn covered her address in his column, perfectly as always. From National Review:
“…she [Sandra Fluke] has concluded that the most urgent need facing the Brokest Nation in History is for someone else to pay for the contraception of 30-year-old children. She says the choice facing America is whether to be “a country where we mean it when we talk about personal freedom, or one where that freedom doesn’t apply to our bodies and our voices” — and, even as the words fall leaden from her lips, she doesn’t seem to comprehend that Catholic institutions think their “voices” ought to have freedom, too, or that Obamacare seizes jurisdiction over “our bodies” and has 16,000 new IRS agents ready to fine us for not making arrangements for “our” pancreases and “our” bladders that meet the approval of the commissars.
Sexual liberty, even as every other liberty withers, is all that matters: A middle-school girl is free to get an abortion without parental consent, but if she puts a lemonade stand on her lawn she’ll be fined.
What a bleak and reductive concept of “personal freedom.”
I include Fluke’s appearance as separate from the abortion-palooza because the only reason she was even there was birth control. Her, and the Democrat Party’s, complete lack of perspective as to what’s paramount to Jane Six-pack is stunning yet revealing. When added to the cornucopia of abortion boosters, it sends the distinctly unsubtle message that abortion-on-demand is their #1 animating cause.
Do they really think this is the dilemma that haunts most adult women (married & otherwise), who are just trying to afford a mortgage, clothes and food for their family? Is it yours? Abortion 24/7/365 may play well on most college campuses, but the majority of adults have far bigger worries on their minds these days.
4) And lastly, they made their roughly 1000th pitch for the necessity of Obamacare. ***Yawn*** This came off as self-serving and fairly desperate, since it has never polled favorably since its inception. The public made up its mind on O-care long ago; trying to rah-rah it at this point comes off as utterly dishonest, like trying to reassure your child that the foul-tasting medicine actually tastes like bubblegum.
The American public is smarter than this, but the Dems don’t seem to have gotten the memo.
Last week I said that millions of Democrats have no idea what their party’s leaders truly believe, and that they’d be horrified if they discovered that truth.
Based on last week’s alarmingly honest spectacle, I’m even more convinced of that now.
I agree with you, JTR…..and in fact, I’m HAPPY about the ENTIRE Dem Convention last week. They put on full display EXACTLY who they are as a party. I don’t know which was more graphic: Fluck wishing for her extracurricular activities to be on your dime; or the over-the-top booing of including the reference to “God” (where it had ONE mention in the platform: referring to our “God-given” rights).
Hopefully, that vaunted 20% in the middle got a full dose of it and can objectively compare it to what they heard the previous week. Plus, my hopes are for a “few” of the lifelong dems who were shocked at last week’s events to have the shades pulled back from their eyes.
The “empty chair” still loomed over the event…
Actually, I think the Empty Chair would be a better addition to the ticket than either Obama OR Biden.