Democratic Convention stumbles in Democratic fashion; Update: Howard Dean responds

posted at 12:50 pm on July 6, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The woes of the DNC continue in Denver, and even the New York Times has taken notice.  In some ways, it provides an excellent manifestation of Democratic governance.  Underfunded, overspent, and chock-full of unrealistic mandates, the entire enterprise appears on the brink of failure — and Team Obama has six weeks to attempt a rescue:

Some of the Democratic missteps started soon after planning for the event began. The Democratic National Convention Committee decided not to take cheap office space and instead rented top-quality offices in downtown Denver at $100,000 a month, only to need less than half the space, which it then filled with rental furniture at $50,000 a month. And in a costly misstep, the Denver host committee, early on, told corporate donors that their contributions were not tax-deductible, rather than to encourage donations by saying that the tax-exempt application was pending and expected to be approved.

Overly ambitious environmental goals — to turn the event into a “green” convention — have backfired as only three states’ full delegations have so far agreed to participate in the program. Negotiations over where to locate demonstrators remain unsettled with members of the national news media concerned over proposals to locate the demonstrators — with their loud gatherings — next to the media tent.

And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.

For the Democratic Party, the danger is that a poorly run convention, or one that misses the mark financially, will reflect badly on the party and raise questions about Democratic management skills. And more worrisome for the Obama campaign is that it will be left with the bill for overruns or fund-raising shortfalls, and that the candidate will have to compete in raising money against a convention effort desperate for cash.

On the last point, Barack Obama has only himself to blame.  He could have kept his word and accepted the public financing that every major-ticket presidential candidate has used since Watergate, including Obama’s opponent, John McCain.  Instead, Obama abandoned the key part of the political reform he says he supports — and now will have to compete against the DNC and Hillary Clinton for funds among Democrats.

As for the rest, who could have hoped for a better demonstration of Democratic mismanagement?  First, the host committee overspends while at the same time struggled to raise money for the convention.  For a party that rails about deficit spending, they certainly don’t have a problem running up bills they cannot pay. Next, they let the nanny-state extremists in the party dictate the available food, rather than let the delegates and the guests make their own decisions on their diet, driving off private enterprise.  They failed to reckon with the states when dictating environmental requirements, which sounds quite familiar indeed for those opposed to federalist principles.  Most notoriously, they issued eco-friendly specs for fanny packs that demanded a product that didn’t exist.

Best of all, they put the demonstrators next to the media.  Even for Howard Dean, that seems exceedingly stupid.  Did the DNC want the theme of unity to receive the most coverage, or did the committee want demonstrators to get the 24/7 coverage from the national media instead?   And did no one consider the annoyance factor and how it would affect media coverage of the convention?

The convention is shaping up to be a disaster.  They have already had to scale downwards on events, and now reports have the DNC considering a shortened schedule to shave a day off the event.  If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?

Update: Howard Dean and DNCC CEO Leah Daughtry respond to the New York Times by denying practically everything in their report.  Read it all, but here are a couple of highlights:

The New York Times states that “overly ambitious environmental goals” from Convention organizers have backfired, citing a lack of interest from delegates in the effort. That is false. In fact, hundreds of delegates have already signed on to the “Green Delegate Challenge,” and we anticipate recently selected delegates to join in the weeks ahead.

I’m not sure how this rebuts the Times.  The article states that delegates from three states have adopted the pledge, and if those states are California, New York, and Oregon, for instance, that would be “hundreds of delegates”.  The Democrats have over 4400 delegates attending this convention, and having agreement from “hundreds” sounds pretty thin — and they have only seven weeks left to get more to sign the agreement.

The New York Times implies that the Convention has imposed eating restrictions on delegates to the Convention. That is false. Democrats at the Pepsi Center and other official Convention venues can have all the fried goodies they can stomach. Talk of anything to the contrary is just plain silly.

I imagine that the normal concessionaires at the Pepsi Center will sell whatever they want to the attendees, but the DNC doesn’t have any control over that anyway.  The issue is the mandates imposed on the food provided by the DNC during its functions, and the caterers have testified on the record to the DNC’s strange and costly demands.  Dean in his conclusion derides the concerns of Denver and the Times over the color of foods, but it was the DNC’s odd obsession with it that created the interest.

Dean and Daughtry also dispute the Times’ reporting on the costs and lack of funding reported in the article, but they don’t provide any substantiation for their rebuttals.  Nor do they dispute the cancellation of dozens of DNCC events, or explain the cancellation of the media walkthrough last month.  Instead, in somewhat of a non-sequitur, the two proclaim the importance of “prudent budgeting and financial management” in their goals, but never quite say they’ve succeeded at either — which doesn’t address the Times’ reporting on their alleged failure.

Finally, it seems a little ironic that the Democrats would be complaining about unfair reporting in the New York Times.  It’s certainly possible that they’re correct, but Dean and Daughtry do nothing but spin in this response, leaving the central reporting untouched.


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If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?

Ahh, the burning question…

Well, when the Dem nominee is running on nothing more than “hope” and “change”, does the ability to actually run things really need to be taken into consideration?

JetBoy on July 6, 2008 at 12:55 PM

Truly the democrat’s mismangement of their convention will be the turning point in this election!

538 landslide for McCain, here we come!

e-pirate on July 6, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Yeah, but they are doing it for the children…and that’s all that matters in the end, isn’t it.

AUINSC on July 6, 2008 at 12:57 PM

And these people want to run the country and our lives?

rbj on July 6, 2008 at 12:58 PM

I doubt any of these people have ever managed anything in the private sector…

In the public sector this kind of thing is par for the course because the price of failure is typically nothing…or promotion.

It’s only other people’s money after all.

Ares on July 6, 2008 at 1:01 PM

And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.

On this point at least, the Democrats deserve credit. If only the rest of their “progressive” agenda made this much sense!

thuja on July 6, 2008 at 1:02 PM

I’m starting to wonder if the donks can even start a fire properly. I imagine the use of matches or lighters has been made off limits by the greenies, so it’s back to rubbing two sticks together. Ah, well, Denver is usually dry at that time of year.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 1:02 PM

…And Barack Obama’s first decision as presumptive nominee was to keep Howard Dean as DNC Chair. That was followed by his second major decision to name Jim Johnson to head his VP selection committee.

Judgment to Lead??

rockmom on July 6, 2008 at 1:02 PM

The only thing people will remember about the DNC convention will be the 75K screeming fans idolizing Obama in Mile High Stadium. That will be well worth the money.

bnelson44 on July 6, 2008 at 1:03 PM

If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?

Well, they can put dissenters into ‘free speech zones’ aka iron cages at their convention and support giving US protections to terrorists who are in a war to kill civilians and will benefit from our legal system to have their charges dropped on a legal technicality.

wise_man on July 6, 2008 at 1:04 PM

I love reading Dem Convention stories…the incompetence being displayed is simply hilarious.

HawaiiLwyr on July 6, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Negotiations over where to locate demonstrators remain unsettled with members of the national news media concerned over proposals to locate the demonstrators — with their loud gatherings — next to the media tent.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

William Amos on July 6, 2008 at 1:05 PM

So typical of democrats. Grand plans and no money to pay for them. If they can’t manage a convention 4 days in length, how can they possibly expect to run a country for 4 years.

bopbottle on July 6, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Still, I’d be surprised if this had any fallout in the elections up or down the ticket.

Attila (Pillage Idiot) on July 6, 2008 at 1:07 PM

Isn’t Mile High stadium open air? I will be praying for rain.

bopbottle on July 6, 2008 at 1:09 PM

The blue tint of Colorado is, likely, Denver itself and her environs. The $64,000 question:

Will the Denver convention anger Denverites enough to affect Democrat turnout?

Sekhmet on July 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Did the DNC want the theme of unity to receive the most coverage, or did the committee want demonstrators to get the 24/7 coverage from the national media instead?

Understand Ed this is APPROVED protestors. People like re Create 68 wont be allowed anywhere near the convention.

William Amos on July 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM

On this point at least, the Democrats deserve credit.

Credit for what, determining what attendees may and may not eat?

rightwingprof on July 6, 2008 at 1:13 PM

I’ll take “The Future of Healtcare” for $13 billion, Alex

SouthernGent on July 6, 2008 at 1:14 PM

The Democrat convention is ALWAYS a disaster, whether or not the trains run on time or it stays within budget.

Because, you see, Democrat nominees emerge from this confluence of idiocy.

And the worst thing about this is, sometimes Americans are stupid enough to vote to put Democrats into office.

Always a mistake . . .

NoDonkey on July 6, 2008 at 1:17 PM

And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.

This is an Onion parody, right?

I can’t tell the difference anymore.

aunursa on July 6, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Good news for Republicans, for sure. This kind of disorganization is indicative of the state of affairs at the DNC. If they cannot get their acts together for a convention, then one wonders how organized they will be for the election.

BryanS on July 6, 2008 at 1:18 PM

Denver! Denver! Denver!
It’s gonna be beautiful!

GarandFan on July 6, 2008 at 1:20 PM

If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?

Yeah, but is anyone paying attention other than Hot Air readers?

katieanne on July 6, 2008 at 1:26 PM

And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.

And a Maya Angelou poem before each meal and an enema afterwards.

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:28 PM

A 28 page contract just for freakin’ food???

BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

BallisticBob on July 6, 2008 at 1:29 PM

Again, IF they cancel ONE DAY of the Convention, what are they going to do for ALL those conventioneers that they leave HANGING? Flights are made already, which means VERY full flights. There won’t be much opportunity to get out of Denver, except for those on private planes.. Oh, yeah, Howard Dean has one of those doesn’t he?

originalpechanga on July 6, 2008 at 1:31 PM

Too bad the Republicans spend just as much money and just as stupidly or else this could actually be a viable talking point for them.

Benaiah on July 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I was laughing at the idea of a “Green” convention, complete with color coordinated veggies and no fried foods. I could just see the delegates sitting there crunching on carrots with fake I’m-So-Happy-To-Be-Here smiles stuck on their faces. Kind of like Hillary the other day when she was with Obama in Unity.

Every damn one of them will be wishing they were going to the GOP convention where Mpls is looking to keep the bars open later than usual so as to maximize the revelry.

LOL. Which party is the true “open-minded” one? I still don’t know how Dem’s can walk with so many strategically placed, politically correct, sticks impeding them.

TheCulturalist on July 6, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Howard will get it right in the end. Be patient. Look how well Zeke turned the Knickerbockers around.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Democrats at the Pepsi Center and other official Convention venues can have all the fried goodies crow they can stomach.

Buy your futures in crow meat now!

Mcguyver on July 6, 2008 at 1:40 PM

Too bad the Republicans spend just as much money and just as stupidly or else this could actually be a viable talking point for them.

Benaiah on July 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Heh. I know the thread stings a bit, but buck up and think good thoughts. Enjoy those raw beets. They really are pretty.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 1:43 PM

Too bad the Republicans spend just as much money and just as stupidly or else this could actually be a viable talking point for them.

Benaiah on July 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM

.
Just type out the words:
“I know you are, but what am I”
into a word processing program, and cut and paste into each thread critical of the dems. It will save you keystrokes.

Think_b4_speaking on July 6, 2008 at 1:48 PM

The only thing people will remember about the DNC convention will be the 75K screeming fans idolizing Obama in Mile High Stadium. That will be well worth the money.

I hereby invoke Godwin’s Law.

Just noting that Obama is a charismatic speaker with few accomplishments and adoring, unthinking, uncritical fans.

NaCly dog on July 6, 2008 at 1:50 PM

The GOP needs to announce its mandatory menu. They could strike at the stomachs of middle America and win us over. For those of us who are Southreners I would suggest something like open face roast beef sandwhiches with mashed potatoes, fried okra, pintos with onions. None of those damn fru fru cherry tomatoes, make mine beefsteaks.

Maybe they could have a big tent and serve regional food in different areas. Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Pacific grilled salmon with lots of high fat butter sauce, Burritos with the lardiest beans you can make, big honking Hot Dogs from Chicago with loads of chili and cheese, barbecue from Memphis, bigass steaks from Kansas City. Nothing with more than two colors would allowed. And beer, lots of cheap cold beer.

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM

“I’m not sure how this rebuts the Times. The article states that delegates from three states have adopted the pledge, and if those states are California, New York, and Oregon, for instance, that would be “hundreds of delegates”. The Democrats have over 4400 delegates attending this convention, and having agreement from “hundreds” sounds pretty thin — and they have only seven weeks left to get more to sign the agreement.”

Howard Dean: Math is for neocons.

Dusty on July 6, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Democratic Convention: tens of thousands of Nutbags, Moonbats, liars, frauds, Anti-Americans, Pro-Jihadis, Marxists, Muslims practicing “Taqiyah” (Barack HUSSEIN Obama himself), the Hollywood Lulu’s, the Anti-American Media…..Wow, what would you expect?

Dale in Atlanta on July 6, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Howard Dean: Math is for neocons.

Dusty on July 6, 2008 at 2:02 PM

Math is racist.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-racist_math

“Anti-racist mathematics is a branch of education reform theory that attempts to form an anti-bias curriculum in mathematics. It emphasizes the sociocultural context of mathematical education and suggests that the study of mathematics in Western societies has traditionally exhibited racial or cultural bias.”

rbj on July 6, 2008 at 2:08 PM

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM

You left out what goes on mashed potatoes,..and the South really does it best. Milk type with fried chicken for dinner, ham and sausage type with breakfast. Sure does beat raw beets and celery sticks.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 2:08 PM

When the demonstrators are in their demonstration cages, we should just wall it up and declare it the new and improved Gitmo.

Coronagold on July 6, 2008 at 2:10 PM

rbj on July 6, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Damn! That helps me understand how Obama will do the budget.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 2:11 PM

I like to imagine what the reaction of the delegates, who are blue-collar, union members (the Hillary supporters during the primaries), will be when they encounter this PC food, and all they want is some brats, onion rings and a beer.

Wethal on July 6, 2008 at 2:22 PM

“For the Democratic Party, the danger is that a poorly run convention, or one that misses the mark financially, will reflect badly [insert accurately] on the party and raise [insert entirely valid] questions about Democratic management skills.”.
.
“Finally, it seems a little ironic that the Democrats would be complaining about unfair [insert truthful] reporting in the New York Times.”
.
Not ironic at all. Dean to NYT: “Hey! You’re our Ministry of Propaganda! You’re NOT supposed to be telling the truth about the Democratic Party Politburo! You’re supposed to be telling lies about McCain and the Republicans!”

DavePa on July 6, 2008 at 2:24 PM

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM
You left out what goes on mashed potatoes,..and the South really does it best. Milk type with fried chicken for dinner, ham and sausage type with breakfast. Sure does beat raw beets and celery sticks.

a capella on July 6, 2008 at 2:08 PM

Oh lord yes. My mother makes it after frying the chicken. Pour in the milk slow, scrub the pan good, a dash of flour with some pepper. Let it bubble a while. I make it with scalding coffee in the skillet after the ham comes out. If this wouldn’t win over all 535 or so electoral votes come November I don’t know what would.

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 2:29 PM

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Damn fine idea.

TheCulturalist on July 6, 2008 at 2:34 PM

And this is all before those morons who are part of ‘Recreate 68′ attempt to destroy the convention from within and outside.

Sweet sweet schadenfreuden!!!!

Defector01 on July 6, 2008 at 2:35 PM

Hahahahahahahaha…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAHAAAHAAAAAAHAAA…

No, seriously. ::snicker::

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

BWAA HA HA HA HA
HARDER HAR HAR HAR!!

BA HA HAHAHAHA AHA AHA HAAHAA HA HA…

- – sigh – -

cannonball on July 6, 2008 at 2:36 PM

Hey Ed, thanks for the Sunday Funny. I had a good laugh with this one.

Here’s a thought. The DNCC will follow the Olympics on the schedule this summer. I wonder how millions of Americans will react after first watching the finest athletes compete on the world stage in displays of ultimate excellence, and then watch the DNCC trip all over itself trying to annoint Barry? The Olympics may be a hard act to follow, the the DNC is not helping with their incompetence.

The good news is the RNCC will follow the Dims. If the media had an infinately easier time covering the Republicans, we can hope that is reflected in their reports.

Mallard T. Drake on July 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

I was laughing at the idea of a “Green” convention

going for the Irish/Catholic vote ya know. Shamrock lapel pins for everyone. yeah

yakwill83 on July 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

And THEY think they can run the country?

I still can’t stop laughing.

cannonball on July 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

JonRoss on July 6, 2008 at 1:54 PM

Damn, you’re making me hungry. Living in the Pacific NW and not being a seafood eater is a little tough. Give me fried chicken, mashed pototoes with gravy, fresh corn on the cob, and some peach pie with homemade ice cream. It’s my Iowa roots talking.

Mallard T. Drake on July 6, 2008 at 2:40 PM

As colossal a SNAFU this is, and it is, only we know about it. The MSM may report a story here and there, but it will otherwise go unreported.

JustTruth101 on July 6, 2008 at 2:44 PM

This is all just a distraction!!

I’ll be kickin’ it with my Peeps in the Stadium. That’s where the action will be at. Screw those veggie platters. We’ll be poppin’ the 40′s and downin’ some dogs in the Big House.

Hey, Michelle, can you check this? I’m not sure if I got it right.

———- Obama for Prez————–

TheCulturalist on July 6, 2008 at 2:46 PM

Here’s a thought. The DNCC will follow the Olympics on the schedule this summer. I wonder how millions of Americans will react after first watching the finest athletes compete on the world stage in displays of ultimate excellence, and then watch the DNCC trip all over itself trying to annoint Barry? The Olympics may be a hard act to follow, the the DNC is not helping with their incompetence.

The good news is the RNCC will follow the Dims. If the media had an infinately easier time covering the Republicans, we can hope that is reflected in their reports.

Mallard T. Drake on July 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM

While the athletes at the Olympics will exemplify excellence, the Chinese so far have had to deal with algae turning the sea for sailing green, a locust infestation, and filthy air (they’re shutting down factories). Both the Chinese and he DNC may come across as inept, which may make the RNC look all the more organized and competent.

Whenever I read about the DNC under Howie, I keep thinking of Casey Stengel and the NY Mets, “Can’t anyone here play this game?”

Wethal on July 6, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Perhaps Fantasyland would have been a more appropriate location.
Keep in mind organizing a convention is a much more complex task than socializing the USAgovernment.

christophercube on July 6, 2008 at 2:58 PM

[cannonball on July 6, 2008 at 2:37 PM]

They can They have the experience of Reid and Pelosi to build on. And we mustn’t forget Hillary’s eight year contribution to fill in any gaps.

Dusty on July 6, 2008 at 3:11 PM

Keep in mind organizing a convention is a much more complex task than socializing the USAgovernment.

[christophercube on July 6, 2008 at 2:58 PM]

Even more complex than fighting a war. They are a little vague on how complex abandoning one is, however, but it has to be at least as complex as DNC menu planning.

Dusty on July 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Too bad the Republicans spend just as much money and just as stupidly or else this could actually be a viable talking point for them.

Benaiah on July 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM

I agree. If the Republican majority in congress had done their jobs, and stayed away from the pork, this would be a home run.

I am still fuming that the GOP held sway for so long and did nothing to reduce the size of our bloated government, and spent money recklessly, forsaking our basic conservative principles.

hillbillyjim on July 6, 2008 at 3:14 PM

Too bad the Republicans spend just as much money and just as stupidly or else this could actually be a viable talking point for them.

Benaiah on July 6, 2008 at 1:32 PM

Hey, ho! Apples and oranges is it? Where has it been reported that the RNC can’t pay its bills for the convention? Or that they require a 28-page contract for caterers to come up with foods with three designated colors? Pork is one thing, executive mismanagement — including spending $50,000 on office furniture, while the RNC is using recycled furniture — is something else entirely.

You can excoriate Republicans on a whole lot of points (including the current presidential candidate), but half-arse convention planning isn’t one of them.

Nichevo on July 6, 2008 at 3:41 PM

After re-reading the article, it’s obvious why the NY Times has jumped into the fray in criticizing the DNC convention, right here:

members of the national news media concerned over proposals to locate the demonstrators — with their loud gatherings — next to the media tent.

You don’t dis the elite media, Howard, by placing them next to the great unwashed. What were you thinking? Change that, and all — even the veggie plates — will be well with the The Gray Lady. OK?

Nichevo on July 6, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Sounds like a job for Mitt.

JiangxiDad on July 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?

No wonder they were wanting to shorten it to three days.

It's Vintage, Duh on July 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

thuja on July 6, 2008 at 1:02 PM

I agree! Let’s make sure that they get credit for this. Let’s also open up a hot dog stand right outside their gate. We’ll clean up.

Oldnuke on July 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Unfortunately, I anticipate the Democrats’ convention to be one 3 or 4 day ORGASM by the main stream media over this vapid, empty suit. I don’t think we are going to get objective reporting anywhere in the press or on the networks.

One thing that puzzles me is why the demonstraters always target the Dems, the party that caters to the whackos? And by putting the APPROVED demonstrators next to the media tent, they might unintentionally get more press than they would have otherwise. And I also wonder where the recreate 68 whackos plan to put themselves since they won’t be on the approved list? This will be one interesting week.

karenhasfreedom on July 6, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Well, gee, if the Dem machine can release those RED balloons when Obama assumes the throne after cooly sauntering down the catwalk, then the cost of the event will be peanuts.

99 red balloons floating in the summer sky
Panic bells, it’s red alert
There’s something here from somewhere else
The Hopey/Change machine springs to life
Opens up one eager eye
Focusing it on the sky
Where 99 red balloons go by.

How will the Dems pay for the inauguration lollapalooza at this rate of burning up the (non-existent) cash?

onlineanalyst on July 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

Ok ok…. I’m not made of stone! This has convinced me that the government should run everything from Healthcare to the oil industries. It’s time for change. And hope.

Dash on July 6, 2008 at 4:30 PM

Isn’t Mile High stadium open air? I will be praying for rain.

How about a thunderstorm?

Steve McCullough on July 6, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Further indication that Democrat run health care would mistakenly give you a sex change instead of a heart transplant and the instant you complained about it would accuse you of insensitivity to alternative lifestyles.

viking01 on July 6, 2008 at 4:33 PM

Sounds like a job for Mitt.

JiangxiDad on July 6, 2008 at 4:05 PM

Bingo. Just one more reason why he should be on the ticket with Mac. What a compare and contrast that is – the ads write themselves.

Buy Danish on July 6, 2008 at 4:49 PM

members of the national news media concerned over proposals to locate the demonstrators — with their loud gatherings — next to the media tent.

You have to admit, though, that Keith Doberman and Chrissie “Tingles” Matthews will look pretty in Pink(o). “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” doncha know?

onlineanalyst on July 6, 2008 at 4:55 PM

All the while, Herself sits in her lair at Mordor on the Potomac and let’s Barry O’ and his faithful stooge HoHo Dean make a complete and public balls-up of ‘RatFest08. She and her Grifter Consort can then ride in to Save The Party and let the SooperDelegates crown her The Nominee…

GeneSmith on July 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Understand Ed this is APPROVED protestors. People like re Create 68 wont be allowed anywhere near the convention.
William Amos on July 6, 2008 at 1:10 PM

Hey, Buddy!!!! Us anarchists don’t need no stinkin’ approval!!!
/Future Dem Convention YouTube Video

eeyore on July 6, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Did that 28pg report on types of food detail whether or not popcorn is allowed to have butter and salt? ‘Cause if it did, I am soooooo cancelling my plans to attend-oh wait, I’ve already stockpiled so I can play the home game.

Suggestion:
Buzzword Bingo ideas…
“This Administration”
“Republicans”
“neocons”
“Hope”
“change”
“judgement”

Any others?

scottm on July 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Any others?

scottm on July 6, 2008 at 5:52 PM

“wealthy”

“Exxon”

“Katrina”

“less safe”

SlimyBill on July 6, 2008 at 6:32 PM

Not to worry. This is FAR OUT!

Consider the thin air at 5200 feet in elevation, the euphoria elicited by BHO’s soaring speeches, the body’s reaction to the deprivation of protein and fats, the visual disorientation brought on by the mix of psychedelic food colors, all mixed with the lingering clouds of cannabis smoke just upwind of the media tent.

That may all just give a whole new meaning to Rocky Mountain High.

John Denver would have been so proud.

Yoop on July 6, 2008 at 6:48 PM

And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.

You mean they couldn’t hire Robert Irvine (Food Impossible) to do this??

What about the Ultimate Top Chef?

kiakjones on July 6, 2008 at 7:18 PM

The funniest thing is that most of the protesters that will be next to the media will be the hard core leftist nutjobs, who are not happy with the Dems not impeaching Chimpy McHitlerburton, and, well, everything.

William Teach on July 6, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Considering giving his acceptance speech at Invesco and on the anniversary of King’s I have a dream speech is arrogance.

An arrogant party selected the most arrogant candidate, any surprise in that?

jdkchem on July 6, 2008 at 7:45 PM

All the while, Herself sits in her lair at Mordor on the Potomac and let’s Barry O’ and his faithful stooge HoHo Dean make a complete and public balls-up of ‘RatFest08. She and her Grifter Consort can then ride in to Save The Party and let the SooperDelegates crown her The Nominee…

GeneSmith on July 6, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Boy, I keep thinking the same thing. (btw, great writing).

JiangxiDad on July 6, 2008 at 7:47 PM

The old “car keys and a bottle of whiskey” metaphor comes to mind.

ZK on July 6, 2008 at 8:10 PM

I am hoping for another “go ballons” moment:

‘No confetti. No confetti yet. Go balloons. Go balloons. More Ballons. All balloons. All balloons. Come on guys, let’s move it! Jesus. We need more balloons. I want all balloons to go, goddamn! No confetti. No confetti. No confetti. I want more balloons. What’s happening to the balloons? We need more balloons. We need all of them coming down! Balloons. Balloons. Balloons. What’s happening! They’re not coming down. All balloons. Where the hell! Nothing is falling. What the fu*k are you guys doing up there? We want more balloons comign down. More balloons. More balloons’

Democratic National Convention, July 29, 2004.

Mallard T. Drake on July 6, 2008 at 8:19 PM

And these people want to run the country and our lives?

rbj on July 6, 2008 at 12:58 PM

The idiocy of the Democrats is breathtaking. Here in Illinois, Democrats have control of every area of political life, and the results are not unlike the ass-clown convention follies in Denver. Too much stupidity to list.

Jaibones on July 6, 2008 at 10:43 PM

I can’t believe that Morrissey and a couple of commenters have misquoted the original article, despite it being right there.

only three states’ full delegations have so far agreed to participate in the program [emphasis added]

Fortunately, this doesn’t break Morrissey’s point that Dean’s response doesn’t contradict this claim. In fact, I read this as allowing delegates from any number of states to have signed up, but that only for three states have all the delegates agreed.

Annoying Old Guy on July 6, 2008 at 10:46 PM

He could have kept his word and accepted the public financing that

There you go again, assuming/insinuating that the democrats are basically ethical like the rest of us. “Conservative” pundits are amazing. I heard hugh hewitt get his panties in a wad the other day because a caller said barry was a fascist. They are fascists. By the book, by the leftist leaninf webster dictionary definition. They are also corrupt and unethical and the enemies of freedom and I don’t care who gets upset but I’m not going to call people who hate our form of government, our economic system and our history patriotic.

soros has deep pockets and barry will not be left wanting. They are not worrying about money.

peacenprosperity on July 7, 2008 at 6:58 AM

“For the Democratic Party, the danger is that a poorly run convention, or one that misses the mark financially, will reflect badly on the party and raise questions about Democratic management skills.”
LOL. This reminds me of the parties i had as a teenager when my folks were out of town.
Here’s more evidence of the childish mindset of the Demonrats:
“For a party that rails about deficit spending, they certainly don’t have a problem running up bills they cannot pay.” Let me guess, their response to this comment would be: ‘Well, they do it too!!!’ Maroons.
Ed scores on this one: “If the Democrats can’t pull together a four-day convention in two years, how can anyone expect them to run a federal government of infinitely more complexity?” Indeed.

Christine on July 7, 2008 at 2:53 PM

Liberals always make sure things don’t work. Remember, they’ve already brought us:

Showers which don’t work.
Toilets which don’t work.
Curly light bulbs which are dangerous and don’t work.
Hybrid cars which require you to spend your money on enormously expensive batteries instead of gas: resulting in net savings of zero and a LARGER negative impact on the environment.

…and they’re now designing:
Tiny cars which are dangerous and don’t work.
Windmills which don’t work most of the time.
House-sized solar cells which can’t even run a toaster.
Medicare “fixes” which will cause most doctors to leave the Medicare system.
Immigration “fixes” which will destroy the concept of “citizenship” and make it attractive to be a non-citizen.
A Stalin-style takeover of the energy producers in order to assure that no energy is actually produced.
Various public transportation systems which require $3 in taxes for every $1 in fares to keep them solvent.

Is it a wonder that Denver is shaping up to be a disaster? No, it’s just Liberals doing their usual thing.

landlines on July 8, 2008 at 1:05 AM