Carter to speak at DNCC, Rangel still out

posted at 9:25 am on August 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Jimmy Carter will help kick off the Democratic convention with a Monday night speech, the DNCC announced yesterday.  While several more names got added to the convention agenda, one name still hasn’t found its way onto the program.  And look who gets priority over the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee:

Former President Jimmy Carter, known in recent years for controversial comments about the Middle East, and yet more potential running mates for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama have been added to the program for next week’s Democratic convention.

Carter is scheduled to speak on Monday, Aug. 25th, when he will be joined by Illinois state politicians and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Rangel wanted a spot for a speech, proposing to help heal the divide among Democrats after the primaries.  However, Rangel supported Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama decided to make Rangel an example of what happens to those who defy The One.   He told Rangel that there simply wasn’t enough time to get Rangel a speaking slot — but now they’ve given time to Illinois state politicians?  Who’s next, Chicago aldermen?

Hey, Charlie — how does it feel to rank below state legislators in the new pecking order?

Carter’s invitation is hardly surprising, given his status as a former President.  However, with Obama proposing to run for his second term with his foreign-policy cluelessness and disastrous windfall-profits taxes, did anyone consider that Carter could make the perfect running mate for Obama?  Experience, global name, really bad policies … it’s practically a Democratic Dream Team!  Well, for Republicans, anyway …


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They’d give a spot to alphie before Rangel.

jgapinoy on August 20, 2008 at 9:31 AM

And the parade of losers continues….

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 9:32 AM

Jesse Jackson isn’t speaking either, and I suppose the metal detectors will catch him with his nut-cutting scapel.

Wethal on August 20, 2008 at 9:32 AM

jgapinoy on August 20, 2008 at 9:31 AM

Tru dat, playa!!!! LMAO!!!!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 9:32 AM

President Carter who is the worst President of modern times is fitting to speak at the nomination of Senator Obama.

TooTall on August 20, 2008 at 9:33 AM

However, with Obama proposing to run for his second term with his foreign-policy cluelessness and disastrous windfall-profits taxes, did anyone consider that Carter could make the perfect running mate for Obama?

Constitutionally, Jimmuh could be Barry’s Veep. There is nothing stopping him…….except for imminent defeat.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 9:35 AM

Despite the fact that our nominee is The Cranky Old Bastard – I believe we are going to win in November.

Hilts on August 20, 2008 at 9:37 AM

Despite the fact that our nominee is The Cranky Old Bastard – I believe we are going to win in November.

Hilts on August 20, 2008 at 9:37 AM

COB for the GOP

EJDolbow on August 20, 2008 at 9:40 AM

There is no doubt whatsoever that Carter is by far the worst president to have served as president. It is only fitting that he be allowed to help carry on that tradition with Obama.

volsense on August 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM

And the parade of losers continues….

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 20, 2008 at 9:32 AM

I wholeheartedly agree. The embrace of losing propositions seems to be the hallmark of the left:

Socialism – Proven Loser
High Taxes – Proven Loser
Entitlement Programs – Proven Losers
Jimmah Carter – Proven Loser

These folks seem a bit learning disabled.

mugged on August 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Charlie Rangel, surprise VP pick.

MayBee on August 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Maybe Rangel’s endemic corruption in the NYC machine is the reason he’s being sandbagged – it hits too close to home for a corrupt Chicago machine politician.

elduende on August 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM

Obama’s gambit is that Rangel isn’t a national politician, New York isn’t going to be a contested state, and even if it was, African-American voters in Charlie’s district are going to turn out in record numbers anyway, whether or not he’s denied a speaking post at the convention or any role in Barack’s campaign (in contrast, were Rangel representing a district in, say, Ohio or Pennsylvania, the Obama folks wouldn’t be able to take any chances and he’d get some face-time on the podium).

jon1979 on August 20, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Socialism – Proven Loser
High Taxes – Proven Loser
Entitlement Programs – Proven Losers
Jimmah Carter – Proven Loser

These folks seem a bit learning disabled.

mugged on August 20, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Appeasement – Proven looser
Weak Military- Proven looser
Democrat Congress- Proven Looser
Amnesty – Proven looser
Democrats – Proven flunkies

saiga on August 20, 2008 at 10:02 AM

the planners also knew that listening to Rangel croak out a speech with his raspy voice, people will turn away.. not to mention make dogs bark, paint peel, and makes 300 grit sandpaper seem smooth..

I’ve heard bullfrogs that sound more eloquent than him..

DaveC on August 20, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Long term this is going to be good for Rangel.

Obama will lose. Hillary will still be in the senate, in a much more powerful position than Sen. Obama, who will become a leaper in his party. His arrogance with the Beltway Democrats has not won him any support. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Democrat party, and general groveling before Hillary, who all will attest could have beaten McClain. She remembers who her friends are, and aren’t. Her party will control the senate.

She will run again in 2012, and this will be her coronation. Everything she learned after SuperTuesday will be used throughout the entire primary. The base, including African-Americans, will rally to her. Rangel will have a much better time slot at her convention as her proven loyal supporter, from that most loyal of Democrat bases: African-Americans. Bill will continue to be the first Black President.

talking_mouse on August 20, 2008 at 10:15 AM

Gotta put the worst President ever in there, keeping the bar low makes it easier to clear. But BO can probably limbo under it!

kirkill on August 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Jimmuh Carter is just what this country needs at the Dem convention: an old naive Democrat reminding voters too young to remember the late 1970s why not to vote for a young naive Democrat for President.

Think gasoline is expensive now? Under Carter, you could only buy it at 6:00 AM on odd days of the month.

Foreclosure problems now? Under Carter, nobody could afford a house at 20% interest rates.

Unemployment? Let’s hear it from the last President to have double-digit unemployment, the President who REALLY had the worst jobs record since Herbert Hoover.

A Putin problem now? Oh, let’s run those films of Carter kissing Brezhnev, and what we got for all those kisses.

Worried about a nuclear Iran? Iran was our ALLY before Carter dumped the Shah for “human rights” violations.

Let’s hear some “judgment to lead” lessons from the peanut gallery farmer. Enough to conjure up the ghost of Reagan and wake up the voters to the truth.

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Huh, so Obama is a racist? Or at least half-racist, on his mother’s side.

Bishop on August 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Gotta put the worst President ever in there, keeping the bar low makes it easier to clear. But BO can probably limbo under it!

kirkill on August 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

To the enthusiastic musical accompaniment of Harry Belafonte!

mugged on August 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Steve Z on August 20, 2008 at 10:26 AM

Don’t forget the Panama canal.

Oldnuke on August 20, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Ah yes, old peanut breath . . . that should really inspire the liberal masses.

rplat on August 20, 2008 at 10:40 AM

When Carter is mentioned I always bring to mind the image of He, Begin, and Sadat embracing at Camp David having just ushered in a brave new era of Middle East peace. How’d that work out there, Jimmah?
And I’m struck her by the irony that I consider Rangle the more sober and serious of the two. Yikes!

mugged on August 20, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar? Are they kidding? She came into Congress at the same time as Obama. She has as few accomplishments, and she gets to speak? Stunt casting for this Denver sitcom keeps getting bitter and bitter.

Doug on August 20, 2008 at 10:42 AM

Hmmm. They say the GOP is not diverse enough, but so far you only have one woman, one black man, and a bunch of white guys at the Dem convention

ConservativePartyNow on August 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Opening the DNC’s convention with Jimmy Carter is like being forced to view a webcam that specializes in watching grass grow.

pilamaye on August 20, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Nothing like opening the Democratic Convention with a LOSER.

GarandFan on August 20, 2008 at 11:03 AM

I applaud the DNC allowing Carter to speak. Maybe this will scare a few more of my fellow Jews over to McCain.

ParisParamus on August 20, 2008 at 11:09 AM

DaveC on August 20, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Ha!

mikeyboss on August 20, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Seeing as how BHO is essentially running for Carter’s second term, it’s appropriate.

Farmer_Joe on August 20, 2008 at 11:40 AM

My heart just jumped a beat reading the Jimmy Carter will speak at the convention! Sweet! The worst President of The United States EVER speaking at a convention chocked full of past, present and future RAT losers is just what the American People need to see!

We need Carter to give an encore to his “malaise” speech of the 80′s! I can’t wait for next week! Liberals on display! Most excellent!

sabbott on August 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Five will get you ten, that the BIGGEST MORON who ever occupied the main chair in the OVAL OFFICE, gets a long standing ovation from the OBAMA MASSES… Any takers???

pueblo1032 on August 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Hmmm…I’m hedging my bet for November’s outcome by buying into wool futures and sweater manufacturer stock.

Lose the election = make a buck

Ain’t capitalism great?

BobMbx on August 20, 2008 at 11:50 AM

pueblo1032 on August 20, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Double or nothing he forgets to mention his great pal, Bobby Mugabe.

BobMbx on August 20, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Don’t feel bad, Charlie.
The Democrats allowed Jimmuh to FINALLY speak at a convention, muchless be seen, in 2004, only the first time since he lost by a million miles in 1980…. that’s at least 24 years you have to wait!

ToddonCapeCod on August 20, 2008 at 12:07 PM

Yesss. Speak to us Jimmah, tell us how we feel, like you did in the bad old days when we were full of malaise.
Tell us how Obama’s your kind of guy, offering the kind of answers you would approve of, and diagnosing our ills just as accurately as you always do.

Take me back, I want to remember my 18.5% loan, the people lining up to sell granny’s silverwear, and that feeling we got watching Iran parade our hostages in front of our faces.

NellE on August 20, 2008 at 12:30 PM

However, with Obama proposing to run for his second term with his foreign-policy cluelessness and disastrous windfall-profits taxes, did anyone consider that Carter could make the perfect running mate for Obama? Experience, global name, really bad policies … it’s practically a Democratic Dream Team! Well, for Republicans, anyway …

Quite snort-worthy!
Snort!

Wildcatter1980 on August 20, 2008 at 1:28 PM

Mah fillow A-muh-icans…

jgapinoy on August 20, 2008 at 4:14 PM

They’d give a spot to alphie before Rangel.

jgapinoy on August 20, 2008 at 9:31 AM

HAHAHA

Carter’s invitation is hardly surprising, given his status as a former President. However, with Obama proposing to run for his second term with his foreign-policy cluelessness and disastrous windfall-profits taxes, did anyone consider that Carter could make the perfect running mate for Obama?

Before I read the whole post I was thinking about that as a joke.

- The Cat

MirCat on August 20, 2008 at 6:57 PM