Convention contrast: A choice between two futures, indeed

posted at 10:10 pm on August 27, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

As Ed noted earlier today, it may very well be true that not many voters pay a whole lot of specific attention to the parties’ conventions, but the conventions can set the tone for the remaining two+ months of the presidential cycle, when a lot of voters will really just be starting to tune in and and take notice of the day-to-day of campaign politics. And I have to say, just from what I saw in Tampa today of preliminary convention activities, I’m pretty darn pumped about the way things are shaping up on this side of the aisle. Granted, I’m not exactly an ‘objective outsider’ or anything (heh, far from it), but even just from the quick session that opened the convention earlier this afternoon, during which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus directed our attention to the tremendous national debt, Republicans are demonstrating their willingness to go for the jugular of the national debate by attacking the big issues. The debt, the economy, jobs — these are the bread-and-butter issues that affect all Americans, in a big way, and the GOP isn’t shying away from them. They’re the focus of our convention, even.

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How do you like them apples, Democrats? The Obama camp doesn’t really care to touch the issue of the national debt with a ten-foot pole if they can help it — only insofar as it affords them an opportunity to talk about how Mitt Romney wants to cut taxes for his bajillionaire buddies and raise taxes on the poorest Americans, or something. Obama’s proposal of hiking taxes on the wealthiest Americans isn’t a solution to our country’s fiscal problems: It’s a talking point that allows Democrats to focus on class warfare, and the cheap populism is infuriatingly small-potatoes. In their hypocritical anti-corporate crusade, they’re still not even calling their convention’s venue by it’s proper name:

Beyond the class warfare, their convention is quickly shaping up to be all about trying to convince the ladies of the United States that “it’s a scary time to be a woman” and that Mitt Romney is a wife-murdering, birther-believing, corporate-vulture criminal who doesn’t pay taxes. But this election is not about social issues, and the character assassination has already shot way past desperate. I suppose Democrats can talk about those items until the cows come home if they really want to, if they want to make their campaign all about the small beans. But the Republicans are gearing up to tackle the problems that need to be our priorities, and I’m feeling the palpable optimism on the ground here — be sure and stay tuned the rest of the week for our up-to-date coverage, bazinga!


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Will we see vajayjays inside?

OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Desperation and a feeling of being ineffective will make the Dems be even more unhinged. How can we help them along?

Charlemagne on August 27, 2012 at 10:14 PM

OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Oops, forgot this:
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OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Yes. “1984″ was about Left-wing totalitarians. George Orwell was a genius.

NickDeringer on August 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I LOVE that they have the debt clock there.

It’s a non-partisan reminder of what a failure the boy king is…

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Its really as simple as the adults standing up and saying that its time to take the credit card and the check book away from the teenagers, shut down the out of control frat party, and clean up the mess the kids have made in our living room.

thatsafactjack on August 27, 2012 at 10:19 PM

Oops, forgot this:
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OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Whew! Wasn’t sure wher you were going with that one…

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

In their hypocritical anti-corporate crusade, they’re still not even calling their convention’s venue by it’s proper name:

c’mon, Dems…take your party back from the Marxists.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 27, 2012 at 10:22 PM

With each passing day, I think the left is becoming totally unhinged….

usedtobeinmich on August 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

The picture says the debt from convention start is $1.6 million, what’s that all about? The debt is closing in on $16 trillion. I thought they were going to put up the actual debt clock which would show the latter.

TXUS on August 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

‘Toon of the Day: Obama Akbar!

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/08/toon-of-day-obama-akbar.html

M2RB: Robert Palmer

Resist We Much on August 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM

TXUS…..realtime accrued interest on the debt….

t on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

With each passing day, I think the left is becoming totally unhinged….

usedtobeinmich on August 27, 2012 at 10:23 PM

THIS! I couldn’t agree more, and as long as we don’t have another Akin moment I think we can win this.

Dick Morris was on Hannity (I know, I know) but he does know polls, and I have tendency to agree with him.

I think this is ours to lose.

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Didn’t you see the vajayjay protester thread below?

OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

“The debt, the economy, jobs — these are the bread-and-butter issues that affect all Americans, in a big way…”

Butter reference again…

(swoooon)

:)

Seven Percent Solution on August 27, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Resist We Much on August 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Obama Akbar – so/so

Addicted to love – oh yeah…I’ll be in my bunk.

cozmo on August 27, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Democrats are the government ruling class. Government is their vocation. It’s their religion. The thought of being displaced is absolutely frightening. If they weren’t government bureaucrats, what would they do? They don’t know anything else?

RBMN on August 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM

TXUS…..realtime accrued interest on the debt….

t on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Well, then, that’s stupid for them to display. They need to show the actual debt, the almost $16 Trillion, and the prorata per person number of that sum.

TXUS on August 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Republicans are demonstrating their willingness to go for the jugular of the national debate by attacking the big issues. The debt, the economy, jobs — these are the bread-and-butter issues that affect all Americans, in a big way, and the GOP isn’t shying away from them. They’re the focus of our convention, even.

I also give them credit for being flexible given the tropical storm/hurricane. It appears they will be able to get their message out even if we are deprived of some of the normal pomp and speeches. Since these events have pre-determined outcomes, it is mostly fluff anyway.

It is important to remember that the GOP lost a day due to weather and not funding which is why the DNC convention was only three days. Even so, they “convened” to get that debt clock started. They will be focusing on jobs and the economy while the DNC is going to focus on whores like Sandra Fluke. What a contrast to be made of these two weeks. All indications are that the GOP can do this favorably.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

And there lies the chief difference between the two conventions… the ‘rat version is basically reaching out to it’s traditional base, and not much farther.

It’s general appeal to the non-engaged voters will be somewhere between a freak show and a train wreck… as it’s being currently advertised (I really do hope they go there…).

Compared to what the GOP hopes to pull off, it’s the dark side of the moon.

And the costumed freaks outside… oh yeah, they’ll really influence the indies to flock to the ‘rat banner.

It’s pure insanity… and I love it.

CPT. Charles on August 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

The Debt Clock is\was an excellent idea..:)

Dire Straits on August 27, 2012 at 10:35 PM

TXUS on August 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

I believe they have both totals running.

pambi on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

A scary time to be a woman? From the looks of the Fluke crowd of hysterical harpies, I’m scared of women too.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Didn’t you see the vajayjay protester thread below?

OmahaConservative on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Yes, but i didn’t know if they had turned you to the pink side ;-)

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Let’s light this candle!!!..:)

Dire Straits on August 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

LoLz..Good point!..:)

Dire Straits on August 27, 2012 at 10:37 PM

A scary time to be a woman? From the looks of the Fluke crowd of hysterical harpies, I’m scared of women too.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

Me too! And I am one…

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

The election is a WIN/WIN.

If Mittens/Ryan win, the country makes a collective decision to be responsible and face the Budget Armageddon head on and start to do what it takes dig out of this disaster.

If Obama/Plugs win, the country makes a collective decision to jump out of an airplane at 30,000 feet sans parachute, so we may as well all join Mark Steyn for a relaxing Latte and enjoy the 29,999 foot, eleven inch cushion before the Big Splat…

Bruno Strozek on August 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Where is our QOTD?

bluefox on August 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Dick Morris was on Hannity (I know, I know) but he does know polls, and I have tendency to agree with him.

I think this is ours to lose.

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Four years ago, Morris was one of the few to openly say that McCain would be a dismal failure because he was so old when Obama had that younger vibe. He may be a vile political opportunist but he does know his stuff.

The funny thing is that this time around, Obama is not only older than somebody on the other ticket, he actually has to defend his record. You can blame the US Senate or IL legislature for your failures when you are one vote. Not so much when you are POTUS. IMO, Obama’s campaign is running scared. In the past these people ran with little scrutiny or criticism. They don’t know what to do when they cannot attract crowds of gushing admirers who want to be in the same room as Obama. They don’t know what to do when they actually have to work for campaign funds.

Personally, I’m laughing at the strategy of saying that the campaign is focusing on smaller events for better intimacy. The failed campaign kick-off in Ohio (or is that Oiho) is proof that they thought they could win reelection in a walk. IMO the GOP convention will have a crisp issues-oriented message. Next week the Dems will concentrate on the vagina.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 10:44 PM

TXUS on August 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

They have both debt clocks the national one and this one showing the debt rising during the convention.

Barred on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Where is our QOTD?

bluefox on August 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Here’s your QOTD: “I would rather live my life in an even series, with a beginning, a middle and an end. And not dribble it away as so many men do, like piss in the dust.” The man who wrote that did exactly that.

TXUS on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

How do you like them apples, Democrats? The Obama camp doesn’t really care to touch the issue of the national debt with a ten-foot pole if they can help it

National debt? Oh, puleeze, Erika! That’s a mere trifle compared to the cost of contraceptives for an elitist skank like Sandra Fluke or the cost of costumes for the Pepto-P#ssy vayjay dancers who are concerned about their reproductive whatevers even though no sane man would go near them.

One thing is for sure, the Dems know how to target their audience, and it’s always below the belt….. just look at their leaders – or their most esteemed leader, BJ! Yeah, they know what counts.

Cody1991 on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

It appears we have some urgent business to take care of ASAP.
This is O/T:

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/08/26/romney-rule-change-fight-on-convention-floor/comment-page-3/#comment-6185352

I’ve posted links to what this is about.

bluefox on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Bill Clinton will be so disappointed if the Dancing Vaginas from Code Pink skip their convention.

gsherin on August 27, 2012 at 10:48 PM

A scary time to be a woman? From the looks of the Fluke crowd of hysterical harpies, I’m scared of women too.

John the Libertarian on August 27, 2012 at 10:36 PM

You have plenty of company. I’m a woman, and I’ve always found these raving, insane feminists to be terrifying. They’re bullies, too.

Cody1991 on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

The GOP has a hell of a lot of culpability with this debt fiasco. But I suppose it’s a matter of degrees. Better to elect the party that will get us 16.5 trillion in debt over the one that will get us 17 trillion in debt.

Such a scam.

If/when Romney gets elected, the TEA Party better keep after them or else the revolution will fail and the remains will be absorbed by the GOP Rino, country-club, Beltway establishment (many of whom I’m convinced are themselves Socialists and NWO globalists masquerading as Conservative Patriots).

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I believe if you can get a Democrat to say “Bank of America” three times next week, the ghost of former B of A CEO Ken Lewis will spring up from the netherworld and attempt to take Debbie Wasserman Schultz there to become his bride.

jon1979 on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

I understand that at the Dem convention there will be a simulation of the level of the oceans, and a live reading of the temperature of the polar caps. This way the true believers can watch both decline as obama speaks. /s

paul1149 on August 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM

bluefox on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Update..

9:12pm Eastern According to the Houston Chronicle, a “deal” has been reached on the so-called Rule 15.

Republican leaders moved Monday to quell an uprising by Texans and Ron Paul supporters that threatened to steal the spotlight from GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and expose rifts in the party right as its nominating convention got under way.

Under a compromise reached late Monday, Romney supporters and GOP leaders agreed to back down from a proposed rule change that effectively would have allowed presidential nominees to choose what delegates represent them at national conventions.

…Under the deal, delegates who are bound to a presidential candidate that hasn’t bowed out of the race or released them to vote for another contender are barred from casting a vote for a different person. During this convention, the change effectively would mean a delegate bound to Mitt Romney could not instead opt to throw his or her support behind Ron Paul, who has not freed his delegates.

Any vote for another candidate would be voided and the delegate would lose his or her position.

But under the compromise, states would still able to select individual delegates under their own laws and party rules. GOP leaders agreed to remove the rule change provision that would have allowed state-party-selected delegates to be disavowed.

Spokesmen for the Romney campaign and the Republican National Committee did not respond to requests for comment.

Barred on August 27, 2012 at 10:58 PM

I believe if you can get a Democrat to say “Bank of America” three times next week, the ghost of former B of A CEO Ken Lewis will spring up from the netherworld and attempt to take Debbie Wasserman Schultz there to become his bride.

jon1979 on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Haha! If there are electrical storms in NC next week, I could actually see DWS with a gray streak in her boufant, or dreads depending on the weather…

ccrosby on August 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM

America: “Help! We need jobs!”
Republicans: “Here is a plan to create jobs and reduce unemployment.”
Democrats: “How about some condoms and/or an abortion?”

tims472 on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

the TEA Party better keep after them ….

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Just the TEA party?

CW on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

I’m a woman, and I’ve always found these raving, insane feminists to be terrifying. They’re bullies, too.

Cody1991 on August 27, 2012 at 10:50 PM

You forgot the indifferent to common sense part. And yes, they are terrifying bullies.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Democrats: “How about some condoms and/or an abortion?”

tims472 on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

On the house.

CW on August 27, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Republicans: “Here is a plan to create jobs and reduce unemployment.”
Democrats: “How about some condoms and/or an abortion?”

tims472 on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 PM

tims- you forgot that those condoms are FREE. Even if you belong to a religious organization.

The only thing I haven’t heard reported is who exactly is paying for Sandra Fluke’s trip to the DNC convention. Is it being charged to the Vatican?

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

They have both debt clocks the national one and this one showing the debt rising during the convention.

Barred on August 27, 2012 at 10:47 PM

They should end the convention with an oath that both clocks will not reflect the reality when they next convene in four years.

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2012 at 11:12 PM

Convention contrast: A choice between two futures, indeed

…only one has a future.

KOOLAID2 on August 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM

This is a huge difference in the 2 men and the 2 parties.

Romney spent 2 1/2 years on a mission for his church $0;
5 years as Bishop of the LDS Church $0; (that includes counseling singles, marrieds with problems, people who lost jobs, people who need help of all kinds, camping and hiking with the youth – and they say he doesn’t understand people’s problems and poor people in particular!);
8 years as Stake President $0; (that includes the above but over 4 – 6 Bishops and their congregations);
Gov of Mass 4 years and took $0;
Saved the Olympics 4 years and took $0.
So I figure that adds up to 15 1/2 years donated. So if we added that up to his hourly salary – just wow!
Then you add 4 + 4 = 8 years in government and Olympics with no remuneration.

So let’s talk about the real difference in the years given freely by Gov Romney and what obama has donated!
Just in case you don’t know what a Stake President does you might want to glance at this article.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765598890/A-look-at-a-volunteer-Mormon-leader-Mitt-Romneys-years-as-a-stake-president.html

Bambi on August 27, 2012 at 11:17 PM

They should compliment the two debt clocks they have already with two more — one with a picture of a newborn, $51,500 in debt at the beginning of the convention — and the other, slowly clicking up the additional debt laid on that infant since birth.

cthulhu on August 27, 2012 at 11:41 PM

bazinga!

?????

Getting better every time

loves Erika

koaiko on August 28, 2012 at 12:24 AM

Down boy – back away from the visual

Butter = bad
unless you are a biscuit
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or someones (unnamed) butt

koaiko on August 28, 2012 at 12:28 AM

“…this election is not about social issues, and the character assassination has already shot way past desperate.”

Nice phrasing, young lady.

But that doesn’t mean the loon toons won’t stop trying…

locomotivebreath1901 on August 28, 2012 at 6:46 AM

I’m pretty darn pumped about the way things are shaping up on this side of the aisle. Granted, I’m not exactly an ‘objective outsider’ or anything (heh, far from it), but even just from the quick session that opened the convention earlier this afternoon, during which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus directed our attention to the tremendous national debt, Republicans are demonstrating their willingness to go for the jugular of the national debate by attacking the big issues.

Erika Johnsen

And exactly how are we doing that? Are we doing that by telling everybody that we want to protect medicare? Where the hell is that guy who would always post that the GOP will betray you. If Romney wins we’ll see how big the GOP is on cutting debt.

DFCtomm on August 28, 2012 at 7:34 AM