Debt clock hits $16 Trillion as DNC celebrates Hope and Chair 2012

posted at 6:31 pm on September 3, 2012 by Mary Katharine Ham

Well, the scene is already set for an uplifting week of healing rhetoric and outreach to independents.

Democrats are having plenty of high-profile problems dealing with the simple question: “Are you better off than you were four years ago?”

Expectations are being managed.

What they thought was a rambling speech by a fading old-timer turned out to be the perfect metaphor for the president’s lack of leadership, perfectly suited to the age of memes.

There’s a blow-out end-of-summer sale at the Obama store.

The Raleigh News & Observer delivered less-than-welcome news to incoming DNC attendees today:

The debt clock will deliver a similarly unwelcome message when it clicks over to $16 trillion as the DNC kicks off Tuesday.

But, the man of the hour remains fully secure in his own awesomeness.

Will he be enough to overcome the perils before a Democratic National Convention and deliver an electrifying call to duty that can overcome 8 percent unemployment, in the Stadium Whose Name Cannot Be Spoken?

The theme of the convention is “building the economy from the middle out.” But Obama will be relying heavily on the Clinton legacy, not his own, to convince voters he’s the best path to the future. Let’s build a bridge to the 21st Century again! It’s shovel-ready!

There will be no dynamic bullpen of speakers on display, painting a picture of the future of the party.

There are three promising names on that list, three with a reputation for a combination of charm, skill, and centrism that endears them to independent voters— President Bill Clinton, Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, and the young Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland. All three have been rebuked for the sin of being far too reasonable in public for Team Obama to countenance.

But I’m sure this week there will be no need for hostage videos. Right?

I’m heading to Charlotte for the convention, along with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich.

While you’re getting ready for the convention’s kick-off tomorrow— I hope you’ve been training your snark gradually because this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint— please read this great column from Ben Smith of Buzzfeed if you haven’t. I’m sure he’s gotten plenty of blowback on it, but he makes a convincing case that “the Democrats’ attack on Republican honesty is a campaign ploy, not an argument…one reporters should be wary of echoing.” It’s a great read.


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i hadn’t even heard a teeny whisper, but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Sarah at TCU in 2008? more than 8k. you betcha!

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Are you sitting with the Texas delegation at the DNC, or do you get priority seating with other Axel-turf trolls?

steebo77 on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

hmmm… I smell a trap with the Nikki Minaj quote. Let the Left hate on her for a while. Sleep on it.

faraway on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

What a p….(rhymes with Rick).

GrannyDee on September 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Hey now!

VegasRick on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Please, please Mary Katharine, wear a HazMat suit at all times. We want you back healthy.

TXUS on September 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

A beekeeper outfit will suffice if you don’t have time to get a hazmat suit.

TxAnn56 on September 3, 2012 at 7:39 PM

i hadn’t even heard a teeny whisper, but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Sarah at TCU in 2008? more than 8k. you betcha!

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

The obsession you have with this woman is creepy.

gophergirl on September 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

And he’s 3 days after Romney getting to Louisana. He was too busy campaigning in O-I-H-O to come any sooner.

bgibbs1000 on September 3, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Here is what happened :
Hussein was told by his handler that he needs to go to Louisiana after the Issac devastation , but he refused.
Then came the news that Romney will be visiting , and Hussein still refused to go there.
Then his handler came up with a plan. She told Hussein that he will be loaded on to AF-1 for a trip to LA. Hussein can never say no to a trip to LA , which means Los Angeles to him.
How can he say ” no” to going to his L A ?

burrata on September 3, 2012 at 7:40 PM

“I hope you’ve been training your snark gradually because this is going to be a marathon, not a sprint— …”

Please join us in our “Drinking Games” Mary K…

… We are here to support you!

:)

Seven Percent Solution on September 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

How many dead North Carolinians are registered to vote? Try 30,000.
http://patriotupdate.com/28806/30000-dead-north-carolinians-registered-to-vote

onlineanalyst on September 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

What a sad little man you are…..

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

I’m heading to Charlotte for the convention, along with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich.

..my condolences, ma’am. Stay safe!

The War Planner on September 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

i hadn’t even heard a teeny whisper, but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Sarah at TCU in 2008? more than 8k. you betcha!

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Do you have ths same imaginary friend as Harry Reid or are you in fact Harry Reid or do you even know who you are?

bgibbs1000 on September 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

What a p….(rhymes with Rick).

GrannyDee on September 3, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Hey now!

VegasRick on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yeah, I know, I know. Every once in awhile I’ve been known to shock my friends with my occasional use of salty language.

Sorry, everybody, but I’ve just had it up to here ^ with Oliar and the entire Dem party.

GrannyDee on September 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Here is a picture of the Ryan event

lots of people

gophergirl on September 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

Hey now!

VegasRick on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Yeah, I know, I know. Every once in awhile I’ve been known to shock my friends with my occasional use of salty language.

Sorry, everybody, but I’ve just had it up to here ^ with Oliar and the entire Dem party.

GrannyDee on September 3, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Actually I was refering to my name (I calls them way worse things than that)

VegasRick on September 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

gophergirl on September 3, 2012 at 7:45 PM

But, but, but……iut wasn’t as big as when Sarah was there!!!!!11!!!!!

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

steebo77 on September 3, 2012 at 7:38 PM

i think if mitt sent out “Clint’s chair” on the campaign trail, that attendance would skyrocket.

nothing else. just the chair. set it up on stage. let the people see obama. let the people speak to obama.

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

iut=it

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:50 PM

But, but, but……iut wasn’t as big as when Sarah was there!!!!!11!!!!!

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:48 PM

THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

Cause we all know VP crowd sizes at events is MUCH more important than saving our country from a Marxist.

gophergirl on September 3, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Love the pic. Make my chair.

abobo on September 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

In 2008, Obama won NC by 14K votes. His margin of victory in Mecklenburg County, where the convention is being held, was over 100K. There were many more votes cast in Mecklenburg, both in the primary and general election, than there are registered voters. I’m afraid massive voter fraud is the strategy for winning the state.

TarheelBen on September 3, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Charlotte is an island of blue in a sea of ruby red

Don’t worry about MKH. She will be surrounded by friends. And more cops than protesters.

mike_NC9 on September 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

OT and my apologies for commandeering the thread, but HillBuzz reports that Linda Lingles is up by six points in the HI Senate race.

I think in 2012 that Obama’s Hawaiian voters will select him as president while also voting against Hirono (and for Lingle, whom they know, and at least like better than Hirono). I don’t understand the race issues happening in Hawaii but the stories I’ve heard from people on the ground there don’t paint Japanese immigrants to Hawaii in a very good light, with claims from some quarters that “they’re taking over!”. That’s clearly playing against Hirono on some level. It looks like she’s a terrible campaigner, too, who doesn’t relate well with people and earns a lot of bad press for blowing people off.

Think of her as someone in the Martha Coakley, Elizabeth “Fauxcahontas” Warren, Tammy Baldwin, Caroline Kennedy mold.

Unexpected pick-up?

The War Planner on September 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

What a sad little man you are…..

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

same to you homey. peace:)

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Barred on September 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

oh, yeah. and remind me again….what major piece of legislation has ryan passed in his many many years in washington…….

crickets.

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

I’m heading to Charlotte for the convention, along with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich.

Godspeed.

Be sure to bring along your body armor and can of Raid.

Hawkins1701 on September 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Be sure to bring along your body armor and can of Raid Lysol.

Hawkins1701 on September 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM

FIFY :-)

AZfederalist on September 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Unexpected pick-up?

The War Planner on September 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

That would certainly help offset the MO race debacle.

gophergirl on September 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Fitting that the Democratic Socialist Party Convention starts the day after the Socialist holiday, Labor Day.

rgranger on September 3, 2012 at 8:42 PM

We need photos of sand obama surrounded by empty chairs,visuals that speak volumes.

rodguy911 on September 3, 2012 at 8:56 PM

How much you wanna bet that NOBODY from the MSM who is covering the Convention will say the words “Bank Of America Stadium”?

ardenenoch on September 3, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Proof that Mary Katharine does not all (politically speaking I mean)!

Anyone describing O’Malley as a “centrist” either isn’t listening to him or needs to recalibrate their politico-meter at some good rehab facility: he’s a crazed leftist of the very worst sort, a nasty machine politician who kisses the D’Allessandro ring, or whatever, when ever the opportunity presents itself, and stupid. While it’s probably clear I don’t like him very much it is also clear, nonetheless, that he’s not a centrist.

MTF on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

In the report, the newspaper had claimed the White House Valerie Jarrett sent a secret message to Tehran through two unidentified European intermediaries, saying the US….

Now we know why she has Secret Service protection…the REAL power behind the Empty Chair.

herm2416 on September 3, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Ha.
MKH is desparate enough to point to a pc by Ben Smith that essentially eviserates the integrity of the GOP/ Romney/ Ryan campaign.
Aim Low, and you’ll ‘win’.

verbaluce on September 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Hollywood inspired thoughts on the looming Hypocrat Convention:

Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?
Vasquez: No. Have you?

Hudson: Is this gonna be a standup fight, sir, or another bughunt?
Gorman: All we know is that there’s still no contact with the colony, and that a xenomorph may be involved.

Ripley: Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?

Vasquez: Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are.
Drake: Go, Vasquez. Kick ass.
Vasquez: Anytime, anywhere, man!
Hudson: Right, right. Somebody said “alien” she thought they said “illegal alien” and signed up!
Vasquez: F*ck you, man!
Hudson: Anytime, anywhere.

Ripley: Just tell me one thing, Burke. You’re going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back. But to wipe them out.
Burke: That’s the plan. You have my word on it.

Apone: Allright, sweethearts, you heard the man and you know the drill! A**holes and elbows!

Burke: Busy little creatures, huh?

Hudson: Oh dear Lord Jesus, this ain’t happening, man… This can’t be happening, man! This isn’t happening!

Burke: Look, this is an emotional moment for all of us, okay? I know that. But, let’s not make snap judgments, please. This is clearly-clearly an important species we’re dealing with and I don’t think that you or I, or anybody, has the right to arbitrarily exterminate them.
Ripley: Wrong!
Vasquez: Yeah. Watch us.

Bishop: In nineteen minutes, this area’s gonna be a cloud of vapor the size of Nebraska.

Hicks: [sticks shotgun right inside an Hypocrat's mouth] Eat this!

minnesoter on September 3, 2012 at 9:19 PM

I’m jealous of anybody within 100 yards of Katie P….

wolly4321 on September 3, 2012 at 10:11 PM

But Obama will be relying heavily on the Clinton legacy, not his own, to convince voters he’s the best path to the future.

2008: Clinton governance bad. Vote Obama!
2012: Clinton governance good. Vote Obama!

NukeRidingCowboy on September 3, 2012 at 10:24 PM

O’malley is a viscous drunk of the highest order. Leftist and mean. I said it on the other thread, but tell it again. Once saw him sooo drunk he couldn’t stand, crawling on his hands and knees spewing vulgar insults at anyone and everyone. Crawling down the street, 2 state troopers escorting, drooling all over himself. Fell Point MD.

Tying him to pelosi is spot on.

wolly4321 on September 3, 2012 at 10:25 PM

I’m heading to Charlotte for the convention, along with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich.

….ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!…you’re going to the condom convention !

KOOLAID2 on September 3, 2012 at 10:28 PM

It’s Chairlotte. Check your spelling.

Wino on September 3, 2012 at 10:29 PM

But, the man of the hour remains fully secure in his own awesomeness.

But the Nation is just not living up to His expectations. He’s very disappointed in all of you, so shut up about taxes, regulations, and prices, stop driving so much, stop expecting things should be getting better, start spending more money and hiring more people, and start paying more respect to your liberal betters.

Socratease on September 3, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Unexpected pick-up?

The War Planner on September 3, 2012 at 8:05 PM

Auwe! Good news, Dat. It confirms the last poll done out there about 2 months ago.

BTW her name is Lingle (no s). She was a featured speaker at the 2008 RNC Convention the same night SP spoke, but nobody showed it. She’s also the former Token Governor of Hawai’i…

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Aim Low, and you’ll ‘win’.

verbaluce on September 3, 2012 at 9:10 PM

“I’m Barack O’bamna, and I Approve This Message!”

Del Dolemonte on September 3, 2012 at 11:03 PM

i hadn’t even heard a teeny whisper, but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Sarah at TCU in 2008? more than 8k. you betcha!

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Sarah lost. Ryan will win.

captn2fat on September 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I’m heading to Charlotte for the convention, along with Townhall.com’s Guy Benson and Katie Pavlich.

So if Ed doesn’t post a single Bikini shot of Katie this week; is it safe to assume he’s an Obamabot? A ghey Obamabot?

lorien1973 on September 3, 2012 at 11:26 PM

but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Hey little i,

You have a friend, that knows a guy, that has a sister, who’s boyfriend told her that a dude selling Coke at the Ryan event at TCU saw only, what a mere 4K?

10-4 Sport.

Check the photo down the page then reach for your hanky and the keyboard. Some real research needs to be in your future.

Tenwheeler on September 3, 2012 at 11:35 PM

many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.
renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

By the way, Retread, it would appear that the Democrats are the only ones selling tickets and bussing in grandmas, college kids, teachers and purple shirts in order to show how may people are still excited about “Chair.”

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/03/dems-bring-in-crowds-by-busload-to-fill-stadium-for-obama-speech/

Oh, and they’ll need id.
All pickup persons must have a state-issued ID that matches the name submitted below. http://www.demconvention.com/official-providers-distribution/

Tenwheeler on September 3, 2012 at 11:41 PM

i hadn’t even heard a teeny whisper, but i was told that paulie ryan spoke at TCU to an unenthusiastic crowd of a mere 4K, many likely paid to attend by the romney campaign.

Sarah at TCU in 2008? more than 8k. you betcha!

renalin on September 3, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Umm, dude, let it go. Gov. Palin just isn’t that into you, or running for President this year. Queen Canute she ain’t.

ebrown2 on September 3, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Sarah lost. Ryan will win.

captn2fat on September 3, 2012 at 11:21 PM

-McCain- lost, and we’ll see if -Romney- can win come November.

ebrown2 on September 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

If Joe Biden can’t take the heat, then let’s help him get out of America’s kitchen (via Breitbart):

Biden: ‘If It Weren’t So Hot I’d Go Into Detail’ On How America’s Better Off

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on September 4, 2012 at 1:50 AM

The debt clock clicks over to $16 trillion

So I guess the Democrats are happy to party while black people everybody drowns?

Nordic on September 4, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I am sure this will be the usual civilized Demonic Convergence.

Release the cop car poop brigade.

CorporatePiggy on September 4, 2012 at 8:14 AM

BEST VIDEO ON EMPTY CHAIR DAY YET
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12_RHOTXU4M

Marco on September 4, 2012 at 8:16 AM

Of course, if Romney is president, who on our side is going to be putting up the debt clock as it approaches 22 to 24 trillion in 2016 around this time? That is barring him doing what I imagine he will do, and creating his own multi trillion dollar stimuless program, then we may well be looking at 24 to 26 trillion. If somehow the economy kicks into gear, is Romney going to pull it back as will be needed in order to take all the QE money out of the system, or will he do like Bush did and allow huge bubbles to be created which eventually burst? Then we could be looking at even more debt and major inflation to boot.

Romney is the wrong person at at point in time for this nation.

astonerii on September 4, 2012 at 9:50 AM

I get the “empty chair” bit; but, I think America would have been a whole lot better off if that chair had actually been empty. The destructive policies that “empty chair” has wrought will continue to hurt the American people for many Decades to come.

aposematic on September 4, 2012 at 2:11 PM

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