Dem convention, night one: Abortion, more abortion, Julian “Who?” Castro, FLOTUS

posted at 6:01 pm on September 4, 2012 by Allahpundit

Here’s the hourly schedule. Even by the dreary standards of this convention’s line-up, tonight is especially dreary. Put it this way: From 7 p.m. until 10, arguably the most interesting speaker is … Linc Chafee. Get out your drinking-game bingo cards now because there’s no way you’ll make it through this without them.

Tonight’s strategy: Make sure every core constituency is well-pandered-to right out of the chute. It’s “clientelism” on parade. Somewhere, Jay Cost is smiling:

If there’s a theme to tonight’s speaking lineup here at the first day of the Democratic convention, it’s a nod to all the important voting and demographic blocs of the Obama coalition. Women? You have First Lady Michelle Obama, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Lilly Ledbetter. Latinos? Keynote speaker Julian Castro and Rep. Xavier Becerra. African Americans? The first lady and Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx. Why is tonight’s coalition night so important for Democrats? Because they are facing an enthusiasm gap — at least compared to 2008 — with these voting blocs. In the Aug. 2012 NBC/WSJ poll, just 52% of voters under 35 and only 49% of Latinos expressed high interest in the upcoming election, which was down about 20 points for both groups at this same point in ’08. That said, almost all voting segments in the poll — Democrats and Republicans alike — aren’t as interested as they were in 2008. So this is the opportunity that the Democratic convention represents for the Obama camp and Democrats: maybe a final chance to rekindle some of the 2008 magic. If Mitt Romney had to close his likeability gap at last week’s GOP convention, Barack Obama and the Democrats this week have to close the enthusiasm gap.

The most important Democratic constituency gets its pander nice and early when top union crony/SEIU president Mary Kay Henry speaks at some point between 6:15 and 6:45 ET. Nancy Keenan, the president of NARAL, gets a more prominent spot shortly after 8 p.m. to get the “war on women” crapola rolling. I wonder if we’ll hear the phrase “safe, legal, and rare” 20 times this week or if the new base-minded Democratic Party has finally dispensed with that lie once and for all. They really should. Much like economic growth, it’s a relic of the Clinton era. Be who you are, guys.

Amusing footnote: Leader-of-the-future Cory Booker has been relegated to the 6 p.m. hour instead of primetime, presumably because of his famous oopsie about Bain on “Meet the Press.” Normally I’d lament that, but seeing as how he went full jackhole this morning to push the Democrats’ racism messaging against the GOP, I don’t care anymore. Besides, tonight’s designated leader of the future is Julian Castro, who’s going to deliver a 15-minute address on the immigrant experience and becoming a success in America. (If that sounds familiar, it should. Castro is transparently counterprogramming for Rubio, who’s already a national figure and a threat to siphon off some of the Democrats’ Latino base.) If there’s one thing the left needs, it’s another young inexperienced pol with few accomplishments who gets by on soaring rhetoric and charisma. Expect plenty of fawning profiles tomorrow, all hitting the same tired notes.

Booker’s speaking on C-SPAN as I write this, so let’s get the thread up now. If you get bored while watching, here’s Choom Gang alumnus Barack Obama enjoying a little pothead humor while taking a break from cracking down on potheads nationwide. Exit quotation: “Girls, get your abortions NOW in case the Republicans win.”


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C’mon, AP. No video where the democrats claim ownership over everyone and everything?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6gLa9Te8Blw

lorien1973 on September 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

oooooooh… Dick is quite touchy about the platform!

woohoo on September 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Are the broadcast networks limiting coverage to one hour per night?

GCM on September 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

When does Fluke speak?

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I’ll be watching Hell’s Kitchen.

mythicknight on September 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

I bet it’ll look more like Saturday Night Live.

I’ll be watching for Dieter.

BobMbx on September 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

lololol
bret is asking dick durbin about changes in the dem platform…he replies, we should be talking about what the country wants, not this…

lololol
all the dems could talk about last week was the rnc platform….

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:09 PM

bret is such a squish….

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Oooooh! A Jimmy Carter video!

Chuck Schick on September 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Today’s liberals:

Because 50% of unborn black babies IS NOT ENOUGH!!!

/

CW on September 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Ole Durbin looks totally foolish. Combative for no reason.

woohoo on September 4, 2012 at 6:10 PM

cnn is showing booker as well, just switched over…

however, I will rely on the company of the HA posters to let me know how the rest of the evening goes

:)

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Some of you are actually watching this? You have far stronger stomachs than I.

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

“Hello Cleveland! Who’s ready to go throw some babies into the volcano! Woohoo!!!”

forest on September 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Holy Cow, Durbin is an AZZ!!!!! Defensive much?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

seeing double for a minute on the front page…

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Thank you for having this thread on Hot Air because I just can’t stand them so I won’t watch, but it will be great to be able to keep up with what is going on through others’ eyes.

Paddington on September 4, 2012 at 6:13 PM

If they didn’t want anyone to notice the platform changes, why make them?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

This is what degeneration looks like.

jawkneemusic on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The pic looks like one of those lady rasslers from the 70s in a boxing ring. Probably the best it’s going to get.

kim roy on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I would rather set my hair on fire and put it out with a hammer.

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Thought my eyes were going bad seeing this post on both sides of the front page.

AngusMc on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

HotAir goes 3D..:)

idesign on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

This thing has me seeing double!

AP, what’s up wit dat?

pain train on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

I just read that all mention of God was removed from the platform this year. Is this a first?

levi from queens on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Abort ‘em all and let Obama sort ‘em out.

The Count on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Indeed. This is posted in both columns on the front page.

Corporal Tunnel on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

They need to turn the lights up in the convention hall.

Punchenko on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Some of you are actually watching this? You have far stronger stomachs than I.

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

My wife was an Obama voter switching over to Romney. She said I have to sit through the DNC to seal the deal.

F that. I live in LA and Romney’s going to lose California anyway.

Chuck Schick on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Thank goodness the main events are past my bedtime.

I’d rather get up at 4:30 am than stay up watching (urp) FLOTUS.

tru2tx on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Whoa, never seen this before. Stereo POSTS AT HOT GAS!!!! 1111 Help us all.

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

lorien1973 on September 4, 2012 at 6:08 PM

What the hell was that!!!! We all belong to the government? They said that right out loud!

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

White Sox are playing the Twins tonight.

St Gaudens on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Looks like Cory got his “mind right”- all the way up to 11 on the volume control.
What a gutless coward

jjshaka on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Abortion in stereo.

Corporal Tunnel on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

As I check in online, Gov Bev Purdue is up .. education is her subject, apparently. Wish she’d clear her throat.. eww.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Chuck Schick on September 4, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Thank you Mrs. Schick!!!!

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

a little earlier today, wolfie wanted to make sure that you pronounce Julian as Hulian, the J is silent, just in case you didn’t know….

*sigh*

they really think we are that stupid…

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Seriously though, when they were doing the Pledge of Allegiance, the ratio was four blacks to each white. Lol. So phoney.

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I hate to say this but let the freak show begin.

logman1 on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Welcome to the Proletariat, ma’am.

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Am I the only one who has to force himself to call it “The Lily Ledbetter Act” instead of “The Silly Bedwetter Act”?

Some of you are actually watching this? You have far stronger stomachs than I.

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 6:12 PM

I don’t have anywhere near enough whiskey on hand to subject myself to the DNC.

And I have quite a bit of whiskey on hand, by most mortal standards.

JimLennon on September 4, 2012 at 6:17 PM

I’ll be searching youtube for videos that I can use after 23:00 central time…because we ALL know what tomorrow is…
*devious grin*

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

What the hell was that!!!! We all belong to the government? They said that right out loud!

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

How can you watch that?

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Let the DNC look something like the last 15 minutes of Animal House!

Chuck Schick on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

thanks pambi…

:)

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Exit quotation: “Girls, get your abortions NOW in case the Republicans win.”

Why? Is it like the airlines? Do you get a discount if you book six months in advance?

JohnGalt23 on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

Celebrate the fabulousness of the D&C at the DNC! Kill a baby for obama!

Let the Circus of Horrors begin!

Pork-Chop on September 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

White Sox are playing the Twins tonight.

St Gaudens on September 4, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Go Twins!

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I’ll let you guys watch.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

life is strange, Moving in Stereo….

cane_loader on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Thanks Cindy for watching it for us….

cannot stomach for the lovefest….

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Life is strange, Moving in Stereo!

cane_loader on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Send this video to your lists

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=148173

redguy on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Am I the only one who has to force himself to call it “The Lily Ledbetter Act” instead of “The Silly Bedwetter Act”?

I still always think that the Lilly LedBetter Act has something to do with this guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_Belly

Mark1971 on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Watching the CSPAN coverage live. So far, Victims! All victims! If only we had FREE HEALTH CARE!!!111

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Governor Bev Purdue scores a huge cheer when pointing out that Obama supports Planned Parenthood. Are there really that many ghouls that will cheer for abortion?!

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

It’s pronounced WHO-LEE-EN to all you gringos.

Wigglesworth on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Babylon revisited.

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

thanks for watching, so we don’t have to

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

It’s been a long weird path for the Democratic Party to arrive at being the “Party of Death”.

J_Crater on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Yes.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

Yay! Sob story about MS and how Obamacare will cure all the nation’s sick and end MS forever!

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

This is where a time machine would come in handy and abort the democratic party.

redguy on September 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

amen KJ

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 6:18 PM

That was a link lorien1973 has above. I am watching Special Report. I don’t know if I can watch the actual convention.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:22 PM

I just read that all mention of God was removed from the platform this year. Is this a first?

levi from queens on September 4, 2012 at 6:14 PM

The Democrats response is that Obama is mentioned quite often in their platform.

GCM on September 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

I want some free stuff!!!! I is American not Americant. Need some freebies! Make it so!

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

It’s been a long weird path for the Democratic Party to arrive at being the “Party of Death”.

J_Crater on September 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

It’s disgusting.

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

Fellow Southerners, this sho’ ’nuff ain’t your mama and dem’s Democratic Party.

Lawdy.

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:23 PM

i heard some dem say that the platform is following what dear leader wants….shouldn’t the platform be what all dems want? am I missing something?

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

God help us all.

SouthernGent on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Really? This dude just said his education wouldn’t have been able to graduate college without President Obama. Let’s all remember, the Federal Government makes everything possible.

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

are you actually watching it for us KJ?

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Wow, President Obamma would have saved this kid’s parents and has made his college education possible. Oh man. I may have to rethink my vote in November. Mitt just puts puppies on the roof of his car and Paul pushes old people off of cliffs. Rethink. 2012

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Yay… SEIU President Mary Kay Henry is up now. This should be awesome.

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

all hail dear leader

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Time for Mary K Henry, SEIU … here to represent those who make America strong, those Obama fights for each and every day.

Barf.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Rethink. 2012

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I’m in San Antonio where Castro is the mayor. I hear enough of him locally (blech), I certainly won’t be tuning in. And Michelle? Hahahaha! No way!

JennM111 on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I’m looking forward to the live after-birth abortion presentation right before Michelle’s all you can eat lobster buffet.

oceansidecon on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

More lying and smearing about Bain. Great way to start out.

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Lying liar lying about Mitt/Bain.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Did we have a thread showing that The Won is using the same exact speech that he used in 2008?

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yankees vs Rays 6:00PM CDT

a capella on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I’m looking forward to the live after-birth abortion presentation right before Michelle’s all you can eat lobster buffet.

oceansidecon on September 4, 2012 at 6:26 PM

And dinner is done.

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

No way in hell I can stomach watching this [fill in the blank with your favorite string of expletives].

maubman on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:24 PM

RU kidding? I’ll read the transcripts. I have 2 exes. That’s torture enough.

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Ah, update. Allahpundit fixed the stereo posting of the DNC. Did not want us all to think he was partial to the DNC?

the new aesthetic on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Where does this “Mitt would raise taxes on the middle class” garbage come from?!

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Lotsa booo’s for her lying lies.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

are you actually watching it for us KJ?

Some brave souls must, so it can be analyzed and interpreted for we who have no stomach to watch it ourselves.

If I had to watch, I’d be tempted to gouge out my eyes after just a few minutes, and there isn’t enough brain bleach to wash away the deplorable images that would haunt me forever.

hawkeye54 on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The Israeli Ambassador to the US called out Debbie Washerwoman

Israel’s ambassador to the United States rejected the claim made yesterday by the head of the Democratic National Committee that he described the Republican party as “dangerous for Israel.”

In an emailed statement, Amb. Michael Oren said “I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel. Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”

In a speech at the Democratic National Convention yesterday, Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”

bayview on September 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I can’t imagine myself wearing any clothing with the image of a politician on it. Even the good one of Rep. Ryan with MATH below his likeness.

Cindy Munford on September 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

“The Government is the Only Thing We All Belong To”

from the DNC opening video…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gLa9Te8Blw

UnderstandingisPower on September 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

I’m only catching this while dinner’s cooking .. LOL.
Once we eat, idunno.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Anyone else think Ms. Henry looks a little like a poor man’s Ellen DeGeneres?

Longing4Lincoln on September 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Come on fellow Patriots, give it the old college try and watch at least a bit of the Democrat Convention.

We need to be ready to counter the aurguments at the water cooler in the morning.

Watching it on CSPAN.org isn’t as bad as watching it on stations that are full of stupid commentary.

Note to those with weak stomachs: You may want to wait a few minutes to tune in since the President of SEIU is speaking now.

wren on September 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

I recorded 4 episodes of “Boardwalk Empire” yesterday just for this occasion. The HighLowlights will be more than enough for me!

I caught a couple of minutes of Debbie Downer’s welcoming remarks. They cut away to a shot of her from the rear in her skintight white dress. I turned it off, but I wonder which of the two pigs won the under-the-blanket wrestling match?

Naturally Curly on September 4, 2012 at 6:29 PM

kingsjester on September 4, 2012 at 6:27 PM

sorry…thought you were….

thanks to all who are watching for us

cmsinaz on September 4, 2012 at 6:30 PM

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