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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Grace? Are you flippin’ kidding me?

John the Libertarian on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Bishop:And the Culinary Delights,of Cooked Dog!:)

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Shut up, homogenist.

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

No such thing as “us and them’?

Are you freakin’ kidding me?

From the Divider-in-chief?

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Glad that some of you are watching the dnc speechifying. Just finished watching Coma and the bad guys are definitely demoncrats. Art imitating reflecting life indeed. Well in this case it’s about culling the human herd, growing babies for harvesting etc.

AH_C on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Barry drove Michelle around in a composite rusted out car and fished out a composite coffee table found in a composite garbage dumpster.

Punchenko on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Electrongod:There is no way in Hades,that I’m watching Day 2!:)

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I with you on that…

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

AK?

Commie, or bad shot.

cozmo on September 4, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Heh.

a capella on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Barack is the most wonderful caring decent man in the universe. How can you not all see that?

envycat on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

She sure is shtruggling with the word “struggle”.

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

She’s doing a Sean Connery impersonation, hopefully she will say therapist soon.

batterup on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

…Mooch loves B a r o c k s grandmother!..Who knew?

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

His grandmother was a bank vice president and she sent him to an expensive private school. That he was poor, is just a lie. His mother was on food stamps as a graduate student, by choice.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Is there not something wrong there? Your mom was a bank VP, yet you got on food stamps and mooch off some poor working stiffs.

bayview on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Patience and wisdom and courage and grace…

You can do that in mom jeans?

audiotom on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Obama’s brother lives in a hut.

Obama’s brother lives in a hut.

Obama’s brother lives in a hut.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

FYI: hubby’s remote settled on Big Bang Theory.

I love MY hubby, too, Michelle. :-)

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I can’t stand these leftists.

They turned me into a hater.

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Michelle Obama: ‘Barack knows the American Dream because he’s lived it.’ – Live video

2 mins ago by editor

Michelle Obama: ‘I have seen firsthand that being president doesn’t change who you are – it reveals who you are.’ – Live video

Michelle Obama: ‘Barack and I were both raised by families who didn’t have much in the way of money or material possessions’ – Live video

12 mins ago by editor

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

She’ll continue all her heroic shopping trips to Europe.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

In the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, general shareholders would have received nothing. Do you understand the difference between preferred shares and common shares? Are you suggesting that an asset fire sale would have made bondholders and preferreds whole?

And then in an act of unbridled ignorance, you go on to accuse me of lying… how precious.

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The problem is the American taxpayer is now long the stock at $53, the piece closed at 21.31 today…

500,000,000 shares of the garbage…

And looking at fundamentals and technicals this puppy is on the fast track to 0 again…

MGardner on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Man the Cowboys game is going to have ratings through the roof tomorrow.

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

If she says “schtruggle” one more time.

yongoro on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Enough with the shtruggle, moochelle!

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Where the hell is libdieorfree?!?

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Time to stop, MO.

This is embarrassing. It would help if you could speak English.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Plenty of bile in that duct.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 10:56 PM

“descending colon” must have already been taken.

29Victor on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

She is asking 30 million unemployed people to sacrifice so that Barack can be President again.

Spain is calling.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Obama’s brother lives in a hut.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Now contrast that with Moochelle’s speech..

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I couldn’t take more than 30 seconds of the Mooch. I’m now watching the Military Channel. Much more relaxing.

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

This feels so fake! She is not connected to reality.

texgal on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

In the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies, general shareholders would have received nothing. Do you understand the difference between preferred shares and common shares? Are you suggesting that an asset fire sale would have made bondholders and preferreds whole?

And then in an act of unbridled ignorance, you go on to accuse me of lying… how precious.

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

Your desperation to get away from your lies is showing in your story changes, bayam.

Remember your original claim, liar?

In the ‘managed’ bankruptcy path that you find so plausible, shareholders lose everything.

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

No differentiation there. Indeed, you clearly stated that no shareholder would have gotten anything.

And what about bondholders?

Your original statement

In a fire sale of GM and Chrysler assets that the street and industry analysts anticipated without Bush and Obama bailout funds, bondholders would have captured the high value of real estate, manufacturing plants and other assets in Detroit and other distressed rust belt cities. What a loss!

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Now you blather on about people being “whole”. Do you realize what happened to bondholders when your desperate idiot Obama took over?

Thomas Lauria, Global Practice Head of the Financial Restructuring and Insolvency Group at White & Case, told ABC News that Rattner suggested to an official of the boutique investment bank Perella Weinberg Partners that officials of the Obama White House would embarrass the firm for opposing the Obama administration plan, which President Obama announced Thursday, and which requires creditors to accept roughly 29 cents on the dollar for an estimated $6.8 billion owed by Chrysler

You lied, screaming bayam. You outright lied to protect your Obama, and now you’re getting your face rubbed in it by someone who has facts.

You lied, and now, as is typical for you, you try to back off from the lie. But you’re not getting away. We have you cornered, we have your lies called out, and you’re losing.

What are you going to do, worthless Obama pig?

northdallasthirty on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Ok, there are some serious kooks in that audience.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Is this QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I’m not seeing many bucktoothed, transgendered Asians with a harelip in the audience.

Why is the DNC so bigoted?

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

SHHHHHH Truggle…

The newest drinking game in town.

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

You are one foul-mouthed little man. Try to act like a big boy and talk like an adult. No, I’m not an expert on how his donations have been allocated.

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Badge of honor coming from such a dishonest puke.

Poor little b*tch who gets called out on his dishonest and word play.

It won’t stop.

Tell me again about how great Apple is …please.

You’re as simple as they come. You keep your list ready don’t you.
Maybe you should tell us again about Rush . Can you?

CW on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

I with you on that…

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Electrongod:About 5 years of Facts/Truth on Obama will do that!:)

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Who is DH?
Ohio..met many good people from there. Or is it Oiho? lol
Your a smart lady G. You will be fine.
Your welcome here should you need to. :)

I already have me day planned.

bazil9 on September 4, 2012 at 10:49 PM

DH is my darling husband. And he is, too. A fine man, smart and compassionate. (And very handsome. In fact, he bears a striking resemblance to…wait for it…Clint Eastwood!!)

You’re right. We conservative Ohioans are good people. Level-headed and hard working. As for the Libs in Ohio, they’re what you would expect. ‘Nuff said about that.

So where r you, Bazil?

GrannyDee on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

…Mooch loves B a r o c k s grandmother!..Who knew?

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

What is more sweet and adorable than a typical old white woman?

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

bayam on September 4, 2012

…shud ap…stand at the alter with Mooch for a bit…she’s begging you!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Hope and Unyielding Shtruggle? NEW BUMBPER STICKER!

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Juan Williams will call this heroic, articulate, Churchillian.

Schtruggle, schtruggle, schtruggle.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Where the hell is libdieorfree?!?

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Drying out…

Got all wet over Moochelle…
I presume..

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Is this QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Of course! Can’t you tell by all the truecons? :P

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Barry drove Michelle around in a composite rusted out car and fished out a composite coffee table found in a composite garbage dumpster.

Punchenko on September 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

In Chicago, a car made in the eighties could be “rusted-out” before you had it paid off.

slickwillie2001 on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

I can’t stand these leftists.

They turned me into a hater.

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

I can’t watch or listen to them for long without feeling a sense of rage kick in. I just hope we can diminish their power in the upcoming election.

Yakko77 on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Even she has a Title

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The Democrats’ focus on wounded veterans is bait for the GOP to engage them on foreign policy. Its an insanely cynical political strategy for a President who surged troops in Afghanistan with no clear purpose whatsoever.

The outcome has been that our troops have been sent into remote provinces without strategic purpose, and they have been bombarded by the Taliban. Bush never intended Afghanistan to serve as anything more than a de facto launching pad against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. Unlike Iraq, Afghanistan has never known a strong central government. Its a rugged terrain delineated by lines on a map; its only purpose was to serve as an American outpost. You can disagree with that policy, but at least it was realistic about the fact that Afghanistan has never been a real country, and never will be. The idea that the Dems are looking out for our troops after the Afghanistan “surge” is sick.

That being said, the Dems are trying to bait Romney into a debate over foreign policy. He shouldn’t take the bait.

Lawdawg86 on September 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

The great American dream will be destroyed if Obama is re-elected. Mom & chief?? Wow, she is just as self centered as he is.

marinconservative on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

I’m shhhhhrtuggling with this speech.

texgal on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Here come the croc tears… In 3…2…1…

NightmareOnKStreet on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

She can’t force the tears, try harder, think about those people you killed in your patient dumping scheme.

batterup on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:00 PM

Is this QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Dire Straits:

Ahoy Dire,oh man,not again,could be!:)

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

She is asking 30 million unemployed people to sacrifice so that Barack can be President again.

Spain is calling.

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Naw, even Francisco Franco wasn’t THAT big of an asshat.

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:52 PM

The problem is the American taxpayer is now long the stock at $53, the piece closed at 21.31 today…

500,000,000 shares of the garbage…

And looking at fundamentals and technicals this puppy is on the fast track to 0 again…

MGardner on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

Brayam says: Success!!!!

CW on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

She’s spreading it on pretty thick tonight. I think her acting is showing too much.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Who taught Mooch to overact so much?

I want her and the zero humiliated in November.

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

She Said God
She said God

envycat on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

“If we want to give all of our children a foundation for their dreams… then we must once again come together… for… my husband”

I thought the speech stunk. Boring and artificial.

Now they’re playing Beyonce. Move your body? Wow, they’re really trying to go after the youth vote or something?

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Democratic National Convention 2012

Michelle Obama: ‘I love that we can trust Barack to do what he says he’s going to do, even when it’s hard – especially when it’s hard.’ – Live video

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Michelle Obama 2016!

Typhonsentra on September 4, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Oh come on. She doesn’t weigh THAT much.

Right Mover on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

People crying? Really?? It wasn’t that great of a speech – gonna start drinking after that

marinconservative on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I can’t watch her.
She is just as fake as her husband.
I’m relying on you guys and as usual your comments are quite entertaining.
Sounds like the same nonsense Michelle thought would bring the Olympics to Chicago.

bailey24 on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Michelle Obama – terrible actress.

sentinelrules on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Did she talk about Barry and his foreign student aid?

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

What a pathetic speech…looks like the hours spent shaving her back were for naught.

HumpBot Salvation on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Juan Williams: She’s a…political wife.

Rational Thought on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Love those home-made signs!

batterup on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

One thing you notice in Utah is the conservative way in which people live- you generally don’t see flagrant displays of wealth or overt materialism.

bayam on September 4, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Democrat College Dropout Robert Redford’s Utah Compound

Democrat Choomer Cheech Marin’s Utah Estate

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

We must, we must,we must
EAT MORE BARACKOL!

usedtobeinmich on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

What are they yelling? Bored to tears?

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Still chuckling about Brayams “but bush did it ” response to my comments about corporate welfare. This idiot has the gall to try to tell someone to be a big boy. Far too chuckle-worthy.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Too bad her husband didn’t show up to escort her off the stage. They could have done that fist-bump thingy that’s so classy and cute.

Cody1991 on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

The most popular woman in the country?

yongoro on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

She’s spreading it on pretty thick tonight. I think her acting is showing too much.

RBMN on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

It seemed phony.

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

“I remember Bark’s first job out of college, as the Chicago dog catcher. He always seemed to love that job…maybe he loved it too much.”

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

She Said God
She said God

Then we have a WWF event…

O obama vs God…

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Can someone explain this..WTH!!??!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Outside of the pronunciations, that was a very well done, effective speech.
Much better than ANY her husband has given.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

SHHHHHH Truggle…

The newest drinking game in town.

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

I’ve got a ten-spot for anyone who can shhhhtruggle through the transcript and count the number of times she said shhhhtruggle.

hillbillyjim on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Is this QOTD thread??..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Start picking out your AP birthday videos for tomorrow.

annoyinglittletwerp on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Where’s Juan Williams..?

d1carter on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Looks like Michelle is,

****************DePloying The Crying Card *******************

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Michelle Obama – terrible actress.

sentinelrules on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

I disagree. She’s not schtruggling with her lines.

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

People crying? Really?? …

marinconservative on September 4, 2012 at 11:05 PM

Maybe they just got their 401k statements?

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

F-

Del Dolemonte on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Shhh you’ll ruin Brayam’s attempt to be fair and “honest”.

CW on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Chris Wallace says Michelle Obama was masterful.

THAT was masterful?

bluegill on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Chris Wallace calling her speech “Masterful”

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Can someone explain this..WTH!!??!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Rush mentioned this today.

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Good evening Friend!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Looks like Michelle is,

****************DePloying The Crying Card *******************

canopfor on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Could just be the smell. Your eyes would water too if you had to smell that many dems in one place.

Laura in Maryland on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

“I remember Bark’s first job out of college, as the Chicago dog catcher. He always seemed to love that job…maybe he loved it too much.”

Bishop on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

LOL

MGardner on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Chris Wallace calling her speech “Masterful”

faraway on September 4, 2012 at 11:07 PM

Anything else and he is racist.
/

CW on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Her jaws were flapping, thus she was lying.

SouthernGent on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Where the hell is libdieorfree?!?

Lanceman on September 4, 2012 at 11:01 PM

…third row left side with a rolled up virginia costume he found outside the stadium!…He’s clapping with it in his hands!

KOOLAID2 on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

My disdain is overflowing for the “jug-eared bastard” and his blind followers.

God save us from this stain!

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Much better than ANY her husband has given.

pambi on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Yet Obama is running for Prez…..

Electrongod on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

All government programs all the time…thanks MO.

d1carter on September 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

Talking heads turn. PBS loves her. I hate that the only over the air channel is PBS.

yongoro on September 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

If she’d ask me, “Does my butt look to big in this dress?, I would’ve said “No, but it does have its own solar system, I think.”

TXUS on September 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Can someone explain this..WTH!!??!!..:)

Dire Straits on September 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Yeah not even going there.

gophergirl on September 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Are these hypocrits praying?

Clinging to their abortions and bibles?

freedomfirst on September 4, 2012 at 11:09 PM

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