Dem convention, night three: Savior of mankind to explain where it all went wrong

posted at 6:41 pm on September 6, 2012 by Allahpundit

Here’s the schedule. Tonight’s show began at 4:30 p.m. ET, but things don’t really start rolling until “Barack’s Angels” formally bestow Hollywood’s benediction sometime between 7:30 and 8. Then comes Caroline Kennedy to remind America that what you think is the sun is really just Teddy’s angelic smile, shining down from heaven upon The One’s good works; then Eva Longoria and careerist loser Charlie Crist; and then John Kerry, who once lost a presidential election in part due to flip-flopping, who’s going to try to get away with a line like this.

After that comes our garrulous moron of a VP to explain how Romney’s gon’ put y’all back in chains (Democrats have pushed him out of primetime in favor of Dick Durbin) and then, at long last, the man of the hour. If you’re wondering how far the goalposts have moved, Joel Pollak summarizes Clinton’s message last night elegantly:

“Yes We Can” became “No One Could Have” – Americans should not, Clinton urged, be disappointed in President Obama for failing to achieve the great things he promised in his soaring speeches–or even the bare minimum that we had expected. It was never actually possible, given the state the country had been in. “No president–not me or any of my predecessors could have repaired all the damage in just four years,” Clinton said.

That excuse is not only an acknowledgement of failure, but an admission of fraud. If he had not promised to do more, and to be more, than any other politician, Barack Obama would not only have lost the election in 2008–he would also have lost the primary to his rival, Hillary Clinton. At the time, Bill called Obama’s rhetoric what it was: a “fairy tale.” Today, Clinton is a willing accomplice to Obama’s bait-and-switch confidence game.

Quite so. I like Timothy Carney’s formulation too:

Read Philip Klein to refresh your memory of what that 20x entailed. The golfer-in-chief is going to ask for a mulligan tonight because, as it turns out, slowing the rise of the oceans wasn’t something his superpowers were able to handle. (Almost no one at the convention is talking about the oceans these days.) Even the Onion can’t resist marking the occasion by goofing on his ridiculous overpromising. Quote:

With the 2012 Democratic National Convention now under way in Charlotte, Beltway observers are reporting that the mood inside the Time Warner Cable Arena remains spirited and optimistic, despite a noticeable lack of the delusional, completely-out-of-touch-with-reality magic that characterized the event four years ago…

“Obviously, people are never going to be seized by the exact same patently bullshit sense of destiny they were last time around, but I would like to see this convention have at least a little more of the totally deceptive electricity we saw in Denver,” convention attendee David Lowell said. “I think maybe in the next day or two people will really start to build up to moronically thinking real change is finally on its way.”

Political analysts have said that if Obama wants to regain momentum, he must use the 2012 convention to reproduce the spirit of unexamined and wholly unearned confidence that propelled millions of deluded young people to the polls in 2008, and must persuade those who voted for him four years ago that their sad, childlike trust was not misplaced.

Here’s your thread to track this year’s ridiculous overpromising, which apparently will include a section on entitlement reform. If that sounds familiar, it should. While we wait, via BuzzFeed, here’s a video trip down memory lane for the only man in America who likes Obama more today than he did four years ago. I’ll leave you with this from ABC, a strong candidate for headline of the year after 42 months of 8+ percent unemployment:


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I didn’t think the shiny object strategy was such a good idea.

Opening the box of shiny objects and rolling them out on the stage is even less of a good idea.

I forget who said it, but last night was a train wreck of clown cars for Obama and the D party.

All those shiny objects, still no Christmas Tree.

ajacksonian on September 7, 2012 at 7:03 AM

Tru dat terrye

cmsinaz on September 7, 2012 at 7:15 AM

Hats off to those who watched.

I couldn’t stomach it. Can’t even stand the clips.

Grace_is_sufficient on September 7, 2012 at 7:16 AM

8.3
1.7
16 Trillions
Success!!!

/

CW on September 7, 2012 at 7:18 AM

Recap of democrat convention:

We all belong to government
Dems boo God
Abortion, abortion, free contraception, abortion (is that even an issue in this election?)
Michelle O shares an overly dramatic story of Barak recently reading a letter and finding out the economy is bad after which he tells her we must do something. Though she omits what he has done yet.
Bill Clinton gives the greatest speech of all time (according to adoring media fans) in which he tells us he too inherited a bad economy but he fixed it and Obama can’t
Obama gives such a bad speech cnn spends remainder of evening talking about the oracle skills of Joe Biden

Did they drop condoms at the end?

Ellis on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM

I went to bed early and did not watch the DNC last night at all..it does not sound like I missed much.

Terrye on September 7, 2012 at 6:38 AM

Check out the top of DRUDGE. Classic. lol

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

The conventions are over.

60 days to go.

Halftime is over.

The Dems have just kicked off the ball to us to start the 3rd quarter.

Here we go…

JimLennon on September 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

The Dems have just kicked off the ball to us to start the 3rd quarter.

Here we go…

JimLennon on September 7, 2012 at 7:41 AM

I’d bet the DNC convention left independents scratching their heads, wondering WTF did they just see.

Bring on the Mitt ads. Let the carpet bombing begin.

petefrt on September 7, 2012 at 7:53 AM

Check out the top of DRUDGE. Classic. lol

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 7:29 AM

ROFL! That Granholm performance is an instant classic!

RedRedRice on September 7, 2012 at 7:58 AM

Ellis on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM.

Nice summary :) I wonderwhat the indies took home from this shambles of a convention….what was their i erall theme, other than abortion and…Bubba redux :)…

jimver on September 7, 2012 at 8:07 AM

Ah MSNBC is now comparing the conventions by the amount of tears shed. Are you kidding me? Tears shed at a convention are more so a sign of delegates that are disconnected from reality rather than a sign of a great leader.

We have been crying for 4 years. We need someone that will help the nation, not feel sorry for it. Come on Romney! Kick it up!

Bensonofben on September 7, 2012 at 8:14 AM

One thing that was noticeably missing from last night’s circus – people from the boy king’s past talking about his acts of kindness and charity during his adult years.

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Didn’t watch it last night. In fact I didn’t watch it all week. I didn’t even watch the pre and post chatter on Foxnews all week.

However, I am watching Fox and Friends this morning and was surprised to see a panel with Gretchen. 2 Dems (one was Joe Trippi, and 1 Conservative). Gretchen asked about Obama saying Romney had no foreign policy experience. The 2 dems were saying this was not hypocritical even though Obama had ZILCH 4 years ago.

I guess I missed 3 days of complete hypocrisy if this was a sample of content at the convention.

karenhasfreedom on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Ellis on September 7, 2012 at 7:28 AM

Thanks for the aptly succinct summary. You saved me the infusion of gastric bile that accompanies listening to Dem hoo-hah and shell games.

onlineanalyst on September 7, 2012 at 8:22 AM

Obama’s excuse for blatant (and some would say, deliberate) failure, is that the entire act of being president is…above his pay grade.

Don L on September 7, 2012 at 8:23 AM

One thing that was noticeably missing from last night’s circus – people from the boy king’s past talking about his acts of kindness and charity during his adult years.

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Excellent point, Flora!

Naturally Curly on September 7, 2012 at 8:27 AM

From what I understand Obama brought along enough strawmen to keep the crows out of the drought-stricken corn this fall.

Fallon on September 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Bill Bennett just made a good point about the chair’s speech.

Said it was more an appeal for sympathy, than that of leadership, forward.
‘things were just soooo bad ! I’ve been trying, but a victim of the GOP, etc etc. ‘

pambi on September 7, 2012 at 8:31 AM

Jobs report -+96,000. Ouch, perhaps that was why he just seemed resigned to the fact he was going to lose last night.

Ellis on September 7, 2012 at 8:32 AM

NY TImes says 96,000 jobs added last month.

Horrible.

He’s done.

PetecminMd on September 7, 2012 at 8:33 AM

96,000 jobs added
8.1% unemployment rate (U3)
15.0% underemployment rate (U6)
368,000 left the workforce
63.5% labor force participation rate

steebo77 on September 7, 2012 at 8:34 AM

From 8.3 to 8.1.

For those of you who would love to see America fail to beat the President, too bad.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:37 AM

From 8.3 to 8.1.

For those of you who would love to see America fail to beat the President, too bad.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:37 AM

The labor force shrunk more than the number of jobs added. That means more people gave up looking for work than found employment. The labor force participation rate sunk even lower, to levels not seen since Jimmy Carter. And you dance while your fellow Americans suffer.

steebo77 on September 7, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Math is hard. Huh, Chump?

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 8:43 AM

From 8.3 to 8.1.

For those of you who would love to see America fail to beat the President, too bad.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:37 AM

96,000 jobs added
368,000 left the workforce

Flora Duh on September 7, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Half empty or half full.
Republicans would like to believe there’s no glass at all.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Half empty or half full.
Republicans would like to believe there’s no glass at all.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Why do you continue to cheer the privation of your fellow citizens and the ruination of this country?

steebo77 on September 7, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I blame the teleprompter programmers. They keep replaying the same old speech. Actually, I think Obama must have an all-time worst set of speechwriters. Obama, though, has been known to brag that he’s his best speechwriter. That explains it.

rgeaste on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

“He has within him the possibility to change the direction and tone of American foreign policy, which need changing; his rise will serve as a practical rebuke to the past five years, which need rebuking; his victory would provide a fresh start in a nation in which a fresh start would come as a national relief. He climbed steep stairs, born off the continent with no father to guide, a dreamy, abandoning mother, mixed race, no connections. He rose with guts and gifts. He is steady, calm, and, in terms of the execution of his political ascent, still the primary and almost only area in which his executive abilities can be discerned, he shows good judgment in terms of whom to hire and consult, what steps to take and moves to make. We witnessed from him this year something unique in American politics: He took down a political machine without raising his voice…”

Peggy Noonan, 2008

“Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he’s thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There’s too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We’ve done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?”

Peggy Noonan, 2012

I guess Peggy’s not quite as wet anymore, but I’ll never believe her again.

Mr. Grump on September 7, 2012 at 8:56 AM

It seems to me that given the heavy focus on abortion democrats can’t even do contraception right.

scboy on September 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Half empty or half full.
Republicans would like to believe there’s no glass at all.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

You flunked Math, didn’t you?

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 8:57 AM

Did I see this correctly on Fox this morning?

When the DNC guy took a voice vote on the God-and-Jerusalem omissions from the platform, his teleprompter was instructing him to say that two-thirds were in favor of inclusion before the crowd yelled its yeas and nays?

KyMouse on September 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

They keep replaying the same old speech. Actually, I think Obama must have an all-time worst set of speechwriters. Obama, though, has been known to brag that he’s his best speechwriter.

rgeaste on September 7, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Rush quoted from Woodward’s book yesterday:
“Obama says he’s smarter than his speechwriters. He’s smarter than his political director. He’s smarter than everybody. He’s quoted as saying these things.”

then Rush quoted from Michael Lewis’s Vanity Fair article on Obama:

According to Lewis–and as is Obama’s practice when decisions are truly difficult–he went off the road map and asked, ‘Would a no-fly zone do anything to stop the scenario we just heard?’ After it became clear that it would not, Obama said, ‘I want to hear from some other folks in the room.’ And so Obama changed the question. It became ‘Should we act in Libya?’ — the details would come later. The President heard from his speechwriter, who would have to explain Obama’s decision to the American people.”

Rush: Now stop and think of that.

http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2012/09/06/woodward_and_lewis_paint_devastating_portraits_of_the_obama_white_house

ziggyville on September 7, 2012 at 9:18 AM

KyMouse on September 7, 2012 at 9:14 AM

That seems to be the consensus. The Dem Elite rigged it. Their Internal Polling and the blowback they received made them do it.

kingsjester on September 7, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Half empty or half full.
Republicans would like to believe there’s no glass at all.

chumpThreads on September 7, 2012 at 8:46 AM

And democrats like to believe there is no glass, there is a glass, it’s half emply, it’s half full, it’s totally empty, it’s totally full, it’s dirty because of Republicans, it’s clean because of Dems.

Just depends on what lie is needed to get elected, or how much time is needed to “fix” it.

ziggyville on September 7, 2012 at 9:25 AM

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