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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So how are the slobberfests going on MessNBC and CNN?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

CK was STUNNED !
Emptiest speech he’s ever heard.
Striking in it’s vacancy of goals.

pambi on September 6, 2012 at 11:22 PM

STUNNING is what I’ve been saying. It is shocking how bad this was. Obama’s ego probably led him to thinking he couldn’t trust anyone else to write it for him, so its probably all his work.

El_Terrible on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

David Gergen liked it……I am stunnedstoned…!

libfreeordie on September 6, 2012 at 11:10 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Nice again! Krauthammer said he thinks Obama is going to basically get a negative bounce out of this. AWESOME!

Highlar on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Empty suit, empty chair…empty speech.

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

Kraut hammer said he loses independents from this speech

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

“Negative Bounce”………..
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.
.Dr.K.

JPeterman on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Obama was presidential tonight.

technopeasant on September 6, 2012 at 11:21 PM

That was the same thing you said back in 2008….

The Lost Decade Term

Electrongod on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Well, I think the Dems removing God and Jerusalem from their platform, and then the spectacle of all the votes against and the booing — I think that sucked all the oxygen out of this convention.

TarheelBen on September 6, 2012 at 11:19 PM

Couldn’t agree more. It was an incredibly profound statement that tore away at the externals and revealed the beating heart of the left on so many levels.

The great thing about it is that no one can mistake or cover up what happened. It’s not up for interpretation. All anyone has to do is simply play that video/audio–no pundit needed.

The funny thing is that if anyone on the left EVER brings up voter fraud, they can be re-directed right back to that moment. There is no way that 2/3 were “ayes.” They committed voter fraud against their own people. Unbelievable.

pianomomma on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

The nightmare of the DNC is finally over. Thank God!

Corporal Tunnel on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Ka-Booom and no ballons. What a great nite for R&R.

Texyank on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Wow…Joe Trippi just said Biden was better than Obama.

BryanS on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

MY GOD. HOW BAD ARE THE REPORTS TOMORROW?

WTF DOES THIS GUY KNOW THAT IS COMING OUR WAY, THAT WE DON’T?

HE GAVE UP TONIGHT. GAVE UP.

HOLY SHITE.

DOUBLE-DIP, HERE WE COME…

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Joe Trippi – “Bite Me was better.” Ouch!

TarheelBen on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He phoned it in…like he has for the last 3.5 years…I’ll bet he has a tee-time at Augusta National in the morning. :)

Who is John Galt on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

This was a friendly crowd, the debate against Mitt will be a bloodbath for Barky. How can he defend himself when the casual numbers he tosses out are going to be directly refuted?

Seriously, the man seems like he’s just checked out and that gives me the heebies.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

This tool remains the biggest threat to our nation. The sycophant drones are the ones who scare me because they drink this up and blindly revere him.

The was cynical. He kept giving weak lip service to founding principles that always followed with a “but” or “however”.

He is a raging communist. Why half the country doesn’t see this…why he’s still occupying the White House is stunning to me. It’s like the old political thrillers I used to read… the ones with the Manchurian Candidate.

freedomfirst on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Powers stretching with spin

Conservative4ev on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Trippi agrees with Clint…Biden is the party’s intellectual.

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

2000 comments (+) and still no sign of the Y2K bug.

Glenn Jericho on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

What’s with the sick sexual jokes about Fluke and Mrs. O. You guys looking to validate the war on women meme?

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

According to Nolte at Breitbart, MSNBC and CBS are having difficulty covering their disappointment. Yesssss!

And airhead Kirsten Powers just said she thinks Biden’s speech was better than Obama’s? Hahahahahahahahaha…

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

All the lib commentators on Fox are trying to back pedal on Obama and focusing on Biden’s speech. LOL

Highlar on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

STUNNING is what I’ve been saying. It is shocking how bad this was. Obama’s ego probably led him to thinking he couldn’t trust anyone else to write it for him, so its probably all his work.

El_Terrible on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

He does write better speeches than anyone who works for him. Just ask him and he’ll tell you that.

Betenoire on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

He phoned it in…like he has for the last 3.5 years…I’ll bet he has a tee-time at Augusta National in the morning. :)

Who is John Galt on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Racist!!!!! You’re comparing him to Tiger Woods’ escapades!!11!!

/

mattshu on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

When the consensus is that Joe “Big F`n Deal” Biden delivered a better speech you have troubles…BIG troubles.

NY Conservative on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Job numbers are likely to be decent tomorrow.

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

On to the debates.

Ward Cleaver on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

All these comments. Bitter tears. Get used to saying President obama for the next four years.

Lanceman on September 6, 2012 at 11:13 PM

.
maybe then we can get to bottom of Fast & Furious obstruction ? ……… And track down misappropriated porkulus dollars ?

FlaMurph on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

He’s given up for a while. Just went public with his quitting tonight.

22044 on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Which half of the crowd said “Amen!”?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

Wasn’t it the ones waving the little Red book copies of his “autobiography” and screaming “Forward, Comrades!”

I’m joking…we know most of his supporters are illiterate.

BlaxPac on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

LOL@ FOX News showing 2008 footage.

SouthernGent on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

This was a friendly crowd, the debate against Mitt will be a bloodbath for Barky. How can he defend himself when the casual numbers he tosses out are going to be directly refuted?

Seriously, the man seems like he’s just checked out and that gives me the heebies.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Romney: “and I thought debating Perry was easy!”

Benedict Nelson on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Will not watch his speech…. EVAH! I will not justify his leadership failure by wasting my life watching him spew more rhetoric and talking points. I’d rather listen to DWS screech at this moment to be honest and I don’t even click on those links…

Yakko77 on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

God is thanking Himself that he wasn’t invited to that convention.

justltl on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

So how are the slobberfests going on MessNBC and CNN?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:24 PM

11:25 — MSNBC Panel Tries To Cover Their Disappointment

After Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton spoke the other nights, the folks at MSNBC were exuberant. Tonight they are doing the best they can to put a brave face on their disappointment over Obama’s wan speech but you can see the heartache in their eyes.

11:17 — CBS News Is Feeling The Heartache of Disappointment Over Obama’s Speech – Warner Todd Huston

After Obama’s speech that seemed more like a common stump speech than a sparking acceptance speech, Scott Pelley favorably noted the line where Obama seemed to accept that he’s made mistakes. But Bob Schieffer was disappointed tonight. “That was an effort to say to people who say he called for hope and change and built up people’s expectations on what the could actually deliver upon,” he said of that short apology line. But he went on glumly, “But this as not the kind of speech that Bill Clinton made last night. I just didn’t have that spark.”

11:11 — Blitzer Immediately Hammers Romney For Not Mentioning Troops, Said Obama Did ‘Exactly’ What He Needed To Do

The bearded, left-wing talking point maching just never stops. He then said “people all around the country are obviously thriled.”

Blitzer then said something like, “Wasn;t he awesome, Anderson.”

Anderson wasn’t so sure. Nor was James Carville. Source

Flora Duh on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

The lib’s are in full spin mode. can you imagine election night when it’s 54-46 Romney.

Tater Salad on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

He’s given up for a while. Just went public with his quitting tonight.

22044 on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I think you are right…

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

freedomfirst on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Did you really think America could last forever?

Lanceman on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

MY GOD. HOW BAD ARE THE REPORTS TOMORROW?

WTF DOES THIS GUY KNOW THAT IS COMING OUR WAY, THAT WE DON’T?

HE GAVE UP TONIGHT. GAVE UP.

HOLY SHITE.

DOUBLE-DIP, HERE WE COME…

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Yup. He got a baaaaad jobs report today.

Rational Thought on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Dem radio host John Batchelor is tearing the speech up.

Says it’s a combination of what he’s been saying since 2010.

His guest said, “it started with a Desperate Housewife. And ended with a desperate president.”

Ben Hur on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

He does write better speeches than anyone who works for him. Just ask him and he’ll tell you that.

Betenoire on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

The speechwriter is too busy planning Barackabama’s policy towards Syria.

SouthernGent on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

O_o

The lib dude on FOX is saying that the GM auto bailout is a big problem for Rombo.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Trippi is a good soldier defending the indefensible.

NY Conservative on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

What leftist lopsided polls is Joe Trippi reading?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Maybe America will wake up now and realized what a good thing they could have had with Bachmann.

verbaluce on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Heartache

HumpBot Salvation on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

That speech was simply awful. I can’t wait for the ads demonstrating the same platitudes in tonight’s speech to the ones he gave in 2008. This speech was truly bad, and offered no vision of a different path for the next four years.

It was like “Hey America, keep trudging along.” The problem is that America doesn’t settle for trudging along.

MY GOD. HOW BAD ARE THE REPORTS TOMORROW?

WTF DOES THIS GUY KNOW THAT IS COMING OUR WAY, THAT WE DON’T?

HE GAVE UP TONIGHT. GAVE UP.

HOLY SHITE.

DOUBLE-DIP, HERE WE COME…

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

You’re right that it won’t be good news for him. There was no talk about turning a corner.

Lawdawg86 on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I REEEEEALY want to hear Pat Cadell’s take on this.

mattshu on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

pianomomma on September 6, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Agreed. And the MSM, except for MSNBC, covered it to some extent. It was THE moment of this convention, for sure – and even lefties admit that it was an unforced error the Dems didn’t need.

TarheelBen on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Obama is lucky, nobody watched.

Tater Salad on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Drudge has it as Franklin Obama Roosevelt and when I saw that? I thought the guy wants 12 years and a world war? No thanks. I’ll pass.

athenadelphi on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

God is thanking Himself that he wasn’t invited to that convention.

justltl on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

It’s hard to pick a winner out of so many comments on this thread, but this one is definitely a contender!

Benedict Nelson on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

So now CNN is busily trying to count up electoral votes to see if their hero still has a chance after this epic FAIL!

MJBrutus on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

VorDaj on September 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

Dude, that was gold! You need to repost that in the future on a thread where people will see it. I got lucky, you were on one of the pages I saw, I’m hitting about every third page on this thread.

AZfederalist on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Uh, Kirsten, you stupid cow, we don’t honor the troops just during our convention.
We honor them every day. Unlike democrats.
Ugly beeotch.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Which half of the crowd said “Amen!”?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:16 PM

The Atheist half.

Fighton03 on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

The lib’s are in full spin mode. can you imagine election night when it’s 54-46 Romney.

Tater Salad on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

That’s about right. I’ve been predicting it a little closer than that… 53-47 Romney.

Corporal Tunnel on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

11:11 — Blitzer Immediately Hammers Romney For Not Mentioning Troops, Said Obama Did ‘Exactly’ What He Needed To Do

Interesting that the Dem pundit on Fox said the exact same thing.

Ben Hur on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

This was a friendly crowd, the debate against Mitt will be a bloodbath for Barky. How can he defend himself when the casual numbers he tosses out are going to be directly refuted?

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

The crowd has hostile in relation to the on stage help Obama will get from the moderators at the debates. They know they will need to carry him after tonight.

Betenoire on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Did not watch BJ either, but if all the drooling over him were legit, did BJ make Barry look small tonight?

bayview on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

What’s with the sick sexual jokes about Fluke and Mrs. O. You guys looking to validate the war on women meme?

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Like you leftists wanting Palin or her daughter raped? Or the stuff you say about Malkin and the other ladies? That war on women?

Lanceman on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Sixty days…

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Bill Clinton struck the blow the ended Barky’s quest. The lefties would pay dearly to have him back and everyone knows it, including TFGRP.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

There should be special place at HotAir where comments like yours are easily found and available for all to read.

El_Terrible on September 6, 2012 at 11:20 PM

We occassionally whine for a Comment Hall of Fame

My picks are, of course:

1. The Drilling in Argentina doozy (Faraway I think)

2. JarJar Biden (kingsjester)

Laura in Maryland on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

CNN isn’t even talking about the speech. They are discussing the electoral map!

GadsdenRattlers on September 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Ben Hur on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

John Batchelor? I thought he leaned right, he has conservative guests on all the time.

22044 on September 6, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Obama down on Intrade after the speech…

MGardner on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

The tone was that of the Munich Beer Hall – and fear the “putsch”. There is an evil plan, he wasn’t trying above the table, fear what’s been going on the last 4 years, hell 6-10 years, “under the table”.

Who is John Galt on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Gee, Wolf is perplexed about why Obama deep six’ed the Bowles-Simpson report but continues to promise that some day he will get around to it.

MJBrutus on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

And airhead Kirsten Powers just said she thinks Biden’s speech was better than Obama’s?

stukinIL4now on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Literally?

malclave on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

8.4%

gracie on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Breitbart always said our biggest enemy is not the Dems…it is the media. That is who will have to defeat.

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

What’s with the sick sexual jokes about Fluke and Mrs. O. You guys looking to validate the war on women meme?

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Stolen from another poster this afternoon: “the only confirmed kill in ‘the war on women’ belongs to Teddie Kennedy.”

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I REEEEEALY want to hear Pat Cadell’s take on this.

mattshu on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Cadell has been surprising me a LOT lately. It wouldn’t surprise me if by Nov 6 he’s ready to vote Romney. :D

Highlar on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

…what an anti-climax!
(Sandra Fluke can’t be reached for comment!)

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

11:11 — Blitzer Immediately Hammers Romney For Not Mentioning Troops, Said Obama Did ‘Exactly’ What He Needed To Do

Interesting that the Dem pundit on Fox said the exact same thing.

Ben Hur on September 6, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Add UpChuck Todd. UpChuck Todd’s reaction to Obama’s speech is let’s talk about Romney’s speech.

Marcus on September 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Carville is in full spin mode.

Tater Salad on September 6, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Maybe he’ll d/c the debates and take an early exit to his hometown Hawaii.

gracie on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

8.4%

gracie on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Source? Or is this just a prediction?

Corporal Tunnel on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Well looks like Precedent Shankapotamus shanked this one deep into the woods.

HumpBot Salvation on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Somehow I don’t think “We’re gonna have a zillion more teachers in ten years!” is going to mean much to the college grads staring at the fading Obama posters in their childhood bedrooms. We’ve all heard that s–t before and it doesn’t mean anything. It’s just more 2008 happy talk horse poop.

Django on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Grab on to something: Ed Shultz isn’t happy. “No tough talk”.

Marcus on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Tanked!!!

freedomplow on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Bill Clinton struck the blow the ended Barky’s quest. The lefties would pay dearly to have him back and everyone knows it, including TFGRP.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:32 PM

You know that after last night and tonight, Clinton has only risen in their minds and hearts, Obama but diminished as a result. The contrast will depress their turnout, no do doubt.

TXUS on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

He’s given up for a while. Just went public with his quitting tonight.

22044 on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

I think you are right…

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Despite the valid arguments for BO wanting a second term I’ve never been convinced that he does want one.

In the past winning elections has been easy. 2008 was a perfect storm. People wanted something different and were ready to sidestep the old faces – including Hill.

This time around BO is going to have to fight to win. It’s hard. He’s too essentially lazy. He’s rich and has plenty of options. He doesn’t like the job of pres. even though he likes the perk.

I honestly think he gave up a while ago. July 13, 2012 he lost it all on his own. He’s ready to leave, IMHO.

Cody1991 on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Out: Empty chair.

In: Broken record.

Lawdawg86 on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

God is thanking Himself that he wasn’t invited to that convention.

justltl on September 6, 2012 at 11:28 PM

It’s hard to pick a winner out of so many comments on this thread, but this one is definitely a contender!

Benedict Nelson on September 6, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Indeed.

But I think The Other Guy was there.

Who is John Galt on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

was that it?

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

What’s with the sick sexual jokes about Fluke and Mrs. O. You guys looking to validate the war on women meme?

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Hey moron, the post was by one of you self planted lefty trolls.

You don’t get away with that crap anymore.

fossten on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Tomorrow The Chair will have new life breathed into it, TFGRP just gave it a jolt of pure adrenalin.

It’s over, Dog Eater, time to start planning for your U.N. chairman job.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

I love his belief that allowing people to keep more of their own money “costs” the government trillions of dollars.

Cindy Munford on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Breitbart always said our biggest enemy is not the Dems…it is the media. That is who will have to defeat.

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Yep, he was right. No way Obama’s even close this year if not the media doing damage control for him.

changer1701 on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Tanked!!!

freedomplow on September 6, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Dukakis must have given Barry some Tanking Lessons before that speech!

Benedict Nelson on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Breitbart always said our biggest enemy is not the Dems…it is the media. That is who will have to defeat.

d1carter on September 6, 2012 at 11:34 PM

He was the champion against the MSM. He recognized the threat and he confronted it without hesitation or fear. A great warrior who is greatly missed.

Corporal Tunnel on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Out: Empty chair.

In: Broken record.

Lawdawg86 on September 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

that’s money, and it’s also my 2nd comment on this thread.

with that, I wish ya’ll g’nite.

ted c on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Seriously, the man seems like he’s just checked out and that gives me the heebies.

Bishop on September 6, 2012 at 11:26 PM

I’m with you. As a ball player, I “got” Barry because you could see his competitiveness instantly.

It was nowhere to be found tonight.

Job numbers are likely to be decent tomorrow.

newtopia on September 6, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I’m hoping you’re right, but the fact that he ran from it after one sentence makes me think not.

If it is decent, then he has campaign info that must be lethal.

That was not the talk a fighter gives before the big night. That was the retirement speech.

They haven’t released their August campaign donations yet, have they…

Could it be Woodward’s book? Team Barry would have the advance.

wow. I’m at a loss. His numbers could flatline in the swing states before the debates.

budfox on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

This just arrived in my email from MoveOn.org. Dig the subject line:

Subject: How it felt the first time

I still remember how it felt the first time I saw Barack speak in person.

It was in 2007, early in his campaign. I got invited to one of his “rallies,” which back then were small, scrappy affairs. Still small enough that I actually got to shake his hand. Not because I was some bigwig, but because he happened to walk up the left aisle, and I happened to be standing by the left aisle. He smiled, I smiled, our hands and eyes met. He might have thanked me for coming, or something. I don’t remember. I was already starstruck.

Then he was up on the (little) stage. His speech was short and to the point. “We’re in this together,” I remember him saying. We—all Americans—owe our prosperity to each other, not just to ourselves.

I remember feeling the power of that simple idea, and thinking, “Yes! That’s the America I want to live in!”

I just finished listening to Barack’s convention speech, and those feelings came rushing back again. “Yes, our road is longer—but we travel it together,” he told us. “We don’t turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up!”

My gut feelings remind me why MoveOn is fighting so hard for his re-election. Why we’re working on our biggest, boldest election program ever—a program we can’t run without your help.

Can you chip in $5 to win this election for Barack?

If I had to boil down this crazy ambitious plan into three bullets, it would look like this:

Work with the 12 million members of the AFL-CIO to turn out the millions of progressive voters that won it for Obama in ’08.

Prevent voter suppression in key swing states, like Ohio and Pennsylvania, so that all progressives can get to the polls.

Keep up our successful work showing how Romney and Ryan will only represent the 1%.

Sounds simple, right? But if we’re going to beat Romney-Ryan’s corporate cash, we have to do it all, and we have to do it better than ever before. That costs money.

Yes, I can chip in to keep Barack Obama in the White House.

Thanks for all you do.

–Tate, Victoria, Steven, Joan, and the rest of the team

scrubjay on September 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

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