Democrats are descending on Charlotte, North Carolina, to take their turn at bat, hoping to hit a homer with Americans who haven’t made up their minds about the best man to lead the U.S.
Based on surrogates’ exchanges with pundits on Sunday, the convention appears to be headed for a grand bashing of President George W. Bush who left office in 2008. There will likely be an effort—soft pedaled for sure—to deflect ongoing criticism of ObamaCare, the president’s signature revenue bill.
One thing the Democrats, like the Republicans, can expect—lots of rain. Toss in heat and humidity and admit you have to be tough to go to one of these things in person, or to volunteer. Umbrellas were banned in Tampa.
Here are five things to note about the Democrats’ National Convention:
- The 2012 convention in Charlotte kicks off on what we could call the 55th annual Orval Faubus Day. On Sept. 4, 1957, Faubus, a Democrat, called out the Arkansas National Guard after 9 black students attempted to integrate public schools. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a Republican, sent federal troops in to protect those students.
- Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will officially gavel the convention to open. Ahead of the gathering, women’s issues were central in Democrats’ messaging. Ironically, media have depicted Villaraigosa as a serial cheater with a preference for female reporters. Former President Bill Clinton will also speak.
- At present, there’s a photo on the Democrats’ convention website of Lt. Gen. Claudia Kennedy (ret.), Co-Chair of the Convention Platform Committee. Kennedy, who is not just a speaker but a cog in the party machine, is wearing her military uniform in her bio photo. Dems have criticized Navy SEALs who formed OPSEC to address national security leaks—even the president dismissed their concerns. Add in a statement posted on the U.S. Defense Dept. website: “Using the uniform for partisan politics erodes the trust the American people have in their military, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said today.”
- The ObamaCare Tax bill. Democrats must stand by the bill they passed, but at least one reporter should be brave enough to ask when Obama will call it a tax bill instead of a healthcare bill. The bill contains at least 18 new taxes, including some that can impact every American. Obama repeatedly claimed the bill was not a tax bill and still refuses to accept that it is. If it isn’t a tax bill, it’s unconstitutional.
- Twitter lit up with claims about a giant sand sculpture of Obama—did it get demolished for security reasons? No, but it should’ve been erased for aesthetic reasons—the sculpture looks like something out of The Hunger Games. If you look at the expression on that sculpture’s face, it is scary ugly. Our president is an attractive man. I never will figure the Democrats out.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Sept. 2, 2012)
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