Thursday, September 6, 2012

Day Two at the DNC: Wednesday’s Best Speeches



Day Two at the DNC: Get Ready for the Big Dog

  1. I have an nostalgia for the Clinton years — years which I was not lucid enough to experience — precisely because I was forced to inhabit the Bush years. At least the yearning I have for the Blair premiership is somewhat rational. In any case, I suppose I was predisposed to enjoy Bubba’s return to the DNC, but in an address which included multiple ad-libs and lasted nearly 45 minutes, Clinton made the case for Obama’s first four years and the next four too in a way in which Obama has absolutely failed to do. I would advise reading the text of the speech yourself. He touched on energy, education, the national debt, taxes — he went the whole nine yards for Barack Obama. The crowd were enlivened by his conclusion, I love our country – and I know we’re coming back. For more than 200 years, through every crisis, we’ve always come out stronger than we went in. And we will again as long as we do it together. We champion the cause for which our founders pledged their lives, their fortunes, their sacred honor – to form a more perfect union. If that’s what you believe, if that’s what you want, we have to re-elect President Barack Obama.
  2. The Republican Party made a huge mistake when they took on Elizabeth Warren. If she’d been made head of the Consumer Protection Bureau they might never have heard from her again. As it is, Warren is running for the Senate and brought down the house before President Clinton with that line, No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. …We don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people. Provided she can refine her message on the stump, and doesn’t fall into the ‘You didn’t build that’ trap, she will be a tremendous asset for the Democratic Party for years to come.
  3. I would question the decision to put Sandra Fluke in the primetime hour, particularly at the front of it. She was obviously very popular with the delegates in the hall, and her cause is a worthy and important one particularly given the ongoing war on women and their health choices. But she’s evidently a polarising figure and more fodder for the base than the country at-large. And, does the Democratic Party really wished to be defined by Sandra Fluke? Still, she’s more exciting than Chris van Hollen, I suppose.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Previewing the Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convetion begins today in Charlotte, N.C.. President Obama is not due to address delegates until Thursday, but we have the following to look forward to today:

In the 00:00 BST hour:

  • President Jimmy Carter, via pre-recorded video
  • Joe Kennedy III, next member of the Kennedy dynasty and candidate for the US House of Representatives, Massachusetts

In the 02:00 BST hour:

  • Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago and former White House Chief of Staff to President Obama
  • Lilly Ledbetter, Women’s equality leader and namesake of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

In the 03:00 BST hour:

  • Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland and potential presidential candidate in 2016
  • Julián Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, keynote speaker, and rising star within the party
  • Michelle Obama, First Lady of the United States

Speakers to come later in the week include Elizabeth Warren, Barney Frank, Sandra Fluke, Caroline Kennedy, Eva Longoria, Charlie Crist, John Kerry, President Clinton, Vice President Biden, and President Obama.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Elizabeth Warren announces her bid for the Senate (with Molly Erdman as Warren)