Shorter Question Everything
The right wing talked up Clinton not because they liked him, but because he was the ‘good Democrat’. As in, the ‘white Democrat’. Not like that other guy. Clinton has gravitas all his own but in making a big deal about him, the Republicans were asking to be schooled on this subject. And that’s exactly what happened.
DNC: Bill Clinton
• Bill Clinton speaks at the 2012 DNC (C-SPAN) – Full Speech
• Clinton: People ask me all the time how we delivered four surplus budgets. What new ideas did we bring? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic.
• Clinton: So, President Obama and the Democrats did not weaken Medicare. They strengthened Medicare. When Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings as “the biggest, coldest power play,” I did not know whether to laugh or cry. Key cuts that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of medicare savings that he had in his own budget. It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.
• Transcript: Bill Clinton’s Democratic Convention Speech – prepared remarks
DNC: Elizabeth Warren
• Elizabeth Warren: After all, Mitt Romney’s the guy who said corporations are people. No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They thrive. They dance. They live. They love. And they die. And that matters. That matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people.
• Transcript: Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic Convention Speech – prepared remarks
DNC: Sandra Fluke
• Sandra Fluke at the DNC Convention
• Sandra Fluke: “An America in which our president, when he hears a young woman has been verbally attacked, thinks of his daughters—not his delegates or donors—and stands with all women.”
DNC: Bits and Pieces
• So apparently after a day and a half of Fox News whining about the absence of “God” and “Jerusalem” in the party platform approved by delegates, the powers that be decided to reinsert language to that effect with a platform revision today moved by Ted Strickland.
• On his show Wednesday night, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show noted that the Democratic Party was so “effortlessly diverse” that they had back-ups. “Remember the fuss at the RNC over the rising Latino star Marco Rubio,” Stewart asked. “Well, the Democrats have not only a rising Latino star of their own in San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, they have an extra one of him in case he breaks.” At the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, Julian was introduced by his identical twin brother, Joaquin.
• Not at all surprised: The speech First Lady Michelle Obama delivered at Tuesday night’s Democratic convention read at a twelfth grade level, according to an analysis by a University of Minnesota political scientist, making it, by that measure, the most complex speech delivered by a presidential candidate’s spouse at a nominating convention. By contrast, the speech delivered by Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, checked in at a fifth grade reading level. Romney’s speech marked the lowest reading level for a spouse’s convention speech since the practice first began in 1992, according to Eeic Ostermeier, the Minnesota political scientists.
DNC: Right Wing Jackassery
• Ugh: Limbaugh: Obama Can’t Fill “Black Panther Stadium” – “Doesn’t Have Slave Blood”.
• Get her off MSNBC right now!: S.E. Cupp: Feminism weeps as Fluke and other DNC women get on their metaphorical knees to beg for government to take care of them.
• You stay classy, republicans – Ann Coulter: Bill Clinton just impregnated Sandra Fluke backstage…
• Mrs. Romney from the Winebrenner Theological Seminary in Findlay, Ohio, tells you ladies to “wake up!” already. “Women, you need to wake up. Women have to ask themselves who’s going to have and be there for you. I can promise you, I know, that Mitt will be there for you. He will stand up for you, he will hear your voices.”
• Ann Romney was in Ohio this morning, sounding a little desperate about the gender gap undermining her husband’s campaign. “Mitt will be there for you, he will stand up for you”? That’s nice rhetoric, I suppose, but what does it mean, exactly, in the real world? Ann Romney desperately wants women to “wake up.” But what if women are already wide awake, and they’re just not impressed with what their open eyes are seeing?
• During her Republican convention keynote, Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, told America of how her father “built” his own business all “by himself”. The business was called Jered Industries. Here’s the thing. Jered Industries was a defense contractor. This business was not “one he built by himself, by the way.” You and I built it with our taxes.
Unlike marathon times, ascents of 14ers aren’t officially recorded on the interwebs, so Ryan can keep claiming he’s climbed 40 of Colorado’s 54 14,000+ peaks, but I would bet a lot of money the real number is way lower. Just the logistics of getting to many of these mountains are daunting, requiring several hour drives from population centers. I know plenty of dedicated climbers who’ve spent years climbing Colorado peaks while actually living here year-round who are still a long way from climbing 40 of the 54.
That Ryan, who has never lived in Colorado and who has spent all of his adult life playing the political game in DC, would have found the time to climb a couple of dozen remote mountains seems extremely unlikely. What probably happened here is that he’s climbed a few 14ers, some more than once, and that he gave an exaggerated answer to a Wisconsin newspaper three years ago about having “made close to 40 climbs” of 14ers, which then morphed into the claim that he had climbed 40 14ers.
• Ryan has been a congressman since 1999 – the past 13 years. He’s supposedly been climbing these peaks for “more than 20 years,” so let’s say 21 years. Where did Paul Ryan find the time to take a few months off each summer to climb these peaks while serving as a member of the US House of Representatives?
• My comment on FB, regarding Lyin’ Ryan: I expect a bit of lying, a bit of padding. I expect it, and am not surprised by it. But this is a whole other thing. This isn’t padding, this is outright lying, and PROVABLE outright lying, and they don’t seem to care, they just lie more. When everything is a lie and everything, no matter how small, can be lied about, there’s no core there that you can trust. The only thing that seems substantial about them is that they are liars. I remember commenting to someone when this Ryan choice was first aired, that if nothing else, it doomed him and his career. He was finished, especially if Romney lost. But I think that with all this coming out, there will have to be another word invented to despcribe the utter flaming failure that his political career will become.
• [A]s Rachel [Maddow] points out, Mitt’s choices after the convention was to really ride the mehmentum by not scheduling any events over the Labor Day weekend. After telling his press pool to stand down, he called them back up again to give them the photo op of watching him pilot his boat in a New Hampshire lake as Ann and other family raced around on jet-skis. The reason? Mitt needed to prepare for his October debate. On a boat. With jet-skis racing around him. Here’s a tip for the Mittster: the press isn’t going to give you positive coverage when you treat them like that.
• Team Romney: Top Response To Climate Change Should Be More Defense Spending! “If armageddon is coming from climate change,” the staffer asks, “wouldn’t your first priority be shoring up defenses to protect natural resources, have Guard and Reserves and ships and planes for disaster relief?” That brings to mind the old saying: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like your thumb.
• Romney releases new housing ‘plan’ with no details for how he’d address foreclosures. Roughly half of the 700-word “plan” is dedicated to attacking President Obama’s record. Where Romney does mention policy, he’s characteristically light on details and heavy on platitudes. There’s a stunning lack of relevance to yesterday’s release, perhaps hinting that the Romney campaign doesn’t fully understand the housing problems facing millions of families today.
• Ouch: A recent poll from the Pew Research Center found that not only did fewer people watch this year’s Republican National Convention than in 2008, but those that did were more impressed by 82-year-old Oscar winner Clint Eastwood than they were by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. According to the poll, 20 percent of viewers rated Eastwood’s bizarre speech with an empty chair as the highlight of the RNC, compared to just 17 percent that named Romney’s acceptance speech and 9 percent for Paul Ryan.
• Mitt Romney will now take advice about black people from a committee consisting of Allen West and some guy who is not Hermann Cain.
Bits and pieces
• The State of Texas plans to move forward with a wholly remade women’s health program on November 1 that excludes Planned Parenthood’s clinics from receiving state funds, prohibits doctors from discussing abortion with patients and refuses health services entirely if the patient happens to be pregnant.
• A steam leak brought on by an involuntary chemical reaction at France’s oldest nuclear plant has led to two people being slightly burnt, officials say. The accident occurred at the Fessenheim nuclear power plant in northeastern France within 1.5 kilometres of the border with Germany and about 40 kilometres from Switzerland.
• Judge Peter Economus has set a hearing for September 13 to address Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s refusal to comply with the court’s ruling that the state must allow early voting on the three days leading up to the general election. Economus released a terse order Wednesday afternoon: “The Court ORDERS that Defendant Secretary of State Jon Husted personally attend the hearing.” The Obama campaign filed a motion earlier Wednesday asking the court to make Husted give way.