What to watch for at the Democratic Convention

Will you watch the political conventions? They used to be working groups, passing resolutions, forming coalitions, and making meaningful votes on the candidates. Now they have become just coronations and propaganda forums. There used to at least be the suspense of who the Vice Presidential nominee would be, but now even that is pre-decided. Still, I have the habit, engrained from childhood, of tuning in.

Here is a useful guide to the mini-dramas that will unfold at theDemocratic convention that opens today.

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  • Carl Vehse

    And don’t forget the “Recreate 68″ protestors outside the convention hall in Denver, according to their master schedule.

  • Carl Vehse

    And don’t forget the “Recreate 68″ protestors outside the convention hall in Denver, according to their master schedule.

  • Random Lutheran

    Sounds just like recent Synodical conventions…

  • Random Lutheran

    Sounds just like recent Synodical conventions…

  • Anon

    Stress is bad for the health, so I don’t think that I will. I might -go- to the GOP convention to be a silent witness for the Philadelphia Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, but that probably won’t work out logistically.

  • Anon

    Stress is bad for the health, so I don’t think that I will. I might -go- to the GOP convention to be a silent witness for the Philadelphia Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, but that probably won’t work out logistically.

  • Rose

    Thank goodness TNT will be running a maraton of ‘Law and Order’ this week.

  • Rose

    Thank goodness TNT will be running a maraton of ‘Law and Order’ this week.

  • Booklover

    I am sick of the myriads of teen-agers in the area who run around with Christianity on their sleeve, sporting their “Obama” shirts. When my husband asks them why they support Obama, all they can reply is “Hope” and “Change.” He then educates them on Obama’s stance on abortion. These teens are members of the local mega-church whose pastor won’t ever speak against abortion for fear of driving members away.

    Can’t say that I’ll watch.

  • Booklover

    I am sick of the myriads of teen-agers in the area who run around with Christianity on their sleeve, sporting their “Obama” shirts. When my husband asks them why they support Obama, all they can reply is “Hope” and “Change.” He then educates them on Obama’s stance on abortion. These teens are members of the local mega-church whose pastor won’t ever speak against abortion for fear of driving members away.

    Can’t say that I’ll watch.

  • Carl Vehse

    On Freerepublic, GYPSY286 describes the DNC and the convention:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the DNC has realized too late that they bet on the wrong horse. To save face and avoid chaos, “hurt” feelings, etc., they decided to throw Obama under the bus with his grandmother, Rev. Wright and Tony R. They are being quite subtle about it too. Is the following line-up intentional or are they just plain stupid?

    - Joe Biden selection for VP – right at the start – Joe opens his mouth (at his acceptance speech) and makes a comment about his “drop dead gorgeous wife” and “she has a doctorate and that’s a problem”. That comment won’t get more votes from women (even if it was spoken as humor).

    - First night of convention – Edward Kennedy kicks it off. Shows Kennedy + water (not a good idea – think Mary Jo) – shows BIG boat ($$$) – shows the clip from 30-40 years ago where Kennedy speaks about health care a “right”, not a “privilege” – just like they are saying now. Apparently the Dems haven’t got it done in 40 years, i.e. FAILURE and we are expected to believe the naïve, inexperienced “new kid” on the block can?

    - Gas prices are skyrocketing – Iran is making noises – Russia is selling arms to Iran – so let’s have Jimmy Carter speak (FAILURE) so people will be reminded of gas lines, coupons, interest rates and appeasement to countries that hate us (hostages). Oh, and let’s not forget how he appeased the Pali’s during his recent visit. That will make the Jewish population feel all warm and fuzzy and get more votes, wont’ it?

    - Hillary – FAILURE – Spends over $200 million, is still $25 million in debt and loses the nomination and Terry McCaullife tells Sean Hannity that she “ran a good campaign”. She too FAILED to pass any meaningful health care reform.

    - Al Gore – no explanation required – another FAILED politician.

    - ExPres Clinton – rumor is he wanted to speak about “his economy” and compare it to the economy under Bush. Instead, he (of all people) is asked to talk about NATIONAL SECURITY – where he was a complete and utter FAILURE!

    Watching/listening to this convention and hearing thousands cheer and applaud these failures is absolutely mind-boggling.

  • Carl Vehse

    On Freerepublic, GYPSY286 describes the DNC and the convention:

    I’ve come to the conclusion that the DNC has realized too late that they bet on the wrong horse. To save face and avoid chaos, “hurt” feelings, etc., they decided to throw Obama under the bus with his grandmother, Rev. Wright and Tony R. They are being quite subtle about it too. Is the following line-up intentional or are they just plain stupid?

    - Joe Biden selection for VP – right at the start – Joe opens his mouth (at his acceptance speech) and makes a comment about his “drop dead gorgeous wife” and “she has a doctorate and that’s a problem”. That comment won’t get more votes from women (even if it was spoken as humor).

    - First night of convention – Edward Kennedy kicks it off. Shows Kennedy + water (not a good idea – think Mary Jo) – shows BIG boat ($$$) – shows the clip from 30-40 years ago where Kennedy speaks about health care a “right”, not a “privilege” – just like they are saying now. Apparently the Dems haven’t got it done in 40 years, i.e. FAILURE and we are expected to believe the naïve, inexperienced “new kid” on the block can?

    - Gas prices are skyrocketing – Iran is making noises – Russia is selling arms to Iran – so let’s have Jimmy Carter speak (FAILURE) so people will be reminded of gas lines, coupons, interest rates and appeasement to countries that hate us (hostages). Oh, and let’s not forget how he appeased the Pali’s during his recent visit. That will make the Jewish population feel all warm and fuzzy and get more votes, wont’ it?

    - Hillary – FAILURE – Spends over $200 million, is still $25 million in debt and loses the nomination and Terry McCaullife tells Sean Hannity that she “ran a good campaign”. She too FAILED to pass any meaningful health care reform.

    - Al Gore – no explanation required – another FAILED politician.

    - ExPres Clinton – rumor is he wanted to speak about “his economy” and compare it to the economy under Bush. Instead, he (of all people) is asked to talk about NATIONAL SECURITY – where he was a complete and utter FAILURE!

    Watching/listening to this convention and hearing thousands cheer and applaud these failures is absolutely mind-boggling.

  • Carl Vehse

    Any chance of a freak blizzard or monsoon storm over “Barackopolis” (Invesco Field) Thursday evening?

  • Carl Vehse

    Any chance of a freak blizzard or monsoon storm over “Barackopolis” (Invesco Field) Thursday evening?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Carl (@7), do you do anything besides parrot the latest spin from right-wing blogs and media? Do you think Obama will be the first person to accept a nomination in front of Greek columns? Also, have you been to D.C. (or looked on our currency lately)? Do you similarly rail against all American architecture?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    Carl (@7), do you do anything besides parrot the latest spin from right-wing blogs and media? Do you think Obama will be the first person to accept a nomination in front of Greek columns? Also, have you been to D.C. (or looked on our currency lately)? Do you similarly rail against all American architecture?

  • Carl Vehse

    There’s a difference between a successful President of the United States accepting a second term nomination at a convention center set like this, and an inexperienced, but pretentious half-term junior senator standing in a 75,000-seat stadium in front of this overblown facade.

    To lend to the effect, maybe during his speech Barry Soetoro will have someone dressed as a Supreme Court justice standing next to him, holding a Bible… or a collection of Jeremiah Wright’s “hate America” sermons. Or else Bill Ayers and his Weatherman Marching Band playing “Hail to the Chief” in the background.

    One is reminded of the clymer press’s mantra back in 2000 – “gravitas.”

  • Carl Vehse

    There’s a difference between a successful President of the United States accepting a second term nomination at a convention center set like this, and an inexperienced, but pretentious half-term junior senator standing in a 75,000-seat stadium in front of this overblown facade.

    To lend to the effect, maybe during his speech Barry Soetoro will have someone dressed as a Supreme Court justice standing next to him, holding a Bible… or a collection of Jeremiah Wright’s “hate America” sermons. Or else Bill Ayers and his Weatherman Marching Band playing “Hail to the Chief” in the background.

    One is reminded of the clymer press’s mantra back in 2000 – “gravitas.”

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “There’s a difference between a successful President of the United States accepting a second term nomination at a convention center set like this, and an inexperienced, but pretentious half-term junior senator standing in a 75,000-seat stadium in front of this overblown facade.”

    Yes, the difference is that you’re biased against the latter and toward the former. The rest follows from that.

    As ever, your clever, secret (shh! don’t tell — it’s a bad word!) reference to the media is classy, if not original.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “There’s a difference between a successful President of the United States accepting a second term nomination at a convention center set like this, and an inexperienced, but pretentious half-term junior senator standing in a 75,000-seat stadium in front of this overblown facade.”

    Yes, the difference is that you’re biased against the latter and toward the former. The rest follows from that.

    As ever, your clever, secret (shh! don’t tell — it’s a bad word!) reference to the media is classy, if not original.


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