Well, the Democrats wound up their quadrennial bash with a big night of Joe Biden who kept both feet firmly on the floor and out of his mouth. I thought his was the best speech of the night. Timothy Cardinal Dolan did the anchor leg with a closing prayer that could easily have passed for one of the evening’s warm up speeches. He touched on everything in creation including the sanctity of the unborn, and even had some spillover blessings for Romney and Ryan, should they succeed in becoming our next leaders.
And as in a sandwich, the main part was in the middle. President Obama delivered a workmanlike speech, actually very well delivered or ‘cadenced’ as the more experienced pundits called it. It, like all of the Dems’ speeches, suddenly got really heavy on the God references after their platform pissing match on the topic gave everyone pause – hearing professional liberal politicians invoke the Almighty in penance was a bit humorous. But you gotta go where the votes are.
President Obama did not hit it out of the park. His high points included being a little contrite about his past accomplishments and revealed abilities – he finally admitted that his socks got wet when walking on water. However, not a whit was left out about the class warfare against the rich – he would never condone letting the rich go untaxed another notch if it meant that little Susie in Nebraska would be denied participating in a government funded pre-school program.
The whoppers that stuck out were many. The one that stayed with me was when, with stern visage cemented in brow, he looked into the center camera and promised he would never countenance big bankers who “tricked people into signing a mortgage they couldn’t afford.” This, of course, was his cause for the whole financial mess that started on Bush2’s watch.
His big hit on the Romney/Ryan team was that they lacked foreign policy experience, and that they never spelled out how they were going to accomplish their goals. What eluded all in the audience was that Obama arrived in the White House without having experience in absolutely ANY of the skills required of an American president. He has stumbled by for almost four years doing OJT – on the job training.
While Romney/Ryan gave a five point plan for accomplishing their objectives (that summarized the hernia packs each of them had written on their own), Obama blared out nothing but new objectives delivered as the next set of promises. He correctly deduced that his audience had no idea about the difference between an objective and the plan to achieve it. We need to hear more details from both sides, and the comparison should be entertaining.
This time the President was “hopeful” instead of selling “hope” for a future that had a lot of “hard work ahead”. The speech was not the powerhouse delivered in Denver, but the floor cameras showed a lot of upturned faces with glistening eyes as El Lidder worked himself and crowd to another highpoint of delivered wisdom. The election is exactly two months from today, and the race is tied as both sets of candidates adjust their feet in the starting blocks for the home stretch which starts tomorrow morning.
[7sep12 update] To get an idea of the intellectual tenor of attendees at the Dem convention, Peter Schiff stuck a mike in the face of some and got them to opine about corporate profits. Talk about the economics disabled and the Great Divide. Were it not for the ease of modern video, the recounting of these interviews would be unbelievable. And this is the half with whom we are to find middle ground??!! The liberal mind indeed.
The big 'success story' that Obama and his minions did want to talk about was "saving the automobile industry" through their massive bailouts. The auto industry is still on its butt, and the bailouts were simple vote buying of union workers whose jobs were saved at the cost of stiffing the owners and creditors of GM and Chrysler. Government, by force and fiat, stopped a legal bankruptcy process and enforced arbitrary and extra-legal procedures to 'save a million jobs'. Most of these jobs would have been saved anyway through bankruptcy as the companies' productive assets were taken over and operated by receivers as prescribed by law. However, none of that is accessible to the dufus divisions that warmed the chairs in Charlotte as witnessed by the above video. The Cato Institute has more here.