Noonan: The Democrats' Soft Extremism

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    Sums it up rather nicely

    Obama is out of ideas, and Clinton's speech was unworthy of him.

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    Barack Obama is deeply overexposed and often boring. He never seems to be saying what he's thinking. His speech Thursday was weirdly anticlimactic. There's too much buildup, the crowd was tired, it all felt flat. He was somber, and his message was essentially banal: We've done better than you think. Who are you going to believe, me or your lying eyes?

    There were many straw men. There were phrases like "the shadow of a shuttered steel mill," which he considers writerly. But they sound empty and practiced now, like something you've heard in a commercial or an advertising campaign.

    It was stale and empty. He's out of juice.

    His daughters have grown beautiful.

    As for Joe Biden, I love him and will hear nothing against him. He's like Democrats the way they used to be, and by that I do not mean idiotic, I mean normal—manipulative only to a normal degree, roughly aware of the facts of normal life, alert to and even respecting of such normal things as religious faith. I wish he did not insist on referring to his wife as "Dr. Jill Biden." I'm sure she has many doctorates, but so do half the unemployed in Manhattan.

    John Kerry was on fire. It was the best speech of his career. He drew blood on foreign policy: "Talk about being for it before you were against it!" Obama will take that message, on Afghanistan, into debate.

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    Was it a good convention?

    Beneath the funny hats, the sweet-faced delegates, the handsome speakers and the babies waving flags there was something disquieting. All three days were marked by a kind of soft, distracted extremism. It was unshowy and unobnoxious but also unsettling.

    There was the relentless emphasis on Government as Community, as the thing that gives us spirit and makes us whole. But government isn't what you love if you're American, America is what you love. Government is what you have, need and hire. Its most essential duties—especially when it is bankrupt—involve defending rights and safety, not imposing views and values. We already have values. Democrats and Republicans don't see all this the same way, and that's fine—that's what national politics is, the working out of this dispute in one direction or another every few years. But the Democrats convened in Charlotte seemed more extreme on the point, more accepting of the idea of government as the center of national life, than ever, at least to me.

    The fight over including a single mention of God in the platform—that was extreme. The original removal of the single mention by the platform committee—extreme. The huge "No!" vote on restoring the mention of God, and including the administration's own stand on Jerusalem—that wasn't liberal, it was extreme. Comparing the Republicans to Nazis—extreme. The almost complete absence of a call to help education by facing down the powers that throw our least defended children under the school bus—this was extreme, not mainstream.

    The sheer strangeness of all the talk about abortion, abortion, contraception, contraception. I am old enough to know a wedge issue when I see one, but I've never seen a great party build its entire public persona around one. Big speeches from the heads of Planned Parenthood and NARAL, HHS Secretary and abortion enthusiast Kathleen Sebelius and, of course, Sandra Fluke.

    "Republicans shut me out of a hearing on contraception," Ms. Fluke said. But why would anyone have included a Georgetown law student who never worked her way onto the national stage until she was plucked, by the left, as a personable victim?

    read it all here
    The Democrats' Soft Extremism - WSJ.com
     
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    DNC convention kicked the GOP conventions ass
     
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    :lol: Yeah!
     
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    you can tell because the rightwingnuts are foaming at the mouth ...





    even more than usual
     
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    Yes yes it did . Sour grapes is what it sounds like to me .
     
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    Dems must have done something right. No bounce Ryan/Romney effed their shot up.
     
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    oooooooooooooo, foaming at the mouth

    more like dying from laughter it was all so pathetic
     
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    they preferred to waste their opportunity to make a case by talking to empty chairs.


    but then again, they really don't have a case. what should they say, "vote for us, we'll bring you back to those good ole bush years?"

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    they are so out of ideas and Obama has been a total failure at being President they have to go back with it will be.................. Booooooooooooooooooooooooosh again

    Eastwood WAS RIGHT FOLKS

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    Really? Eastwood got a few laughs, the President got a bump in the polls, and Romney got nothing.
     

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