"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Drunkblogging the DNC

Just tuning in at 9:00 pm.   Slow Joe Biden in the middle of offering a paean to the American people.   You deserve a President who will never quit on you.   Meaningless pablum.   As opposed to what?   A President who plays golf all the time.   Oh, wait a minute.  

Republicans are dead wrong.  American is not in decline.   It's never been a good bet to bet against the American people.   We will not downsize the American Dream.   OK, so now we're going to have a straw man festival.

I see a future where women once again can control their own bodies.   Who doesn't?  I just don't want to have to pay for some adult law student's birth control pills.   I couldn't care less what Sandra Fluke does with her body.  

Depend more on clean energy at home and less on oil from abroad.  False choice.    We have a lot of oil and natural gas here that we can get right now.  

Joe is finishing by shouting at us.   Forward!  He's a very foolish man.  

P.S. I'm going to take a sip of ice-cold Gray Goose every time Obama says "fair share."


9:15.   Dick Durbin.   Why?   Makes an analogy of Obama to Lincoln... seriously.   Because letting two gay dudes pretend to get married is the same as freeing the slaves.   Or something like that.

Now we've got the obligatory infomercial about Obama. 

More Clinton.

The bailout of GM as politically courageous.

No one really knew the depths of the challenge we were facing.

Do people really think the bailout was a good idea?   They say there are 80,000 new jobs in the auto industry.   But we spent $25 billion on the bailout.   That's about $312,500 per job.   Hmmmm...

Obamacare as a "matter of principle."   Because his mother got big medical bills when she got cancer or something.    Nothing to do with the fact that Democrats have wanted nationalized healthcare on the British model since the end of World War II.  

Bin Ladin.   I had 100% confidence in our Navy Seals.

This is a guy who has a backbone like a ramrod.   Clinton:  I hope that's the call I would have made.   Oh, bullshit.   Anyone would have made the same call based upon the intelligence Obama had.

Michelle Obama introducing Barack.   Is this typical?   She's getting a lot of screen time in this convention.

Teleprompter alert.   Of course.   But I might have hidden it until he was ready to speak.

Weird music.     Couldn't they have gone a little more urban.   This is about as hip as Disney Channel.... oh, wait, it's U2... a sop to the environmentalists?

Here comes BO.   More anon.


9:27.   Hope in the face of uncertainty.   Hope has been tested... worst economic times in history.   Political gridlock.   Campaigns can seem small.  

Clearest choice of any time in a generation.   Right.   Between socialism on a European model, or freedom in the American vein.   Romney wants this, based on his choice of Paul Ryan.  

Ours is a fight to restore the values that built the world's strongest middle class.   Values like abortion on demand.   Values like payoffs to public employee unions.   Values like....


Republicans say tax cuts are the prescription for everything.   Well, yes.   That plus cutting spending.

Tax breaks for millionaires won't grow the economy.   Lie.   He's not proposing to tax millionaires, he's proposing to tax people who make over $250,000 a year.   That's a lot of small businessmen.  

Firing teachers and taking away student aid... Lie.  

The Regular Son thinks BO is being effective.   My view:  if you think bullshit is effective.   Which, sad to say, a lot of Americans apparently do.   

I'm taking an ice cream break.


Back at 9:38.   Obama is now saying what a great job he's done opening up new oil and gas fields.   He's kidding right?  Does anyone think that the Democrats are in favor of more drilling?   The crowd doesn't like this much.

Global warming is not a hoax.   O throws a bone to the enviro whackos.  

Education is the gateway to a middle-class life.   You have a choice:  you can gut education, or you can blah-blah-blah.  Because Republicans really want to "gut education."   Another straw man. 

Help me recruit another 100,000 math and science teachers in the next ten years.   Again, let's do the math... that's 10,000 teachers a year.   There are roughly 50,000,000 school-age children in America.   So one new teacher for every 500 children.   I'm just sayin'... that's not going to change American education.  

Leadership that has been tested and proven.   We ended the war in Iraq.   We are ending the war in Afghanistan.   Osama bin Laden is dead.   Taking credit for things that any President would have done.   Meanwhile, Iran is getting nukes, Egypt is in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, and China will have the world's biggest economy before 2016.  

My opponents are "new" to foreign policy.   He's really saying this.   Because he's done such a great job, and he was so experienced in 2008.  

It's time to do some nation-building right here at home.  

You can choose a future where we reduce our deficit without sticking it to the middle-class.   In a word, no. 

Kick children out of Head Start so they can give tax breaks to millionaires.   Demogoguery.  

If you can't afford health insurance, hope that you don't get sick.   Demogoguery.   Caricaturing Republican positions.

You have inalienable rights.... apparently you have an inalienable right to have me pay for your kids' college educations.

I'm drinking just on principle now.


We don't think banks should be able to trick people into signing mortgages they can't afford.   Has he ever been to a closing on a mortgage loan?   How exactly can people be tricked into signing a mortgage?   There are umpteen disclosures that the law requires be made.   That's how it's been for decades.   You have to be a certified moron to sign a mortgage you can't afford.   Don't you know what you make every month?
It sounds like he's building to a climax.   You did that!

If you buy into the cynicism that the change we fought for can't happen... I don't know why we should be cynical... after Solyndra, or Fast and Furious, or $5 trillion in new debt, or pushing through Obamacare on a party-line vote in a reconciliation process in the Senate that was never intended for major legislation.  

Oh, shit... another Lincoln reference.   I want to puke.

9:59.   I'm hopeful because of you.   You give me hope.   Family business... with 4,000 employees? 
Wait, what?   That's probably a $220-300 million payroll.   Sounds like a pretty freakin' big business to me.   Again, these speechwriters can't do math and don't know anything about business.

If you reject the notion that this nation's promise is reserved for the few, you need to stand up in this election.   Says the guy who spends his time fundraising with Hollywood elites.

10:03.   America, I never said this journey would be easy.   The Obama campaign is essentially that we haven't been successful as a President, but I never said that I would be successful, but the other guys are rich guys who don't care about you, so you should vote for me again.  

They're playing Bruce Springsteen's song, "We Take Care of Our Own" after the speech.   I am not drunk enough at this point.  

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