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A Washed-Out Democratic Convention
by Harry Spencer
Sep 10, 2012 | 3662 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Last week in the space above me, my good friend David Farside excoriated the recent Republican Convention. He was especially vitriolic in his castigation of my other good friend Clint Eastwood. As I mentioned last week, Eastwood is a down-to-earth no frills superstar. In fact, the publishers of Life Magazine have been marketing a new series of books entitled “Life Icons.” Interestingly enough, they chose Clint Eastwood as the first recipient of the honor. The well written and illustrated icon book is worth reading.

Since Farside saw fit to knock the Republican Convention, I mentioned to him I would be doing the same for the Democrat conclave. By all accounts, it was a loosely-run affair. In fact, one of the commentators wondered if he had wandered into a Star Trek Convention by mistake. The greatest debacle that occurred was on the second day when it was revealed by the press that the word “God” and “Jerusalem as a Capital of Israel” had been stricken from the party’s platform. This issue reached farcical proportions when a voice vote was taken from the podium to see whether or not the two phrases should be reinstated. That vote was so close in volume between the “yeas” and “nays” that it had to be retaken numerous times. Even when the podium declared the “yeas” had won by two-thirds, the decibel level was again almost equal.

Another embarrassing moment for the Democrats came when the DNC Chairwomen Debbie Wasserman Schultz was caught in a fabrication, which was backed up by a tape of her own words. She was very flippant in her explanation of the platform imbroglio. Her two transgressions were almost matched by the words uttered by Elizabeth Warren, who said that corporations “were not people.” I would refer her to Webster’s Dictionary which states that a corporation is “a body formed and authorized by law to act as a single person.” In addition to Warren, the DNC trotted out a vast array of female speakers in their desperate attempt to capture the female vote for Obama.

Another ploy was to bring in filmed versions of old Democrat War Horses such as Jimmy Carter and Ted Kennedy. Perhaps the most stunning live effect was the presence of former President Bill Clinton on Wednesday night. In his over-long speech he was euphoric in praising the man about whom he had once said “played the race card” against his wife Hillary and him. The biggest gaffe that Clinton delivered was when he said, ”No President, none of my predecessors, not even me could solve this economy in four years.” Apparently he forgot about a President named Ronald Reagan, who had inherited a much worse mess from Carter and was able to turn things around within three years. In fact, Reagan’s son appeared on television Thursday morning to verify that fact.

To be fair, I watched the RNC on the major network and the DNC on Fox. The Republicans were well scripted except for Clint’s soliloquy while the Democrats were loosely organized.

Harry Spencer is a long-time Truckee Meadows resident.
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