Archive for ‘convention’

September 26, 2008

‘We get up early to beat the crowds’

Denver Police now have a new slogan:

The Denver police union is selling T-shirts that poke fun at protesters at last month’s Democratic National Convention, but the main target isn’t laughing. The back of the shirts reads, “We get up early to beat the crowds” and “2008 DNC,” and has a caricature of a police officer holding a baton.
The front has the number 68 with a slash through it, a reference to the Recreate 68 Coalition, which organized several demonstrations during the convention.

Unfortunately, the hippie peacenik scum in Denver were such gutless weasels — not a single Molotov cocktail! — that there were scarcely any beatings at all, so that my hopes to cover a full-fledged blood-in-the-streets riot were disappointed.
Just one more reason to despise the pacifist vermin.
September 4, 2008

Palin’s speech: Home run? Base hit?

The text of Sarah Palin’s speech to the RNC is online. Here’s the video:

I’ll update with reactions. What did you think?

UPDATE: Instapundit:

I see a problem for McCain — whatever he says tonight is likely to come across as an anticlimax, unless he gives a better speech than he’s ever given before.

Ed Morrissey:

Her nickname, “Sarah Barracuda”, seems a lot more fitting after tonight.
Not only did she defend her small-town upbringing, she attacked Barack Obama on
almost every possible front, and for good measure went after Joe Biden and the
mainstream media as well.

UPDATE II: Michael Crowley:

Several moderate-Democrat friends of mine have been emailing — few if any would ever vote for McCain — but all agree that Palin was very strong. The more liberal among them are a little panicked.
I completely misjudged how negative she would be. Her lines about Obama were brutally cutting and possibly over the top in places. But she’s a far better messenger than an angry white man.

Heh heh heh heh. Oh, the news of liberal panic always warms my heart. They had five days of slamming her when she was in no position to fire back, and now she’s made her big debut and . . . “a little panicked”? Imagine how they’ll react if the Republicans get a convention bounce and go 5 points ahead in the tracking poll by next Wednesday.

Myself, personally, I wasn’t all that impressed. I like Palin, but I felt she delivered the speech too slowly, and that the delegates — a bit too eager to show their approval — interrupted her too often with applause.

UPDATE III: Dr. Melissa Clouthier predicts a new barrage of liberal attacks:

Sarah Palin must be destroyed because her mere existence kills so many leftist sacred cows. As much as I adore this woman already, I shudder for her family for what’s to come in the next couple of months. Uppity women get put in their place by angry liberals. And it’s ugly business.

This is what Rush Limbaugh said yesterday:

It’s the same approach that they took to destroy Clarence Thomas, the same approach that they took to destroy Robert Bork . . . . They destroy people who are threats. They destroy people who are threats to their template, to their narrative, to their power. They take no prisoners.

To be in the same league of enemies as Clarence Thomas — high praise indeed.

UPDATE IV: Team Obama responded by saying that Palin’s speech “was written by George Bush’s speechwriter and sounds exactly like the same divisive, partisan attacks we’ve heard from George Bush for the last eight years.” To which Jimmie at Sundries Shack says:

That’s it? His entire response is, “Yeah, well, someone wrote her speech for her, so nyah”?
How freaking lame! He just unfurled the political equivalent of “Oh yeah? Well your Mommy dresses you funny!” That was a tired taunt when we used it in elementary school.

All modern presidents rely on speechwriters, even the greatest of them, like Ronald Reagan. Otherwise, they’d have to spend all their time drafting new speeches, because they have to give so many of them, and they can’t give the same speech over and over again.

UPDATE V: One of Obama’s big fundraisers attempted to storm the stage during last night’s speech. Founding Bloggers says, “Keep it classy, Democrats.”

UPDATE VI: Ezra Klein (!) says, “an auspicious debut.”

August 28, 2008

Denver street scenes

A few more photos from Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention.

You might be a redneck if . . .

Stephen Green of PJTV interviews a vendor of Hillary Clinton novelties.

Street theatre: A performance by the “Missile Dick Chicks.”

Stephen Green of PJTV interviews the chicks.

“So . . . come here often?” Andrew Marcus of Founding Bloggers talks to one of the Missile Dick Chicks.

From the radio gallery inside the Pepsi Center, looking down at the stage.

The “unassigned press” filing area at the Pepsi Center.

The press lounge at one of the media tents surrounding the Pepsi Center.

A Clinton delegate from Texas. Her T-shirt identifies her as “one of 18 million standing with Hillary.”

A very cheerful Code Pinko.

August 28, 2008

Video: Media swarms anti-war vets

Not a riot, but there was a serious risk of being blinded by all the camera flashes.

Posing for their media moment.

August 27, 2008

Video: Anti-war march in Denver

They mustered about 4,000 marchers — 8% of the promised 50,000.

Radical obscenity.

Notice the astonishing whiteness of the marchers with the “no more racism” sign. The only person of color in the photo is a press photographer (left).

August 27, 2008

Hillary: ‘Thanks . . . send money’

E-mail from Hillary Clinton:

Dear Robert,
Standing on that stage tonight in front of 20,000 Democrats unified behind Senator Obama, I saw a bright future for America. I saw millions of people across the country working as one to elect the next Democratic President. I saw a new President and a new Congress giving a voice to the voiceless. I saw America, the land of endless potential, regaining its role as a leader in the world.
I couldn’t be prouder of our party, of our nominee, and of all the work you and I have done together over the course of this campaign on behalf of the American people.
I knew that as I stood in front of that podium, I wasn’t alone. I had you, and everyone who has supported me, standing right up there with me. And that means the world to me.
Thank you again for everything you’ve done. Now let’s get to work helping elect Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and all of our great Democratic candidates!
Sincerely,

And then a link to contribute to retire her campaign debt. Heh.

August 27, 2008

Day 3: Roll call

Today, they do the real business of the Democratic National Convention — the roll call vote for the nomination. A quick roll call of the headlines:

August 27, 2008

‘A meandering, tedious mess’

No, not my latest article. And not “Jessica Sideways.”

“A meandering, tedious mess” is what Andrew Sullivan called Tuesday’s speeches by Mark Warner and Bob Casey at the DNC.

August 27, 2008

The Illogical Caucus

My latest American Spectator article:

“One-in-three women in this country will be affected by rape, abuse or be killed,” [Rosario] Dawson tells the Women’s Caucus, and introduces the executive director of Voto Latino, Maria Theresa Peterson, who declares, “By 2040, Hispanics will be a majority in the United States.”
These are both dubious statistics. The “one-in-three” figure for women suffering from violence appears to be a derivative of the widely quoted claim that one-in-four women are victims of rape, a statistic denounced as a “myth” by the Independent Women’s Forum. And the Census Bureau projects Hispanics to be 22 percent of U.S. population by 2040, which is hardly a majority.
If they’re short on statistical validity, the Women’s Caucus is long on political enthusiasm. For all the talk about disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters in Denver, the speakers at yesterday’s caucus were unstinting in their praise for Obama. Even the most banal pronouncements were greeted by the delegates with cheers and chants of “Obama! Obama!”

Read the whole thing.

August 26, 2008

Denver: Profits and protests

My working lunch on the patio of the Capitol Bar was interrupted by (a) bad WiFi, and (b) a nearby confrontation between bullhorn-wielding pro-lifers and bullhorn-wielding activists with the Revolutionary Communist Party.

The blonde with the bullhorn is pro-lifer Kaitlin Mahoney. She’s yelling that the RCP guy has no coherent argument for his pro-choice position. Of course, he is a communist, so he didn’t have coherent arguments for anything.

This scene took place on 16th Street at Court Place, right in front of the Sheraton, where Hillary Clinton was inside addressing an Emily’s List gala. The noise was such that even with headphones I couldn’t hear the audio I was trying to transcribe. I’ve now relocated to the world’s noisiest Starbucks, across the street. Christina Bellantoni of the Washington Times is also trying to file her story from here.

Meanwhile, for street vendors in Denver, the Democratic convention is mainly an opportunity to profit by selling Obama-themed merchandise.

Hope is a very popular commodity on the streets of Denver this week.

Here’s a person who is a self-declared “atheist, lesbian, male-to-female transsexual.” Amazingly, “Jessica Sideways” is not a DNC delegate — but is, however, a blogger.

Well, I’ve got to write an article for the American Spectator, so things will be slow on the blog this afternoon. I’ll be back to liveblog Hillary’s big speech tonight.

UPDATE: “Jessica Sideways” got linked as a headline at Ace of Spades and got her own post at the Jawa Report. Some of the comments at Jawa aren’t exactly sensitive and tolerant.