September 13, 2012
Where was Johnny Reid Edwards at the Democratic National Convention last week?
There was a lot of talk about the convention eight years ago when a young Barack Hussein Obama was introduced to the American people, but it appeared the Democrats have forgotten who the vice presidential candidate was eight years ago. The man who they chose to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. A man who they agreed would make a great second in command for this nation. Edwards may have had some difficulties since then but it does seem a little cruel for the party to just turn its backs on such a fine candidate – a man who eight years ago they worked hard to get elected vice president.
Of course, former President William Jefferson Blythe Clinton, the only elected president of the United States to be impeached, was a big star. Clinton, who lost his law license for committing perjury, has been forgiven by the Democrats. After all he was only trying to cover up the fact that he had been having sex in the Oval Office with a White House intern. A school teacher would be fired for similar behavior, but according to the Democrats it is acceptable behavior for a president.
No doubt Edwards, who was never impeached and was allowed to go home rather than to jail after his trial, will be back. All Edwards did was have an affair with a woman who he then hired to be his campaign videographer. It's a good lesson – keep your friends close and your videographer closer.
Edwards used money from donors to pay the expenses of his mistress, which amounted to millions of dollars. But because he didn't run the money through his campaign account, he evidently is allowed to spend money from donors however he wants. The campaign laws are absurd, but at least they are absurd for both sides.
Regardless of the outcome of this election, the Democrats are going to be looking for a candidate in 2016 and Edwards will be rested and ready.
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The pundits generally agree that Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention was flat. Even the true believers seem to have had difficulty finding something good to say about it. Most pundits seemed puzzled at the flatness and lack of cohesiveness of the speech. This is, after all, a man who is president in a large part because of a speech he gave eight years ago at the Democratic National Convention.
Now he is in trouble as president and you would expect him to come in and wow the crowd. People were expecting a fire-and-brimstone barnburner of a speech where he explained just why the economy was still so bad, so many people were unemployed and why he had orchestrated all of this. Instead, Obama gave a speech that was at best mundane. It appeared his attitude was – They say I have to give a speech tonight, so here is a speech, now can I go home and play golf?
The question Thursday night, Sept. 6, was, "Why is he so despondent?" The answer appeared in the news on Friday: The unemployment rate is down, but only because things are worse. There were fewer jobs created in August than in June and July, and fewer in June and July than first reported. So the economic news is bleak.
We found out on Friday. But Obama knew what the figures were on Thursday. He knew that he needed a good jobs report to have a chance at getting reelected.
I thought when he appeared on the stage he looked like a man coming out to give a concession speech. Candidates have a similar look when walking out for that speech. They know they have to stand up and say they lost and they are all hoping that an aide will stop them and say that they miscounted the votes. But that rarely happens.
Obama walked out like he knew he was facing his last months as president. Watch the speech again and don't listen to the words – just look at his expression. When he walked out I thought he looked like he knew he had lost and the whole little scene with Michelle Obama at the podium didn't appear to me to be two people on top of the world but a wife encouraging her husband to do his best, even though he wasn't enjoying what he was doing.
What he didn't talk about was as telling as what he did. He didn't talk about his stimulus package, where he trumpeted that $1 trillion would be spent largely on shovel-ready projects to get the economy going, only to much later discover that there is no such thing as a shovel-ready project.
He also didn't talk about Obamacare because most Americans don't like Obamacare. Obama had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate and plenty of votes in the House, which meant he could pass anything that he could get his fellow Democrats to agree to. But Obamacare is so radical that he spent months getting together Democratic votes to pass it. Now he may be wishing that he had agreed to go along with something a little less radical that would have been easier to get through Congress and he could have worked on other projects that might have been more popular.
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At the Democratic National Convention, in the video shown before Obama spoke, he kept referring to the American people as "they," not "we," which is very telling. It is once again a campaign mistake, not necessarily an Obama mistake. People get pronouns wrong all the time. But Obama should never refer to Americans as "they." It is grammatically incorrect and politically foolhardy.
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I hope that no one believes the Democrats left God and Jerusalem out of the party platform by accident. If you have your doubts you should go back and watch the press conference with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney where he is asked what the capital of Israel is according to the White House. Carney is asked the same question repeatedly by two reporters and he refuses to answer. If the White House believed that Jerusalem was the capital then that would be easy to say.
Think about this for a moment. Is there another country in the world that doesn't get to pick its own capital? Does Obama try to tell France that they can't call Paris their capital? Does he try to tell Great Britain that London is not the capital, but rather Manchester is? The answer is that every other country in the world gets to choose its own capital, but Obama doesn't believe that Israel should have that right. And for some reason the Democrats thought they could sneak it into the platform. Once again a campaign staff mistake. Somebody should be paying attention and stop stupid stunts like that before they happen.
If you don't want to watch the video of the press conference, just go back and watch the video of the vote at the Democratic National Convention on putting God and Jerusalem back in the platform. If they had been left out because of an oversight then the vote to put them back in should have been nearly unanimous. It was a voice vote so it's hard to tell exactly, but it sounds pretty evenly split. It certainly doesn't sound like two-thirds of the people voted to put God and Jerusalem back in the platform. Fortunately for the Democratic Party, the chair has wide discretion in such cases and he simply ruled that it was two-thirds who voted in favor....continued on page 2