Obama Looks Past Current Crisis in Nomination Speech

By: Friday September 7, 2012 5:16 am

President Obama gave a deliberately muted address last night to the nation from the DNC convention in Charlotte, dialing down the rhetorical flourish and laying out a concrete set of forward-looking policies on energy, exports, education and the deficit. If this were 1996 and we were at 4.7% unemployment, maybe that would be a fine [...]

Obama Will Vow to Cut the Deficit by $4 Trillion in DNC Speech

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 4:25 pm

We have some excerpts of President Obama’s DNC acceptance speech tonight, and we will hear it from the President’s mouth in just a few hours. In addition to the excerpts, there’s a broad sweep of promises that are listed. And guess which one jumped out at me? Manufacturing • Create one million new manufacturing jobs [...]

Kamala Harris Embarrasses Herself By Touting Terrible Foreclosure Fraud Settlement

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 7:09 am

There were other notable speeches last night, though not as many as Tuesday. I thought Sandra Fluke, the amazing Sister Simone Campbell, Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards, and preacher/Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, who actually started marching in his speech, did a great job. But I have to call attention to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, who drew [...]

Warren Delivers Refreshing Dose of Honesty in DNC Speech

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 6:22 am

It’s hard not to get blinded by the searing light of Bill Clinton. But Elizabeth Warren gave the speech that spoke more to me last night. Strip away the reason all these speeches are happening – support for the President – and the stories that Warren and Clinton told were a little different. Clinton told [...]

Bill Clinton Manages to Trust America to Listen to 46 Minutes of Policy

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 9:46 pm

Before I get my head chopped off, let me start with the caveat that a speech is not reliable, and that I stand behind this entire post about the platform debacle as a metaphor (nobody will give a damn about the platform when they finish breaking down the stage of the Time Warner Center in [...]

Democrats Cave on Platform, Make Changes on God, Jerusalem

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:31 pm

Responding to a hissy fit ginned up by a random Weekly Standard writer, and carried along by Fox News, Democrats just changed their platform a day after they adopted it, adding language saying that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and adding a reference to God. Both parts were in the 2008 [...]

The Troubling Myths of Opportunity and Mobility in the Democratic Convention

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 9:40 am

Just because I don’t want to ignore the two main speeches from last night’s convention, as I feel I did in my initial thoughts on the convention, let me wind back to them. I found them to be mostly similar, and actually, mostly limiting. First Julián Castro, the mayor of San Antonio, spoke of an [...]

Democrats Move Final Night of Convention Indoors, Away From Bank of America Stadium

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 8:15 am

The final night of the Democratic National Convention has been moved indoors, away from Bank of America Stadium and into the Time Warner Center, where last night’s speeches were housed. From the beginning, Democrats heard criticism about the President accepting the nomination in a stadium named for one of the most notorious mega-banks in America, [...]

Thoughts on Day 1 at the DNC – The Rise of the Social Liberals

By: Wednesday September 5, 2012 6:26 am

You can read the big prime-time speeches from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama. They tell a coherent story of success borne out of struggle, the importance of government investment in education and opportunity as a bridge from the bottom, and the need to give everyone those same chances. They were [...]

Former Bush CIA Director Michael Hayden Explains Folly of an Attack on Iran

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 10:19 am

The Democratic platform on Iran has a mix of pleas for a diplomatic solution combined with the ever-present threats and vows of military force if required. It acknowledges straight-out that “Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon” but adds that the country has “failed to meet its obligations under the NPT (Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty). [...]

Labor “Protests” in Charlotte Hardly an Expression of Dissent

By: Tuesday September 4, 2012 9:02 am

I’m sure we’ll have a lot of reports at FDL about the dissent outside the DNC convention in Charlotte. Some of the protests could prove interesting. There should be a bigger Occupy presence in Charlotte than there was in Tampa for the RNC convention, and the Undocubus, filled with undocumented immigrants who plan to challenge [...]

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