Previous presidents, whether you agreed with them or not, all operated within the normal range of American political discourse. Maybe some tested that range, but they still had the ability to be civil and comforting when the country needed it. You know what needs to be “great again”? The American President. ...
Last night at the Democratic National Convention, Romney campaign lies met with a smooth talkin’ boy from Arkansas, former President Bill Clinton, and the result was a political smack-down broadcast live to millions of Americans. — Here are five Romney-Ryan-Republican lies turned to dust:
Elizabeth Warren is a financial expert, particularly in bankruptcy law. She is also a consumer advocate and a Senate candidate for the state of Massachusetts. But most importantly, Elizabeth Warren is a champion for the average low and middle-income American. She is right to say the system is rigged. Rich and powerful interests have greater access to our elected officials and that leads to legislation that favors narrow agendas. The people who already have everything get even more and the people who have little or nothing continue to be overlooked. As Jon Stewart put it, “Poor people have shitty lobbyists.” — Here are two resonating quotes from Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic National Convention speech:
Former President Bill Clinton delivered a lengthy, issue-specific speech and he did so in a way that was both entertaining as well as informative. His speech delivered much needed context on the economy and President Obama’s record after the Great Recession, and it destroyed Republican lies and out of context talking points.
Former President Bill Clinton delivered a 50 minute substantive speech that thoroughly explained how we got here and where we are going if we elect President Obama to a second term — an economy built for the future. Along the way he eviscerated some of the biggest Republican lies over the past few weeks (and years). Lies like the $716 billion Medicare cuts [savings] and the welfare work requirement. Issue after issue, President Clinton delivered the clear honest truth to Americans and he even re-appropriated President Reagan’s famous line when he said of Republicans, “there they go again.” In his own unique style, Clinton reminded us why he was a two-term president and why he is such a popular former president.
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a heartfelt speech mostly neutral on policies, but there were a few specific mentions of first-term achievements as well as lines that spoke in contrast to Republican National Convention speeches. But the most politically effective lines in the speech were also the most personal when she described a caring human being, a loving husband and a devoted father called Barack Obama. She drove home a message that you cannot separate what makes Barack Obama the man and Barack Obama the president. This is a direct appeal to the fact that a large majority of Americans like President Obama as a person even if they don’t agree with him on the economy or other policies.
As a liberal I cannot find much to agree with in Mitt Romney’s speech tonight. However, I can be objective from time to time, and from a delivery and effectiveness standpoint, I think Romney’s speech was a huge success for the Romney campaign. Maybe that’s just the low expectations talking, but if there truly are people in this country who are still undecided, I think it’s possible Romney’s RNC speech could give him a post-convention bump in the polls. Whether that bump lasts until election day, only time will tell.
Paul Ryan delivered a fact-challenged speech last night and today the media is calling him out. Conservatives call this “liberal media bias,” and it’s oh so convenient. It gives them cover to say whatever stupid shit comes to mind. Are you a conservative who has said something stupid, ignorant or factually inaccurate? Don’t correct yourself or apologize, simply blame the liberal media. Problem solved.
Paul Ryan spent a lot of time talking smack last night during his Republican National Convention speech. He said President Obama has been all talk and no leadership, but Ryan offered nothing of substance to show how he and Mitt Romney would lead. Nothing. Just more “serious talk” from a “serious guy.” Really? Just because Ryan says we need to make hard decisions about things like Medicare, that means he knows what he’s talking about? That means a Romney administration will show leadership? I’m sorry, lead by example, not rhetoric. What is Paul Ryan’s record? He voted in favor of every single budget busting legislative initiative during George W. Bush’s presidency. This includes Bush tax cuts #1 and #2, Medicare Part D, TARP (financial bailout), and the two wars. Paul Ryan, Mr. Serious showed no leadership, he just fell inline with the rest of his fellow Republicans.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie began his keynote speech at the Republican National Convention by saying we should choose respect and by also saying leaders need to stop tearing each other down. Later in this same speech Christie threw out his opening message and angrily began attacking Democrats and showing no respect for the tens of millions of Americans who identify with the Democratic Party.