Dear Readers: Once again, I went into the breech and braved the Democratic Party’s national convention coverage last night, keen to hear how Bill Clinton was going to handle the spotlight (when he formally placed Barak Obama’s name into nomination). Good friend and fellow SLOB Lipstick Underground declared it the “most masterful piece of sabotage yet“.
If you think Clinton realy wants Mr. Obama to win, you haven’t been paying attention. Rambling on and on and on and on and on and on was no accident.
Mulling over the speech and its aftermath, the Goddess of Capitalism agrees with this assessment. In this regard, Bill Clinton was #Eastwooding with a slightly different empty chair.
The first thing that clued me in that Bill Clinton was staging a presentation, similar to the way Clint Eastwood performed at the Republican national convention, was the gleam in his eye. I suspect that Charles Krauthammer was right: Clinton knew Obama was backstage, chomping at the bit to come on stage for the usual accolades, so Bill kept rambling on and on.
There are three items that I want to highlight that I think make my point:
1) Clinton focused on his budget successes, whereas Obama’s budget proposals were soundly rejected;
2) Clinton profusely praised the Bushes and reviewed Clinton’s famed bipartisanship (which differs from Barak “I won” Obama); and,
3) Clinton underscored Democratic Party principles and his administration’s achievements, without really mentioning Obama except with the generic “vote for him” platitudes.
This is reminiscent of the famous speech by Marc Antony in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”:
I would like to remind everyone that despite the enthusiasm of the elite media today, the speech does not mean Bill Clinton’s endorsement means an easy win for Obama. Clinton endorsed Scott Walker’s opponent in the recall election, yet Walker remains the Governor of Wisconsin.
Hillary is 44 has an excellent, must-read analysis: Bill Clinton is speaking tonight because Bill Clinton is doing what he always does – thinking about tomorrow. Furthermore, Bill knew he would be leaving a trail of readily fact-checked lies, such as this gem via Doo Doo Economics: Gov. Mitt Romney took Massachusetts from 50th in employment to 28th.Clinton, then, was able to charm-speak the audience and yet NOT help Obama in any significant way.
Meanwhile, as Tammy Bruce notes, the rest of the convention is playing out like an episode from the “Twilight Zone”. In fact, Word Warrior reviews the weirdness associated of the platform change related to Israel and God today: DEMS FIND GOD ON THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM
Beholding to and in an attempt to please the pro-Hamas wing of their party, the Dems gleefully refused to acknowledge Israel’s right to decide for itself where its capital city will be (a right EVERY other country in the world reserves to itself).
However, this morning the Democrats profess to have had a “Road to Jerusalem” moment.
Seeing which way this was playing out in public opinion (the majority of Americans definitely NOT sharing the Democrat’s ambivalence about either God or our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East), Wednesday saw an amusing drama play out on the main stage in Charlotte. Amid loud booing from the disaffected delegates, a clearly flustered Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced that “the Yea’s have it!”; in a roll-call vote changing the platform back to the 2008 version.
Go figure: the Democrats “boo” God and Israel!
The above graphic was sent to be my Silvio Canto. I will be joining both Word Warrior and Silvio on CANTO TALK tonight to discuss “Battles With Persia”, featuring Thermopylae and the troubles we have with Iran/Persia today. Bringing Egypt into the mix,as I always do, Silvio sent these “Queen of the Nile” episodes from “The Twilight Zone”.