September 03, 2008

What's Wrong With the Convention

I agree with Noam Scheiber on what's rotten in St. Paul:

If you learned nothing else from 2004, you learned that Kerry was a flip-flopper--that he was before the $87 billion before he was against it--and that he was generally too wimpy to stand up to terrorists.

So far this week, I've heard that Obama puts himself first rather than his country, that he's inexperienced, that he has no executive experience, that he's a whacked out liberal, that he's a celebrity, that he's unpatriotic, a defeatist, a flip-flopper, a moral relativist. Tonight, for the first time (care of Rudy Giuliani), I heard that he spent time in an apparently shameful profession called "community organizing." And that he voted "present" over 100 times in the Illinois state Senate. I haven't really heard the same critique more than twice, though. I have a hard time seeing how any one of them sticks, at least as a result of the convention.

Also, what happened to that whole idea of the hurricane "curtailing" the parties and celebrations aspects, and that people wouldn't even be wearing funny hats? So much for that idea.

Posted by Stephen Silver at September 3, 2008 10:34 PM

When I watch this convention -- and, to a lesser extent, parts of the DNC -- I can't help but think of Chris Rock:

You'd got a baseball game, or a football game, basketball game, "USA! USA! USA!" Hey, calm down! Got a little German on it, don't you think?

Posted by: PK3 at September 3, 2008 10:46 PM

*go to

Curse you wiki quote, haven of mispellings!

Posted by: PK 3 again at September 3, 2008 10:50 PM

I have decided to start a blog. Only for tonight and confined to this comments section.

Only now is the genius of Obama's selection of Invesco field becoming fully apparent to me. The huge cross section of America -- too big to be a microcosm, maybe a minicosm? -- stands out in stark contrast to the homogeneous, relatively subdued crowd listening to Sarah Palin right now.

Posted by: PK3 again at September 3, 2008 11:09 PM

Oops, I took too long on that last comment. The speech is over. How the hell do you livebloggers do it? I quit.

Posted by: Yeah, me again at September 3, 2008 11:10 PM

I did like the part where Palin said how she would contribute her expertise as part of McCain's whitehouse staff.

Did I miss that part?

Posted by: Jeff S at September 4, 2008 08:16 PM
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