Archive: August, 2008
Ed Rendell just spoke to the DNC a few minutes ago, and if you didn't know better you'd think that he's angling to be Obama's energy secretary (he's not, especially given the political situation here at home, with an ailing lieutenant governor.)
Here's the summary now on the Philly.com homepage:
OK, I've been watching and reading some of the coverage of the Democratic confab last night and there seems to be a common theme developing: Those Dems are blowing it yet again...by being so gosh-darned nice! Of course, if the theme of last night had been all attacks on Bush and McCain, we'd be hearing all about how those angry liberals are turning off America, so they can't win, can they?
Here's two examples:
I hope for the sake of the beleaguered Gulf Coast that this doesn't come to pass -- but from a realpolitik point of view, there is a potential nightmare for the Republican Party swirling around the warm Caribbean waters right now.
His name is Gustav.
I mean, I doubt if one American in 20 could correctly identify who the Weathermen were and what they did back in the '60s -- an era that, like McCain, is fading fast into the mists of pre-history (prehistory, in an American context, being anything that happened before last Tuesday). Unless the McCaniacs are going to spend a LOT of time filling in the back story, I wouldn't be surprised if voters think the message is that meteorologists, like hot chicks, dig Obama. Which doesn't seem like such a bad thing, even if the meteorologists are white.
It took a while, but J-Roll finally learned how to shut up Philly "frontrunners" -- with a single, double and triple.
Phils sweep, Phils sweep!
One of the all-time greatest moments in political convention coverage just took place tonight:
From the Rocky Mountain News:
Authorities are investigating a possible threat against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama.
Aurora police arrested a longtime drug user Sunday afternoon during a routine traffic stop where the man was seen "weaving," sources said. Two possible other accomplices also were arrested, according to police.
Trying to catch up here from the Daily News perch overlooking the convention floor, which is a little hard to see from our location about 1,748 miles east of the Pepsi Center. Seems like the traditional media is working hard to gin up an Obama-Clinton feud. Nobody gets more conventional with their conventional wisdom than the Politico:
One flashpoint is the assigned speech topic for former president Bill Clinton, who is scheduled to speak Wednesday night, when the convention theme is “Securing America’s Future.” The night’s speakers will argue that Obama would be a more effective commander in chief than his Republican rival, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).