In a gigantic gift to Obama and the Democratic party, Bill Clinton delivered a 48 minute masterpiece last night at the Democratic National Convention. Worth the full view.
- “After last night, I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama” - Alluding to Michelle Obama’s riveting speech this Tuesday. Michelle’s Speech Link
- “Since 1961 … our private sector economy produced 66 million private-sector jobs. So what’s the jobs score? Republicans 24 million - Democrats 42 million.” Puts the economic argument in clear, dumb-as-rock terms that the American public can understand and remember.
- “The Romney plan fails the first test of fiscal responsibility: the numbers don’t add up.” and “Now, people ask me all the time how we got four surplus budgets in a row. What new ideas did we bring to Washington? I always give a one-word answer: arithmetic” These arguments throw the Republican budged straight into the fire. Further, he points out that Romney refuses to disclose his budget because they’d include cuts that nobody wants.
- “As the Senate Republican leader said, in a remarkable moment of candor two full years before the election, their number one priority was not to put America back to work. It was to put the President out of work.” Attacking the undeniably clear Republican prerogative to blindly obstruct any Democratic and especially any Obama-related movement.
- “Now, when Congressman Ryan looked into that TV camera and attacked President Obama’s Medicare savings as, quote, “the biggest, coldest power play,” I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry [LAUGHTER] … because that $716 billion is exactly to the dollar the same amount of Medicare savings that he has in his own budget. You got to give one thing: It takes some brass to attack a guy for doing what you did.” Pointing out how insane Ryan and his arguments seem to be. Furthermore, Clinton pointed out that the $716 Billion cut is not a cut in the current budget, but in future spending.
- “Their campaign pollster said, ‘We are not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact-checkers.’ [LAUGHTER] Now, finally I can say: That is true. [LAUGHTER] I — I couldn’t have said it better myself.”
This really seems to be the major point of discord between Democrats and Republicans: Democrats waste their time and energy supporting their logical stances with facts while Republicans blindly hate and oppose Democratic action with crusade-like commitment. Who will win? The party that can activate every possible voter to the polls.
PolitiFact.com continued their tremendous fact-checking work, supporting nearly every Clinton claim. LINK
Ohio used to allow eligible voters to vote up to 3 days before Election Day (e.g., if Election day is on a Monday, voters can vote starting the previous Friday, and over the weekend). In 2011, the GOP-led state legislature eliminated this ability, but federal law still allowed active-duty military personnel to vote three days early.
President Obama’s campaign filed a lawsuit, asking a federal court to “restore in-person early voting for all Ohioans during the three days prior to Election Day – a right exercised by an estimated 93,000 Ohioans in the last presidential election.” You with me? Obama said that instead of allowing only active-duty military voters to vote up to three days before Election Day, Ohio should allow all eligible voters in Ohio to vote up to three days before Election Day – including active duty troops.
Romney then attacked this lawsuit, posting to Facebook:
“President Obama’s lawsuit claiming it is unconstitutional for Ohio to allow servicemen and women extended early voting privileges during the state’s early voting period is an outrage. The brave men and women of our military make tremendous sacrifices to protect and defend our freedoms, and we should do everything we can to protect their fundamental right to vote. I stand with the fifteen military groups that are defending the rights of military voters, and if I’m entrusted to be the commander-in-chief, I’ll work to protect the voting rights of our military, not undermine them.”
To Recap: Obama tried to make it easier for everybody in Ohio to vote; Romney said he was attacking military troops’ voting rights. According to Politico, “Romney’s spokesman, Ryan Williams, in an interview Saturday could point to no place in Obama’s lawsuit that seeks to restrict the rights of military voters.”
This is what’s absolutely maddening in today’s politics. People can just say whatever the fuck they want and it won’t matter if they have evidence or are lying through their teeth; it’s in the public eye and a good amount of people won’t educate themselves to what’s real and what’s not. Regardless of your political affiliations, can’t we all agree that flat-out lies cannot be allowed as an effective campaign tool? Am I taking fucking crazy pills over here?
On his radio show this week, Rush Limbaugh pointed out that the villain in the Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, which is a homophone of Bain – as in Bain Capital the financial services company founded by Mitt Romney.
Have you heard this new movie, the Batman movie, what is it, The Dark Knight Lights Up or whatever the name is. That’s right, Dark Knight Rises. Lights Up, same thing. Do you know the name of the villain in this movie? Bane. The villain in The Dark Knight Rises is named Bane, B-a-n-e. What is the name of the venture capital firm that Romney ran and around which there’s now this make-believe controversy? Bain. The movie has been in the works for a long time. The release date’s been known, summer 2012 for a long time. Do you think that it is accidental that the name of the really vicious fire breathing four eyed whatever it is villain in this movie is named Bain?
“A lot of people are gonna see the movie, and it’s a lot of brain-dead people, entertainment, the pop culture crowd, and they’re gonna hear Bane in the movie and they’re gonna associate Bain. The thought is that when they start paying attention to the campaign later in the year, and Obama and the Democrats keep talking about Bain, Romney and Bain, that these people will think back to the Batman movie, “Oh, yeah, I know who that is.”-
Bane was created in 1993 by Chuck Dixon, a staunch Republican. Dixon pointed out to Comicbook.com that the similarities should go the opposite way: “My understanding is that Bane is more of an Occupy Wall Street type. Romney is more like Bruce Wayne,” Dixon quipped.
Talk about an UNBELIEVABLE move by Obama! If he’s really getting a conservative to create a comicbook villain with the homophone name of a company a potential political opponent co-founded 19 years in advance so that when the 3rd movie in a blockbuster trilogy comes out, he can use that to subliminally affect voting minds… I think it’s safe to say the presidential election is locked up.