Red Hat Blue Hat Podcast 12: Democratic National Convention Analysis

August 31, 2008 · Filed Under News, Podcasts ·  

The twelfth installment of Red Hat Blue Hat featured Mike Allen, Shawn Collins, Todd Crawford, Sam Harrelson, and Tim Jones.

This installment focused on the Democratic National Convention with a discussion on Hillary Clinton’s speech, Joe Biden at VP candidate, the skill of Bill Clinton’s oratory, and lack thereof from Nancy “Can We Drill Your Brain?” Pelosi.

Also, there was talk of the likely VP pick for John McCain… Hutchison, Lieberman, Pawlenty, Romney, somebody else?

Then, we moved on to some geek talk and the uses of Twitter, and other tools that can be harnessed by political campaigns.

We wound up on the uses of social media by each campaign, as well as which is less in touch, and whether any President is actually in touch.

Episode 12 runs 68 minutes, but we have no plans to recreate ‘68.

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Bill Clinton Lies in Support of Barack Obama

August 28, 2008 · Filed Under Democratic National Convention ·  

I was watching Bill Clinton address the faithful in Denver last night, and a couple thing stuck out as being particularly truth challenged.

At one point, Clinton mentioned in his remarks that we need to focus more on fighting diseases like AIDS overseas.

Say what you might about President Bush, but he has done more than any other President to fight AIDS in Africa.

A recent opinion piece at details the contrasts between Bush and Clinton when it came to fighting AIDS.

Little things like Bush spending more than three times annually than Clinton ever did.

Bill Clinton also touched on how “they took us from record surpluses to an exploding national debt.”

This mythology is continually reiterated by Democrats, but it simply has no basis, unless you don’t count the end of Clinton’s second term, and the Clinton Recession, which began in March 2000, as documented by Wikipedia.

Using the stock market as an unofficial benchmark, a recession would have begun in March 2000 when the NASDAQ crashed following the collapse of the Dot-com bubble. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was relatively unscathed by the NASDAQ’s crash until the September 11, 2001 attacks, after which the DJIA suffered its worst one-day point loss and biggest one-week losses in history.

If only the Dot-com bubble, which was the basis for the economic growth in the 1990s, had not burst under Clinton, and he had addressed Al-Qaeda during all of the smaller terror attacks in the 1990s, he would have a point.

But the inconvenient truth is that his claims and damning statements were full of holes.

Democrats Have Buyer’s Remorse

Pundits all around talked about the impact of Hillary Clinton’s speech today and how an Obama-Clinton ticket would probably have a 10 point bump right now.

The crowd went crazy, and Hillary Clinton’s supporters aren’t sold on Obama.

Joe Biden who?

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention

August 27, 2008 · Filed Under Democratic National Convention ·  

There is some entertaining coverage of the Democratic National Convention for anybody that has had enough of the mainstream media version of it.

I liked the video of the Recreate68 rally, where the crowd was maybe in the tens.

See for coverage of the Democratic National Convention this week and the Republican National Convention on September 1-4, 2008.

Some highlights from Monday, August 25 at the DNC…

James Carville Critical of the Democrat Message

August 26, 2008 · Filed Under Democratic National Convention ·  

“If this party has a message it’s done a hell of a job hiding it tonight, I promise you that.”

Democratic Strategist and CNN contributor James Carville on the party communicating with the American people at the Democratic National Convention.

More from Carville at the CNN blog.

Obama Live from St. Kansas City Louis

August 26, 2008 · Filed Under Democratic National Convention, Gaffe ·  

Barack Obama doesn’t limit his flip flops, confused remarks and gaffes to campaign issues. He also seems to be challenged when it comes to geography.

Wait, that’s not new. Obama made his famous reference to having visited 57 of 58 states.

But last night at the convention, he claimed to be in both St. Louis and Kansas City at the same time, as reported by the News-Leader in Springfield, MO.

Tonight, Democrat Barack Obama didn’t know what town he was in.

In a live satellite speech tonight to the Democratic National Convention in Denver from a home in Kansas City, Obama said: “I’m here with the Girardo family here in St. Louis.”

Then came a graphic across the television screen that said Obama was in Kansas City, Mo.

Then 7-year-old Sasha Obama asked: “Daddy, what city are you in?”

“I’m in Kansas City, sweetie,” Obama said, correcting his earlier geographic reference.

At least one of the Obamas can keep things straight.

Hillary Isn’t Going Away Quietly

May 21, 2008 · Filed Under Democratic National Convention, Opinion ·  

I’ve got to wonder if Hillary is running for 2012, Vice-President, or President.

Clearly everybody in the Democratic party isn’t sold on Obama with Hillary’s rout in Kentucky yesterday.

And she’s fighting to seat Florida’s and Michigan’s delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August, according to ABC News.

Personally, I think she is confident she can still win in the back room, and that’s got to have Obama losing sleep at night.