Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Mitt Romney is quickly latching onto this video clip from the first night of the Democratic National Convention that features a man saying "the government is the only thing we all belong to." As evidenced by the first two definitions of the word "belong" in the Oxford English Dictionary, the Romney campaign's faux outrage is seriously misplaced.
1 (belong to) be the property of: the vehicle did not belong to him 2 (belong to) be a member of (a particular group or organization): he belonged to the local cricket clubThe GOP is already on their way to making this innocuous statement the new "you didn't build that." Don't let their ignorance create another distraction.
As part of this tribute video at the DNC Tuesday night, Ted Kennedy systematically dispatches Mitt Romney during their 1994 Massachusetts Senate race. We can only assume President Obama is taking notes.
MTV is doing everything it can to make sure you watch the VMA's AND President Obama's DNC speech. ᔥ Huffington Post Sarah Palin may not be smarter than Paul Ryan, but she is faster. ᔥ Gawker Nicki Minaj makes an unlikely endorsement of Mitt Romney. ᔥ Daily Intel Paul Ryan's Secret Service codename is "Bowhunter" because the GOP needs to lockdown the "Hunger Games" vote. ᔥ GQ Mitt Romney's convention speech is getting compared to Bob Dole's (and not in a good way). ᔥ Wonkette
Change.org's petition to get Betty White on the DNC stage to counter Clint Eastwood makes it onto MSNBC. If nothing else, the Democrats should show this video of Obama at her 80th birthday celebration to show how charmingly self-deprecating the President can be.
If there was one unifying theme at this year's Republican National Convention, it was probably the out-of-context quote from President Obama turned on its head to become "We Built It!" Other, more unofficial themes included "A Healthy Debate on Love vs. Respect" and "Invisible Obama Wants Mitt Romney and Clint Eastwood to Go Fuck Themselves." The convention ended Thursday night with a relatively uninspiring speech by the party's newly crowned nominee and the requisite balloon drop. But it wasn't until Sunday morning that the Republicans realized their convention's theme missed the mark. Whether by accident or with encouragement from Republican operatives, the Sunday morning political talk shows all ended up on the same page, pressing Democrats to answer the question that the patron saint of the GOP asked by in 1980, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" As prepared as they should have been for this question, the answers ended up all over the map. David Axelrod said America's in a "better position" without giving a yes or no to whether we're "better off." The most David Plouffe could say is that we've "improved." Democratic Governor Martin O'Malley basically answered "no, but that's still George W. Bush's fault." By Labor Day yesterday, Stephanie Cutter had to do damage control on the Today Show by answering the "central question on a lot of people's minds" with one affirmative word: "Absolutely." On the campaign trail in Detroit, Vice President Joe Biden was even more forceful, going so far to as pitch his own bumper sticker slogan to answer the question: "Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive!" As The New York Times outlines today, President Obama and his surrogates will be pushing this positive message as hard as they can over the next week in Charlotte at the DNC. The Republicans missed their opportunity to make this eternal question the center piece of their convention, but the media has seemingly rectified that mistake by making it a central part of their coverage before the Democratic convention. For at least a couple of days this week, it was hard to find any Republicans out there complaining about the "lamestream liberal media."