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Convention Thoughts

My thoughts on the 2012 party conventions.

Now that both conventions are over, I can finally get back to my “Breaking Bad” shows. Before I do that, I’d like to share my observations on those conventions. Full disclosure: I’m not especially a fan of political GOP conventions and often view them through highlight clips and PBS post event coverage. That said, I do listen for substantive dialog (as opposed to party rhetoric), and try to understand the correlation of facts with the zeal of speakers and moderators.

First, as in past conventions, diversity told its own story. Turbans, union caps, LGBT buttons, whites, blacks, Latinos, young faces, old faces and war vets in the Democrat’s arena contrasted to the big hats and limited diversity attending the GOP bash.

Then there were the speeches. I have to give the nod to the Dems. The first Lady was charming but her speech was predictable—as was Corey Booker’s speech. The women and union people lit up the crowd on Wednesday with compelling, real-life stories. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and many others emphasized issues affecting women (and men), while union leaders, CEOs, and displaced workers shared their stories.  Bill Clinton “knocked it out of the park,” as usual.

Thursday brought us a lengthy but profound speech by Joe Biden followed by a knockout speech from the President. Those looking for 10-point plans or a way to solve partisan impasse, will have been disappointed. The convention succeeded in re-focusing on the who’s and why’s about how our nation wound up where we are today.

Finally, plans for our country’s future were discussed. I found the GOP’s relentless pounding on deficits while taking no responsibility for their inept leadership and financial sector oversight bungling that brought them on, to be a classic case selective memory, i.e., denial. Florida Governor Crist’s story demonstrated a party that can no longer tolerate a moderate voice and will turn on it’s own and devour any candidate daring to compromise.            

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JB September 11, 2012 at 01:37 AM
If you fall for Hope and Change once, its understandable. If you fall for it a second time, there's no reaching you...
Thomas Lotito September 11, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Breaking-GM losing $49G on each Volt sold.... Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/09/10/gm-denys-report-it-is-losing-4g-on-each-volt-sold-while-admitting-program-is/?test=latestnews#ixzz26AfFfW5Y
Thomas Lotito September 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Kevin, don't you cut and paste links all of the time form left wing news organizations? Instead of focusing on me for a change why don't you have a conversation on the merits of the article? For a guy that thinks education is intelligence you're not too bright
Thomas Lotito September 11, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Kevin, You dis and dismiss anything that doesn't support you liberal, fantasy, bubble- world, even when presented with the facts. What are you afraid of, superstitions?
Thomas Lotito September 11, 2012 at 07:41 PM
hey Kevin reality is setting in.....In the 11 swing states, the president now attracts 47% of the vote, while Mitt Romney earns 45%. Three percent (3%) plan to vote for some other candidate, while 5% are not sure. In 2008, Obama won these states by a combined margin of 53% to 46%. http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_swing_state_tracking_poll
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Hey Kevin , we did this already, here is my prediction how Romney will win the electoral college. http://wtschools.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Presidential-Prediction-2012.bmp
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 03:27 PM
The joke is on you. Hope and change has turned into despair and disappointment.
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Obama post convention bounce GONE! Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows President Obama attracting support from 46% of voters nationwide, while Mitt Romney earns 45% of the vote. Four percent (4%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.
Hookerman September 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I think it all comes down to who takes Ohio.
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Fanatasy world Kevin. Gallup is not a neutral poll, Rasmussen is known for being accurate, you quoted it yesterday. There is more than one path to the White House for Mitt. Pennsylvania is in play...
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Joe is gonna blow his top when he sees all of these links Kevin....
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Four Americans, including our Ambassador Christopher Stevens, have been murdered in an act of war on our embassy in Libya. And where's Obama? Obama is voting present by attending a fundraiser in Las Vegas after apologizing to the the terrorist sympathizers that murdered them. i wonder how that is going to play in the polls?
Domino September 12, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Out of 40 comments on this thread, 32 are from either Nedd or Lotito. Jason, why don't you open a new thread called "two people with nothing to do" and let them jab at each other to their hearts content. I think the readers of your paper are extremely tired of them both.
Thomas Lotito September 12, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Stop whining, JE.
Joseph Keyes September 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
I like to reading the opinions of others. All of the comments were relevant, but what I was hoping for was more about how others viewed the conventions, what they took away from them. At the risk of making Jason prematurely bald, I'd like to see more residents hosting their own blogs.
Domino September 12, 2012 at 11:47 PM
JE;STFU. Sorry guys, I don't know the secret code or the secret handshake. Joe, I agree with you.
Pai Mei September 13, 2012 at 12:07 AM
JE translate to Jello Ear, a dastardly thing to call someone. And STFU means Sit, Talk, Feel, Underwear. Also a not so nice comment.
Hattori Hanzo September 13, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Romney getting pounded in the media?!?!?!? Nice!!!! Obama 2012!!!!!
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Your head is far up in the clouds you don't even know when an attack on an American Embassy is an act of war? Turns out there's intel that says the state dept knew about these attacks a week ago. The murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens was planned as a retaliation by Al Queada for the assassination of their number two man Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, a Libyan who in the last year had taken over as Al Qaeda’s top operational planner. The rest of your links are opinion pieces criticizing Romney, I'm not buying. Romney statement defending American values was right. Obama is showing how weak he is and Maureen Dowd has become unhinged.
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Pai Mei, STFU stands for Shut The F*** Up and JE are the true identity initials of domino.
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Why Romney will win: (1) No one who voted for McCain will vote for Obama. (2) AND, many people who voted for Obama are publicly expressing that they won’t vote for him this time. Some are saying “buyer’s remorse”, like black comedian Jimmy J.J. Walker even had the conviction to force that phrase into the conversation recently on liberal David Letterman’s show. (3) Catholics, who were responsible for electing Obama the first time (as well as Clinton) are seeing their hierarchy not only denounce the democrat positions as going against God and the Bible (abortion, contraception, gay marriage, etc.), but are also suing the Obama administration for using Obama-care to force Catholic institutions (hospitals, schools, churches) to go against their beliefs. (Where is the Freedom Of Religion there?) And Catholics make up 1/3 of the voters. (4) Young people, who were so much a reason for the Obama victory, are discouraged, as are liberals disappointed in what Obama actually did (as opposed to what he said he was going to do for them). (5) Conservatives are highly energized to take our country back. So when this is put all together, there are not only no gains for Obama, but there are many losses of people who would otherwise have voted for a Democrat.
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 02:17 AM
continued... (6) Despite the polls, the midterm elections and other elections are showing how people actually vote. And it’s gotten even worse for the Dems since. (7) Seniors are finding out that Obamacare has actually stolen from Medicare. (All of this is “read my lips” to the max). (8) Jews are seeing how anti-Israel Obama is. And there are 150,000 voting Americans living in Israel, where Obama’s policies are negative towards Israel. (9) Black church leaders are saying how anti-Bible the Dems policies are. (10) Many pastors are going to be speaking how Dems are anti-Bible on October 6th and 7th, challenging the IRS anti Freedom Of Speech policy.
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Obama post convention bounce GONE! Romney 48% Obama 45% http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Rasmussen - Pew.. most accurate polls in predicting outcome in 2008. Rasmussen was accurate when you quoted it the other day. http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/pew-rasmussen-most-accurate/2012/09/11/id/451377
Thomas Lotito September 14, 2012 at 07:07 PM
What's a closk? I guess you meant clock. You can't face the truth, can you?
Jon September 20, 2012 at 04:34 AM
I'm going on record NOW with my election prediction: One of the major party candidates will win, and the other will lose. Ahhh, I simply can't wait to bask in the glory of being right. I will be able to gloat "I TOLD YOU SO!" in November. Oh boy, that's going to feel SO good, I just can't wait!!! I wonder...what fame and fortune I will accrue as a result of having been able to accurately predict the election so far in advance? And the best part is that I will get to be right, and I will be able to publicly ridicule all the morons and idiots whose predictions were wrong. I'm on the edge of my seat... bring on the election!
Thomas Lotito September 23, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Kevin, CELL PHONES DON'T VOTE!! When the data from the Reuters/Ipsos poll is unskewed, Romney is leading by 10 percent, 54 percent to 44 percent over the president. http://www.examiner.com/article/mitt-romney-double-digit-lead-unskewed-data-from-reuters-ipsos-poll-1
Hookerman September 23, 2012 at 05:37 PM
My God, you’re right Tom, cell phones don’t vote. Then again, LAN phones don’t vote either. That means all phone polls are worthless since PHONES DON”T VOTE!!! How could we all have been so stupid to miss that???
Thomas Lotito September 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Hookerman, You sound like you're becoming unhinged. If you had read the NY times story, the author points out that the reason Obama s going to win big is because people on cell phones choose Obama by a wider margin than people on landlines.But the article doesn't mention if the people questioned in the poll were registered voters. BTW, are you member of the bandwagon effect? Which is a well documented form of groupthink? http://www.examiner.com/article/commentary-the-mainstream-media-polls-are-skewed-for-a-reason?fb_action_ids=10151090150487408&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=other_multiline&action_object_map={%2210151090150487408%22%3A10151162867910996}&action_type_map={%2210151090150487408%22%3A%22og.likes%22}&action_ref_map=[]
Thomas Lotito September 24, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Kevin, I didn't miss any points, maybe I shouldn't have used the words "win big" but Nate Silver is projecting a win on Nov. 6th because Democrats do much better when people are polled on cellphones vs. landlines. Here's a couple of quotes from the article. "Either way, we also detected a tendency for polls that include cellphones to show better results for Democrats in both 2008 and 2010." and "Thus, his chances of winning the Electoral College are just 61 percent, as compared with 83 percent in the polls that do include cellphones.

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