2012 Tuesday: What will we hear from Charlotte?

Last week in Tampa, the Republicans made significant progress toward their main objectives: revealing more of the personal side of Mitt Romney, and clearly communicating their pitch to voters in this election.

This week in Charlotte, it’s the Democrats’ turn. What will President Obama and his party try to accomplish? Will they continue to play defense against the GOP or try to seize the initiative?

Going into today’s opening events, it would appear it’s the former, with Democrats trying to neutralize the Republican message. Here’s part of today’s curtain-raiser from the Wall Street Journal:

The Democratic Party’s goals for the three-day gathering include widening its advantages among female and Hispanic voters while limiting Mr. Obama’s losses among white, working-class ones. At the same time, its overarching ambition is to rebut Mr. Obama’s opponent, Mitt Romney, who used last week’s Republican National Convention to try to pry away the president’s 2008 voters by casting him as a nice guy who isn’t up to the challenge. …

A senior Obama campaign official said the president may offer one or two new policy proposals in his speech Thursday, when he accepts the nomination for re-election, but that he would spend more time arguing that his existing ideas on health care, education and deficit-reduction amount to “a clear, concrete and achievable plan” for a second term.

The New York Times sounds a similar note, observing that the thrill of 2008 is gone and that Democrats’ “unity at this point is defined less by faith in Mr. Obama or a robust vision for what the party should stand for than by the prospect that Republicans could control the White House and Congress next year and enact a conservative agenda that would unravel much of what Democrats have stood for since Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society.”

So it’s defense, defense, defense.

In football, they say defense wins championships. Will that work in this year’s election?

I have my doubts. For one, pitching themselves and Obama as a suitable status quo against a radical Republican Party led by Romney and Paul Ryan would seem to hinge on the word “suitable.” And voters have their own doubts about that: In a new poll for The Hill, voters said the nation is worse, not better, off than four years ago by a 54-32 margin, and that Obama does not deserve re-election by a 54-40 count.

Even the Obama camp is having a hard time answering the “better off” question, made famous in 1980 when Ronald Reagan posed that question to voters after four years of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley answered in the negative on “Face the Nation” Sunday — though he did gamely try to blame the Republicans — before backtracking on Monday.

Obama himself said yesterday he deserved a grade of “incomplete” for his handling of the economy, the same grade he gave himself last October and in August 2010. Will voters be as forgiving?

After the GOP spent a week being mostly upbeat in Tampa, I think it will be a problem for Obama if he and the Democrats can’t come up with a positive message in Charlotte.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
10:32 am

Rafe

The problem is that there are those, unlike yourself, can plainly see that the ardent left and right both drink the kool aid. They both lie. Problem is that you will will cry about the left and others from the left will cry about the right.

You are over hydrated this morning, as you were yesterday and will be tomorrow.

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
10:35 am

Rafe

You can substitute kool aid for water and this is were you are headed if you keep reciting void of fact talking points as you normally do. Don’t do it, Rafe. Don’t do it

Water intoxication, also known as water poisoning, is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits (e.g., hyponatremia) by overhydration, i.e., over-consumption of water.

Del

September 5th, 2012
10:43 am

Pantynetta carrying on about ‘No Easy Day” and the SEAL Commander lamenting SOCOM personnel dissatisfied with the chain of command. Just what we need a breakdown in our special operation forces.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/04/pentagon-book-on-bin-laden-raid-includes-classified-information/

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
10:59 am

Pantynetta?

Is that one of your imaginary friends, a typo or a childish name you made up?

Old Timer

September 5th, 2012
11:06 am

From Charlotte we find that Obama was a Dumpster Diver and they can’t fill lthat big stadium. Going to be alot of bus drivers not happy from all over the South. It is obvious that some of the Demo speakers did not study history–Roosevelt and the Democrats did not end the Great Depression, World War II did. Currently Obama is duplicationg Roosevelts New Deal plan–let us hope it doesn’t take a World War to end it. An election change would be just fine.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

September 5th, 2012
11:08 am

Both suck

Hard to move the needle from the middle, gotta pull from the left or the right to make it move. People in the middle make no contribution to the impetus needed to change the status quo. Kinda like someone on here talking about growing the economy from the middle out. Ain’t gonna happen.

The middle, may include some future job creators, great thinkers, investment capitalist, inventors, and people with the vision, but they aren’t capable of leading us out of this great economic malaise. The people that already have those skills, ability, and wealth have to step forward and lead the way. We have to remove the boot of government off their necks and give them some certainty on where taxes are headed and the economy is moving, to get them back into the growth and investment mode.

If you like the crossfire, stay in the middle.

Del

September 5th, 2012
11:10 am

TBS,

You’re not worth a reply so this all you get.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

September 5th, 2012
11:11 am

Old Timer

If they would drop their ID requirement, maybe they could fill the stadium with those buses from SC churches. They are disenfranchising their voters, by insisting on a valid ID to enter.

Del

September 5th, 2012
11:14 am

“If you like the crossfire, stay in the middle.”

He’s not in the middle he only comes over and claims that he is. Check his posts on the left blog for validation.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

September 5th, 2012
11:15 am

WWJD

Would he require an ID to come hear him speak? They have posters of the Mistake, dressed as Jesus on the street in Charlotte, but removed any mention of God from their platform. Do these people talk to each other?

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
11:16 am

Del

Bless your hurting heart.

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
11:17 am

Del

Have mentioned several times over here that while I think neither party governs worth a damn, that I lean left.

So while your crying, what else would you like to tell people about me?

Again, bless your hurting heart.

How did the meeting with the Cox’s go?

hahahahahah

Have a great day

MarkV

September 5th, 2012
11:20 am

David R. Boag, DDS @9:57 am
“You do realize that if the income taxes on “the rich” are increased significantly (which is where the progressives plan takes us) that instead of making an income, “the rich” will simply stop making $. “

Funny that the rich people in other countries with substantially higher taxes continue to work and invest instead of using this simple recipe for living without income.

Rafe Hollister, suffering through Oblamer's ineptocracy

September 5th, 2012
11:21 am

Del, thanks, I picked that up some time ago. Most posters that claim to be in the middle are actually left wingers. A right thinking person is usually proud of their political philosophy. Dems, Libs, Prog, Forward thinkers, socialist, they just keep reinventing themselves and changing what they call each other trying to fool people, as they know that only about 22% of American’s approve of their leftist philosophy.

Del

September 5th, 2012
11:21 am

Bless your hurting heart.

Nope no hurt here. I turned in my resignation on the coward blog like many conservatives before me. Have fun.

They BOTH suck

September 5th, 2012
11:21 am

Del

Take it to the top.

again, have an awesome day

:-)

Del

September 5th, 2012
11:24 am

Rafe, I saw that it was only 21% but why split hairs we can allow them the extra point.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
11:37 am

Roosevelt and the Democrats did not end the Great Depression, World War II did

Fail. US GDP reached pre-Depression levels in 1936.

By 1936, the main economic indicators had regained the levels of the late 1920s, except for unemployment, which remained high at 11%, although this was considerably lower than the 25% unemployment rate seen in 1933. In the spring of 1937, American industrial production exceeded that of 1929 and remained level until June 1937. In June 1937, the Roosevelt administration cut spending and increased taxation in an attempt to balance the federal budget.[87] The American economy then took a sharp downturn, lasting for 13 months through most of 1938. Industrial production fell almost 30 per cent within a few months and production of durable goods fell even faster. Unemployment jumped from 14.3% in 1937 to 19.0% in 1938, rising from 5 million to more than 12 million in early 1938.[88] Manufacturing output fell by 37% from the 1937 peak and was back to 1934 levels.[89]

wikipedia

NOTE: Read what happened in June 1937. That is what Republicans want to do to us — it’s called austerity.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
11:40 am

instead of making an income, “the rich” will simply stop making $. “

LOL. Mr Boag is definitely NOT rich. What a silly thing to say. Think about it — Having 70% of a million dollars is better than having 85% of zero dollars.

You silly silly man.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

September 5th, 2012
11:55 am

“You do realize that if the income taxes on “the rich” are increased significantly (which is where the progressives plan takes us) that instead of making an income, “the rich” will simply stop making $. “

Wrong.

When rich people are taxed more they invest MORE in their business.

Which creates job etc etc.

I demand to see Cheesy Grits Birth Certificate- Long Form Please

September 5th, 2012
11:56 am

When given tax breaks the rich.

buy Yachts and car elevators.

This does not create job except for the yacht builders.

Economics lesson over.

Dusty

September 5th, 2012
12:03 pm

Well, I see that Del has joined us. That’s great. So pleased that you have come here.

Del, you will enjoy the liberals here. Some post Dem news word for word. Most of them furnish a little entertainment . They even add hehehes and hahahas just to let us know it is foolish. Welcome!!

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

September 5th, 2012
12:08 pm

What else is Ryan lying about? Has he ever told the truth?

Dusty

September 5th, 2012
12:11 pm

Awww Poor Finn,

He is scared to death of austerity.

Yeah, who needs it? We are only sixteen (16) trilliion dollars in debt.

Bah. Humbug.. Trifles!

Dusty

September 5th, 2012
12:15 pm

But but but,

Has Finn ever told the truth?