President Obama gave a deliberately muted address last night to the nation from the DNC convention in Charlotte, dialing down the rhetorical flourish and laying out a concrete set of forward-looking policies on energy, exports, education and the deficit. If this were 1996 and we were at 4.7% unemployment, maybe that would be a fine strategy. But the address really said to the millions of unemployed across the nation that Washington is basically done developing any specific policies to deal with their unused human potential.
|By: David Dayen Friday September 7, 2012 6:00 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 5:06 pm|
We have some excerpts of President Obama’s DNC acceptance speech tonight, and we will hear it from the President’s mouth in just a few hours. In addition to the excerpts, there’s a broad sweep of promises that are listed. And guess which one jumped out at me?
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 1:55 pm|
Mitt Romney has no answers on housing. His new housing section on his website consists of vague imitations of what the current Administration is already doing. But Obama is indefensible on this issue. Completely. Totally. Utterly. Harris praises him for “leadership,” but generating a foreclosure mitigation system that was nothing more than “foaming the runway” for the banks, so they could absorb foreclosures more slowly, was anything but leadership.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 7:28 am|
It’s hard not to get blinded by the searing light of Bill Clinton. But Elizabeth Warren gave the speech that spoke more to me last night. Strip away the reason all these speeches are happening – support for the President – and the stories that Warren and Clinton told were a little different. Clinton told a story of Democratic policy ideas building a foundation for growth, and creating opportunity, and bringing back shared prosperity. He added an important moral component that “poverty, discrimination and ignorance restrict growth.”
Warren told the truth. “The game is rigged,” she said, and then she explained how.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 6, 2012 6:00 am|
Bill Clinton gave a heck of a speech tonight. I’d put up the transcript, but it’s only about 35% of the speech; the vast majority of it came off the hip. What’s incredible about this is that Clinton didn’t fill the rest of that time by telling old war stories; he filled it with a fairly detailed set of policy arguments, about Medicare, Medicaid, the economy, taxes, the deficit (I personally could have done without that one), jobs, energy, and pretty much everything in the domestic portfolio of a modern President, with distinct lists of variances between the two candidates on these issues.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 3:50 pm|
Responding to a hissy fit ginned up by a random Weekly Standard writer, and carried along by Fox News, Democrats just changed their platform a day after they adopted it, adding language saying that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and adding a reference to God.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 2:52 pm|
The problem is that this only plays out along the lines of equality of opportunity. You have to work hard, and there’s this myth that hard work will find its reward in a society without barriers. This was the main theme of Michelle Obama’s speech as well.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 10:25 am|
The final night of the Democratic National Convention has been moved indoors, away from Bank of America Stadium and into the Time Warner Center, where last night’s speeches were housed.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday September 5, 2012 6:49 am|
You can read the big prime-time speeches from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and First Lady Michelle Obama. They tell a coherent story of success borne out of struggle, the importance of government investment in education and opportunity as a bridge from the bottom, and the need to give everyone those same chances. They were well-told tales.
Virtually all of the speeches last night, from Ted Strickland to Deval Patrick to even Martin O’Malley, were well-told. For all the hype about Republicans and their “deep bench,” I think it’s clear that Democrats have better speakers and better speechwriters at this stage of the game.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday September 4, 2012 2:05 pm|
A military intervention short of a regime overthrow would not actually divert the path of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon, if they actually seek one. In fact, while currently it’s ambiguous whether or not Iran will ever want a nuclear weapon – the Supreme Leader claims there are Islamic prescriptions against it, and the consensus of the US intelligence community is that Iran has no active nuclear weapons program – striking at the country militarily will almost certainly push them in that direction. You don’t have to take my word for it. Just take a look at this quote from former Bush-era CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden…