Dems take cover, but are they "soft on weather?" 10:37 AM CDT
President Barack Obama's big speech tonight at the Democratic National Convention has been moved from an outdoor stadium to a smaller indoor arena, supposedly because there's a threat of thunderstorms.
But many on the meteorological right aren't buying that, suggesting the move happened because the Obama campaign was worried it couldn't fill the stadium. Fueling these suspicions is the fact that, when I last checked, even Democrats don't melt when they get wet and the current forecast is calling for only a 30 percent chance of rain. (Is it possible Mitt Romney bought The Weather Channel?)
Republicans -- who stood strong in the face of a passing hurricane during their convention last week -- will undoubtedly use this development to reinforce their long-held belief that Democrats are "soft on weather."
While Obama is tonight's headliner, Joe Biden will also speak, aiming his words directly at hard-working, middle-class Americans. If it were up to me, he would give his speech from the front seat of a 1979 Dodge Charger, shirtless and holding a can of warm Busch beer. But nobody ever listens to me, so he'll likely just stand there and make a few mistakes.
Perhaps the best news is that after today, there are no more political conventions for four years and we can all go back to watching reality television, which is infinitely more fun that our current political reality.
(Rex W. Huppke, writing from Chicago, is casting satirical light on the Democratic convention this week. Scroll down to read his commentaries on the Republican convention last week.)
"Ladies-man street cred" 11:13 PM CDT
While competing against the first NFL game of the season, Democratic icon Bill Clinton took his speech into overtime tonight at the Democratic National Convention, appearing for a while like he might keep talking until Election Day.
But it didn't matter. The crowd ate his words up like fried dough at an Arkansas county fair. (I'm trying to sound colloquial like he does, but I'm not very good at it.)
Clinton started off cracking jokes, saying: "We are here to nominate a president and I've got one in mind." (Presumably, it was Barack Obama, not Hillary Clinton.)
Then he maintained his ladies-man street cred by briefly flirting with the first lady: "I want a man who had the good sense to marry Michelle Obama." Then he talked. And talked. And wagged his fingers quite a bit. And said some things that made you want to smile and give ol' Bubba a big hug. And then he talked some more and you kind of started feeling tired.
And at the end, Obama came out and got one of those much-desired Clinton hugs. Then they blasted "I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, because apparently it's illegal to play any music recorded after 1990 at a political convention.
Day 2 lost to allegations that Dems hate God? 8:19 PM CDT After Michelle Obama's widely praised speech last night, things appeared to be going well at the Democratic National Convention. And in keeping with Democratic tradition, the party quickly found a way to put an end to that.
After criticism from Mitt Romney and the Republican Party, Democratic delegates swiftly rewrote their convention platform this afternoon to reinstate a mention of God and to refer to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (They should now change Obama's campaign slogan from "Forward" to "Forward … Now Back a Little … Now Forward … Bring 'er Back a Titch.")
These changes to the original changes were met on the convention floor with some agreement and some rather loud boos. As soon as the boos settled down, it's likely the sound of Republicans licking their chops was deafening.
Not known for its subtlety, the popular conservative Web site Drudge Report ran the headline: "They Booed Putting God Back!" And just like that, Day 2 of the convention was lost to allegations that Democrats: hate God; hate Israel; and are just generally kind of a ham-handed lot.