What liberal media bias?
Members of the media have apparently been using “fake” names to buy official Obama gear and contribute to the Obama campaign inside the Time Warner Cable Arena where the President is due to speak in a few minutes. During our travels around the arena, Politicker spotted a souvenir stand in one of the press stands selling T-shirts and buttons supporting President Barack Obama, “Democrats Are Hot” bumper stickers and other official Obama merchandise.
The souvenir stand was in a secure area only accessible to those with a media credential and buying campaign gear means contributing to the campaign, so we asked the woman working the cash register whether anyone at the press stand had been making purchases. Her answers were quite surprising.
The woman working at the souvenir stand told us she hadn’t been “too busy” during the day, but had seen business pick up in the past half hour or so. She then asked us whether we wanted to buy anything. When we informed her that our status as a reporter means we don’t buy campaign gear, she suggested a strategy other members of the media have apparently used to pick up their Obama swag.
“Have you ever thought of making up a fake name? That’s what the other guys do,” she said.
Perhaps the fake names would match their equally fake objectivity. While this is a joke to those who already recognize the level of bias in the media, the act itself is no laughing matter.
Matthew Sheffield of NewsBusters explains:
Buying Obama merchandise at the DNC actually requires a donation to the Democratic National Committee. Giving out a fake name to buy Obama swag is also likely a crime, if indeed it is taking place.
Perhaps they wouldn’t be able to commit such a crime if they were only asked to present some sort of photo ID.
Yesterday, Democrats held an embarrassing voice vote on whether the word “God” should be reinstated into their platform.
God had been omitted from the platform earlier in the week.
Allen West has responded by releasing the following ad which states, “Three Times They Said No to God“.
The ad shows the disaster that developed on the convention floor in which Democrats vehemently booed and screamed as the resolution was forced through against their wishes. It concludes with Wolf Blitzer stating, “Who would’ve thought the word ‘God’ would’ve been so controversial?”
Yesterday, organizers for the Democrat National Convention announced a change in venue for Barack Obama’s big acceptance speech, citing a
100% chance of empty seats 40% chance of showers and lightning.
With the President set to speak at 10:30 pm, we’d like to show you the terrifying weather pattern developing over Charlotte during that timeframe, a situation so death-defying that it had to be moved to an arena with one-third the seating capacity of the original stadium.
We urge those of you with weaker stomachs to please look away…
Democrats held a voice vote yesterday in an attempt to get God and Jerusalem back onto their platform. Republicans had roundly ripped President Obama and the Democrats after it was discovered that the language had been omitted in the party’s official platform.
It was a clear attempt to pander to the pro-Israeli vote, after the sudden realization that Americans do actually like their government supporting its closest ally in the Middle East. And it was a clear attempt to reverse an embarrassing situation in which Democrats were revealed as the Godless party.
The voice vote required two-thirds majority to get God and Jerusalem back into the platform, and as you can see by this video it was an epic disaster on the floor of the DNC.
Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, whose main job is to constantly lie about everything in front of her said, “It was absolutely a two-thirds”. Watch that video again – there is absolutely no way they had a two-thirds majority. CNN’s Anderson Cooper agreed, calling Wasserman-Scultz’ interpretation “an alternate reality”.
“Sad is the only way to describe what happened tonight at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte. It took three roll calls for Kirsten Gillibrand and the Democrats to ram through the obvious, first an acknowledgement that ‘God’ belongs in their party platform and second that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. (They owe) an apology for this profoundly disturbing display.”
Democrat Strategist Paul Begala on CNN: “Beyond awkward. It’s embarrassing. It’s stupid. It’s an unforced error by my party.”
CNN”s John King: “Normally you count your ducks. If you’re going to fix something in an open convention, you count your ducks first. That was embarrassing.”
King would later add this – “This is Keystone Cops”:
“Can you imagine a nation founded on the principles of God is being taken over by a party that despises God, denies God’s existence and wants to stab Israel in the back in order to support the Islamists who would kill the Jews and drive them out of the Middle East?” he asked.
Things are so bad after this fumble that chief Democrat operatives have had to cancel interviews today.
What a joke.
There has been speculation for much of the week that the DNC would have to shift their convention site to a smaller venue for fear that the President Empty Chair would be on live television talking to a lot of … well … empty chairs.
Speculation has become reality now, as they are relocating the President’s speech from Bank of America Stadium to a much smaller Time Warner Cable Arena.
The capacity for BOA Stadium is roughly 65,000 people, whereas the new arena only seats about 20,000.
Of course, CBS dutifully bought the DNC’s reasoning for the change…
Democrats are significantly downsizing the final night of their national convention, moving the events — including President Obama’s acceptance speech — from Bank of America Stadium to the Time Warner Cable Arena because of threats of thunder and lightning.
Of course, as Ben White points out, there is only a 40% chance of afternoon showers in the Charlotte area, hardly a major threat of lightning storms, and certainly not cause for worry over 24 hours out.
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air recently wrote a piece about the corruption being unveiled in New York politics these past few weeks titled, “Something Rotten in New York”. In it, Shaw writes about the taxpayer funded cover up of sexual assault claims made against one of Brooklyn’s most powerful Democrat politicians. A payment to sweep sexual assault allegations under the rug to avoid an ethics inquiry was authorized by New York State Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver.
Last week we wrote:
… what was once praised as a swift response, has been a proven case of pandering to members of government with a penchant for sexual misconduct. In a stunning revelation, the New York Times reports that Silver attempted to keep previous Lopez harassment issues swept under the rug, authorizing a secret payment to two other victims for an eye-popping $103,080.
Sadly, this wasn’t the first time that Silver had paid a victim of sexual harassment and/or assault taxpayer funded hush money.
In 2003, Silver was criticized for a slow response to a case involving his former aide, J. Michael Boxley, who was accused of rape and later pled guilty to sexual misconduct. Three years later, the Assembly agreed to pay $500,000 of taxpayer money to settle the case.
How badly must it undermine the Democrats entire mantra of Republicans waging a “War on Women” when one of New York’s most powerful politicians has been caught – twice – paying women who have been sexually assaulted to keep quiet?
So indeed, something does smell rotten in New York. Up here in these parts, we just call it politics as usual. When you live so closely to the sewage waste plant that is New York politics, you become fatigued of the stench.
Not so for the national scene however.
Silver you see, is one of the members of New York’s delegates set to appear at the Democrat National Convention this week, where he will once again have the honor of announcing that they are endorsing Barack Obama for president during the Democratic convention.
At the DNC, amongst people that aren’t used to such a level of rancid politics, Sheldon Silver’s presence with the New York delegation has created some controversy. Silver has been pressured to cede his role to somebody else at the convention, to no avail.
But just in case you weren’t clear on just how awful the stench is coming from New York, the faction that ranks behind only California in size, which includes powerful Democrat Chuck Schumer, and Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, who has been targeted for a possible presidential run in 2016, has been placed about as far away from the podium as humanly possible.
Take a look at these seats…
CapTon executive producer Michael Johnson took this shot from the podium of the New York delegation’s seating area, which is aaaaaalllll the way in the back of the Time Warner Cable Arena.
It’s far worse a location than the Republicans had at the Tampa Bay Times Forum last week, even though they’re just about as low on the party totem pole as the Democrats are here in Charlotte.
Democrats who have made it inside to see their seating have been overheard grousing about their poor placement, especially considering how much campaign cash Obama has raised in NYC.
The man who ushered in a new era of rock star politics, who brought us hope and change, who spoke to packed stadiums during his first presidential run, is suffering a popularity crisis of late.
From the New York Post:
Top aides on President Obama’s re-election team are terrified that there will be scores of empty seats when he makes his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention, party insiders said.
Obama, once the biggest draw in politics, won’t likely attract crowds as large as those at the 2008 convention because voters have gone sour on the poor economy, insiders said.
“It’s always a concern about making sure there aren’t empty seats, but this is different,” said one Democratic official familiar with the convention plans.
“This is a different time than four years ago. It’s a different convention. And the president is viewed differently.”
The biggest difference between now and 2008 is that Obama actually has a resume, a body of work, and it doesn’t look good – economically or otherwise.
Worse, most of the empty seats at the convention will actually belong to fellow Democrats.
There may be some extra hotel space in Charlotte, N. C. come the beginning of September, as several Democratic elected officials have announced that they will not be attending the Democratic National Convention this year.
Earlier today, Talking Points Memo reported that Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill will not be attending the convention, becoming the third Democratic senator, and eighth Democratic member of Congress, to opt out of the event.
Late Tuesday she tweeted, ” Whole lot of nothing over me campaigning w/Mo folks instead of going to convention w/party honchos. Bet POTUS agrees with my decision.”
Several of the elected officials who have decided to forgo the convention hail from places where Obama is unpopular; West Virginia’s Democratic House Rep. Nick Rahall, Sen. Joe Manchin and its governor, Earl Ray Tomblin, have all announced they’re not going. Obama’s low popularity in the state is perhaps best exemplified by the strong performance of prison inmate Keith Russell Judd in the state’s Democratic presidential primary. Other elected Democrats not going include Rep. Jim Matheson of Utah and Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.
And we’re supposed to believe recent polling that over-samples Democrats at a 10% or 11% clip? The enthusiasm gap in favor of Mitt Romney is tremendous, while Hope and Change has fizzled.
Oh, how the mighty have fallen…