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Unforced Errors

By Rich Galen · Sep. 7, 2012

This is going to be an ugly column. Pure partisan smirking and finger pointing. If you are looking for high-minded, lofty thoughts, hit the delete key now.

The Democratic National Convention has been a series of unforced errors that I have not seen since … since … ever.

Way back when, the Obama campaign decided they wanted to re-create the Greek Temple Acceptance Speech of four years ago by having the President make his acceptance speech in the NFL Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium – capacity 73,778.

Someone forgot that Charlotte – not unlike Tampa – is in the U.S. Southeast and the weather in the U.S. Southeast is very dicey during late summer, especially in the afternoon.

After they got to Charlotte they decided it was likely to rain very, very hard and they moved the acceptance speech back indoors.

There are some (not me, because I have no way of knowing) who say the speech was moved inside because they couldn’t fill the NFL stadium, but I’m willing to accept that the unforced error of planning it for outside and risking the death of some number of supporters during a potential thunderstorm was plenty dumb enough.

Then there was the whole deal about screwing up the platform language. I know that the only document which has been read by fewer people than the Obamacare bill is any platform ever adopted, but someone – SOMEone has to read the thing and make sure the “Ts” are crossed and the “Is” are dotted.

Mullfave Ginny Wolfe was the Comms Director for two consecutive Platform Committees and has informed me that nothing goes in, and nothing comes out, that is not specifically and affirmatively approved by the policy staff of the nominee’s campaign.

I don’t care what you think about the issues, but the notion that no one in Obama world realized that the language of the Platform deleted the word “God” and removed the notion of Jerusalem being the capital Israel doesn’t just strain credulity; it throws credulity against a brick wall and stomps on the broken shards.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the chairman of the convention. The embarrassing video of his attempting to pretend that the delegates approved – by a two-thirds vote – amending the platform by returning “God” to the document and Jerusalem to capital status will follow him to his grave.

And it wasn’t Villaraigosa’s fault. It was a self-inflicted wound by the Obama campaign.

Then there was Bill Clinton.

It is well known around Your Nation’s Capital that there is still no love lost between the Clintonites and the Obamans. They all but write ugly slogans about each other in brightly colored chalk on the sidewalks downtown.

The notion that the Obama campaign feels so impotent that Obama had to call on Bill Clinton to prop him up is, at a minimum, embarrassing and, at a maximum, a declaration of surrender.

Clinton held forth for about 50 minutes. Way past the 11 PM deadline but Clinton knew the networks weren’t going to cut away from him.

It wasn’t that Clinton spoke for so long. Not counting Fidel Castro, Clinton is the man most likely to overstay his welcome on any stage on the planet Earth.

It was that Barack Obama, President of the United States, had to hide behind the curtain and wait for Clinton to finish so he – Obama – could have his picture taken with him – Clinton.

I tweeted during Clinton’s speech: Clinton is so good that Obama is shrinking right before our eyes. And he’s not even in the hall yet.

Clinton made sure his face covered Obama’s face during the hug.

Clinton was upstage facing the audience and the cameras. Obama was downstage. Hidden.

Now you know where the phrase “He was upstaged” comes from.

Clinton is great at this stuff. He is the best at giving that kind of speech of anyone I have ever heard in my, now, very long career.

By the time you read this on Friday morning the August unemployment number will have been announced. I don’t know whether it will go up or down, but I do know it will be above 8 percent.

The Obama campaign knows it is in trouble. It has outspent the campaign of Gov. Mitt Romney by something like $100 million and they are tied nationally, and essentially tied in the 12 battleground states.

Even Bill Clinton may not be able to bail Obama out.

This entire administration has been an unforced error.

On the Secret Decoder Ring page today: A link to the video of Mayor Villaraigosa trying to figure out how to fix the platform and another in the series of popular license plate Mullfotos.

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rab in jo,mo said:

Maybe the DNC moved Odumbo's speech indoors because they were afraid the "glorious leader" would be struck by lightning.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Hezbon in Nairobi said:

The organizers are human, humans make mistakes and that doesnt make anyone dumb. While America is a super power, no human is a super human. Thats why Obama works hard for the common citizen.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Pete Kent in Heartland, USA replied:

Which common citizen are you speaking of? Your countryman, his brother George whose plight, along with that of the rest of his Kenyan relatives he has ignored?

What flavor Kool Aide are they serving these days in Nairobi?

@petekent01 on Twitter

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:00 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

No, making a mistake doesn't make a person dumb, not recognizing and repeating their mistakes does.

By the way, is the sign still up in Mombasa recognizing it as the birthplace of Barack Hussein Obama?

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:42 AM

diane in CA replied:

Obama speech was sad and obvious with the last three years on how he has governed ... delegating rather than getting into the "fight" and bringing together all Anericans ... power corrupts absolutely, and the sad thing is that the hope he gave to us the reality is he cares about himself and NOT the disenfranchised ... sad but he could have been a great President. Regardless if he wins or loses, he is a loser.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:44 AM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

Were you his next door neighbor where he grew up?

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5:30 PM

BuzzardB in Havertown replied:

That question was directed to Hezbon.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Pete Kent in Heartland, USA said:

It must be killing Obama now that the reviews are in that his speech is being regarded so poorly. Heck, even Joe Biden's address has gotten better notices.

Don't think this isn't a big deal to this narcissistic, small-minded man. It will get under his skin and no doubt lead to further unforced errors. The dismal employment data out this morning for August is in fact the only bright spot for him: it pushes his disappointing oration out of the headlines.

@petekent01 on Twitter

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Mina Kazerouni in san diego said:

i took your advice-thanks for the warning....delete.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Michelle J. in USA said:

I'm not really sure what speech you listened to last night,

Why must the foundation of a greater country be belittled to sides? It was stated that this is NOT a (R) or a (D) problem, it is all of our problems and together we shall overcome the struggles that faced us in the collapse prior to 2008.
So until those that are a bit thick headed see this...well, we shall simply move on and carry your weight.
After-all we are dealing with the party that wanted the President of the United States to fail... and no matter how you say that sentence, it leaves a bad taste in your mouth as an American.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:17 AM

rab in jo,mo replied:

When said President is an avowed marxist, damn straight we want him to fail, and fail he has, just as marxism and keynesian economic theory have failed everywhere else they have been tried. But no, his arrogance (termed audacity) prevents him and his minions from admitting the truth.

A big mistake was made in 2008, it's time now to correct that mistake.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Myrrielle in Madison,wi replied:

We didn't want him to fail, we wanted his policies to fail. Unfortunately some of his policies succeeded but he fail us..

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Richard Ryan in Lamar,Missouri said:

Rich, I love your line about Clinton overstaying his welcome on stage and on Earth. Will we ever be rid of this Democrat rapist and serial molester? The only thing that could give Bubba and his ugly old crone of a wife a 2nd lease on political life, it would be a sorry loser such as Obama. I just read somewhere else that they should have called the DNC convention the D&C convention. Republican war on women. Really?

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM

fred in kenya said:

Rely i love minding my business but i can't deny d fact dat d future is so clear.we don't need a soothsayer to tell us dat,obama's plan is to destroy america beyound repair.its very difficult to explain this,but if you want to find out what i mean,try voting him in dis so sorry you won't even have the rights to vote him out.cos by then al your legal rights would have been declared invalid.he preaches freedom,but believe me when a country lacks moral ethics,then it is headed for apocalypse!!!

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Majtom in Pennslylvania said:

I saw Clinton going out of his way to mend fences with Obama, and unequivocally supporting him and his policies. For the Republicans, it seemed that many were merely auditioning for the 2016 presidential race, and barely giving lip service to the worthiness of Mr. Romney. In particular, Chris Chrstie, but others, too. Do they not believe Romney has a good shot? Do they believe the radicals have taken over this once proud party. I note former Republican President George W. has not lifted a finger to help Romney, let alone speak on his behalf. I wonder why that is. I am sure he is capable of giving a good speech on Romney's behalf. Rather curious, wouldn't you say? And what happens when Huntsman, Condi Rice and Colin Powell break ranks to support Obama or deny endorsement to Romney. Some smart Republicans know something about the character of the man and the deplorable hijacking of the venerable Republican Party.

Friday, September 7, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Majtom in Pennslylvania said:

I mean, really, a 5 minute YouTube is all HW and W could do? Cheney-was he radioactive?

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 4:30 AM

Tod the tool guy in brooklyn ny said:

Hezbon, Back in 1998, there was a horific Khobar Towers bombing. Ahmed K. Ghalaini was the driver of the bomb truck, and a body guard/cook, for OBL. 242 innocent people were murdered, and some 5,000 innocents wounded! The American Leftists, desired to put Ghalaini ,on trial, in a civilian U.S. Courthouse.They gave Ghalaini FULL AMERICAN RIGHTS, and the killer was only found guilty on one count of premeditated murder.If you think that this type of INJUSTICE is-"working hard"- for the common citizen, then you're just as delusional as Obama, your fellow Kenyan!!!

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 6:35 AM

Majtom in Pennslylvania said:

Tool, a fact check. Khobar Towers was in 1996, and there is question whether it was Al Quaeda or Hezzbollah. But, never mind that fine point. This gentleman was tried for the 1998 bombings, not 1996, believe. And he go a life sentence. As for why the judge at trial excluded evidenc that might have led to more convictions, I can't tell you. But our friend has been in continuous custody for a long time, and will remain so for life. Justice in this is not always swift and certain, but Bin Ladenis certainly dead, and swiftly, once found. And for that, even if you consider Obama the Deil, you must give him his due.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Majtom in Pennslylvania said:

Bin Laen, that is. #%^**** auto spell check.

Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 4:38 PM

Majtom in Pennslylvania said:


Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 4:39 PM