Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Christmas in July

The line up of speakers for the Democratic Convention in July started to leak yesterday after the Republicans announced several of their speakers (including John McCain, Rudy Giuliani and Gov. Schwarzenegger and Democratic Senator Zell Miller). So far the line up looks like good news for Republicans. The Democrats will open with Bill Clinton again. The strategy is for the presence of Clinton to remind voters of the prosperity of the 1990's. It is amazing that the Democrats keep returning to this man, considering his presence in campaigns in 2000 and 2002 proved to be detrimental to candidates. It will also broadcast to the country what John Kerry's campaign says everyday, that the Democrats have no plan for the future, but are instead looking backwards. But as hard as it may be to believe, Clinton will most likely be the highlight of the parade of speakers. The next night is devoted to TED KENNEDY. His speech will coincide with the 35th anniversary of his little mishap on a bridge. More recently however, Ted Kennedy disgusted most Americans by stating that the torture chambers of Abu Ghraib had simply reopened under new management - US management. Making a direct comparison between the actions of a few US soldiers to the barbaric systematic torture of the former Iraqi regime. Before that he stated that the War in Iraq was cooked up long ago in Texas for strictly political gain. He is a hard core leftist throw back from a bygone era, and the Democrats are planning to make him the centerpiece of their convention. The next night Kerry's running mate (most likely Edwards or Gephardt) will speak and then the closing night Kerry will accept the nomination. No matter who Kerry picks as running mate, his own speech will be upstaged by his running mates.

However, the really good news is that the Democrats are planning to let Al Gore speak. Al Gore who recently spoke of Brownshirts and gulags has been asked to speak because the Democrats apparently think his rages are a sign of a "honed" speaking style:

Donna Brazile, Mr. Gore's campaign manager in 2000, said Mr. Gore should be given a prominent role at the convention precisely because of the fiery oratorical style he had honed in the last couple of years.

"He has not only found his voice,'' Ms. Brazile said, "but he has really gone after the Bush administration in ways I don't think the Kerry campaign can go after Bush administration. They should give Al Gore a key position, a prime time speech, and let him roll."

Michael Feldman, a former aide to Mr. Gore and now a Democratic strategist, said the former vice president's presence at the convention could prove crucial in inspiring Democrats to go to the polls in November.

"Look, he's the embodiment and a reminder of what's at stake in this election, that every vote counts," Mr. Feldman said.

Three officials said Mr. Kerry had a high level of comfort with Mr. Gore. Campaign and party officials said the fact that Mr. Gore would be featured significantly at all was a break from past conventions, which have not normally given much attention to losing candidates of the past. And a senior adviser to Mr. Kerry said the convention planners would show Mr. Gore due respect as the former vice president and the winner of the popular vote in 2000, adding emphatically, "He will speak and he will not get dissed."

Please let him speak in primetime, please.

The lineup is also going to include Teresa Heinz Kerry. The comparison of Mrs. Heinz Kerry to Mrs. Bush will not be kind to Mrs. Heinz Kerry. Mrs. Heinz Kerry seems to straddle the fence on important subjects (like her husband), financially support radical left wing groups, brag about how sexy she thinks she is, and commonly sports a campaign button with a picture of the President, VP, Attorney General and Sec. of Def that says "Asses of Evil". Not behavior most American expect from the First lady.

The line up will undoubtedly include other favorites of the left like Howard Dean and maybe even Al Sharpton. When voters compare the mine up of speakers at the conventions they will be able to see a distinct difference between the two parties, a difference that will favor the Republicans, and is shaping up to be a gift from the Democrats.