04 September, 2012
Dems convene to renominate Obama, adopt radical platform
The Democratic National Convention has opened in Charlotte on a day on which a new poll reveals that only 40% of Americans believe that President Obama deserves re-election.
54% say that he doesn't. These are not promising numbers.
The party is contemplating the most socially radical platform in history, calling for unrestricted abortion on demand and even taxpayer-funded abortions through Medicaid. The "safe, legal and rare" ideal Bill Clinton set for abortion has been changed.
The word "rare" has been removed.
The platform also supports same-sex "marriage." No party platform has ever before taken such extreme positions on divisive social issues, another datum which does not bode well for the president's re-election.
The convention floor is the smallest of any party convention in memory. It seems that Charlotte was picked, not for its facilities, but in the hope that holding the convention there might help the president carry North Carolina, a state in which his prospects are in serious danger.
Extraordinary attempts to fill spectator seats at 74,000 seat Bank of America Stadium for President Obama's acceptance speech have thus far met less than total success. Conscious of the danger of the president accepting the nomination on national TV before a less than full venue, Democrats are bussing in supporters from all over the Mid-Atlantic region.
It still may not be enough. Seizing on less than favorable weather forecasts, convention planners are contemplating moving the stadium where the Carolina Panthers play to the 20,000 seat, indoor Time-Warner Cable Arena.
It will be interesting to see whether Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Mark Sheilds and David Brooks, the PBS team which spent the Republican convention striving to refute everything anybody said, will be more relaxed at a convention at which their function will be the less demanding one of oohing, ahhing, and bubbling over with admiration at the wonder and glory of Mr. Obama and the wisdom of every word that is spoken in his praise.
PBS objective? Pretty much to the same degree that Barack Obama is pro-life.