The Democratic National Convention (DNC) is on the horizon, beginning in Charlotte, NC, on September 4 and finishing September 6.
President Bill Clinton is to be the keynote speaker at the DNC this year. By making Clinton the main attraction, President Barack Obama hopes to create a comparison between himself and Clinton, who is seen as one of the more successful Democratic presidents in modern times. Team Obama believes that if people associate him with Clinton, he will have this election in the bag.
What Obama sees as a benefit, however, I believe will prove to be problematic for him. Clinton’s speech will be about economic growth, something in which, admittedly, he is highly experienced.
At around the time of each party’s respective conventions is when the majority of the voting public actually starts paying attention to the campaigns. What the public will remember when watching Clinton’s speech is the relative prosperity and employment enjoyed during his presidency. They will remember the state of the economy under Clinton over a decade ago, and for a few days following the convention they will still be feeling the warm fuzzies. But the elation will soon subside when the economic realities of the here and now under Obama’s leadership resume their poking and prodding.
The government’s own Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates how starkly different the two presidents’ respective economic records are:
1. Under Clinton, 22.7 million jobs were created. Under Obama, there has been a net loss of almost half a million jobs
2. Under Clinton, the unemployment rate fell from 7.3 percent to 4.2 percent. Under Obama, it has risen from 7.8 to 8.3
Watching Barack Obama and Bill Clinton back to back will serve only to contrast the two men, not to compare them.
Also giving a speech at the DNC will be America’s most expensive date, Sandra Fluke, the 30-year-old Georgetown University student who gave a testimony before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee expressing her support of taxpayer funding for birth control.
The purpose of Fluke’s speech at the DNC will be to shore up even more of the female vote. I would have thought there would have been a better way to appeal to women than to have someone speak to them who advocates for women to reject the virtues of self-reliance and independence because, supposedly, they need the government for their subsistence. Either women really are like this and Fluke, a generally unpopular person, will help Obama with female voters, or Obama is completely out of touch with how women think.
It was radio host Rush Limbaugh’s calling Fluke a slut that prompted Democrats to begin their “Republicans are waging a war on women” campaign. Putting aside the complete silliness of the phrase “war on women,” which activity closest resembles warfare against women: calling them names and denying them free birth control, like Limbaugh and the Republicans; or punching and raping them, like Bill Clinton in his more active days? What irony that the poster child for the “war on women” will be giving a speech in support of the same candidate at the same event as Bill Clinton, the commanding officer of that war!
I believe putting Sandra Fluke, a greedy political opportunist, in the limelight again will repulse many undecided voters.
My prediction: the convention in September will not bode well for Obama.