As the Democrats kicked off a convention designed to unite support behind Obama, interviews with several dozen delegates pointed to an undercurrent of anxiety among many from key swing states who will be charged with leading the push in their communities. They expressed doubts bordering on bewilderment: Why, in a year that had been shaping up as a watershed for Democrats, amid an economic downturn and an unpopular Republican presidency, is the race so tight?
Why, indeed. The answers: Jeremiah Wright. Tony Rezko. Michael Pfleger. Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn.
“Above my pay grade.” “Bitter and clinging to God and their guns.” “Citizen of the world.” Tire gauges. “First time I have been proud of my country.” “Vastly superior infrastructure.” The Born Alive Infant Protection Act.
And now Slow Joe Biden.
That’s just part of the list. The Dems are nominating the most radical major party candidate in history, whose thin record is relentlessly hard left, and whose rhetoric of change and hope cannot cover the fact that he has never worked across the aisle, has never sought to reform the deeply corrupt Chicago or Illinois political machines, and that he is hopelessly out of his depth on foreign policy and national security issues.
Dems are uneasy because Obama has gone out of his way to run over the Clintons and insult them, telegraphing how he would run the party and the country if he got to 1600.
Andy they are also alarmed by a shaken and struggling campaign that releases text messages of important decisions in the middle of the night, and ads on the first day of the convention that focus on Bill Ayers, the unrepentant terrorist who has long and significant ties to Obama. It made matters much worse that Nancy Pelosi used Meet the Press to start a major confrontation with the Roman Catholic Church on abortion which has sparked stinging rebukes from senior Catholic leadership in Denver and nationally.
Yes, Michelle Obama gave a good speech, and yes, saying goodbye to Teddy was emotional. But feelings about the last representative of a generation of huge political figures and one carefully crafted and stage-managed speech by the nominee’s wife have almost no impact on the race as it stands right now. When the delegates are telling the post that things are tough in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan, you know there is real trouble in traditional Democratic strongholds, and you can expect the GOP ticket to camp in those states as well as in Minnesota, Iowa, and Wisconsin and the key mountain west states of Colorada and Nevada.
The attempt to rush the country to the far left of the political spectrum worked for as long as no one focused too much on what Obama believed and who his close friends and allies are and the emptiness of his rhetoric. Now the focus has arrived, and the effect is withering. It is magnified by the rhetoric of some of Obama’s supporters like billionaire Tim Gill, who is using his money to attack politicians who believe in traditional marriage. The Denver convention has a huge number of radicals working to nominate a radical. Is it any wonder that traditional Democrats are worried that their party has driven itself into a very tight corner?
As for the Obama campaign’s new Ayers ad, here’s the video of Obama’s friend and associate from two foundations, Bill Ayers, part 1, from November 30, 2007: