Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dukakis Typifies Emptiness of Democratic Convention



My Douglas County Board colleague, die-hard Democrat Mike Boyle, showed me that comic strip. He plans to amend and reissue.

I caught a snippet of convention coverage in which Michael Dukakis was extolling the virtues of Barack Obama. The interviewer asked Dukakis to name specific accomplishments by Obama. Dukakis said Obama has been a state senator as well as a U.S. senator. The interviewer again pressed Dukakis for specific accomplishments by Obama as a senator at either level.

It was the most embarrassing bit of television I've seen in a long time. After a few seconds of frozen silence, Dukakis stammered through a list of government functions, general categories such as law enforcement, social services, etc. Not a shred of specificity or substance.

As I have said in this blog, it is an absolute, unqualified good thing that a black candidate is the presidential nominee of a major party and has a real chance to win. Much is being made of the fact that Obama formally accepts the nomination on the anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

But we're not required to suspend critical evaluation of Obama. Even the "Dream" speech looked forward to black Americans being judged on substance.

1 comment:

OmaSteak said...

I struggled to watch the annointed one give his acceptance speech. I didn't hear anything of substance nor anything new from Obama. I'm sure it was perfect for liberals who operate from emotion rather than logic. I was shocked that no one placed a crown upon his head at the end of the event, since it was staged as a coronation. While McCain is not a good choice, he's still miles better than Obama's brand of socialism. It could be a very dark time in America if his holiness actually wins. It's likely it will take decades to undo the damage he's already promised to do.

I'm also growing more concerned that if it looks like Obama is going to win, Israel will launch a preemptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities between 11/04/08 and 01/20/09 while GWB is still in office.