Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Hope has left the building

Well, at first glance we were skeptical of this report on the direction the Democrats would take the convention.

DNC plans to sink teeth into McCain

DENVER -- From the convention hall: All evidence points to a Democratic convention that will have a take-no-prisoners aggressive approach all week, driving home the contrast between John McCain and Barack Obama at every opportunity possible. […]

Democratic analyst Mark Siegel said, "We begged the Kerry people to make the [2004] election a plebiscite on Bush […]

Siegel said "Shrum ... would not let us do it, telling us that we can't go negative, just go positive, build Kerry up, don't drive Bush down, etc."

"Well, we got no bump because we gave them a pass," Siegel said, adding that he tried to emphasize "what Karl Rove would do with this deck of cards, but to no avail."

Siegel says if it winning means playing aggressive with a tough game plan then so be it. "We've tried it the other way ... and that was catastrophe."

Oh sure, there have been signs that Obama's new politics is in its last throes, that cynicism is still calling the shots, and that divisive partisanship, despite whatever setbacks it had suffered in the primaries, is now resurgent in the general election.

But the convention?

Surely the convention is the time in which Obama rises above the old politics of fear and division to restore the hope for a new politics free of the cynicism that tears us down, and for change that elevates us to the heights of the mountain top to which He seeks to take us.

Right? Oh...

A senior Obama adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity, said his boss has expressed impatience with what he calls a "reverence" inside his campaign for his message of change and new politics. In other words, Obama is willing — even eager — to risk what got him this far if it gets him to the White House.

Well there you go. So much for new politics and hope and change.

And here you go, looks like the Democrats are making it official:

Democratic National Convention Stage

(Thanks to JM Hanes)

(August 21, 2008) Final touches are being made at the
Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, site of the
2008 Democratic National Convention.
Here program technicians rehearse the well-scripted
ceremonial unveiling of the new convention theme:
Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate,
a phrase based on Dante’s Divine Comedy, which
translated is, "Abandon hope, ye who enter here".


  1. O's campaign died with his feckless Georgia comments. e quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle

  2. zimri: I like how you bookended with the last line from the Inferno.

    Nice post. Best Photoshop of the week! I blogged it at Mazurland, so you should be getting a Mazurlanche as well as an Instalanche. Hells bells!

  3. One small detail the Democrats' analysis seems to neglect here is that last time, when they passed up the opportunity to trash Bush to the max, he actually was the Republican candidate. Can they have missed the fact that he's not running this year?

    Talk about 'fighting the last war'...