About the Obama “Offensive” on the GOP Convention

Well, well, well, what have we here? In an unprecedented move, Team Obama is going to try to disrupt the GOP Convention in Tampa next week.

Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.

Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.

It started a week or so again when Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced she would hold a “counter-convention” in Tampa during the GOP convention. Then Joe Biden announced an appearance. Now Obama has announced he’ll be campaigning in Iowa and Colorado during the convention, while Michelle Obama will appear on Letterman on the same night Ryan will deliver his speech.

I know what they’re thinking. They’re thinking this is an effective offensive move. It’s basketball analogy season in the Obama campaign, but they don’t realize that what they’re fighting is actually a militaristic ground war. Basketball strategies are for chumps in this case.

Think a little deeper on this issue, and the hazards become apparent. This is not an offensive move, but a defensive one. Team Obama thinks this is like Game 5 of the 1994 NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals, where Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter of the game and won it, then made that famous choking gesture to Spike Lee from the court. Maybe they’ve forgotten that the Pacers went on to lose that series.

A closer analogy is the World War II Battle of the Bulge, after which it was all falling action that led to the surrender of Nazi Germany. It is just as revealing about Obama’s own weaknesses. He’ll string his paltry assets around the nation, bulging them in Tampa during the convention, trying desperately to push Team Romney back. It will not stop the voting forces because it is a fundamental misunderstanding of the American character.

An Election Beyond Fear

The American people have been afraid long enough. It’s in the American character to, at a certain point, push fear aside and do something, even if it’s the wrong thing. Even our founding suggests this. Most colonists were perfectly happy to be subjects of the crown–it was part of their identity. Where they revolted first (Boston), the cause was the constant and long-standing presence of British troops, and the onslaught of Parliamentary acts on their capital. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, understood this fundamental nature of the American identity. He did not have the best ideas at times for how to move forward, but he did have the courage to try anything, and to try again when his original efforts failed. Keep trying might as well have been his motto.

We have lived with fear since September 11, 2001. The Bush administration sensationalized that fear for political gain, creating a constant state of it. Hot on the heels of that, our economy crashed, and fear exploded into our personal lives. It has been 11 long years of living with the conditions of fear and Americans are tired of it. They are ready for someone to take any bold action. Obama is not doing that because he can’t. His fundamental shortcoming is lack of vision, and that is now becoming obvious to the masses. That screen he was in 2008, onto which anyone could project themselves, is now working against him. It’s passive, and Americans want something active.

Cross-posted from P&L.

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103 Responses to About the Obama “Offensive” on the GOP Convention

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Obama’s ego has grown so big he thinks he’s Kanye West!

  2. driguana says:

    The questions still are, what do we want? and, who will lead us? Still a bit fuzzy in my mind. This is a provocative post…thanks.

  3. myiq2xu says:

    Whatever the Dems do the GOP can get even.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      True I heard the head guy say ..If they punch us we will put on the brass knuckles and punch them back..I LOVE IT!!!! 🙂 :mrgreen:

  4. votermom says:

    This is not an offensive move, but a defensive one.


    • Lulu says:

      And they have no respect. They do not respect precedent, they do not respect their opponents. They are boors, barbarians and clods. By doing this they are disrespecting the American public by not allowing anyone else to be heard or to allow anyone to listen. Rudely interrupting, diverting attention to themselves, to spout nonsense because they cannot bear to be out of the spotlight for a flipping week. Drama queens and attention whores have to have attention even if it is negative. The Obama’s are the spotlight of their own reality series. I’ll stop now before I say what I really want to say.

      • they do not respect their opponents.

        Another fundamental misunderstanding. This is elementary, and a concept as old as The Art of War published sometime around 200 B.C.

        Your comment is spot on.

      • leslie says:

        I see this behavior here in Chicago all the time now. It began when TehOnce took the 2008 election and it has only become worse. People being rude, being aggressive, taking things that don’t belong to them, expecting to be catered to, and when things don’t go their way, acting like 2 year olds (my apologies to all well behaved 2 year-olds) and throwing tantrums that include muggings and assaults and armed robberies. (5 in the last 3 days in my small Chicago suburb, even)
        I wasn’t kidding when I compared Obama “folks” to gangs. Really.

  5. myiq2xu says:

    A closer analogy is the World War II Battle of the Bulge, after which it was all falling action that led to the surrender of Nazi Germany.

    I would compare it to Japan’s use of kamikazes. They lost planes and pilots, sunk or damaged a few of our ships, but in the end it didn’t change anything.

    • I wouldn’t, because no one on Team Obama is prepared to sacrifice themselves for anything. TBotB works because it is Team Obama going all in with a losing hand, and bad, offensive ideas to boot. Just like Hitler.

  6. Another way this is a defensive move is that it is a tap dance designed to distract the moderates in the Dem’s own ranks. Remember that scene in Chicago (ha! fitting) where Richard Gere talks about distracting the jury? Same dynamic in play here.

    • DM says:

      What Obama and the Democrats are doing is not a tap dance. That would be nice because it can work. Why watch a boring convention when one can be entertained? Obama and the obots are boors, hecklers. The Democrats sent a bus to follow the Romney/Ryan team bus and sending protesters to disrupt their assemblies. Nobody likes boors, and it’s counterproductive, imho.

  7. HELENK says:

    republican governor trumps democratic mayor

    Florida Governor Rick Scott: No anticipation of canceling Republican National Convention due to Isaac at this time – from broadcast

  8. excellent, thought provoking post Lola. I am past being surprised by anything that the Obama camp does. They are sinking lower and lower with each passing day. The normal niceties and courtesies of campaigns are quaint—–a historical relic. It is war to the death. and the creativity of the Obama team has become depraved. It is useless to wonder if they can sink any lower because the answer will always be YES. I feel with them that I am living in a science fiction movie.

    I am having uncontrollable fantasies of what it will be like when they lose on election day. Will it roll back the clock to when we were thrilled at the thought of a female president?

    Regardless, we can’t forget what they did in 2008 to beat down the women:


  9. myiq2xu says:

    I thought about writing a post on this but my tweet pretty much covers it:

    • myiq2xu—-did you read the article? I read it all the way through and I am considering writing my own piece about it. Although his writing was beautiful, I couldn’t help but think that alot of the problems mentioned as racism are problems all of us have just living. No one gets a free ride in this life. My gosh, I could go on and on about being a woman and a Jew. For alot of my 60 years, I was a second class citizen as well. Couldn’t sign a contract, and was considered in the face of the law someone’s property. And as far as being Jewish, I grew up in small town Ohio where there were lots of places Jew weren’t allowed to go. We had a swastika burned into our lawn when I was in 4th grade. Kids would chase me around calling me “dirty Jew.” My parents weren’t allowed to buy a house until someone talked to all of the neighbors making sure they were ok letting a Jew live on their street.

      My Dad’s family had a chain of department stores throughout the midwest, and my Dad managed the one in our town. We had money, but my Dad who loved to gold had to drive 40 miles to find a golf course that would allow him to play on it. And my generation bore the brunt of the shock of the genocidal holocaust of Jews.

      My point is that blacks don’t corner the market on man’s inhumanity to man. And many of the examples of racism he made in his article I just had to scratch my head and wonder how he got to that. But you are 1000% right in your tweet because it just boils down to the same thing. We are all racists in his meme. All of us. And that does’t help anything. We whites are not allowed to talk about race because we are racist. We are not allowed to criticize Obama because that makes us racist.

      Did you know that this author’s parents were married and his mom worked and the dad stayed at home and brought up the kids? His dad was a Black Panther. Splains a few things…..

    • myiq2xu says:

      Here’s another:

      The tweet version of my reactions is so much easier to write.

  10. foxyladi14 says:

    Music to my eyes. :mrgreen:

  11. darraghcmurphy says:

    OT, politico reporting that McCaskill now leading Akin by 10 points. This was a poll of likely voters (not merely registered) so is considered more predictive. The same poll had Aikin leading by 3 last week.


    • DM says:

      I think the Republicans are going to give the voters a choice and go for the write-in ballot.

    • tommy says:

      Got this from a friend (moderate democrat), so am not sure about the veracity of this claim. Dig a little deeper into that Rasmussen poll, and you’ll find that 53% of repubs want him to step down (which is expected), but a greater majority, that is 56% of dems don’t want him to step down, which is surprising. That in turn signifies the extremely polarised political atmosphere in the nation. After him spouting his stupidity, 100% of dems should have been in support of him stepping down, but that ain’t happening. 56% are gambling that he would lose, but that ain’t a certainty. What if there is a Romney landslide? And if that nut Akin wins. Are those 56% willing to gamble that this insane idiot might end up representing them in the senate?

      • politics is such a crazy business. Although it’s hard to see right now, this whole thing could blow over and Akin could still win. Trust me on that one……

        • darraghcmurphy says:

          Agreed, election still a ways off, but I think this at least shows that voters DO care when candidates have extreme batshit ignorant views on issues that affect them.

          A lot can happen between now and November and I’m not holding my breath waiting for either party to take a stand defending women’s rights.

      • angienc says:

        This insane nut is currently a US Congressman from MO’s 2nd district since 2001 (and previously was a long time member of the MO state congress since 1989) so he’s been in positions of power, so how much real damage can he do — he hasn’t been able to do much via elected office in the last 23 years.

        No, the only real damage he can do is insure a McCaskill re-election, which is exactly why McCaskill helped him with ads in the primary and why Dems crossed over to vote for him in the primary. Of course they want him to stay in the race now — someone else (i.e., a sane person) might be able to beat McCaskill.

        I’m not saying I think he should stay in & I’m glad the GOP — “establishment” as well as pundits and grassroots people like the TeaPartyExpress — have denounced him & are calling for him to get out — sadly, being insane he takes all that as evidence he should “stay in” ala Daniel in the lion’s den. I feel sorry for the people of MO but they’ve kind of done it to themselves by putting idiots like McCaskill and Akin in office in the first place.

  12. HELENK says:


    maybe the democrats might not want to talk too much about rape

  13. tommy says:

    This is really pissing me off. Protocol, precedence, presidential tradition is very important. That atleast gives our politics a modicum of civility, and doesn’t turn us into another banana republic. In WJCs autobiography, he reminisces about the kindness shown by Bush the senior, although he beat him. Thats what I like about our former Presidents. Although they have different worldviews and may privately hate the opposing party, they have a presidential tradition which are above squabbling political parties. BHO is a totally different species, and his shedding of protocol is a blow not only to his opponents, but to all former presidents as well. These effing obamacrats have torn apart the democratic party, and that just pisses me off. /rant off

  14. HELENK says:


    democratic convention in Charlotte closes cancer center.
    now if there is anyone in the backtrack bunch with a brain and common sense arrangements can be made to get these people to treatment.

  15. myiq2xu says:

    My grandson started school this week. He was excited and looking forward to it but I’m not sure what he imagined it was going to be like because he was surprised to discover that there were teachers there.

    • tommy says:

      Grandson? Geez…..thought you were a Ryan lookalike. Lol. On a serious note, thank God for small mercies. A grandson is a blessing not many people live to see. So enjoy.

      • myiq2xu says:

        I have three of them now. And a granddaughter too.

        • HELENK says:

          aren’t they more fun than the kids. Great for blackmail purposes.

          want to see grown kids run scared. Several Christmases ago I wrote out a memory book for each of my kids. Stories of when they were young. Now my grandchildren are old enough to read. My kids were scared silly of just what stories would be in these books. No I would never write a story that would embarrass them in front of their kids, but it was fun to worry them

  16. myiq2xu says:

    My work is done here.

  17. myiq2xu says:

    • darraghcmurphy says:

      Isaac son of Sarah – too fricken cool.

    • carol haka says:

      Told ya so! IT is the rath of God!

      The repubs in Tampa all get blown to Kansas Sarah’s up in Alaska – She will be mandated to accept the nomination. She said it would take an earthquake – I guess she misspoke as it will be a Hurricane that saves this great nation! 👿

  18. myiq2xu says:

    Owners post pictures to shame their pets:


  19. DeniseVB says:

    Wait, what? Didn’t N.O.W. want Sarah to stay home with her kids ?


    Also, hotels will find sitters ? Of course the DNC probably has no money to provide these free services anymore.

    I left two young children at home when I was a delegate to the California State Dem convention. If I didn’t have a husband, I would have found a sitter. The weekend was heavenly 😀

  20. tommy says:

    O/T. FBI warns that anarchists may hit both conventions. Assange supporters, stand down. I’m not exactly net-savvy, but I heard that a few groups (like ‘Anonymous’) support the alleged rapist. And did you hear about that Brit MP George Galloway defend Assange stating that having sex with a sleeping woman was not rape, but ‘bad sexual etiquette’? He belongs to the Respect Party (not mainstream) in the UK. Yep, they sure do have a lot of Respect for women /sarc.

  21. OT- but too funny not to share

    • Hi ProudMilitary Mom—-haven’t seen you in awhile!!!! Guess what, my daughter-in-law, Second Lieutenant Ruccia landed a 3 year assignment in Honolulu with the Air Force!!! Imagine that!!! My son is working to get transferred there so they can be together. I’m so proud of her……

  22. yttik says:

    Good post! What bothers me is that this isn’t offense or defense, this is like trying to get the other team disqualified so you can win by default. What are they protesting? Democracy? Free speech? A party’s right to nominate a candidate? Generally a protest has a mission and a goal, like you want to get something shut down. But shutting down a political opponent is more like the behavior of a dictator or a fascist. In America we’re suppose to welcome debate, to embrace the idea of winning based on your ideas and policies, not because you tried to shut out the other team.

  23. trixta says:

    My waking thoughts this morning: Why send Biden to Florida for the convention? This is not only odd, but spiteful. Is the Obama campaign planning for something “to happen” to him? Or do they want to instigate riots, etc.? Is this going to be their contrived “September” surprise? Will they blame it all on anarchists or on the TP?

    My advice to the GOP: If Biden get’s in your face and can’t be ignored, then make him a laughing stalk (i.e. a running punch line) during the entire convention–especially if he enters the building. Also, this convention must be referendum about Obama’s failure on JOBS and the mishandling of the ECONOMY.

  24. trixta says:

    Interesting, to say the least, about 18-29 year old voters. Will they watch the conventions this election year?


  25. myiq2xu says:

    Tell Dandy Tiger his neighbor is coming home:

  26. HELENK says:


    romney says he will get rid of bernanke as fed chief. that sounds like a step in the right direction

  27. HELENK says:

    Iowa Hawk

    Under Obama, homelessness and war have decreased by 98%. At least on TV news broadcasts.

  28. HELENK says:


    check out today’s picture

  29. votermom says:

    LOL. Yeah, this will really tip the scales back to Obama

  30. HELENK says:


    have I got this right??
    backtrack wants your wedding money, you birthday money, and most likely the money the tooth fairy leaves your kids but Romney should not have donations????

  31. angienc says:

    OT — have I mentioned how much I love Sununu lately? He told Lou Dobbs today that “Stephanie Cutter lies and the Obama administration can’t count.” Video link:


  32. myiq2xu says:

    Oh my!

    Gawker is organized like an international money-laundering operation. Much of its international revenues are directed through Hungary, where Denton’s mother hails from, and where some of the firm’s techies are located. But that is only part of it. Recently, Salmon reports, the various Gawker operations—Gawker Media LLC, Gawker Entertainment LLC, Gawker Technology LLC, Gawker Sales LLC—have been restructured to bring them under control of a shell company based in the Cayman Islands, Gawker Media Group Inc.

    Why would a relatively small media outfit based in Soho choose to incorporate itself in a Caribbean locale long favored by insider dealers, drug cartels, hedge funds, and other entities with lots of cash they don’t want to advertise? The question virtually answers itself, but for those unversed in the intricacies of international tax avoidance Salmon spells it out: “The result is a company where 130 U.S. employees eat up the lion’s share of the the U.S. revenues, resulting in little if any taxable income, while the international income, the franchise value of the brands, and the value of the technology all stays permanently overseas, untouched by the I.R.S.”

    Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2010/12/gawker-stalker-nick-denton-spotted-in-cayman-islands.html#ixzz24PDFBPyH

    • DandyTiger says:

      Both MSNBC, duh, and CNN have been doing shows on Mormonism. Here’s a summary of both shows: “Mitt’s a Mormon. They’re weird. Mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon, weird, mormon, mormon, mormon, mormon.” I think I covered it pretty well.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Follow up show to the Mormon shows. Mormons don’t drink beer. So let’s talk about beer. Did you know you can’t have a beer with Mitt. Yeah, they don’t drink beer. Weird. Beer, beer, beer, beer, mormon, mormon. Look for more beer shows and who would you rather have a beer with, oops, never mind, you can’t have one with Mitt. He’s like sober or something. Weird.

  33. HELENK says:

    MYIQ and Dandy

    can you answer this question??


    Is it normal to drink and wind up naked?

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