Can’t send those poor Democratic Hoosiers off to Denver with nothing to say:
United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard spoke this morning to the Indiana delegation, urging them to help elect Sen. Barack Obama to the White House, and more Democrats to Congress. But he also praised the Indiana delegation, saying that of the several delegations he’s spoken to here at the Democratic National Convention, only Indiana has handed out “talking points” to the delegates.
So what kind of things are delegates being told to keep in mind when talking to the public?
“Barack Obama and Joe Biden offer a new tough foreign policy that is neither Republican nor Democratic, but is a strong, smart American foreign policy that makes us more secure at home and advances our interests in the world.”
And: “Last night, Hillary Clinton made a strong heartfelt case to her supporters and all Americans for why they should join her in supporting Barack Obama for president.”
I just take it for granted that anything coming out of anybody’s mouth at the convention is preprogrammed Democratic crap, and that whatever anybody says in St. Paul next week will be preprogrammed Republican crap. Who can possibly take any of it seriously? Change, hope, fairness, blah, blah, blah. God, country, values, blah, blah, blah.
Just to get some level of skepticism, I’ve tended to focus on Fox’s coverage of the convention — at least their correspondents don’t swoon over how historic and wonderful this all is. Next week, I’ll watch MSNBC’s spin on the Republicans, for the same reason.