Rich Galen
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This is going to be an ugly column. Pure partisan smirking and finger pointing. If you are looking for high-minded, lofty thoughts, hit the delete key now.

The Democratic National Convention has been a series of unforced errors that I have not seen since … since … ever.

Way back when, the Obama campaign decided they wanted to re-create the Greek Temple Acceptance Speech of four years ago by having the President make his acceptance speech in the NFL Carolina Panthers' Bank of America Stadium - capacity 73,778.

Someone forgot that Charlotte - not unlike Tampa - is in the U.S. Southeast and the weather in the U.S. Southeast is very dicey during late summer, especially in the afternoon.

After they got to Charlotte they decided it was likely to rain very, very hard and they moved the acceptance speech back indoors.

There are some (not me, because I have no way of knowing) who say the speech was moved inside because they couldn't fill the NFL stadium, but I'm willing to accept that the unforced error of planning it for outside and risking the death of some number of supporters during a potential thunderstorm was plenty dumb enough.

Then there was the whole deal about screwing up the platform language. I know that the only document which has been read by fewer people than the Obamacare bill is any platform ever adopted, but someone - SOMEone has to read the thing and make sure the "Ts" are crossed and the "Is" are dotted.

Mullfave Ginny Wolfe was the Comms Director for two consecutive Platform Committees and has informed me that nothing goes in, and nothing comes out, that is not specifically and affirmatively approved by the policy staff of the nominee's campaign.

I don't care what you think about the issues, but the notion that no one in Obama world realized that the language of the Platform deleted the word "God" and removed the notion of Jerusalem being the capital Israel doesn't just strain credulity; it throws credulity against a brick wall and stomps on the broken shards.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is the chairman of the convention. The embarrassing video of his attempting to pretend that the delegates approved - by a two-thirds vote - amending the platform by returning "God" to the document and Jerusalem to capital status will follow him to his grave.

And it wasn't Villaraigosa's fault. It was a self-inflicted wound by the Obama campaign.

Then there was Bill Clinton.

It is well known around Your Nation's Capital that there is still no love lost between the Clintonites and the Obamans. They all but write ugly slogans about each other in brightly colored chalk on the sidewalks downtown.
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Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at Mullings.com.