DNC 2012 Convention Columns on Townhall

  • Michael Barone - Magic of 2008 Eludes Obama After Flat Convention

    Magic of 2008 Eludes Obama After Flat Convention

    Michael Barone
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The consensus on Barack Obama's acceptance speech Thursday night, and in effect on the Democratic National Convention as a whole, is that it was a bust.
  • Bruce Bialosky - Julian Castro’s Grandmother Would Be Rolling in her Grave

    Julian Castro’s Grandmother Would Be Rolling in her Grave

    Bruce Bialosky
    Posted: 9/10/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, had the honored position of giving the keynote speech at the Democratic Convention. The 37-year-old had a lot of pressure as he was being compared to Barack Obama giving his speech in 2004. Fortunately his grandmother was not there because she would have taken him over her knee and given him a good thrashing.
  • Jeff Jacoby - Politics and the G-word

    Politics and the G-word

    Jeff Jacoby
    Posted: 9/9/2012 11:38:00 AM EST
    WHEN I LEARNED last Tuesday that Democrats, breaking with past practice, had dropped the word "God" from their party platform, I dispatched a message via Twitter: "God is mentioned in the 2004 Democratic platform 7 times.
  • Derek Hunter - The DNC As I Saw It

    The DNC As I Saw It

    Derek Hunter
    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    I spent this week in Camp Vagina, aka the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. I call it Camp Vagina because attendees heard more about genitals than any ideas on how to fix President Obama’s broken economy. Overall, for a convention to promote a campaign with the theme of “Forward,” Democrats sure spent a lot of time looking backwards.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Tampa vs. Charlotte

    Tampa vs. Charlotte

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Tampa, Fla., was like the Republican National Convention delegation -- older, more experienced, less excitable. Tampa has hosted the Super Bowl; the city had lots of space and nothing to prove.
  • Doug Giles - Satan Finally Found His Political Party—The Democrats!

    Satan Finally Found His Political Party—The Democrats!

    Doug Giles
    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Well, the DNC just wrapped, folks, and it looks like the Prince of Darkness has finally found his political party: the God-booing Democrats!
  • Kevin McCullough - 88 Million Reasons for the Cardboard Box

    88 Million Reasons for the Cardboard Box

    Kevin McCullough
    Posted: 9/9/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    After two weeks of non-stop convention-ing, the nation finally has all the data it needs to understand the truth about what this election should be based on.
  • Crystal Wright - Obama the Pied Piper of Promises, Race and Things

    Obama the Pied Piper of Promises, Race and Things

    Crystal Wright
    Posted: 9/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Oozing with contempt, bombast, bravado, and arrogance but void of a plan describes the speech President Barack Obama gave to the Democrat National Convention to justify his re-election. Strutting onto the stage before his adoring base, Obama launched into the same tirade we’ve heard many times before: class warfare, Osama bin Laden is dead, I inherited a mess, I need more time, “change is a coming.”
  • Steve Deace - The Democrat Convention: As Pagan As They Wanna Be

    The Democrat Convention: As Pagan As They Wanna Be

    Steve Deace
    Posted: 9/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Anybody slightly to the right politically of Arlen Specter has been struggling to define the freak show that was the just concluded Democrat Party Convention in Charlotte.
  • Paul Greenberg - Bill Clinton's Excellent Adventure

    Bill Clinton's Excellent Adventure

    Paul Greenberg
    Posted: 9/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The message of the Democrats' big show at Charlotte has been a mirror image of the Republicans' in Tampa. Everything the nation was told at Tampa about the ever fluid State of the Union and what to do about it was turned upside-down and inside-out at Charlotte.
  • Caroline Glick - God, Jerusalem and American Foreign Policy

    God, Jerusalem and American Foreign Policy

    Caroline Glick
    Posted: 9/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Throughout his presidency, Barack Obama and his supporters have been dogged by criticism of his position on Israel. From the very outset of his tenure in office, critics and supporters alike have not been able to shake the sense that Obama is deeply hostile to the Jewish state.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Barack Obama, All In

    Barack Obama, All In

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 9/8/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    "First shot, straight through, that's how you perform under pressure," Barack Obama said in 2008. They played the quote with a video clip of Obama making a basket at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday.
  • Humberto Fontova - Conventions Flaunt “Hispanics”

    Conventions Flaunt “Hispanics”

    Humberto Fontova
    Posted: 9/7/2012 3:07:00 PM EST
    My Hispanic can beat up your Hispanic!” pretty much captured the Convention kick-offs.
  • Rich Galen - Unforced Errors

    Unforced Errors

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 9/7/2012 9:35:00 AM EST
    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.
  • Michelle Malkin - Circus of the Vagina-gogues

    Circus of the Vagina-gogues

    Michelle Malkin
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Hide your children. This is what the progressive left's idea of women's empowerment looks like: For the past two weeks, radical feminists from the group Code Pink have paraded across the fruited plain in giant female reproductive organ costumes.
  • Crystal Wright - Democrats Spinning a Fairy Tale in Charlotte

    Democrats Spinning a Fairy Tale in Charlotte

    Crystal Wright
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The corrosive theme pervading the Democrat convention is government is the solution to all our ills and “we the people” can achieve a government subsidized American Dream.
  • Mona Charen - The Democratic Mask Slips on Israel

    The Democratic Mask Slips on Israel

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Were you shocked when at least 50 percent of the delegates to the Democratic Convention appeared to vote "nay" on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and reinserting God into the platform? Admittedly, it was high drama -- a truly unscripted moment that laid bare the raw hostility toward Israel that has gradually achieved mainstream status within the Democratic Party. But a surprise? Not really.
  • David Limbaugh - Twilight Zone Week

    Twilight Zone Week

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Democratic National Convention is an elaborate effort to sanitize a failed record that cannot be rehabilitated, even by the glib sophistry of former President Bill Clinton.
  • Debra J. Saunders - First Lady: You, Too, Can Be Mitt Romney

    First Lady: You, Too, Can Be Mitt Romney

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    Michelle Obama connected with voters during her moving opening night speech of the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday. She was smart, extremely likable and the perfect spokeswoman for the American president as she talked about "the unflinching sacrifice" her parents and husband's family made so their kids could have the "chance to go places they had never imagined for themselves."
  • David Limbaugh - Twilight Zone Week

    Twilight Zone Week

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 9/7/2012 12:01:00 AM EST
    The Democratic National Convention is an elaborate effort to sanitize a failed record that cannot be rehabilitated, even by the glib sophistry of former President Bill Clinton.