After I wrote about how terribly planned the Republican National Convention was this year, I was challenged by a commenter to write a critique on the Democratic National Convention that just wrapped up in Charlotte, NC.

So, here goes.

Democrats are often their worst enemy. But not tonight.

The last day of the convention is where you really “put on the dog” and galvanize your base supporters, while at the same time appealing to a certain demographic that may be wavering in their support.

We have heard all along that President Barack Obama is counting on the “youth vote” to turn out at the polls and back his re-election campaign, yet the Dems planned the peak of their event at the same time the “MTV Music Awards” was on television.

So much for the youth vote.

The Democrats also failed to plan for the weather, though not as badly as the Republicans. The president was supposed to give his acceptance speech at an outdoor stadium (Bank of America stadium, of all places), but was moved to a much smaller venue at the last minute because of an approaching thunderstorm.

Police locked down the smaller building two hours before anyone expected, and left at least 50 people with entry passes on the outside, unable to get in.

But they never left. They just waited.

From what I could see, the convention crowd in Charlotte was much more diverse than Tampa’s sea of white faces and hand-picked, well-placed ethnic minorities.

That’s one thing about Democrats: They never have to pretend to be inclusive.

We heard a lot about the “middle class” in America at both conventions.

Rand Paul said, “Mr. President, you say the rich must pay their fair share. When you seek to punish the rich, the jobs that are lost are those of the poor and middle class.”

Bullshit. Middle class people are the job creators in this country.

When they make good money, they spend it. They don’t hide it in some secret bank in the Caymans. The pay their mortgage, they buy groceries and cars and take vacations.

I say this because I am in that dwindling middle class. I was born and raised in it. And for most of my working life, I was a member of it until I fell out for a while in 2009.

But it is nice to be back.

Exactly why I am back in the middle class is a story that probably deserved to be told at this convention. The Democrats, then showing an astonishing lack of brass, let the Republicans set the course of debate these last few years. That gutless lapse illustrates how the Dems have failed to properly articulate what the president has accomplished in one term.

Up until now.

The GOP likes to say the stimulus plan did nothing to help the country’s jobless, but I am back in the middle class today as a direct result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

My wife and I were hired by companies that received money from the stimulus plan. I have since moved up to an even better job and my wife is now a permanent, full-time employee with the organization stimulus dollars helped create. It is now a self-funding enterprise.

We wanted, as Vice President Joe Biden put it, “a shot.”

The Recovery Act gave us one.

Paul Ryan says, “You, the American people, were cut out of the deal. What did taxpayers get out of the Obama stimulus? More debt. That money wasn’t just spent and wasted, it was borrowed, spent and wasted.”

That’s a cheap-ass lie. Thousands of people in Louisville like me are proof that it worked. I am now paying taxes and spending money – two things I was not doing in 2009.

This year’s Democratic convention was more entertaining to me than the Republican’s version. The GOP seemed to be bitter, angry and deceitful. The Democrats seemed to be joyful and (finally) proud to be called “liberal.”

I watched completely equal amounts of both conventions and listened to analysis from both sides. I’ve been following politics since 1980, when I was an eight-year old wearing a Teamsters Local 89 cap in the basement of my childhood home in Shively.

I’ve watched more than my share of these nominating conventions, and although I’ve voted for a losing candidate, I’ve never failed to pick the winner.

While my prediction may not mean much to some of you, I’ll go ahead and say it anyway:

The Democrats did it better.

Four more years.

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Brian Tucker is a lifelong Louisvillian. He is the founder of The Valley Report, and has been writing on Southwest Louisville's political environment for several years.

14 thoughts on “Got brass: Democrats finally stand up, fight back at convention

  1. Brian, have you ever run a business, or put your personal assets at risk to create jobs? Have you ever created a job yourself? Do you even know how jobs are created? This is the most pathetic recovery on record, and last night’s speech gave us zero reason to expect anything will be different in the future.

  2. Brian, have you ever run a business, or put your personal assets at risk to create jobs? Have you ever created a job yourself? Do you even know how jobs are created? This is the most pathetic recovery on record, and last night’s speech gave us zero reason to expect anything will be different in the future.

  3. Four more years of this? Is that what you want — more of the most pathetic recovery on record? Brian, I have to wonder if you’ve ever put your personal assets at risk to create jobs for others — or if you even know how that’s done.

  4. Four more years of this? Is that what you want — more of the most pathetic recovery on record? Brian, I have to wonder if you’ve ever put your personal assets at risk to create jobs for others — or if you even know how that’s done.

  5. Let me get this straight…your entire argument in favor of the stimulus plan
    revolves around the fact that you think it helped YOU? Wow. How egocentric can
    one be? Have you seen the employment numbers that came out today? Clearly, you are the exception.

    A
    few other points:

    1. It is perfectly clear to most of us that the speech
    wasn’t moved indoors due to the weather. There was never more than a 20% chance
    of rain for yesterday and by Wednesday it was down to zero. When is the last
    time an outdoor event was cancelled under similar circumstances?

    2. Do
    you honestly believe their weren’t more people of color at the Republican
    convention because Republicans aren’t inclusive? You don’t think they would
    welcome more minority voters? Puh-leeze. You may believe republican policies
    aren’t inclusive, but I would remind you of the Malcolm X quote that points out
    that just because a man throws worms into the river doesn’t mean he’s a friend
    of the fish. In other words, watch out for the hook, which among other things, includes economic servitude disguised as welfare. You tell me which party benefits more from having an entire economic class of Americans (of all colors) addicted to the government. Under Obama minorities have fared even worse
    that whites. It’s a fact. Look it up.

    3. No matter how good it sounds when you say
    it; the middle class are not the job creators in this country. Don’t be
    delusional.

    4. Speaking of “brass” and being “your own worst enemy”…
    booing God? Really? I haven’t darkened the door of a church in a long, long
    time, but that is just disgraceful. The Democrats true colors were on full
    display this week.

  6. Let me get this straight…your entire argument in favor of the stimulus plan
    revolves around the fact that you think it helped YOU? Wow. How egocentric can
    one be? Have you seen the employment numbers that came out today? Clearly, you are the exception.

    A few other points:

    1. It is perfectly clear to most of us that the speech wasn’t moved indoors due to the weather. There was never more than a 20% chance of rain for yesterday and by Wednesday it was down to zero. When is the last time an outdoor event was cancelled under similar circumstances? The speech was moved indoors because the stadium wasn’t going to be full.

    2. Do you honestly believe their weren’t more people of color at the Republican
    convention because Republicans aren’t inclusive? You don’t think they would
    welcome more minority voters? Puh-leeze. You may believe republican policies
    aren’t inclusive, but I would remind you of the Malcolm X quote that points out
    that just because a man throws worms into the river doesn’t mean he’s a friend
    of the fish. In other words, watch out for the hook, which among other things, includes economic servitude disguised as welfare. You tell me which party benefits more from having an entire economic class of Americans (of all colors) addicted to the government. Under Obama minorities have fared even worse than whites. It’s a fact. Look it up.

    3. No matter how good it sounds when you say it; the middle class are not the job creators in this country. Don’t be delusional.

    4. Speaking of “brass” and being “your own worst enemy”…
    booing God? Really? I haven’t darkened the door of a church in a long, long
    time, but that is just disgraceful. The Democrats true colors were on full
    display this week.

  7. Every time a comment starts with “Let me get this straight…” I know it’s all bullshit and noise that deserves to be left unread. But I will humor you just this once because this is important.

    That stimulus plan helped me, yes. It also helped thousands of other Louisvillians like me. That’s why I said it.

    1- That suggestion is just like the lie about your real estate taxes going up due to the ACA. Untrue.

    2- Republicans are not inclusive. They don’t even allow white, middle aged moderates in.

    3- It sounds good because it’s true. You won’t be flipping burgers or selling cars if we aren’t buying them.

    4- I had forgotten about this little nugget of stupidity. But I don’t want or need “God” in my government, and I sure as hell don’t want it part of my platform when a majority says no. Saying they were “Booing God” is a little over the top. They were booing forced Christianity.

  8. Every time a comment starts with “Let me get this straight…” I know it’s all bullshit and noise that deserves to be left unread. But I will humor you just this once because this is important.

    That stimulus plan helped me, yes. It also helped thousands of other Louisvillians like me. That’s why I said it.

    1- That suggestion is just like the lie about your real estate taxes going up due to the ACA. Untrue.

    2- Republicans are not inclusive. They don’t even allow white, middle aged moderates in.

    3- It sounds good because it’s true. You won’t be flipping burgers or selling cars if we aren’t buying them.

    4- I had forgotten about this little nugget of stupidity. But I don’t want or need “God” in my government, and I sure as hell don’t want it part of my platform when a majority says no. Saying they were “Booing God” is a little over the top. They were booing forced Christianity.

  9. I’m sorry you didn’t like the way I began my argument and I’m sorry it came across as snarky. My point, however, is a valid. Obama’s plan was not successful. It’s hard to argue with the numbers. I am, however, glad it it things turned out well for you. Seriously.

    1. I hadn’t heard that one…I had to Google it. Your real estate taxes may not be going up, but some people’s will. (YOUR taxes aren’t going up, therefore it’s a lie?) Admittedly, few people are affected, but those that are are going to get quite a wallop. Anyway, back to the issue at hand…it is pretty well accepted fact even within the democratic party that the stadium event wasn’t rained out. There wasn’t even rain in the forecast 48 hours out.

    2. I had to laugh at this one…I thought that was the STEREOTYPE of the Republican party.

    3. Your point that consumer spending leads indirectly to job creation is obvious, but it doesn’t necessarily make Rand Paul’s point any less true. In fact, doesn’t it prove it to be true? If a poor guys money stimulates the economy why wouldn’t a rich guys? Yea, the mega rich may have off shore accounts, but “regular” rich guys invest their money in our stock market and/or small businesses (you know, creating jobs…)

    4. I’ll agree with you on this one, at least to the extent that saying they booed God was a little over top. They were booing the process more than the actual issue most likely. But isn’t that worse? Clearly the vote was negative and yet it was crammed down their throats anyway. Not a shining moment for the party.

  10. I’m sorry you didn’t like the way I began my argument and I’m sorry it came across as snarky. My point, however, is a valid. Obama’s plan was not successful. It’s hard to argue with the numbers. I am, however, glad it it things turned out well for you. Seriously.

    1. I hadn’t heard that one…I had to Google it. Your real estate taxes may not be going up, but some people’s will. (YOUR taxes aren’t going up, therefore it’s a lie?) Admittedly, few people are affected, but those that are are going to get quite a wallop. Anyway, back to the issue at hand…it is pretty well accepted fact even within the democratic party that the stadium event wasn’t rained out. There wasn’t even rain in the forecast 48 hours out.

    2. I had to laugh at this one…I thought that was the STEREOTYPE of the Republican party.

    3. Your point that consumer spending leads indirectly to job creation is obvious, but it doesn’t necessarily make Rand Paul’s point any less true. In fact, doesn’t it prove it to be true? If a poor guys money stimulates the economy why wouldn’t a rich guys? Yea, the mega rich may have off shore accounts, but “regular” rich guys invest their money in our stock market and/or small businesses (you know, creating jobs…)

    4. I’ll agree with you on this one, at least to the extent that saying they booed God was a little over top. They were booing the process more than the actual issue most likely. But isn’t that worse? Clearly the vote was negative and yet it was crammed down their throats anyway. Not a shining moment for the party.

  11. Rich, you and I are not going to agree on many things. Because of that, I’ve decided not to waste my time with your smart-ass remark. But I want you to know that you and I are in total agreement on one -if only one- issue:

    Trade/vocational schools.

    College isn’t for everyone, and a skilled trade is a noble profession. We need both college graduates and tradespeople to fill the jobs of the future, so we have to change the system.

    Instead of smarting off to your political adversaries, lets work together to help re-institute some vocational training for high school students.

    What do you say?

  12. Rich, you and I are not going to agree on many things. Because of that, I’ve decided not to waste my time with your smart-ass remark. But I want you to know that you and I are in total agreement on one -if only one- issue:

    Trade/vocational schools.

    College isn’t for everyone, and a skilled trade is a noble profession. We need both college graduates and tradespeople to fill the jobs of the future, so we have to change the system.

    Instead of smarting off to your political adversaries, lets work together to help re-institute some vocational training for high school students.

    What do you say?

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