Breaking from our recent mode of one full piece a day, we return to a more “bloggy” format this week for brief and varied items on the DNC and the media.
UPDATE: IT’s NOT EASY BLEEPIN’ GREEN This Green Party TV spot with partial obscenity causing all kinds of trouble. "The Green Party won a public-relations battle with Google on Tuesday, forcing the company’s television advertising division to book time for a commercial in which its presidential candidate uses a (partly bleeped) obscenity to describe the policies of the major-party candidates."
UPDATE: EASTWOODING, VIA CHRIS ROCK Apparently various top Dems are already cracking wise about Clint and his magical chair or Eastwooding in general at the convention, though not yet in the hall. Hard to top this rather serious idea, though: "It’s hard to blame the Democrats. No less a comedic inspiration than Chris Rock seemed to egg them on, proposing that party leaders ‘have an empty chair onstage for the entire D.N.C.’ When anybody asks, he said, they should say it is occupied by Osama bin Laden."
UPDATE: THE NYT VISITS CHARLOTTE OCCUPY CAMP And they are not impressed. Turnout, in their view, is light, following modest crowds in Tampa (which at the time were largely attributed to horrid weather). Even some of the campers seemed to have expected more. But the “police state” claims about the arrangements to thwart protesters also might have discouraged folks. This story has just now appeared online and will appear in print tomorrow, so we’ll see how the activists respond.
ARE YOUR MEDIA BETTER THAN THEY WERE FOUR YEARS AGO?: Since their convention last week, the GOPers have pivoted, now that they are no longer simply talking to themselves—and empty chairs. With “you didn’t build” and “Obama has gutted welfare” losing whatever resonance they once had (at least partly due to media fact-checking), they are now addressing a more general audience and the, oh, 129 or so undecided voters out there. They’re already turned to the inevitable “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” meme.
For me it produces such a Reagan-era flashback I expect to hear “Where’s the beef?” any minute now.