The NFL defeats the Democratic convention: “NFL dominates Wednesday night ratings, Big Brother shows well, DNC low-rated.”
President Obama can claim victory, but Iraqi leaders feel abandoned. Ahmad Abu-Risha, “the president of what is now known as the Iraqi Awakening Council . . . [said] he has not had any meetings with U.S. officials since American forces withdrew from Iraq in December. ‘President Obama said he would not forget all the sacrifices that were made,’ he said. ‘Now we look back at that meeting and we think it was political propaganda. What he said, we don’t see it happening.’ The withdrawal from Iraq, which fulfilled a key Obama campaign promise, is expected to be touted Thursday evening on what the Democratic National Committee has dubbed ‘national security night.’ But by some accounts, the situation in Iraq remains unsettled.” He shouldn’t feel so bad; Obama fooled a lot of people with that hope-and-change thing.
No surprise: Obama beat the competition in the negative-ad competition. “Obama and his top campaign aides have engaged far more frequently in character attacks and personal insults than the Romney campaign. With a few exceptions, Romney has maintained that Obama is a bad president who has turned to desperate tactics to try to save himself. But Romney has not made the case that Obama is a bad person, nor made a sustained critique of his morality a central feature of his campaign. Obama . . . has made these kind of attacks central to his strategy.”
The winner of the unforced-error contest is still the platform fight over Jerusalem and God. But this one is up there: “The Democratic National Convention on Wednesday featured three speakers billed as ‘former employees of companies controlled by Bain Capital.’ They each told compelling stories about jobs lost, allegedly because of the actions of Bain under Romney’s leadership. But it turns out one of those employees never actually worked for a company controlled by Bain Capital.” Somehow that’s appropriate for a line of attack that never got its facts right.
Two losers in the finger-pointing exercise after the platform fight. “[I]t’s been well reported that the two officials [were] given the responsibility for overseeing the drafting of the Israel platform plank in July and August were Obama campaign national security advisor co-chair and former Pentagon official Colin Kahl and former Florida Rep. Robert Wexler. . . . ‘They led a secretive, exclusionary process, rather than an inclusive one, recklessly threw out the long-standing platform language, and then attempted to cover their tracks by misleading stakeholders about what they had done and with whom they had consulted.’” Recall that Jewish leaders accused Wexler of lying in claiming they had approved language changes.
Hillary Clinton foiled by the Chinese. Again. “U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton put a positive spin on meetings with Chinese leaders earlier this week that yielded little visible progress on diplomatic disputes, saying the relationship between the two superpowers is mature enough to withstand differences.”
The DNC chairwoman sure has taken a drubbing lately. “It has been a tough week for [Debbie] Wasserman Schultz. She told an audience in North Carolina that Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, had told her Republican policies were ‘dangerous’ for Israel — a claim that the ambassador called an untruth in a sharply worded statement. Then she said the reporter who broke the story, Washington Examiner columnist Philip Klein, had ‘deliberately’ misquoted her — a claim proven false by Klein’s audio recording of her remarks. . . Wasserman Schultz was also involved in the negotiations that led initially to the words ‘God’ and ‘Jerusalem’ being removed from the Democratic Party platform — a decision later reversed after presidential intercession and amid widespread boos and catcalls from Democratic Party delegates.” Another brilliant personnel decision by the White House.