The Democratic convention is getting under approach, though unless it ends with an unscripted Morgan Freeman berating a chaise lounge, we doubt it’ll high the Republican one. A truck carrying Joe Biden’s campaign gear was stolen and looted, so his convention speech sadly will not be delivered from a Tommy Lee-style rotating drum kit. And RNC Chairman Reince Priebus declared that President Obama has misplaced his “pixie dust,” so the commander-in-chief’s renomination speech sadly won’t be delivered within the Financial institution of America Shire. Man, this convention goes to blow. That is HUFFPOST HILL for Monday, September 3rd, 2012:
CONVENTION TO Function Employees OF BAIN-OWNED Corporations – Unclear whether or not they are going to be divided into people who worked for Bain-owned corporations and individuals who worked for Bain-owned firms AND had been given cancer by Bain. Sam Stein: “The audio system are slated to discuss the enterprise practices of the private fairness world, seemingly as a way to call into the question the conduct of Romney’s former agency whereas he was CEO. Employees at firms managed or managed by Bain during Romney’s tenure have already had star turns within the campaign, both in Obama marketing campaign conference calls and in tv adverts run by the marketing campaign and its allied super PAC, Priorities USA Motion.” [HuffPost]
Throughout a campaign swing in Ohio at the moment, President Obama sung the auto bailout’s praises. He advised a crowd of union workers in Toledo that “more than a million Americans throughout the country would have lost their jobs in the middle of the worst economic disaster since the good Depression. In communities across the Midwest it could have been one other Nice Depression.” Romney, if you may recall, was not loopy concerning the bailout. [NYT]
HMC Council Meets, Figures Shit Out, One Less Factor To worry About Now – In Charlotte today, a bunch of lefty activists who’ve been getting their asses kicked their whole lives convened privately to plot the right way to perhaps not get their asses kicked a lot. The three-and-a-half hour (!) gathering of the HMC Council — which one attendee called “The Tara McGuiness Shadow Authorities” — was hosted by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), who’s awfully progressive besides on bank and rich-individuals points. In accordance with itself, “The Council brings together, on an annual basis, lots of the top progressive leaders born during the Humphrey, McGovern, Carter era–together with strategists, entrepreneurs, fundraisers, advisors, elected officials, and activists–to share ideas, brainstorm and strategize, and to support one another.” They will continue supporting one another, and no doubt doing other issues with one another, beginning at the Aquavina Wine Room tonight at 9. For extra Dem convention happenings, see On Tap beneath.
ROMNEY BENEFITED FROM INSANE SEVERANCE Package deal – The Washington Publish experiences that the Republican presidential candidate was in a position to keep his health plan and was allowed to make use of the Bain gym for an additional few weeks. Also all this stuff: “He was capable of turbocharge the impression of these advantages and different tax breaks in his severance package deal from Bain in a manner that few but the country’s super-rich can ever hope to do…His severance bundle, for instance, allowed him to continue sharing in the profits of the corporate as if he had been still a accomplice managing it, in keeping with his 2010 tax return and interviews with present and former Bain executives. And since he benefited from the firm’s investments as if he have been an active Bain accomplice, he paid taxes at a decrease fee on these earnings than if they were treated as abnormal retirement revenue.” [WaPo]
Also, we wrote a model of this story final week.
Every day DELANEY DOWNER – Certain, the financial system’s including jobs — crappy ones. Here is a miserable update from the Nationwide Employment Regulation Project: “Two years into the restoration, the majority of new jobs being added to the economy pay simply $thirteen.83 per hour or less,” NELP says. “While the job losses during the recession had been concentrated in mid-wage occupations, the following employment positive aspects proceed to come back heavily in low-paying jobs, reinforcing a rise in inequality that has been shaping the U.S. financial system for many years.” Completely happy Labor Day. [NELP]
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People NOT WOWED BY REPUBLICAN CONVENTION – A preliminary survey from Gallup signifies that regardless of Rob Portman’s stemwinder and the ever-seductive nasal tones that emanate from Reince Priebus’ mouth, final week’s convention wasn’t successful. Gallup: “Republicans overwhelmingly mentioned the convention made them extra likely to vote for Romney, although most would likely be voting for his or her nominee anyway. Democrats as predictably mentioned the convention made them much less likely to vote for Romney. Independents, a key group in any presidential election, have been primarily break up, with 36 p.c saying the convention made them more prone to vote for Romney and 33 % much less seemingly — though 30 percent mentioned they do not know or that the convention made no distinction.” [Gallup]
Folks did not like Romney’s speech. Gallup’s survey means that voters weren’t exactly bowled over by the convention’s grand finale through which the candidate defined, in painstaking element, how Barack Obama Dangerous and Mitt Romney GOOD and small enterprise Damage OUCH. Gallup: “Romney’s acceptance speech this 12 months scored low by comparability to earlier convention speeches going again to 1996. Thirty-eight percent of Americans rated the speech as glorious or good, whereas sixteen% rated it as poor or horrible. The 38% who rated the speech as excellent or good is the lowest score of any of the eight speeches Gallup has examined since Bob Dole’s GOP acceptance speech in 1996.” [Ibid.]
D’oh: “A U-Haul truck carrying gear for Vice President Joe Biden’s marketing campaign occasion in Detroit Monday was stolen this weekend, ABC Information confirmed with United States Secret Service.” [ABC News]
VIDEO SCREENING MAKING Issues AWKWARD IN CHARLOTTE – And it is not just the constant replaying of Clint Eastwood’s convention speech over and over in each single lodge and conference room inside a ten mile radius of the Time Warner Cable Enviornment. Jon Ward: “On Monday afternoon, a Hollywood movie referred to as ‘Will not Back Down’ — which opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 28 — will be proven to a choose crowd of convention-goers in Charlotte, N.C., just as it was one week prior on the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla…the request for a Charlotte screening went to the very best ranges of the Obama administration, which passed the decision off to the Democratic National Committee, based on a supply with data of the chain of occasions. In keeping with this supply, Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s close private adviser, and David Plouffe, his prime political adviser, each saw the request but ultimately handed the decision over to the DNC’s political director, Patrick Gaspard, who raised no objections…Why all of the fuss? ‘Will not Back Down’ stars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a single mother decided to get her daughter out of their failing public elementary school… It is a film about the push for school choice, a motion that has been gaining momentum across the country for the previous several years. It’s also a movie about teachers’ unions, who’re one of the Democratic Party’s greatest and most loyal sources of political contributions.” [HuffPost]
In the event you actually full Mother Jones’ hilarious convention scavenger hunt, you are almost actually on acid.
REPUBLICANS CRASHING DEM CONVENTION FROM ANTI-SOCIALIST NERVE Center – RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and Rep. Jason Chaffetz today launched the “Obama Isn’t Working Rapid Response Center,” in Charlotte, which makes it sound like the enormous mechanical spider from Wild Wild West however is in reality situated in the most Republican part of Charlotte: the NASCAR Corridor of Fame (oddly situated on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard). “Here in Charlotte, the president is going to be on defense, desperately attempting to paper over the dismal record and make struggling Americans neglect about their problems,” Priebus mentioned at the moment on the nerve middle christening. “The joys and pixie mud of Barack Obama’s presidency is gone,” he later stated. [HuffPost’s Elise Foley]
@TeresaKopec:@PeterHambyCNN Did anyone ask @Reince what happened to that 11point bump he predicted from the RNC?
The Democratic Congressional Marketing campaign Committee raised a record $1.3 million in on-line donations final Friday. Moderately than use that sum to take an Uber cab throughout peak hours from DCCC headquarters to someplace in higher Northwest, we hear they really plan on using it for a few marketing campaign flyers and stuff. Jen Bendery: “Democrats are wanting to tie the fundraising bump to the idea that their social gathering is energized heading into this week’s Democratic National Convention, and on the heels of final week’s Republican Nationwide Convention. ‘As of this moment, we are just $18,seven hundred away from the biggest grassroots fundraising month we have ever had!’ Pelosi mentioned in a DCCC e-mail that went out last Friday. ‘That’s definitely not what Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan bargained for after their big convention.'” [HuffPost]
REPUBLICANS PLAN FOR End Occasions/OBAMA VICTORY – Plenty of Republicans are making drastic plans in the occasion the president is reelected, aside from reactivating the bunker Congress beneath the Greenbrier and stockpiling massive quantities of gold and cans of cheddar broccoli soup, off course. Sam Stein and Amanda Terkel: “[Dr. Ada Fisher, the] North Carolina Republican nationwide committeewoman and member of the North Carolina Ladies for Mitt leadership workforce mentioned she would move to Israel if Obama wins a second term…Others promised to join Fisher in her publish-election exodus. Lori Hatch, a convention-goer from Oregon, mentioned she would transfer to the Czech Republic. Sheila, a convention attendee from Tampa who would only reveal her first name, said she would mainly disengage from normal society, ‘get out of the mainstream of all of the things I do for the community and business and the entire charitable things I’d do.’ Then there was Newt Gingrich, who wouldn’t even consider the hypothetical. ‘That’s a thought so horrible I can’t contemplate it,’ said the previous Home speaker.” [HuffPost]
As a result of You’ve got Learn THIS FAR – Kitten’s obtained 99 issues however not having a gaggle of of chicks to crawl throughout it ain’t one
– Tiger cub and canine romping around on a sofa. We hope that dog knows this friendship has an expiration date. [http://bit.ly/Q10Tld]
– A Jehova’s Witnesses video warns deaf individuals against the perils of self-pleasure. Really. [http://bit.ly/N8NCto]
– Time-lapse video of illustrator Patrick Vale drawing an intricate rendering of the lower Manhattan skyline. [http://bit.ly/UnutnS]
– Bear cub cannot keep awake. This is why you do not give bear cubs Lunesta. [http://bit.ly/ORz698]
– Baby hippopotamus is young, a hippopotamus. [http://bit.ly/OMowgl]
@pourmecoffee: DNC delegates get conventional catered luncheon as a substitute of vouchers for concessions you can’t afford like at RNC.
@LOLGOP: Paul Ryan. What would happen if Alex P. Keaton had learn The Fountainhead.
@brianbeutler: Romney ought to run on a platform of renaming the vacation Workforce Day. Or maybe Job Creators Day.
ON Tap, CONVENTION Version
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Hey, simply because it’s the Democratic convention doesn’t suggest you have to depart your yacht at dwelling. The Nationwide Marine Manufacturers Affiliation hosts a “Uncover Boating” event on the Peninsula Yacht Club. [18501 Harbor Gentle Blvd, Cornelius]
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm: If you wanna get in good with members of the various senatorial campaigns and the DSCC staff, attempt to loiter around the lobbies of the downtown inns the place the DSCC shall be internet hosting its welcome registration.
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: The DNC Welcome Reception hosted by the Victory Fund.
6:00 pm: A lot of Democratic governors will convene for a pre-convention “Governor’s Reception” and, we will only hope, talk about their respective senatorial and/or presidential ambitions when you ply them with enough booze. It’s sponsored by the DGA.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm The DSCC hosts a Welcome Reception.
7:30 pm – 10:30 pm: Officials from the Credit score Union National Association, Pfizer, United Applied sciences, the American Gas Association, Public Discover and the American Petroleum Institute all yell MWUHAHAHAHAHA and eat kittens watch the convention. [Mccoll Center for Visible Arts, 7211 North Tyron Street]
8:00 pm – 12:00 am: StartUp RockOn features a headline performance by The Roots. The concert advantages one national and one North Carolina-based mostly begin-up and any attendee attempting to get drunk and social gathering. [Amos Southend, 1423 South Tryon Avenue]
8:00 pm: The Affect Movie Festival hosts a concert by The Honey Brothers. Jeff Bridges can be there, simply being cool. [Butter Lounge, 950 NC Manufacturing facility Boulevard]
eight:30 pm – eleven:00 pm: Nationwide Journal and host a “Welcome to Charlotte Celebration” featuring barbecue and a efficiency by The brand new Familiars. [McColl Center, 721 North Tyron Street]
9:00 pm – 2:00 am: Here’s your chance to say you partied into the morning with Martin O’Malley. The DGA hosts a “Democratic Governors Association Late Night time.” With a title like that, you need to ask for your money again if Andrew Cuomo would not make raunchy jokes. [Ri Rah Irish Pub, 210 East Commerce Street]
10:00 pm – 2:00 am: If your boss takes numerous tech money you may wish to make an look at the “Tech Industry Opening Night time Celebration” sponsored by Intel and Oracle.
8:00 am: The California Democratic Celebration hosts a breakfast for its delegates. [Blake Hotel, 555 South McDowell Avenue]
eight:00 am – 1:00 pm: Some very sensible members of Congress get away from the press for half the day on the 2012 DNC Golf Classic. Here’s hoping you see Sandy Levin in plaid pants and a newsboy cap.