Just as I was getting ready to be frustrated by the amazing amount of BS that will be bloviated from Charlotte this week, I caught this article on Yahoo news:
Poll: Voters interested more in platforms than speeches
By Scott Bomboy | National Constitution Center – 1 hr 31 mins ago
A study from the Pew Research Center shows potential voters are more focused on each party’s convention platforms than big-name speakers in Tampa and Charlotte.
Holy Cow Batman! You mean potential voters are more focused on our platform than all the rock-star candidates and guests? I wonder how much time will really be spent on the stuff that potential voters REALLY care about?
The poll was taken before the Republican convention in Tampa and covers interest levels in four topics at each convention: reaction to two big-name speakers, the platform, and the roll call of states.
In both cases, public interest was highest in each party’s platforms and lowest in the roll call of states.
I mean who cares about the roll call of the states? Other than the Ron Paul folks, the outcome of both roll call votes is already known.
But in a surprise, despite a lot of media chatter about the Republican platform, there was a higher level of interest in the Democrats’ platform.
Overall, 55 percent of those polled were interested in learning about the Democrats’ platform while 52 percent were curious about the GOP platform.
You mean ideas and what the Party and our candidates stand for really matter? Of course, I wonder how much of the Platform that will be presented in Charlotte will be created by rank and file delegates vs. what the President's advisors want it to be? I mean - by 2008, many if not all State Party platforms wanted Single Payer universal health care. No one (other than Hillary Clinton) wanted health insurance mandates which would enrich the health insurance industry!
The next highest interest level was in Bill Clinton’s upcoming speech at the Democratic convention, at 52 percent.
You gotta admit - Bubba Clinton has style! If you remember those SNL skits from 2004, the John Kerry candidate (as played by Seth Myers) was a boring drone, but the Bill Clinton character was getting panties thrown at him on stage. I believe a slimmed-down Bill Clinton could still pull in the lingerie! ;-)
Among voters who identify as Democrat, Republican, or Independent, there were higher interest levels in the opposing party’s platforms, and equal interest among Independents in both party’s platforms.
If you are an Independent voter - what do you mean by the opposing party's platform?
One fact that jumped out in the survey was a huge falloff in voter interest in the Democratic convention. In 2008, 59 percent of those polled were interested in the Democrats convention in Denver, while the current interest level for Charlotte was 43 percent.
Well of course there is a falloff of interest in the Charlotte convention. So much of what is being done there is a done deal already and has been for the last 4 years. OFA (both Obama and Organizing For America) has stifled debate and cut back on traditional Democratic Party party-building to the extent that the Democratic Party logo is a smaller version of Obama's logo - implying that somehow candidate/President Obama is bigger and more important than the Democratic Party that nominated him.
Interest levels in the GOP convention were similar to percentages in 2004 and 2008.
GOP platform goes heavy on constitutional references
Once people actually got to read or hear about the GOP platform, a history book or two could come in handy.
The Republicans published their 62-page platform earlier this week, which expectedly was praised by GOP supporters and ripped by critics.
It included a huge focus on the Constitution, with a whopping 61 references to the Constitution by name and extensive passages about amendments, rights—and the Democrats skirting constitutional issues.
An entire section is devoted to “A Restoration of Constitutional Government,” and it included a plea to restore the balance between the legislative and executive branches.
The platform also includes quotes from James Madison and George Washington, and the proposal of amendments on human life and balanced budgets.
The constitutional theme was extended to the convention floor, especially on Wednesday night, when Rand Paul, Mike Huckabee, and Paul Ryan talked extensively about constitutional issues.
Paul also brought up Madison in a discussion about the Supreme Court’s divided decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s health care plan.
“I think if James Madison, himself–the father of the Constitution–were here today he would agree with me: the whole damn thing is still unconstitutional!” Paul said.
What a dumb-ass! John Adams - our second US President - created a mandate to require sailors to buy their own health insurance. There is no record that Madison had a problem with this. Go run your under 3-hour marathons Mr. Ryan and STFU!
Ryan concluded his speech with call back to the Founding Fathers.
“Each of these great moral ideas is essential to democratic government–to the rule of law, to life in a humane and decent society. They are the moral creed of our country, as powerful in our time, as on the day of America’s founding. They are self-evident and unchanging, and sometimes, even presidents need reminding, that our rights come from nature and God, not from government,” he said.
Critics took the GOP platform to task for its proposed human life amendment and its opposition to same-sex marriage.
So far, there is little information available on the Democratic platform.
This does not surprise me in the least - Party officers have been avoiding dealing with the ways that President Obama and his campaign have been skirting the DNC By-Laws and our previous Party platform for years.
It should have a much different approach to same-sex marriage, health care, and taxes than the Republican platform.