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Now it's the Democrat's turn...


Bill O'Reilly - Caricature
OK, now it's the Democrat's turn.  Let's hear it for them and their many accomplishments and lofty goals for the direction of the country.  To borrow from Bill O'Reilly's comments about conventions, it will be another few days of "bloviating" concerning their candidates. Is that good?  Is it bad?  You decide.  It often serves to give a modest (although sometimes fleeting) bump to the candidate's position in the polls.  However you feel about the necessity of conventions and them onslaught of speakers that are always scheduled to appear, they do dominate the news cycle during their tenure and leave journalists and commentators plenty to talk about.

What I find endlessly fascinating about them isn't unique to politics, it's a human quality that surfaces between any two or more  skilled debaters.  I refer to the ability to spin facts to one's liking almost 'on-demand.'  The political stage makes that ability in people much more apparent because the need to paint pretty pictures for your particular brand of ideology is so very important for the brief time you have the national stage.  We had only three days this cycle to endure the Republican's performance because of the hurricane, but they managed to make up for the lost day and gave everybody the memory of Clint Eastwood to take away.  And, oh yeah, that candidate's speech -- Romney, wasn't it?  Paul Ryan gave a very stirring speech and hit all the really nice socially-conservative talking points.  His discussion of the plant closing in his home state was not accurate, though (as I suspect he was aware of as he uttered the words) and there were other contestable remarks made, as well.  Was the current administration unfairly blamed for many of our ills as a nation today?  Absolutely.  Will the Democrats do the same exact thing?  You bet.  Don't forget -- Romney was responsible for a woman's death and probably doesn't care, according to an ad that has already run and received a firestorm of criticism for its "factuality."

Don't forget to 'fact check' everything you hear or read that sounds even a little shaky.  Chances are good that is.

I can't wait to read the reviews concerning Joe Biden's remarks.  It should make for some entertaining stuff.

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