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La Belle Michelle

1. The treacly piano music they used in her introductory video was almost unbearable.

2. She’s beautiful — really beautiful. And stylish and, as people say, “poised.” (Is that sort of like saying “articulate”?) (The vice-presidential nominee might call her “clean.”)

3. Big ol’ dangler — “At 6 foot 6, I’ve often felt that Craig was looking down on me, literally.” (Should have been — or could have been — “I’ve often felt that, at 6 foot 6, Craig . . .”)

4. People are very, very impressed with themselves, aren’t they? Even if they have led perfectly ordinary and unremarkable lives. People like to craft epics for themselves. Strange.

5. Mrs. O. says “str” words with a slight “sh” — words like “strong,” “sweet,” and “extraordinary.”

6. She mentioned her husband’s “absent father” — interesting.

7. She acted like it would be a great leap forward — where’d that phrase come from? — if the son of a single mom in Hawaii made it to the White House. That would be a new America. Huh? How about some previous presidents, who had many fewer advantages than Barack Obama? Andrew Jackson? Abraham Lincoln? Lyndon Johnson? Ronald Reagan? They did not have a gilded Ivy League path, to put it mildly.

People have a tendency to think that the world began with their birth. Makes them feel important, I suppose. Few people are truly important — and they are generally pretty humble about it.

8. Do you notice that soldiers in Iraq are being kind of infantilized at this convention? They’re so often referred to as social-welfare cases — people in need of health benefits and so on. Delicate. Fragile. A mother was “worried about her child in Iraq.” Okay, he’s her child, all right. But he’s also a soldier.

The speakers I’ve heard don’t seem to want our soldiers to fight and win. They are simply “children” to be cared for, by Democratic programs.

That statement will probably be judged as harsh and McCarthyite, but I still think it’s true.

The Left, generally speaking, learned a lesson from Vietnam: They now “support our troops.” That has been the constant slogan of the last several years, “Support our troops,” even as the administration is reviled. Fine. But how about “winning the war”? Doesn’t that phrase sound about a thousand years old, and does it not reek with belligerence?

To be continued . . .


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