If the GOP announced such a desperate strategy prior to the Democrat convention the media would be howling how “unfair” it was and how “mean-spirited” those rascally Republicans are. But they seem to be delighting in helping the Democrats distract attention next week. Actually, behind the scenes they’re probably cajoling the Democrat mayor of Tampa to cancel the whole thing in the face of a possible tropical storm. But barring that, they have big plans to try and wreck the party.
Bucking protocol, President Obama and the Democrats are planning a full-scale assault on Republicans next week during their convention.
Presidential candidates have traditionally kept a low profile during their opponent’s nominating celebration, but Democrats are throwing those rules out the window in an attempt to spoil Mitt Romney’s coronation as the GOP nominee.
President Obama, Vice President Biden and leading congressional Democrats have all scheduled high-profile events next week to counter-program the Republican gathering in Tampa.
Even first lady Michelle Obama is in on the act, scheduling an appearance on the “David Letterman Show” smack in the middle of Romney’s nominating bash.
Used to be back in the days when Democrats had class and acted like adults, childish antics like this would be frowned upon. But now we’re dealing with lowlifes, so what do you expect?
“Traditionally, there was a kind of courtesy extended to the party having the convention — the [other] party would basically stay out of the public eye,” said Ross Baker, political scientist at Rutgers University.
But that “gentleman’s agreement,” Baker said, has been largely abandoned as “a consequence of the polarization of American politics.” He characterized the old tradition as a “quaint code of etiquette” destined to become a “remnant of the 20th century.”
Democrats know they have so many useful idiots available they’ll be happy to try and sabotage things.
“We’ll have so many members of the press [here] from all across the country,” Rep. Kathy Castor (D), who represents Tampa, said Tuesday by phone. “I’m going to have a very active schedule.”
And surely the media will eagerly comply. I suspect that won’t be the case the following week in Charlotte.