So many things went terribly wrong on the first day of the Democratic National Convention it’s hard to pick which one was the most damaging. First, the Treasury Department confirmed yesterday that the federal government’s debt officially passed $16 trillion. Then, Occupy Charlotte protestors got into a fight with Obama supporters outside the convention hall. Apparently unions even bussed in some of the Occupy protesters.
Then Democrats kicked off their official convention program with a video from the host committee titled, “Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To.” Mitt Romney immediately tweeted out in response, “We don’t belong to government, the government belongs to us.” Realizing what an epic disaster the video’s message was, the Obama campaign quickly retreated, disavowing all knowledge of it. “The video in question was produced and paid for by the host committee of the city of Charlotte. It’s neither an OFA nor a DNC video, despite what the Romney campaign is claiming,” the Obama campaign claimed in an email.
But the biggest disaster from Tuesday actually began Monday at a training session for Jewish Democrats held by the Obama campaign. At the event, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed that Israel’s ambassador to the United States had accused Republicans of being “dangerous” to Israel by criticizing President Obama’s record. The Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, then released a statement Tuesday “categorically” denying Wasserman Schultz’s claim.
Wasserman Schultz then went on Fox News, where she denied ever saying that the Israeli Ambassador told her Republicans are dangerous for Israel. She also attacked The Washington Examiner‘s Phil Klein, who originally broke the story, for “deliberately” misquoting her. Problem is, Klein taped Wasserman Schultz speech to the Jewish Democrat training session. You can listen to the audio here. She clearly says, “We know, and I’ve heard no less than Ambassador Michael Oren say this, that what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”
Will the liberal media call out Wasserman Schultz for her lies?
Democratic National Convention
Michael Barone: Day one of the Democratic Convention
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Fact Check: The Associated Press fact checks just some of the very many lies told by Democrats at last night’s convention.
Poll: Romney is now tied with Obama in the latest CNN poll, 48 to 48.
In Other News
The Wall Street Journal, Manufacturing Contracts as New Orders Show Decline: The U.S. factory sector contracted for the third straight month in August, a worrying sign from a corner of the economy that has been a bright spot in a lackluster recovery.
Gallup, Americans’ Economic Confidence in August Ties 2012 Low: The Gallup Economic Confidence Index fell in August, matching the prior monthly low for the year, recorded in January.
The New York Times, Iran Supplying Syrian Military via Iraqi Airspace: Iran has resumed shipping military equipment to Syria over Iraqi airspace in a new effort to bolster the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria, according to senior American officials.
David Brody reports that this year’s Democratic Platform is also the first godless Democratic platform.
Daniel Halper notes that two more Chicagoans were shot last night while Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke.
Ramesh Ponnuru explains why the Republican Party will move right, not left, if Obama is reelected.
The Washington Post‘s Ezra Klein notes that last night “Democrats reclaimed ‘Obamacare.’”
Mother Jones‘ Adam Sewer notes that this year’s Democratic Platform flip-flops on civil liberties.
The Washington Monthly‘s Ed Kilgore says Democrats are “whooping it up” in Charlotte.