Two months ago Obama made a bet with the devil. “I bet that I can make a convention night where all the high profile speakers, including the chair of my own party, are absolutely shameless liars.” Bad news. The devil lost the bet.
The keynote speaker was Bill Clinton, who is known for two things. One of them is becoming the first president to be impeached in the court of public opinion after blatantly lying to the public on camera.
Before him there was Elizabeth Warren, known for two things, “You didn’t build that” and lying about being a Cherokee. Then there was Sandra Fluke, famous for two things, being called a slut by Rush Limbaugh and lying about birth control.
All three high profile speakers who got the most publicity for Night 2 of the convention were known and confirmed liars who got into trouble for being lying liars. It’s hard to think of three worse people to convince a nation of the credibility of the Democratic Party. Worse still their lying skills vary wildly. Bill Clinton is a top notch liar, but Elizabeth Warren is a bad liar. Sandra Fluke is closer to the Warren side of the lying spectrum.
Then there was Debbie Wasserman-Schultz whose profile photo has just been added to the Woodhouse English Dictionary under the phrase, “Bad Liar” making further definitions unnecessary.
That’s not counting Richard Trumka, who was charged with more serious things than just lying.
Trumka’s closet skeletons extend to corruption, specifically, a pair of money-laundering schemes, among a half-dozen totaling $885,000 that helped re-elect Teamsters General President Ron Carey in 1996 over his close rival, James P. Hoffa. That election eventually was invalidated, paving the way for Hoffa’s current presidency. The Teamsters had been under federal oversight since 1989, the result of an out-of-court settlement of the Justice Department’s civil RICO suit against the scandal-ridden union. In his report disqualifying Carey from office, the union’s special election officer, Kenneth Conboy, concluded that Trumka had laundered $150,000 from the union through the AFL-CIO to a political advocacy group, Citizen Action, which in turn routed $100,000 of the money to the Carey campaign. Conboy also concluded Trumka had participated in another illegal arrangement in which he either contributed or solicited $50,000 in order to bankroll the Carey campaign.
But Emmanuel Cleaver, another speaker in Night 2, makes Trumka look like the petty crook that he is. Forget 885,000 and think 48 billion.
Cleaver has listed a new earmark — one of several — and he promises to “fight for every one.” But this is a whopping $48 billion package that must go down as the grandaddy of all earmarks. Proposed by a gentleman named Lamar Mickens, president of the not-for-profit Quality Day Campus, the $48 billion earmark would funnel money into the inner cities to give money to the poor and thereby produce a much larger consumer class to buy the goods and services produced in this country.
Quality Day Campus was a day care center run by Mickens out of his own home. Wait maybe I should have called this, “Night of a 1000 Crooks” instead.