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Convention Awards: The Best Of Night Two

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Convention Awards: The Best Of Night Two


Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director of the Roman Catholic Social Justice Organization addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

As the 2012 Democratic Convention moves into its final day, here’s a look back at some of the best moments of night two of the convention:

Best Speech: Former President Bill Clinton, who must have Team Romney kicking themselves for their curious decision to praise him effusively throughout the campaign.

Best Prediction: James Carville, who correctly suggested last month that Sister Simone Campbell and the “Nuns On The Bus” should be invited to the Democratic Convention.

Best One-Liner: “Heck, he appointed Hillary” – Clinton, explaining that President Obama is willing to put political divisions behind him.

Loudest Ovation: President Barack Obama, who sent the crowd into a frenzy when he joined Clinton on stage at the end of the night.

Biggest Surprise: George W. Bush has now gotten more applause at the Democratic Convention than he did in Tampa. After being almost completely ignored by his own party, Bush received a warm ovation from the Democrats after Clinton lauded his work on PEPFAR.

Sharpest Attack: Elizabeth Warren, who slammed Mitt Romney’s famous “corporations are people” remark.

No, Governor Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love, and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don’t run this country for corporations, we run it for people. And that’s why we need Barack Obama.

Biggest Loser: Paul Ryan, who will never again be labeled as a serious policy wonk now that Clinton’s done with him.

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. jcbsdriver September 6, 2012

    Love the Biggest Loser Award. Can’t think of anyone more suited for that than Paul Ryan. As a woman, I don’t know who disgusts me more, him, Akin or Limbaugh. Thank goodness Limbaugh doesn’t hold an elected office.

    1. Jack Hettinger September 6, 2012

      I agree that Ryan is the top candidate for Biggest Loser ~ now ~ but Eric Cantor will be challenging for that honor before you know it. And then we always have Boehner and Mitch. May end up a dead heat.

    2. CAThinker September 6, 2012

      So… So many to choose from… don’t forget McConnell, Cantor, Walker, Scott… Governor Sonogram (the Virginia guy), Issa (the moron up the street from me)… and don’t forget the perpetual candidates (and usual suspects): Limbaugh, Beck, all of the Fox (un)news crew…

  2. Polly September 6, 2012

    Unfortunately, as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Citizens United, the status of Corporations as “persons” was again reiterated. I laud the Sister’s statement, however, everyone should understand that the first duty of a corporation is to distribute to its shareholders and corporate officers its net-net profits in the form of dividends and bonuses (many of which exceed $1M per officer per year). Corporations, such as for-profit hospitals, have no duty to serve the persons affected by their services other than those required by federal/state health care laws and rules, or other law/rule affecting other industries. The Bain model of eliminating staff to strengthen the bottom line in an environment where the venture capital investor may reap 80% of the profits oftentimes destabilizes many of the companies and places them at risk for bankruptcy and closure. If you wonder why no one answers the nurse call button or why you have long waits in the ED in hospitals and nursing homes owned by for-profit (also not-for-profit) chains, it is because the staff have been cut to the bone. And when the call button response or triage occurs, it may be performed by a Nurse Aide, MedTech or EMT, rather than an RN or a physician. Also, no one ever talks about the major cases of Fraud & Abuse committed by these for-profits – just look at the recent failures of the Big Banks and the cases brought again Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) for Medicare/Caid fraud when Governor Scott of Florida was its President and CEO and whose skin was saved by the Bush Administration. I am sorry to say that corporations place no value on the duty to care for its customers, no matter how warm and fuzzy their mission statements or how customer friendly their off shore call center staff.


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