Is it ok for the Obama campaign to send Biden to Tampa next week?
The local law enforcement will already be working overtime. As usual this unprecedented disrespect in politics will fail to meet its dirty objective. Has anyone ever heard of a VP going to an opposing convention? No doubt supporters will ignore and down play this, if they even think about it.
All we are really getting from either side is political theater and as far as that goes this seems like pretty good theater. As far as I know it is unprecedented.
There has long been a "gentlemen's agreement" between the political parties to stay out of each others convention cities during the conventions. Apparently the Obama campaign and the DNC feel they no longer need to honor this agreement. Surprise!
Add to the mix Anarchists who plan to demonstrate (potentially violently) against both conventions. Robert A. Heinlein referred to this time period as "the Crazy Years" in his Future History stories!
Where is the evidence of such an agreement, Jayfort?
It's not in writing but has a historic precedence. Traditionally, each political party's big candidates stayed out of the convention cities of the other party during the conventions.
You'd have to find a gentleman in the Obama camp in order to have any expectation that old courtesy would be honored.
You'd have to find a gentleman in the GOP camp as well. After years of birtherism, I'd say they have sacrificed any expectation of courtesy.
Oh, have they too announced that they will violate the courtesy of party time? I hadn't heard that, though after this it wouldn't surprise me.
Of course it's OK. Official visits often coincide with large public events. And I have no idea what you mean by "dirty objective."
To have a member of the incumbent Presidential ticket say a week ahead of time that he will be campaigning in the same town is lame and desperate. The point was disrespect, but we all know there is no respect expected.
actually I think it is pretty common...
"The point was disrespect," is ludicrous. Shouting down a standing POTUS during a State of the Union address with "You lie" is what real disrespect looks like.
Here's a rundown on the breach of etiquette this represents:
http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/24 … convention
The left has never valued anything above power for itself. Ethics are not part of its world.
You're welcome, Jayfort. Your critics in this thread know you're right, it's just that campaigns like this one, close and filthy, make people a little crazy. They forget there are things more important than winning.
So, I dont see the problem. Its not like he has a speaking part or anything....
It really does not make any difference. The conventions are nothing but shows. The delegates are committed. The choice of candidates has been made and the platform, if there is one, has been written.
The party conventions, when I was a child carried some excitement. It was not always pre-ordained who the candidate would be. Sometimes there had to be multiple votes. Often the vice presidential candidate was actually picked (usually in a back room) at the convention. The networks provided gavel to gavel coverage.
Today they are just a way to grab some free media exposure and for a lot of people to give speeches about how great the candidates are. There will be no surprises. There will be no substance. So, in my opinion, Joe Biden is being punished for some reason by being forced to attend this travesty. By the way, you can save this post, change it to the GOP vice presidential candidate and rerun it. The concept is the same. I would like to see the network prepare a list of questions. Give each candidate two hours of time to answer those questions, with a moderator, who will ring or bell or something if the candidate is getting off topic. We might actually learn something then.
actually, I think they often follow each others parties as it kicks up donations to their own funds... Here in Calif... they will usually be in LA and the other in San Fran. Bidden may also have been asked to speak in favor of Ron Paul... one just never knows...
I guess it is a free country. People can do what they want to do. I don't see anything terribly wrong with Biden going to Tampa, but it does show me how
discourteous he is for attending the opponent's convention. I just don't see what he would gain by doing that. There's just no point to it. But, it's OK if he wants to waste his time attending.
If he goes, I cannot wait to see the videos of him with the "Girls Gone Wild". You know ol'Joe can't control himself.
It's a gift to the Romney campaign. Biden will make a jackass of himself as he usually does. Video of it will be in the swing State RNC ads the next week.
So that's what our president meant when he said he was sending the vice president straight to hell. No wonder Mrs. Clinton wouldn't take the job.
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