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September 16, 2012

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As I watched the first night of the Democratic National Convention, I briefly left the direct coverage on C-SPAN for channels with commentary when I tired of hearing from convention speakers about “reproductive rights” – as if they are somehow threatened. Running across the bottom of the Fox screen was the news: the national debt had just reached $16 trillion. Hey, what about the rights of “born children” not to be saddled with this?

I’m glad I was at C-SPAN at 6 p.m. though, when Newark mayor Cory Booker was speaking as the co-chairman of the Democratic Platform Committee. I don’t remember what he said, but loved the way he said it: with passion and conviction. Maybe he had to make up for his earlier public criticism of other Democrats’ attack on entrepreneurs, the “you didn’t build it” political mistake of last month.

Our governor, Deval Patrick, gave a passionate speech, too, obviously geared toward making a lasting impression on delegates more than helping the incumbent president: I’ll bet these two will be going head-to-head in 2016 in the Democratic primary.

If they are, I’ll do what I did for Al Gore in his 1988 primary against Mike Dukakis; sent him articles about Willie Horton, which Gore used before George Bush did. Here, Mayor Booker: news items about the Massachusetts Probation Department scandals, the Chelsea Housing Authority scandal, the misuse of funds intended fo

r special-needs children, the use of EBT cards for purchasing tattoos, jewelry, and making bail on drug deals. And have you heard about the Massachusetts convicted murderer who was given a sex-change operation at taxpayer expense? Gov. Patrick didn’t mention any of these things happening on his watch in his speech attacking Mitt Romney’s governorship.

Of course, Corey Booker may also have a problem explaining how God got kicked off the platform to which he referred in his great speech. It seems that the far-left extremists of his party insisted on taking out two things that had been in the platform in the past: a reference to “God-given” potential, and to Jerusalem being the proper capital of Israel.

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