James Carville grinds at least two axes these days, his Clinton affiliation and his professional rivalry, but is he right about the dum-dum Dem convention, failing to score, and is it a sign (not the first) of David Axelrod being in over his head once he goes national and general, as opposed to Chicago and primary elections?

This is not Second City for nothing, after all.  Its newspapers limp, its Celebrated Citizens are not articulate — Obama excepted, we have Joe Biden’s word on it — its politics are so far from either the liberal or the conservative ideal — liberal because it’s corrupt, conservative because it’s corrupt and liberal — as to make us nowhere from which a president should come.

Bill Clinton said O. has the instincts of a Chicago thug.  And O’s campaign is stuck on Dem-primary generalization and, when specific, on gross tax-and-spend and enemy-coddling philosophy.  Campaign is stuck and going nowhere.  David Axelroad is in over his head?

On the street where you make a living

The whole world is watching:


But officer . . .

Police in Denver arrested an ABC News producer today as he and a camera crew were attempting to take pictures on a public sidewalk of Democratic Senators and VIP donors leaving a private meeting at the Brown’s Palace Hotel.

He was cuffed and taken away.

[Asa] Eslocker [the producer] and his ABC News colleagues are spending the week investigating the role of corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors at the convention for a series of Money Trail reports on ABC World News with Charles Gibson.

The more things change . . .

Hard copy heads, soft heads, dramatic prose: color is purple

Sun-Times page one home-delivery head is Mary Mitchell column.

“Obama’s verdict: ‘She delivered.’”

Chi Trib’s is a bit more tentative.

“Did she sell it?”

Wall St. Journal’s is reportorial.

“Clinton calls for unity”

Washington Post (online) digs deeper.

‘STILL BITTER’ Many Clinton Supporters Say Speech Didn’t Heal Divisions” 

Great speech, says Post,

But when Clinton stepped off the stage and the standing ovation faded into silence, many of her supporters were left with a sobering realization: Even a tremendous speech couldn’t erase their frustrations.

S-T’s using column for head has precedent.  Other day they headlined a Carol Marin column: “Nepotitis!”  No cure, etc.  (I thought Marin was terminally ill with a new disease, but they were talking about nepotism in Illinois politics.)


I watched her speech from the press tent a few yards away from the main hall.

I wouldn’t be telling you anything you didn’t already know if I said the first thing you feel (not see—because the feeling hits you in the gut) about Sen. Hillary Clinton is that she’s a complicated figure.

If we already know, why is she telling us?  Feeling hits in gut?  Who would have thought that?  H. is not just complicated, but “a complicated figure.”  Yes.  Leave tight writing for Western Union.

Love her or hate her, she’s tough as hell. It’s hard not to — at the very least — stand in awe of a woman who wins 18 million votes in a presidential contest. She calls it 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling. I couldn’t agree more.

And yet, that gut feeling you get sometimes turns to queasy.

I feel her queasiness.  

Hillary called it 18 million cracks, and Michelle used the phrase.  Quick reference here, pls.  Some of us non-Hillary-fans didn’t get Michelle’s allusion.

Turner T. offers this insightful remark, again in junior-high-winning prose, this time with a bit of Hemingway:

Hillary Clinton was determined to win during the primary. She wanted it—badly. [sic]

Wow.  And the stunning closer:

Hillary Rodham Clinton is a fighter. That’s who she is, through and through. [Blah blah]  Yes, the primary got ugly. It became divisive. She and her husband danced some not-so-fancy footwork around the color line. African Americans (and others) felt sucker punched.

But, in the end, it wasn’t personal. The Senator from New York [dramatic flourish here] delivered a winning speech tonight. It’s time for her newly minted detractors to shake it off?

Shake it off?  Her newly minted detractors?  What the hell is she talking about?

You tell me. 

I don’t know.