updated from bottom
The Wall Street Journal’s James Taranto offered this observation on night one:
As for the social issues, the Democrats seem to sense—and ample polling data confirm—that public opinion is moving in their direction on same-sex marriage and other gay-rights questions but not on abortion. That makes sense in light of expanding knowledge. As gays have become more visible, nongays have increasingly come to see them as decent and unthreatening. As unborn children have become more visible through technologies like ultrasound, people have increasingly come to see abortion as troubling if not barbaric.
But in Charlotte, gay legal equality (in which the Democrats are far superior to the Republicans, yes, yes, yes) is joined at the hip not just to taxpayer-funded abortion on demand, but to perpetuating the government worker unions’ stranglehold over American taxpayers, demagoging entitlement reform, and all the other planks of the progressive left’s agenda.
More. Washington Examiner columnist Timothy Carney writes:
The Democratic platform turns abortion into an entitlement by demanding a right to an abortion “regardless of ability to pay.” And it seems to reject any restrictions on abortion—such as parental notification rules or limitations on aborting a viable baby nine months into a pregnancy—with the line, “We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right” to an abortion.
Furthermore. Obama’s acceptance speech:
“We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems – any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other group we’re told to blame for our troubles.”
A good sentiment, but Obama has done plenty of scapegoating himself (those greedy “millionaires and billionaires” for starters).
Still more. David Boaz blogs that when Obama says don’t blame government, or immigrants, or gays for our problems, that’s a category error. Government isn’t a group of people, it’s an institution of force.
More still. From Matt Welch at reason.com:
The Democrats are selling themselves in 2012 as the party that simply cares more. They feel your pain…. Simply by virtue of being more empathetic, they will produce better policies and outcomes, particularly those that affect the identity groups within the Democratic coalition: women, Hispanics, blacks, the gay and lesbian community….
Because Democrats care more about education, education outcomes will be better; [but] there was precious little discussion of policy toward those ends….
Democrats might yet win by exploiting the Caring Gap. Certainly having the Republican Party to compete against helps. But for those of us voters who want government to be neither mom nor dad, and who like to keep our religious experiences separate from the exertion of public policy, a depressing reality has been reinforced this week: The two major parties are incapable of treating you like an adult. Meanwhile, they are demanding–and sometimes receiving–a devotion that borders on the unhealthy.