Some Thoughts from Louisiana about Convention Week

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT — As we roll into the Democratic National Convention this week, I’d like to make a few simple observations.  Mind you, they are only my opinion, but here we go:

  • Hillary Clinton has no soul. The list of people who did not survive her evil machinations is legend.
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz got booed offstage in Philadelphia this morning for her part in the collusion against Bernie Sanders. Hello, Karma.
  • The DNC has built a four-mile, eight-foot fence around the convention site. Hello, Irony.
  • As expected, Donald Trump received a nice bounce in the polls after the RNC convention; you can probably expect Hillary to do the same. It happens every four years.
  • Clinton-Kaine says they won’t sling mud on Trump. What’s the over/under on how long that lasts?  Anyone?
  • How long before we start pricing Hillary’s wardrobe this week? Will she wear the $12,000 Armani jacket, or was that a one-time deal?
  • The RNC has released a new ad today about Hillary’s heavy baggage. This is a point I find interesting; I recently had a conversation with a twenty-something voter whom I know to have pretty good sense as a rule, but who is planning to vote for Hillary.  This voter had no clue about Whitewater or who Vince Foster was, and admitted to not really following the Benghazi tragedy. There are a lot of people like that; you might call them single-issue voters.  In this case, the person likes Hillary because he believes in gay rights and he thinks Trump is going to load all the illegals onto buses and ship them back to wherever they came from.  So, he likes Hillary.  It’s voters like this that concern me – they need to do more research and they need it presented to them in case they won’t do it themselves.  Benghazi is a big deal to me and I’m going to do all I can to be sure these younger voters and uninformed voters know about it.

The next week is going to be interesting; I don’t think I’ll be able to watch Hillary’s shrill nomination acceptance or her speech later.  Her voice makes my skin crawl.  I’ll read it, or read about it.  The convention will be filled with Hollywood star power and typical speeches about how wonderful the candidate is.  You know all this.

As for the Republicans and Trump, well, he wasn’t my first choice but he’s my candidate now.  He’s got faults and issues, but I do have confidence that he’s the right person now.  I’ve talked to a lot of people who say that they just aren’t going to vote – they can’t make themselves vote for either Trump or Hillary because they hate them both.  It’s the “I’ll sit this one out” folks that will hand this election to Hillary.

If you’re one of them, shame on you.

If you’re not one of them, you know people who are.  Talk to them.  It’s important.

And with that, let’s get this convention behind us so we can concentrate on November.


Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.