The new reporting
News report on Connecticut Democrat Damnnel Malloy’s speech at the convention last night, from David McCumber, who, as of last month, is Hearst’s Washington Bureau Chief. McCumber once edited the Seattle Dumb as a Post, was fired, found a job as editor of Greenwich Time and has now moved closer to the belly of the beast. Here’s how he covered this spell-binding event as a hagiographer and a member of the mainstream media:
In a brief, substantive speech to the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night, [Malloy] made an eloquent case for President Barack Obama without directly mentioning the challenges he himself has faced as governor over the past 18 months.
He spoke as an unvarnished advocate for the Democratic policies he cast as distinguishing his party from the Republican Party of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Without specifically saying so, he did reflect the values that he has brought to the job of Connecticut’s chief executive.
“Slashing what we invest in schools, in roads, in research and development, in clean energy and in the things that protect our most vulnerable just to cut taxes for those at the top — is ridiculous. It’s wrong.
“That’s the Romney-Ryan budget. It isn’t conservative. It’s harsh, it’s radical, and it’s wrong.”
In a speech barely 800 words long, Malloy sounded the theme of shared sacrifice — a concept he used repeatedly as he piloted Connecticut out of one of the country’s worst budget deficits in his first year in office, by both cutting public employment and benefits and raising taxes.
“We can — and should — ask every American to shoulder their fair share, not just the squeezed middle class, but also those at the very top who have done so well these past few years,” Malloy said.
Malloy was subdued, perhaps mostly by comparison to his predecessor on the podium, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, of Kansas City, whose speech left the hall roaring.
But he gamely complimented Cleaver as he stepped to the podium and did not try to match his fiery oratory.
Instead, he concentrated on substance.
“The Republicans want to take away a woman’s right to choose, even if she’s a rape victim. That’s in their platform. That’s what they believe. That’s why there are three reasons why anyone should vote for Barack Obama over Mitt Romney: Your sister, your mother and your daughter.”
Malloy’s speech, a full-throated defense of the role of government, decried what he characterized as shredding “the safety net that protects the middle class and those striving to get there. It would undermine FDR’s New Deal, unravel Harry Truman’s Fair Deal and leave us with Mitt Romney’s Raw Deal.”
Malloy made the case for the kind of cuts he has advocated in Connecticut.
“We believe that we can — and should — make government leaner, cheaper and more effective … That’s why President Obama signed into law $2 trillion in spending cuts, bringing annual domestic spending to its lowest level, as a share of the economy, since President Eisenhower.”
He remained stoic and workmanlike to the end, even as his words spurred a call to political arms.
“We need to fight for our children, fight for our senior citizens, fight for women’s rights, fight for the middle class and fight for our country’s future.
“That’s why we need to fight for Barack Obama,” he concluded, a loyal advocate to the end, doing his duty to his party.