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There’s a man behind a curtain somewhere doing whatever one does to a teleprompter.

Load? Arm? Detonate?

Last week, in Tampa, a Republican teleprompter put words into the mouth of Speaker of the House John Boehner, then chairing the convention, specifically these words: “In the opinion of the chair, the ‘ayes’ have it and the resolution is adopted.”

The resolution concerned whether a number of Ron Paul delegates would be seated. The vote was awfully close. How the actual voice vote turned out was supposed to be for Boehner to judge, not an anonymous guy (or gal) behind the curtain, ghost-writing democracy.

Yesterday, while the Democrats gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina, were busy tucking God and Jerusalem back into their platform, Los Angeles Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa held the gavel. But not control of his own teleprompter.

The resolution restoring those elements to the party’s platform, coming after the platform committee had already completed its work, required a two-thirds vote. When the votes were heard . . .  well, Mayor Villaraigosa wasn’t sure. He had the convention vote again. And then again.

Finally, perhaps after seeing the teleprompter, which read, “In the opinion of the chair, two-thirds having voted in the affirmative . . .” he decided, to loud booing, that the resolution had received two-thirds.

As the country prepares (cringes) for the fall campaign, we’ll hear plenty from President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney and about both men. But who cares? The real power in our system of governance, as these conventions make clear, are the guys running the teleprompters.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.

By: Redactor


  1. …. The real power in our system of governance, as these conventions make clear, are the guys running the teleprompters ….

    And, had Ford and Toyota created a similar cartel and entered into as corrupt a relationship as that engineered by their activists and that exists between the “Democrats” and those other “Democrats” called the RINOs? Every Toyota and every Ford executive and manager — from the top right down to the shop floor — would be in prison and all of the keys thrown away!

    Which is why, despite that every American with an above-meat-locker IQ who ever takes the test:

    …. Learns he is a Libertarian. But what’s the point?

  2. Drik says:

    “As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?”_ Boss Tweed of Tamanny Hall.

    Often attributed falsely to Stalin, who had no need to actually care about any voting. Basic premise is that the dictator in chief has to at least pretend to pay attention to democracy, because people don{t like to be screwed and told about it. Ok to do the screwing as long as you lie to their faces.

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