CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At an event for youth held Monday afternoon at the Democratic National Convention Patrick Gaspard, executive director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), compared 2008 Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin to Lord Voldemort, the villian in the Harry Potter book and movie series.
After calling 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney “one of the of the most extreme right-wing candidates to ever have the Republican nomination,” Gaspard said, claiming that Romney is even further to the right of President Barack Obama’s 2008 opponent, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“Think about this for a second,” he told the group. “When John McCain was running with ‘that person’ in 2008 – I don’t say that name – it’s like Voldemort, you just [cut yourself off],” he said as the crowd drowned him out with laugher.
Gaspard also attempted to absolve President Obama of responsibility for his failed agenda, blaming Republican leadership in Congress for obstructing progress in the country and refusing to allow Obama “to have any meaningful accomplishments.”
He said the Obama campaign discovered when it took office that “govenment can’t be nearly as cool as campaigns sometimes.”
“It’s hard to have your swagger when you’re hanging out with Allen West all day,” he said referring to the black, Republican Congressman from Florida who made himself an enemy of the black Democrats in Congress last year by bringing Chik-fil-A to a Congresssional Black Caucus meeting. When it was West’s turn to cater the weekly meeting, he brought in food from the conservative fast-food restaurant, laid it out, and walked out, never to return.
Gaspard also placed blame for Obama’s inability to accomplish the things the said he would in 2008 on Congress wasting its time debating issues like the debt ceiling.
“It’s hard to maintain your cool, when you’re having conversations about lifting the debt ceiling,” he said, to laugher from the audience of students. “Aight, so it’s just not the same as the campaign.”
He said that he knew, though, the young people in the audience would still go out there “and bring back that spirit of 2008″ and preceded to recite a laundry list of things Obama was able to achieve since he took office, including reallocating $60 billion of federal monies from banks for student loans and giving it directly to low income students. Noticeably missing from the list was making college more affordable for students, an issue Obama has made a key part of his election-year platform.
By comparison, Gaspard accused Romney of “running away from the only bloody thing he ever accomplished as Governor of Massachusetts,” referencing Massachusetts’ health care reform law. He also claimed that Romney ”mentioned that he was Governor of Massachusetts once just to note that he hired a few women in his administration” in his acceptance speech during the RNC.
Gaspard is known for his zeal for Obama’s healthcare reform law. The DNC official was heavily criticized for a tweet he sent out from his personal twitter account in June on the morning of the Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare that said “it’s constitutional b*tches.”
Monday’s session was the first of two youth council sessions the DNC is holding this week as part of it’s effort to to reinvigorate young Democrats’ passion for Obama.
Gaspard said that if not for the youth vote, Obama wouldn’t have won North Carolina or Indiana in 2008, and that “without your spirit and your activism, we lose. We will lose to them,” he said, encouraging the young suppoters not to be discouraged by reports from FOX News that young people are apathetic and cynical.
“I don’t think that’s true, and I think that they’re pushing that out because they want you to forget the power that you have,” he claimed.