California’s Delegation Establishes Itself at Convention with Drunken Tirades, Hospital Visits, and Nazi References

Man, the convention hasn’t even started yet and California’s delegation is already making a name for itself in Charlotte.

First, on Sunday two delegates returned to the hotel in the morning extremely drunk, so drunk that one of them needed hospitalization. The other one became unruly with hotel staff (and allegedly claimed he was a member of Congress, but L.A. Times coverage seems to indicate this was not the case). The California Democratic Party asked him to leave the convention.

Then today there is much pearl-clutching over California Democratic Party Chair John Burton’s comments comparing GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. Via Joe Garofoli’s blog at the San Francisco Chronicle:

“They lie and they don’t care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels – it’s the big lie, you keep repeating it,” Burton said Monday before the Blake Hotel breakfast. He said Ryan told “a bold-faced lie and he doesn’t care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie.”

You can watch Burton’s crusty gabbling on video at the link. The Republican Jewish Coalition has, of course, condemned the comparison.

And as a reminder, if the Democratic Convention sucks wind this week, that's California's fault, too. Failed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was put in charge of the shindig. You can read Matt Welch explain Villaraigosa's failing upward career trajectory here.

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  • Fist of Etiquette||

    ...comparing GOP VP nominee Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

    Ugh, you don't start with a Godwin. There's no where to go from there but downhill.

    In fact, California, why are you even there? These conventions should only be for states in play. No one gives a shit about California. The Democrats don't because they have it locked, and the Republicans don't because the Democrats have it locked.

  • ||

    Ugh, you don't start with a Godwin. There's no where to go from there but downhill.

    LIES!!!

    Your Stalinist purge of hyperbole from the lexicon of political debate is nothing short of tyranny!!!

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    Hitler is the pinnacle, face it.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    I don't know about forbidding them from the convention, but both parties currently have a stupid system for allocating delegates. ie, states that favor the party by a lopsided margin get more delegates than similarly-sized swing states.

    If you're concerned about winning the general, shouldn't it be the other way around?

  • ||

    Tulpa, why does your comment have an advertisement-link in it? I've never seen one in a Reason comment before.

  • Xenocles||

    I don't see it. Maybe it's you.

  • RBS||

    I don't see it either.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    It's an ad for The Jerk Store.

  • RBS||

    They're running out of Tulpa?

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    He's their all time best-seller

  • Tulpa Doom||

    I had sex with your wife!

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Probably some sort of mischief from so-called "Reasonable".

  • ||

    Huh, it's not there any more. I don't use Reasonable anyway. Not sure where to get it.

  • Tulpa Doom||

    So no one is allowed to even mention Nazis now? He wasn't comparing Ryan to Goebbels, he was applying a Goebbels quote to Ryan's speech (incorrectly imho).

  • Hugh Akston||

    You know who else was upset that you couldn't mention Nazis?

  • Tulpa Doom||

    Mel Brooks?

  • Ice Nine||

    George Bernard Shaw?

  • ||

    Didn't Spielberg kick Meagan Fox off of Transformers 2 cuz she jokingly compared Michel Bay to Hitler for working her so hard.

  • Hugh Akston||

    If he did, the man has clearly lost sight of his priorities. He should have kicked Michael Bay off the set.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    The Duke of Windsor?

  • Archduke PantsFan||

    Uncle Leo?

  • RBS||

    "Look at this, I told them medium rare, it’s medium…. I bet that cook is an anti-Semite. They don’t just overcook a hamburger"

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    So no one is allowed to even mention Nazis now? He wasn't comparing Ryan to Goebbels, he was applying a Goebbels quote to Ryan's speech (incorrectly imho).

    Yes, because it's clearly a rational argument to compare one's fiscal policy to covering up a genocide.

  • John||

    First, on Sunday two delegates returned to the hotel in the morning extremely drunk, so drunk that one of them needed hospitalization. T

    Nothing worse than someone who can't take their booze. What were these high school kids?

  • RBS||

    I have heard that Charlotte also has some strip clubs. I expect reason to cover that angle too.

  • Brutus||

    And, being Left Coasters, it's likely they had one wine cooler too many.

  • CPBrown||

    I have heard the "GOP lies" line, so many times, from so many sources that it is really the Nazi pot calling Nazi kettle black.

  • BakedPenguin||

    Given Obama's blatant habitual dishonesty, their hair-splitting is pretty pathetic.

  • RBS||

    He's not dishonest. You're just too racist to realize it.

  • John||

    And even calling him dishonest is a dog whistle or something.

  • John||

    The GOP are not liars. They are fakes. But the Dems can't really say "they are lying they will be just as bad as us". So they gotta say something.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    There’s a difference between lying and embellishing, Burton said. “Everybody who has run for office has embellished – except for me of course,” said the longtime politician.

    Remember, it's dirty Nazi-esque lying when they do it, but it's clever politics, hardball embellishing when we do it.

    I almost wish I lived with the total lack of self-awareness our American political class seems to suffer/enjoy.

  • califernian||

    This convention is going to be even more sickening than the GOP convention.

  • ||

    Yes, but I'm sure the legacy media will give it eight stars out of five.

  • Sevo||

    "See? My amp goes up to ELEVEN!"

  • Sevo||

    Burton is a neighbor. Burton is an asshole who parks across sidewalks to avoid walking ten feet to drop off his laundry.
    Di I mention Burton is an asshole? I hope I did; he's an asshole.

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