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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Reportedly, President Bush and Vice President Cheney won’t be speaking at the Republican Convention due to bad weather. Right! How very conveeeeeeeenient.

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That’s right. Sarah Palin is quite green. Ur…I mean…in the eco-friendly sense of the word..not the totally-unqualified-to-be-President-hope-McCain-wears-a sombrero-to-avoid-another-skin-cancer sense of the word. Anyway, I think that this costume manufacturer could make a fortune this Halloween with a little strategic relabeling. Just an idea.

Bill Kristol was grinning like the cat who ate the canary in this clip from FOXNews back in June. Sarah Palin was his prediction for McCain. Although, it looks like more his idea than his prediction. And strangely, it all comes down to oil. The best part? The look on Brit Hume’s face. Priceless!

Oh great! There are rumors flying that Sarah Palin’s newborn is not her child but her grandchild. I’m pretty sure this is a plotline from last season’s Desperate Housewives. Shesh, the next thing you know, the blogosphere is going to be claiming that Joe Biden has had a hair transplant!

I just heard him tell NBC’s Brian Williams that Sarah Palin has more “elected executive experience” than Barack Obama dating all the way back to her time in the “PTA.”That’s right, the PTA. What about the Miss Alaska gig? I am sure there were weighty executive decisions involved in that role. McCain then said she understands “cities.” And that Alaska is a “big” state. Wow! Let’s just make her President, in that case. It’s kinda funny…but kinda not.

I ran across this today at the Daily Dish:

I had been reluctant to acknowledge how flawed and dead the conservative movement has become; that’s over now. No more excuses, no more clinging to old visions of rational discourse and principled debate. I really have witnessed the death of conservatism and its replacement by a kind of toxic babbitry which would be merely laughable or cringeworthy if it were not also so extraordinarily dangerous.

This election year has been a series of revelations and disillusionments–the crudely ugly tactics of Limbaugh and Hannity (and–worse–their embrace by Buckley’s heirs at National Review), the thinly-veiled racism and nativism of the campaign against Obama, the transparently cruel and God-hating ideology of movement Christians; but–even though dismayed by McCain’s bizarre campaign–I had retained some illusions as recently as this morning. I believed McCain to be at least a patriot, sincerely concerned with issues of national security.

His nomination of Sarah Palin ended that illusion, too.

Remember when John McCain said that Barack Obama would rather lose a war than lose an election? Remember when he said that Obama cared more about his own success than his country’s success? So why does it feel, all of a sudden, like Obama’s choice of a V.P. is all about putting the welfare of our country first and McCain’s choice is all about winning an election? Sure, Sarah P. is a tough-minded reformer ready to take on the oil companies (and who doesn’t love that?). Sure, she is perky and pro-life. Sure, she loves the environment and the NRA. But, what happened to “experience counts”? It counted last week but not this week? I’m confused. If I should vote for a 72-year-old dude for President because of his years of experience, shouldn’t I want a little bit of that in the backup Prez ––God forbid––should the old boy kick off? Or is the office merely about, as the Obamites claim, having sound judgment? Or maybe, just maybe, it’s about having a little bit of both. The question is: How much of “a little bit” is enough?

Maybe I got this wrong. But wasn’t there a time when religious conservatives believed that a mother’s place was in the home? You wouldn’t know it from the enthusiastic response Sarah Palin has received from the leaders of the religious right. James Dobson and other McCain agnostics have hailed her selection as someone who is attuned to the values of all social conservatives. So you guys are all right with a mother abandoning her 5 children, including an infant with Down Syndrome, and dabbling in world affairs? That doesn’t go against your values? Really? So my question is, “What happened?” Is it the fact that the current economic climate has made being a stay-at-home mom an unworkable ideal? Is it because evangelical moms divorce at the same rate as the pagan culture? Is it because health care benefits are oftentimes unavailable when the mom doesn’t go to work? What happened to the family unit being the most important unit to our society (one of many things, you good folks used to espouse)? Is this shift simply a pragamatic surrender to Bush economic policies? An accomodation to the larger culture? Or could it be that you just don’t like it when a free-market, gun-toting, pro-life Republican politician like Sarah Palin calls people who believe that a mother’s place is in the home “Neanderthals“? Yep, you gotta love that girl’s values.

That’s right. McCain took my advice. A female Veep. It’s Alaska governor, Sarah Palin. The perfect final touch to an already mega-cynical campaign.” Ladies, disappointed that Hillary got squeezed out? Have we got a deal for you! Youngsters, want youthful change? Check it out, this broad is younger than Obama. Social conservatives, not to worry. This chick is anti-abortion, just like you. She’ll be just a heartbeat away from the Oval Office and face it, my old ticker has seen better days. So come on, Hillary supporters, we’ll shatter that glass ceiling together. We’ll bring change to Washington, kids. And, Dr. Dobson, this pretty little gal can cook!”

Obama did it! He delivered an acceptance speech almost devoid of rhetorical uplift and flourish. A speech full of clunky policy issues and political wonkspeak. A speech that even got tough with John McCain for his dirty pool attacks on Obama’s patriotism. And what does McCain turn around and do? Congratulate his opponent on his historic candidacy. Wow! Could you have picked a worse time to act all classy?!!! Republicans!!!!

It wasn’t the speech of the past Democratic President. It wasn’t the speech of the future Democratic Veep. It was the speech that no one was anticipating: the speech of the big Democratic loser. Yet, John Kerry’s speech was one of the most powerful ones of the evening. Tough. Hard-hitting. And on the money. Having been swifted-boated  and branded by the Rovians as a “Flip Flopper,” Kerry used John McCain’s meandering positions to remind us that the Senator from Arizona has done more than flip-flopped––McCain has sold out. Kerry’s parting shot: ” John McCain can debate Barack Obama just as soon as he stops debating himself.” Well done.

Yup. That’s the enemy in a nutshell. And only one man can save us from it: John McCain. He’s a P.O.W., by golly, and ready to kick some ass. This of course, is the unwritten subtext and Joe Lieberman’s and Lindsey Graham’s WSJ Op-Ed column. We have another Cold War brewing, al-Qaeda to left us, a nuclear Iran to the right of us. It’s a big, scary world and no green, big-earred, globe-trotting Hopemonger is going to be able to be tough enough. Heck, he isn’t even man enough to fight dirty in a political election. It’s the mantra that has kept the White House in Republican hands these last 8 years: Be Afraid! Be very Afraid!!!!

Or isn’t it a little weird that the Democratic Convention is talking nonstop about helping the poor and disenfranchised while they show a film clip of a old fat white dude riding around on his 50-ft yacht?

I can’t wait for the FOXNews pundits to tell me what was bad about Michelle Obama’s Monday night speech. To me, it was flawless. Heck, I was ready to elect her president. I mean, can that family speechify or what? She was a poised, powerful adoring wife who spoke with great affection for dad, her husband and her country. I am sure FOX will come up with something. Maybe her eye blinks were sending semaphore signals to al-Qaeda sleeper cells. Sure, oh course she was!!! How could I be so easily duped!!! Stupid. Stupid. Stoooopid!