04
Sep
08

Reaction to Night 3 of the Repub Convention

So much to say! This is a long blog, so I bolded the main topics of each paragraph in case you just want to scan quickly.

It all kicked off well-enough with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell having to give an update during the CONVOCATION. She was smack in the middle of the Alaska delegation and the people right behind her kept shooting her dirty looks over her shoulder. It was a hoot!

The main theme of the night was that the Republican ticket is offering Washington Outsiders to “shake things up!” Now, if I remember correctly – and I do – George Walker Bush ran as an outsider in 2000. The Republican “outsider” claim is nothing new, nothing original and their record of “outsiders” wrecked this country, but the people in those seats lapped it up like it was mother’s milk.

Meg Whitman

The first speaker I watched was Meg Whitman, former CEO of Ebay, and she was pretty good. We’ll have to expect more from her as a major contender for the California governorship. One of her lines that didn’t pass the smell test was that the Republicans are going to lower taxes on businesses. I have no doubt that they will – my objection lies in the fact that the Government Accountability Office released a report August 12 that said that two-thirds of U.S. Corporations paid NO federal taxes from 1998 to 2005.

See, Meg is talking about this Republican myth of trickle-down wealth. If you give all the rich people and big corporations tax breaks and cuts and benefits and loopholes and subsidies, they’ll create jobs and spread the wealth. They won’t horde it and use their power to keep minimum wage low or prey on those habitating the lower economic echelons. Well, we’ve had one of these trickle-down Republicans in office for eight years now and what has happened? The wealth gap has grown. The Developed-nation benefits like wages that rise with inflation, housing prices, health care and necessary prescription drugs are beyond a large percentage of Americans’ means. In my humble opinion, they can take their trickle-down bullshit and shove it.

Carly Fiorina then spoke and kept chanting, “I know John McCain,” in a way that made me think, “Eeeewww.”

Mitt Romney

Romney lit into a stream of hypocrisy (no surprise considering the 180 he did from when he was running as governor in Mass. to when he ran as pres.) about the east coast elites.” That probably made everyone in the audience do a double-take. He’s banking on Americans having short memories (and McCain losing so he can run in 2012). Then he spoke about how offering Guantanamo detainees Constitutional rights and siding with teachers’ unions was “liberal.” Isn’t it funny when doing the right, moral, ethical thing is LIBERAL? The Right have really sold their souls to Beelzebub. Maybe Romney can be his VP.

Mitt Romney almost made me vomit when he said, “Let’s keep Al Gore’s private jet on the ground.” And, what? Romney flies commercial? Yeah, and I don’t have dirty mouth. Whatever.

Rudy Giuliani

Now, Giuliani tried to appeal to those voters who still feel torn. Who are these people?? We have two extremely different candidates and I just want to meet one of these swing voters and ask what it takes to put them over the edge.. I also want to meet these people the media keeps saying “are just tuning in.” WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? I really want to know. Anyway…

Attacking the media was a large chunk of Giuliani’s speech, which is a typical tactic of the Right when they can’t win on actual campaign and election issues. The media attacks play well on talk radio and in the netherworlds in which the likes of Ann Coulter dwells. Doesn’t win elections.

But the screen behind Giuliani that was playing slide shows for the audience in the center kept changing colors and during the close-ups, it started to make me feel like I was on a bad acid trip. He laughed at Obama’s credential as a “community organizer” which stunned me a little bit (but prepped me for Palin’s speech) but urban voters aren’t Repubs anyway. All the rich Repubs just guffawed, as you’d expect.

He did have a pretty good zinger about Obama voting 100 (out of over 4,000 votes) “present” while an Illinois state senator. The line went something like: I didn’t know about this vote “present.” You don’t get that vote when you’re mayor. He delivered it flawlessly.

Then came one of the best moments of the night when I saw some guy sporting a shirt that said: More Cowbell, Less Obama. If you’re any kind of “Saturday Night Live” or Will Farrell fan, that’s some funny shite. However, Cindy McCain was sporting some god-awful green shower curtain as a dress. Whoever is her stylist needs to be waterboarded!

Sarah Palin

Now, Sarah Palin was somethin’ else. I give it to her, I really do. If this race was to be decided on speech delivery, she’d take the whole cake, hands down. She made Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina and Joe Lieberman look like wilting flowers. Biden himself couldn’t hold a candle to her. If they don’t win the election and the Repubs make her a scapegoat (which I don’t think they will and, if they do, the Religious Right will protect her) she could easily make a living as comedian. It took her a second to get her timing in relation to crowd cheers down, but once that was set she was off and running. She couldn’t have done a better job. If I wasn’t an informed voter and thinker, I’d say, Sign me Up! I’m buying what you’re selling!

Now let’s talk about what she actually SAID. While there was no policy in her speech, she did open with the fact that a special-needs child provokes special love and special-needs parents will have an advocate in the White House. I just wonder how she will advocate for them. She’s against stem-cell research. Her policy stances will make it harder for special-needs parents to find insurance and funding for their child. She wouldn’t advocate raising the minimum wage and the vast majority of special-needs parents are not well-off. LOTS of questions there for those special-needs parents she’s courting.

She also said that when they get into office, they want to “leave this world (or country or something) better than when they found it.” Which is really funny because the Repubs do not allot any subsidies for alternative energy developers the way they do for oil & gas and coal companies. Their policies are not green. They fight relentlessly to keep many animals off the endangered-species list. Their polices lead innumerable middle-class families to fall below the poverty line. So, how, in what way would they leave this country better? Especially because their predecessor Bush is leaving not only this country, but the world much, much worse than how he found it. So, that line really made my bullshit detector go off, as it did when she spoke about integrity and good convictions. Apparently, she hasn’t been paying attention the last eight years.

Sarcasm, Condescension

Sure, the speech was sarcastic and condescending and smug and petty and divisive with no mention of policy promises or real issues. But it was a damn good speech. She came out swinging and landed plenty of well-placed blows; she eclipsed Biden – who is the king of sarcasm. And I love sarcasm – I think it’s a wonderful tool to make a point – it’s the language I speak. Sure, my reaction to her community organizer put downs was “Back the fuck up, bitch!” But otherwise, I thought the speech and her delivery were stellar.

The problem is that she could run into the Ann Richards Factor. Remember the whole “Poor George. It’s not his fault. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth” line. As a Texan, I have it tatooed on my hippocampus. But Ann Richards lost. Sarcasm without substance is short-lived and the debates are coming up. So, good job Sarah – when you’re coming down off this high remember to learn how your ticket actually stands on the issues. Because, as any reasonable person knows (aside from Rick Davis), this election is about the issues.

Old Man McCain

Did you see when McCain came out after Palin’s speech and her whole family was on stage and he said, “Don’t you think we made the right choice?!” meaning Palin and he had to actually turn 360 degrees because he forgot on which of his sides she was standing? That was friggin’ hysterical. We rewound it and watched it a few times.

Also, when McCain was standing with the Palin family, he hugged Sarah once or twice but he only really talked to her husband. You can tell he’s not that comfortable with Sarah – perhaps women in general – and relates to her husband more. Very telling. And now he has a VP that outshines him and makes him look like a doddering old fool. Good luck reading that teleprompter tonight!

Overall

They milked McCain’s POW experience for all it was worth again last night, but the main theme was borrowed from every Republican convention in recent memory. The Repubs are the party of outsiders and they’re going to go in and shake up Washington. Now the ridonkulousness of this is obvious. The Repubs control the White House and have controlled the White House 20 of the last 28 years. The Republicans controlled congress from 1994 to 2006 and rubber-stamped Bush’s destruction of this country. This “do-nothing” Democratic congress has only done “nothing” because the Republicans have launched an all-out assault on the legislative process, led by Tom Coburn, by obstructing any effort by the Democrats to accomplish anything. Because if the Republicans aren’t in charge, ruining everything – they’re going to at least make sure the Democrats can’t fix things.

So, the “Republicans are outsiders” argument is crap and everyone knows it. Why are most congresspeople under investigation or in prison Republicans?! And, let me say that after all this time, if you can’t figure that out – you deserve a world where McCain and Palin lead the executive branch. I just kept looking at that small sea of Republicans and thought, you gave us George W. Bush, you delivered the most freedom-limiting, corrupt administration in history and you think you deserve to win this election? You have brought this country to its knees and you still think you have the best candidate when he agrees with everything Bush has done, yet acknowledges we are worse off than we were four years ago? It’s like the Republicans are just one big club of crack smokers!

While the Republicans kept using the same old, false lie “Democrats just want to tax you and control you” over and over again, they forgot to mention that Obama’s economic policy lowers taxes for over 85 percent of Americans. The Repubs want to wage wars, lower taxes for the rich, and cede power to the corporations. That’s the one word they kept forgetting to mention: Corporatocracy. They wail about Democrats wanting to tell people what to do (while saying You Can’t Have an Abortion, You Can’t Get Married, I’m Going to Tap Your Conversations Without a Warrant, You Can’t Do Embryonic Stem Cell Research), they forgot to say how they’ll trade our right to privacy for corporate donations, they’ll help corporations collude and create monopolies and continue to rape the American people through their nontransparent predatory practices.

The Religious Right wants to run our lives and cage us and bring the Constitution in line with the Bible – yet claim it’s the Democrats that want to tell Americans what to do. Empty rhetoric that clearly has no bearing on reality. It makes me ill.

And, lastly (promise), the Religious Right Wing Republican Cult was in tip-top form for Sarah, with many state delegations even wearing the same outfit. It was cute. It reminded me of North Korea – you know, those big music programs with 100,000 dancers and gymnasts perfectly in step. Republicans fall in line. They do what they’re told. Their church leaders say: look the other way while I molest your children and spend your hard-earned money extravagantly. Go vote Republican, so I can continue to illegally receive tax breaks while endorsing candidates and supporting political parties. Go change government so I can control the rest of the country like I do you. Go out and spread the abomination that is this religion.

I tell you what, Sarah Palin heralded the re-introduction of the Culture Wars and made it clear that the Republican Party is no longer just about Lower Taxes and the Entrepreneurial spirit (false). They’re about theocracy and control and unConstitutional endeavors. Democrats, Independents, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and everybody else better start paying attention. We could lose the Supreme Court. You think Eminent Domain is bad? Just wait. The new Gestapo will make George Bush look like a freedom-fighter.

If you appreciate your civil liberties and the Bill of Rights – you had better start actively protecting them because we have a strong ticket that wants to take them all away. And they will if we give them an inch. And I’m not being sarcastic.

click here to read a good blog by jane smiley on huffpo

gloria steinem reacts to palin’s speech

Huffpo: …an Obama aide told the Huffington Post that the campaign has raised $8 million since her (Sarah Palin’s) speech last night “from over 130,000 donors – on pace to hit $10 million by the time John McCain hits the stage tonight…McCain campaign says it has raised $1 million.

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10 Responses to “Reaction to Night 3 of the Repub Convention”


  1. 1 Tanya
    September 4, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    I think you’re funny. If you spent as much time critiquing the democrats as you did the Republicans – you could be saying all sorts of nasty stuff here about them too ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you should try that for a day- it’d be entertaining. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    There are many moderate republicans out there…we’re not all right-wing nuts- and most of us wish the right-wing nuts would go away. We don’t all agree with Bush or how’s he’s handled things- but we also didn’t have a better choice.

    I’ve seen more political banter in the past week than I have in a long time -while it’s mildly entertaining- those who are so far entrenched on either side (drinkin the Kool-Aid) – don’t hear anything the other side has to say- so I don’t know why we all bother arguing about it. I’m ready for the election to happen…let’s get this over with so we can all go back to bitching about whomever it is we put in office. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    -T

  2. 2 Kevin
    September 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Hey Mer, I think eminent domain is really bad too. But if you’re going to use eminent domain as an argument for why we need liberal-minded justices on the Supreme Court to protect our rights from the fascist Republicans then maybe you should also mention which justices voted for it: Stephens, Kennedy, Souter, Ginsburg, and Breyer. Last time I checked they weren’t exactly considered right-wingers. Voted against: Scalia, Thomas, O’Connor, Rehnquist.

    Normally I wouldn’t care enough to comment but I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve had to correct the liberal revisionist history on this case.

  3. 3 Marc
    September 4, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    a 300,000 dollar green shower curtain no less.

  4. September 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    i actually wrote reactions to the last three nights of the democratic convention as well. except for the last night, the democrat convention was a sleeper, so there wasn’t as much to write about. if you read those reactions, you’ll see this. i’ve written plenty blogs critiquing hillary clinton, obama’s fisa vote, obama’s use of religion and support for faith-based initiatives and have read obama and hillary bios and written review of them. in recent blogs i have referred to the hillary crackheads and called biden a media whore. i challenged edwards’ whole “man of the people” schtick. i critique the dems quite a bit. however, i spend much of time reacting to what is in the news – and the repubs are in the news right now.

    democratic policies are not as dangerous for the country as republican policies. therefore, the republican policies deserve more scrutiny.

    for instance, if you read the nytimes today, you might have seen this piece:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/business/31view.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    which reviews the book Unequal Democracy by Larry Bartels. the piece stated:

    Data for the whole period from 1948 to 2007, during which Republicans occupied the White House for 34 years and Democrats for 26, show average annual growth of real gross national product of 1.64 percent per capita under Republican presidents versus 2.78 percent under Democrats.

    That 1.14-point difference, if maintained for eight years, would yield 9.33 percent more income per person, which is a lot more than almost anyone can expect from a tax cut.

    Over the entire 60-year period, income inequality trended substantially upward under Republican presidents but slightly downward under Democrats, thus accounting for the widening income gaps over all. And the bad news for Americaโ€™s poor is that Republicans have won five of the seven elections going back to 1980.

    let me also say that i hear everything the other side has to say. they say obama will raise taxes (he will lower them for the middle and lower class), just now i heard another one say obama has no record on bi-partisanship (he worked with lugar to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons and others on ethics reform), i’ve heard them talk about offshore drilling yet not mention one word about increasing the refining infrastructure needed for those offshore reserves, they talk about nuclear power but not one word about what they’d do with the waste, i heard them talk about lowering taxes for businesses when 2/3 of them don’t pay taxes anyway, i’ve heard them talk about bombing iran, i’ve heard them speak out against adoption rights for gay americans. i’ve heard lieberman say there will be another attack next year and bush say there will be another attack if mccain isn’t elected.

    oh, i hear them alright.

    there’s bullshit on both sides, no doubt about it. and i call a spade a spade. but the republicans want to revoke our civil liberties and practice policies that would continue to injure the economy and keep us backsliding internationally when our economic growth has slowed tremendously in comparison to china and india.

    perhaps the republicans were moderate back in the day, but they’re not now. the right-wing nuts have hijacked the party and are not going away, which means a vote for mccain is a vote for them.

  5. 5 Tanya
    September 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I just don’t consider McCain a right-wing nut – I think he has to pander to some of them to get elected- but unfortunately that’s just the way it works. If he didn’t – somebody else would – cause evidently the religious right is a large group of people…We can only hope the agnostic/atheist population continues to grow ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now that’s something I know we can agree on ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. September 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    right, kev – but who’s using eminent domain? it’s being used mainly for business purposes – walmart, real estate development, etc. friends of repubs.

  7. September 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    i agree mccain is not a right-wing nut. he was my top pick of all the repubs. in 2000, he called the religious right wing agents of intolerance. things have changed with him though – and it’s so disappointing. james dobson and tony perkins had major input in his vp nomination. and, once he’s president, all he’ll care about is reelection – and there are 3 supreme court justices set to retire extremely soon. mccain will just give those picks to the right wingers. this scenario is worse than one obama could produce. mccain might be better than all the other republicans, but i still think obama is better than mccain. mccain voted against the domestic violence, against raising the minimum wage, was absent for the equal pay for equal work vote, is pro-life, wants to privatize social security and would make health insurance even harder for the lower economic echelons to obtain.

    and the freethinker population is definitely growing – hooray! even our little fort worth group is getting big.

  8. 8 Kevin
    September 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    Then maybe Democrats shouldn’t be given positions of power if they are just going to enact laws that will hurt the people they are supposed to care about.

    And yes we keep hearing that the Republicans and the Religious Right and the NeoConservatives are right on the verge of taking away our liberties and keeping us from living our lives as we see fit. Just the way we’ve been hearing that for 30 years now. Unlike the liberals and democrats who have given us political correctness, hate-crime laws, campus speech codes, smoking, gun, and trans fat bans, “sensitivity” training, a virtual jihad against smokers, eminent domain, physical attacks on those with opposing viewpoints, and attempted supression of anti-Obama ads.

    If the government wants to monitor my boring-ass phone calls I could care less, but it wants to tell me I can’t eat delicious fried chicken with trans fats? Fuck That Noise Jack!

  9. September 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    well, it’s the repubs who are all politically correct with their “sexist” chants recently. i’m with you on the smoking and transfats, though yo. if you want to be fat and happy, then you get fat and happy, dammit! and the physical attacks have been reversed recently. remember the gunmen who went into the universalist church in tennessee and then the dude who killed the head of the arkansas democratic party? i don’t physically attack anyone. unless they give me a dirty look and then it’s on like donkey kong. you know what i’m saying.

    keep in mind the tightening by the fcc especially after the janet boob episode. complaints to the fcc and fcc fines have shot up – a fuckload – cause the repubs. and in houston, this chick got a ticket recently for saying fuck in walmart.

    i don’t think my phone calls are boring, though. i yell out ‘terrosist’ ‘bomb’ ‘infidel’ and ‘allah akbar’ like i have turrets. government sonsabitches.

  10. 10 Kevin
    September 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    It hasn’t been proven that the Arkansas shooting was politically motivated. I mean c’mon the victim was a top Democratic party bigwig from Arkansas, knowing what we know about those guys he was probably screwing the shooter’s wife in an outhouse or something.


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