Some Republicans are still thinking for themselves and they don’t like the direction of the GOP. I hope they band together and take back their party. I might still disagree, but I’ll have more respect for them.
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I’ve been asking Mr. gyma this all election season. Available here.
It looks like Florida has some classy Republicans, too. This sign was posted at the Pompano Beach office of John McCain’s campaign.
These idiots can’t even spell Obama’s name right! Yet we are supposed to somehow believe they have been able to make the link between Obama’s calling on young people in this country and his message of change, and the policies of Marx, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, and Castro? I wonder if they feel the same way about John F. Kennedy. And hasn’t the McCain/Palin campaign been calling for change recently? Hmmmm?
Never mind. This stuff is making my head hurt.
Many of us are shaking our heads wondering what is going on in this country? We have delved deeply into the silly season, which seems much sillier and vacuous than previous election cycles. We ask ourselves how can women so easily abandon Hillary Clinton to embrace Sarah Palin, a woman with whom she has very little in common. Why aren’t we focusing on the issues rather than the name calling and faux outrages being manufactured by Karl Rove & Co.?
We don’t understand those who are seeing McCain and Palin through rose-colored veils. Wake up, America! Dennis Kucinich extolled Democrats at the DNC. Yet we appear to be turning our attention away from the serious and toward the shallow and silly. Why?
Andrew Romano had an interesting column in this week’s Newsweekmagazine. In it he says that both sides are viewing Palin through their own political and cultural prisms. And apparently, we truly are different as night and day. Romano believes Democrats are attracted to Obama’s resume of Indonesia, memoirs, Harvard, legislature because it confirms our ideal of leadership: worldly, brainy, articulate, cooperative. Palin’s supporters, on the other hand, are attracted to her resume of frontier mom, small town mayor, reformer, outsider because it conforms to their ideal of leadership namely, family, self-sufficiency, self-made, religious conviction.
Romano goes on to say that Democrats view Obama as being better than we’ll ever be. By contrast, conservatives see Palin and think she’s one of us.
I think Romano is on to something with this. Democrats and Republicans not only disagree on policy, they also disagree on what qualities our leaders should possess.
And then there is this article by Kathleen Deveny, an assistant managing editor of Newsweek. Read it and weep.
I was moved by the crowd at Invesco Field in Denver and all the people who spoke from their hearts. If you were watching one of the networks or cable news shows you may have missed some of the best speeches of all. People from around the country who spoke about their lives and how the last eight years have been difficult for them. It seems very arrogant of the media to talk over the speakers; I wanted to reach through the television screen and strangle a couple of them.
It was clear from the crowd that Obama’s speech was a huge hit. This night belonged to the Democrats with hopes of making the country and world a better place. I don’t know when the media began allowing the opposition to rain on others parades, but I don’t like the trend. For once, let us have our moment, let us bask in the glow of a true leader, let us have our opportunity to soak up the significance of nominating the first black man for president. It truly was a momentous event.
Immediately after Obama’s speech, David Brooks was on PBS talking about how disappointed and underwhelmed he was by the speech. Listening to that you had to wonder whether he was watching a different speech! It didn’t take long to realize the coordinated Republican Slime Machine had distributed talking points so the pundits on Fox News, etc., could launch invectives post haste.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the GOP is actually the PPP, the Peter Pan Party, comprised of people who refuse to grow up. No longer able to argue the issues, they resort to name calling and cheap tricks. As an example, I give you this from Newsweek:
The Democratic convention has already moved to Invesco Field, but that hasn’t stopped the GOP from making mischief back at the Pepsi Center. On my walk from the parking structure to the NEWSWEEK workspace this afternoon, I stumbled across a posse of young men and women wearing togas, waving “The One” placards and chanting, in the adoring drone of brainwashed Branch Davidians, “Change! Hope! O-BAM-A!” One sign read “The Temple of O.” I figured they were referring to the neoclassical stage where Obama is planning to accept the Democratic nomination tonight.
“Look to the clouds!” shouted one worshiper.
“Is he descending yet?” asked another.
“He must descend so we can change,” the first one intoned. Then they began singing the word “Obama” to the tune of Handel’s “Messiah.”
When they stopped, I approached and asked who they were representing. “Obama,” said a tall goateed gentlemen. “Obama,” repeated a shorter, clean-shaven woman. “He is ‘The One.'” “What about that McCain sticker on your toga?” I asked, pointing at the McCain sticker on another man’s toga.” “I’m not worthy,” he said. “So I’m supporting McCain.” I didn’t bother to mention the RNC credentials–“A Mile High, One Inch Deep”–dangling from everyone’s belt loops.
As I walked away, a woman who’d traveled from Montana to see Obama’s acceptance speech sidled up beside me. “What did you think of those Obama fans?” I asked. “Stupid,” she said. “All the negative people are voting for McCain.” Then she started the mile-long walk to Invesco.
Do these theatrics work? It’s hard to say but there are people in this country who can’t or won’t think for themselves and the Republican Party targets them relentlessly. I vividly remember, as if it were yesterday, the day after the 2004 election and reading about this headline:
I hope to the depth of my being that a similar headline won’t be news on November 5, 2008.
I couldn’t find a video of Kucinich’s speech to the convention, but CNN is reporting that he had the delegates on their feet. Isn’t it funny how a person who isn’t being taken seriously can speak truth to power? Me loves me some Dennis Kucinich! Especially this:
If there were an Olympics for misleading, mismanaging and misappropriating, this administration would take the gold … We cannot afford another Republican administration.
I’m trying hard not to make this into a politcal blog, although I do read several political blogs daily and am very interested in the direction this country is headed.
That being said, I love this video – especially the bit about Wal-Mart.