Sep 022008
 

They refused to endorse George W. Bush, but John McCain they’ll go for…

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Log Cabin Republicans stand firmly behind John McCain

Ignoring his calls to pass an anti-gay marriage amendment in his home state and his positions on a number of gay and lesbian issues, the Log Cabin Republicans today endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for president of the United States.

Issuing a statement from the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, Log Cabin Republicans president Patrick Sammon that “on the most important issue that LGBT Americans faced in the last decade-the federal marriage amendment-Sen. John McCain stood with us. Now we stand with him.”

The organization also praised the Senator’s pick of Sarah Palin for Vice President, despite her anti-gay stands on issues such as hate crimes extensions and employment protection. The group said the pick shows McCain is committed to living up to his reputation as a “maverick.”

“Sen. McCain has always shown a willingness to reach out and engage in dialog with Log Cabin, while considering all sides of an issue,” Sammon said, expressing confidence that McCain will continue such talks if he is elected.

The organization said that the vote of the board was 12 in favor of the endorsement and two opposed. The Board has 17 members, including 16 men and one woman.

Poor misled and deceived souls. Bless their hearts.

Sep 022008
 

I do not understand Republicans. First they say that the pending motherhood of presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin’s 17-year-old daughter is a private family matter (and Barack Obama, by the way, agrees) and then they go and bring the 18-year-old daddy-to-be to their convention. What possible purpose could that serve other than to create a media circus?

Levi Johnston to join Palin family at convention

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Levi Johnston

WASILLA, Alaska (AP) – The boyfriend of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s unwed, pregnant daughter will join the family of the Republican vice presidential candidate at the GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Levi Johnston’s mother said her 18-year-old son left Alaska on Tuesday morning to join the Palin family at the convention where Sen. John McCain will officially receive the Republican nomination for president. The boy’s mother, Sherry Johnston, said there had been no pressure put on her son to marry 17-year-old Bristol Palin and the two teens had made plans to wed before it was known she was pregnant.

“This is just a bonus,” Johnston said.

The young man’s presence could set off a media frenzy around the young couple as photographers and cameramen scramble for pictures of the two teenagers. On Monday, Palin and her husband, Todd, said their 17-year-old daughter, Bristol, planned to have the baby and wed a young man identified only as Levi. The family asked the media to respect the young couple’s privacy as has been the tradition with children of candidates.

If the family truly wants the media to respect the young couple’s privacy, they should have left the young couple at home in Wasilla. You do not purposely place someone in the spotlight whose privacy you want respected.

I am honestly beginning to believe that the McCain campaign is having buyer’s remorse and looking for any excuse they can find to dump Mrs. Palin. By bringing young Levi to St. Paul and placing him and Bristol in the public spotlight, they will be able to say “The media and the Liberals made us do it.”

I take back what I said at the beginning of this post. I have the Republicans figured out. Only one word is required: unconscionable.

P.S. Difficult as it may be to believe, I am actually watching the Republican National Convention this evening. What a stark contrast to what we saw last week, huh? What I’m seeing tonight was completely scripted. Every word that is being spoken was carefully written and carefully rehearsed. Every man present is wearing a suit and tie, every woman a business dress. There is no spontaneity, no sincerity. It’s difficult to watch. It really is.

“Roger that.”

Oh… and did you know that John McCain was a prisoner of war 40 years ago? He was. Really.

(Did I just hear the President of the United States refer to “the angry left?” I guess you call that bipartisanship. This thing really was produced by Republicans and for Republicans, wasn’t it? (Even the applause was scripted.) And why didn’t George W. Bush talk about Johnny McCain like this back in 2000? Amazing how much Johnny has changed in just eight short years, isn’t it?)

We’re going to see a landslide in November, and it isn’t going to be the one the Republicans are hoping for.

P.P.S. Well, folks… I had to turn it off. Grandpa Fred is talking right now. I just could not watch any longer. The lies and distortions were getting to be too much. I’m sorry, my Republican friends, but you’re on your own with this one.

Sep 022008
 

In honor of the opening of the Republican National Convention, the Obama campaign has released a new ad for television:

Though the Republicans are trying very hard to disguise it (by giving George W. Bush only eight minutes to address their convention tonight (from the White House), for example), the truth is that John McCain is offering nothing more nor nothing less than another four years of the same crap we’ve endured for the last eight. The United States simply cannot afford that. We can’t. It’s really that simple.

Sep 022008
 

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Though the Republicans dodged the bullet of having George W. Bush speak at their convention in prime time, he will still be speaking. Note that he is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET tonight. That’s 30 minutes before the major broadcast networks will begin their one hour coverage of the convention. Folks watching cable will still get to witness the fiasco, though.

Tonight will also feature “television actor” Fred Thompson and disgruntled former Democrat Joe Lieberman. The man who was supposed to deliver the keynote address tonight, America’s mayor Rudolph Giuliani, has had his appearance pushed off to some indeterminate night and time.

GOP decides to resume convention

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) — The Republican National Convention, cut back Monday because of Hurricane Gustav’s arrival on the U.S. Gulf Coast, will resume a full schedule Tuesday, convention officials said.

President Bush, who was scheduled to speak Monday, will deliver his address via satellite at 9:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, officials said.

Tuesday’s theme will be “Who is John McCain,” officials said.

Former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson, who ran in the early GOP 2008 presidential primaries, and Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democrat’s 2000 vice presidential nominee, will deliver primetime speeches after President Bush.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will have a speaking role at the Republican National Convention, a GOP official told CNN Tuesday.

Giuliani was scheduled to deliver the keynote address Tuesday, but Hurricane Gustav forced Republicans to alter the program. Giuliani will speak later in the week.

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Update: The broadcast networks may air Mr. Bush’s speech tonight after all. The New York Times is reporting that the Republicans, feeling that they lost out last night (their own doing, by the way), are asking the networks for additional time tonight. Will NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX break into their programming to bring you additional coverage of the RNC? We shall see.

It’s kind of fun to watch the Republicans squirming with their backs against the wall like this, isn’t it? They have earned and well deserve everything that’s coming to them.