Question

 Posted by at 22:05  Election 2012, Politics, Republicans
Aug 302012
 

As the 2012 Republican National Convention winds down, there’s a question or two that keep popping into my mind:

What have the Republicans done in the past four years to fix the mess they created in the eight years prior? What makes anybody think they would do anything more in the coming four years?

Paul Ryan lied in his speech last night. There is no getting around that. (See link at bottom of previous post.) I am not watching Mitt Romney tonight, but it is hard to imagine he is doing any better.

P.S. Clint Eastwood? Really?
 

Sep 062008
 

Here’s something to watch on a Saturday afternoon while Sarah is holed up in Alaska memorizing her foreign policy positions (and whatever else Johnny and the McCainiacs need her to memorize). It’s The Daily’s Show’s take on the final night of the Republication National Slumber Party…

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Pretty good, huh?

Hmmm… perhaps Johnny should join Sarah up in Alaska and memorize a few of his positions himself. It may keep him from changing them quite so often.

Oh, almost forgot… here’s a nice tune for a nice Saturday afternoon…

That’s a group from Scotland called Travis. The name of the song is Sarah. Here’s the YouTube link. And… here’s the chorus…

Oh Sarah
You’ve done it all to yourself
With your bottle of gin on the shelf
And your love letters sent to yourself
Oh Sarah
You used to say you were lucky
Now your luck’s running off down the stairs
To the arms of another

I don’t have any idea whether Mrs. Palin enjoys the gin or not (my guess is not), but the rest of it kind of fits, don’t you think?

Sep 052008
 

For my first post on this fine September morn, I am going to borrow blatantly from two sites that I visit religiously every day… Talking Points Memo and BobGeiger.com.

First, via Talking Points Memo…

Did you happen to watch John McCain’s little talk last night? Did you wonder why, with all the talk of all the houses he owns (so many he does not even know the number), they would be showing a picture of a large mansion on the screen behind him?

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Well… Turns out that somebody was tasked with finding a picture of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Instead, what they found (and ultimately showed behind Sen. McCain) was a picture of the Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, California. Our Republicans really are a laugh a minute, aren’t they? (One cannot help but wonder how it is that they do not know what Walter Reed Army Medical Center looks like. Perhaps it has something to do with what Bob Geiger noticed…)

Finally, Bob Geiger points out that fact that not once, not once, during their entire snooze fest did the Republicans mention our troops. You know, our men and women and boys and girls who are fighting and dying in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world? For all the “Support Our Troops” magnets they have stuck to the back of their Mercedes and BMWs, they could not find it in themselves to mention those troops or pay homage to them one time during their convention. (I guess they were too busy reminding us that Johnny McCain was a prisoner of war some 40 year ago.)

Republicans talked a lot this week about highlighting the “stark contrasts” between their candidate and Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama — and here is that contrast: When Obama spoke last week in Denver, he talked movingly about being “… more compassionate than a government that lets veterans sleep on our streets” and spoke about how “in the faces of those young veterans who come back from Iraq and Afghanistan, I see my grandfather, who signed up after Pearl Harbor, marched in Patton’s Army, and was rewarded by a grateful nation with the chance to go to college on the GI Bill.”

He also talked, as he has many times in his U.S. Senate tenure, about how he will “give better care for our veterans” and said that, in addition to so many children to protect, we have “so many veterans to care for.”

And what did the major speakers at the Republican convention, including McCain and Palin — the “country first” crowd — have to say on the subject?

Nada, nothing.

As I was watching, I had the feeling that something was missing. But I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Thanks, Bob, for pointing it out.

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Finally, and just for future reference my Republican friends, this is what Walter Reed Army Medical Center looks like (Google is your friend):

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The Friday Night Cartoons will be along in a while.

Update: The Walter Reed Middle School was the school that Matt Santos stood in front of when he announced his candidacy for presidency on The West Wing. Watch.

Perhaps this was not a mistake by our Republican friends, after all. Perhaps it was intentional. It just gets stranger and stranger. Who, after all, is capable of looking into the mind of a Republican?

Sep 042008
 

Well, the doddering old geezer gave the speech of his life tonight.

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Details here: “McCain Vows to End Partisan Rancor in Convention Speech.”

Text of the speech here: “John McCain’s RNC Address.”

I was not terribly impressed, but then you probably didn’t expect that I would be. I still don’t trust the old guy. That double-talking mayor from small-town Alaska doesn’t help matters much. But it’s over. Maybe we can get back to a campaign based on the issues now. (Yeah, sure.)

Sep 042008
 

We can all thank our lucky stars that the slumber party, the Republican Diversity Convention (a.k.a. The GOP Hate-fest), is almost over. Perhaps now, rather than having a pregnant teenager thrown in our faces, we can get back to talking about the issues that really matter. (I know… Dream on, Len.)

The Doddering Old Geezer himself will take center stage tonight.

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Preceding him on the Stage that Dubya Built will be:

* Gov. Charlie Crist (R-Fla.)
* Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-Minn.)
* Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.)
* Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)
* Sen. Mel Martinez (R-Fla.)
* Former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.)
* Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Okla.)
* Michael Williams, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission
* David Flaum
* Christopher Fussner
* Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.)
* Charlie Smith

(Charlie Smith? David Flaum?)

What an exciting night, huh? Hey, part of it will be worth watching. The NFL season kicks off tonight! NBC will have the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins, so at least the night won’t be a total loss. (The game will undoubtedly increase the number of Mr. McCain’s viewers, since it is scheduled to end about the time he is scheduled to begin babbling. Whether this will prove to be an advantage or disadvantage is up for debate.)

See also: “Is McCain’s Hero Aura A Political Shield?

Sep 032008
 

Here is tonight’s lineup of featured speakers, in the order in which they are scheduled to appear:

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As David Letterman would say… Cut me off a slice of that!

I doubt seriously that I will watch much of tonight’s snooze fest, if any. Besides, I already know what they are going to say. As do you.

We have better things to do, right?

P.S. The roll call vote to formally nominate John McCain will take place after 10:00 p.m. tonight (11:00 p.m. ET). At least the Democrats were brave enough to do theirs in the daylight!

P.P.S. I hate to be the one to point out the obvious, but that sure does not look like a United States flag pin that the Republican vice presidential nominee is wearing on her lapel tonight (click on the picture to make it bigger)…

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And… I am definitely no fashion expert, but who picked out that outfit? (I know, I know… sexist question… if Sarah Palin were a man I wouldn’t be asking that question. Hey, if Sarah Palin were a man she wouldn’t be wearing that outfit! And she definitely would not be the Republican vice presidential nominee.)

Sep 032008
 

A doddering old man, so infatuated with Hillary Clinton that he had to have his own Hillary on the Republican ticket with him, made a very bad choice. There is still time to fix it, Republicans.

This morning, as I was performing my morning routine, I had one of the network television shows on in the background. I believe it was CBS. A lady journalist was interviewing Mike Huckabee’s daughter. She asked Ms. Huckabee if it was fair to question whether Sarah Palin would be able to fulfill the duties of the vice presidency (and possibly the presidency) and still raise her family of five children (the youngest with Down Syndrome).

Ms. Huckabee retort was that she found that question to be extremely offensive and sexist. She said nobody had ever asked it about Barack Obama and his two kids.

Really? Suddenly, the party that for all these years has been preaching “family values” and the importance of having both a mother and a father in the family suddenly can see no difference in the roles that mothers and fathers play in a family? That being the case, what is their objection to families with two mommies or two daddies? It makes no sense.

The question asked by Ms. Huckabee’s interviewer this morning is a valid question. It goes directly to the capabilities and judgments of the lady who would have us hire her as vice president. There is a better than even chance that she could even become president. (The man she is running with is of advanced age and questionable health.)

All indications are that John McCain and his surrogates asked very few questions before selecting Mrs. Palin for the number two spot on their ticket. Now they are upset that others are asking questions. Folks, somebody needs to.

There is still time to fix this. But, my Republican friends, you’re gonna have to hurry it up a bit…

Palin introducing herself; GOP blasts questions

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Buffeted by political and personal revelations, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin presents herself to the GOP convention Wednesday, even as John McCain’s campaign declared heatedly it was time to stop questioning her background. McCain was heading for St. Paul to be nominated in a roaring roll call.

McCain was “itchin'” to get to the convention city, campaign manager Rick Davis said.

After a slow start of the convention because of Hurricane Gustav, momentum was building on Day Three of the GOP gathering. The spotlight was on Palin, the 44-year-old governor and surprise pick to be McCain’s running mate. She has been the talk of the convention, but most Americans have hardly heard her voice, let alone her views.

She will give her address in prime time, at 10:30 p.m. EDT.

“She will speak as a governor, a former mayor and someone with both hands on the steering wheel of America’s energy economy,” said Tucker Eskew, a senior McCain adviser. “She will detail her record of shaking up the status quo in Alaska and standing up to entrenched interests to put the government back on the side of the people.”

Wednesday night’s speakers also include a trio of former McCain rivals, now supporters: Mitt Romney, Mike Huckabee and Rudy Giuliani. “We are getting a little more political tonight,” Davis said in a hint of the partisan barbs being sharpened for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama.

The campaign also lashed out at the media and called for an end to questions about Palin’s background and her family. Senior campaign adviser Steve Schmidt decried what he called a “faux media scandal designed to destroy the first female Republican nominee” for vice president.

“This nonsense is over,” Schmidt declared in a written statement.

Is it really nonsense to ask questions about the background of the woman who would be our vice president (and quite possibly president)? Would it be nonsense to question the background of a man in the same circumstances? Do the Republicans consider their questioning of Joe Biden’s background to be nonsense?

There is still time to fix this.

The hypocrisy and lies must end.

Levi Johnston (L) is greeted by Republican presidential candidate John McCain as his girlfriend Bristol Palin (C) looks on after they arrived to attend the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, September 3, 2008.
Levi Johnston (L) is greeted by Republican presidential candidate John McCain as his girlfriend Bristol Palin (C) looks on after they arrived to attend the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, September 3, 2008.

UPDATE: See also: “Analysis: McCain camp plays sexism card for Palin.”

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
 

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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.

Sep 012008
 

There are two videos currently making the rounds that you need to see (if you haven’t).

The first is an ABC News report from St. Paul, the site of the Republican National Convention. It seems that the delegates and lobbyists in attendance didn’t pay much attention to Johnny McCain’s request to “tone it down.”

The second is a recording of CNN’s Campbell Brown literally obliterating McCain campaign spokesman Tucker Bounds. She asked him to provide one example of one decision that Sarah Palin had made as Commander-in-Chief of the Alaska National Guard. In typical Republican fashion, he tap dances all around the question and never does provide an answer. It’s priceless television. Watch…

What a doofus, huh? If Tucker Bounds is not looking for new employment in the morning there is something gone awfully awry at the McCain campaign. Remember that this gentleman is representative of the type of people who will staff the White House should Johnny McCain somehow become the President of the United States.

Our Republicans are a source of never-ending entertainment. You’ve got to give them that.

Also see: “Disclosures on Palin Raise Questions on Vetting Process.”

UPDATE 09/02/08: Johnny McCain got so upset about Campbell Brown’s interview with Tucker Bounds (the second video above) that he canceled his own interview with CNN’s Larry King for tonight. Wow. Talk about petulance and immaturity! Ready to be President of the United States? Don’t think so.