Buck up, boys and girls. I have to admit I also nearly lost my cookies over this sadly disheartening evening. But, we should not be so surprised. This is the party that delivered the crime of the century in the 2000 election. Now we are reminded of the cheapshot artists we are dealing with. We have to stand up to them.
Unfortunately the conservatives and funda-mentals are as gullible as sheep. Fortunately they have short attention spans. This hysteria will die down in a week and the issues will come back into play.
Here are some talking points I think we need to focus on to counter the ever-popular Palin and the RNC attack in general.
Someone from TFO mentioned the bashing of Obama’s community service – THIS is a great one for us to focus on. It is subtly racist and overtly classist. Palin shamefully used this ploy but so did Giuliani. About three mintues later he was mocking Obama in a whiny voice – attempting to charge Obama with criticizing her small town mayoral beginnings “Oooh, I am sory it’s not cosmopolitan enough for you, and maybe they cling to religion.. etc. etc.” It was childish and countered his original point. The Reflubs can’t have it both ways – Obama can’t deign to do pitiful, worthless community service but be the elitist who would criticize mayoral experience. So… call them out on this point. It is a sure sign of desperation.
And Giuliani questioning Obama on religion or implying issues of their precious “family values”? What church does Giuliani attend? How many divorces? Or how many mistress suites does he maintain? What do they say about glass houses and throwing stones?
Giulini also lambasted Obama/Biden bc neither one has managed a multi-billion dollar budget or managed a large city or state. Hey I have never rebuilt an engine but I know when to change the oil , check the valves rely on a mechanic I trust for the big stuff. He criticized them bc they are not CEO’s. He actually used that term – CEOs: a modern day anathema in the minds of most. Well, tell the Regun-nuticans that real CHANGE is having two can-do people in there who are NOT CEOs and don’t belong to any CEOs.
Point out the obvious – that was a relatively small crowd – and it looked like it might have been a reunion concert of the Partridge Family. WHITE WHITE WHITE. Country First looks more like WHITE country first, I have seen more diversity at a skinhead convention.
The entire place chanting Drill Baby Drill is a frightening demonstration of how blasé the Republican party views environmental issues. THIS needs to be hammered upon them. If they can make light of drilling, they will not think twice of gang-raping ANWR up in Palin’s backyard. And after that doesn’t give them the oil they need, then where will they turn?
Giuliani praising McCain’s belligerent criticism of Putin. Even the average Redundican can admit Bush went too far. They don’t want another trigger happy president. McCain’s swagger AND TEMPER needs to be constantly pointed out. It reeks of Bush’s blind- cowboy foreign policy. ALSO – this Georgia Russia thing is bigger than people realize. Rick Davis, McCain’s Camp. Manager, is a long time D.C. lobbyist. He has serious loyalties to the Georgian govt. AND shady Russian businessmen. This is a conflict of interest of the highest degree – they are positioning themselves for something greasy and profitable. Google search it, it is everywhere. It is the most overlooked, yet revolting story surrounding the McC’aint Camp. Moreover, Putin is revered there. A Russian friend told me they like Putin bc he is strong like Stalin and they would rather be strong and ruled than weak and democratic. Putin is not Saddam Hussein.
How about when Palin literally offered her own son up to the frenzied crowd, like a sacrificial lamb (actually avoid this biblical reference when speaking with these people they are likely to froth at the mouth and call down the angels). She announced the boy’s forthcoming deployment. She rightfully acknowledged his sacrifice, but I don’t think she ever said anything about bringing him home. And quite frankly the boy looked overwhelmed and frightened. And she was shoving him off to die for the cause. God, I hope she doesn’t have to face that. Nearly 4200 now I think.
Then she offered her baby with Down’s Syndrome as well. Toting the little baby around like they were on their way to the K-Mart photo studio. And she promised all families with special needs that NOW they can FINALLY have an advocate in the white house. Was that meant to imply Clinton ignored special needs families. Or Bush for that matter? It was a cheap ploy. She may have perspective but to imply that she is somehow more compassionate is a cheap score.
And here are a few just quirky observations
What exactly did Mike Huckabee learn in the shower in college? And why do I want to know about it?
As I listened and watched Palin, I was struck with this – The Revolticans selected their V.P. the way Fox News selects their smarmy morning co-hostesses. Someone easy on the eyes, quick with a rhetorical blurb and witty enough to make the average Bob-slob, go, “Hu-hu-huh… She said a Hockey Mom is like a pit bull, but with lipstick! Yeah man, she’s alright! That’s one smart lady!”
What was up with that awkward rendition of the national anthem, mixed with famous speech sound bites, and an overt pledge of allegiance “under God” line. It was a trio that sounded like someone set the dial exactly between talk radio and a country twang station. Just a weird finale to a weird night.
Anytime, anyone even referred to “right-to-life” the audience cheered with maniacal vehemence. It was like a room possessed. Have your beliefs and opinions but my goodness, try to show some control over your own body. Any audio pick ups and we probably would have heard them speaking in tongue.
This may seem petty, but I have to say it. Cindy McCain frightens me. She is like a Snow Queen who lives in a crystal fairy-tale tower. I’ve noted some frighteningly evil looks she’s given off-handedly, throughout this conference. At one moment tonight, as Palin’s husband stood up with the baby, Cindy jerked away like she was worried Down’s Syndrome might be contagious. Petty and silly I know, but sad and probably true nonetheless.
Was that the pregnant daughter’s boyfriend. He was sure sporting a sly grin. Most young men in his position face a rather depressing future. This it seems is a perfect example of “falling upstairs”. This is the young man who refers to himself on his Myspace proudly as “a F***in’ redneck. Ah, at least there will finally be some class in the white house.
One of the biggest applauses came when Giuliani gave a geography lesson, saying that 250 Delawares would fit inside the borders of Alaska. Now THERE’s an argument. I have to admit, I was nearly convinced at that point. Those sheep would have bayed at anything at that point, and obviously they did. We can defeat these people. We must. They are idiots but idiots are dangerous.
Sorry for the lighthearted quirky quips at the end here. I had to get them out, to help me vent. If I didn’t laugh I would cry. And after all these things ARE all very weird and worthy of note. But we will demonstrate the dignity and high ground that Obama has maintained throughout. The serious talking points above are what we need to focus on to start hammering back.