At the nominating convention of the party in power, a party whose leader had 8 years – two full terms – in office that they presumably would be celebrating if they thought they had a reason, they’ve shuttled the Emperor off to one side. He wasn’t even allowed to attend in person – the ultimate insult – instead, making an appearance via satellite on closed circuit tv. Adding insult to injury, they then gave the major speaking slot to John McCain’s real running mate (and potentially co-president a la Bush/Cheney), Joe Lieberman. Lieberman. An ex-Democrat so far to the right that even Harry Reid has given him up for lost.
war in Iraq despite risks to his campaign for the ., relegated to a minor role at the , praised as “ready to lead this nation,” a courageous candidate who supported the
I’m sorry, what??!! McC is courageous because he followed the pack? Did what he was told? Licked the Emperor’s boots? This is what passes for courage in the Republican party?
You gotta love the way these people are always the gutsy victims of some vicious, over-powering enemy even when they massively out-number that enemy and have every conceivable advantage. It’s sort of like hearing the Roman Senate bragging about how their heavily-armored and highly trained Legions stopped a revolt of slaves armed with rocks and sticks, only the way they tell it the Romans had the rocks and the slaves had 50mm Howitzers and the Empire was in grave danger from those 47 slaves and their sharpened thornbushes – or balsawood planes, if you’d rather.
But while George was lost in his usual fantasy of imagining himself and his GOP cohort as some combination of Winston Churchill & and the ’39 RAF and Leonidas & his 300 at Thermopylae, back in the real world (comparatively) Fred Thompson was going after the people who’ve been going after Li’l Sadie P.
I’m not in favor of beating up on Sarah Palin, mostly because I think it’s liable to back-fire but also because it’s too much like what they do. Besides, if you want to go after her, there’s tons of real stuff you could be talking about. Her daughter isn’t included in that assessment. Going after Bristol leaves us wide open to, well, this:
Theis “from a small town, with small town values, but that’s not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family,” former said in convention remarks released in advance.
He said McCain’s decision to place her on the ticket “has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic.” In the days since her selection, Palin has disclosed that her 17-year-old unmarried daughter is pregnant, and that a lawyer has been retained to represent her in an unfolding investigation in Alaska into the dismissal of a state employee.
“We need a president who doesn’t think that the protection of the unborn or a newly born baby is above his pay grade,” Thompson added.
Which isn’t, of course, what Obama said, but never mind. It fits the flow.
And mind you, Fred Thompson is about as much an orator as Bush is an Emperor – only in his mind (though he can read lines).
But Sarah is small potatoes compared to the GIGANTIC admission tacitly made by the GOP hierarchy that Georgie is a liability, a drag on the party. That even his own people aren’t buying the tale that he’s the sort of conquering hero he’s trying to portray himself as in his final (!) months in office. The Scourge of Jihadism! The Terror of the West! The Marshall of Dodge City!
“Sssh! George! Shut up and sit down over there in the corner. You’re embarassing us. Nobody thinks you’re cute any more. We’ve heard all your jokes and they weren’t that funny the first time.
“And take that lampshade off your head! (pause) I don’t care if Cheney told you it makes you look like Royalty, he was pulling your leg. Take it off. Now sit down on that orange crate and don’t say another word until it’s time to go home or I’ll smack you.
“What are you raising your hand for? Didn’t I just say –
“Oh. Down the hall and to the right. And DON’T FORGET TO WASH YOUR HANDS!”