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John McCain, Sleepy Delegates and Nothing Specific

I am trying to figure out what to say about John McCain’s speech at the convention last night but really am having a tough time.

The speech was… well…

Sad.

Yeah, yeah, I know- I’m a Democrat- and as such, you likely didn’t expect a glowing assessment from me- but even when Sarah Palin spoke the other night, she invoked… something within me… as did Rudy Giuliani, Joe Lieberman and Fred Thompson… even if that something was laughter or disdain… a flash of anger, perhaps.

But…

McCain?

Not so much.

I felt sorry for him.

This moment, this speech, this convention, was supposed to be his.

This was going to be his time to shine… his moment of truth…

Right?

Apparently not.

The entire episode, from start to finish, was uncomfortable.

McCain has never been counted among the greatest speakers in the world, but last night, not only did he not bring his A-Game…

He brought nothing.

Where was the Maverick?

Some of his own delegates fell asleep while the man was talking.

Uh…

That ain’t a good sign.

At no point, other than when talking about his POW experience, did he even say anything specific.

He spent a whole lot of time talking about “change” and serving the “greater good”, finding a “goal greater than yourself”… but never once managed to tell us what changes were coming, what greater good he serves, or what goal he’s encouraging us to reach for that is bigger than ourselves.

What is the plan of action, should he win this election?

He said he’d fought for the “right strategy” in Iraq, but…

What the heck does that mean?

Can I get a specific please? At least that way I could tell if his “right” strategies are “right” for my family, my country and myself.

Was he hoping to come across as a quiet, elderly man, who completely lacks any semblance of passion (except when speaking about himself and his own personal accomplishments from 40 years ago)?

I mean, if that’s what he was trying to do…

Mission Accomplished.

Where was the great warrior? What happened to the man who was going to grab this country by the ass and change us forever? 

Clearly The-Great-John-McCain was absent last night… perhaps having taken advantage of some cozy St. Paul diner’s early bird special and turning in early for the night… or something… because the man I saw take the stage…

… Had obviously already retired for the evening…

Way prior to his own opening remarks.

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Sarah Palin, Inconsistencies and Sweet Irony

Well, Wednesday night at the RNC certainly was interesting…

Mike Huckabee lost me pretty early on… though I did enjoy some of the anecdotes he shared about his upbringing. That part was kinda cool.

Personally, I think Rudy Giuliani was the star of the show… even though he was talkin’ trash about my boy Obama… I still think he was a hoot.

The much-anticipated Sarah Palin, however, is a different story.

She wants us to believe she represents change…

Seems a good start would have been to use someone other than George Bush’s speech writer.

I love all the ironies and flat-out inconsistencies that are Sarah Palin.

For example, it’s so ironic that she is waaaaay far on the right on all issues involving women’s reproductive rights… believes in abstinence-only teaching… and has a pregnant 17 year old child.

It’s also ironic that the woman dogs Obama out for his “lack of experience” in national/international politics and meanwhile… she’s got… uh… well… basically none.

Zero.

Obama may not be the most experienced politician on the planet, but let’s not forget this one important thing- He was elected- by his own party, by his fellow Americans- to be the Presidential Nominee for the Democrats.

Li’l Ms. Alaskan Sun certainly was not elected as the nominee for… anything… at least not where this particular election is concerned.

Nor would she have been- even if the Republicans had been given the option to do so… Cuz… um… until about a week ago no one even knew who she was.

Anyway, back to what I was saying-

Irony. Inconsistencies.

Ironic that she doesn’t believe Community Organizers have any real responsibilities… which is what Obama was, two decades ago… it’s how he got his political start, if you will…

Personally, I think it beats the hell out of the whole I-got-my-start-in-politics-by-joining-the-PTA-just-like-everyone-else rhetoric, but…

Whatever. 

I also realize she thinks her part-time job as mayor for the Alaskan equivalent of Mayberry came with responsibilities galore…

… But…

For all the challenges her teeny political gig in Wasilla came with…

She couldn’t handle them.

Mayor Palin was the first person to hold that particular office… in the entire town’s history… who had to hire someone to help her handle all the demands that came with being the mayor of a cute little village in Alaska.

And still managed to almost get ousted.

Huh.

She’s got what it takes, alright.

Yup, yup

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GOP, Law and Order, and Straight Up Panic

So I know every last one of us are watching the dog and pony show Republican National Convention each and every night with bated breath…

Right?

Of course we are.

So last night (Tuesday), we heard from a whole buncha folks, including our own esteemed Prez Bush (via satellite- he wasn’t coming anywhere near this thing was monitoring the Hurricane Gustav situation from the White House).

My favorite speaker of the night was Fred Thompson (no, no, not Lieberman… he’s not Christian).

Did I like what Thompson had to say?

Well, you know…

Like is such a strong word…

… But I tell you what, I won’t view those Law and Order reruns on TNT the same way ever again!

What really struck me about his speech were his comments about how he believes Sara Palin was a great choice for veep, and that liberals are in a panic over McCain’s choice.

I laughed.

Oh wait- he was being serious?

I’m sorry… I thought he was being funny…

I love how the GOP is talkin’ out of both sides of their mouths right about now…

Cuz it was just today, actually, that two Republican pundits- Peggy Noonan and Mike Murphy- were caught on tape ‘disparaging’ Mrs. Palin.

“It’s over,” Noonan said.

When Chuck Todd asked her if this was the most qualified woman the Republicans could nominate, Noonan responded, “The most qualified? No. I think they went for this, excuse me, political bullshit about narratives. Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and that’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.”

Murphy characterized the choices as “cynical” and “gimmicky.”

Seems like perhaps good ol’ Fred Thompson got it backwords, eh?

Personally, I’m not panicking in the slightest…

Looks like the GOP’s all over that particular market.

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Old Rich White Guys, the GOP and Diversity

Since politics can be a serious thing… I mean we’re screening people to become our next world leaders and all… I will try to keep a straight face for the duration of this post.

(smirking)

The GOP has announced the “stars” of its convention. They have chosen them in an attempt to showcase their party’s… uhh…

Diversity.

Huh.

Ok… well, I guess if a whole lotta old rich white guys… coupled with one old (and yes, rich) white lady thrown in the mix for good measure constitutes diversity then…

There you have it!

According to the Huffington Post, the GOP will host such “super-diverse” leaders as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudy Giuliani, Joe Liebermann, Bush Jr., Dick Cheney… and just cuz they really want to diversify… Laura Bush.

I’m sure she’s there for reasons other than, “Hey- since my hubby’s going to be there, I just came along for the ride”.

Right…?

I mean, not like we’re a nation of many races and ethnicities or anything…

But hey- if that smattering of folks who not only think alike but look startlingly similar as well doesn’t accurately represent this country than I don’t know what does!

Here’s to diversity, as after all, ain’t no party like the GOP party.

You’re right- this isn’t funny at all.