Sunday, August 31, 2008

Repubs Think Women Are Stupid

In addition to the fact that John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin is the most cynical mockery of the tradition that a presidential candidate picks his running mate, McCain’s choice is a clear indication that the Republican Party assumes all women are silly twits and stupid. The Republican Party has declared that the women who worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign are going to run like mesmerized rats behind pied piper Palin and cheerfully, nay, giddily vote for John McCain simply to have a woman as Vice President. Presumably, the thinking behind this preposterous idea is, as Samantha Bee said on The Daily Show on Friday night: since all women have boobs and a vagina, all women have so much in common with Palin. The missing detail in this Republican strategy is that all the women who were committed to Hillary Clinton’s campaign also have a functioning, well-exercised, well-organized BRAIN. And having a functioning brain militates against voting for McCain in the first place. But having a working brain certainly makes it unlikely that one would vote for McCain in order to have an inexperienced self-described soccer-mom from Alaska at the helm if an unwell and aged McCain drops dead during his presidency. When asked what Palin’s qualifications are, Republican flacks and sycophants say she is a mother of five, has already been mayor of a town and governor of a state and therefore she is fully qualified to be president of the United States, should that occasion arise. Given the last eight years of having a narcissistic, bumbling, braindead, alcoholic, drug-loving, low-achieving, delusional Republican as our president, it is not surprising that the Republican Party would have no qualms about putting forward Sarah Palin as Vice President. Even though the town she was Mayor of, Wasilla—a suburb of Anchorage—has only 9000 people, and the state she governs has a population the size of Milwaukee. But it’s the cynicism of the choice of Sarah Palin that is so disturbing. The youngest of her five children has Down Syndrome. Ralph Reed remarked about Palin’s having an impaired baby rather than having an abortion, “it is almost impossible to exaggerate how important that is to the conservative faith community." Reed is that paragon of corrupt sleaze from the born-again faction who is implicated in the ongoing Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal. John McCain met Sarah Palin once. McCain was 72 this past Friday and has been treated for many bouts of melanoma and has health problems. Even so, he decided that Sarah Palin, who is inexperienced and knows nothing about Washington, DC politics or foreign policy, would be a dandy running mate because she is a woman and because she decided against having an abortion. Up until last Friday I was bored with the campaign hype and nonsense from both sides of the aisle and particularly from the TV pundits and mavens. That has changed. I am looking forward to a debate or maybe a series of debates between Obama’s running mate, Senator Joe Biden, who knows more about Washington politics and foreign policy than anyone in Washington, and Ms Know-nothing Palin who has only five years of politics under her belt and those years have been spent in Alaska. Oh, by the way, the Alaska state legislature this week voted to hire an independent investigator to see whether Ms. Palin abused her office by trying to get her former brother-in-law fired from his job as an Alaska state trooper. Heh! Heh-heh-heh!!!!! The circus has definitely come to town.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Want To Help Obama?

Tell everyone to read Frank Rich in the New York Times today. First, I will say, without fear of being wrong because I know it’s true: The Mainstream Media is interested only in selling its product. And as an editor of mine used to tell me 24 years ago, “You’ve got to add some conflict to your reports. Conflict sells.” And there you have it. I do not believe for a minute that McCain is neck and neck with Obama. And he certainly is not ahead of Obama. But the IDEA that the race may be close, the IDEA that McCain can win is being fueled by the Mainstream Media because otherwise this election season is BORING-BORING-BORING. That said, let me quote a few facts about McCain from the Rich article. This is by way of helping any of you who like to have FACTS to show to those who might benightedly consider voting for John McCain. As Rich says, the public does NOT know John McCain. Because the public is as forgetful as the Senator from Arizona himself is forgetful: Rich says, “What is widely known is the skin-deep, out-of-date McCain image. As this fairy tale has it, the hero who survived the Hanoi Hilton has stood up as rebelliously in Washington as he did to his Vietnamese captors. He strenuously opposed the execution of the Iraq war; he slammed the president’s response to Katrina; he fought the “agents of intolerance” of the religious right; he crusaded against the G.O.P. House leader Tom DeLay, the criminal lobbyist Jack Abramoff and their coterie of influence peddlers. With the exception of McCain’s imprisonment in Vietnam, every aspect of this profile in courage is inaccurate or defunct.” Rich goes on to say: “McCain never called for Donald Rumsfeld to be fired and didn’t start criticizing the war plan until late August 2003, nearly four months after “Mission Accomplished.” By then the growing insurgency was undeniable. On the day Hurricane Katrina hit, McCain laughed it up with the oblivious president at a birthday photo-op in Arizona. McCain didn’t get to New Orleans for another six months and didn’t sharply express public criticism of the Bush response to the calamity until this April, when he traveled to the Gulf Coast in desperate search of election-year pageantry surrounding him with black extras. McCain long ago embraced the right’s agents of intolerance, even spending months courting the Rev. John Hagee, whose fringe views about Roman Catholics and the Holocaust were known to anyone who can use the Internet. (Once the McCain campaign discovered YouTube, it ditched Hagee.) On Monday McCain is scheduled to appear at an Atlanta fund-raiser being promoted by Ralph Reed, who is not only the former aide de camp to one of the agents of intolerance McCain once vilified (Pat Robertson) but is also the former Abramoff acolyte showcased in McCain’s own Senate investigation of Indian casino lobbying.” Rich writes: “Though the McCain campaign announced a new no-lobbyists policy three months after The Washington Post’s February report that lobbyists were “essentially running” the whole operation, the fact remains that McCain’s top officials and fund-raisers have past financial ties to nearly every domestic and foreign flashpoint, from Fannie Mae to Blackwater to Ahmad Chalabi to the government of Georgia. No sooner does McCain flip-flop on oil drilling than a bevy of Hess Oil family members and executives, not to mention a lowly Hess office manager and his wife, each give a maximum $28,500 to the Republican Party.” Further on, Rich quotes Josh Marshall’s “Talking Points Memo”, saying: “Most Americans still don’t know, as Marshall writes, that on the campaign trail ‘McCain frequently forgets key elements of policies, gets countries’ names wrong, forgets things he’s said only hours or days before and is frequently just confused.’ Most Americans still don’t know it is precisely for this reason that the McCain campaign has now shut down the press’s previously unfettered access to the candidate on the Straight Talk Express.” So, read Frank Rich today and arm yourself with facts about the very senior and very forgetful, lying, unprincipled, even corrupt loose cannon Senator John McCain, who will do anything and say anything and kiss the ass of any Republican to further his campaign for the presidency.