Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Day Three - Red Meat and Sarah!

I got home and got the kids sorted out by ten. I missed mitt Romney. Oh drag. I missed Huck-a-Duck. Oh drag. I hope you note the lack of enthusiasm. But considering the keynote was not planned to be the highlight, but the delicious pick for vice president , I'm going to skip the prelims.

The keynote address this year was given by America's Mayor (and winner for the stupidest-run campaign of 2008), Rudy Giuliani - On style and inspiration, Obama's keynote it wasn't. Rudy was pretty much all about the bloody as hell red meat. Considering that the keynote usually occurs on another night than the VP, though, there was no reason to do otherwise. Rudy started slow talking about McCain and Palin, then started tearing Obama left, right and center. It wasn't a moving speech, but a speech designed completely to fire up the base. Yeah, it did that.

Immediately after that, Governor Sarah Palin took to the stage. She was welcomed with long and thunderous applause. Now (and I'll cover this general topic next week) I do have to say I was disappointed her choice of outfit (I'm a perv, I was rooting for cleavage). And thus the speech began.

It started a little slow. I'll admit that it wasn't a speech that had me from word one. In fact, being hungry and thirsty, I had to cook up some mushrooms and poppers, and some mudslides. In that time Sarah got into her stride, her sense of sarcasm and good humor coming out. I was almost expecting to hear her describe Obama as a pair of clown shoes, but that was the only thing I didn't like. Other than that, she was funny, sweet, and proved she could deliver red meat. A good time was had by all, except for the liberals.

Then, after the speech, Sarah Palin's family joined her on the stage. The cheers went on. Then the cheers increased as John McCain stepped onto the stage - Lost interest.

Okay, it wasn't that bad, I just like to jab McCain for shits and giggles. Tomorrow night, though, I'll be listening and ready to flay. So on to the Asshat Watch:

First of all, there was at least one idiot pulled off on camera during the Palin speech. I think Sarah could have winged her from the stage. Also, there's Us Weekly, proving that balancing coerage is not important in the least. Asscheese, they are.

Finally, Obama is trying to take some of the energy from the convention. Tomorrow, he will be stepping on The O'Reilly Factor tomorrow night at 8PM. I actually want to see that more than McCain's speech.

But I'm too tired to blog anymore.


Beth said...

It was a prepared speech, but she did a hell of a good job delivering it.

Shaw Hussein Kenawe said...

Meanest political speech I've ever seen.

Home foreclosure, no. Education, no. Health care, no. Afghanistan/Pakistan, no. Make it about personality then destroy the other guy. And she's good at it.

PS. Like Gov. Palin, Jimmy Carter had "executive experience."

Abraham Lincoln and Harry Truman, and Dwight D. Eisenhower on the other hand, did not.

The "executive experience" is a silly argument that will appeal only to those who think with their teevee brains and nothing else.

It's still judgment that matters.

Gov. Palin gave a speech that appealed to the base, but apparently we still have to see if she convinced the people McCain needs--independents.

Obama already has 80% of Hillary's "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits" voters. In the latest poll, 80% said they'd vote for Obama.

Will the other 20% go for a team that is more conservative than Bush/Cheney? Will they vote for a team more conservative than the one in office now and the one that has led 80+ percent of Americans to say of their accomplishments that the country is going in the wrong direction?

Who knows.

Gov. Palin did her job. Gave a rousing speech to the Republican base, and gave a shot in the arm to an anemic McCain campaign.

Will it do the trick? No one knows.

We have yet to see if the National Enquirer will have proof of the rumors it has put out there on Gov. Palin. (If they're true, that could be the deal breaker.)

Normally, I don't pay attention to trash talk from a tabloid, but those same sort of rumors were accurate about John Edwards, and, IIRC, at the time, the conservatives were p.o.'d that the MSM wasn't reporting on it.

We'll see.

Shaw Hussein Kenawe said...

Oh, and this, too, just to keep thing factual, y'know? Honest?

PALIN: "I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere."

THE FACTS: As mayor of Wasilla, Palin hired a lobbyist and traveled to Washington annually to support earmarks for the town totaling $27 million. In her two years as governor, Alaska has requested nearly $750 million in special federal spending, by far the largest per-capita request in the nation. While Palin notes she rejected plans to build a $398 million bridge from Ketchikan to an island with 50 residents and an airport, that opposition came only after the plan was ridiculed nationally as a "bridge to nowhere."

PALIN: "The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars."

THE FACTS: The Tax Policy Center, a think tank run jointly by the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute, concluded that Obama's plan would increase after-tax income for middle-income taxpayers by about 5 percent by 2012, or nearly $2,200 annually. McCain's plan, which cuts taxes across all income levels, would raise after tax-income for middle-income taxpayers by 3 percent, the center concluded.

Obama would provide $80 billion in tax breaks, mainly for poor workers and the elderly, including tripling the Earned Income Tax Credit for minimum-wage workers and higher credits for larger families.

He also would raise income taxes, capital gains and dividend taxes on the wealthiest. He would raise payroll taxes on taxpayers with incomes above $250,000, and he would raise corporate taxes. Small businesses that make more than $250,000 a year would see taxes rise.


Toad734 said...

Wow, for the first time, I think I am going to have to put the Oreilly Factor on my calendar.

You forgot one thing about Giuliani's speech, 90% was wrong, inaccurate or a straight up lie.

Huckabees speech really wasn't bad but I heard Romney sucked it big time, didn't hear him. Its too bad about Huckabee, I actually respect him as a person and he is a likeable guy its just I can't get over his bible thumping and the fact that he thinks God made Adam from dirt 10,000 years ago and that Jesus rode dinosaurs to Church every Sunday.

And yes, Palin recited a good speech, congrats to whoever wrote it for her. The one thing she didn't and couldn't address which is the one thing that really matters in this election is the economy. So ya, Obama and Biden were never Mayor of a town of 8000 people and all of the sudden they aren't qualified. You know who else was never mayor or has never been in an executive role, has never led troops into battle? McCain!

When I was hearing her speech it was almost as if she was campaigning against McCain.

Oh, I heard something about McCain getting shot down and becoming a POW, did anyone else catch that or was that just some E-rumor?

Anonymous said...

For hevens sake EVERY speech is a prepared speech. Every speech form the presidential speech's on down!
Don't be so nieve

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shaw kenawe said...

To the guy who calls himself "debonair."

The point we're making about Gov. Palin is that Obama writes his own thoughts and words that become his very well received speeches.

Gov. Palin and Sen. McCain do not.

They depend on other people to articulate what they believe, apparently they can't do it themselves. Bill Clinton could and did do it--he winged it when there was a glitch during a state of the union address--he spoke extemporaneously for the rest of the speech, or the majority of it.

I'd like to see McCain or Palin do that.

It takes clear thinking and knowledge of the issues to do it.

Not just fightin' words and promises to make women go back to using hangers.

Just sayin'

Beth said...

Shaw, you don't even know the meaning of the word "debonair".

We all know Obama can write, big deal, wrote two books, but can't seem to write anything that his job as Senator usually does. That shouldn't be above his pay scale to write a piece of legislation.

Toad734 said...


Go to my blog, it explains it all. Again, inaccurate - lie. Not all just straight lies.

Toad734 said...

I guess, "misleading" would be the best way to describe it. But to start with the lies, Russia does not hold veto powers when it comes to disputes involving Russia and another country.

Either that was a lie or the people claiming to have all the international and foreign policy experience don't know their ass from a hole in the ground. Either way, it's bad.

shaw kenawe said...


Just to set you straight. Obama has written SEVERAL pieces of legislation as a US Senator--several of which were co-sponsored with Republican Senators: Lugar, Coburn and McCain.

I can't believe you and your fellow travelers still repeat that stupid lie.

Oh wait. Yes. I. Can.


Debonair-deb·o·nair also deb·o·naire (db-nâr)

Carefree and gay; jaunty.

Yes. I knew the meaning.

Beth said...

Well I was right, you don't know the meaning of the word debonair.

Plus, if you used Wikipedia, as I suspect you probably did to get the notion that Obama co-sposnsoring something (but his name wasn't actually on it) means he wrote it, then I have a bridge to sell you.

Patrick M said...

Beth: All these speeches are prepared. But the person often comes through as they give it.

Shaw: I've pretty much come to the conclusion that you can't say anything positive about McCain or Negative about Obama. So why should I take anything you say as anything more than partisan hackery?

It's still judgment that matters.

Thus the reason I won't vote for the Obamination.

The point we're making about Gov. Palin is that Obama writes his own thoughts and words that become his very well received speeches.

We all know Obama gives good speeches. The problem is that he has to write it down to be able to articulate it. McCain, and Palin, I suspect, can reel it off without a teleprompter.

Toad: When I quote you it's only because discussion seems pointless on this:

Oh, I heard something about McCain getting shot down and becoming a POW, did anyone else catch that or was that just some E-rumor?

Sometimes, you're just an idiot.

DD2: Shaw and Toad have had their daily ration of Kool Aid. So don't expect much more than you've gotten out of them.

Beth: Obama writes legislation sometimes. Then votes present.

Toad734 said...

Sarcasm! Every single speaker went on and on about McCain getting shot down and captured. How many times to they have to say it? I mean, I know its the only thing he's got going for him and its the only reason he has been able to break into politics but give it a rest already.

Patrick M said...

Toad: It's gotten hard to tell the difference between sarcasm and snideness when you comment.

Now his history definitely gave him his boost into politics. But you don't last decades if that's all you've got.

As for the POW story in politics, every politician has the story they repeat. It's the rest of the speech that we look at after the story is over.