Nutshell Version: Only the desperate morons of the Left would go plucking stories about vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin right off the newsvine in order to point and laugh at them. Instead, they should emulate the intelligent and restrained bloggers of the far right, who---far more productively---only mock stories they make up themselves.
Campaign Trail Fan Fic for Mean Girls (nutshell version): John McCain's pick of a beautiful, quirky, untested, unqualified beauty queen to be his running mate has totally preempted the script I'm currently writing for a Lifetime Original Movie (in which the presidential contender chooses a beautiful, quirky, untested, unqualified columnist to be his running mate and then chokes on a pretzel, after which she becomes the true American idol.) I am seriously displeased.
Did he think I was going to let that go? I'm not going to let that go.
As always, I count on my party's base to be so out of touch with their own interests and reality in general that they will once again vote for a ticket poised to sell them out to big corporations and rich guys like me. On the other hand---if I weren't stuck in the role of rictus-grinning neocon cheerleader---I'd admit that I'm as gobsmacked and frightened as the next GOPper that McCain chose someone to be VP who gives us nothing more to trust in than the cluelessness of our base. What if you really can't fool some of the people all of the time?
"Hillary left 18 million cracks in the highest, hardest glass ceiling
in America. But it turns out the women of America aren't finished yet,
and we can shatter that glass ceiling once and for all." (CNN)
Van Jones says at The HuffPost that someone must say, and soon: " 'I know Senator Clinton. Senator Clinton is a friend of mine. And Sarah Palin is no Hillary Rodham Clinton.'"
But Hillary can speak for herself. She's congratulated Palin---fine---while saying that she would take us in the wrong direction. Here's what I, a Clinton supporter, want to hear and what the times demand:
"I'm Senator Clinton. I stand, as I've always stood, for the principles of the Democratic party. And you, Sarah Palin, are no Hillary Rodham Clinton."
by Damozel | We've already done one blogger round-up of the Palin pick here. At our sister blog, you can find a short piece on Palin's connection to the oil industry (and the Malkin's ringing endorsement of it).
Former Bush speechwriterDavid Frum
considers the choice of Palin "irresponsible," given the shrinking
Republican voter base and the distrust most Republicans feel for
McCain. But he nicely frames the arguments that Dems will be hammering
home (thanks, Dave).
Posted by Blue StockingS | From The Guardian, Oct 7, 2005:
George Bush has claimed he was on a mission from God when he launched
the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, according to a senior
Palestinian politician in an interview to be broadcast by the BBC later
Bush revealed the extent of his religious fervour when he met a
Palestinian delegation during the Israeli-Palestinian summit at the
Egpytian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, four months after the US-led
invasion of Iraq in 2003.
One of the delegates, Nabil Shaath, who
was Palestinian foreign minister at the time, said: "President Bush
said to all of us: 'I am driven with a mission from God'. God would
tell me, 'George go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan'. And I
did. And then God would tell me 'George, go and end the tyranny in
Iraq'. And I did."
Mr Bush went on: "And now, again, I feel God's
words coming to me, 'Go get the Palestinians their state and get the
Israelis their security, and get peace in the Middle East'. And, by
God, I'm gonna do it." (Guardian)
Posted by Blue Stockings |TBogg quoted this idiot Malkin post way back when (okay, it was May but it seems a long time ago):
Alaska GOP Gov. Sarah Palin is taking on the Bush administration’s
eco-pandering decision to put polar bears on the threatened species
list. Via Reuters comes news that Alaska will file suit to block the
move. With staunch, sane, principled conservatives like Gov. Palin and
Sen. James Inhofe taking a stand, there’s hope–however dwindling–for
the GOP yet. Keep hope alive (The Malkin)
by The Puppet Mistress | Gore---once mocked for his "wooden" presentations---nevertheless made a great speech. An Inconvenient Truth, the Pulitzer prize acceptance, and all his presentations on climate change have really improved his oratorical style.
While the PUMAs---grieved and silent---try to watch Hillary's speech, Oliver begs them to heal. He ends up lying on his back begging them to heal as they gather round in consternation. They very sweetly help him back to his feet.
by the Puppet Mistress | Democrats can't resist the Clinton star power when they're in its presence. And---once again---she brought the unity. Certainly one of the most dramatic moments in convention history.
by Blue Stockings | A lot of people who mainly remember him for his gentlemanly demeanor and swiftboating were surprised by this speech. Funny how the media image of someone can override what you know about him. As Pamela Leavey says, this is the real John Kerry. Many bloggers think it was the best speech of the night---so infuriated that it wasn't aired. As Andrew Sullivan said, "Cable believed their pundits were more interesting than this speech. They made the wrong call."
by Teh Nutroots | It is all right with me if Democrats want to jeer a bit at Obama's choice of a columned venue for his speech. He should have studied more Greek tragedy in college, is all I'm saying---and that goes double for W. The ancient Greeks have much to teach us all about hubris.
In the meantime, Republicans, especially far right wingnuts and John McCain, need to belt up. Here's why:
Barack Obama's appearance in Denver won't be the first convention speech framed by Greek columns.
Republicans who are mocking Obama's appearance haven't mentioned it,
but George W. Bush accepted his own nomination in 2004 on a set with a
similar neoclassical theme, with columns rising on either side of him,
as the pictures above and below show.
Indeed, the Bush set and the Obama sets currently look strikingly similar, with the podium set well in front of the columns, and connected by a path. (Ben Smith)
by Blue Stockings | As Crooks & Liars points out, they were mostly always a media phenomenon. Interestingly, Chuck Todd actually seems to have cottoned onto this. Moreover, he points out that the Republicans have their own little problem: angry Paultards.
When PUMAs start shrieking like maenads prior to tearing Obama to shreds, or tell me they are voting for McCain, I point at them and denounce them in a booming voice. "YOU ARE NOT A DEMOCRAT. PLEASE, VOTE FOR McCAIN." McCain's welcome to them.
by The Puppet Mistress | I'll post the speech when it's available. For now, here's a list of reviews. As a former Clinton supporter, I can't help loving the kudos she's getting. I just hope this speech will remind the people who have forgotten or who are too young to remember: Real Dems love Hillary. Politically, this might have been the best thing that could have happened to her. It was a shining moment---a redemption from the point of view of her detractors and a confirmation for her supporters. Love it.
 "malkin after midnight" by skippy the bush kangaroo. skippy reports on the ATTACK on the malkin! The reports of the threat have been greatly exaggerated....not that you would know this from the reaction of what skippy calls the-hardly-ever-right.
The damn thing was a literal labor of hate, as I could only do so much
research on things like Abu Ghraib and the government’s response to
Hurricane Katrina before pounding down a bottle of Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale and calling my friends to bitch about how terrible the last eight years have been.