Politics postsThursday September 04, 2008
The Community Organizer
This is great. This is exactly what he should be saying. Comments came during a speech to factory workers in York, Pa.:
“You wouldn't know that this is such a critical election by watching the convention last night. I know we had our week, and the Republicans deserve theirs, but it's been amazing to me to watch over the last two nights.
”You're hearing a lot about John McCain, and he's got a compelling biography as a prisoner of war. You're hearing an awful lot about me, most of which is not true. What you're not hearing is a lot about you.
“The thing that I'm insisting on in this election is we can't keep playing the same political games we always play where we attack each other and we call each other names. They've had a lot of speakers. And if they had a bunch of ideas, you'd think they would have put 'em out there by now. And so the question is, what's their agenda? What's their plan?”
Things to read and watch while the culture wars start up again
If you need to laugh at the hypocrisy of the Republican party, The Daily Show is there for you.
Also Gail Collins has a good column on Palin's speech.
And just came across this guy: Oliver Willis. Here's his 10 Things You Need to Know about John McCain. No. 7 is particularly scary:
Many of McCain’s fellow Republican senators say he’s too reckless to be commander in chief. One Republican senator said: “The thought of his being president sends a cold chill down my spine. He’s erratic. He’s hotheaded. He loses his temper and he worries me.”
Meanwhile, a reminder of Barack's original rationale for opposing the Iraq War in 2002, and why we need smart back in the White House:
“I know that even a successful war against Iraq will require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences. I know that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world and strengthen the recruitment arm of al Qaeda. I am not opposed to all wars. I’m opposed to dumb wars.” – Barack Obama, 2002
Quick thoughts on last night: Sarah Palin is the best speaker the Republicans have trotted out but she's also a bully, and someone who obviously enjoys being a bully. And we've just had eight years of two of the biggest bullies who have ever held the highest offices in the land — and look where it's gotten us. How many more enemies can we afford to make?
As for her joke about the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull — that the hockey mom wears lipstick? I know it's a joke but: Why does a hockey mom need to be a pit bull? Who is she attacking? Who is she biting? The coach? The other kids? Her own kids?
And since when did any leader of ours want to be a pit bull or a bully? When did that become a positive? Are we still such a sad, scared little country that we need to keep electing these people?
Talkin' RNC Blues
Sounds like a great show last night at the Parkway Theater near Lake Nokomis in South Minneapolis. My friend Jim Walsh hosting Billy Bragg, Tom Morello, Ike Reilly, others. David Carr taking notes. Read about it here. I'll post Carr's stuff when it arrives.
UPDATE: As promised, Dave Carr's piece.