Thursday, September 04, 2008

Political Mother

One might be tempted to fact check the Republicans at their convention this week, but they haven't offered any.

Like whole-cloth fabric of lies from Gov. Palin claiming 'I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere' -- Congress scuttled that huge earmark in Nov. 2005, a year before she took the office of the governor.

I did learn some reasons why Sen. McCain picked Gov. Plain to be his running mate. She's George W. Bush in heels, all hat and no cattle, and she did what McCain could not do - unify their party behind his campaign. And as a former TV sports reporter, she knows how to appear and talk in front of a camera ... although she has yet to actually provide other TV reporters the chance to interview her. But it's still just been a few days since she vaulted onto the political podium.

Her speech was a like a web page from any of several hardcore right-mommy bloggers whose love for party outweighs everything else, especially 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."

I get it, she's like Coulter but a brunette.

And it isn't just Gov. Palin who likes to spin til reality disappears:

FORMER ARKANSAS GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE: Palin "got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

THE FACTS: A whopper. Palin got 616 votes in the 1996 mayor's election, and got 909 in her 1999 re-election race, for a total of 1,525. Biden dropped out of the race after the Iowa caucuses, but he still got 76,165 votes in 23 states and the District of Columbia where he was on the ballot during the 2008 presidential primaries.

FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOV. MITT ROMNEY: "We need change, all right - change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington - throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin."

THE FACTS: A Back-to-the-Future moment. George W. Bush, a conservative Republican, has been president for nearly eight years. And until last year, Republicans controlled Congress. Only since January 2007 have Democrats have been in charge of the House and Senate."

At this point, I'm ready for Sen. McCain and those who support his ticket to deny the earth is round, that Democrats are actually demons with forked tongues and tails, and that it's really 1980 and the air is filled with flying pigs which poop gold and platinum bars, rainbows, and unicorns.


  1. Anonymous11:48 AM

    I expect the Republicans to live in a fantasy world. But I'm absolutely dumbfounded that the "Liberal Media" has ignored the rampant police attacks on peaceful protesters, in their own St. Paul homes. NPR finally mentioned "rioter" on Thursday. But if it weren't for internet bloggers, I wouldn't have known about the home invasions and arrests of war protesters and "anarchists" made during the past two weeks. Sure, the Republicans want to believe things are fine at the convention ... but why is everyone else buying into that crap? Barbed wire and SWAT teams outside the Convention Center? Preemptive strikes against the RNC Welcoming Committee? Why are these things buried or ignored by the media? Someone, give me an answer.


  2. So Joe is serving his bitter brew again by blubbering that even though Sarah Palin's approval rating is 90%, it is from Alaska, which shouldn't count since the Daily Kos (which leaves out the second "o" and "k" in Kos) hasn't told him that the state is important - as if Delaware is and Alaska isn't. At least, she hasn't quoted Neil Kinnock yet.

  3. actual facts and not jingoistic fictions, that's a hurdle the McCain-Palin ticket cannot overcome. i don't care what state she governs, as long as it isn't a state of delusional distortions and outright lies.

  4. actually palin's current approval rating is the low 70's. it's an impressive number, but a steep drop since the troopergate scandal broke. she will end up a non-factor in this eletion.