Wednesday, September 03, 2008

American Taliban reignites culture wars

The hate rhetoric hit screechy last night:

"Democrats present a history-making nominee for president. History making in that he is the most liberal, most inexperienced nominee ever to run for president," Thompson said as delegates roared their agreement.

Yes, 'liberal' is defamatory and we all know how much experience matters by now, especially to John McSame's selection of a soul running mate. But Lazy Fred glossed over the beleaguered Sarah Palin's lack thereof ...

Thompson delivered a particularly sharp defense of the Alaska governor. She is "from a small town, with small-town values, but that's not good enough for those folks who are attacking her and her family."

And one more from the old actor, with feeling:

He said McCain's decision to place her on the ticket "has the other side and their friends in the media in a state of panic."

Well played, Fred. You get the Emmy. Only one line worth noting from Holy Joe, though: "Country matters more than party," said Lieberman, oblivious to Palin's enthusiastic participation in a secessionist third party in Alaska.

I'm at a loss to understand the cognitive dissonance associated with the Republican rationale for attracting disaffected Hillary supporters, who would have to abandon their pro-choice position in order to support the "small-town" Sarah Palin -- who doesn't believe a woman deserves a choice even if her pregnancy is the result of rape or incest.

Seems a bit hypocritical to me, I don't know. What is clear to me is that even Republican women who support a right to reproductive freedom for their daughters have a crystal clear choice in this election.

But most clearly, everyone gets that John McCain's a war hero. Hooray for him. John McCain also got the shit kicked out of him by the Vietnamese. Sorry for him.

Those simply aren't qualifications for the highest office in the land.

Update: The bookmaker's odds on Sarah Palin being dropped from the ticket have plummeted, just as Barack Obama's lead in the polls over McSame has soared. Though let's not disturb the GOP as they rejoice in the "land of make-believe", as Jack Cafferty noted. It's really all they have left.

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