It was Fear and Loathing Night at the RNC yesterday. I couldn't even bring myself to tune in when I saw the lineup (Giuliani, Romney, Palin). But I caught the aftermath and, of course, read transcripts and heard/saw the money lines.
This is going to come as no surprise to anyone who's been paying attention for the last, oh, 40 years or so. But I'll say it anyway. Republicans are really assholes.
God, I hate to generalize like that. I know some Republicans/conservatives who are decent enough people. But the level of derision from the people speaking last night was just unbearable. I know you're supposed to treat your opposition like, well, the opposition. But the Dems made their case based on policy, not ad hominem attacks. They made the point over and over, and speaker by speaker, that they admired John McCain for his service to the country but they thought he was wrong and would just continue the policies of the Bush administration. Which, you may have heard, are quite unpopular.
The Republicans did nothing to contradict that claim. I'm guessing it's because they have every intention of continuing these policies and would rather avoid the subject altogether. So rather than actually talk about the failed and unpopular policies that they support, they fall back on their old themes: 1) We are the real Americans and we will protect you from those horrible other people in this dangerous world and 2) Democrats are total fags.
The speeches were almost entirely devoid of substance. And often just mind-boggling in their nonsensicality. Mitt Romney claimed that we need to take back Washington from the liberals. The liberals? Really? Like Dennis Kucinich runs the place? Let's see, Bush and Cheney, the two most right-wing executives we've had since, well, ever, have been in charge for the past eight years. 7 of our 9 Supreme Court justices were appointed by Republicans. And until just last year, the Republicans controlled congress too. (And by the way, since they lost control of it, the Dems have done nothing to challenge them, which is the real reason they're so unpopular too.)
So what the hell is the "Washington establishment" that these people are running against? "Elect us! It'll be a refreshing change from...us!" The "change" and "maverick" memes are not only meaningless, they're entirely backwards. But say something often enough and loud enough...
And Rudy Giuliani, who I've never liked, has managed to make me like him even less. You have no idea what an accomplishment this is. Apparently, he's outraged that in four days at the DNC they never mentioned 9/11. Shocking! (They did mention getting Osama bin Laden, but they didn't use the actual words "9" or "11" so it doesn't count.) Well, so far at the RNC, I haven't yet heard the words "Abu Ghraib" or "Guantanamo" or "Halliburton". Or "Kerik", for that matter.
Republicans of this nature generally have no problem hating on the people that thy are supposed to represent when it suits them to do so. (GWB mentioned McCain being able to fight "the angry left". Well, guess what? We're angry for good reason. And so is the middle. And it's because of you, you stupid fuckhead.) But Giuliani has consistently railed against his own city while on the campaign trail. It's been positively gross.
Rudy, I'm sorry that the city that gave you 8 years to pad your resume (and your wallet) is filled with effete snobs who aren't sufficiently paranoid and, apparently, hate their country. We'll be happy if you never set foot here again. And get out of Minnesota too, you skeevy narcissistic bastard. You're polluting that place. If you want to see Americans who really hate their country, go to Alaska. I think you'll find some people there who fit the bill. Oh, and Palin's husband is one of them. Possibly her too.
We the People of the angry left don't hate our country. We hate what you people have done to it. And it looks like you have no intention of stopping.
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