Archives for: November 2008, 05
Magnanimity is nice
But let's not forget the hideous race John McCain ran.
I'm watching THE VIEW, and Joy Behar was talking about how last night McCain "finally came back to who he was." I.e., he's been kind of an ass for the past several months, and finally started to find his honor again. The token Republican countered with the following:
"I think it's hard because campaigns... really bring out the ugly in everyone on both sides. It's when you see them in their pure moments, Barack's speech last night, and John McCain's speech lsat night, that you see these moments of hope that they really have given us."
Curtains Cover Semi-Nude Justice Statue
So much for a lasting Republican majority
They've decided they're not right-wing extremist enough.
They're actually giving serious consideration to running Sarah or Mitt in 2012.
Sarah didn't know Africa was a continent.
Eric Cantor for house minority leader Boehner or whip, anyone?
There's virtually no one left in the GOP with a voice to stop their move to even further extremism.
Newsweek has a new series convering the campaign.
This shit is great. A helluva lot more at the link.
NEWSWEEK has also learned that Palin's shopping spree at high-end department stores was more extensive than previously reported. While publicly supporting Palin, McCain's top advisers privately fumed at what they regarded as her outrageous profligacy. One senior aide said that Nicolle Wallace had told Palin to buy three suits for the convention and hire a stylist. But instead, the vice presidential nominee began buying for herself and her family—clothes and accessories from top stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. According to two knowledgeable sources, a vast majority of the clothes were bought by a wealthy donor, who was shocked when he got the bill. Palin also used low-level staffers to buy some of the clothes on their credit cards. The McCain campaign found out last week when the aides sought reimbursement. One aide estimated that she spent "tens of thousands" more than the reported $150,000, and that $20,000 to $40,000 went to buy clothes for her husband. Some articles of clothing have apparently been lost. An angry aide characterized the shopping spree as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast," and said the truth will eventually come out when the Republican Party audits its books.
Bush White House Under Siege
I saw film of some of this right before I went to bed, last night.
In a heavy drizzle shortly after midnight, several thousand people filled the barricaded segment of Pennsylvania Avenue between 15th and 17th streets in front of the White House dancing and chanting "O-ba-ma!" and "Whose house? Obama's house!" Some sang "America the Beautiful" and "Star Spangled Banner."
The most remarkable scene unfolded after midnight in front of the White House. Under the watchful eye of the Secret Service and the Park Police, a predominantly young crowd waved huge American flags and sported signs that said "Yes we did!" Some climbed fences around the construction site where inaugural reviewing stands are going up.
A group of about a half-dozen Georgetown athletes said they jogged spontaneously from campus after hearing of Obama's victory. "This might be the best day of my life," said Danielle Bailey, 18, a freshman from Florida.
Kyle Poole, 48, a financier, said he brought a flag because he felt "honored and proud."
"I was once a Republican," he said. "Then George Bush came to the White House and now I'm thrilled to be here with the flag."
More humor and feelgood reporting at the WaPo link.
I heard the strangest sound around midnight, last night. Did anyone else hear it?
It sounded like popcorn, or millions of bottles of champagne being opened at the same time.
Or heads exploding.
Does anyone know what it was?
My First Request
PLEASE kick Liebermann to the curb.
The saying is, "as California goes, so goes the nation."
It looks like California is on the verge of putting bigotry in their state constitution. This surprises me.
Florida and Arizona banned same-sex marriage and Arkansas passed a measure that would stop homosexuals from adopting children, but SD and CO defeated laws aimed at being test cases to overturn abortion rights.
So, gender and race seem to be fading as barriers to equality.
Choice of life partner? It's going to take a while.
Time and Circumstance
I just wanted to say that... I don't know what to say. I can't even find anything to cut-n-paste that even comes close to capturing what I want to say. Being the fatalist that I am, of course I am well aware of the obstacles that lie before us but as a proud black liberal I allow myself the indulgence of basking in the moment. This moment reflects favorably on us all...but I will stop now, for there is nothing that I can say that will do justice to this moment. Although, perforce, it is just a moment and the work continues apace...
Just to be a dick..
An ode to Mooselini.
A Dream Fulfilled
Outside of Dr.King's "I Have a Dream" speech , Obama's acceptance speech was about one of the most inspiring things I've ever heard. All I can say is,