Thursday, September 11, 2008

Prepare: Plainly Partisan Political Post

I am so, SO disgusted by the hypocrisy of the Republican party right now, it makes me want to throw up.

If you have a legitimately different opinion than mine, on ANY topic, well...that's your right. If you can thoughtfully and respectfully express that difference of opinion,'re not going to change my mind, most likely (and I can accept that I'm not likely to change yours), but we can amicably agree to disagree.

But if you're going to fill the airwaves with hypocrisy, half-truths and flat-out lies, well...I don't and can't respect that. In the immortal words of Kathy Griffin, you can suck it!

To wit: the "lipstick on a pig" controversy. WTF? Barack Obama did not invent that saying out of whole cloth. It's a very old colloquialism. Did he choose that one specifically over, say..."if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck..." because Sarah Palin herself made a lipstick joke? (Which, by the way, I found offensive to the gentle, affectionate pit bull.) Perhaps he did. He's quick like that. (And thank god for it.)

But the Republican response? Un-frickin'-believable. "He insulted her." "How dare he?" "He called her a pig!" Oh, grow up. John McCain himself used that exact same expression, word for word, just last May, when talking about Hillary Clinton's health care plan. (Dick Cheney is on record as having used it as well, when talking about Democrats.) Did Hillary's supporters swing into action, accusing McCain of insulting THEIR darling? They did not. Why not? Well, I can only speculate (not being in Hillary's inner circle) that they did not because they were intelligent enough to recognize it for what it was--a folksy saying used in the context of a political campaign as a way of expressing disagreement with a particular policy or policies. No big deal.

Why are the American people letting them get away with this bullshit? Why are we letting Mike Huckabee (a former Southern Baptist pastor) stand up in front of the country and say "I want to tell you folks something. She got more votes running for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States."

It's patently untrue: 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.

I call foul. Why isn't everyone? Why aren't the rational members of the Republican Party (and yes, I know you're out there--some of you are even related to me) saying "Hey--that's not right. Can't we lay our policies and beliefs out there to stand on their own, without lying outright to get applause?"

"I said 'no thanks' to that bridge!" Sure, you did, Sarah. But only after actively advocating FOR it during your gubernatorial campaign, and only after it became clear that Congress wasn't going to let you build it, AND you kept the money anyway, so...WTF?

Sarah Palin's children, particularly Bristol, are strictly "off-limits" for discussion. Okay, but where were the outcries when John McCain called a young Chelsea Clinton "ugly" at a Republican fundraiser in 1998? (And in my opinion, saying "she's pregnant" and "she's ugly" are worlds apart. One is fact, one is mean-spirited judgment.)

Well, I could keep going for a while, and yeah, yeah...I'm sure there are plenty of examples of hypocrisy on the other side of the aisle, and if you want to write about them on YOUR blog, feel free. I might even come read it. But this is MY blog, and I'm pissed at the Republicans.

I've been wearing my black wristband to work all week. I think I'll wear it until Bush is out of office. It's the least I can do in payback for having to listen to THIS kind of thoughtful, intelligent political discourse:

(Note: this was an actual conversation held within my hearing by my Republican coworkers the morning after the John Edwards sex scandal broke.)

"Did you hear about Edwards? Isn't that hilarious?"

(There is much audible laughter.)

"Just your typical liberal."

"Do you think they'll still let him speak at the convention?"

"LET him speak? He'll be their HERO. It will be a coronation!"

(There is much more audible laughter.)

At which point I couldn't stand it any longer, so I walked up and said "yeah, he cheated on his wife, just like any number of politicians, including a good many Republicans, since cheaters don't come with any particular party affiliation." And then I went outside and petted the parking lot cat for awhile. They were quiet when I came back inside.

Truly, I ask you, WTfrickin'F? Because Bill Clinton had affairs, Democrats must LOVE adultery? Guess what? We don't. I was incredibly saddened and disappointed by John Edwards' actions. And, by the by, we are NOT the party who is currently making heroes of Rudy Giuliani (who openly squired his mistress to NYC events and tried to have his wife ejected from Gracie Mansion) and John McCain (who cheated on his first wife numerous times after she became disabled.) That would be...oh, wait...the Republicans.

It's going to be a long couple of months around here, and I have a feeling that cat is going to get a LOT of petting. And there may be more ranting in this space. I probably won't be able to help it--after all, my blog turns TWO tomorrow, and you know how toddlers can be with the tantrums. Heh.


-R- said...

I agree. I don't care if we have a difference in opinion about policies. I do care if you think it is ok to lie ALL THE TIME and attack people for random things that DON'T MAKE SENSE.

The Coconut Diaries said...

Happy Birthday Blog!

When Pig-gate broke I, literally, threw my hands up and said "are you freakin' kidding me?". It can't go both ways. You can't be a tough woman who runs around making putting down Barack's community leader position; then call FOUL when your stuff is picked apart.

She almost makes me wish Hillary was back. Almost.

Sauntering Soul said...

I agree with you 100% on every single thing you said.

And another thing: I really wish Sarah could say something, anything, new and different than what she said in her convention acceptance speech. I got home kind of late last night and turned my TV on to see her making a speech at the airport in Alaska. I could only stand to watch for about 5 minutes because she was repeating word for word what she has said in every freakin' speech she's made for the past week. And they keep preaching to us that they are going to go "shake things up in Washington"? She can't even shake things up in her speeches.

Stefanie said...

Amen, Liz.

You know what sucks? The Democrats probably aren't responding to this nonsense because they figure the American people are smart enough to see through it. After the past two elections, though, I'm afraid people AREN'T smart enough to see through it. Folksiness and bullying won the last two elections. I'm terrified it could win this one, too.

lizgwiz said...

Glad I'm among good company HERE, at any rate. If not at work. ;)

stef, did you see Barack on Letterman the other night? He did actually say he thought Americans were smart enough to see through it. I'm a-feared!!

flurrious said...

I can't remember a political season ever making me this angry before. Perhaps because our country is in crisis in so many different respects, and rather than address any of that, the McCain campaign would prefer to engage in schoolyard bullying and blatant lying -- and worse, so many voters are cheering them on for it.

The Coconut Diaries said...

OMG! Did you see Palin's interview Charlie Gibson?? If she gets in office, I am moving to Canada.

Knot said...

I don't like either one of the parties. Here's why.

Reps: He has no experience
Dem: She has no experience

I'm more disappointed that the American people treat this more like they are electing the next king than they do the president. The founding fathers would roll in their graves if they knew we put so much attention on the president who was NEVER supposed to have so much sway. It's like a bad episode of American Idol that won't stop.

Power in our system lies in Congress, they set agendas and pass bills to be signed as laws. If you want to affect "change" - and that word isn't trademarked btw - then we should focus on fixing the real issue, Congress.


Melliferous Pants said...

I agree with every single word you've written. I'm sorry you have to deal with the sensationalized republican's...but at least you have the parking lot cat?

Living in an uber red state has been a frustrating experience for me. I hope there are enough people to see through the ickiness because I don't think I can take another four years of Bush 2. And Sarah Palin scares the HELL out of me.

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