WEAPONIZED POLITICS

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Ugh. Double ugh and a vodka martini on top, thanks.

Last night’s speech by Sarah Palin was political theatre at its most sanctimonious. There’s really no other way to describe it.

It’s bad enough to see Rudy Giuliani speak out on the national stage yet again (talk about repressed memories). Some of the more notable quotes from the man:

“He is the least experienced candidate for president of the United States in at least the last 100 years.”

Sure Rudy. Here’s a list of some of America’s previous Presidents and their “experience” going into office:

Warren Harding – a Lieutenant Governor of Ohio before he became a U.S. Senator.
Herbert Hoover – U.S. Secretary of Commerce before winning the Presidency.
Dwight Eisenhower – U.S. Army Supreme Allied Commander in WW2.
John F. Kennedy – NO previous Executive experience of any kind, U.S. Congressman from 1947 to 1960.

Barack Obama – Teacher of constitutional law for 12 years, community worker and advocate for more than 10 years, state legislator in Illinois from 1997 to 2004, U.S. Senator from 2005 to present.

In other words, while Obama might not be the most Executive-level experienced candidate in U.S. history, it’s a bit petty and hypocritical to say he lacks experience. And since when did “Executive-level experience” even matter? A person doesn’t get to the top of American politics because he or she looks good (well, at least not all the time).

“Not a personal attack, a statement of fact. Barack Obama has never led anything, nothing, nada.”

Wow Rudy, you outright lied on national television. Again. And you managed to look like a jerk in the process. Good for you!

“I’m sorry that Barack Obama feels that her hometown isn’t cosmopolitan enough.”

Well, a town of less than 10,000 people is quite a contrast from 300 million people. Just saying. Oh, nice little subtle jab at Obama’s perceived “elite” qualities by distancing him from small-town, rural America. That’s a nice touch!

Anyway, enough of that. Onto the Palin Express! Here’s some of her more notable quotes:

“Since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience, let me explain to them what the job involves. I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a ‘community organizer,’ except that you have actual responsibilities.”

Right, and all those years in Illinois State Legislature and the U.S. Senate were basically throw-away years for Obama. And as Moby (!) points out, Palin’s approach being a mayor was, well, shall we say, taking her responsibilities a touch too far at times.

“Listening to him speak it’s easy to forget that this is a man who’s authored two memoirs, but not a single major law or even a reform, not even in the state Senate.”

Okay, now this is just insane. Lies, lies and more lies – congrats America, you’re getting a Veep candidate that gets away with outright lies on national television.

Here’s a list of what Obama has done, thanks to various sources tagged via Wikipedia:

– Gained bipartisan support for legislation reforming ethics and health care laws;
– Sponsored a law increasing tax credits for low-income workers, negotiated welfare reform, and promoted increased subsidies for childcare;
– As co-chairman of Joint Committee on Administrative Rules, supported Republican Governor Ryan’s payday loan regulations and mortgage lending regulations aimed at averting home foreclosures;
– In 2003, Obama sponsored and led unanimous, bipartisan passage of legislation to monitor racial profiling by requiring police to record the race of drivers they detained and legislation making Illinois the first state to mandate videotaping of homicide interrogations;
– The Coburn-Obama Transparency Act in the U.S. Senate;
– Co-sponsor of various laws, including the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act, the Secure Fence Act, the Honest Government and Open Leadership Act;
– Introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act;
– Numerous assignments on various Senate committees, including Foreign Relations, Environment and Public Works and Veterans’ Affairs;

The list keeps going. In other words, don’t believe the hype – Palin and her Republican speechwriters are outright liars.

After all the jabs, personal attacks and lies perpetuated last night, you’d think the major news outlets like CNN would be willing to take Palin to task over her speech. Nope! This is America – the big media outlets have to stay on good terms with the Republicans in the event they win this marathon of hopelessness. So they ducked, blinked and continued the path of self-loathing that is the Beltway Media.

I can’t believe there’s another two months of this nonsense.

LOOK, IT’S GEORGE W. BUSH WITH BOOBS!

Much credit goes to Chez, a.k.a. Deus Ex Malcontent, in describing Sarah Palin (and the following images). Given that the Republican Party’s mostly catering to people like this…

It sort of makes sense they’d bring on someone with an alarming resemblance to Britney, yes? Judge for yourself, circa 1984:

And, of course, given this is America we’re talking about, no public figure with Universal MILF-like (or is it V-PILF now?) ambitions would be complete without a scary, air-brushed, re-touched with near-mythic Photoshopping, even if the magazine is fake:

As you’ve probably guessed, I’m not the biggest fan of Sarah Palin.

As the Republican Party continues to slit its own throat deeper and deeper as the Gong Show that is the G.O.P.’s national convention unfolds, you really do have to wonder what the McCain camp was thinking when they picked Palin. Did they actually vet this candidate? Seriously, did anyone?

Of course, if you’re dumb enough to be suckered into the pretty face and tough talk Palin espouses, you really should take a closer look at her policy platforms: stridently pro-life, a hunter, a husband with shady political leanings – the list goes on and on. She’s essentially Bush in a skirt – she’s so immensely in over her head that it will take much larger players like McCain to keep this party going if the Republicans get in. Does any of this sound at all familiar? *cough* Cheney…

So let’s see: Obama gets raked over the coals by the dunderheads at Fox News over his middle name, but Palin gets a free pass over her jaw-dropping lack of experience at the federal level and zero foreign policy experience? Please, how stupid do the Republicans think Americans are?

Never mind that a key component of the Republican Party’s catering to the pointy-head types that rule “the base” (read: The Religious Right) – abstaince-only programs work! Didn’t James Dobson tell y’all that recently? – of the party now look very hypocritical and patently foolish. Bristol Palin probably never would have imagined the future of America would hinge on whether she got knocked up at age 17 by a hockey-playing redneck named Levi. God, the iron(y)ing is delicious.

First Hurricane Gustav, gently reminding America and Republicans alike of the mind-blowing incompetence the Bush Administration demonstrated in New Orleans less than three years ago. Now Palin’s daughter – a sharp, nasty stab into the hypocritical heart of the Republican Party’s cynical catering to religious wingnuts.

Thank you Republicans – you might as well hand the election over to the Democrats right now.

Karma’s a bitch, isn’t it?