Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Convention Fever

Convention Fever: Let the games begin. The nominating convention circus has begun with a blast from the past. Teddy did his thing, much to everyone’s delight and amazement. And Michelle did her best (mostly very fine) to convince the American people that her husband is actually a normal, sentient human being, who has experienced much of the same life things they have. He’s normal. He’s entirely American, and a better husband and father than many of the people who will be voting for or against him.
And then there was Johnny MAC, appearing with that old Republican comic faithful, Jay Leno. You know, if Rudy Giuliani appeared to many people as a Johnny One-Note with his constant references to 9/11, is anyone noticing that Johnny MAC cannot respond to any hint of criticism without beginning with, “well, you know when I was a POW . . .” I guess, you go with your strength, and he seems to have precious little else.
We watched Bill Moyers last night. He spoke of the growing phenomenon of China as an economic superpower. They have become a giant, and the foremost, if not sole, producer of the World of Crap. Apparently China has trademarked and patented Crap as an exclusively Chinese province. Ever try to buy Crap that wasn’t Chinese?
Bill had a suggestion for the Democratic leadership gathered in Denver. Instead of spending all your time in the convention hall, or in Denver bars, go out and talk with some real Denver middle class citizens. They need to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The assault on the middle class is almost complete, and we are losing. George W never got this middle class thing. He doesn’t understand (anything??) that the middle class is what made America great. It is what people aspire to become. People might love to have Johnny MAC’s seven houses, but mainly they want to be middle class—house in the suburbs, white picket fence, couple of kids, an actual job with health insurance and a retirement package and an employer who isn’t always looking out the window to send their job off to Burma. So, if the Dems want to get elected this Fall, it would be useful to pay attention and to speak to the People. Yeah, you get your Big Bucks from the same kind of people who bribe Republican Pols, but you really need to get your act together and remember who you are, and where you came from. Otherwise, this nation is going down the tubes.
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