Posted by: brian | September 4, 2008

Politics roundup

It’s that time of year – the Republican convention over in St. Paul is winding down soon, and the Democrats took care of their nomination process in Denver last week. Of course my reader is wondering, “What does Lady With a Hat have to say about all this?”

One of my favorite nonsenses of the season has to do with those disaffected Hillary supporters who are threatening to vote for McCain. A handful showed up on the Daily Show last week to protest the selection of a black(ish) man over their beloved feminist icon as the Democrats’ candidate of choice this year. A number of them indicated their disgust with being accused of racism for supporting a white woman over a man of color in the contest. Almost immediately afterward, they bicthed about the blatant sexism that pervaded the media coverage of the race for the Democratic nomination and ultimately prevented Hillary from getting the support she needed to secure the nomination. Is that irony? I don’t know, but it looks like a textbook example of morony to me.

And then there’s McCain’s pick for running mate – and all the attendant “does he really have good enough judgment to be trusted in the Oval Office” talk (scattered throughout the ‘b).

Sarah Palin is the 2nd female in history to make it to November as part of a presidential ticket (assuming she makes it that far). I don’t know much about her, but what I’ve heard so far reminds me of Michelle Bachmann, who represents Minnesota’s 6th District in the House of Reps. Bachman is a religious whackjob, and if Sarah Palin is anything like Michelle Bachmann, I’m a bit nervous about the prospect of her being so close to commander-in-chiefdom.

Speaking of Michelles, a piece in Slate carries the subtitle “Michelle Obama and Sarah Palin have more in common than you might think.” My first thought was, “They both hate whitey?”

There’s also the problem of Palin’s 17-year-old pregnant, unwed daughter. Obama says the subject is off-limits (I can’t find a source for this right now, but it’s out there), but it’s already in the open, and the father of the fetus is even joining the family at the Convention. And given the typical hypocrisy and “do as I say not as I do” attitude characteristics of religious wingnuts, one has to wonder What if Bristol Palin Were Black?

But I think my favorite piece on the whole Sarah Palin subject is this piece, which compares her to the character of Laura Roslin from Battlestar Galactica. Pointless, flimsy fluff? Definitely. But it’s shiny and distracting, like a Cylon. Wait, if Palin=Roslin, does that mean that Cindy McCain is the mysterious 12th Cylon?



  1. Haddayr embeds and tinyurl-links to a nice little clip from the Daily Show here.

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