Friday, August 29, 2008

Scalzi on 'Obama Speechifying'

Author/blogger John Scalzi does the word-ninja thing on last night's speech by Sen. Obama for the Democratic Nat'l. Convention in Denver Broncos' stadium:
I think probably the most important thing Obama did was remind people of this: “We are better than these last eight years.” Jesus Christ amen to that. What a horrible political era it has been,nor are we out of it, since in November there may still be voters under the impression that the best way to deal with a political party that boosted a malignant cancer of the Constitution into the White House is to reward it with another four years of executive power. John McCain should lose the White House on his own merits, or lack thereof; he’s the lesser of the two candidates this year. But more than that, the Republican Party deserves punishment because of Bush, and exile until it gets its head straight again. The GOP needs to atone, people.

Read the whole thing in Obama Speechifying.


JCF said...

To me, I think it goes w/o saying that "Friends of Jake" will be voting for Obama (even more so today, after McCain has shown us his "judgment and temperament", by choosing "Governor Anti-Gay/Anti-Choice/No Experience" as his running mate, a "heartbeat away").

But are we going to do, beyond casting our votes in November? What are we doing NOW, to ensure "the Change We Need"? (and that, FWIW IMO, WJWD! ;-/)

Mike in Texas said...

John Scalzi is absolutely correct. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

As for the GOP Veep Babe, words fail me, (although some videos I put on my blog seem to tell us all we need to know.)

airedale said...

Welcome to the White House President Obama.

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Марко said...

Obama got my support via absentee ballot. I have never, in my life, voted for (or knowingly slept with) a Republican. I worry that things are such a mess that even with good presidential leadership it will take years to fix things. But we have to start somewhere. So funny -- in Eastern Europe, the news broadcasts are repeatedly showing an image of Governor Palin firing an assault rifle, with voiceovers describing her as pro-life, mild-mannered, and the epitome of conservative Christian motherhood.

Some bewildered Bulgarian folks have asked me if the film footage of Mrs. Palin shooting a machine gun is meant to be funny. I tell them, "No. It's not humor. It's a marketing strategy."

Sometimes when you step out of your own culture and look at it as an outsider, you realize just how bizarre things are.

James said...

I don't think we should be counting our hens just yet. We need to be politically active and not count on all the sane people coming out to vote against the republican anti everything except personal greed agenda.

Here in California, more than 50 percent of the population is in favour of same-gender marriage. However, that majority may not turn up to vote and our GL brothers may lose rights.

We can never be sure of the idiot electorate, unfortunately. I pray that this election will be the biggest landslide in U.S. history, but I'm not celebrating just yet.

Anonymous said...

What I find breathtaking is the idea that Gov Palin, who has just 20 months in office in the statehouse in Anchorage, who is against abortion, a creationist, opposes listing polar bears as endangered, is in any way an equivalent choice to Sen Clinton, who has years of experience in the Senate, supports women's right to choose, is not a creationist luddite, etc etc merely because they are both women.

Regardless of my preferences on theh Dem side, there is no question that Sen Clinton is an experienced and qualified politician for federal office, and Gov Palin is not.

How STUPID do they think women are that they think any woman will do, regardless of the issues?


JCF said...

Um, this stupid, IT.

[Sadly, this is by a ---wait for it--- lesbian on this board, to which I belong. As you can see if you read the thread, AT LEAST she's a minority of one!]

I saw Obama&Biden tonight, Woo Hoo! "Yes We Can!" :-D

Counterlight said...

Well, it was McCain's Veep choice that pushed Michael (an enthusiastic Hillary supporter) into Obama's camp. He took just one look at her position paper, and said "Sign me up for Obama!" I suspect that his reaction will not be unique among Hillary fans.

David said...

How STUPID do they think women are that they think any woman will do, regardless of the issues?

Do you really want an answer to this question ?! ;->

Anonymous said...

Well, after listening to NPR this morning, and the pro-lifers extolling a patently unqualified woman as VP, I fear they may be right.

*I* am more qualified to be VP than Sarah Palin. I actually have thought about the Iraq war, a lot. I have "executive experience" running a research group for 15 years (and successfully competing for external funding to pay for it) and I have visited, indeed resided in, actual foreign countries! And my Dad, Uncle, and Grandfather were in the Navy, which gives me military experience!

IT for VP!

Eileen said...

IT for VP - except, not with McSame!

Here, here for Scalzi - he's got it just right.

Counterlight said...

I'd vote for IT for Veep if she would only find a better running mate than McCain.

I think the real scandal about Sarah Palin is her ties to the Alaska Independence Party, whose activities and positions shade into the seditious.

Anonymous said...

Oh, and she wants to ban books:

From Time:

Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. "She asked the library how she could go about banning books," he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. "The librarian was aghast." That woman, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn't be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire Baker for not giving "full support" to the mayor.