24 May, 2008

Happy Hour Discurso

Today's opining on the public discourse.

News from my home state always gets my attention, especially when it shows Arizona's starting to lean blue:

In 2004, Bush won Arizona by double digits. This year, with Arizonan John McCain leading the Republican ticket, it stands to reason there’d be quite a bit of excitement among the state’s GOP elite.

And yet, the enthusiasm is surprisingly underwhelming. (via Eric Kleefeld)

A Tuesday fundraiser headlined by President Bush for U.S. Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign is being moved out of the Phoenix Convention Center.

Sources familiar with the situation said the Bush-McCain event was not selling enough tickets to fill the Convention Center space, and that there were concerns about more anti-war protesters showing up outside the venue than attending the
fundraiser inside.

Another source said there were concerns about the media covering the event.

Bush’s Arizona fundraising effort for McCain is being moved to private residences in the Phoenix area.

Ah, Arizona! Finally been tipped beyond the point of tolerance, haven't ye? Warms the cockles of my heart, that does. McCain's popular there, and the conservative streak runs deep, but there's only so much the good folks of Arizona are willing to take before they decide that if the state's survived so long with a Democrat at the helm, maybe a Democrat in the Oval Office isn't such a bad idea after all.

My absolute favorite part is that Bush & Co. is being forced to run and hide from that horrible, nasty (conservative) Arizona media and the scary (possibly conservative) war protesters. You know they're in bad shape when they have to go to ground not in a smaller venue, but in private houses.

Serves the fuckers right.

(Psst - Obama's gaining on you. Ooga-booga! HA HA HA HA HA!)

Might be it has something to do with McCain's flopping like a fish on immigration:

This doesn’t make a lick of sense. On Thursday, McCain was talking to a group of business leaders who liked McCain’s original approach to comprehensive legislation, and the senator sought input on how best to rally support for his own bill (which he now says he’d vote against). On Friday, McCain told opponents of his immigration bill that he didn’t mean any of what he’d just said.

This is more than just a shameless flip-flop; it’s quickly becoming a character flaw. He’ll shovel whichever nonsense he has to say to please which ever audience happens to be in front of him at the time.

For those keeping score at home, McCain does not support "comprehensive immigration reform.”

Yes, he does.

No, he doesn’t.

Yes, he does.

No, he doesn’t.

Yes, he does.

No, he doesn’t.

Nearly all of these, by the way, come from the last six months.

Two things. First, immigration is a hot-button issue in Arizona - extremely hot. We have white folk up in arms over brown folk streaming over the border, and we have brown folk marching through the streets of Phoenix demanding some respect and solutions, and, well, it gets tense. But I don't even think that's the most important thing. Arizonans could tolerate a postition on immigration they don't like as long as some reasonable solution's being worked toward, but they absolutely cannot stand a man who can't make up his mind. They'll look at the list of McCain flip-flops over the course of the last six months, and they'll see an indecisive old fart who lies like a rug and can't be trusted with the key to the outhouse, much less the White House, and, well. They'll decide accordingly.

I didn't think the day could get any more delightful, but Sen. Joe Biden's in full cry again, and my darlings, it is music:

Today, Sen. Joe Biden (D-RI) appeared on various morning talk shows and sharply criticized the notion that progressives are weak on national security. On MSNBC he responded to Lieberman, stating, “[C]an you imagine Franklin Roosevelt, can you imagine President Truman, can you imagine President Kennedy conducting the kind of policy this outfit has?” From the exchange:

This administration is the worst administration in American foreign policy in modern history, maybe ever. The idea that they are competent to continue to conduct our foreign policy, to make us more secure and make Israel secure, is preposterous.

Ever since they got in office the only thing on the march in the Middle East has not been freedom, it’s been Iran. Every single thing they’ve touched has been a near disaster.

Ah, the sweet sound of a Democrat taking the Republicons to the woodshed and mercilessly employing the Smack-o-Matic Deluxe 3000 Superpaddler. Gorgeous. Simply, gorgeous.

Almost makes me wish I watched morning talk shows, that.


Woozle said...

David Brin has often pointed out that Bush has left our military in the most awful possible state of non-readiness (it's only gotten worse since I last updated that page), and why aren't the Dems absolutely hammering that point into the ground? Seems to me there are so many fence-sitting conservatives with whom this could score some serious points.

Biden's criticism walks right up to the issue as if ready to take it on, and then he just kind of keeps on walking like he didn't notice it was there. Is it automatically a faux pas if a Democrat uses the word "military" in a positive way, or what? Cheez.

Dana Hunter said...

The Dems aren't hammering the point into the ground because they haven't quite wrestled the hammer away from the fucking GOP. Grr. I'm just happy there's some signs of a spine showing. Like to think Biden's only getting limbered up, and we're going to see a hellacious beating here shortly on precisely what you mentioned.

I can but dream.