August 31st, 2008

political

Minneapolis?

So it wasn't really til I got to the Minneapolis airport that I realized the truth of my situation. I'm in the belly of the beast, I've flown into the city housing the RNC, in the week the RNC is coming.

You could tell from all the banners and balloons decorating the airport... and the many, many ads for Clean Coal, America's Fuel.

So, with protestors and photographers getting arrested, any ideas what I should do while I am under their radar? (At least, I assume I'm under their radar, given that I didn't even notice myself til I got here... unless they know me better than I know myself.)

(Or unless they're reading this right now...)

Maybe I'll just stick with plan A. State Fair and Ren Fest, then get down to Rochester before this city goes all Republican on me.
political

Palin (basically a summary of my dailykos skimming this morning)

Wow, the more I read about her, the more I think she's a sign of McCain bowing to the religious right. This is the only way such a fundamentalist right-wing ANWR-drilling pro-lifer could get into the oval office in this day and age.

The Republican Alaskan State Senate President has openly questioned her qualifications as governor, let alone VP... "Look what she's done for this state. What would she do to the nation?" (Though, looking at that story, it looks more like taxing big oil to pay a Canadian company to maybe run a natural gas pipeline... is she a tax and spend conservative? I don't know, there's something there...)

As recently as a year ago she replied to a question about Iraq saying, "I've been so focused on state government, I haven't really focused much on the war on Iraq." Though, I suppose, that's kind of what the Republicans are saying Obama should have been doing in 2004 instead of speaking out against that war. Should a VP candidate have been thinking about national policies for more than a few months?

Rush Limbaugh has apparently decided to mock Obama's pro-choice position by creating a make-believe conversation in which Obama asks her, "When you found out your baby would be born with Down syndrome, did you consider killing it before or after the due date?" This offensive crap is being called "good YouTube potential" by folks over at the RNC.

So anyway, it's seeming pretty clear to me that this is exactly the VP candidate that brings back a big pile of folks from the religious right... back from the vacation they were taking this year. This gets them donating to and working for McCain again.