Thursday, September 04, 2008

Potato, Potahto: Or What The GOP Did Not Teach Us About Consistency During Their Convenion

From John McCain's speech:
We’re dedicated to the proposition that all people are created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights.
Now contrast with Sarah Palin's:
Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America ... [Obama]'s worried that someone won't read them their rights?
And if you saw or heard the speech, you'll recall just how that line was delivered.

From John McCain's speech:
If you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them. Enlist in our Armed Forces. Become a teacher. Enter the ministry. Run for public office. Feed a hungry child. Teach an illiterate adult to read. Comfort the afflicted. Defend the rights of the oppressed. Our country will be the better, and you will be the happier. Because nothing brings greater happiness in life than to serve a cause greater than yourself.
From Sarah Palin's:
This world of threats and dangers is not just a community, and it doesn't just need an organizer. . . . .
I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a "community organizer," except that you have actual responsibilities.
And if you saw or heard the speech, you'll recall just how THOSE lines were delivered.

I think the worst part about what this campaign has become since McCain chose Palin is that I don't think, in his heart, McCain is like Palin. I think he's better than that. Or he was. She's likely the same sort of ruthless neocon that destroyed his best self in 2000 - the John McCain for which I'd have been tempted to cast my vote. Despite his someone clunky delivery and forced smile, I think John McCain believes his nobler urgings this evening. I think he believes in this country. I'm not sure he believes in himself anymore - or he doesn't believe he has the option.

I know it's the candidates' job to play nice and let others do the real opponent clubbing. The would-be-Veeps duke it out so Obama and McCain can stay somewhat clean. But there's clubbing and there's clubbing. Palin didn't just insult McCain, she insulted me.

She insulted every field organizer and activist upon which her party will rely. She insulted those who've helped elect her so far. She's elected the founding fathers she inaccurately, but with great faith, credited with crafting our pledge of allegiance.

Lord knows, I love a bitchy, no-nonsense woman. Bitches get stuff done. But you gotta be a bitch FOR something. And don't be an ignorant bitch, either. And, while we're at it, and to bring us back to this post's theme, don't be an inconsistent bitch - not with your party, not with the top of your ticket, not with yourself.

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