Those Who Forget History Are Doomed to Repeat It

A lot was said about John McCain’s decision to appear in front a bright green backdrop the night Barack Obama clinched the Democratic nomination.  None of it was good.  Much of the criticism dealt with the way bright green made him look even older than he is. This is what that looked like:

Tonight, McCain began his acceptance speech looking spry for a 94 year old, an effect accomplished by clever set construction.

UPDATE:

So far, he’s thanked President Bush for his courageous leadership. As an Obama supporter, I’d like to thank Senator McCain for providing the video for our campaign’s next commercials.

He just said, “change is coming.” How, exactly does that happen when you vote 90% with the Bush Administration? Oh, now I see: he just said he keeps his word. He said he’s got the “strength and backbone” to bring about change. Never mind the voting record and the running mate who refuses to be interviewed, who wants to ban books, outlaw abortion and was for the bridge to nowhere before she was against it. See how that works?  Change!

McCain says he voted for more troops to be sent to Iraq “when it wasn’t the popular thing to do.”  I suppose that did take some courage.  Wouldn’t it have been more courageous to oppose the Iraq war in the first place? If only we had a candidate who did..

UPDATE TWO:

Education is the civil rights movement of the 21st century?

Education isn’t a civil rights movement.  Gay marriage is.  Preventing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation is what equal protection means. Back in 2004, John McCain called the disgraceful, politicized, bigoted attempt to amend the constitution to make discrimination against gays permanent “un-Republican.”   That, of course, was before he sought the nomination of the Republican party.

UPDATE THREE:

Did you know John McCain served in Vietnam?

UPDATE FOUR:

Just as McCain exhorted Americans to teach the illiterate to read. . .

On behalf of a grateful Democratic Party, thank you, John McCain.  And thanks to Janice for the catch.

UPDATE FIVE:

Janice and I aren’t the only ones to notice the green background.

UPDATE SIX:

Jed noticed the guy with teh segn to (and has a better picture of it).

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Bill O’Reilly Interviews Megyn Kelly About US Weekly Cover

Yesterday, the internet and I noted that Megyn Kelly went ballistic on an US Weekly rep over its Sarah Palin cover, which Kelly obviously thought was anti-Palin.  Tonight, O’Reilly interviewed Kelly from St. Paul, where she is speaking on behalf of reporting on the Republicans at their convention.

Kelly was still in a tizzy.  She said that the problem was that people who don’t pay attention to politics all the time might not know anything about Palin other than what they see on the cover of US Magazine. Kelly said that she likes the magazine and enjoys seeing it when she’s in line at the grocery store.

O’Reilly joked that the next time she went to the store, he would help her out by carrying her “packages.”  I’m sure he would, especially if she were buying 1 cup dried chickpeas or 16 oz. can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans, 1 large onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 3 tablespoons of fresh parsley, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 teaspoon cumin, 2 tablespoons flour, salt, pepper and oil for frying.

Mmmm, falafel.

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Bill O’Reilly Pwned by….Bill O’Reilly

What a tool.

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White Southern Republican Calls Black Democratic Presidential Nominee “Uppity”

Just from what little I’ve seen of her and Mr. Obama, Sen. Obama, they’re a member of an elitist-class individual that thinks that they’re uppity,” Westmorland said.

Asked to clarify that he used the word “uppity,” Westmoreland said, “Uppity, yeah.”

That would be Georgia Congressman Lynn Westmoreland talking about the Democratic nominee for president. 

What’s “uppity” mean? Fast forward to 3:19 if you’re pressed for time.

What’s Westmoreland really so afraid of?  What’s he sounding the alarm about? Some video of Westmoreland himself shouting a warning from the rooftops:

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My Interview With Rick Noriega

Rick Noriega is the Democratic candidate for Senate in Texas.  His opponent is incumbent Republican Bush clone John Cornyn. 

This is a steep, uphill battle for Rick.  Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994.  But a lot of Democrats believe that this is our year and Rick is the candidate to do it. 

They may be right.  Noriega’s resume is impressive: Representitive in the Texas House since 1998, Soldier since 1979, and graduate of the Harvard School of Government (where he was an editor of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy).   He’s a fourth generation Houstonian, campaigns hard and does not hold back in going after Cornyn’s sad devotion to George Bush. 

Unfortunately, I only had about five minutes with him. If you’re looking for a longer interview, Charles Kuffner talked to him back in February (audio only). 

Sorry the video is shaky.  Now go contribute.

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The DNC Has Its Shit Together

McCain = Bush.  That’s all this election is about, and the DNC nails it.

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First Meeting of the Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Fan Club

During the primaries, I just couldn’t listen to Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.  I’ve always liked DWS, but her support of Hillary Clinton drove me nuts.  So I tuned her out. 

No more.  Here was her reaction to Sarah Palin’s speech last night:

 I thought she delivered it well. And that’s about all the credit I can give her. You know, I’ve seen candidates for the student council in public schools in my district deliver speeches well also. That doesn’t mean it’s their turn to run the country.

Sweet.

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