The Mermaid said, "Well, I can see why she put the cigar in her vagina. I want to know him, work for him and be his friend."
I laughed and replied that on the one time I met him, I kinda wanted to make out with him too - and I'm not very far in that direction on the kinsey scale. The guy is easily the most magnetic/charismatic human being I've ever met.
I was in the ER last night, so I missed the speech. I'll probably watch it at lunch. Did any of you watch?
I also went to factcheck.org yesterday and sent them an email requesting a simple chart by which they measure each comparable speech from each convention (Anne's to Michelle's; Christie's to Castro's; etc.) I want a tally of outright lies, twists, and truths. THen I want a total at the bottom that tells me what percentage of the time each party lied to me.
I admit it's unlikely. It would give me pause though.
I think it's an easy pledge though. Ryan's speech was one of the biggest strings of easily verifiable lies I've ever heard in my political career. I think the Dems will really have to work at it to top that. They built an entire campaign theme "We built that" on a lying distortion of something Obama didn't really say.
This is the year of the utterly shameless 1% Republican. They have demonstrated they will say and do anything, and that they'll spend billions to make sure even the deaf hear it.
I still hope they make the graphic for us all over at factcheck. It'd be nice to see it.
He's so old now. It's weird. Way more coherent than Clint Eastwood. What a stretch that was!
Bankers, AKA "Republicans", have been fast and loose with just about everything they touch since Glass-Steagal was signed out of law in what, 1999? Investment banking rolled up with consumer banking into complicated thingies nobody really understands. Ever read what JP Morgan Chase (IIRC) did to Birmingham, AL? Let's not even get started on Europe. Swapping billions in bonds to make things appear hunky dory, then when the shit hits the fan they all bail and Joe Blow Taxpayer is left holding the bag. Not a single f*ck was given. And they're fighting tooth and nail to keep it this way. So, if you vote for Romney 2012, f*ck you.
At the RNC, I was overwhelmed at how awesome Condi Rice is. She was the ONLY speaker I saw that didn't feel totally patronizing, and she seems to just want to do what she feels is right. Spoke very little (or not at all?) about trivial shit, and really got into the importance of our foreign relationships. I was really impressed, she didn't act smarmy and it would be really smart of the R's to utilize her in a MUCH more dominant way. But from what I gather, she has no interest in being exploited for her apparent awesomeness. That said, I like Hilary, too, and would love to see a Condi v Hilary cage-match.
And I was totally into Bubba last night. I thought him and Sandra Lastname (the contraception issue) stole the show. I liked the message of the auto industry and immigration speakers, but, it just felt ho-hum. I guess that's natural to build momentum, though.
Mostly, I'm dumbfounded that I'm actually choosing to watch the National Conventions. I can't tell if things are just more interesting now, or if I'm just getting old.
On my bucket list, is meeting someone with the charisma of a Clinton. Just sitting down and having a conversation with someone like that, one on one. I don't think I have ever met anyone like that and I think it would be fascinating.
Also, regarding Romney's speech - The whole time that nonsense was going on, I kept imagining it all in baby-talk. His facial expression was soooo over-the-top. Chin down, sad puppy-dog eyes up, concerned eyebrows - PUKE! I'd bet a dollar that some acting coach tried to train him to have a "concerned, sympathetic expression," and it turned into that patronizing mess. The head-tilting! The eyelash flutters! OMG!
The good strategy was that it totally distracted me from everything he actually said, so there's that.
There was a letter to the editor in my local paper after Anne Romney's speech that says it all for me on both of them:
To the editor:
Ann Romney is in the spotlight this week as the face of caring and compassion in the Romney family. We in Massachusetts remember her for her years as our first lady.
Specifically, I remember attending a statewide meeting of child advocates where Ann Romney was the keynoter. The audience was a large gathering of low-income moms.
Mrs. Romney started by saying that she knew what the audience goes through as a mom since she was a mother of five boys.
She then related this story: She remembered a time when she was playing in the mixed doubles tennis tournament at the Belmont Club with Mitt (at this point, the person next to me whispered that the Belmont Club in those years did not admit Jews). They reached the finals and were playing in the stadium at the club when the announcer in the booth held up a telephone and urgently motioned to them that they had to come to the phone. When they picked up the call it was their eldest son who said he had his younger brother in a headlock and couldn't let him go because he said he would beat him up. So, Ann and Mitt headed home to resolve the issues, forfeiting their tennis match.
She then turned to the audience and stated that thus she knows what they go through in being a parent.
Ann Romney is being presented to America as the most understanding and empathic member of the Romney family. It seems that Mitt and Ann Romney still have a long way to go to understand what is happening to Americans who are not in the 1 percent.
UGH! I actually thought Ann (besides Condi, who I can't even really believe is supportive of Mit) is the best thing Mit has going for him. She gave a reasonable speech, and if taken out-of-context of the RNC, she seems super cute.
BUT, I can never imagine a situation where we'd happen to be in the same place at the same time.