Romney goes out there and loses one for the Gipper

by lestro

The Democrats had Dennis Kucinich, The Republicans had Mitt Romney.

During Romney’s speech this past week at the convention, the vanquished former governor of Massachusetts and passed-over veep short-lister who ran mainly on the strength of his hair made his pitch to give the Reagan-esque, convention-stealing, oh-shit-we-got-the-wrong-guy speech that Reagan gave in 1976, setting himself up as the 1980 standard-bearer.

But where Reagan inspired, Romney, crazy eyes blazing and Presidential Coif shaking the whole time, leaned waaaay right, threw everything he had against the wall and instead of coming off looking like the missed opportunity I am sure he hoped it would, he just sounded like a lunatic.

Every line of this thing is pure, crazy gold. Here’s the opener:

For decades, the Washington sun has been rising in the east – Washington has been looking to the eastern elites, to the editorial pages of the Times and the Post, and to the broadcasters from the coast.

If America really wants change, it’s time to look for the sun in the west, cause it’s about to rise and shine from Arizona and Alaska!

huh? Then he just starts swinging at liberals, making no sense but obviously just trying to fire up the crowd and leave an impression.

Last week, the Democrats talked about change. But let me ask you – what do you think Washington is right now, liberal or conservative? Is a Supreme Court liberal or conservative that awards Guantanamo terrorists with constitution rights? It’s liberal!

Actually, protecting the rights laid out in the constitution is a conservative idea. So is the Court, by the way. He goes on: Read more of this post

Rudy/Palin 2012

by lestro

Sarah Palin is making the most of her 15 minutes.

Thursday night in St. Paul, Palin arrived to a celebrity’s fawning welcome, to speak to an audience primed by a constant diet of red meat and wedge issues.

But have no doubt, a star was born at the Republican convention. Palin delivered one hell of a speech that blew the roof off the until-tonight staid and rather dull Republican convention.

She looked confident and strong and delivered a rousing indictment of her opponents, dropping memorable soundbyte after memorable soundbyte.

“I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a community organizer, except that you have actual responsibilities.”

“In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers, and then there are those, like John McCain, who use their careers to promote change.”

“But here’s a little news flash for all those reporters and commentators: I’m not going to Washington to seek their good opinion – I’m going to Washington to serve the people of this country.”

“But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed, when the roar of the crowd fades away, when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot, when that happens, what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?”

She even compared herself to Truman with a straight face.

But the money shot was this little gem:

“And though both Senator Obama and Senator Biden have been going on lately about how they’re always, quote, ‘fighting for you,’ let us face the matter squarely: There is only one man in this election who has ever really fought for you… And that man is John McCain.”

Ouch.

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the enemy of my enemy is my friend

by lestro

Another one bites the dust.

Former Gov. Mitt Romney announced today that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination. And no one is surprised, though it must be said no other candidate’s hair even comes close to looking as presidential…

Despite winning a handful of a relatively small caucus states on Super Tuesday, the big story was that despite the success of Romney’s message about John McCain ‘not being a true conservative,’ voters overwhelmingly went for Mike Huckabee. Which is something I admit I don’t understand from people who backed George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, both of whom spent money like drunken monkeys, with the main mouthpiece leading the charge a thrice-divorced drug addict for whom disrespect of a Republican President is treason while complete disrespect of a Democratic President is not only fair game, but bumper sticker fodder.

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