Friday, September 03, 2004

OK, I know what you have been wondering. Where the hell is Bubba? Has he been kidnapped by Karl Rove's Brood of Roving Right-Wing Rapacious Rascals? Although Bush's Brain would dearly love to have me in some dark corner of Abu Gharaib prison with electrodes attached to my testicles, his scum-sucking sycophantic henchmen have not been able to catch me yet - though not for lack of trying!

So what in Gawd's name have I been doing for the last week. Well this might come as a surprise to most of you (especially those who know me well), but sometimes I have to work for a living. That really cuts into blogging time. I have also been writing articles for this little rag of a newsletter published by our local Democratic club. Moreover, I have been brooding about this nail biter of a presidential race, trying to figure out what more I can do swing some votes over to Kerry. I have been giving money to MoveOn and ACT (along with some spare change to Richard Morrison to try to tweak Tom DeLay in any way I can). I guess I should be participating in phone banks etc. I have even thought of going and doing the Swing State organizing for ACT. I just need to get some momentum here.

The upshot is that I have not been interested in blogging and haven't spent much ME time at the computer. But now I'm baaack!!

So what's going on. Well to be honest, I couldn't watch the Repugnicant convention. It is too painful for me to watch those assholes. I keep expecting to hear "Seig Heil!" every time Dick Cheney pauses for a breath. And of course, Zell Miller was the worst of the worst. I only saw and heard clips of his speech. The hate and anger just oozed from him. This is what others, who actually watched the speech, had to say: (stolen shamelessly from Kevin Drum)

ZELL MILLER ROUNDUP....Reaction to Zell Miller's temper tantrum last night has not been pretty:

Eric Zorn has transcripts of Miller's just-short-of-clinically-insane interviews on MSNBC and CNN right after his speech.

William Saletan goes nuclear: this is no longer just an ordinary election, he says, it's "becoming a referendum on democracy."

NewDonkey: "Not since Pat Buchanan's famous 'culture war' speech in 1992 has a major speaker at a national political convention spoken so hatefully, at such length, about the opposition. At the dark heart of the speech was the same old tired litany of lies and mischaracterizations about Kerry's Senate votes on military spending and weapons systems that BC04 has been retailing for many months."

From a time machine, Zell Miller himself criticizes his speech. Here's what he had to say in 2001: "John Kerry has fought against government waste and worked hard to bring some accountability to Washington....John has worked to strengthen our military."

Andrew Sullivan: "[Miller's] speech tonight was in this vein, a classic Dixiecrat speech, jammed with bald lies, straw men, and hateful rhetoric....The man's speech was not merely crude; it added whole universes to the word crude."

Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic: "It was one of the most vile political speeches in recent American history, every bit as offensive as Pat Buchanan's infamous call in 1992 for "religious war" and, perhaps, a little more disturbing. Buchanan's speech, after all, was an assault on decency. Last night Miller declared war on democracy."

Matt Yglesias, who was in the hall when Miller spoke: "I don't believe I've ever heard a more disgusting speech delivered in the English language. The fact that I couldn't see a single person on the floor who seemed to feel anything less than the utmost enthusiasm for that lunacy was, well, a bit disturbing."

Commenter Thumb, reacting to my pithy comment last night: "Zell's speech reads better in the original German."

At times like this, I wish more people watched the conventions. If more of the country had seen Miller's ranting, cowardly attack last night, the election would probably be as good as over.

And as long as we are talking about bad manners and ranting lunatics here is what happened today when Dumbya at a stump speech announced that President Clinton had been taken to the hospital for emergency quadruple bypass surgery.

Audience boos as Bush offers best wishes for Clinton's recovery

Friday September 03, 2004

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (AP) President Bush on Friday wished Bill Clinton ``best wishes for a swift and speedy recovery.''

``He's is in our thoughts and prayers,'' Bush said at a campaign rally.

Bush's audience of thousands in West Allis, Wis., booed. Bush did nothing to stop them.

Where does this reservoir of hate come from that seems to fester in the hearts of so many Republicans.