Day: January 23, 2008

the blogosphere says what (political sycophant edition)

Once again the mainstream media has ignored a transformative movement in American politics. As witnessed in this video clip, Gov. Mitt Romney is making serious inroads within the black community. Watch the reaction he gets from these young urban voters. Watch how effortlessly he connects with them. He speaks their language, even referencing a popular minstrel song. Brilliant, if not moving.  Now imagine John McCain around that same group. First he’d have to turn up his hearing aid. Then he’d start whistling “Oh Susannah” or some other out-of-date tune. And there’s always the chance of a violent flashback. You’ll never get that from Gov. Romney, who continues to assert himself as the best presidential candidate in many lifetimes. He didn’t serve in the military, but if he had I can assure you Romney wouldn’t have been captured by the enemy. While McCain was grousing in some POW camp, Romney was turning a profit. There’s no better experience for the Oval Office than being a CEO, as George W. Bush continues to demonstrate. Regarding my original …

a ringing endorsement

If you’re opposed by the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Hugh Hewitt and Tom DeLay, you must be doing something right. If you’re supported by that same quartet, you must be Mitt Romney. Cue the surrogates, classy as always: “There’s nothing redeeming about John McCain,” DeLay told Fox News. While McCain was being tortured in a POW camp, DeLay was squashing cockroaches. He wanted to fight Commies, mind you, but affirmative action stood in the way. No, seriously, that’s what the former exterminator once claimed: He and Quayle, DeLay explained to the assembled media in New Orleans, were victims of an unusual phenomenon back in the days of the undeclared Southeast Asian war. So many minority youths had volunteered for the well-paying military positions to escape poverty and the ghetto that there was literally no room for patriotic folks like himself. Satisfied with the pronouncement, which dumbfounded more than a few of his listeners who had lived the sixties, DeLay marched off to the convention. Tale a wild guess who, between McCain and DeLay, …

an actor, not a celebrity

I typically resist milquetoast obits for people I didn’t know, but Heath Ledger‘s passing deserves a mention. Unlike most other famous personalities who “die too young” (considering her lifestyle, Anna Nicole Smith died right according to schedule), Ledger had talent. He was good at his work. Minus Ledger’s understated authenticity as Ennis Del Mar, “Brokeback Mountain” would’ve been just another decently told love story. That one role earned him a career’s worth of credibility. As for his death … I’m familiar with Ledger’s alleged demons; surviving them isn’t about who’s good, but who’s lucky.