28 January 2008

Politicking (as in, ignore this post if you don't like my political POV)

I know that by the time Oh-hi-ia's primary rolls around, the question of both the democratic nominee and the republican will be determined; we're after Super Tuesday, and I think by that time, the winner will be determined.

I think it is going to be Barak for the dems.

I don't know whether to be elated or disappointed by that. Both?

I still don't know which way I'm going to vote...allow me, if you will, to quote Jimmy Buffett's character Frank Bama, who said, "The best navigators in the world don't know where they're going until they get there. And then they're still not sure." I'm feeling a bit like that about who to vote for.

President Idiot was on the telly tonight giving his State of the Union address. For many of the previous speeches, I haven't watched them on television, because I got in trouble after throwing large, heavy things at the screen during his 'axis of evil' remarks.

I'm struck by a few things that are different from listening to the speech on the radio. One, watching the polar opposite reactions of the dems and the repubs is hilarious. Barak, scowling at him. Someone on the republican side, I don't even know who, nodding with every point he made, like some syncopate.

Two, I have to look at Dick Cheney's face...does that man EVER look like he's not constipated?

I mean, seriously. Dude. Do a poo. Looks like you need one.

(Sorry, everyone needs some potty humor every now and then. Politics and poo. They're a natural pair, no? At least, they often smell the same.)

Third, and I think that this just might be the audio on the channel I've chosen to watch on, it sounds like people in the gallery are clapping in unison, in time with one another. That is seriously annoying.

I wish we were more like the Brit House of Commons, where they make all kinds of disagreeable noises when the opposing party is speaking. That's unthinkable here, and its a damn shame, because a whole lot of what he said during that speech needed booing.

Finally, the repubs popping up out of their seats every ten seconds to give him a standing ovation is obnoxious.

There is so much that I disagree with that he said; we'd be here for the next six hours if I picked every bit of the speech apart, so I'm going to focus on just two things...No Child Left Behind and his blatant applause-whoring by mentioning the armed services over and over and over and over again.

I have a friend who is an elementary school teacher who calls it "no child left untested" because it has increased exponentially the amount of standardized testing she has to do. And yet, the legislation has never been funded. President Idiot said that 'no one could argue the effectiveness of it.' Mr. President, I beg to differ. You've got to back up that sort of thing with cash money in order to get it done. Urgh.

If I spend more than a line or two bitching about his Iraq policy or his applause-whoring, I'm going to get comments bashing me for not supporting the troops. Therefore, let me say this:

IT IS POSSIBLE TO SUPPORT THE TROOPS, AND BE AGAINST THE WAR.

/end rant.

Every single time the president mentioned those serving in the armed services, cheers. And you know that's going to happen when you're writing the speech, so the only thing I can surmise is that he wanted to ensure that there'd be plenty of applause. Grr.

How come I've never heard of the Democratic Govenor giving the dem response? Kathleen Sebelius....gotta say, like her.

2 comments:

MotherMe said...

I purposely did not watch the teevee last night as listening to George would certainly have triggered another gallbladder attack.

It pains me to think that I felt it necessary to vote for him twice.

Lucy Arin said...

MM-
It pains me too that you voted for him. Twice.

LOL