Monthly Archives: September 2008
I went to see Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius speak today. She is bright, articulate and charming and was here to speak about Obama and his candidacy. There was a great turnout and I was glad to have gone. She laid out the Obama plans and the differences with McCain succinctly. But when we tuned in to see it on the local news tonight, they gave it about 20 seconds and did not show one second of her actual speech. They framed the whole thing as a woman talking to women about Hillary Clinton. I don’t remember her even mentioning the name during her speech.
There was one woman there with a sign that said, “Sweetie is code for sexist.” She held it up through the speech and when it was over I went to ask her what it was about. Apparently, at several points during the campaign she says Obama used the word (Not sure of the context) and he is therefore a sexist. She was, so she said, a former Hillary supporter. I asked how in the world she could now be supporting McCain who is the antithesis of HRC. She launched into a spiel about his experience (and Palin’s, too) prompting me to as whether she had backed Hillary for her policy positions. She said she did, but then said that McCain was a supporter of immigration rights. When I pointed out that he was once a supporter, but now he is not, it turned to “Obama changed his mind, too.” I really wanted to understand what was going on in her head. But Mom stood there rolling her eyes and the local Obama organizer stepped in and said that I was not helping Obama by talking to her. She jumped on this and said that we (Obama people, I guess) are against political discourse. [I must admit here that I was not happy that this person was stepping in to tell me what and with whom I could talk.] The only way that we can possibly make any headway in the political world is to understand how the other side sees the world.
I don’t believe that I could have persuaded this woman to vote Obama. Perhaps she sees herself as a feminist and is backing Palin. Perhaps she is that disappointed Hillary backer they keep talking about on the news that swung over because Obama was not deferential to Hill. Or maybe there is another real reason she thinks that McCain is the best person to lead the nation. I will probably never know. And that is sad.
The economy is going down fast and still McCain is confused about what to do or what it all means. He spouts platitudes and nonsense and is trying his hardest to explain how he could be saying “the fundamentals of the economy are sound.” But is anyone listening to what is coming out of his mouth? Will the dire situation actually change the race? The Wall Street Journal last week said that Obama’s plan for the economy made a lot more sense than McCain’s, but did I hear anything about that in the past few days? No. Not a word from the “liberal media” or the Obama campaign.
Last week in the NY Times one of the bloggers referred to an article about why people vote one way or the other. The upshot is that Republicans can somehow understand how Democrats think, but Democrats cannot get inside the heads of Republicans. I know I have said many times “I don’t get how they can say that.” “Do they really believe that?” Apparently, Republicans know just how I feel and they are laughing, knowing that the more they do the angrier we get.
I can be obsessive. I know that. And my latest obsession is politics. Once again, the Democratic Party is allowing the Republican Party to get away with lying and stealing this election. I lie awake night after night thinking of things that should be done, ads that should be made, retorts that should be torted. From her first speech at the RNC Palin has repeated the same lies over and over and yet she is getting by with it; and with every iteration it becomes less likely that the Democrats will be able to change the opinion of the voters by any means. The press is not calling her on it. Few have been willing to say that her “it told them no thanks” about the bridge to nowhere is just an outright lie. She (and by she I mean the Rove machine) keeps getting herself in the news and the Republicans are using every trick possible to keep the truth from the voters. Arg!!!!!!
They are the experts at the smoke and mirrors. Keep deflecting the attention from the fact that McCain/Palin are just more Bush/Cheney. In fact, you can put lipstick on Cheney, but it’s still Cheney.
Obama is having lunch today with Bill Clinton. Hope he takes a lot of pages from his playbook. Take Carville and put him in charge of the campaign. Damn it!!!! Do something to stop this train wreck happening before our eyes!!!