Sunday, January 06, 2008

Hanging with GOP'ers
Saturday night was spent in Manchester attending National Review's debate night event with fellow bloggers Jackdied and Bobsalive of team blog jackdied. Ostensibly, the main draw was the chance to rub elbows with columnist-God Mark Steyn and NR editor Jonah Goldberg, author of Liberal Fascism. The event offfered ample portions of cheese & crackers, pasta dinner, and instant smarmy punditry from the NRO stars.

The crowd was an attractive mix of thoughtfulness, intelligence, and good-natured humor - what you would expect to find at a gathering of conservatives. The mere sight of Bill Richardson induced howls of laughter from the crowd. John Edwards was termed the "boy candidate". And with alcohol served a drinking game was established for anytime the democrats mentioned change or anytime John Edwards mentioned that his father worked in a mill. Indeed, one of the NRO insta-bloggers deciphered that by CHANGE the democrats are meaning it as an acronym for Corporate Hatred And New Government Expenditures.

Interestingly enough, Bill Clinton happened to be in the function room right next door, leading a rally of special interest labor unions in support of his wife. We made sure that our howls of laughter could be heard in the next room.

Also, it must be said that John Edwards is the most repugnant presidential candidate on the scene since perhaps when George Wallace advocated racial segregation back in the '60s. Edwards' fight for the middle class and frothing-at-the-mouth anti-corporation screed is delivered so psychotically it's frightening. His outright slander of America does not deserve to be rewarded with a bestowing of the office of President upon his shoulders. The faster Edwards disappears from the political scene the better.

Another observation: the revolt against Hillary by a majority of Democrats suggests that the self-styled Party for Women is anything but. Its evident that the party finds the historic candidacy of a black man more compelling than the historic candidacy of a woman. If women still come up as #2 in the Party for Women, then what's a woman to do if identity politics is her bag? With the Dems, women come up short.

The crowd at the NRO event were largely for Fred Thompson or Mitt Romney. There were a few Hucklebees and a few "Paul-pots" there. I fell into a minority as a Guiliani supporter. Oh well. It simply served to show that even in a hotel function room the party is a Big Tent of conservatives, social conversatives, economic conservatives, and libertarians.

Food, beer, and good fun laughing at Dems. A good night.
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At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like the kool-aid was being served in double servings..
As for the GOP debate,
I think Fred looked dead, Romney was on the defensive from a flank attack from Guilliani and McCain. Paul made the only non-platitudinal economic point (that oil has not increased but the dollar has decreased in value)
The Dem debate was trite. Hillary made the case she has experience, right next to the man that has more. That's juevos!
Barack looked disinterested at times but this new partnership with Edwards is worth more attention.
Edwards seemed to be the only one on point and message.
All in all, the GOP is confused and Dems are like oatmeal. No one really likes but it is better than
stale bread being passes off as toast.

At 9:48 AM, Blogger Granite said...

Heh. They Wore Ties!!!!!
Paul is nuts. William Jennings Bryan is dead already, Paul needs to move on. Maybe if he absorbs a bit of Hucklebee, then Paul can crucify himself as Christian Leader on a Cross of Gold?

I agree. Romney was too prissy with his retorts to the comebacks. McCain looked pissed and some people like that. A pissed McCain with 5 aircraft carrier groups. Now that's my kind of President!

Edwards on point is a like those two rabid dogs who savaged that San Francisco jogger trying to get into her apartment. Crazed and raised for killing. That only comes through a steady course of mental derangement. Not Presidential stuff at all. Plus, his partnership with Obama reminds me of those two Looney Toon cartoon dogs, with Edwards being the small one doing leapfrogs over the larger dog. "Can I be your VP?" "Can I be your VP". Obama should channel WC Fields and give him the brush off. "Get away from me boy you bother me...."

At 1:17 PM, Anonymous jackdied said...

Paul made the only non-platitudinal economic point (that oil has not increased but the dollar has decreased in value)

And I laughed, and laughed. How could this be true if the price of a Big Mac hasn't doubled too? or the price of a gallon of milk? Fed generated inflation is a real problem but it does no good to make crazy assertions.

At 6:54 AM, Anonymous Mrs rants said...

edwards is kissing obama's butt. this is his second run for vp i guess...always a bridesmaid never a bride...but just as pretty.

At 11:54 PM, Blogger David said...

Now, was the event an actual seminar on how to write smarmy, smug, condescending punditry, or did some just rub off on your elbows and land in your blog? I know I haven't been keeping up with the blogs as well as I should... when did it transpire that everyone with whom you disagree has some sort of mental deficiency? What happened to thought-provoking Granite Rants?

Poor forsaken McCain: "John McCain is my choice because he is a principled conservative who understands the larger global issues and gets the War on Terror." Has he changed so entirely in 4 years that he can't be trusted with the button? Flip-flopper.

And who's more crazy? Rudy with his Rainman-like "nine-eleven" verbal tick or Paul? I could have sooo fallen for Rudy, but boy did he let me down, running on Fear. Judging from how Rudy placed tonight, people think he and Paul are about even on the crazy scale.

At 8:04 PM, Blogger Granite said...

Dave, I still like McCain on spending and defense issues. Also, I agree that Rudy sucks in the debates. But I find that with him I get the same stances as McCain with the added benefit of executive management experience. So he trumps McCain this election swing.

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Granite said...

Also, only Edwards is deranged if you review what I wrote. Please substantiate where I say everyone as you claim.


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