Tuesday, August 26, 2008
DNC Day 1: Quit playing nice, dammit!
Amid all the raving about the success of Michelle Obama's speech and the triumph of Senator Kennedy's thunderous address, I find myself feeling rather dissatisfied. Yes, Ms. Obama's speech was a success; and, yes, I suppose it was necessary to put her out there so that Republican fear-mongers don't have a free hand to define her as an angry black militant. And, yes, I admire Senator Kennedy and wish the best for him in his struggle with cancer.
But with all the talk about division within the Democratic party between Obama supporters and Hillary supporters, this is not the way to unite the various factions. You unite them by putting up President Junior's monkey face and beating it to a rhetorical pulp!
If there is any one thing that all Democrats have in common this year, it is a deep and abiding loathing of Junior Bush and everyone associated with him. In fact, Hillary's sometime cooperation with the administration may, in the end, be the reason she was denied the nomination she was so sure belonged to her. Junior's claim to be "a uniter not a divider" was never so true as it is now with his dismal ~30% approval rating.
During the 2004 Democratic National Convention, timid and browbeaten Democrats avoided criticizing Junior. Well, look where that got them (and us)! Enough with the nicey-nice. When you've got a pig like Junior down, you kick the living shit out of him!
gas prices and the tragedy of Iraq! Rage about the lies that were put forth to sell the war! Talk about illegal wire-taps and torture at Gitmo! Remember how Junior oversaw the drowning of a major American city and the crumbling of our national infrastructure! Talk about how the Republicans took us from a budget surplus to financial ruin in 8 years!
And don't forget mad Johnny. Ask people if they want four more years of this national nightmare. Point up the fact that mad Johnny gave Junior hugs and kisses even after Karl Rove spread ugly rumors about his wife and child in the 2000 South Carolina Republican primary. Start talking about McCain's rabid hatred of "gooks" (that's his word, mind you). Remind everyone about his cruel sense of humor and his uncontrollable temper.
I am sick to death of Democrats playing nice. You can be sure that the Republicans, who have nothing to offer but fear and hatred, will come out swinging. So, for God's sake, Democrats, throw the first punch. And throw it hard!