Excuses, Excuses

Whatever.

If it was Hillary, they’d have pulled out all the footage from the campaign.

If it was Dodd, they’d have pulled out all the footage from the campaign plus some shit about his mortgage.

If it was Kerry they’d have pulled out the footage from Oh Four of John O’Neill barfing his own personal issues all over the country and run it ad nauseum. Plus the windsurfing stuff, because that for some reason gets wingnuts hot.

I don’t know what they would have done about Chet Edwards or Sebelius but I’m pretty sure it would have been something similar. Whoever Obama picked, there was footage of them someplace saying something nice about one of his opponents. If the ticket wasObama/Jesus Christ ’08, they’d run ads saying that at one point, Jesus appeared and drew a cross in the dirt and endorsed John McCain. No matter what you do, they’ll hit you, so stop pretending it’s about you at all. Bullies don’t need an excuse to bully. You know what bullies need to bully? Oxygen and an audience. Fuck ’em. Make them eat that goddamn Koho.

My take on Biden: Dude, it’s the VP. I’m not supposed to be enthralled and in love. Biden’s a grown-up. I want him to keep his foot out of his mouth and up John McCain’s ass from now until November. The way the process was ramped up into a frenzied “who will Obama choose?” scenario brought the fun, and the fun has been in short supply of late, so that made me happy. Anything beyond that is wankery as won’t matter more than ten seconds from now, since things are moving fast these days.

Bring on Denver. Convention posting and crack vans begin Monday afternoon, around 3 p.m. MST. I’m gonna bring a spare laptop battery and hope I can coax enough juice out of my computer to make it a full six hours in the van with you all watching, but we’ll see what the technical limitations of theTent prove to be.

A.

19 thoughts on “Excuses, Excuses

  1. James Fallows at The Atlantic: “Politicians have to be egomaniacal to be in the business. Anyone who enters the US Senate with a limited appreciation of self soon has it expanded. But while Biden’s ineffective hearing “questions” often sounded as if they came from “normal” Senatorial egotism — I’m on stage now, listen to me — his debate comments and his partisan anti-Bush arguments reflected a more attractive egotism of knowledge and policy. Let’s call it simple confidence, of the sort that Bill Clinton in his prime displayed when dismissing Republican economic arguments. The subliminal message in this pose is: I know what I’m talking about here, I’ve dealt with this for years, and I have no time for the other side’s ignorance.”
    Biden is solid.

  2. My only problem was the ridiculous build-up, mostly the media’s fault.
    As I said earlier, it’s a solid, unexciting pick.

  3. “I don’t know what they would have done about Chet Edwards…”
    Simple, they would have brought up Edwards’s $400 haircut, run with it for a week, and then published a correction on p A2 noting that, “While we can confirm that John Edwards did have a $400 haircut, we have not yet confirmed that Chet Edwards had a $400 haircut. We have also not yet confirmed that he blows goats.” [Apologies to Atrios.]
    “If the ticket was Obama/Jesus Christ ’08, they’d run ads saying that at one point, Jesus appeared and drew a cross in the dirt and endorsed John McCain.”
    No, they’d say that the VP candidate had previously been convicted and sentenced to death, but used his political connections to survive execution and escape.
    –Kibitzer

  4. Speaking of crack –
    “I want him to keep his foot out of his mouth and up John McCain’s ass from now until November.”
    Thanks for telling it like it is…
    Sid

  5. If the ticket was Obama/Jesus Christ ’08, they’d run ads saying that at one point, Jesus appeared and drew a cross in the dirt and endorsed John McCain.
    Pure. Fucking. Genius.

  6. If the ticket was Obama/Jesus Christ ’08, they’d run ads saying that at one point, Jesus appeared and drew a cross in the dirt and endorsed John McCain.”
    No, they’d say that the VP candidate had previously been convicted and sentenced to death, but used his political connections to survive execution and escape.

    Brilliant comments, both of them.
    Athenae, I think the most important thing I’ve learned from your blog over the years is the how well the bully psychology explains politics, racism, sexism, classism, and especially the fashion and entertainment industries.
    I wonder is any research on the relationship between marketing techniques and bullying: it seems like unethical marketing ploys are based on the belittling tactics of schoolyard bullies.

  7. Okay, looking forward to the Crack Van, but howsabout some meatspace fun for us CO Athenae fangirls? I’m trying to figure out which day next week I should take off so I can party the night before.

  8. So many bloggers seem to think along the lines of the media: this pick will add 2/10ths of a second here, and might add another tenth point in the scoring there, blah fucking blah blah blah.
    He’s smart, I DON’T CARE ABOUT HIS STANCE ON THE ISSUES, because it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that all these people who want to play the media game about poor fucking Hillary get off their self pity couch, open their fucking eyes, and get with the program. You want Obama to do stuff your way, you want Roe v Wade to stand, don’t worry about how Biden voted on it or said about it, work with President Obama (chills down spine-who woulda thunk it) to do what needs to be done.
    AFTER THE ELECTION!

  9. he’s anti-quayle. he’s far and above the otherside. now, just gotta get the sheeple to remember what the last 8 years have gotten them. has georgee saved them from GAY MARRIAGE AT LEAST. not even that.

  10. Gotta do another echo, because I like it so much:
    I want him to keep his foot out of his mouth and up John McCain’s ass from now until November.
    Yeeessss! And not bore me to death, too. Keep it pithy, Joe.

  11. And after November he is Pres. of the Senate, the administration front man in that august House. Good idea to have someone who knows his ass from first base.

  12. I feel MUCH more comfortable knowing that you will be there to Keep Them In Line.
    Go get ’em tiger!

  13. Wait, wait, don’t the Repubs tout McCain as someone who can reach across the aisle by quoting McCain-Feingold, McCain-Kennedy, McCain-Whomever? So, Biden is now being taken to task for his non-partisan ways? Tsk, tsk.

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