Did you watch the GOP convention last night?

I did, again. It was yet another round of shouted “Freedom! USA! USA! USA! Big Government! I Come From Poor Folks But Who Let Those Tacky People in Here?” Mike Huckabee took the obligatory jab at the press, and then (weirdly) called Barack Obama an “evangelical.”

That’s a new one to me. Since when?

Former Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice spoke about foreign policy, and how she rose from reduced circumstances, and how that’s possible for others (though if you look at the number of Secretarys of State who’ve come from reduced circumstances, you’ll see just how — hardly — possible such a rise really is).

Vice presidential Paul Ryan was the big draw, and he mostly talked about repealing Obamacare. “Obamacare, as much as anything else, explains why a presidency that began with such anticipation, now comes to such a disappointing close,” said Ryan. Uh…what? I tried to follow what he said after that, but it made my hair hurt. He also said he likes AC/DC and Zeppelin, which got a big cheer.

Tonight, the presidential candidate will speak. I. Can’t. Wait.

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  1. Fear of puppets

    The city [Tampa] has banned sticks, strings and masks — the basic rudiments of puppeteering — during the convention. Police have been very clear that this was targeted at puppets specifically. Andrea Davis, a spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department, explained the reasoning to the Tampa Bay Times : “Their heads have been used to hide weapons and other matter, fecal matter.”And yet, the convention continues unabated. Further illustration of systemic problems within Florida’s law enforcement establishment.

  2. I’d rather play solitaire with an incomplete deck of cards than watch the Republican convention on live TV. I’d rather do so in a downpour than watch the Democratic convention next week. That being said, reviewing speech highlights afterwards does yield the occasional gem:

    “Republicans and Democrats alike must slay their sacred cows. Republicans must acknowledge that not every dollar spent on the military is necessary or well-spent.”
    – Rand Paul, U.S. Senator (Kentucky)

  3. “…and then (weirdly) called Barack Obama an “evangelical.” ”

    You can be evangelical about ANYthing, no? Although it’s the second definition in my Webster’s, evangelism can mean “any zealous effort in propagandizing for a cause.” So maybe the Huckster thinks the Prez is evangelizing for causes that the right doesn’t like?

    1. Could be, but in the context in which he used it, he meant Obama is a religious evangelical, just like Huckabee. He’s not.

  4. I watched two hours of Top Chef Masters. I had a hunch the speeches would be available to see the next day.

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