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Day one of the Republican National Convention was cancelled due to tropical storm Isaac. So much for excitement.
Congratulations to the Republican braintrust for deciding to hold their convention in Florida during hurricane season. What a master stroke. Unnamed sources (the same ones Harry Reid uses) tell me Florida was actually the backup choice for the convention, and was booked only after plans fell through to hold it earlier in Tornado Alley. Next week, the Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Those unnamed sources tell me Obama's political stomping grounds in the Democratic stronghold of Chicago were under consideration, until Chicago morphed into the American version of Somalia.
Even though there was little happening at the Republican Convention, I decided to tune into the boob tube last night to see what the talking heads were saying about it. I discovered that Republlican Convention coverage was available yesterday on MSNBC, PBS, and CNN, which meant I could hear what the far left thinks about Republicans (MSNBC), what the left thinks about Republicans (PBS), or what Democrats think about Republicans (CNN). Fair and balanced, to be sure. Fox Business Network (FBN) also had coverage, provided that one has Time-Warner Cable's Every Channel Known To Mankind Mega-Package, but I didn't really feel like taking out a loan to look at empty convention seats, so I chose CNN.
In a short time, CNN quickly identified the critical issues facing America in this election cycle. In no particular order, they are:
1. Romney's tax returns.
2. Romney's likeability issues.
3. Romeny is rich and out of touch with average Americans.
4. How dare the Republicans hold a convention when people could be facing a hurricane ???
5. What's up with those crazy Mormons ???
And here I thought this election was about the economy. Nope. Not on CNN, anyway.
CNN did air an interview with Romney, where Romney tried to talk about the economy, but the CNN interviewer kept trying to shift the subject back to the five items I listed above, along with Romney's flip-flop on the abortion issue. After the interview concluded, a roundtable of Democrats discussed it. Amazingly, the CNN Democrats were not overly impressed with Romney. They all thought his biggest problems were in the areas where he disagrees with Democrats. Who could have seen that coming ?
The next segment consisted of some CNN commentators walking around inside the empty convention hall, pointing out where Romney WOULD have been sitting, had he been there. That was so riveting that I nodded off in my chair.
Upon awakening, I saw some clown named Piers Morgan interviewing Romney's five boys (four of whom look like clones of Mitt), and he spent fifteen minutes trying to get them to talk some trash about their dad. He was actually saying things like "give me some dirt", and "why is your father so boring ?". It was about then that I realized nothing of political value was to be gained from watching CNN. An equal amount of political acumen could have been acquired by watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
My wife jokingly suggested we swtich over to MSNBC, but I showed her. I DID switch to MSNBC, where I got to hear Lawrence O'Donnell and two other lefties talking about how that FAT Republican Governor, Chris Christie, KNOWS Romney is going to lose, and KNOWS that nobody can beat the Great And Powerful Oz-bama, and that's why Christie didn't run for President this year, and also why he didn't want to be Romney's VP choice. That came from a NY Post story. O'Donnell and friends took the story as gospel, even though Christie said it was a pantload and that the NY Post hadn't even spoken to him about it. If you want to see how illuminating O'Donnell's program is, check out the segment about Christie here. It started with several out-of-context quotes from Christie that were all designed to show how belligerent and unreasonable he is. How the belligerant Christie remains so popular among his New Jersey constituents must be one of those unexplainable mysteries. I'm sure it's a mystery to O'Donnell.
For those of you who don't know why MSNBC is invested in trashing Christie, aside from the usual partisan reasons, Christie is the Keynote Speaker at this year's Republican National Convention. MSNBC, being the "place for politics" (LOL), has to discredit Christie up front.
Last night was a total washout (no pun intended), but I do have some good news. Tonight's convention coverage will be aired by C-SPAN. If you watch the convention, I suggest you watch it there. C-SPAN is the only one that has figured out the television camera is supposed to be only an observer of events. The other channels think their teevee personalities are the event, and those they are covering are useful only for the sound bytes they generate for the teevee personalities to argue over. It's a sad state of affairs, but that's what happens on television.
On to Day Two !!! Forward !!!
RIP, Neil Armstrong. You did Ohio and America proud. In related news, the Akron Beacon Journal had a good interview with fellow Ohioan and astronaut John Glenn, where the 91-year old Glenn threw out the first pitch at Progressive Field. Read about it here and here.