Various political observations
There are a couple of things circulating around the political echo chamber that I just have to say something about.
The first, Howard Dean. Can I just ask, what the hell is he thinking?
He has said a couple things lately that are just so blatantly idiotic that you wonder he's allowed out in public. A quote
"(the Republicans are) a pretty monolithic party. They all behave the same. They all look the same. It's pretty much a white Christian party. The Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people. We're more welcoming to different folks, because that's the type of people we are."
Hmmm. So it's a really welcoming thing to propagate sterotypes of whole groups of people, then? And I guess he's also saying that Republicans are very stupid, and cannot think for themselves, since all of them "behave the same". I guess conservatives don't actually have any real ideas
that they believe in. Wouldn't Dean have a whole lot more credibility if he actually took on the substance of Republican ideas and policy instead of resorting to assinine personal attacks?
He also said recently, in reference to having a national holiday for voting day so people have time to go vote, "Well, Republicans, I guess, can do that because a lot of them have never made an honest living in their lives
This kind of rhetoric does no one any good. It's not true, it's clearly meant to inflame, and it is even more ridiculous when, in the same speech, Dean said that Democrats should reach out to evangelicals. Whatever.
I don't even know why I'm getting mad about this garbage. Dean is only hurting himself and his party. He's not convincing anyone.
The second thing is the flap about Kerry finally releasing his military records
. There doesn't seem to be anything remarkable in there, despite somewhat hopeful spectulation by many on the conservative side that he was hiding some scandal (maybe a dishonorable discharge, or something). The thing he was apparently trying to hide was his poor grades in college
. Well, big deal. There are lots of brilliant people out there who never went to college (such as my husband), and there are lots of college-educated idiots.
The only reason this is even an issue is that Kerry and his supporters made such hay over the whole "Bush is a dumb frat-boy" thing. I think the fact that Kerry witheld these records for so long just shows how shallow and peevish he is. And I'm very thankful that he's not our president.
That ends my rant for the day.