So much good stuff, not enough room to write it all.
It is that time again, pundits and fans of all political persuasions.
Convention time is here. I will say that the Democrats have figured out a way to get the top two (and maybe three) news stories of the night each night prior to and during the convention. With Sen. Kerry and Sen. Edwards traveling across this country on their way to Boston, the Democrats get convention news and the travels every night. Now if nothing happens out of the ordinary at the convention, the plan will work fine.
Moving into the convention this week some things have happened to make life interesting from the Heartland. Kerry, during his first pre-convention bus stop, told folks outside Denver, Colorado that the maternity ward at the hospital where he was born was on the west wing of the hospital. Not a coincidence some will say. Cute for a sound bite. On Saturday in Sioux City, Iowa with the route of Lewis and Clark trail nearby, Kerry tried to tie in the spirit of the Westward Expansion to the campaign and his future administration. In the mean time, area Republicans and one Iowa Congressman were serving up waffles for breakfast nearby.
The most country’s most athletic governor, Arnold “Pump You Up” Schwarzenegger (R-CA) showed his frustration with the Democratic controlled legislature last weekend by calling the members “girlie men” for not standing up to special interest. Number one, the legislature was standing up for what they believe was right and opposing Arnold. Sorry, Governor. Gridlock happens. Nothing wrong with that, except that the Governator’s must be frustrated that his charm doesn’t work with elected officials. The term used (girlie men) was taken from the Saturday Night Live parody of Schwarzenegger in the 90’s. No one hollered gay bashing or homophobe when SNL did they skit but folks sure were hollering this week. Grow up folks. It was funny. But Arnold, next time try saying that the Democratic legislators in California have no testicular fortitude. Or that the state legislature has been scheduled for surgery as they try to surgically implant a backbone. It might go over better.
Word is now out on the streets of the information superhighway that there is a great parody of the election, thanks to a couple of brothers and an old Arlo Gutherie song. The web site, www.jibjab.com
, has received so many hits that it has trouble staying up, millions in just the last few days. The song, This Land Is Your Land, has been rewritten to focus on the 2004 presidential campaign. If the campaign is beginning to get to you and you need a laugh, log on. The brothers insist that the parody is not meant to influence voters but to give us some comic relief. For JibJab, Mr. Moo gives you two hoofs up.
This week will provide all of the former Democratic candidates for President a chance to speak to the national audience of the convention. The one I am most disappointed in is Rep. Dennis Kucinich. Kucinich announced his endorsement of the ticket this week after campaigning for two years and within a day had a spot on the speaker’s list, prime time on Wednesday. Kucinich had referred to Kerry as “Bush Light” during the campaign because on key issues such as the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act, both were the same. Dennis, you were right. There was little difference between the Republicrats and the Democans on those issues and there still is. You were the breath of fresh air. You were a positive voice for our country and you appear to have caved. I know, you’d rather have John John than Bush again. But thousands of your supporters were counting you to take the fight all the way to Boston. Many in the party, especially the ABK (Anyone but Kerry) crowd and, might I add, the principled ones, embraced you. Your support was obvious growing through the last few months. All I can say is your speech in Boston better not be watered down. Give ‘em hell, Dennis. Your supporters deserve at least that much.
Parents, I tried to warn you a week or two ago about the influx of French into our language. You shouldn’t let your kids watch the news or do so with a V-chip. It was obvious that Alex Rodriquez of the New York Yankees has been picking up vocabulary from the Vice President. After being hit by a pitch this weekend, he began to speak in fluent French. Maybe part of the problem was that the nightly news allowed everyone to read his lips before cutting away to the announcer. Reading lips didn’t work for Bush 41 and shouldn’t for multi-million dollar ball players. Maybe someone could tutor A-Rod in the English language. Heaven knows he can afford it.
My parting shot at national bull is from the home of a real bull. This week begins not only the bull from the left and Boston but also bull from my part of the country. My favorite kind of bull is going on at Cheyenne Frontier Days. The Daddy of ‘em all is taking place now through the 1st of August. Nine days with over 40 bucking (that’s with a “b”) bulls. If the convention gets a little too much, check out www.cfdrodeo.com
. Cowboy Up!