Before I do something that I said I would not do (ahem, it’s a political topic, going back on my word is not inconsistent with the topic!), I must address the week’s big events. Well, really just one Big Event. The most over hyped overseas trip by a presidential candidate EVER! Now, let’s be real here – it’s kind of all John McCain’s fault that this trip by Obama was Big News. After all, McCain challenged him to the point of even putting up a countdown clock on his campaign sign counting UP how many days had passed since Obama’s last trip to the middle east. The media covered the topic quite a bit when that countdown clock went up – I mean, I know about the clock not because I was on McCain’s site, but because I saw it covered on the news! So, really, he asked for it. He’s also been attacking Obama on the foreign policy inexperience (as he should since it is initially Obama’s weakest point) so of course the media had to cover what is Obama’s biggest opportunity for a counter point. Though I am not sure they needed to send all three major network anchors!! Hello! The sitting president doesn’t even rate that (of course personally I am glad he doesn’t but since he embarasses me but hey, I am trying to be fair here and the contrast is rather stark). I think they were all just salivating over SOMETHING to do since it’s been pretty boring since Clinton dropped out. Until the VP announcements drop – which has to be before the Olympics start on 8/8, there is really nothing new that is going to happen before the conventions. I think they were dying for ratings in July and this was their one shot 🙂
As an aside here, hey, my conservative friends, can we talk frankly? Is McCain’s campaign about *the* worst run one since Kerry? Seriously, I *like* McCain for the most part – wouldn’t vote for him since I disagree with so much that he has suddenly decided to stand for, but I’ve always genuinely liked him. But seriously, the people running his campaign are making him look like possibly a bigger boob than Bush! In fact, this clip from Jon Stewart’s Wednesday night show pretty much says it all about the week in Obama vs McCain.
OK, that aside since Jon did a perfect job of making fun of the whole thing….now I turn to bashing a Republican. I know, I said I wouldn’t, but…..ARGH! The San Diego GOP reps are such a bunch of…well…let’s just say that my 50th district representative Brian Bilbray is the *best* of the bunch! Mostly because he’s managed to just be quiet and not insert foot into mouth (something the congressman he replaced, Duke Cunningham, was quite famous for along with the small matter of taking bribes, but I digress) We have Darrell Issa who recently rather callously turned a resolution to honor the recently desceased Tim Russert into a speech about offshore drilling. Yeesh. Now there are reports of Duncan Hunter, former presidential candidate, looking into doing a little big game hunting in Africa. Illegal big game hunting. Oh, but it’s ok, it was for a good cause! He was offering to donate the meat from the animals he killed to feed refugees! Oh, such a generous heart! Yeah, thankfully, the nation of Chad declined his request. LorDY! One would think that, even though he is retiring this year, he would at least maintain some decorum since his son is running to replace him. Not that it matters since he lives in a very safely GOP district. Let’s hope the apple fell a little farther from the tree than the name (Duncan Huneter Jr) implies. So, c’mon people! Stop embarassing the lower left corner of the states!! Duke Cunningham did enough of that to last decades. The rest of you just shush!