I interrupt your regularly scheduled consideration of serious political issues to bring you this video of Republicans twerking it to “My Neck, My Back (Lick It)” by rapper Khia. I must warn you the audio is very NSFW, but the dance moves make it all worth it. I don’t know about you, but I’m refreshed and renewed. Back to reading Obama’s AMA Reddit answers! [WOW]
I ask this not as a liberal, not as a woman, not as a person who thought “Gran Torino” was a piece of shit; I ask this as just a human being who, yeah, hasn’t had much sleep in the last few days — what the hell was that? Clint Eastwood’s speech at the Republican National Convention, I mean. Because, politics aside, 10+ minutes of Dirty Harry talking to an empty chair is straight up strange, right? Who approved this? I assume there was no dress rehearsal? I realize he’s an Academy Award winner, but maybe Mitt Romney’s big night is not the time for Clint Eastwood to practice ad libbing. Seriously, conservatives who walk among us, was that as awkward for you as it was for me, or did my bleeding heart just not get it?
Paul Ryan’s speech last night may have been rousing, but accurate it was not. Ryan is being lambasted today for what Sally Kohn of Fox News calls “an apparent attempt to set the world record for the greatest number of blatant lies and misrepresentations slipped into a single political speech.” Here’s what the critics are saying:
- Ryan said Obama broke a promise by not saving a GM plant in Janesville, Wis. But PolitiFact could find no evidence that Obama explicitly made such a promise and, more importantly, the plant closed before Obama was even sworn in.
- Ryan chastised Obama for creating a bipartisan debt commission and doing nothing with its findings. But as Talking Points Memo points out, Ryan was on that commission—and voted against it, as did the panel’s other Republicans. Read more…
I’m pretty far left, so full disclosure, the views expressed at the Republican National Convention are not my cup of tea. But I still watch the speeches and try to ignore the lump of depression that rises and settles in my throat every time the crowd cheers for something that stands in stark contrast to my own ideals. Anyway, with that out of the way, was anyone else kind of baffled by the speech Mike Huckabee gave last night? I expect a lot of things from Mike Huckabee — a fatherly demeanor, references to God, anti-choice extremism — but his invoking of Bono, “an Irishman” and lead singer of the band U2, was not one of them. Keep reading »
Well, this is awful. A black camerawoman working for CNN was pelted with nuts by two white RNC attendees and told “this is how we feed the animals” while covering the Republican National Convention on Tuesday. Two convention-goers were ejected following the incident, which was first reported by Talking Points Memo.
CNN issued a brief statement noting that “CNN can confirm there was an incident directed at an employee inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum earlier this afternoon. CNN worked with convention officials to address this matter and will have no further comment.” Later, convention officials released a follow up statement: “Two attendees tonight exhibited deplorable behavior. Their conduct was inexcusable and unacceptable. This kind of behavior will not be tolerated.” [TPM]
The Republican National Committee’s health plan with the insurance company Cigna has covered abortion since 1991, according to an investigation by the online news site Politico. Cigna’s health coverage plan allows employers to opt out of coverage for specific items, but the RNC, which employs members of the Republican Party, did not opt out of abortion coverage. Politico broke this news story yesterday and noted that the Republican Party’s own platform refers to abortion as “a fundamental assault on innocent human life.” RNC’s leader, Michael Steele, quickly responded in a statement promising they would opt out of abortion coverage from their health insurer. Keep reading »