Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Cognitive dissonance at the RNC

In the spirit of simply wishing folks would stop inventing facts, here's a short list of nonfactual assertions we heard this evening at the RNC. To get to the facts click on the links provided.

"The Democratic nominee for president supports plans to raise income taxes, raise payroll taxes, raise investment income taxes, raise the death tax, raise business taxes, and increase the tax burden on the American people by hundreds of billions of dollars." Sarah Palin
Here's a dirty little secret- neither McCain's nor Obama's plans will balance the budget... the truth is so damned inconvenient to the narratives we love to tell ourselves.

"This is not a personal's a statement of fact - Barack Obama has never led anything. Nothing. Nada." Rudi Giuliani
Some guys don't know nothing from nothing. Maybe if he knew what it means to run an effective campaign organization, he'd be the Republican nominee. Oh, and when Rudi says it's not a personal attack, better duck.

"She got more votes running for mayor of the town of Alaska than Joe Biden got running for president of the United States," Mike Huckabee.
Funny maybe, got quite a few laughs, but the really funny thing is... it's a lie.

"I have protected the taxpayers by vetoing wasteful spending ... and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress. I told the Congress 'thanks but no thanks' for that Bridge to Nowhere." Palin
Umm... a conservative's wet dream, but like all fanstasies it's fiction

"There is much to like and admire about our opponent. But listening to him speak, it's easy to forget that this is a man who has authored two memoirs but not a single major law or reform _ not even in the state senate." Palin
not content with a medium sized lie, she tells a whopper

"Did you hear any Democrats talk last week about the threat from radical, violent Jihad?" Mitt Romney
Is Romney trying to be clever like Bill Clinton when he deadpanned "depends on what 'is' is"? If you're searching for the exact phrase, "radical, violent Jihad", in the Democrats' speeches it may well not have been there. Then again, that particular phrase didn't show up in any Republican speeches either until Romney uttered it. Maybe it's because people have taken to saving their breath and taken to using the simpler term "terrorism". It so happens that most if not all of the speeches did talk about terrorism...Romney's cleverness extends a bit further...technically this may not be a lie since it is a rhetorical question but since the entire audience shouted, "No!" in response we should probably just lump the whole damn lot of them together and hold them all accountable for this totally bogus claim.

"We need change, all right _ change from a liberal Washington to a conservative Washington! We have a prescription for every American who wants change in Washington _ throw out the big-government liberals, and elect John McCain and Sarah Palin." Mitt Romney former governor of the east coast elite state of Massachusettes
Aside from the painful cognitive dissonance that this must have triggered inside Romney's quite possibly empty head it is a testament to his party loyalty that he was able to deliver this (unwittingly?) ironic line without laughing out loud. Did you see the faces of some of the delegates who, even as they were cheering appeared to be wondering, "Is he talking about us?"

Don't know about you, but I can't wait for tomorrow.


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