Thursday, September 02, 2004Over-Zell-ous
Okay, so the headline pun's a bit obvious; sue me.
I finally got to see Zell's speech (and his subsequent appearance on Hardball) tonight, and all I can say to the Republicans reading this is: thank you.
Thank you for taking Zell off our hands. Thank you for having the huevos to show what your party's really made of. Thank you for alienating tens of thousands of undecided voters. And thank you for demonstrating which party is really on the Dark Side.
The only thing that could've topped Zell's 1941-esque speech and the implicit call to the peasantry to grab torches and pitchforks and head for Boston, was his amazing performance on MSNBC not long after, in which he challenged Chris Matthews to a duel:
MILLER: If you're going to ask a question...
MATTHEWS: Well, it's a tough question. It takes a few words.
MILLER: Get out of my face.
MILLER: If you are going to ask me a question, step back and let me answer.
MATTHEWS: Senator, please.
MILLER: You know, I wish we...
MILLER: I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel.
MILLER: Now, that would be pretty good.
In any case, I do have to wonder what the hell the GOP is up to. I understand that the Democratic party's hands are not entirely clean when it comes to campaigning, but it does seem to me that by and large, the DNC was generally a very hopeful, optimistic affair. We give the American voter Barack Obama -- tall, elegant, articulate and sincerely optimistic -- and the GOP gives 'em Emperor Palpatine, complete with pallid, artificial-looking fishbelly skin:
Give in to your hate, Luke...
Does anyone seriously question which party is the one more infected with toxic rage and spite? The Bush administration, almost four years in, has nothing to show for their time but a limping economy, a vastly divided populace, pariah status in the international community, and a bloody, demoralizing, utter failure of a war. So all they can do is stand behind a podium and scream diatribes at John Kerry and hope to reel in the suckers.
It's a sad day when we have to ask:
Not every country works this way. In some countries, the commander in chief builds a propaganda apparatus that equates him with the military and the nation. If you object that he's making bad decisions and disserving the national interest, you're accused of weakening the nation, undermining its security, sabotaging the commander in chief, and serving a foreign power -- the very charges Miller leveled tonight against Bush's critics.
Are you prepared to become one of those countries?
PS: I haven't even read the transcript of Bush's speech tonight; one thing at a time, my darlings.