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Grading the RNC
Gold Star: Toning it Down for Gustav
It was necessary but also provided a good opportunity to show the Country First motto in action by raising funds for those in need.
Demerit: Gratuitous Self-Congratulation over Toning it Down for Gustav
Dont start practicing those Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speeches just because you didnt screw this one up, boys.
Gold Star: The Glorious Absence of George Bush and Dick Cheney
Obviously, I wish the circumstances that kept them away had been different but wow, McCain sure hit the lottery. Any chance he can keep them quiet until November?
Still an ass.
Gold Star: Sarah Palin: Hockey Mom
That pesky lack-of-experience thing made it necessary to focus on personal biography rather than policy, and it worked for her. My favorite line was about her husband: Two decades and five children later, hes still my guy. Well executed and well presented.
Demerit: Sarah Palin: Candidate for VP
Smugness does not become you, Gov. Palin. I know you had many, many "responsibilities as the mayor of Stars Hollow or wherever it is you came from, but you are undeserving of this nomination and your lack of humility highlights that strikingly. It is possible to attack your opponent and look tough doing so without being petty and without belittling and insulting everyone who has ever worked to better his or her community. For an example of how to do this, read the acceptance speeches of John McCain and Barack Obama and mimic. It will help you to sound less like the amateur that you are.
(continued) Gold Star: Laura Bush
I think shes tremendous. Can we set up some sort of guest bedroom for her in the White House?
Demerit: Joe Lieberman
Its nice to see that, all these years later, jerkiness still knows no party.