I thought they hated gays?
Word is that Ken Mehlman, Bush's campaign manager, may be in line to take over the RNC from Ed Gillespie. Since Mehlman was in charge of the President's reelection, he has to bear some of the responsibility for the most homophobic presidential campaign in history. And by the way, most of the state referenda that were on the ballot weren't about gay marriage. They were simply about gay couples having the same rights as eveyone else in regards to visitation of a sick loved one or leaving property to one's partner. Damn, sure glad those got shot down.
The rumor is that Mehlman, who executed this gay-hating strategy that succeeded in boosting turnout, is himself gay. He actually refuses to answer the question. Now, how many straight guys do you know who won't say what their sexuality is? I've seen Mehlman on a number of TV shows. No wonder he looks so miserable. Most self-haters do.
Torturers 'R Us
Yes, Ashcroft is hideous and I'm glad he's gone. But Alberto Gonzalez, the author of the memo that said it's OK for the US government to detain anyone it chooses without notification or access to a lawyer? The author of the US policy that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to our country? This is our new Attorney General? Please, can we inject some sanity soon into our national government?
Tanks in the street of LA
It was awesome to see a pair of tanks in the street of LA during a small protest against the Bush Administration. Holy Tianaman Square! The military actually said later that the tanks were lost, happened upon the demonstration, and asked for directions. I am not lying. That is what they said.
Peter Jennings is an ass
A couple nights ago, Peter Jennings concluded his nightly newscast with a smirky condescending report about the crazies who were claiming the election might be rigged. His tone was unbelievable. I'm sorry, but the election machines are owned by a hardcore Bush supporter who once vowed to deliver Ohio for the President. Just imagine if George Soros owned the electronic voting machines with no paper trail. And then imagine if the exit polls in Florida showed Bush winning but the votes in the untraceable electronic machines showed the opposite. Of course, Jennings made all the people questioning the election into conspiracy nuts.
Then I remembered the way he went after Wes Clark, demanding that Clark renounce Michael Moore when he said the President had been AWOL. Jennings relished acting like a hard ass when he was carrying the President's water. The other night he was just acting like an ass.
There may be no lazier collective group than the national media, especially rich white dudes like Jennings. There's just no other way to look at it.
Keith Olberman is still the only national broadcast journalist covering the voting irregularities. Big thumbs up to "Countdown" for doing what journalists are supposed to do.