The End Of The Conventions: What I Forgot To Mention During the RNC

So, speeches are over, the balloons have dropped, the Republicans have abandoned Minneapolis-St. Paul with almost as much alacrity as they once did New Orleans and it's time for another listicle of shit I wish I'd found a reason to write about before now.
  1. That protester that was above my head during McCain's speech
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Liveblogging John McCain (And Cindy Lou Who)

Stop! It's Maverick time! Cindy will introduce the film to introduce her husband who will apparently talk forever » 9/04/08 9:28pm 9/04/08 9:28pm and a day but I am such a dedicated blogger that I will mock the thing in its entirety while the energy brought to me by my bag of Twizzlers and my double cappuccino slowly dies, like the light in my eyes…

Liveblogging The Boys of Republicana

In order to make my life worth living and the liveblog tenable, I stopped for a double cappuccino and missed Mel Martinez speak. Actually, I didn't "miss" him so much as I looked up and realized — unlike the rest of the crowd — that he was speaking. The rest of the crew, though, I paid attention to and my liveblog » 9/04/08 8:09pm 9/04/08 8:09pm

Convention On A Stick

Not to scare anyone, but I'll be back shortly after 8:00 ET to liveblog tonight's Republican Convention speeches, which include takes on Republicanism from Mel Martinez, Tim Pawlenty, "Snowflake" Brownback, the inventor of color-coded fear Tom Ridge and their main man, John McCain. Feel free to use this thread as an… » 9/04/08 6:40pm 9/04/08 6:40pm

Hey Carly Fiorina, Who Exactly Is Holding My Uterus Hostage?

Last weekend, McCain surrogate Carly Fiorina told women » 9/04/08 6:30pm 9/04/08 6:30pm to stop allowing the Democrats to win their votes on the issue of abortion, saying, "The Democratic Party has done a disservice to women by trying to hold women hostage to the issue of Roe v. Wade." In Carly's world view (and ), the issue is the economy, not…
Dear McCain Handlers, Please let Roberta McCain talk to reporters » 9/04/08 1:45pm 9/04/08 1:45pm again. Not because she'll lose her son the Presidency — we think he might be able to do that himself — but because the campaign is more fun for everyone, including your candidate, when it's not all scripted and boring. It'll totally fit with your meme…

Liveblogging Sarah Palin's Acceptance Speech

Sarah Palin is taking the stage tonight to give the most important speech of her political career. And if the shouting crowds (and my utter lack of a internet connection as I type this) are anything to go by, there's not going to be an Eagleton moment. Anyway, it seems like I'll apparently be posting this after it's… » 9/03/08 10:22pm 9/03/08 10:22pm

Liveblogging Rudy Giuliani, Ferret-Hater Extraordinaire

The bitch is back, baby! The Secret Service has cleared all ferrets from a 10 block radius, the word "9/11" waits for its opportunity to shine and somewhere, Judith Nathan lies in wait to sink her claws back into her sugar daddy. Or mommy, whatever. 10:27 ET: » 9/03/08 10:00pm 9/03/08 10:00pm And he's out. Rudy talks sexism. The crowd cheers. Obama…

Liveblogging Romneybot 3000

Mitt Romney once seemed poised to be John McCain's Number 2, and not in the poopy way, but Sarah Palin reportedly got Joe Lieberman's sloppy seconds » 9/03/08 9:04pm 9/03/08 9:04pm and Mitt Romney was left holding his balls after trying to curry favor for months with the guy he hated and who hated him. But enough people love their Mitt that he got a…

Liveblogging The Businesswomen Of The RNC: Meg Whitman And Carly Fiorina

The start of Ladies' Night at the RNC is here, and it's a CEO sideshow, with former eBay CEO Meg Whitman and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina speaking right off the bat to a half-empty convention center. I'm one of 3 people paying attention to the speeches, if the loud conversations and lack of working reporters are any… » 9/03/08 8:20pm 9/03/08 8:20pm

Greta Van Susteren On The Empowering Nature Of Apathy

Greta Van Susteren is one of Fox News' anchors and even after I kvelled all over Bill Hemmer last week, she was still willing to sit down for an interview. So I trekked over to the Fox News tent at the RNC yesterday to talk to Greta about all the gender issues going on in politics and the media. I was going to ask how… » 9/03/08 6:00pm 9/03/08 6:00pm
Phyllis Schafly, she who led the fight to make sure that the rest of American womanity wouldn't have the benefits of a constitutional amendment giving us equal rights, has her granny panties all in a bunch » 9/03/08 10:45am 9/03/08 10:45am because the McCain campaign canceled a scheduled appearance by Sarah Palin at Schafly's event yestserday.…

Conventional Crap: Joe Lieberman Is Made-Up But Not Imaginary

Another endless day that starts in Crap dawns in St. Paul, but luckily my soon-to-be-embedded friend Spencer » 9/03/08 10:00am 9/03/08 10:00am is (virtually) here to help understand why some GOP makeup artist slathered Joe Lieberman in this much pancake foundation and — worse — how I spent 20 minutes staring at his ass instead of his made-up mug.…

Liveblogging Fred Thompson's Speech

I spent much of George Bush's speech messing with my crap Internet connection and staring at him smirking on TV, so let me recap: he and Laura like John McCain. The new drinking word is "hero." I'm back in the media stands staring at everyone's butts: Laura's seemed perfectly nice. Apparently, the mean old lefties… » 9/02/08 10:08pm 9/02/08 10:08pm

Conventional Crap: The Protests Are On And Randy Scheunemann Is Worse…

The thing about living in Washington is that you run into famous-for-DC people all the time because it's a relatively small place and everyone goes to the same 10 restaurants for work functions. Between that and being a lobbyist, I've met a lot of Republicans, big and small, and rarely are they ever less than… » 9/02/08 10:00am 9/02/08 10:00am

Conventional Crap: The Sun Is Already Setting On The RNC

The Republican National Convention hasn't even officially started and already it's being scaled back due to Republicans not wanting to look like insensitive assholes (again) when a hurricane hits the Gulf Coast. In the absence of hangovers, parties or Madonna concerts to discuss this week, Kay Steiger » 9/01/08 10:00am 9/01/08 10:00am of (still…