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Beach Volleyball and Presidential Elections

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Beach Volleyball and Presidential Elections

C’mon. Admit it. Watching Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh defend their Olympic beach volleyball title was the TV highlight of the summer.  Now we’re back to the wasteland of presidential politics and campaigns, with the Republicans determined to run in the fall on two issues: abortion and Medicare.

Circular firing squad anyone?

And with major storms involving Missouri Senate candidate and asshat Todd Akin and Hurricane Isaac hovering toward the Republican convention in Tampa next week, Dana Milbank asks an interesting question in today’s WaPo: “Has God Forsaken the Republican Party?

Has God forsaken the Republican Party?

Well, sit in judgment of what’s happened in the past few days:

●A report comes out that a couple dozen House Republicans engaged in an alcohol-induced frolic, in one case nude, in the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus is believed to have walked on water, calmed the storm and, nearby, turned water into wine and performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

●Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican nominee for Senate, suggests there is such a thing as “legitimate rape” and purports that women’s bodies have mysterious ways to repel the seed of rapists. He spends the next 48 hours rejecting GOP leaders’ demands that he quit the race.

●Weather forecasts show that a storm, likely to grow into Hurricane Isaac, may be chugging toward . . . Tampa, where Republicans will open their quadrennial nominating convention on Monday.

Coincidence? Or part of some Intelligent Design?

Well, given all that — and with the blowhard in chief, Joe Biden, heading to Tampa next week to join the festivities — the Republican Convention may actually be worth watching.

But it won’t be as good as beach volleyball.

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