Odds and Ends from the GOP Convention

As the Democrats gear up for their national convention this week, The Shad thought it might be fun to take a look back at the Republicans’ effort:

1. It’s clearly “dog track time” for Clint Eastwood (as in, pin a note on his windbreaker, wheel him down to the dog track and leave him there). As my friend comedian John Alston said, “The Democratic National Convention has just booked 82-year-old Ed Asner to deliver his famous Mary Tyler Moore ‘you’ve got spunk—I hate spunk’ speech to a slab of wainscoting.” John adds, “Clint, whaddya doing? Your next role is for a Hoveround ad.”

2. When will politicians learn that when they have “facts” on their side to back their arguments, there is no need to embellish or even outright lie? Witness GOP VP nominee Paul “Lyin’” Ryan (it’s never a good sign when interwebbers nail you with a nickname a day or two after a speech). Ryan, in his acceptance speech, talked about President Obama’s vow to improve the economy so a Wisconsin factory could remain open. It’s closed. The problem? It closed before Obama took office.

Then there was the criticism Ryan heaped on Obama for not implementing the recommendations of the Simpson-Bowles deficit reduction commission. The problem there? Ryan was on the commission and voted against the report. Failure to tell the truth results in lost credibility. Just as Al “I invented the Internet” Gore.

3. Is The Shad the only one who is still mystified why people don stupid clothes and ridiculous hats to celebrate their politics? Nothing says, “We can best lead the country” like a gigantic red, white and blue elephant rotating on the head of some 70-something year old woman dancing until she falls and breaks a hip.