I just watched a Politico panel discussion on day two of the Republican National Convention that made me mad for three reasons. Here they are:
1) A Democrat in the audience asked a specific question about whether, if the Left had chosen a V.P. candidate with a pregnant teenage daughter, the "Republican machine" would have attacked them for picking a candidate with poor parenting skills. Of course everyone booed him, which is a mature thing for a bunch of supposedly serious adults to do, obviously. But then NOBODY answered his question. The Lt. Governor of something or other literally said "I don't agree with your premise--next question," and each of the panel member took turns ridiculing the guy for saying such a thing. Fine. But at least concede his point, that of course
the Right would have attacked the Democrats for a Palin because that's just how things work. These panelists have nothing to lose by actually participating in an intellectual discussion of the finer points of the Palin decision, and yet they all decided to sacrifice integrity in the name of verbally lynching the freak in the crowd for rocking the boat.
2) That Lt. Governor of something or other said that energy is "our issue," meaning "Republican issue." He then made no bones about exploiting the energy crisis for the sole purpose of winning the election.
3) When directly asked whether McCain would have picked Sarah Palin if she was a man with equivalent experience, they ALL agreed that he would not have. After two hours of puffing up Palin for this and that, every single one of these bastards were willing to confess that she was selected primarily because she's a woman. Really?!?! I mean, we all knew it, but I'm shocked at the nonchalant manner in which they were willing to admit it. I'm all for equal opportunity but, as we have all agreed on this site already, throwing an inexperienced woman on the ticket just to get votes is insulting to every woman, and every voter in this country.
OK, so those are the specifics, but really I don't care as much about the party politics as I do the fact that this was really a sub-par panel. I watched one yesterday on new media that was smart and provocative, but these goobers can't even avoid the basic fallacies of logic that we all learned in high school.
That is all.