If a gathering of Young Republicans doesn't qualify as a weapon of mass destruction, I don't know what does. There was certainly something in the air this weekend as Young Republicans held their state convention in Charlotte, and that something was the aroma of the mingling of incompetence, greed and fear.
The toddling neophytes of the Republican regime were lobbied by the list of GOP goobernatorial hopefuls including Former N.C. Supreme Courth Justice Bob Orr, Charlotte Mayor Patrick McCrory(?), State Sen. Robert Pittenger and "wealthy trial lawyer" Bill Graham. Patrick Ballentine was not able to attend.
A little more below the fold....
The Charlotte Observer has the story, as well as a few handy quotes from some of the hopefuls and also rans. I think the funniest quote is from our dear Mayor, Pat McCrory:
McCrory emphasized the importance of building "cordial, not adversarial" relationships with the business community. He said having the future NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte will ensure some of the brightest minds in technology remain in the area.
Ahhhh, yes, because scientists and tech gurus are all big NASCAR fans. Sorry, Mayor Pat, you lost me on that one.
The scariest quote came from Bill Graham:
"What we've got to get back to is right and wrong politics, not right and left politics."
I'll leave it to you to figure out what he thinks the difference is between right and wrong and I bet you don't even need a hint.
The article doesn't talk much about the convention, so there's no gossip to pass on. I'm sure all the little "dear leaders" had the times of their lives.
I am in quite the mood
Not a good day to be a Republican around me.....the man had better watch out. Back to making the snacks for tonight............
Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.
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Not a good day to be a Republican Candiate in Downtown Charlotte* paraphasing SD
More like the blind leading the blind and finding the brake fuses on the non-existed WMD's race cars don't work.
Sounds like the old PTL club has regroup in Charlotte with Tammy Faye and her friends.
Personally SD, I think you are quite beautiful
when you're snarky!
No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.
Did Their Convention reflect what we will see at the 2008 RNC
2008 Republican Convention Agenda
7:00 P.M. Opening rant about late-night liberal media news reports hosted by Pat Buchanan
7:15 P.M. Proposal for a Fundraiser - Jack Abramoff
7:20 P.M. How to get your child a miltary deferment - Dick Cheney
7:35 P.M. Church and State Unification prayer and worship hosted by Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson
8:00 P.M. Proposal for a Fundraiser - Jack Abramoff
8:05 P.M. Ask-a-page to breakfast program -Mark Foley
8:15 P.M. Evangelical Crystal Meth Toast - Ted Haggard
8:30 P.M. Women in Politics Tea and Book Club
with Phyllis Schlafly and a reading of "Sisters" by Lynne Cheney
8:35 P.M. Find Saddam's weapons of mass destruction rally Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney
9:00 P.M. Keynote speech: "Gerrymandering, The Good Ol' Days" - Tom DeLay
9:15 P.M. Proposal for a Fundraiser -
9:20 P.M. Dept. of State collection to send a Saudi Prince to college fund - Condoleeza Rice
9:30 P.M. "How to not to appear like a crazy former Senator" - Zell Miller
9:40 P.M. "Why I love the military lobbyists"
- Randy "Duke" Cunningham, inmate no. 8765432
9:45 P.M. Republican Outplacement Forum
hosted by Rick Santorum, Jim Talent, Mike Dewine, Lincoln Chafee, and Conrad Burns
9:50 P.M. Presentation of Truth in Drug-Free Broadcasting Award to Rush Limbaugh -
9:55 P.M. "Plausible Deniability - The Art of the Cover-up" - Scooter Libby
10:00 P.M. "How George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld were Right about Iraq" - George Allen
10:30 P.M. Nomination of Jeb Bush for President; "It's his turn!" - Barbara Bush
11:00 P.M. "How to Always Carry a Big Stick! - The Power of the Pharmaceutical Industry Lobbyist" - Bob Dole; sponsored by Pfizer
11:05 P.M. "Eliminating the Dept. of Education and National Spelling Bee" - Dan "Potatoe" Quayle
11:15 P.M. Proposal to change presidential eligibility rules - Arnold Schwarzenegger
11:30 P.M. Coronation of Arnold Schwarzenegger as write-in candidate Karl Rove
12:00 A.M. "How to Succeed in Government Without Really Trying"
Michael Brown; sponsored by FEMA and the Arabian Horse Federation
12:05 A.M. Jack Abramoff drives some former members of Congress back to prison
You forgot Dole . . .
Which is about right since the Party is forgetting her, too. But you also left out Pat McHenry, who will no doubt be doing plenty of lap dances.
Oh that was too good
I'll definitely have to post this on my blog (w/credit back, of course).
Durham, NC USA
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Durham, NC USA
Pam's House Blend
right vs. wrong.
I always talk about this, but there is a chapter in Bill Clinton's book where he talks about working in the Senate as a young man, and how his boss, a liberal Democrat found himself working with liberal Republicans on social issues.
The Senate was much more cordial then, because your enemy on spending was your friend on race issues. If we could actually get back to the point where social issues doe not define the parties, we would be a better country.
Where are the candidates?
Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.