Friday, August 31, 2012

High Comedy at the Republican Convention

And, no, I am not referring to Clint Eastwood’s routine.  To be honest, I found it awkward although he had his moments, particularly when he zinged Obama for attempting to try terrorists in the middle of New York City.  Still, I think those in charge trusted him a bit too much, letting him speak without a script.  But does anyone really want to tell Clint Eastwood what to do?  Be my guest!

As for Romney’s speech, I wasn’t wowed.  But it was adequate, and he came across as Presidential.  And the rest of the evening well debunked the meme that he’s a felonious unfeeling plutocrat.  And that was the sort of night that was needed.

So, anyway, what do I find high comedy about the convention?  Liberal attempts to decode the words of Republicans to find racism and other evils.   The contortions particularly MSNBC went to find RAAAAACISM were absurd.  This week they practically invented the game Six Degrees of Racism.

And last night MSNBC found Birtherism in Romney’s speech.  How?   From these words:

Tonight, that American flag is still there on the Moon. And I don't doubt for a second that Neil Armstrong's spirit is still with us.  That unique blend of optimism, humility, and the utter confidence that, when the world needs someone to do that, you need an American.

Yes.  Those are obvious code words meaning, “I am a birther!”

While analyzing Mitt Romney’s convention speech on Thursday, Schultz couldn’t help but hear a birther reference tucked within the oration.
“Here is another thing that jumped out at me. ‘When the world needs to do really good stuff, you need an American,’” he said.
He continued:
“That was the other line, you know, we’ve got to do big stuff. We’ve got big problems. We don’t have an American. How else are we supposed to take that line? To imply that the guy who’s leading the country right now is not an American, ‘when the world needs to do really big stuff we need an American.’ I felt that was below the belt, and it was a dog whistle, whatever you want to call it, a bone throw to the birthers out there that ‘I’m not that far from you.’”
Co-host Rachel Maddow was all too happy to agree.
“It struck me as the same way,” she said, “especially coming on the heels of his birther joke from this past week.” That, of course, was a reference to Romney making the comment that he doesn’t need to show his birth certificate in Michigan (where he was born).

Hey, let’s join the fun.  Readers are invited to play Six Degrees of Racism/Birtherism with my posts even. 

Here I’ll start: “fun” >> sex >> birth >> BIRTHERISM!  See, it’s easy!

1 comment:

DeeBee said...

Oh, All Right . . . "High Comedy" >> comedians >> Bill Cosby/Richard Pryor/etc. >> African-Americans >> RAAAAAAACISSSMMMMMMM!!!!!!!

(Gee, _I_ only needed five degrees :-) )