Rage Against the Machine was out in full force last night at the RNC protesting the convention. After the police shut down the show, the band took to a crowd to perform acapella versions of the hit songs “Bulls on Parade” and “Killing in the Name of” as well as address the crowd for their reason for being in Minneapolis. Credit to Above The Fold for the video. Great shots. Go here to check out photos from the event.
You have to love this. Finally, some conservatives have the balls for some “straight talk.” Too bad they didn’t realize their mics were still on, haha. Mike Murphy, one of the top members of McCain’s 2000 campaign, and Peggy Noonan, conservative columnist at WSJ, discuss off camera with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd the Palin pick. One highlight, Noonan saying in disgust, “It’s over.”
Chuck Todd: Mike Murphy, lots of free advice, we’ll see if Steve Schmidt and the boys were watching. We’ll find out on your blackberry. Tonight voters will get their chance to hear from Sarah Palin and she will get the chance to show voters she’s the right woman for the job Up next, one man who’s already convinced and he’ll us why Gov. Jon Huntsman.
Peggy Noonan: Yeah.
Mike Murphy: You know, because I come out of the blue swing state governor world: Engler, Whitman, Tommy Thompson, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush. I mean, these guys — this is how you win a Texas race, just run it up. And it’s not gonna work. And –
PN: It’s over.
MM: Still McCain can give a version of the Lieberman speech to do himself some good.
CT: I also think the Palin pick is insulting to Kay Bailey Hutchinson, too.
PN: Saw Kay this morning.
CT: Yeah, she’s never looked comfortable about this –
MM: They’re all bummed out.
CT: Yeah, I mean is she really the most qualified woman they could have turned to?
PN: The most qualified? No! I think they went for this — excuse me– political bullshit about narratives –
CT: Yeah they went to a narrative.
MM: I totally agree.
PN: Every time the Republicans do that, because that’s not where they live and it’s not what they’re good at, they blow it.
MM: You know what’s really the worst thing about it? The greatness of McCain is no cynicism, and this is cynical.
CT: This is cynical, and as you called it, gimmicky.
Ahh, this just gets better and better. In case you haven’t heard, Gov. Sarah Palin, McCain’s VP pick, is having some family problems. Her 17 year old daughter, Bristol (nod to ESPN), is pregnant without a husband. Before I get into my rant, I would like to take a moment to commend the Obama campaign for taking the high road on this issue. Obama has clearly stated that he does not want family issues to be dragged into this campaign and pointed out that his own mother had him when she was only 18.
While I do agree with Obama that a person should be judged on his or her job in office and not be judged on his or her family, this situation does raise a few valid questions that I think reporters have the right to ask.
First, the issue of Family Values. As a conservative Republican, how can you run with a “family values” message when you own daughter is having sex before marriage, let alone the whole pregnancy thing? What does the Christian right have to say about this? Second, if you cannot keep your own house in order, how can you possibly keep the country in order? Just some food for thought.
For disclosure reasons, I could care less if the kid is having sex or is pregnant. Who cares? She’s a teenager and teens have sex all the time. I just think that if you run on certain items and ideas, you should be called out for the hypocrisy.