Sunday, September 16, 2012

An Important Reminder About Voters And Politics

Tod Kelly attended the recently conlcuded Value Voters Summit and comes away asserting "the attendees I was fortunate enough to meet – . . . were, to a man and woman, incredibly salt-0f-the-Earth nice people."

He goes on to make eleven brief observations about the people who spoke to these attendees. My favorites:
So, in no particular order, here are the top ten things I learned from the Values Voter Summit Main Stage speakers:
1. By the tally I kept, the number of times I heard Main Floor Speakers not named Paul Ryan mention Barack Obama: 157. Number of times I heard Main Floor Speakers not named Paul Ryan mention Mitt Romney: 5. . . .
3. The Obama administration has begun secretly plotting with the Organization for Islamic Cooperation. They have begun to “brainwash” FBI and other security agents to be receptive to the messages of Islam, so that Sharia law speech laws can be enforced unchallenged after Obama’s reelection. (Michelle Bachmann, US Rep-MN). . .
7. The Obama administration is planning to make illegal all churches and synagogues, and put in jail any Americans that attend them. This will happen this January, “March at the latest.” (Kamal Saleem, Debunked Ex-Terrorist Impersonator). . . .
8. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer was apparently told early on that politicians smile big all the time. So now when she talks about terrible tragedies like the brutal the murder of Robert Krentz or Chris Stevens, she does so with a beaming, 100 megawatt smile that looks like she’s about to break out in the giggles. It comes off looking very creepy. Seriously, her people need to sit her down and talk to her about this. . . .
9. When Rand Paul opened the conference, he talked about the sanctity of human life, in regard to human fetuses, to thunderous, leap-out-of-your-chair applause. He continued to underline this philosophy by pivoting to the subject of war, where he said, “Truly great leaders are reluctant to go to war.” The crowd got pretty quiet on him after that. . . .
And this ones not really about a speaker, so I’ll throw it in as a bonus fun fact:
11. Friday morning before Paul Ryan came out, they showed a video presentation honoring the Heritage Foundation. The video ended with stills of famous conservatives that had worked with the foundation, and each got a different level of applause by the audience, based on how popular the pictured conservative was. Not surprisingly, the picture of Paul Ryan got the loudest. The next biggest cheers went to a picture of Limbaugh, followed by one of Hannity, and right behind him was George W. Bush. One of the pictures that got the least, shockingly, was the picture of Reagan, who got what might be called a polite, golf-clap smattering. This may have been the most surprising moment of the conference for me.
The fact that Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity can earn bigger applause than Ronald Reagan says a lot about the state of America's alleged conservatives. None of what is says should be considered good. The fact that a call to be "reluctant to go to war" quieted a crowd of "salt-of-the-Earth-nice people" should frighten us all.






2 comments:

caheidelberger said...

The above comments explain the Rick Santorum statement highlighted by our blog compadre Mr. Schwartz, that the Radical Right has little appeal for smart people.

LK said...

Ironically, Kelly missed Santorum's remarks.

I should watch the vid that Schwarz posted, but I wonder if Santorum wasn't using the term "smart people"sarcastically and dismissively as in "people who believe they are smart but who really aren't."

I can't imagine any politician claiming that his or his party's core constituency is dumb people.