The Republican Hater's Ball
September 4, 2008
Hateration in the GOP dancerie. I'm soooo glad you all asked for commentary on Sarah Palin and made me sit through the convention last night. [/sarcasm]
Posted by jsmooth995 at September 4, 2008 9:26 AM
I'm disappointed in McCain in how he changed up his strategy. It's not like I was going to vote for him. I don't know about Obama either at this point.
Politicians, man. I agree with what you said about the "plumber" thing, but I don't trust any of 'em.
Posted by: FireBrand at September 4, 2008 9:49 AM
"The difference between Palin and a pitbull is the lipstick" (her words)
So I'm free to go ahead and call her a b*tch right?
The comparison being made between her and Obama is ridiculous...Obama is not running for VP...
Hateration in the GOP dancerie I died laughing before I even pressed play!
Posted by: DJ Diva at September 4, 2008 10:10 AM
thanks again jay. my crew member and i were discussing how much giuliani and palin kept making us vomitous, but our collective nausea prevented either one of us from being able to articulate exactly why. and then itunes downloaded you, and my world is clear again. gracias amigo.
Posted by: seoulsonyk at September 4, 2008 10:17 AM
Thank you!!!! I was so offended by her speech last night but I couldn't really put the reason for that into words. You really summed up my feelings very nicely. Man, she is scary!
Posted by: SuperDuperKC at September 4, 2008 10:20 AM
I can't believe the pundits, on both sides of the isle, are praising Palin for this speech. It seems to me it was full of mud slinging with little to no problem solving. Was the purpose of this convention to "play the dozens", or advance the Republican's platform?
And as a proud community organizer I am outraged. Do they realize how hard we bust our backsides, organizing events to raise money and awareness for heart disease, cancer or hold drives to raise money to provide school supplies for children who's parents cant afford it. I think Palin's words just reemphasized the point that community organizers are needed now more than ever because we cannot expect our government to help our people.
Posted by: Markus at September 4, 2008 10:41 AM
Posted by: meettravis at September 4, 2008 10:46 AM
Smackdown on community organizing. Well done.
I, too, like the commenter above, thought about the pitbull thing a bit. So essentially Palin is saying the following things about herself:
- She is a vicious, inbred killing machine that attacks and doesn't let go.
- She doesn't discriminate when it comes to her targets (innocent citizens or hostile terrorist, I'll snap your head in my teeth just because it's my instinct).
- She is not human, but wild beast. She does abide by reason but biological imperative.
- She cannot be held accountable for her savage will.
- She may have to be muzzled at times because she lacks self discipline.
- She is incapable of playing nice, off leash, because she may maim or kill those around her - by accident.
- She is positioning herself as McCain's loyal lap - er - guard dog.
Posted by: Melanie at September 4, 2008 10:55 AM
Belittling the work that community organizers do is absolutely awful. My parents are staunch conservatives and it's painful to see them vote Republican - they're poor and in bad health and they get screwed over by Republican politics. And they know it - they just can't get past issues like abortion and homosexuality. The GOP has been using hate to get power for a while.
Posted by: sarcozona at September 4, 2008 10:59 AM
So I never wondered about this until I saw the keyboard in the background, but do you make the beats in your videos as well?
Posted by: Harlem>NorthManhattan at September 4, 2008 10:59 AM
I certainly disagree with the use of "community organizer" as a rip - I am a "community organizer and have worked in non-profits all my life. Spin it however you want, but if I was running for President of the United States and LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD and that was the hook I was relying on that helped me connect with the people, I would expect to be pounded on my lack of experience! Just sayin'...
Posted by: Chris at September 4, 2008 11:05 AM
RNC is finishing off the Kool-Aid. Palin could have said, "When I go to the bathroom - I pee!" And should would have received a standing ovation. It amazes me how empty her speech was. Another thing, I personally can't see how a person can claim to be a republican and a maverick. People seem to forget what a maverick is. A maverick is a person that revolts or sticks up a middle finger at the establishment. John McCain was one but not so much now. To represent the GOP and call yourself a Maverick is like having Clarence Thomas lobby for Historically Black Colleges.
Palin is a cruel joke/stereotype that should be regulated to movies. She should not be in the real world. She reminded me personally of someone from "Desperate Housewives." Just overall scary.
Lastly, has anyone spoken about how there are more pictures and stories on the RNC and GOP websites about Barack Obama than John McCain. But they are not using scare tactics or fear. uggh - OK, yeah, right.
Posted by: Lafayette Jefferson, Jr. at September 4, 2008 11:41 AM
I gotta tell you, I think her speech was pitch perfect... perfect for the folks she was trying to reach: White Middle America, Walmart Voters, folks who have snarky, pimply kids that read cliffs notes. There was very little substance, all attack.
Which is perfect, given the world outlook our friends on the right typically have. If you walk into any State Congress you'll see the same thing: On the left, you have people from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, and skin color. You'll see eccentricity and varying degrees of dress from casual on up. And all of them arguing amongst each other about what is right and what is wrong in the world. If you look across the aisle to the right you will see homogeny white folks is suits congratulating one another, convinced that everyone else outside of their little slice of pie is wrong. Now, I'm painting with the big brush here; but I'm in the South. So, it's not inaccurate.
The folks on the right all have the same interest --themselves. It's unifying. So, when Sarah Palin sets to empty sloganeering and generally just bashing folks on the left, it's perfectly reasonable. And it's exactly why my stomach flipped everytime she made one of those ugly, self-satisfying, masturbatory stabs at Obama. She WANTS to cause separation. She WANTS to label her opponent as THEM, as DIFFERENT, as NOT LIKE US.
By the way, the Community Organizer thing is pretty clear too. Folks in Small Town USA have no idea what one is, even if they are one. They might be members of a church that is active in improving their community. They might volunteer with 4H or Knights of Columbus or Lions Club, but the never self-identify as community organizers. However... The term "community organizers" strikes a familiar chord with these folks. It has a socialist ring to it. Folks very easily make the leap to thinking of protesters, not soup kitchens, and not fund raisers (like Marcus in a previous post). Most importantly, "community organizer" sounds "urban". It's ready made to become code for Not White, for Welfare, for My Taxes Supporting Lazy People, and for all the other stuff that scares Middle America and white folks in particular.
It's so unfortunate. These Republicans are not trying to bring people into their party. They are trying to define and segregate the "other". They are inviting voters to buy into the illusion that their own mediocrity is sacrosanct, and that it's being challenged by foreign elements. It's an opiate for the vast, ever expanding waist line of Middle America.
Keep the conversation going Jay!
Posted by: Kevin at September 4, 2008 11:49 AM
I wonder if the GOP realizes that she is attempting to douse some of the "thousand points of light".
This clip needs to get to the Mega Churches across the country!
Posted by: Yolanda kae at September 4, 2008 11:58 AM
This characterization of community organizers as sudo-leaders really pissed me off, too. Who the eff does she think is running her campaign, esteemed community followers? She for reals just insulted every decent hardworking social servant in the country, including myself. Lame.
And no, just because she analogizes herself to a dog, does not mean she should be called a bitch.
Posted by: Kate at September 4, 2008 12:16 PM
Sarah 'Player Hatin' Palin is quite possibly the best nick name I've heard yet.
(Other than Keith Olberman calling her Dolores Umbridge last night, that is.)
Palin is almost so ridiculously terrifying that it makes me think the republicans are TRYING to lose.
I don't understand how anyone can back a woman who is so clearly and plainly hypocritical and self serving.
Posted by: Vicky at September 4, 2008 12:22 PM
Spot on Jay, spot on!
Excellent point on "community organizers." Love the site, keep it up!
Posted by: DJ Bozo at September 4, 2008 12:58 PM
Thanks Jay, I knew I didn't watch that s@#%* for a good reason. Ofcourse she talked trash becasue thats all she has. She can't challenge Barrack or Joe on anything critical becasue she has NO comeback to thier critical attack on her LACK of experience. These are you choices people: a relatively young senator with vision and seasoned senator with experience or Bucket List and the not so old lady who lives in shoe(in Alaska).
Posted by: brownhornet at September 4, 2008 1:15 PM
I expected the hate from the GOP. Its how they get down. The big shock of the night for me came from the talking heads. They were gushing. I heard Palin called hero about 367 times. All I could think about was:
John McCain+ POW+ 20 Years in the Senate= American Hero
Sarah Palin + so so 45 minute speech + 2 years as Governor = American Hero?!?!?
Someone’s math is way off.
Posted by: Jasn at September 4, 2008 2:14 PM
I love it!!! I'm a PhD student in Women's Studies at a prestigious institute and more than anything I aspire to be a more effective community organizer. This is the purpose of my degree, to better serve and organize my community. Good job with this vlog!
Posted by: chanelnmbr5ve at September 4, 2008 2:20 PM
Thank you for drawing attention to the inappropriate comments about community organizers. I was also appalled by what Palin said, particularly because (as you point out) many of the people working as community organizers don't get paid, and yet are willing to go out there and speak for those marginalized in our society. I wonder how many community organizers stepped in to help out after Katrina, or how many of them have been advocating for those people going through bankruptcy and foreclosures or those who don't have health insurance or who have experienced job loss in this terrible economy?
Just goes to show you how out of touch the McCain/Palin ticket is in their willingness to ridicule those cleaning up after these GOP-created messes.
Posted by: c8ic8 at September 4, 2008 2:29 PM
I was thinking the same thing as Kevin in terms of who self identifies as community organizers and what connotations Palin's usage is evoking. They're really shooting themselves in the foot by belittling community organizers though, because they can be a potential tool for mobilizing support for McCain. Obama campaign seems to get it and been successfully employing this tool.
Posted by: steve at September 4, 2008 2:43 PM
The Rep base is a bunch of mouth breathing knuckle dragging retards. As long as they hear "tax cut" never mind the $10T deficit, be afraid of darkies and NO to gay marriage, abortion and stem cell research they will turn out in droves to vote. It doesn't matter that they are the ones getting screwed over for the next 8 years as long they perceive it to mean that gays and towel heads are getting fucked then they are cool with it.
The GOP strategists aren't even religious they just get the tards fired up they can sit back and laugh as morons vote themselves into another 4(8) year shithole.
Posted by: Suge White at September 4, 2008 3:16 PM
im a dynamic conservative(libertarian) and i opted to see nas and talib kweli over watching the RNC. i'm sick of all the mud slinging in politics and although i am a conservative it pisses me off that so much of that petty talk is coming form the right.
both sides have those qualities, but this year the right has taken it a bit far.
Posted by: michael at September 4, 2008 3:18 PM
Gov. Sarah Palin: Former PTA member now PTA hater. Shame on you Gov. Palin! Your comment on community organizing was a slap in the face to anyone who has ever been involved in the PTA.
Posted by: EvilPoet at September 4, 2008 4:34 PM
Wait, so Palin's jacking Eve's "pitbull in skirt" shtick? (That was Eve, right? Oh I lament the lack of female MC's but can't remember my history).
"Palin is almost so ridiculously terrifying that it makes me think the republicans are TRYING to lose."
While she scary to us, she spoke to and reenergized the younger base w/ platitudes, threats, bravado, and let's be honest a certain sexiness that McCain's campaign has lacked for months. As much as I cringe at referring to Obama "a symbol of hope" (whic,h while well-meant, reduces the man to an idea without policy specifics), Palin functions as a great symbol for the GOP -- youth, vigor, etc. in contrast to old ass McCain and his played POW story. And again, no policy specifics. Guess those will be touched upon tonight. Which I'll watch and try not to go all Elvis and shoot the TV.
Ah, don't get me started on the hateration at "community organizers". That's on par with Gov. Arnold's take on protecting working people from Unions. Protecting people from protecting themselves, essentially.
Posted by: heyhey at September 4, 2008 4:39 PM
I am so upset by the community organizer comment. I mean really, "I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities," Palin. How dare she! especially considering McCain will be coming to NYC soon (my home) and talk about 9/11. I mean how did we get through 9/11, Katrina, and hosts of other community breaking issues and events without community organizers. Is she kidding? Who wrote her speech? maybe we should be yelling at them, we all know most political speeches are written by someone else. Although, as a mom, she should know better... Just my thoughts
Posted by: Mellie at September 4, 2008 4:53 PM
everytime that woman opens her mouth, i cringe. and as someone mentioned, all these reports coming in at what a grrrrrrrrrrreat speech she made.
i felt like i needed to shower after it.
i love how she made the comment about elitists, too. hello? your running mate with his seven houses he cannot keep track of? he is ALL about making the rich richer and screw the middle class. geez. open your eyes, lady.
Posted by: chuck at September 4, 2008 5:06 PM
Right on. I think I might be in love with you.
Posted by: Laura at September 4, 2008 5:24 PM
So nice to see that hate is the sole province of Conservatives because as we all know by now Liberals are far too enlightened, open minded and nuanced to engage in hate. Right?
Posted by: TonyFig. at September 4, 2008 7:38 PM
Oh, I forgot to mention, no one is going to vote for your uppity race baiter. You can cry all the way to your liberal media with your message of love.
MCCAIN PALIN 08!
Posted by: TonyFig at September 4, 2008 8:15 PM
Thanks for bringing it back to the community organizers because we all know it's what has put the suits in their place. I'm glad you recognized also that one person doesn't make a party because it is obvious that Palin and McCain are immensely different, but still on the same side. And to add more praise, I think you're pretty damn fabulous also.
Posted by: Sasha at September 4, 2008 8:19 PM
Hey, TonyFig. No one's calling Palin a terrorist. No one's questioning anything she hasn't said or accepted as true.
Posted by: Kevin at September 4, 2008 9:03 PM
The second post is by someone using my name. I never wrote "Oh, I forgot to mention no one is going to vote for your uppity race baiter, etc etc". I am the author of the post posted on September 4th at 7:38.
I never said Palin was a terrorist either. So much for Liberal open mindedness eh?
Posted by: TonyFig at September 4, 2008 9:08 PM
My apologies then. That second post was godawful.
And if Nobama Hussein wasn't yours, then you didn't call anyone a terrorist or try to use some sloppy, backsliding pseudo-pun to poison the conversation. So, I'm sorry for that as well.
But, I still don't care for Palin. But, I guess we can all be closed minded in our own ways, eh?
Posted by: Kevin at September 4, 2008 9:34 PM
I appreciate that Kevin. And you're right; no one has a monopoly on close mindedness .
Posted by: TonyFig at September 4, 2008 10:38 PM
I have always found Republican speeches to be combative and divisive, but Palin's speech I can only describe as ugly. I understand that in the context of the convention and all the controversy surrounding her nomination she had to make a strong statement, but I was still surprised by the amount her of contempt for the Democrats. Again, this was in front of a group of people who have sipped from he GOP Kool-Aid, but I'm curious to see how she'll hold up in front of a crowd that isn't totally comprised of conservatives.
Jay, you've once again put forth the most reasonable analysis I've heard and I'd like to thank you for that. I finished watching that speech and was kind of bugged out... it got under my skin. Here was this bilious speech delivered with the charm of Roseanne Barr on Xanax, and the media was just eating it up, calling her "electrifying." I have to say that I felt shaken up. Watching this piece soothed my nerves and let me know that at least someone is really watching and will speak with logic, reason and a human perspective. Thanks again.
Posted by: Ian at September 5, 2008 12:46 AM
I'm not one to categorize or generalize but it needs to be said. The growing distinction between Reps and Dems are that the Rep base likes their politicians to think about the politics, and proselytize it by filtering it through conservative media outlets and the Dem base likes their politicians to think about the real issues, express concern and respond to it through a mid-level point of action.
Posted by: Jay B at September 5, 2008 12:57 AM
Seriously, thanks. This is one of the best take downs of the hateful rhetoric that Palin deals out and that seems to "energize" her base. Your political and cultural commentary brings a little light to this horrible week.
Posted by: Buster at September 5, 2008 10:20 AM
Jay B, with all due respect, your comment is either disingenous or naive. Even a cursory glance at the media shows that they're overwhelmingly Liberal in their outlook and have practically abandoned any pretense to objectivity. Conservatives and Liberals want the same things. Our disagreement lies in how we get to that point. Conservatives value the work of the individual with as little government interference as possible(and that's an oversimplification) and believe that compassion is in teaching the able bodied how to do for themselves while Liberals believe that government should be the provider of life's necessities. Conservatives tend to believe in objective moral values(the practice of said values is another matter) while Liberals believe in moral relativism.
Posted by: TonyFig at September 5, 2008 3:15 PM
This is my first post to your site. I absolutely love your blog.
I felt I had to comment because not only do I agree with your point about community organizers getting contorted into some underground shady nothingness, but urban has also been turned into an epithet. I live in rural Pa. battleground territory. The only America that Sarah is talking about includes wide open spaces, cowboy hats, and country music.
Oh that's why community organizer is bad, because it sounds urban, now i get it.
Posted by: poeticirony at September 5, 2008 4:59 PM
Ha ha, y'all are clueless. They wanna bag on her experience level and you are ok with that, but as soon as the tables get turned all you can come up with is shes a "hater." You should be scared, she and McCain are gonna kick liber America hating lazy ASS!
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Posted by: Erik at September 5, 2008 11:32 PM
THANK YOU!!! Thanks for sticking up for community organizers. Sadly most Americans don't realize what a vital role they've played in our country's history.
Posted by: kyle m. at September 6, 2008 4:55 AM
Great post man. All that anger of Palin, reminds me a little of the anger that Condoleeza Rice expresses every time she speaks defending the goverment an the war. This country will be the dumbest in the world if we fall on the same trap and elect these pitbulls.
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Jay, right on. I recommend everyone here checkout the 9/5 edition of The Daily Show (available here: thedailyshow.com). It merely complements the track that Jay is on.
Posted by: Kevin, also at September 6, 2008 3:21 PM
First I'd like to say that I really didn't care about what was said in the speech. I'm a republican but I've never really supported either party. I don't believe in the party system. I expected the speech to be offensive to the left wing as I expected Obama to make speeches that were offensive to the right wing. That's how the game works. In my opinion Obama is a great man and so is McCain. I would only move to Turkey if we elected bush again, and that's not what would happen if we elected McCain. McCain has more the 1/4 of a brain.
Posted by: Thor at September 6, 2008 7:33 PM
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For a party that claims to despise big government, autonomous entities like community organizations should be encouraged instead of harshly derided.
Posted by: SR at September 7, 2008 5:10 PM
Awesome vlog! What really caught my interest is the second part about community service and what it is to be a real community servant. If you don't mind, I am going to post this over at my blog.
Be well, CF
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