Tuesday, October 13, 2009

"Beyond cutting edge"

Steve Benen reviews the new GOP website:
  • The site includes a new two-page section on Republican "heroes." It features quite a few historic African Americans -- note to the RNC: you're trying way too hard -- including legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, who wasn't actually a Republican.

  • Steele has a blog on the site. It's called "What Up." The first sentence reads, "The Internet has been around a while, now." Seriously, that's exactly what it says.

  • The site features a timeline of Republican Party "accomplishments," dating back to 1860. The last entry is from 2004, and refers to directing federal funds to private religious schools in D.C., in a voucher program that's failed in a variety of ways. The previous "accomplishment" was the launch of the Iraq war in 2003 (the piece also spells "Iraq" incorrectly). According to the RNC's own new website, the Republican Party hasn't had any accomplishments in the last five years.

  • The RNC created a page for "future leaders" of the party. It's literally blank.

  • Steele's first blog post asks readers, "Why are you are Republican? Think about that for a minute."
I'm not sure what comment you can really make at this point. I actually feel pretty bad for Michael Steele these days. He obviously didn't deserve his job and he simply can't do it. And his self-appointed role as the "cool" Republican couldn't have been executed better by Ricky Gervais. It's like he got all his information on being black from watching VH1 ten years ago.

But the Iraq war as an accomplishment? Larison continues to be right--they really don't get it.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.