Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Indecision 2008

Why is the Democratic Convention being held in Denver, of all the places? Like always, the wise Jon Stewart put my curiosity to rest. As Stewart mentioned last night, Denver was chosen for two reasons, beer and elitism. (and people thought politics was complicated).

The Democrats believed, by holding the convention in a city that loves its booze they would be able to connect with the blue-collared constituents or in other words average-beer-drinking-'Homers'. The show resurrected several beer commercials of yore, including the famous wuzzzzzuuuup commercial, which surprisingly enough still makes me laugh. Moreover, Dems chose Denver to reaffirm their elitist status, it being a high altitude city et al :-). They had Brit John Oliver doing the elitism bit, further hitting home the message regarding the Democratic snootiness.

In other election news, folks, we might be headed to the polls this fall. Since our 'True North strong and free' didn't want to feel left out, Stephen Harper has said he would go against his word (big surprise there), and instead of next year, we are going to be voting this fall, to re-elect our makeup wearing prime minister. I think he chose the perfect timing, with the deadly Listeria outbreak in the country, any capable leader would only be preoccupied with re-electing himself, instead of showing more concern for the people who died.

I know I am not an American citizen (thank God for that :P), but our Canadian politics is just not as interesting as theirs. I have been following the Democratic primaries throughout this year, and I have to admit, I was a Clinton supporter, until her campaign got bitter and defensive. So, her last night's speech was very bittersweet for me. I think it was the best speech I have heard in a long time. She adamantly encouraged her "sisterhood of travelling pantsuits" to support Obama. She paid a tribute to Obama's policies, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden (Could his name Joe be anymore American!), and acknowledged the strong economic measures implemented by her husband's administration. She attacked McCain's bogus campaign and claims. Lets not forget he is the guy who fell asleep during a Senate meeting, and gets confused between Iran and Iraq. Hillary deserves kudos for paying homage to her former competitor and admitting her defeat so gracefully.


changetheworld360 said...

I'm a big fan of Jon Stewart too. :) But more seriously, another reason the Democrats chose Denver is because the Mountain West has traditionally been a Republican stronghold. But for the last couple election cycles, Colorado has gradually become a battleground state, so the Democrats are targeting it more to try and win it in November.
Ah, I didn't know you Canadians were following American politics so closely, since we obviously don't follow Canadian politics. Cool!

Zany said...

Oh thank you, I had no idea that Denver was a Red state. I guess that's why the Republicans are holding their convention in Minnesota, because they haven't had any victory there since Nixon.

Canadian politics is not interesting at all. Jon Stewart made fun of our campaign ads, saying they were too wussy.

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