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There are just too many little things to go over, so here’s a moose stew of stuff—

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I was briefly listening to Hate Radio today and learned the following things:

According to Sean Hannity, Sarah Palin is "pro-choice" because she "chose to have a Down’s baby…that’s a choice!". Guest and official Murdoch Fake Democrat Kirsten Powers didn’t disagree.

Later former Republican Spokesnegro JC Watts admitted that he wasn’t going to vote for McCain, but the selection of Sarah Palin "sealed the deal for him". I had no idea that Watts was a PUMA.

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Smooth-talking Jay Nordlinger tries to pay Laura Bush a compliment:

Fidelity [Jay Nordlinger] Is the president of the United States reduced to having his wife defend his record? It would seem so. No one else seems ready or willing to do so. Remember what Truman said? “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — or a Laura.

COMPLIMENT FAIL.

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Just a reminder that picking on politician’s kids is an internet tradition that we have always been aware of. This is because we agree with Barney Frank. Republicans should tend their own family gardens and shut the hell up.

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Speaking of BabyDaddyGate, more evidence that this will not turn out well:

Levi Johnston’s mother said her 18-year-old son left Alaska on Tuesday morning to join the Palin family at the convention where Sen. John McCain will officially receive the Republican nomination for president.

The boy’s mother, Sherry Johnston, said there had been no pressure put on her son to marry 17-year-old Bristol Palin and the two teens had made plans to wed before it was known she was pregnant.

"This is just a bonus," Johnston said.

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Levi Johnston, a high school hockey player for Wasilla High School, is not listed on the team roster for 2008-2009, and his mother wouldn’t say if he graduated. She said simply he’s no longer a student and any further information would have to come from him.

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So. How’s that Republican Convention going?:

A) Empty as my dance card:. K-Lo:

The Convention [Kathryn Jean Lopez]

Fred rocked but this hall is empty compared to Denver.

B) Deader and limper than Bob Dole’s dick. Nordlinger again:

An Odious (or Odorous) Comparison [Jay Nordlinger]

The feel of the Republican convention, compared with the Democratic convention, is flat. Could be the strange, hurricane-caused truncation. But the convention seems less tight, less purposeful, and less excited (and therefore less exciting). There was a real spring in the Democratic step — the Republican one seems . . . limper, more trudging.

C) Wait. Wait. I didn’t mean that. Zombie Nordlinger. Again:

Another Comparison [Jay Nordlinger]

At the Democratic convention, there was a parade of sad sacks, or victims — testifying to the harshness and injustice of America, particularly when governed by Republicans. There have been “ordinary Americans” at the Republican convention, too. But they have talked about striving and overcoming. One woman said, “The most liberating day of my life was the day I stopped saying, ‘Why me?’” If I can grossly, grossly simplify: The Democratic convention seemed to emphasize the half-emptiness of the American glass; and this one is emphasizing the half-full.

D) A dead parrot:

Oh, this is soooo good:

Drilling in ANWR has become the all-purpose Republican demagogue answer. Falling poll numbers? Drill in ANWR. Waxy yellow buildup? Drill in ANWR. Unsightly facial hair? Drill in ANWR. Shitty vice presidential candidate? Drill, drill, drill in ANWR.