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Filed under: 2008 Election — WLS @ 12:07 pm

[Posted by WLS]

How else do you describe this:



  1. Oh, my. Please tell me that the center of the, umm, podium is NOT raised by some stage magic! Or does it fly away like a saucer? My history of theatre classes were many years ago, but I suspect that the Greeks would only allow a God to speak from such a construct.

    htom (412a17)

  2. “Friends, Romans, Moonbats, Leftards – lend me your take – home pay…”

    Dmac (874677)

  3. I would say he’s ripped off Bush from 04.


    JAR (08f6d2)

  4. My God, who am I voting for Hanah Montana?

    Look at that stage.

    Oiram (983921)

  5. Deus ex machina,

    Wikipedia: literally “god from a/the machine” is an improbable contrivance in a story characterized by a sudden unexpected solution to a seemingly intractable problem…

    In Euripides’ “Medea” deus ex machina is used to confront the audience’s judgment by removing Medea, who has just committed murder and infanticide, to the safety and civilization of Athens.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  6. “I would say he’s ripped off Bush from 04.

    That’s a white guy. ergo, not “pimp.” It’s gonna be a great election huh?

    kirby (aa6e48)

  7. What’s the carbon footprint of tonight’s soiree? How many SUVs, or even cars, will be in the parking lot? How many kWh will lighting the stadium and powering all the electronics consume?

    Diffus (cb9f4f)

  8. I Love it, Bush…..McCain lovers are going to make fun of Obama with this stage, portray him as some sort of God Wannabe, when all you have to do is look at JAR’S comment #3 and click the link.

    Thanks Jar.

    Oiram (983921)

  9. “…Thunderbolt and lightning-very very frightening…”

    Zeus descends amidst smoke (and mirrors) to address the masses.

    Will he show up as a swan, and if so, who is Leda?

    Horatio (a549f7)

  10. It is all about appearances, folks. Guaranteed someone faints tonight, and Olberman will go wild.

    JD (75f5c3)

  11. Well, and you can’t even see the lasers and the fog machines during the daytime.

    Icy Truth (7d05ae)

  12. Carbon foot-print…
    How many 18-wheelers did it take to haul this lump in?

    Another Drew (0e4f52)

  13. Olbermann will be spritzing the crowd with his water-free hose.

    Icy Truth (7d05ae)

  14. #7 exactly, so what do we do about that?

    Go with McCain attitude “no we can’t” to alternative energy, or Obama’s attitude…….let me see what was it that he says and means?

    Oh yeah

    Yes We Can

    Oiram (983921)

  15. Go with McCain attitude “no we can’t” to alternative energy

    This is a disingenuous mischaraterization of McCain’s position.

    JD (75f5c3)

  16. Not that I would wish it on anyone, but, someone in heels taking a tumble down the grand staircase?


    Icy Truth (7d05ae)

  17. #9 asked, “…who is Leda?”

    It depends. When Bambi’s with Chicago Bill, Bambi always gets to be the girl. When he’s with the new guy, protocol keeps him on top. When he’s at home, Michelle wears the pants suit.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  18. Oooohhh…. How many Archangels will there be? Halo lighting, too? Neato!

    Dana (b4a26c)

  19. So the Obamatards made like the good sheeple they are, and jammed the phone lines and refuted none of the arguments in yesterday’s radio interview here with Kurtz:

    What are the poor Sheeple and their Messiah so afraid of, you have to ask? If it’s all a matter of public record, what’s the problem here?

    Dmac (874677)

  20. I wonder if his brother, George Hussein Obama, will appear with him. And yes, I’ll continue to flog this until someone makes me stop.

    Old Coot (62fd89)

  21. Sorry, just refreshed my page and saw that DRJ beat me to that story.

    Dmac (874677)

  22. And just like before, he’s throwing a free rock concert before and after his speech so as to guarantee to pack the house.

    luagha (5cbe06)

  23. Will there be lions and chariot racing? They’re not going to crucify anyone, are they? I hope they have corn on the cob and chili fries. If you’re going to have a Greek revival, you have to have sport and revival food.

    bonhomme (bb9463)

  24. “Thanks Jar.”

    ‘Tards unite – tonight!

    Dmac (874677)

  25. #19 @ 1:13pm asked, “What are the poor Sheeple and their Messiah so afraid of?”

    They’re afraid the VOTERS will realize that as Bambi sat in Reverend Wrong’s church for 20 years he wasn’t just listening to racial hatred and religious bigotry. He was also listening to Bill Ayres, high priest of nail bombs, preach home grown terrorism, fooling kids is his strong suit.

    Why, it might even lead someone to ask if Tony Rezko got his money from Islamic terrorist organizations, and who knows where the answer to that question might take us.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  26. #15 JD

    John McCain has a perfect record on renewable energy legislation. He has missed all eight votes over the last year.


    Sure looks like McCain thinks we can’t :(

    Oiram (983921)

  27. If you want to use missing votes, or not voting, or voting present as the yardstick, Oiram, I doubt this will work out too well …

    JD (75f5c3)

  28. It’s gonna be SUCH a fantastic show and there’s gonna be music and dramatic lighting and adorers’ beatific faces and the man is just…just…going to be raised up to Heaven in a flash of light like this one (skip to 3:00to avoid kitsch-seizures)

    *sigh* Its gonna be awesome.

    no one you know (1f5ddb)

  29. JAR, Oiram, Kirby, the difference between Obama in 2008 and Bush in 2004 is:

    1 – Bush is white.

    2 – Bush was ACTUALLY THE PRESIDENT. Obama, on the other hand, is PLAYING PRETEND PRESIDENT.

    Further, the comment about “pimp[ing]” refers in part to the ostentatious coloration of Obama’s stage. Plain, drab columns with some boring, solid red and blue does not count as pimping. Bright blue, green and pink–that’s downright pimpin’

    Another point: the fake windows and the curve of the wall behind the columns are designed to subconsciously make people think of the Oval Office. However, it is so not-subtle that people will think it consciously, and they will laugh at Obama for it.

    Daryl Herbert (4ecd4c)

  30. Your right, it wont work out to well, but since my off topic was Energy, and considering comment #7’s silly use of energy used at tonights DNC, I thought it appropriate.

    Hey JD, next time you bring up Resko, consider Keating 5.

    Don’t think you want to go there either.

    Oiram (983921)

  31. Duh, mario’s magic negro lover..I thought McCain was merely included in the Keating mess because they needed a token Republican included to make it seem that both political parties were involved. And wasn’t McCain actually EXONERATED???
    Meanwhile, didn’t the FBI have Murtha on film skating the edge of potential taking of bribes?
    But still you throw up the same old camel dung smokescreens.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  32. The Democratic convention iss a freaking joke this year!! Obama doesn’t have a clue!! Lead this nation, NOT ON YOUR LIFE!! I can’t believe that as a Democrat, I am ashamed! There is no-one to vote for!!!JUST SAY NO TO OBAMA!! I have to say, Hillary has never looked and sounded more presidential then right now. She has had my vote from day one, and I will write her in as my vote! McCain is a looser, liar, and shady!! (Just more of the same ole Bush family!) I might have even jumped party lines, IF there was someone worth voting for! Thank God I came to my senses! HILLARY HAS MY VOTE NOW AND ALWAYS! God Help US ALL IN THIS ELECTION. I am actually afraid for my country!!!

    K.LaCost (252a10)

  33. JAR, Oiram, and for that matter Ben Smith: You’ve got to be kidding. You’re either lying, or know you ought to be skeptical.

    In 2004, George W. Bush had already earned the right to put white pillars on his set — America had given him a home with a bunch of them (as well as the right to the authentic Presidential Seal). Even so, Bush’s Madison Square Garden set in 2004 has four two-dimensional columns printed on banners. The special feature of the RNCC stage for Bush’s acceptance speech was the catwalk and platform (which Obama has nearly cloned) that was assembled overnight between the third and final day of the convention. The New York Times has a slideshow showing the yeoman work done by the crew in setting up Bush’s 2004 stage. The main controversy about his stage at 2004 RNCC were some liberals’ smirking that it was phallic (hello, Keith Olbermann) and gripes that the lecturn had a “subliminal” cross on it as a secret signal to evangelical extremists.

    This is as opposed to Obama’s four massive and unmistakably three-dimensional columns on either side of a stage that dwarfs that of the 2004 RNCC stage. On top of that, the columns are surrounding what appears to be an attempt to duplicate the White House’s Rose Garden as closely as possible.

    To top it all off, there is the mysterious appearance at the stadium of a full-scale replica of the fuselage of Air Force One. I am NOT making this up. Smith, who covers the Dems for Politico, probably is well aware of the differences.

    I don’t think there would a groundswell of amused amazement at the Obama ego in action if he hadn’t shown such talent for outdoing himself in the self-aggrandizement department.

    Nice try.

    L.N. Smithee (a0b21b)

  34. i seem to have stumbled across some douchebag repugnicants whose only game is to mock obama. considering the adulterer mccain has the temper of a wolverine, the memory of a housefly and the intelligence of domesticated turkey i guess you have no other options. repugnicants are such good liars but such bad humorists.

    countdown2009 (c70f43)

  35. Oriam,

    Keating 5?

    Are you serious? Mccain didn’t do anything wrong! Keating 5 is proof of Mccain’s integrity!

    After so many decades of public service, Mccain has no scandals (to Obama’s 4 or 5 scandals).

    The democrat bulldog that defended the Clintons was the investigator in the Keating 5 and explained that Mccain was investigated only because all the crooks in the Keating scandal were democrats and they needed a Republican to make the scandal bipartisan. Further, Mccain was the only Senator who met with Keating to tell Keating “NO”. He was clear in his communication with angencies that Keating was not to recieve special treatment.

    In other words, there is simply no logical way to accuse Mccain of doing anything wrong in the Keating 5 scandal. Can you tell me waht Mccain did that was wrong? He had a meeting with Keating and told Keating he wasn’t going to help him get special treatment? That’s the scandal?

    Keating 5 is a huge stain on liberals. They caused Mccain a lot of suffering (he notes that it was worse than being a POW because so many people relied on him to be honest). Mccain turned that negativity into campaign finance reform actions. He’s no crook. His wife turned to drug abuse during this time… perhaps you think that’s a funny attack too?

    Yep. Rezko is a real scandal… Obama indeed did do favors for Rezko, and Rezko indeed did briber Obama. there’s no way around those facts. Mccain did no favor for Keating, and Mccain has been cleared of the witchhunt the democrats attempted. You have to be pretty fucking clean to come out of those witchhunts spotless.

    Rick Ellersburg (4cdfb7)

  36. Hey, countdown2009 — you misspelled your nick. There should be only one “o.”

    L.N. Smithee (a0b21b)

  37. #29 Daryl Herbert, your brilliant, you not only figured out that Bush is white but that marketing is an important part of campaigning.

    Gee I even learned what pimping means from you…. so smart!

    Did anyone laugh at George Bush at the Superdome at the 1988 RNC?

    Different time I guess.

    Wish I had time for more of these :)

    Oiram (983921)

  38. Will the limo he drives up in be purple with gold trim and a vinyl roof?

    nk (3c7a86)

  39. Oiram – Please point out where I brought up Rezko. Or, were you lying, or just making shit up? I will be happy, fuckin thrilled, if the MSM wants to compare the Keating 5 and Rezko. I would be tickled pink.

    JD (5f0e11)

  40. #38, Mine has tiger fur seat covers, and longhorns for a hood ornament. I also got colt 6 shooters for door handles, and an 8 ball for a gear shift knob, and a picture of Marilyn Monroe in the suicide knob.

    My sister thinks it’s too much, but I like it.

    Ropelight (4a83c9)

  41. Y’all are hilarious.

    First Daryl thinks its a problem for a democrat to use blue when a republican used red. Then its “pimping” when he sees the pink and green of monitor screens. But he does mention whiteness.

    And then smithee. Smithee tells us of the “right” to use columns. Which one maybe earns from their home? Maybe earns them one dimension at a time? Maybe Obama should have used draped columns, like Bush in 2004, or Hitler at Nuremberg?

    And then it creeps him out that Air force one, part of a traveling roadshow of presidential memorabilia is in town.

    Seriously, its all in your heads. Its just a convention. A show, sure. But just a convention. Thats what their like. Displays.

    But here? thats “pimping.” Which leaves one last question. When are we going to hear from WLS? Whats so pimping? Is it the extra dimension? Or the extra…. color?

    kirby (de7003)

  42. Look here, d-rag,
    Gaze at the stage in that photo at the top of the page and then answer the question: Is that stage too ostentatious? Is that stage too over-the-top? YEA or NAY?

    Icy Truth (7d05ae)

  43. All they have got is the show. Baracky, and the Dem BDS platform, is as deep as a puddle.

    JD (5f0e11)

  44. #39 Sorry JD, got you confused with someone else here.

    P.S. I will be glad as well.

    Oiram (983921)

  45. It’s not color, it’s behavior that makes a pimp. (Gary Oldman from “True Romance”. A great scene.)

    nk (3c7a86)

  46. #41 Kirby your talking to logical for this crowd.

    National Enquirer it up a bit.

    Oiram (983921)

  47. #43, well JD your forgetting we also have an opponent who embraces G.W. even though he has one of the lowest approval ratings.

    There’s that among other things that you might not be paying attention to.

    Oiram (983921)

  48. Now, Oiram, you are just making shit up.

    JD (5f0e11)

  49. I love how Mccain was beloved by Democrats for being honest in criticizing Bush, getting Rumsfield removed, pushing the Surge, and generally an example of how Bush fights those in his own party.

    Mccain was Bush’s huge right wing enemy, appearing in all major lefty outlets as a voice of reason. All the major dem candidates call Mccain a great man and a friend.

    Yet Oiram and other ‘true believers’ have instantly bought this line that Mccain=Bush. No evidence… just assertion from Oiram’s masters, and he’s going to preach that one for the rest of his life.

    Juan (4cdfb7)

  50. JD, let’s see am I making up McCain embracing Bush policies, or am I making up Bush’s low approval rating?

    Or everything…………

    Oiram (983921)

  51. Oiram – an opponent who embraces G.W. even though he has one of the lowest approval ratings.

    Not as low as Nancy P. and Harry R! Now who’s embracing them again?

    Apogee (366e8b)

  52. #51 LOL

    The reason Nancy P. and Harry R. have a low approval rating is due to Bush’s ineptitude.

    You notice a great President like Ronald Reagan was able to maintain a high approval rating as did the house and senate (Democrats) of his time?

    Americans will see through the baloney Apogee.

    If we don’t, then what can I say, we deserve 4 more years of Bush/Chenney.

    I’ll have to hope for the best at that point.

    Oiram (983921)

  53. kirby wrote: And then smithee. Smithee tells us of the “right” to use columns. Which one maybe earns from their home? Maybe earns them one dimension at a time? Maybe Obama should have used draped columns, like Bush in 2004, or Hitler at Nuremberg?

    Try to keep up, dude. Obama has been acting like he’s already won the November election since June, when he passed Hillary in pledged delegates. He created his own Presidential Seal replacing “E Pluribus Unum” with the latin translation of his campaign slogan, even though, y’know, he’s only been nominated. He went to speak in Berlin with the purpose of evoking comparisons of JFK and Ronald Reagan, who were, y’know, already President at the time they went. Even the press that accompanied him on his campaign’s plane were angry about being subjected to ground rules more stringent than those on Air Force One despite the fact that, y’know, he hasn’t won yet.

    (Oops! Did I link to that big, bad, Fox News to make my point? My mistake. Here’s a Bush-hating left-wing site that features the same complaint.)

    I have never in my life observed a Presidential candidate whose attitude is so close to, “Do we have to go through the elections? Can’t I just be nominated already?”

    L.N. Smithee (d1de1b)

  54. Americans will see through the baloney Apogee.

    Yes they will, Oiram, especially if you’re selling it.

    Since you assert that Nancy and Harry are inept victims of the Presidency, with no recourse whatsoever despite their being in charge of the tiny, unempowered legislative branch, why don’t we just send Congress home and have the President make all the decisions? What doesn’t make sense, though, is that people such as yourself were practically lighting themselves ablaze during the 2006 mid-terms regarding the importance of getting the Democrats back in power.

    What was Nancy P. saying during the mid-terms? Something about accountability and transparency? Looks like that’s off the table.

    According to your logic, we’re going to have 4 more years of Bush/Cheney regardless of who’s elected.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  55. Oiram wrote: The reason Nancy P. and Harry R. have a low approval rating is due to Bush’s ineptitude.

    Explain to me why their low approval ratings are LOWER than those of Bush.

    ‘Scuse me while I pop some corn.

    L.N. Smithee (0931d2)

  56. LN Smithee – I have never in my life observed a Presidential candidate whose attitude is so close to, “Do we have to go through the elections? Can’t I just be nominated already?”

    We’ve never had a candidate this arrogant, or so full of entitlement. And, for politicians, that’s saying something.

    Apogee (366e8b)

  57. #55

    Americans expected more from the Senate and Congress.

    I don’t give them high marks either.

    Approval ratings were low before the Democrats took control of the house and Senate, but for some reason Republicans don’t like to talk about that.

    Oiram (983921)

  58. Oiram – Americans expected more from the Senate and Congress.

    So you’re saying they’re miserable failures?

    Apogee (366e8b)

  59. Arrrgh! :(

    In #53, I meant to say, “…Can’t I just be inaugurated already?

    L.N. Smithee (0931d2)

  60. Apogee — 8/28/2008 @ 4:41 pm:

    We’ve never had a candidate this arrogant, or so full of entitlement. And, for politicians, that’s saying something.

    I agree with both sentiments.

    DRJ (7568a2)

  61. Did Oiram really blame Bush for Pelosi and Reid’s utter incompetence? Mario, their ratings were in single digits last I saw, and were at least half what they were when they took charge. I blame Bush.

    JD (5f0e11)

  62. Let me get this straight: the abysmal approval ratings of the legislative branch are due to the poor performance of the President? I’d like to hear the explanation for this more than I’d like to hear your reasoning behind your incessant grade school level errors using “your” and “you’re” and “to” and “too.”

    Michael Jack Klompus Schmidt (b0e238)

  63. JD, yes, Oiram was really that disingenuous. Oiram probably believes that investing in natural gas will reduce our dependance on fossil fuels.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  64. I just listened to Obama bragging that he’ll get us into Nuke power– can I laugh, now?

    I’d also like to hear Oiram explain how Congress got such low ratings only *after* the Dems took over, while they had a higher rating before….

    Foxfier (15ac79)

  65. A classic from Jib-Jab:

    Time for Some Campaignin’

    steve miller (3c2c90)

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