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>> Saturday, September 06, 2008

I don't have cable. Have I mentioned this before? If not, there it is: I don't have cable. So I did not watch the Democrats' convention, nor did I watch the Republicans' convention. And that is why I did not learn until just now that when Senator John McCain addressed the Republican National Convention, he had an image of a large building on display behind him during the speech.

Apparently there's been a bit of discussion: what is this mystery building? Why did it appear on the screen behind the Senator? What does it have to do with anything?

Well, some folks at Talking Points Memo did some digging, and they discovered the building in question is a middle school. But why a middle school? Why this middle school?

Well, funny thing: it appears the middle school in question is Walter Reed Middle School in North Hollywood.

As in, "Go to Google and get a picture of Walter Reed for the Senator's speech tonight."


Julie Ann Dawson at Gather.com brings us a transcript of a very special Dungeons And Dragons session with Senators Biden, McCain Obama and Governor Palin at the table. Considering the McCain campaign's stated attitude towards gamers, it may seem shocking to realize that the Senator is an avid player--but then it wouldn't be the first time the McCain campaign seemed to be at cross-purposes with itself or inconsistent in its message, now would it?

I merely hope Senator Obama rolls twenties.


Leanright,  Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 12:55:00 AM EDT  

I too, heard it was Walter Reed Middle School. Nice building; I've seen it before.

At first I didn't remember what building it was, so I actually thought it was an MLS listing for home number 8 for John and Cindy. Beautiful.

Location, Location, Location!

McCain/Palin 08!!!!!!!!!!

Nathan Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 9:20:00 AM EDT  

I too was wondering about this. My first realization I was seeing something weird was the close-up on McCain and wondering if he was in front of a GreenScreen and they'd forgotten to key in whatever was supposed to be his backdrop. Then, they widened the shot and I wondered why they were playing up McCain's multi-home-ownership.

Glad to see it was only some IT/Intern/Flunky screwup.

Speaking of which, If you watched Bush on Thursday night, you saw a colossal screwup that might make even me believe in a vast left-wing-media conspiracy. Bush was speaking to the convention from the White House live. Somehow, modern technology wasn't capable of playing the sound from both the White House and the convention floor.

Regardless of the fact that there was wild cheering from the convention floor (yeah, yeah, why is another topic), we just saw Bush smirking and waiting...to utter silence. It looked like he had been told "This one will get 8 seconds of cheering; just wait and then start talking again". NBC acknowledged the failure immediately after showing the footage, but it still seemed like such a simple thing that they might have done it on purpose.

Eric Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 10:01:00 AM EDT  

Glad to see it was only some IT/Intern/Flunky screwup.

I don't know--"Look at my ginormous house!" might have been a better message. It would have been out of touch, maybe, but not hypocritically so.

I expect that Senator McCain can tell the difference between a middle school and a military hospital. But the people who keep him on message and manage his campaign like to rally 'round the flag and all that, and they just don't care enough to make sure that's right. No, they don't, and here's why I can say that: civilian that I am, I'm not sure I could pick Walter Reed Army Hospital out of a lineup, but if I were selecting images for a candidate's speech, there are two reasons I'd make sure I had the right building--

1) (The obvious one) To make sure my candidate doesn't look like a fucknut, and...

2) To make sure I had a properly-sourced public-domain image so that I didn't get flack from the photographer or owe him money (especially if I was in a campaign that had been asked to cease and desist use of copyrighted work by John Mellencamp, Van Halen, Jackson Browne [who's sued the McCain campaign for its use of "Running On Empty," by the way] and Heart [tho' to be fair, the McCain camp probably didn't get their nasty lawyers' letter until after the Walter Reed fiasco]).

The McCain camp simply doesn't care if they get it right the first time. At this point, it's about smoke and mirrors--flash up a building, who'll know the difference? Three cheers for the red, white and blue. For a campaign where the only fumes they're running on at this point are patriotism and character (and dammit if that might not be enough for them to win, the way my countrymen are), you'd think they'd, you know, give a shit about an American military medical institution (in both the historic and architectural senses).

Especially a medical facility that had been a source of embarrassment for the current Republican Administration recently: apparently they not only don't properly oversee it or provide it with sufficient funds, but the Republicans can't even be bothered to figure out what it looks like.

Like I said: assholes.

MWT Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 8:48:00 PM EDT  

Reading that D&D "transcript" I can definitely see why I'm voting Obama. That's how I am... >.>

rbird Saturday, September 6, 2008 at 9:18:00 PM EDT  

I wanted to punch the t.v. It's good you don't have cable? But how do you survive without Girls Next Door and Iron Chef?

Leanright,  Monday, September 8, 2008 at 12:26:00 AM EDT  

Oh, Eric....let's not pretend the Obama campaign is made up of fresh flowers and integrity.

I'm quite sure there are any number of issues pertaining to the Democratic candidate and his camp not living up to your standards, either.

Perhaps I am wrong?

Eric Monday, September 8, 2008 at 8:34:00 PM EDT  

Any particular reason you're feeling compelled to change the subject, Leanright, or is it merely discomfort at an anonymous McCain staffer being outed as a fucktard?

Or maybe not-so-anonymous: McCain chief Rick Davis fingered McCain ad man Fred Davis as the culprit.

I'm sure if I dug around and wanted to accommodate you by changing topics, I probably could find many things about the Obama campaign that dissatisfy me. But the McCain campaign is such low-hanging fruit, and so hypocritical, and so amusing that I would much prefer to pick on the Senator from Arizona. My blog, my prerogative and all that.

Leanright,  Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 12:01:00 AM EDT  

Yes, your blog. Just sticking my toes into your sweet pool of liberalism.

Fun for a little while, but at the end of the day, I choose my "leanings".

Thank you for letting me play.

Eric Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 12:10:00 AM EDT  

I would hope conservatives would be just as ticked off by douchebaggery in the McCain camp, but then maybe I should know better.

Leanright,  Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 12:27:00 PM EDT  

I live in Southern California..."douchebaggery" is a way of life here.

Nothing suprises me; regardless of which party supports it.

I actually LOVE Ralph Nader...he is the "gift that keeps on giving".

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