Some Democratic-oriented bloggers are allowing themselves to hope that, maybe it's not just us, maybe the Republicans are coming across to potential swing voters as pretty weird, too.
Arnie talking about "girlie-men" in his speech. Apparently the Bush twins were such a disaster that even conservatives were cringing. I'm glad I didn't see that. Laura Bush doing her imitation of Pat Nixon was painful enough to watch.
The Republicans also have a strange talking point about the Afghan elections. A presidential election is scheduled for Afghanistan in October. Parliamentary elections had been scheduled until recently, but had to be cancelled due to security concerns. How it's safe to hold a presidential election but not parlimentary elections has never been clear to me.
And it seems that problems with the voter rolls are even more massive in Afghanistan than in Florida. And that's where the talking points come in. The Republicans, including both Dubya and Laura, are bragging that 10 million people have registered to vote in Afghanistan.
Problem is, the Afghanistan is estimated to have only 9.8 million eligible voters.
Bush's own use of it came in an interview with Mr. Oxycontin himself, junkie bigot Rush Limbaugh. Bush says the guy is a "national treasure." As Matt Yglesias points out, Bush didn't have to worry about getting any tough questions from his host.
I'm not just calling Rush names. He really was addicted to Oxycontin, aka "trailer-trash heroin." I don't know if the potential legal charges from his dope-procurement activities have been resolved.
And just this past Monday, he again claimed that the torture at the Abu Ghuraib prison were as harmless as sorority pranks.
Now, I'm all for salvation and people picking up their lives and so on. But should the president of the United States be appearing on a radioshow with a guy who thinks the gruesome, criminal, sadistic tortures in Abu Ghuraib were all a big laugh? Just to mention one ofhis extremist themes?