2008 Godless America: Part II
posted by September 3 at 17:02 PMon
Do they give delegates a script?
All of them today are talking about Palin’s credentials (“she’s the CEO of a state that makes a lot of money and she’s the CEO of a family”), the protestors (“if they had any love for our country, they would not do this… they should ask permission to protest”), and 9/11 (“Bush has kept us safe—if he wasn’t president, they would have hit us again”).
The good news: Every single one has agreed that the party is moving away from evangelicalism/social conservatism—which is great fucking news. Because those gay-hating, pot-hating, hypocritical dirtbags are the dregs of American politics and they’ve had far too much influence for far too long.
Phyllis Gorman, from Oklahoma, on the fall of the evangelicals:
“The social conservatism came in the ’90s. Small-government conservatives is what we were before. And we’re returning to that.”
Tim Babcock, former soldier, trucker, and governor of Montana (and the oldest delegate at this convention):
“There’s a little trend in that direction [away from social conservatism]. And I’m not so sure that’s all bad. We’ve become a little more conscious of other countries and the needs of the world.”
(His cell phone ring: A synthesizer version of “When the Saints go Marching In.”
“I’m no evangelical. You gonna put my picture in the paper? They make stuff up.”
Bill and lil’ Walker Gombor:
[Well, he deferred on the question. Which I take as a no. Since evangelicals are supposed to, you know, evangelize.]
Gabriela Wyatt, from Illinois:
“I’m a Catholic.”
And so on. None of these people said they were for marriage equality or legalization or choice—but it’s a good sign that “evangelical” and “religious right” are bad words in these parts.
Also: The RNC has been sending out emails with excerpts from the speeches tonight by Palin, Huckabee, et al. They’re “embargoed until delivery,” but a teaser: Palin sold the former governor’s plane on Ebay, lots of talk about smaller government (which is a [very] oblique hit on the Bush administration), and not one mention of anybody’s Lord and Savior.
Also-also: I’ll be liveblogging Palin’s speech later tonight (somewhere between 9 and 10 pm Minnesota time).
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