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Thursday, August 28, 2008

The Master of Illusions

posted by on August 28 at 21:00 PM


The descriptions of the transformation of Denver’s Invesco Field peppered the Republican blogosphere hours before Barack Obama was set to address a dancing, jubilant crowd of more than 70,000 supporters on the Democratic National Convention’s final night.

Designed by Emmy Award-winning entertainment behemoths, the set has spectacular columns, concert lighting, JumboTrons and rising royal blue circular stairs — an arena where warm-up acts such and Sheryl Crow looked right at home. Stevie Wonder led the crowd in a sing-a-long, “Bah-hah-rack-O-bama!”

The conservative online magazine The American Thinker remarked that the stage made use of the “basic stagecraft of visual illusion.”

And Mission Accomplished? And Karl Rove? And the RNC’s 2004 convention? The right just doesn’t like it at all when they’re hit hard by something they believe they have down to a science. Yes, it was a spectacle, and you have to match it or step back and shut up.

The right has become a bunch of whiners.

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Charles, you are 100% right. Thanks for working the convention. Now please go out and party, with Slog's blessing.

Posted by Greg | August 28, 2008 9:32 PM

Like I said in an earlier comment thread, my biggest issue with the Mile High stage is that it appears to be an almost exact replica of the one used at the GOP convention in 2004; which I figured was sort of the point.

But then, wing-nuts have never been credited for having good long-term memories.

Posted by COMTE | August 28, 2008 9:45 PM

I was out all night and just put on C-SPAN since they're the only ones with anything really on at the moment. They were showing the Obama and Biden families waving a ton and then leaving the becolumned set, all the while playing this movie-soundtrack type classical music that really made it seem like something destructive was about to happen. Yikes.

Posted by leek | August 28, 2008 9:48 PM

Yes it's a spectacle and grand - just like Odrama all glitter and no substance.

Posted by Odrama | August 28, 2008 10:03 PM


That was played on PBS too. Creepy.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 28, 2008 10:03 PM

Better a "spectacle and grand" than just tired and entitled like McCain. But some people will buy anything, eh Odrama?

Or perhaps you're bitter because your pantsuit didn't fit?

Either way, bitter becomes you. Please keep it up.

Posted by I love to feed the trolls..... | August 28, 2008 10:09 PM

We won't support NO-Bama and will re-defeat him in November!! Go Hillary 2012!!!

Posted by clintonsarmy | August 28, 2008 10:10 PM

the country music on the feed immediately after was genius. or retarded.

i'm torn.

Posted by max solomon | August 28, 2008 10:15 PM

HIL-LA-RY ! HIL-LA-RY ! HIL-LA-RY !!! Go Hillary 2012!!!!

Posted by hrc2012 | August 28, 2008 10:16 PM

The big story that the media is missing: what did Mike Gravel think of the speech?

Posted by Ryan | August 28, 2008 10:22 PM

BARNEY SMITH in 2012!!!

Posted by stinkbug | August 28, 2008 10:32 PM

What most people fail to notice is that all these corps. that own the media are RIGHT WING and throwing their money in that direction. What the fuck do you expect they are going to say? Honestly, nothing between now and Sept. 26, when the first debate is, is admissable points of view in my eyes.

Posted by Homo Will | August 28, 2008 10:39 PM

I'm a traditionalist. A hard traditionalist. I love my country and would fight and die for her.

If this man, Barack Hussein Obama - this Marxist/Communist/Liberal, this treasonous muslim traitor, is elected, and liberal Marxist Communist policies like government health care and abortion on demand and the continued promotion of the homosexual lifestyle are enacted, I will not be able to stand by her.

I will have to fight her, and I sense that many will join me in the streetzs fighting for the liberty that a Marxist/Communist/Liberal treasonous traitor that Barack Hussein Obama seeks to destroy.

If this man wins, you better make sure you have plenty of canned food and C-rations on hand. This could be the bloodiest battle since the war between the states.

Posted by Lord Basil | August 28, 2008 11:09 PM


We already have abortion on demand. Why aren't you starting this civil war now? Or are just too big of a pussy?

Move to Saudi Arabia. They'll just love you there.

Posted by keshmeshi | August 28, 2008 11:14 PM

RE: 13, can you be a treasonous traitor? Doesn't that cancel out?

Posted by Quincy | August 28, 2008 11:25 PM

Dear @13:

I hear The U.S. Army is still looking for a few good men.

Give me your address, and I'll be more than honored to drive you to the nearest recruiting station.

Posted by COMTE | August 28, 2008 11:31 PM

I loves me a hard traditionalist. Well, at least the hard part. But Lord Basil Wrathbone mebbe not so much...

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | August 28, 2008 11:36 PM
The right has become a bunch of whiners.

The right were always a bunch of whiners. They hate pork barrel projects, unless they're military spending in rural southern states. They hate welfare, unless it's for farmers. They hate big government, unless it's rebuilding the shitbox house they bought in a hurricane/tornado/flood zone.

Barry Goldwater's Republican Party at least had a moral baseline. The Republicans that have been running the show since Reagan are unselfconscious whining hypocritical little bitches who, contrary to their own press, mostly can't fight (in spite of committing a horrifying number of violent crimes), can't shoot (in spite of owning a closet full of guns), and can't repair their own cars (which they usually own two or three of). Republicans are already blaming the consequences of eight years of Republican mistakes on two years of Democratic control of Congress, because God knows the world would come to a fucking end if they accepted responsibility for what they've done.

They're shortsighted, mendacious and morally adrift. Of course they're whiners. It's all they've got.

Posted by Judah | August 28, 2008 11:39 PM

The American people will not allow the traditions that made this country great to be undermined by a Marxist/Communist/Liberal working in concert with the Muslims.

Mark my words: If Barack Hussein Obama is elected, the streets of America will run with the blood of liberals.

It is my dream to destroy liberalism.


Posted by Lord Basil | August 28, 2008 11:55 PM

Dude. What kind of self-respecting scorched-earth fundie names himself after an herb? Totally gay.

Posted by leek | August 29, 2008 12:07 AM

#20, I think you're the homosexual, but you and your anti-American cohorts will not convert my 10 sons to homosexuality and liberalism.

Posted by Lord Basil | August 29, 2008 12:21 AM


Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2008 5:39 AM

Was that the soundtrack from Titanic? Whatever it was, it was totally bizarre and inappropriate.

Posted by Furcifer | August 29, 2008 6:25 AM

I know Lord Basil is probably joking, but threatening Barack Obama's life and the lives of other Americans is probably not the smartest thing to do on the web. Just saying.

Posted by Balt-O-Matt | August 29, 2008 6:32 AM

I just got 86'd from Seattle Tqpeoom at seatac fuch Yes!they better let me I. The plane

Posted by Mr. Poe | August 29, 2008 7:00 AM

How about those pictures of pigs beating up on kids?

How about those pictures of pigs beating up on kids?

The Revolution will be streamed.
The Revolution will be streamed...will be streamed...

The Revolution WILL put you in the driver's seat...

Posted by Rosa Clemente | August 29, 2008 7:03 AM

Is the American Right now a mortally wounded animal, growling impotently at its former prey, or merely an incompetent bullshit artist, standing in a corner, holding a paintbrush dripping with failed ideology, complaining about the corner it has now painted itself into?

Either way, looking forward to the Obama-McCain debates. Cassius Clay vs. Fred MacMurray. Now that will be a spectacle to enjoy.

Posted by Jeff Stevens | August 29, 2008 8:42 AM

Can't we at least get some trolls who can write decently? #19, if I wanted to read the Turner Diaries, I would go to the library.

Posted by Greg | August 29, 2008 9:03 AM

@13 you are a self-aggrandizing deluded twit.

Posted by inkweary | August 29, 2008 12:06 PM

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