August 20, 2008
I thought I could find out if Obama had made his choice but can't wait any longer. He seems content to allow the corporate media to speculate--but we must also wait. It looks like Biden, and when you think about his short list, Biden seems like a Fighting Bob Fest keynoter.
Have to share Calvin Trillin in the Nation on
"McCain's operation is seat of the pants,
With rivalries, arguments, grudges and rants,
Obama's campaign is more corporate and smooth,
No fights at the top, and few egos to sooth.
Political junkies say something's unclear;
Just who in the hell's the Republican here?"
Wake me, please! First we had our courageous Attorney General, played by Bert Lahr, asking the State to send armed agents to the Republican convention as his body guards. The decibel level of guffaws convinced the DCI to decline the free trip to St. Paul. J.B. looked silly, but now Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee police Chief Flynn have elbowed their way on stage. They got the Common Council to vote 13-0 to send Milwaukee police "to help protect the Republican Convention." Catch this, from JS: "Flynn told the Common Council he wanted to send a platoon from his Major incident Response team...to give his officers valuable training to prepare for presidential candidate visits in an election year."
Someone is pulling our leg. This can't be true. But it gets sillier. The Milwaukee cops will not have arrest power but will "be on the front lines alongside St. Paul police and could handcuff suspects." Who are the "suspects," and why will they be arrested? The last time this sort of police response to a Convention was Chicago in 1968. The thought crossed my mind that Milwaukee is trying hard to be as silly as the Legislature. Good start!
Dear Mayor Barrett: We have Fighting Bob Fest. Could you send some of your finest to protect us?
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