Welcome back to IVA’s Silly Season feature - an ongoing series covering and exposing a few or the many instances of the “Silly Season” phenomenon, examples of which certainly aren’t hard to find throughout the mainstream American political media.
In the political media, “convention season” is supposed to signal the end of the traditional “silly season” phenomenon. The dog days of August are over, “real news” and “important coverage” are once again on the forefront of political pundit’s minds, and… What’s that? Clint Eastwood was talking to an invisible President Obama last night!?
Newsflash — Sorry Politico, it ain’t over… The Silly Season won’t be over until American politicians stop doing silly things. (In other words, it never ends!) Without further ado, here are the Top 5 Silly Season moments of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.
5. While most of the convention program was cancelled on Monday due to Hurricane Isaac, Sarah Palin still managed to make a splash, going a step beyond the traditional “hope and change” Obama slam, by debuting up a
great groan inducing new catchphrase!
“These people who still have that addiction to the hope-ium that he had promised, that hope-y, change-y stuff that was really bogus four years ago,” Palin said.
In quite possibly related news, Palin got in a well publicized kerfuffle with FOX News leadership later in the week. Bad puns can only take you so far in life…
4. It’s been well documented by independent fact checking organizations that both the Romney and Obama campaigns are running overwhelmingly negative and in many cases, false advertisements. However, Romney pollster Neil Newhouse took things to a whole new level this week when he quipped, “We’re not going to let our campaign be defined by fact checkers.” Or you know… the impartial truth.
3. What was up with the incessant U-S-A, U-S-A! chants throughout the Convention? Republican National Delegates… this one’s on you. Patriotism, and dare we say, jingoism (Believe in America!!!!!!) is all fine and dandy, but this isn’t the Olympics. Those ended earlier this month. If you must chant, at least don’t do it to embarrass the poor “gentlelady” reporting from Puerto Rico. Keep it classy!
2. “We Built It.” The theme/slogan for the entire first night of the Convention, was of course, derived from an out-of-context quip by Obama about roads and bridges. May we refer you back to heading #4. No wonder TLC’s ridiculous new reality show “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” outrated FOX News’ RNC coverage…
1. Yes. That was Clint Eastwood talking to “Invisible Obama” in a chair last night for eleven minutes. Yes. Political pundits had no idea what to make of the speech. Yes. It was reported that Romney’s inner circle and advisors were not happy with Eastwood’s performance. As a comedy routine, the speech certainly got laughs, but is that what belongs at a convention? Independents – judge for yourself.
Stay tuned for our coverage of The Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. We’re sure there’ll be just as much noteworthy “Silly Season” coverage to compile.