I tuned into the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather last evening (why I'm not quite sure yet) and saw a report about the Dems On Defense
. (If you follow the link, you should be able to watch the video of the story be selecting the headline in question). In watching it, I was struck by a bit of a double standard by some in the Democratic party and the national media. The emphasis of the story was that the Republicans had all these big guns out there at their convention, rallying support for President Bush and the Democrats were whining about it. It's not fair that Bush has two of the most popular politicians in the country out there drumming up the vote for him on the opening night!
But wait a minute--didn't the Democrats have a former president in Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary Rodham-Clinton and a former VP and candidate Al Gore at their convention, up there speaking for their party? And yet, you didn't hear Republicans saying--gee, it sure isn't fair that they've got all these high profile politicians out there, campaigning for them.
Also, there seems to be somewhat of a double standard when it comes to celebrity status and party affililiation. The Dems have a lot of the Hollywood elite on their side and their convention is one big party. You've got Michael Moore, Ben Affleck, Natalie Portman, etc. It's a big ol' party in Boston. But on the other side, when you see a report on celebretities who are Republican, it's almost like they should pull out their scarlets A's because of this shame. Why is that? Can't we accept that some celebrities choose be Democrat while others choose to be Republican and that it's OK either way?!? I can tell you right now that I have rarely, if ever, made a decision on who to vote for based on which celebrity supports the candidate.
And I'm sure there are a lot of other people out there who make the decision on who to vote for based on issues and the political stand of a politician and not whether or not Barbara Streissand think they are good for America. Grow up, people!
In other news...
A Nashville-based company is producing the hip new fashion accessory of the RNC--John Kerry Flip-Flops
. With the slogan of Caution: May Change Direction at Any Time, the flip-flops are sure to be what all the fashionable beach going RNCers are wearing this fall. If you don't want flip-flops, you can also buy a T-shirt over at their web site....
posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/01/2004 08:30:00 AM