Posted by Joseph Ryan on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 15:08
We at Animal Farm can't judge this one so we are leaving it to you:
Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, often controversial in his off-the-cuff remarks, described VP candidate Sarah Palin as smarter than she looks.
"Anyone who underestimates her because she was blessed with great attractiveness is going to make a very big mistake because under that facade lies a mind like a steel trap and I think we will see that as the weeks unfold here," Bolton said in speaking before the Illinois delegation this morning.
The comment got some chuckles and came at the end of a long diatribe on why Alaska's governor is qualified to serve as president if needed.
Posted by JP on Tue, 09/02/2008 - 11:15
Illinois Republicans arriving in the Twin Cities were loaded with a hefty bag of goodies.
Of course, the leading contenders for a 2010 run for governor and other statewide offices didn't miss their chance for a plug.
But Animal Farm just couldn't understand the connection at times between the name and the swag.
What is the connection between Kirk Dillard and a chip clip?
And then there is Bill Brady's beer nuts. (Beer Nuts, Inc. is based in Bloomington)
Frank Watson's name is on a quality key chain.
We are not sure, however, that we want Frank in our pants.
We also couldn't figure out what Dan Rutherford was going for with the nail file.
But thank you Tom Cross for the chocolate...
Posted by dlb on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 18:37
The Hard Rock Cafe luncheon here in Minneapolis was sponsored by the Young Republican National Federation, but a 53-year-old guy stole the show, as Sarah Huckabee talked her dad, Mike, into making a surprise appearance. The former presidential candidate, who plays bass in a rock band called Capitol Offense, took his place near a Lenny Kravitz photo and Steven Tyler guitar before urging about 100 young Republicans in attendance to "become fanatically involved in the next 60 days" on behalf of John McCain. He also took a shot at the Democrats' vice presidential nominee, telling the crowd that McCain running mate Sarah Palin "got more votes in her run for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, then Joe Biden got in his run for the presidency."
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 16:10
Coming off the jaw-dropping Democratic hug fest in Denver, Judy Baar Topinka insists Republicans can hug it out too.
"Well we hug, but I thought that whole show the other day was very strange," she said today. "We do a lot of hugs and kisses but they are usually sincere and they are not for trying to make peace. They are just done because you feel good about hugging people.
And she derides the Dems' embraces:
"I didn't buy the hug. I thought it was stupid – really stupid."
Posted by dlb on Mon, 09/01/2008 - 10:23
How low key has the convention become as Republicans have dialed down their rhetoric and schedule in deference to events on the Gulf Coast?
Let's just say that when Illinois GOP Chairman Andy McKenna asked former Gov. Jim Edgar to stand for recognition at this morning's state delegate breakfast, it turned out Edgar wasn't in the room. McKenna moved on to former Gov. Jim Thompson...who wasn't there either. House Republican leader Tom Cross? Nope. Which resulted in a lot of media attention for the state party leaders who did attend.
Posted by dlb on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 23:10
If U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk is disappointed that Hurricane Gustav washed away his chance to speak to the entire gathering of Republican convention delegates, he wasn't showing it as he arrived in Minneapolis Sunday night.
"Not at all," the Highland Park Republican said when asked, as he checked into the Illinois' delegation's hotel, whether he was upset that John McCain's decision to cancel all Monday speeches on the convention floor would erase his turn at the podium. The cancellation, Kirk said, works out better for him, as it allows him to attend an energy-related event Monday that he otherwise would have missed.
Posted by Joseph Ryan on Sun, 08/31/2008 - 18:21
Despite a drastically cutback Republican National Convention, local party officials arrived in the Twin Cities today ready to meet, greet and party.
The Illinois delegation has not modified any of their plans as of Sunday night, but they may include a little charity fundraising to help out hurricane victims if warranted.
"A lot of people are excited," said St. Charles' Pat Brady, Republican National Committeeman-elect. "But we are very sympathetic" to the pending hurricane in the South.
The delegation meets in the morning for breakfast and we will be told more about this week's plans at noon.
So far, national party officials have cut out all of Monday's speakers list. That includes President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and local U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk of Highland Park.
Posted by JP on Fri, 08/29/2008 - 17:53
Here's the new release from the governor's office"
SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rod R. Blagojevich and Missouri Governor Matt Blunt are putting it all on the scrimmage line tomorrow during the 2008 State Farm Arch Rivalry football game between the University of Illinois Fighting Illini and the University of Missouri Tigers . In the spirit of the game, Governor Blagojevich placed a friendly wager with Governor Blunt for tomorrow’s longstanding football rivalry.
Posted by JP on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 22:28
Congresswoman Melissa Bean is the first to weigh in.
“Like most Americans, I thought it ws a moment of tranformtion,” Bean said, describing the speech as a "perfect pitch and perfect plan for America.”
We'll file more as comments come in.
Posted by JP on Thu, 08/28/2008 - 21:58
MCCAIN CAMPAIGN STATEMENT ON BARACK OBAMA'S ACCEPTANCE SPEECH
ARLINGTON, VA -- Tonight, the McCain campaign issued the following statement from Tucker Bounds, McCain 2008 spokesman, on Barack Obama's acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention:
"Tonight, Americans witnessed a misleading speech that was so fundamentally at odds with the meager record of Barack Obama. When the temple comes down, the fireworks end, and the words are over, the facts remain: Senator Obama still has no record of bipartisanship, still opposes offshore drilling, still voted to raise taxes on those making just $42,000 per year, and still voted against funds for American troops in harm's way. The fact remains: Barack Obama is still not ready to be President."