Caturday Morning PlayhousePosted: September 1, 2012
Morning, Caturday enthusiasts!
My political junkie cred may be compromised here, but I have to be honest with y’all. The only thing I watched from the RNC was the latter half of Ann Romney’s speech, and even that grated. And, that was purely to keep abreast of how the media reacts to a woman in politics, whether I agree with the woman in question or not. I found Molly Ball’s preview in advance of Mrs. Romney’s performance in the Atlantic to be strange. Even if the content of her speech had my eyes locked in the roll position, Ann Romney is a competent communicator and doesn’t need to be judged by such outdated, binary standards. Then again, those standards are very much the view of women in the party she and her husband are choosing to work for…so I guess it’s a wash.
Again, I couldn’t bring myself to watch anything else from that dastardly GOP propaganda fest. I hear Clint Eastwood really cross-examined the heck outta Chairry though.
Oh, and this ThinkProgress list of omissions from Romney’s speech is rather useful. I’m glad I didn’t waste my time watching him speak, because the omissions tell me what I really need to know.
The fun stuff is yet to happen in Charlotte in a few days anyway. Bring on the BILL CLINTON CONVENTION! An excerpt from the Market Watch preview of the DNC lineup at the link:
Here’s a look at some of the speakers Democrats will showcase in Charlotte.
Michelle Obama. The president’s wife, a lawyer with degrees from Princeton and Harvard universities, has followed the pattern of most first ladies by avoiding controversial issues. She has focused her time on healthier eating and support for military families and is more popular in the polls than her husband. Yet Michelle Obama, 48, is now hitting the road frequently in a bid to shore up support among the party’s faithful while reaching out to independents.
She’s told voters her husband will do a better job to protect the middle class and make sure Americans have access to affordable health care.
Bill Clinton. The two-term president has had a rocky relationship with President Obama, but he will formally nominate the current commander in chief on Wednesday. Clinton’s popularity has risen sharply since he left office in 2001, and polls indicate he is looked upon fondly by middle-class voters who remember the prosperity of his time in office.
Obama is particularly vulnerable among white working-class voters and would like to associate his policies with those of Clinton.
Yet Republicans spot an opportunity to argue Obama is well to the left of the nation’s 42nd president. In other words, he is no Bill Clinton.
Elizabeth Warren. The Wall Street critic is running for the Senate seat in Massachusetts that belonged to Ted Kennedy for 47 years. She is expected to defend Obama’s attempt to fix flaws in the U.S. financial system linked to the 2007 panic and following recession. Warren, a Harvard professor and bankruptcy expert, is likely to suggest the reforms will protect consumers from shady financial dealings.
Yet the nationally known Warren, a darling in liberal circles, is a lightning rod for criticism and may have trouble appealing to independents. She trails by five or six percentage points the moderate Republican incumbent, Scott Brown in the most recent pair of Massachusetts polls. Brown appears to have a big lead among unaffiliated voters.
Click on the link and over to page two to read about more speakers, including Sandra Fluke.
If you haven’t checked out the fascinating discussion going on over at Historiann’s yet–Women’s and gender history has menstrual blood smeared all over it. If you read this post, you too will be contaminated.–please do give it a click and look over this weekend! It is just exquisite. I plan to re-read it several times!
I’ll wrap this up with a blog piece from UC-Berkeley labor economist Sylvia Allegretto — This labor day … waiting for change:
Did you know that the federal sub-minimum wage received by tipped workers has been $2.13 per hour for the past 22 years? No joke, it has been and it is way past due for a change. The figure shows the inflation adjusted value of the regular federal minimum wage along with the sub-minimum wage received by tipped workers.
The sub-minimum wage was decoupled from the federal minimum and frozen at its current level in 1996*; prior to that it was at least 50 percent of the regular minimum. Today the sub-minimum wage is at the lowest share of the regular minimum on record — just 29.4%.
Click on over to see a nifty graph and read more.
Alright, Sky Dancers! Tag, you’re it. Your turn in the comments.