There were two critical events at the RNC Convention that made sitting through those three days of Down the Rabbit Hole hideosity worthwhile.
First, I'm so glad I was present in real time, in full context, to see Clint Eastwood's bizarre performance of the Cranky Old White Guy Yelling At An Empty Chair. It was priceless and if you want a brilliant explication of the meaning and subtext of that odd comic bit in the context of the Republican "message" over the last 3 years, please watch Jon Stewart's take on his August 31, Daily Show clip on his website: www.thedailyshow.com (most recent show)
But second, and most important was the eye opening moment when Mitt Romney, the Presidential nominee, the newly minted leader of the RNC, the standard bearer of all things Republican, snidely said, "President Obama promised to slow the rise of the oceans and to heal the planet. . . . " (eye-roll, who does he think he is, anyway, King Canute? Snicker, snicker) AT THE EXACT MOMENT when thousands of Americans were up to their necks in the . . . RISING OCEAN . . . of the gulf coast.
Every American who lives near any coast or near any river or river bottom or floodplain or downstream from any dam or anywhere near the Mississippi River valleys needs to pay attention. To Republicans, those rising seas are a joke. But to millions who are in growing danger of losing their homes and communities, those same rising seas are a glimpse of the future bearing down on all of us, hard.