Sunday, July 27, 2008
Those Cheesy Production Values
We cats can't wait for the Republican convention in September, because the McCain campaign has shown a surprising ignorance of good stagecraft.
You remember, for example, that dreadful puke-green backdrop in Louisiana? The one that was behind Senator McCain as he gave a not-very-well-received speech on the night that Senator Obama clinched the Democratic nomination? It was universally (and rightly) panned as unattractive, unflattering — just plain bad.
Well, that backdrop has been outclassed — and not in a good way — by the "Dairy Delights" supermarket aisle.
Back story: Among his many pratfalls last week, Senator McCain had a particularly unfortunate visit to a Bethlehem, Pennsylvania grocery store, where he "shopped" with a "local mom" (really a Republican Party plant) and pretended to commiserate with her about high food prices.
As if a dozen jars of applesauce spilling onto the floor at Senator McCain's feet wasn't bad enough, the campaign then posed him in the cheese aisle as he tried to explain how he got the Anbar Awakening-surge timeline all mixed up.
Of course, we cats couldn't follow a thing he was saying, and not just because he wasn't making any sense. We just couldn't keep our eyes off the cheese — or stop marveling at the campaign's willingness to place a 71-year-old candidate in such highly unforgiving supermarket lighting.
We PURR in the direction of the McCain campaign and their bad judgment — they've given us a lot of laughs. (We also PURR in the direction of our new friend Duane in Ontario, who helped fetch this image from YouTube).