Ya Know, I Kinda Wondered About This…

September 4th, 2008at 10:51pm Posted by Eli

Those “Hockey Moms 4 Palin” signs looked awfully… uniform.

“Hockey Moms” were out in force for Sarah Palin last night…at least that’s the impression the Republicans wanted you to have.

Last night, I went to the Republican National Convention mainly to see how it differed from festivities in Denver, and boy was it different. Probably one of the most notable things was the Republican use of “handmade” signs. You couldn’t enter the Xcel Center with a handmade sign, but that’s ok…when you got inside and got to a seat, there were handmade signs waiting for you. Interestingly, on either side of the arena, the signs were identical. As festivities began, I noticed the presence of “Hockey Moms for Palin” signs scattered in two strategic spots in the convention hall. They were placed only in the line of sight of television cameras. I’m sure it was only a coincidence that when Sarah Palin mentioned she was a hockey mom, those with the signs “went crazy,” thereby opening the opportunity for Palin to make a little joke:


Do they really need to do this? Do the Republicans really lack the grassroots support that makes such political theater necessary? Perhaps they do…one of the most striking distinctions between St. Paul and Denver is how much the Republican Convention looks nothing like America. It’s white. It’s male. In Denver, the big tent of the Democratic Party was out in force. It looked and felt diverse.


Being someone who didn’t understand what apparently is a typical republican trick of placing handmade signs at rallies, I thought the one sitting in my seat meant someone else was sitting there. The woman sitting next to me said that wasn’t the case. I moved the sign, and when the gentleman next to me started waving around the “Moms for Cindy” sign in front of him, I asked him if he knew where it came from. He shrugged. He didn’t care. He most certainly wasn’t a mom, but that wasn’t really important. What’s more important is to give the impression that women all over America are supporting this ticket. It was absolutely frightening to see so many people accept the reality of these signs the way my seatmate did. It showed me that the individual choice and identity the Republicans preach is actually secondary to the need to master political theater. It showed me that individual investment in the political process is meaningless in the Republican party. Image matters, policy doesn’t.

Do the Republicans do anything that’s authentic or honest?

Apparently not.

For its “Pledge of Allegiance video” on Tuesday night, the Republican National Convention used stock footage of a staged military funeral, along with actors dressed as soldiers and sailors.  CBS has the story:

It was a video that was supposed to elicit soaring patriotism and real emotions about the Pledge of Allegiance. But to do that, it used fake soldiers and a staged military funeral instead of the real thing.

CBS News found that the footage of the ‘funeral’ and soldiers is what is called ‘stock’ footage. The soldiers were actors and the funeral scene was from a one-day film shoot, produced in June. No real soldiers were used during production.The footage, sold by stock-film house Getty Images was produced by a commercial filmmaker in Chicago. Both Getty and the production company, Mr. Big Films, confirmed that the footage was shot on spec and sold to the Republican National Committee.

One of the actors, Perry Denton of Chicago, IL also confirmed that he was hired on a day-rate as an actor for the shoot and told CBS News he was surprised to learn the footage was shown at the convention.


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