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RNC Offers Video Tributes To Ron Paul, Other Losers

You didn't build that lens flareSorry you can’t be president Ron Paul! Also, sorry you didn’t win enough states (any states, the Virgin Islands is not a state) and thus couldn’t secure a speaking slot at the Republican National Convention! Also also, sorry they treated your delegates all mean and changed the delegate rules so you and people like you won’t get delegates ever again! But here, would you like a gauzy, high-production-values video tribute? Would that placate you and your angry, weirdo followers? Probably not, but we’ll show the video anyway after the jump, what harm could it do.

Behold the Ron Paul video in all its glory! Starting with a long shot of some guy driving down a road in the woods (a metaphor for Ron Paul’s Lonely Road to Freedom), then a bunch of people like Jim DeMint and Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell talk about how that Ron might be an ornery old coot, but he sure did get us talking about how we need to cut all government spending and not borrow any money and such!

There are a whole lot of phrases strongly associated with Ron Paul that do not appear anywhere in this video, including all of the cool ones (“drug war,” “war”) and some of the wacko ones (“gold standard,” “race war”). To be fair, it also didn’t include the phrase “pro-life,” nor did it include the phrase “I endorse Mitt Romney,” so there’s that! Still, It’s too bad they didn’t just show this 1988 clip from the Morton Downey, Jr., show instead, it’s the best.

Bye Ron Paul! We’ll miss you and your rigorous libertarian philosophy that involves not killing people with bombs or jailing them for weed but then letting them die of poverty, and also telling women they can’t get abortions!

Oh, also, there was a tribute to America’s favorite father-son presidential team that isn’t John and John Quincy Adams: George H.W. and George W. Bush! We’re not sure why this was felt to be necessary, since unlike Ron Paul the Bushes do not have a fanatic base of support, or even a tepid one. Still, if you want to see a video that features an anecdote about George H.W. Bush being yelled at by White House staff while he was in the bathtub, the Bushes dog-whistling about how the Oval Office needs to be treated with Respect and Dignity unlike the way it’s treated by some blowjob-getting and hip-hop-barbecue-having Democrats we could mention, Barbara Bush condescending to a comical little Polish man, and Laura Bush laughing it up about how her dog attacks journalists, knock yourself out.

Will we ever have to see any of these people again? Probably, but let’s pretend not for now, it’ll be nicer.

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Josh was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, leaving him with a love of chicken wings and a tendency to say “pop”. He taught ancient Greek and Roman history to undergraduates before fleeing from academia in terror; worked for a failed San Francisco dot-com that neglected to supply him with stock options or an Aeron chair; lived in Berlin, where he mostly ate Indian and Ethiopian food; finished in third place on his sole Jeopardy! appearance (the correct answer was “Golda Meir”); and was named 2007 Blogger of the Year by The Week, for obvious reasons. Josh is the creator/editor of COMICS CURMUDGEON (which you should read) and does geeky editing and writing about geeky things such as "the Java programming industry for JavaWorld." He lives in Baltimore with his wife Amber and his cat Hoagie.

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  1. Tundra Grifter

    You know it's the Republican Convention because there are more people of color on the podium than in the audience.

    They are pushing Mia Love, with the wonderful story that her parents arrived in the United States from Haiti with $10 in their pockets.

    Would they be allowed to do that in 2012? I'm thinking "No." Would either (r)Money or Paul RAyn support them being able to come here with no money? Geez – what do you think?

    1. BerkeleyBear

      Well, they had to build upon Ted "I've got a hispanic last name and I'm from Texas, but I'm not some dirty Messican" Cruz. From the recap I heard, his dad was a convert from Fidel's revolutionary forces, came her without legally declaring his assets (sewing money into underwear), taking a stereotypical illegal immigrant job (dishwasher, naturally). But because of an accident of geography this is an American success story instead of a Federal crime.

  2. elviouslyqueer

    So these clips are like the RNC's version of Academy Awards' postmortem "tributes," only with people who are dead to them instead of just simply dead.

      1. Designer_Rants

        I think if there's a silver lining to the Mittens 2012 Campaign, it's that he or one of his bosses (Koch Bros) or one of his immediate underlings (Boston Blatherers) ordered everyone to put that Alaskan Know-Nothing on ice. She's done now.

  3. Tequila Mockingbird

    Haha, it's like the 'In Memoriam' montage at the Oscars, except with less orchestras and talent.

    1. Blueb4sinrise

      Think the RNC can prep that young gun by 2116?

      [had not seen that one , it may be the best 16 sec. on Y-tube]

  4. SmutBoffin

    And so Ron Paul has been cast aside…

    …like a sticky, wadded-up tissue and photo of Samwise Gamgee.
    …like an Ayn Rand novel that the used bookstore wouldn't accept.
    …like a "rEVOLution 2008" yard sign that has grown too faded to read.
    …like a repugnant socioeconomic theory of absolute personal freedom to pursue wealth above all else moderated only by nothing.

  5. FakaktaSouth

    Bill Clinton getting blown in the oval office is still better than any single thing W did in there ever.

    1. Chichikovovich

      Though all the times he called Karl Rove "Turdblossom" in the Oval Office were important highlights, Igottaadmit.

  6. sbj1964

    The GOP voters should all exit stage left.The right exit is blocked by last minute rule changes,and backroom deals.This is what the RNC stands for.As for Mittens who knows what he stands for at the moment?Could be anything.

  7. Callyson

    "It's the American story…charting your own path"

    Oh God–why must every pollitical agitprop piece start by acting as if Americans are the only ones who have any free will in life?


    1. Chichikovovich

      I think it traces back to a famous American who announced "Here I stand, I can do no other" at the Diet of Worms.

    2. Chichikovovich

      It is one of the features of American culture that cause the most raised eyebrows among people living elsewhere. Some figure will announce "America is the only country in the world where x", [ x = chooses its own leaders, admits free enterprise, allows freedom of speech/the press/…., has running water and indoor plumbing, laws of gravity hold, etc.] and the outsider will think "Hmmmm… don't we have that here?"

  8. thefrontpage

    Wake up and smell the coffee!! Let's be a bit more honest and direct: Ryan's speech was full of flat-out LIES, mistruths, mis-statements, inaccuries, incorrect statements, more lies, falsehoods, inaccurate statements, distortions, and even more lies. It was literally unprofessional, offensive, corrupt, unethical, immoral, deceptive, misleading, wrong, inaccurate and an affront to intelligence and government and politics in general. It was flat-out full of lies. Romney, too, has spouted lies–in speeches, in interviews and in campaign ads. It's a continual wonder why anyone on this planet would even consider voting for these frauds, poseurs and liars. That's the truth–and nothing but the truth.

  9. SorosBot

    Wait, I thought Obama became President immediately after Clinton, which is why one or the other of them is responsible for evewrything bad that happened from 2001 to 2008.

  10. SigDeFlyinMonky

    As the party tightens discipline in the ranks my mind drifts back to yesteryear and a disciplined party apparatus of other mediocre zealots…. Watch for the neoNKVD to pounce on the first comrade to stop clapping after the tearful speach of our glorious leader comrade Jughashvili.., err Romney. (Don't render me bro!)

  11. kittensdontlie

    Fun Fact from the Bushy video: Poppy "Bush holds the all-time record for the most general election debate appearances."

    Wow, Poppy is a U.S. debate record holder! Unfortunately when sent to the Debate Olympics, he choked just like Rafalca.

  12. SorosBot

    "the Oval Office needs to be treated with Respect and Dignity "

    Instead of being dirtied and humiliated by a man who invades another country just for the hell of it, orders illegal unconstitutional torture and indefinite detentions without trial, and allows an American city to drown while he plays guitar.

  13. OneYieldRegular

    And for this Ron Paul's supporters angrily marched out of the convention center, just like everyone wished they would.

  14. prommie

    The soundtrack should be Frank Sinatra's "Here's To The Losers." Has anyone ever heard that song? Worst most amazingly bad horrible song ever, and thus appropriate. So bad it gives me douche chills when I hear it. Sinatra, man what a fucking no talent hack.

    1. BaldarTFlagass

      For a better tribute tune, "Even the Losers." Then Tom Petty can sue them for using it without permission. Ha ha.

    2. FakaktaSouth

      Jesus Christ FINALLY you attack a national treasure I don't care about. That asshole was the singer of my wedding dance song that my mother OBVIOUSLY picked out, so fuck him and fuck the mob for giving him a job.

      1. prommie

        Singer? That fucking shitbag never sang, he talked the songs with that strange pugnacious attitude. I do not, I mean it I do not ever want to know what fucking song it could possibly have been. Sinatra oozed such narcissistic insincerity from every pore and in every note he spoke, god playing him at a wedding reception is like putting air quotes around the vows.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          I would never go so far as to admit the song. Air quotes would have been too seriously committal for that shit. And you're right, Frank wasn't near the talker John McCrea or even Snoop Dogg is for singing.

          1. FakaktaSouth

            "While Frank Sinatra sings stormy weather, the flies and spiders get along together…"
            (I love full circle nonsense)

  15. scorpy1

    That was awesome; the political equivalent of a "lifetime achievement Oscar so we can score points with people who believe you are wonderful, but go away now go, you are outdated" video.

  16. Arborista

    What the fuck happened to the War on Caterpillars? Looks like they missed a couple just over Ron Paul's eyes…

  17. Guppy

    We’re not sure why this was felt to be necessary, since unlike Ron Paul the Bushes do not have a fanatic base of support, or even a tepid one.

    "Be nice to W or you'll have to find another token black woman to put on camera, and she's a rug-muncher!"

    –XOXO Condi

  18. BaldarTFlagass

    Why are they showing these during the day while all the delegates are out getting the Prime Rib lunch specials at the titty bars?

  19. deleted4877492

    There are few politicians that are as inspirational as Ron Paul, but words are secondary to situational reality. A persons needs are unique and can only be served in a special way. Sorry Paul you cannot help me.

  20. Limeylizzie

    I would not let Ron Paul anywhere near my vagina, I would let Sherrod Brown wear it as a hat, though.

  21. Designer_Rants

    I hope Gary Johnson turns into the conservaturds' Nader, and he shaves off those 2 percentage points, and Republicans complain and create conspiracy theories about it for the next 30 years and then they all stop voting forever because they're too stupid.

  22. Pithaughn

    Like most ( at least some ) right wing political movements, the primary purpose is to enrich the leader. It is essentially the " Make Ron Paul Rich" movement.

  23. TootsStansbury

    On my phone anyway, the first picture um the shadow under the nose looks like ah a Hitler mustache.

  24. ttommyunger

    Anything that divides the Right is O Fucking Kay by me. Rave on Ron, you'll be covered soon…

  25. Peckerwood_Pete

    Ah yes, the Bush years…. good times, good times….

    On a positive note… Ron Paul was not the worst the GOP could have done. At least the ol' fool wouldn't have gotten us into a war (that we couldn't afford) with Iran… or any other backwards Middle Eastern hellhole we decide to invade…

  26. Biel_ze_Bubba

    This reminds me of the end of the Academy Awards, where they show clips of films made by dead people.

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