Never Mind the Bullocks: Here’s the New Republican Party

Never Mind the Bullocks: Here’s the New
Republican Party,
Bill Boisvert, In These Times
Bill Boisvert ofIn These Times takes us on an amusing
journey through the recent Republican National Convention in
Philadelphia. Boisvert’s edged commentary guides us through the
anti-climactic speeches, gilded with snappy MTV-style attempts to
appeal to a younger audience, to the melodrama of the PoliticalFest
2000 (‘a Republican-themed display venue and shopping mall covering
several acres’), and to the protests outside the convention, as he
tags along with a group of anarcho-punks. ‘The evening ends with a
speech by the famously reluctant Laura Bush,’ recounts Boisvert,
‘who tells of George’s enthusiasm for parenting and literacy. Her
message to other women is clear: Like you, I thought a Bush
presidency would ruin my family, but I was wrong.’ –Amanda
Luker
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