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Partisanship oozed from Sunday's Emmy Awards

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You would have hoped that watching the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards could provide a brief haven from all the election-year political chatter.

No such luck. With the presidential election just six weeks away, the Hollywood establishment flew into too-familiar campaign mode, flapping its left wing vigorously and conspicuously at the televised awards ceremony Sunday night.

“Are any of you voting for Mitt Romney?” Emmys host Jimmy Kimmel asked, answered by scattered applause. “Oh good, only 40 Republicans, and the rest godless liberal homosexuals. Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at Glee.”

Kimmel also didn’t miss a chance to needle the Republican presidential nominee while referencing a popular show about the rich British aristocracy: “Downton Abbey really gives us the sense of what it was like to grow up in Mitt Romney’s household.”

We get it. Romney has money – almost as much money as many of the left-leaning celebrities onstage and in the audience at Sunday’s Emmys. Apparently it’s OK to be rich only if you’re not conservative.

And while many Americans are following the 2012 presidential election, many liberals still are fighting the 2008 election.

Ask yourself: When was the last time you thought about former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin? In Hollywood you can measure that time span in seconds. She registers few pings on the overall public radar, yet the Left still is obsessing over her. That was punctuated by Julianne Moore’s win as Outstanding Actress for portraying the former Alaska governor in the HBO movie Game Change – a film cobbled together by cherry-picking unflattering aspects of Palin’s election saga out of a much broader 2008 book about the machinations of the overall presidential campaign.

The signature line from Moore’s acceptance speech: “I feel so validated because Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs-down.” Stay classy.

With liberals embracing the flawed talking point that Romney somehow is alienating “47 percent” of Americans, do they not see the ugly irony that the Hollywood establishment consistently alienates conservatives?

One person wasn’t shy about it after reflecting on the Emmys coverage of website Deadline Hollywood: “I view myself as a moderate, I support abortion rights, and have biracial children. But I am a registered Republican, and these Hollywood award shows often leave me feeling like I’ve been (urinated) on.”

Hollywood stagecraft is eerily similar to the style-over-substance light show that brightens President Obama’s path on his never-ending campaign trail. That would explain why the president feels so at home taking swings at softball questions on TV talk shows while seeming to shirk much more presidential responsibilities such as – oh, maybe, huddling with world leaders to keep the Middle East from flying apart.

Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked as much Sunday of senior Obama campaign adviser Robert Gibbs. Apparently, Obama’s schedule is accommodating enough to allow him to appear on a gabfest like The View, but not quite elastic enough to allow face time with, say, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“So, he has time for Whoopi Goldberg but he doesn’t have time for world leaders?” Wallace asked Gibbs.

“There are telephones in the White House,” Gibbs deadpanned.

Maybe that’s why the most pressing Oval Office obligations appear to be on hold.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 09/25/12 - 07:35 am
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Problem with Emmys

The problem with the Emmy Awards is it’s so predictable. With the Oscars, we at least have new movies every year. With the Emmys we have repeat winners and liberals shouting out lines like burnt out hippies from the 60’s year after year. It’s like watching reruns on that low power station.

TParty
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TParty 09/25/12 - 07:58 am
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Talk about sour

Talk about sour grapes.

American's love good looking rich people. We know that because even the writer for ACES watched the Emmy awards, where it's a dog and pony show of rich people rewarding each other for being good looking and rich. People don't like Mittens- not because he is wealthy (Again, we love Jobs and Gates, and other rich businessman) but because he is an entitled pompous that cannot talk to people about anything. The guy only cares about his own success and status. During the recent Olympics, Romney was asked about his wife's horse, Rafalca. He said he wouldn't even bother watching, it's not his, he don't care. Seriously- that guy does not care about anything except money. That's why he has the lowest favorable ratings of any candidate, win or lose, in recent history.

Sarah Palin might not have enjoyed the movie, or book Game Change, but no one is denying the facts and events. Even the staff of McCain have come out said validated the movie, saying it's accurate.

What else do we have here this morning? Complaints about Obama not bowing to some foreign leader, or refusing to let a foreign leader dictate the Presidents schedule. That's a new one. Normally it's the other way around, with people falsely complaining Obama is bowing to everyone and apologizing.

Softball questions for the President, huh? Yeah, I can agree with that. Also- Romney has been given softball questions on Faux News, and other shows. Questions like "Do you prefer Honey Boo Boo or Snookie?"

So this is nothing but sour grapes. As usual.

Seriously. Romney is going to lose. It's time to focus on congress- where laws are written, and budgets are suppose to be passed, and tax reform can be actually be done. Focus up, and stop worrying about what celebrities are saying. Unless it's a republican one talking to an empty chair. Then those actors have a point!

Retired Army
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Retired Army 09/25/12 - 10:02 pm
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Yawn

Meanwhile, where good honest hardworking real American Patriots take their entertainment:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/24/obama-romney-nascar_n_1910339.html

Bizkit
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Bizkit 09/25/12 - 08:24 am
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Too Funny. It does reflect

Too Funny. It does reflect the basic side of man-greed, lust, envy. A paradoxical love-hate. They are infatuated with the wealthy hollywood scence but Wallstreet wealth is evil, they lust and want for the fame and extravagance, yet hate certain wealthy and demonize them. Weird. Look the shiny bauble is all you have to say. Biological ecosystems are interesting you have producers, consumers, symbionts and parasites. Society reflects the same doesn't it. I have no affinity for Mitt either, but I have a definite distaste for Obama. He is a pseudointellectual, egomaniacal, sociopath, and ideologue. I think he is mentally ill and makes dangerous decisions by blind ideology. His strategy of dividing America is a dangerous one.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 09/25/12 - 09:02 am
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I don't care about Hollywood actors.

If you vote for someone because a Celebrity likes them then you need to have your head examined.
I watch television but I can't stand award shows. It's just a bunch of people in the same business hanging out with each other and stroking each other's ego.
I'd rather watch C-Span than a Hollywood Award Ceremony.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/25/12 - 09:45 am
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If you
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remember/ read the McCarthy era search for "reds", it concerned hollyweird. They have and always will be lefties as will left-leaning "reporters" who wish they were actors. Remember, to be an actor you have to be an accomplished LIAR.

allhans
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allhans 09/25/12 - 10:16 am
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Jane18
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Jane18 09/25/12 - 10:50 am
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Agree 100%

You are right, alhans! That was a very good speech, and to me, very heartfelt. I would hope the AC would print it for everyone to read... And to Bizkit; I'm with you!!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 09/25/12 - 11:44 am
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Congress

TParty wrote:

It's time to focus on congress- where laws are written, and budgets are suppose to be passed, and tax reform can be actually be done.

Handicappers I read are predicting increases in Republican seats in both the House and Senate.

TParty
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TParty 09/25/12 - 12:16 pm
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I'm only half way through the

I'm only half way through the Romney speech at the Clinton Global Initiative. Very impressive so far. It's too late- but this Romney should have been the one running. Not the Romney who decided to go to the extreme right, and run on "I'm not Obama" platform, and you'll have to elect me to find out what my plans are. This is kind of vision speaks to everyone, and it's sane, and is not filled with lies. So far, so good.

(Insert snarky comment about Mittens can only be gaffe free and thoughtful when using a TelePrompter)

It's a good speech so far though.

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grouse 09/25/12 - 12:49 pm
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Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood
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Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood talks to a chair...

Bantana
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Bantana 09/25/12 - 01:21 pm
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For the life of me, I can't

For the life of me, I can't understand why the Republicans didn't get behind an experienced and intelligent man like John Huntsman. That man could have brought the lumber to the President. Of course, I know the answer. Huntsman is too moderate and wouldn't bow to the right wing zealots, TParty crazies, homophobes, immigration racists and birther freaks that are going to sink any chance for a Republican victory. The rhetoric has to change. We need to focus on big ideas while not leaving anyone behind as we seek to reassert our position as a peaceful nation that is good and decent. There's always Jeb Bush in 2016. He's smart enough and empathetic enough to know that the white majority is fading, never again to return, and that the Republican party needs to be more inclusive if it will ever again be in a position to affect positive change and growth. My hope is that the partisan politics of the last few years will give way to cooperation and compromise.

And one final point before signing off, it's not that Progressives detest Wall Street for being wealthy. We detest their methods and are flumaxed as to why blue collar right wingers can't understand the simple fact that the other 99% are being played.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 09/25/12 - 01:52 pm
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You are correct Bantana- the

You are correct Bantana- the wingers control the elections through the primary system of voting. If we got rid of primaries and everyone ran on one ballot, moderates would have a much better chance.

allhans
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allhans 09/25/12 - 02:03 pm
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And no teleprompter,

And no teleprompter, either.

Romney/Ryan event in Ohio will be aired on C Span at 3 PM today.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/25/12 - 04:16 pm
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NO to Huntsman...

...Don't know whether he'd "bow to the right wing zealots"or not, but I can bet he'd bow to the left in the mistaken belief that they want to get along with conservatives.

The left wants no such thing....And never has...They use this canard of asking US to accept a moderate when what they really mean is "can't you conservatives, sit down shut up and let us do things OUR way"..

.Where are THEIR moderates? They have none..What they have are far left extremists like Pelosi, Reid, Sanders and Obama....The only left wing moderates are RINOS.......That's why Huntsman was rejected and why McCain was defeated.

True conservatives don't want compromise...we want to win........
Romney may not have been my first choice, but as a conservative, Huntsman was MY last choice....

TParty
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TParty 09/25/12 - 04:27 pm
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Party before country, I like

Party before country, I like it Conservative Man!

Bantana
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Bantana 09/25/12 - 04:37 pm
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And there you go. Just the

And there you go. Just the kind of toxic intractability that will paralize this country until more reasonable people outnumber those not so reasonable.
That day will come.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/25/12 - 05:07 pm
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Disagree with you both....

...you've got it backwards. Country before party....You notice I'm a conservative. Not a republican.....True conservatism is, to me, much more in line with the thinking of most Americans. More so than fake conservatism or moderation....This country is in dire straights and now is NOT the time for moderation, now is the time to defeat liberalism and it's inherent disdain for the individual and the country....

My point is (and was) why do WE as conservatives, always have to compromise?..When was the last time the left compromised on ANYTHING....Being a good loser is still being a loser. And while we as conservatives are chastised for being "intractable" the country is going down the tubes aided and abetted by a fawning complicit media, Hollywood and fellow conservatives too afraid to stand up and call 'em as we see 'em.

You can call me "intractable" all you want, but I have core beliefs and they will NOT be sacrificed in the need to "get along".. Not when so much is at stake......

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 09/25/12 - 05:28 pm
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huntsman is no conservative.
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He's just another obama lackey. No strength. Reminds me of John McCain.

fedex227
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fedex227 09/25/12 - 05:58 pm
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When was the last time the left compromised on ANYTHING?
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Not closing gitmo, dropping the public option from the affordable care act, extending the Bush tax cuts, etc.

“Compromisers may not make great heroes, but they do make great democracies." .... Ben Franklin

"There are two sides to every issue: one side is right and the other is wrong, but the middle is always evil." .... Ayn Rand

I think I'll go with Franklin on this issue.

wayne2410
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wayne2410 09/25/12 - 06:09 pm
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I don't care for the tactics
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I don't care for the tactics of Wall Street either but I ain't buying the lefts claim it is a Republican problem alone. The Democrats had both the house and senate for four years, the senate for six, the president the last three, and Bain, the CEO's and all the same people who were rich before then still are. It ain't just conservatives getting played, the progressives are playing their own selves if they believe the dems are looking out for them. Obama is going to win the election, Romney will not be able to carry enough swing states to make up for New York and California, so we better hope like heck the Republicans take the house and senate. If not the dems will run us off a financial cliff, the progressives have fine ideas but they are not financially feasable, at least not at this time. Maybe someday in the future things will be better and we can just give things away to everyone for free but that ain't today.

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burninater 09/25/12 - 06:33 pm
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My point is (and was) why do

My point is (and was) why do WE as conservatives, always have to compromise?..When was the last time the left compromised on ANYTHING

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For a representative republic of diverse individuals to be remotely functional, EVERYBODY has to compromise, ALWAYS. Parties represent platforms, but those platforms MUST be reconciled with the other parties' platforms in order for anything remotely approaching a representative republic to emerge.

That compromise can take the form of bipartisanship, or of tit-for-tat legislation (this party, while in power, creates these partisan rules, then an opposing party in power makes those partisan rules, and a de facto compromise emerges).

But the mindset that one party or ideology must always be right, all he time, is useless.

TParty
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TParty 09/25/12 - 07:11 pm
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"You can call me

"You can call me "intractable" all you want, but I have core beliefs and they will NOT be sacrificed in the need to "get along".. Not when so much is at stake......"

Right- and it's your way or the highway. Anyone who steps out of your lane and goes a different speed or direction is wrong. And besides, it's not like anyone who thinks differently than you ever come up with a good idea!!

It's un-American to be liberal, moderate, or anything that doesn't follow Conservative Man's core beliefs, and it will destroy the country.

Besides, it's not like our founding fathers ever compromised with each other.

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harley_52 09/25/12 - 08:53 pm
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"My point is (and was) why do WE as conservatives.....

....always have to compromise?"

We don't "have to," but we do because of:
1. The left has control of the mainstream media. Because they do, they can (and do) present every issue from the perspective the ultra-left creates. The Conservative position is characterized as being mean, uncaring, greedy, war-loving, etc., etc., etc.. The left, with the help of the co-conspiratorial mainstream media, demonizes the Republicans and gins up public opinion against them, not allowing them air time to accurately describe their position.

2. The Republican leadership is usually made up of the East coast, blue-blood, country club wing of the Republican party. Weaklings. These people are mostly RINOs. They want to attend all the Washington cocktail parties and would much rather cave and compromise with the liberals than stand on principle.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 09/26/12 - 05:36 pm
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Our founding Father's ...

...did NOT compromise with King George, nor did the Union compromise with the Confederacy...

Bad ideas must be defeated, not assimilated.....Liberalism is a bad idea ..period....

At this juncture in American history we do not have the luxury of compromise....

Call it "bombast" call it "intractable" call it whatever you want. But are we as Americans willing to allow even more leftist ideas take hold without drawing a line SOMEWHERE in the sand?....Really??

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