But, the most disturbing similarity between the two is direct corporate sponsorship, and the more obscure soft corporate funding through their respective host committees. While the GOP Convention website proudly boasts their corporate sponsors on their homepage, the Democrats have also accepted corporate funding while trying to maintain the sheen of grassroots funding. Corporate funders for the GOP include Google, Microsoft, Wellcare, Walmart, Chevron and an assortment of energy companies among others. Democratic sponsors include AT&T, Bank of America, Duke Energy, Time Warner Cable, UnitedHealth Group, Piedmont Natural Gas, and US Airways. Coca Cola and Wells Fargo have covered their bets by sponsoring both conventions.
There will be no grassroots takeover happening anytime soon in either major party — they’ve successfully purged or assimilated them into the establishment. But hey, at least we know who’s pulling the strings on our duopoly puppet show.
Kal Penn and John Cho — the comedy duo who made their successful film debut with Harold And Kumar Go to WhiteCastle — are high on hypocrisy:
the spot opens with a serious president making what seems to be a serious phone call. “Hey this is Barack,” Mr. Obama says after the unseen party on the other end picks up. “Listen, I need to know if you’re on board.”
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Dramatic music begins to swell in the background. “I’m counting on you. Everybody is,” Obama continues. “We have to get this right there’s a lot at stake here. Just remember that I’m trusting you on this, and I’ll see you there.”
Swipe cut to Harold and Kumar’s litter-strewn living room, where they’re watching cartoons on TV. Kumar, quite, uh, out of it, slowly hangs up the phone.
“Who was that? It sounded intense,” says Harold.
“The president,” says Kumar.
“Sweet,” says Harold, with all the emotional intensity of a zombie.
Then something on the TV screen goes “boing,” the actors laugh at the cartoon, and the ad cuts away to a promotion of the campaign’s live stream of DNC events, which Kal Penn is going to host.
OK, is this really a good idea? Two guys whose most popular roles involve large amounts of illegal drug usage, hooked up with the Obama campaign?
After four years of continuing to pursue prohibitionist policies against legalization ambitious states — and working directly with Mexican cartels who trade in dope, dollars and blood — this is just pathetic and oddly surprising that two guys who both made their film debut in a stoner comedy would even go near Obama, much less get on a YouTube video with him hosting and promoting the party convention which will re-ratify prohibition and Obama’s second term undoubtedly full of more of the same.
Not to mention Obama’s own hypocrisy when it comes to recreational drug use.
Open Letter to Kal and John: I am disappointed in you and want to let you know you’ve both just lost a fan (and an entire stoner movie loving household). If you can’t hear me saying this, I’ll just let your accountants tell you later on after I’ve also told all my stoner friends about this and so on and so forth.
However, on the off chance Obama is holding you against your will and told you guys to do this commercial after revealing your parents have been taken to the prison at Guantanamo Bay, I apologize. If that’s the case, blink every time you say “president”.
From the official facebook page of the DNC where we’ve noticed the number of likes dropped off a cliff around the same time Congress took the much ballyhooed August recess (yes, an entire month off, which is typically spent campaigning, fundraising and otherwise servicing political careers).
It may be a coincidence here, or it may be that someone forgot to pay their bot network contract, causing the juice to be cut off.
Mitt Romney is busy this week: finally winning the Republican Party’s presidential primary; trying (and failing) to quell the Ron Paul schism developing within the GOP; Keeping Paul Ryan from saying anything in light of recent embarrassing party remarks about rape and abortion.
Seizing a unique opportunity to blindside the campaign, the DNC went on full attack and has doubled-down on the “You didn’t build that” gaffe made by President Obama. By sharpening the end and pointing it directly at Romney and his career of brutal capitalism, they’ve aptly made a weapon of the gaffe by turning the spotlight back on his record at Bain Capital (well over a decade ago).
Making a further issue of Romney’s finance tycoon past could ultimately backfire on democrat strategists as the current weak economy — destroyed in part by Obama — weighs on voters’ minds. After all, Romney could fire back that he’s done learned from his mistakes and Obama has merely been trying to learn on the job.
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