Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Lotta angry people out there...

Good to see BushBashing still alive and well:
In a speech that went on so long that California Democratic Party Chairman Art Torres began to hover nervously at his side, [actor Richard] Dreyfuss called Bush "arrogant and incompetent'' and said "his appeal to patriotism is simplistic and thuggish.''

Dreyfuss added, "He is the enemy of thoughtfulness.''

"I wasn't raised in George Bush's America, and I wouldn't be comfortable in it,'' Dreyfuss said. ``In this America, you point toward a sin and you are pointed at. You are the irritant not the gatekeeper. You smell funny -- sinister funny. Terrorist-friendly. You mention due process and the silence is not respectful, it is ominous.''

The delegates gave him a standing ovation, which led Dreyfuss to give a few last remarks, urging them to counter the Republicans' every attack and "be consistent and in their face."
Via Atrios.

UPDATE  - Dick Dreyfuss must not have gotten the memo about keeping the BushBashing to a minimum at the Convention. Heard on the floor of the Fleet Center:
Actor Richard Dreyfuss, wandering the halls of Boston's Fleet Center on Monday, made it clear what he thinks of the GOP's Hollywood bashing. "It's a silly, partisan waste of time," he told Salon. "This election will decide the fate of the republic. We're at a crossroads. Twenty years from now, all of us will have to answer to our children. I feel that history is judging us."

Dreyfuss also made it abundantly clear which direction he thinks the country must go. "Who better to grasp the acute nature of our country's current crisis than someone who fought in the Vietnam War, who went through that ordeal and saw friends die. It's no small thing to go through something like that. It took a lot of courage for John Kerry to go to Vietnam and it took a lot of courage to come back and fight against the war. That's guts."