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Ploy: pathetic use of props to persuade us

Ploy: n. a strategem or artifice to obtain an advantage over one’s opponent.

Prop: n.  item used on stage to add to the illusion

The Republican National Convention planners have no shame – and low competence.

First, they used a video of the collapsing twin towers (and the terrified people jumping out windows) as a ploy to strike fear in viewers hearts, wanting us to make the connection that only Republicans can keep us safe.

Then, hoping to remind us of the sacrifices of our soldiers in Iraq , they intended to use a picture of  Walter Reed Medical Center behind McCain. Except the idiots getting the photos chose a middle school in California named Walter Reed instead.

Doesn’t GOP competence make you feel more confident???  And McCain didn’t even vote for veteran’s medical benefits. Chutzpah!

Realizing they are way behind in representation of people of color in the GOP (2% of conventioneers were black, compared to 25% at the DNC), they needed photos of attractive representatives to flash on the screen. But evidently black McCain supporters were so hard to come by they had to use stock photos:

Mission accomplished!

Update: Right after the GOP convention the organizers admitted the Walter Reed school photo was a major gaffe on their part. A couple of days later, in their best cover-your-lying-ass tradition, they claim it was intentional – to show McCain’s undying support for public education. Give me a break.