September 3, 2008

More Palin drip

Reports that Palin would kill a moose with her bare hands at the Republican National Convention turned out to be false. (joking.) She's shown here with a Carribou she killed. The Carribou doesn't look too happy.

Wasilla, Alaska city hall. Sarah Palin's seat of power two years ago.

It's revealed that her husband once was convicted of a DUI. That's not even worth mentioning and couldn't be less relevant to Palin's candidacy.

Then there's the fact that she was once a member of the Alaska Independence Party, a party which seriously worked in favor of a vote for Alaska to seceed and no longer be part of the United States. Yep, she's mainstream alright.

And as has been obvious, it's now revealed that the team from the McCain campaign in charge of vetting Palin only arrived in Alaska ONE DAY before McCain announced her as his running mate.

McCain a loose cannon? Erratic? Reckless? Prone to knee-jerk decisions? Nah!!

His campaign was still calling operatives and asking them to go to Alaska to look into Palin's background as late as Sunday.

Read this widely reported piece in the NYT on the process behind picking Palin and see if you believe McCain when he says Palin was "thorougly vetted."

But what is interesting is reporting today that revealed that McCain had wanted Joe Lieberman or Tom Ridge as his running mate, but was forbidden by his superiors in the Republican party who said that naming Smokin' Joe would cause a "revolt" within the party. (So much for the supposed "maverick" McCain who does what he thinks is best without regard for cynical political considerations.)

It appears that in a fit of petulance and desperation, they just decided to choose Palin and to hell with the consequences.

But perhaps even worse in my estimation, was that it's reported that once McCain had gotten to the point where he really didn't care and decided "What the hell" and went with Palin, and arrangements were being made for her and her family to go to Ohio for the announcement, that the Palin's lied to their kids, telling them that they were all going to a family function in Ohio rather than tell them the truth. They did not tell their own children, even the older ones, or do anything to prepare them for the fact that their lives were going to change forever in less than 24 hours. They waited until only hours before the fact to finally drop this mind-blowing fact.

Imagine how the pregnant 17 year old daughter felt when this bombshell got dropped on her head. It's really kind of brutal to imagine putting her through this. Mother of the Year? I don't think so. Ultra ambitious woman who had her head turned around at the prospect of being VP of the United States? Almost certainly.

Odds makers are up to 18% that Palin will be unceremoniously dumped from the ticket.

And it occurs to me, that when one thinks of qualities they would look for in a Vice Presidential candidate, "perky" isn't fairly far down the list.

Now some wags have dubbed the Republican ticket, "The Maverick and the MILF", though I'm not sure I'd agree with either descriptions.


At 9/02/2008 6:25 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

If you're not sure that Palin could be described as a "MILF", then you better apply for the Log Cabin Republicans. Uh,'re a Democrat... they are ALL Log Cabin. Never mind.

At 9/02/2008 6:36 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yeah, we're all gay.

Sheesh Nico, you're WAY off your game.

At 9/02/2008 7:18 PM, Blogger Tacky said...

Don't quite understand what MILF means.
Anyway, seems it is more important to let us know there is someone in waiting to break the glass ceiling.
It doesn't matter that she and her husband belonged ( perhaps still do) to a group that wants to secede from the union.
There is something about her flippant manner that worries me. It should worry all of us, including Nico.

At 9/02/2008 7:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go TID, go!

Please keep beating on Palin! The more the Left hammers Palin, the more of a sympathetic person you all make her.

Pound away - pile on, please!

At 9/02/2008 8:20 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...


First, so good to see you again.

Secondly, MILF is a decidedly vulgar term from recent pop culture that stands for "Mom I'd Like To....."

It's used to describe attractive or sexy middle-aged moms. (An apparently fairly recent phenomena. Decades ago, I'm not sure they existed. Certainly not in the numbers they do now that the miracle of modern surgery and other advances in fitness, etc. women are managing to avoid looking their age indefinitely.)

Electing a woman to office, even if it's VP, would be a step in the right direction as far as women's rights go.

It would be equally nice to elect the first handicapped president, or even the first gay or lesbian president (horrors!) or the first president who doesn't feel the need to pretend they're a devout Christian, hell, even a bald president. (Yeah, like that'll ever happen.)

But seriously, this country, this world, doesn't have the luxury to be concerned about such symbolic achievements at the moment, in my opinion.

This is definitely not the time for picking a ticket on the basis of such niceties, much less voting for them on purely that basis.

It would be just as irresponsible for anyone to vote for Obama if the ONLY reason they voted for him was the fact he has an African-American heritage.

It is a clear moment of pride for America that it's nominated a black man for high office. And for the first time in a long time, we've done something that has inspired admiration, and given people around the world hope that maybe we're not as back-asswards as they thought.

And yes, if Obama wins.. well, WHEN he wins, on top of providing real hope for a better America and inspiring millions to participate in healing the wounds this country and its democracy has suffered over the last 8 years, yes, it will be a just reason for pride in ourselves that we were able to put race aside as a qualifcation for President.

But that's only AFTER the fact that that can be celebrated.

I guess the key here is perspective.

Just because a human being happens to have a vagina does NOT automatically make her in any way QUALIFIED by that fact alone.

This is so incredibly obvious that it's amazing that the point has to be made.

Yet the Republicans are furiously trying to make the case that anyone who doesn't think Palin is qualified or who has other entirely legitimate problems with her, is somehow dissing women or anti-women. (Our friend Nico has gone through the looking glass with this.)

The point? Palin is a horrid pick, utterly unqualified and unprepared for the office of vice president of the United States.

The fact she's a woman is merely coincidence.

I realize that many Republican fools are only making the case for Palin as if her being female is enough as some goofy and misguided attempt to throw Democratic support of women and women's rights back in our faces.

OK, fine. Such childishness is expected.

But I think I've made my point.

At 9/03/2008 6:40 AM, Blogger nicodemus said...

And if Obama wasn't part Negro, do you think he would be your nominee? I suppose that is just a coincidence too?

At 9/03/2008 8:19 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Anon 7:19.

Yeah, you're right. I should follow the wimpy way the Dems always react...

Pull your punches, be constantly afraid that you might actually make some right winger mad.

That's been a loser for a long time now, don't you think?

The Dems paralysing caution has probably contributed more than anything else to why they've largely had their asses handed to them for 8 years.

No spine, no guts, play it safe, and the tougher and harder the Republicans play, the more we should shy away, sit there and take it.

That's exactly why Dems lose.

At 9/03/2008 8:32 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

I tried to keep you from embarrassing yourself and us once before by telling you that NO ONE refers to African-Americans as "NEGROS" anymore.

It's considered rather insulting, not to mention making it appear that you haven't gone outside or read a paper since 1964.

I don't know how old you are Nico, because really, it doesn't matter. But surely you're not so old that you haven't realized that the term "negro" isn't used anymore, right?

Or is that some sort of clever/idiotic right wing thing you have going on, insulting them by calling them Negros because you can't get away with the other "N" word??

At any rate, moving beyond your unfortunate habit of using that term, (do you call Orientals "Chinamen" too?)

I know you couldn't bring yourself to believe that Barack Obama is a remarkably talented man who happens to reflect the views of millions upon millions of fine, patriotic Americans who want to save this country from the gang that's been running it into the ground.

But trust me. It wouldn't matter if Obama were yellow, blue, red, or green, he'd still be favored to win the White House.

Even though the fact that he's a .... sheesh.... "NEGRO" apparently bugs the living hell out of you to the point where your resentment is plain to see, he's not in the position he's in because of his race, but DESPITE of it my friend.

It's much, MUCH harder for a black man to gain a high position than a white. They get twice the resistance and twice the scrutiny and have to be twice as good and work twice as hard to get there.

Being part black wasn't some ticket to the White House Nico, and for you to suggest that it somehow was really takes you down several pegs in my eyes.

Are you really that racist?

If being black is such a free pass to being the nominee for president, THEN WHY THE HELL IS THIS THE FIRST TIME IT'S HAPPENED IN TWO-HUNDRED AND THIRTY-TWO FREAKING YEARS????!!!!

Can't wait for your answer.


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