September 29, 2008

Sarah, Saaaarah, no time is a good time for goodbyes

"It's very important when you consider even national-security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America. Where—where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to—to our state."
- Gov. Sarah Palin, explaining why her state's proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy experience, as she and McCain have repeatedly claimed, during her 3rd ever press interview with Katie Couric.

Airspace indeed.

COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.
Uh.... sure. That's a clear explanation of her views on whether government should step in to prop up private Wall St. firms. That's a maverick alright. But I'm not sure trade is what's scary here.

The chorus calling for Palin to step down from the McCain ticket is getting larger, and almost exclusively from staunch conservatives.

George Will, Charles Krauthammer, David Brooks, David Frum, and the National Review's Kathleen Parker have all expressed the obvious fact that Palin is simply out of her league and some call for her to step down. That's quite a list.

Fareed Zakaria has also called for Palin to step down.

Who'd have thought McCain would, at this critical time in our history, pick a running mate that makes Dan Quayle look like Stephen freaking Hawking by comparison. Way to put your campaign, er.. "Country First".

With columnists of all stripes saying McCain's incendiary temper is liability, and Palin's being from the northernmost state, maybe Starship said it best in their sappy ballad, "Sarah"...

"With fire and ice, the dream won't come true."

(Appologies to Starship)


At 9/29/2008 4:34 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Maybe Obama should step down.

At 9/29/2008 9:44 PM, Blogger tiz said...

Honestly, I'm surprised she's made it this far. I thought (and still think) the GOP set Palin up to fail. I don't buy that she was McCain's first pick for VP - I think the GOP made that call for him. And what better way to deal with two folks who have made careers grandstanding against their own party, than to hang them out to dry in a Democratic year? Even though they usually act/vote in lockstep with the GOP I'm sure to most of them Maverick = pain in the ass.

But I really thought Palin would have been out by now, citing some horrible conspiracy from the left or something else that would cause them to be able to hang this on Obama's neck and cause more problems with women. The whole strategy of ignoring her and letting the media deal with her is paying dividends.

All that being said, I'm willing to bet - with the lowered expectations and Joe's tendency to put his foot in his mouth - at least one news organization (not Fox) is calling her the winner on Friday. I'd love to be wrong on this.

At 9/30/2008 9:44 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Yes Nico, you're right. Obama should step down.

(Good lord!)

If he said anything near as incoherant and just plain bizarre as Palin has, they'd put him in a straight jacket and a rubber room, as well they should.

At 10/01/2008 8:18 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Katie Couric's question about "which Supreme Court decision would you not agree with?" was totally unfair and merely a way of playing gotcha. Did she ask Joe Biden that? Is the VP supposed to be a scholar of American legal history? Is Katie Couric well versed in Supreme Court decisions?
I don't think most governors or public officials could have answered that question. Katie might as well have asked "How many hairs are on my ass?" . It would have been no less of an appropriate question.

I mean how is someone supposed to answer"Uh, let's see Bakke vs. Board of Regents I was just reading about that, how about Plessy vs. Ferguson?" I mean gimme a break


At 10/01/2008 10:15 PM, Blogger Tacky said...

Maybe Nicodemus should move to Alaska. He can see Russia with the guv.

At 10/02/2008 12:03 PM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Nico, Why do you hate America??

I ask because you apparently are more than willing to have it be lead by rank incomptents blissfully proud of their utter lack of qualification.

Apparently you'd be fine if they went to Southpark mall and simply picked, say, the 10th woman to walk out of Dillards and put her second in line to the highest office in the land.

I'm very grateful that most people have more sense than that and possess at least some sense of responsibility about who we choose as leaders.

And YES, Couric actually DID ask Joe Biden the exact same question.

His answer? That he authored the Violence Against Women bill which went to the Supreme Court, that he held dozens of hours of hearings on the subject to prove that there should be federal jurisdiction in the law, and that the SCOTUS agreed, but said it should not be a federal matter, and therefore he disagreed with that decision.


The woman is a total embarassment to herself, her state, her ticket, her gender, and to the country.

Even Dan Quayle's former speechwriter David Frum wrote, ""Dan Quayle never in his life has performed as badly as Sarah Palin in the last month."

If Palin manages to actually face the audience, string a few words together at random, and make it off the stage without falling on her keister, I'm sure you'll be back here pronouncing her the clear winner.

At 10/02/2008 4:22 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Dan Quayle was not as unqualified as people thought there was just something about him that made him an easy mark.

I love Sarah Palin. She did a superb job at the RNC. Remember when everybody thought she was going to flop? Like now, there were idiots who were calling for her to "drop out". And the liberal blogs like the Daily Kos were spreading vicious rumours. And, just like now, pundits thought Sarah was "hiding". But she came out there at the RNC and her performance "bitch-slapped" down all the critics. And McCain went up in the polls.

If you say that she is "substance free" and not the most experienced candidate, my response is: "it worked for Obama". If she helps the cause and the formula is working, then why talk about specific policy wonk details? After all, it worked for Obama.

So yes, I am hoping for a good debate performance, and yes I am counting on it. But am I going to predict it? No. I don't do predictions anymore. We'll have to wait and see. In these debates so many times people see what they want to see anyway. And the pundits? I've watched these things for years and I'll tell you, when the "experts" start their analysis I always wonder what debate they just watched.

The BEST VP pick that I have seen in recent years was John Kerry's first choice in '04 and the first person whom Kerry asked: JOHN McCAIN.

At 10/02/2008 9:59 PM, Blogger nicodemus said...

Debate is over. "Checkmate, Bi-otch!!!"

At 10/04/2008 10:44 AM, Blogger tiz said...

She memorized a script, stuck to it, and didn't answer a handful of the actual questions. Worse for her she couldn't counter any of Biden's attacks on McCain because it would throw her off script.

Checkmate? Are you kidding me? It's more like McCain keeps making moves that would earn (??) in the notation, has his queen pinned by his own pawns, is way down in material and is a few moves away from getting mated himself.

The GOP kool-aid must be strong stuff.

At 10/05/2008 8:29 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

Great stuff!!

The chess analogy could be a rich mine here.

McCain's moving the Queen of Wasilla around the board. Of course she can move in any direction, but there's little or no rhyme or reason to the moves.

It's like they're trying to move the queen as great a distance as they can on the board, even if it makes no sense whatsoever and gives no advantage. They only have to retreat immediately.

Really like a person who THINKS they know the game, but doesn't quite understand it at all.

They gamble on wild moves and always end up paying, but it doesn't stop them.

It's like they've lost both knights and a rook and they're just pushing the queen around in a desperate bid to survive.


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