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Sunday, August 31, 2008

The Defining of Sarah Palin

posted by on August 31 at 12:30 PM

It’s happening on two blogs with somewhat opposite political orientations, and the results are not looking good for the half-term governor from Alaska.

The conservoflexible Andrew Sullivan is on a tear, mocking the idea that Palin is qualified to negotiate with Putin just because Alaska is close to Russia, pointing to “the mommy question,” expressing dismay at her ignorance on Iraq, and tying it all back to McCain’s bad instincts and lack of concern for national security.

At the same time, over at TPM, the liberal-but-not-hysterical Josh Marshall and his crew are zeroing in on troopergate, “Bridge to Nowhere” flip-floppery, the laughter during the “bitch” interview, and the reminder all of this brings of McCain’s alarming willingness to shoot from the hip.

All in all, not a positive reception for the Republican VP pick. Lucky there’s a hurricane coming!

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Posted by John Bailo | August 31, 2008 12:43 PM

I'm a greedy man, but I still wish to god the hurricane would have been named Sarah instead of Gustav. That would have been fucking genius shit.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | August 31, 2008 12:47 PM

@1: As far as I'm concerned, Danielle Quayle should be obliterated in equal opportunity fashion. Odd that Republicans are now the "whiners"...

Posted by demo kid | August 31, 2008 1:06 PM

Fuck Silly Sullivan & Rove Outsmarts Obama Team

The knee jerk mock from big mouthed blogs will have no effect on Mc Cain's base, and might make true moderate women who do want to see women in politics feel that old boy sexism is hard at it again.

She gives a great laugh and takes credit for blowing up he old boys network in Alaska - something middle America has been yearning to hear more often. (old boy Congress gets lower ratings than Bush)

(Maybe Sullivan et al can try to tell us Biden is not in the old boys Senate Club)

All this commotion about Palin takes the heat off Mc Cain in a srange way - and is way off message for Obama.

No indications the people vote because of VP, but, the Lady has just shored up TWO pieces of Mc Cains base - Western states and Evangelicals across all sectors. She and First Dude will play in all wstern States - huning and fishing and maverick and nice kids and corruption fighter, too poor for a wedding of high school sweethearts - Univesity of Idaho - NOT HARVARD - all the Western voters need to hear, she will make them sing in Montana and might affect Washington and Oregon. The last of the western Frontier, Alaska is a dream in the West, in the East it is mocked and not respected.

Obama better get his new plans going - his team outsmarted Hillary - Rove just outsmarted him ...

Posted by Jack | August 31, 2008 1:11 PM

Sure you want to go with the "Quayle" routine?

Because Quayle had4 years in the US House, plus 8 years in the US Senate. (Also, a series of minor executive posts in state government. Minor, but executive.)

Compare to: Barack Obama.

Ms. Palin, BTW, has more executive experience than the rest of both slates put together ... and as much national security experience as either of the last two Presidents (though not as much expressed interest/opinion regarding international affairs).

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 31, 2008 1:15 PM

@5: I think the comparison is perfect. Both nominated for their appeal alone, both liable to do absolutely NOTHING while in office.

So should we start vetting Boy Scout troop leaders for VP, too? Conservatives were making hay over Clinton not being picked, but if McCain passed up Pawlenty and Romney in favor of a political pander, McCain is willing to sacrifice his own principles for political expediency.

Go back to the fringe right-wing websites, RonK. No reasonable person believes the shit Republicans are selling.

Posted by demo kid | August 31, 2008 1:21 PM

It's music to my ears whenever someone tells me Palin has all this executive experience. The more they say it, the more it warms my heart. Do go on!

If you know any details of her executive experience, I'd be ever so grateful if you were to share. Please? It's soooooo good.

Posted by elenchos | August 31, 2008 1:26 PM

The Soundpolitics crowd is now so invested in McCain (who they previously didn't care for), if he had selected Monica Goodling they would be crowing about how he had out-maneuvered Obama. The same people who are claiming that Palin has executive experience because she was part-time mayor of a town the size of Poulsbo and governor of Alaska for a year and a half, were outraged because Darcy Burner claimed she was a manager at Microsoft.

McCain joked about having his wife participate in the Miss Buffalo Chip pageant at Sturgis, then picked Miss Wasilla for his running mate. This is like bad fiction. Given that Palin is apparently even anti-birth control and a creationist, she sounds more like Ellen Craswell politically. Once Americans get to know who she really is, they are going to be appalled.

Posted by Wayne | August 31, 2008 1:47 PM


Rove knows you are not voting for her.

There is tangible buzz about her - even Obama people are fascinated - it is a gamble, but may prove to be the master stroke of the campaign.

Media buzz is for Mc Cain and will be for days - since she was announced - media reports are 5 million came to Mc Cain, almost over night.

I think the Miss cow Shit contest was funny and the crownd it was delivered to roared.

My ex boyfriend would have been great in that contest as well - her story is keen, new blood vs. the old boys and corruption. The public is buying.

So Seattle lefties don't, they were never the market.

Wake up Obama - the campaign for blood is here.

If Palin campaigns for Reichert - Darcy is toast. Darcy is so light in her public persona - this Lady makes her sound and look like the baby sitter.

Posted by Bob | August 31, 2008 2:44 PM

There is tangible buzz about her - even Obama people are fascinated - it is a gamble, but may prove to be the master stroke of the campaign.

I'd like to think that Americans realize a pander when they see one. But hey, you chickenshits managed to convince Americans to vote for a retarded president with no practical experience whatsoever, so perhaps I might be wrong.

Posted by demo kid | August 31, 2008 3:34 PM

You do all realize it's been two days since this shit has been announced and you seem to earnestly think that it somehow "calls" the election for either side 2 months out? There haven't even been debates yet, for fuck's sake. Lots is going to happen between now and November - don't fall for the first pretty face you see.

Posted by Ziggity | August 31, 2008 4:30 PM

The American people are ready for change. Governor Palin will shake up Washington on both sides of the isle.

Posted by Jim Johnson CRS | August 31, 2008 5:01 PM

demo kid -- For as long as anybody can remember, demo adults have been flying their campaign machines into mountains they can't see, but everybody else can.

The tradition continues.

Posted by RonK, Seattle | August 31, 2008 5:31 PM


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Posted by Dan warmonger Savage | August 31, 2008 6:23 PM

Sunday am

Mc Cain on NBC inteview - looking fresh, relaxed, excited.

Smiles in reaction to hard question. Direct, no humms or haws.

on Palin, he seems like he is in a big smiley high - "She took on the old bulls in Alaska and that is what we are going to do in

Does reform trump the overused, change? Like Batman except Robin has big hair and tits.

THE NRA will pump 50 million into this race with a gun totin NRAist in the race.

Remember the Mc Cain / Feingold finance reform, an ace for sure ... god, god, god

Posted by God God God | September 1, 2008 8:30 AM

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