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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Palin on Charlie Gibson

posted by on September 11 at 16:55 PM

Or, shorter Dan Savage: We are fucked.

On “energy independence” (AKA drilling in Alaska): “I’ve been working on for these years as the governor of this state that produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy, that I worked on as chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, overseeing the oil and gas development in our state to produce more for the United States.”

On her extensive world travel: “[I’ve been to] Canada, Mexico, and then, yes, that trip [last year], that was the trip of a lifetime to visit our troops in Kuwait and stop and visit our injured soldiers in Germany. That was the trip of a lifetime and it changed my life.”

On how sick Americans are of politicians, like her running mate, who’ve spent decades in the Washington establishment: “We’ve got to remember what the desire is in this nation at this time. It is for no more politics as usual and somebody’s big, fat resume maybe that shows decades and decades in that Washington establishment, where, yes, they’ve had opportunities to meet heads of state.”

On what God wants: “I believe that there is a plan for this world and that plan for this world is for good.”

On her special insight into Russia (which, as Dan noted, she believes we’ll have to go to war with if they invade Georgia): ” They’re our next door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska.”

On what action the US should take if Israel starts bombing Iranian nuclear facilities: “we are friends with Israel and I don’t think that we should second guess the measures that Israel has to take to defend themselves and for their security.”

On whether the US has the right to cross the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to attack extremists: “In order to stop Islamic extremists, those terrorists who would seek to destroy America and our allies, we must do whatever it takes and we must not blink, Charlie, in making those tough decisions of where we go and even who we target.”

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Good to know that God has a plan for us. Seems like we don't even need a president if that's the case. Hell, we can probably pull the troops out of Iraq, too, since God has us covered.

Posted by sleestak | September 11, 2008 4:54 PM

If I didn't know it was a woman saying this shit, I'd think these were Bush quotes.

We *are* fucked, well and hard.

Posted by laterite | September 11, 2008 5:07 PM

Well-traveled? If that's a qualification for a candidacy, I'm pretty sure most of the Slog and its commenters are more qualified than her.

And speaking as one of the "hell yeah I've been out of the country, I've been to Canada and Mexico" masses, I'm pretty sure those two don't count.

Posted by Jessica | September 11, 2008 5:09 PM

Sweet Jeebus,

This monstrous psycho should be in a rubber room, not the governor's or VP's office.

Posted by Original Andrew | September 11, 2008 5:12 PM

Not that I think that being able to eyeball a country should count as a qualification...

But, you can see Russia from Alaska. At its closest, Alaska and Russia are separated by just 3 miles (Little Diomedes Island). Closest point not an island is Wales Alaska, 55 miles from Siberia.

The religion in some villages is Russian Orthodox.

OK, I'll stop being pedantic about Alaska now.

Should we be starting some sort of "end of the world" pool or something?

Posted by PopTart | September 11, 2008 5:17 PM

"What's that Mr. Plouffe? Yep, I'm getting my checkbook right now."

What an absolutely terrifying breadth of ignorance and short-sightedness.

Posted by Karla | September 11, 2008 5:22 PM

Apologies for the poor wording of my previous comment. I should have just said "Palin" instead of "a woman".

Posted by laterite | September 11, 2008 5:34 PM

I have this truly awful vision of the first State of the Union speech in a new administration and, as the ceremonies begin, Nancy Pelosi leans over and slaps Sarah Palin senseless. Oooh, please wake up America!

Posted by RHETT ORACLE | September 11, 2008 5:45 PM

"Charlie, and that's with the energy independence that I've been working on for these years as the governor of this state ..."

Years?! How about TWENTY FUCKING MONTHS. The lies and exaggeration continue. If there is a God, help us!

Otherwise, from reading the transcript, she recites answers like a latter-day Manchurian Candidate.

Posted by Madashell | September 11, 2008 7:05 PM

I would like to propose a new drinking game. Every time the pig mentions anything whatsoever to do with Alaska, take a shot.

You'd probably be dead in about ten minutes.

Posted by snark | September 11, 2008 7:52 PM

She is totally bullshitting her way through the entire interview. If you want to know what it sounds like when someone crams all night for an oral exam on something she knows nothing about, listen to this interview. It is a textbook example.

Posted by doctiloquus | September 11, 2008 11:20 PM

I've been to Canada and Mexico more times than Sarah, so I guess that means I get to be VP and she gets to be an ignorant slut.

Posted by Will in Seattle | September 11, 2008 11:47 PM

American women with children are responding very well to Palin.

65 percent say they feel she is talking about them, and are delighted that they finally have a strong voice in the political arena, who understand their lives. (suspect these are not the stereo type militant feminist women, sort of that second generation of self aware women, 25 - 40 years od)

Just how many women have children and what does that mean? Ten million, 20 million - more?

I think most of the early assumptions about Palin have been off target and shallow.

She has shaken the bottle in a dozen ways - and it is interesting that many Dems. are thinking in one dimensional linear fashion about her.... at the peril of the Obama campaign.

Howls from midnight personal angst won't change anything, either, even if they relieve frustration. Perhaps, Mc Cain made a brilliant choice , and Obama made the political mistake of this era. ( and fuck you to irrational Clinton haters)

Sadly, it might come to simply that.

Posted by John | September 12, 2008 7:52 AM

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