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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Wait a Minute…

posted by on October 16 at 8:15 AM

Columnist Kathleen Parker is getting all sorts of attention for calling on Sarah Palin to “bow out.” But I called on Palin to bow out before she officially bow’d in.

So here’s what Palin should do [at the Republican National Convention tonight]: Open by thanking John McCain for the honor of being nominated, thank her family for their love and support, wax poetic about the progress that Hillary’s historic run and her nomination both represent—for the country, for her party (the Dems nominated a woman for VP years ago)—and then Palin should say that, as much as she would love to accept the nomination, as qualified as she knows she is to be vice president, as much as she would love to run… she has to focus on her family right now. And Palin should selflessly decline the nomination.

Imagine the pandemonium. Imagine the news stories. Imagine the freakin’ headlines. If the speech is calibrated just right, if it hits all the right notes, Palin will look like a good soldier falling on her sword… and she’ll be setting herself up for a political resurrection four, eight, or twelve years from now.

Too bad Palin didn’t take my advice during the RNC, Kathleen, huh?

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I guess nobody really care what you have to say about anything that isn't sex-related. That's why we're here. We do.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 16, 2008 8:45 AM

*cares. I have a legitimate hangover. Kill me.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 16, 2008 8:46 AM

It would be impossible for her to do what you envision. It is against her core belief system. She holds a deep belief in Christianity, a belief that God calls and she must answer. Nothing is an accident in her view, God is putting her where she is supposed to be. So she believes that God wants her to be VIce President. It is vital that people understand that this belief system is what motivates her.

And is what makes her dangerous.

Posted by joe-not a plumber | October 16, 2008 9:00 AM

How dare Kathleen Parker not recognize Dan Savage as one of America's preeminent political pundits?

Anyway, y'know, McCain tried to score points against Obama last night for not repudiating John Lewis. In fact, though, Obama and his campaign did distance themselves from Lewis's George Wallace comparison.

McCain: "Every time there's been an out-of-bounds remark made by a Republican, no matter where they are, I have repudiated them."

Hey, John McCain. Instead of going around repudiating random Democrats and Republicans who aren't associated with either candidate's campaign, could you just repudiate the remarks made by your own running mate?! Like uh, "palling around with terrorists."

Posted by cressona | October 16, 2008 9:01 AM

Why should she bow out? She's been inoculated against witchcraft by the best evangelical preacher that Africa can provide; she's bulletproof.

Posted by Banna | October 16, 2008 9:12 AM

@5 It's funny because it's true! Except it's not funny. And I wish it weren't true.

Is that going to be the new standard for future Republican candidates? That they all have to be witchcraft-proofed?

Is this really 2008?

Posted by whatevernevermind | October 16, 2008 9:24 AM

Link is going to a Maureen Dowd column about Paul Krugman...

Posted by STJA | October 16, 2008 9:35 AM

@3 - I wonder how she will handle "God's plan" after McCain loses the election and she retreats into relative anonymity for the rest of her life.

Posted by Mahtli69 | October 16, 2008 9:43 AM

@8 - She won't be anonymous. She'll be on Dancing With the Stars, or Celebrity Apprentice, or some other place where has beens go to die. Used to be Love Boat, and later, Murder She Wrote.

Posted by Charm | October 16, 2008 9:51 AM

Hey guys....hey! HEY! Wait up!
I said that first! Remember? Guys? Hello? I SAID IT FIRST DAMNIT, IT WAS MY IDEA!


Posted by mo | October 16, 2008 1:10 PM

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