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Twenty-seven. That’s the number of times I urped in my mouth watching pundits drool over the human interest story that is Sarah Palin on today’s Sunday morning shows. Several of them admitted that the only reason they thought it was a good pick by McCain is because it will spice up a convention none of them were looking forward to covering. They really are that transparent and self-interested.

And check out Face the Nation‘s lineup: Rudy Guiliani, Joe Lieberman, Carly Fiorina and David Brooks.  The only way they could have made the show more pro-Palin was if they added a hundred cheering hockey moms (if that many actually exist) and a really angry aborted fetus.

But, hey, I’m still not worried.  The media’s love affair with her will be short-lived, more Palin gaffes and past dirt will quickly unspool in the next few weeks, and I still stick with my prediction that this pick will be a large net-negative for McCain when it comes to the undecideds.  Hell, her mother-in-law isn’t sure who she’s going to vote for.

RELATED: Yes, the Rebubs are really rolling with this defense of Palin’s lack of foreign policy experience....

Asked about Palin’s credentials, Cindy McCain told ABC-TV’s “This Week:” “The experience that she comes from is with what she’s done in the government. And also, remember: Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. So, it’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.”

Yesterday people were wondering aloud if McCain and Republicans thought women were that stupid.  Today we can safely ask if they think women and men are that stupid. According to McCain, we are all Doocys now.

HOLY SHIT: That Palin radio show performance is a lot worse than I thought (listen to the YouTube clip).  That’s not a giggle, that’s a guffaw. Someone tell the thoroughly insufferable Melissa McEwan that it’s time to start the Lyda Green Sexism Watch.

MORE: Yesterday I asked, “Did the McCain camp vet this woman at all?” In case you were wondering, the answer is “no.”

Posted by Kevin K. on 08/31/08 at 02:21 PM • Permalink

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Kevin, you still watch the Sunday morning bobbleheads?  I gave up on them a few years ago, because I was able to count on one hand the number of accurate insights they’ve produced since W was first “elected”.  Usually they just make my blood boil with their inside-the-bubble Village Speak.

QOTD: The fact that she doesn’t even support the notion that climate change is manmade—she’s back there with the Flat Earth Caucus.

John Kerry on George Stephanopoulos (speaking of Sunday morning bobbleheads.)

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Alaskan republicans react:

Alaska State Senate President Lyda Green (R): “She’s not prepared to be governor. How can she be prepared to be vice president or president? Look at what she’s done to this state. What would she do to the nation?”  (Green is from Palin’s home town of Wasilla.)

Alaska House Speaker John Harris (R): “She’s old enough. She’s a U.S. citizen.”

Alaska Democratic Party Chair Patti Higgins:  “In this very competitive election for them to go pick somebody who is … under a cloud of suspicion, who is under investigation for abuse of power. It just sounds like a pretty slow start to me.  We need a vice president who can step in if, God forbid, something happened to John McCain.  I don’t think she’s someone who is ready for that 3 a.m. phone call.”

Randy Ruedrich, Alaska Republican Party Chair:  Not giving interviews.

Alaska Attorney General Talis Colberg: “a mixed set of emotions, kind of an odd sense of Alaska nationalism or pride. This is like watching a moon landing or something. It’s just something you don’t expect to see very often. It’s wonderful. It was an emotional thing to see the governor walk out with her family and I say, wow, I work for her.”

McHugh Pierre, Alaska Republican Party Spokesman: “She brings her voice of new energy and change. And she knows Alaska.”

Indicted Alaska Sr. Senator Ted Stevens (R):  “it’s a great day for the nation and Alaskans.”

Andrew Halcro, local blogger who ran against Palin for governor:  “This shocking choice says more about McCain’s desperation than it does about Palin’s qualifications”.

and my favorite…

Alaska State Representative Mike Doogan (D): “Either Sarah Palin has talents and skills we were not aware of”, or “John McCain fell down and hit his head”.  He also called the prospect of Palin potentially needing to take over as President”pretty scary.”

Comment by wrb on 08/31/08 at 04:54 PM

The Mudflats blog is great, that’s where I found this link where Palin’s Bridge flip-flop is outlined and she calls *herself* “Valley trash”.  Yikes.

Comment by Katrina on 08/31/08 at 05:36 PM

Yeah, this announcement has to be a real boon to Alaska poliblogs in general.  Their traffic must have quadrupled (at the very least)after the announcement.

Well, I just posted this at TBogg’s spot, and goddamn it, I mean it!!!!

Well I hope you dirty fucking hippies are happy with yourselves. You’ve given us a polished, disciplined candidate who has the keen ability to use reason, rationality and sound judgment, who has built an unprecedented social and political network using the most modern tools to energize a sedate electorate, thanks for fucking it up again, Democrats.

I just had the distinct pleasure of watching the McPalin’s hold a HUUUUGGGEEEE rally at the T.R. Hughes Ballpark in Stumbledick, Missouri and let me tell you, that’s a winning ticket!

The T.R, Hughes Ballpark is home to the River City Rascals, ( and we just saw how much smarter and more clever the ol’ Mavericky Rascal is than your bleeding heart-soaring-rhetoric-secret-Musselman-infanticiderer is!!!!!21321121!!!

Palin was on fire! She has mastered the art of speaking, despite all indications she does not possess a diaphragm and she has promised us that she and Mr. No Kitchen Table can solve the problems of government, not some uppity, snot-nosed twit from Indo-Hono-Cambridge-Chicago-madrassa-land.

She met with the Governors of the affected Gulf states, what was ObamaBiden doing? Taking a leisurely bus ride through the Quaker State, probably scouting sites for their plan to build 10-thousand forced gay-marriage-abortion clinics.

Thansk a goddamned million DFH’s, thanks a million.

Comment by HumboldtBlue on 08/31/08 at 05:53 PM

Look what Bill posted at Christina’s: /2008/08/things-that-mak.html

Comment by Katrina on 08/31/08 at 06:45 PM

The only way they could have made the show more pro-Palin was if they added a hundred cheering hockey moms (if that many actually exist) and a really angry aborted fetus.


LOL I love that this woman could possibly lead the free world at any moment if McCain dies, with no foreign policy experience and governing a state that is only 3 or 4 versions of my highschool.

And everyone’s answer to this is, “Oh but she’s a compelling person!” Yep, that gives me great comfort.

Katrina, I don’t know.  This seems like just a lot of conjecture at this point.  Sullivan should have at least been able to back up a few of the “facts” made in the rumor before running with this. I think that was irresponsible on his part.

Daughter aside, I do think it was weird and irresponsible that Sarah gave a speech and then flew to Alaska for over eight hours after her water broke.  However, David Gregory, who currently has a massive boner about Palin, said he thought it was “cool!” this morning on MTP.

For those of you keeping track at home, that was urp number 19.

I agree, Kevin, it is conjecture, but I’ve found Sullivan to be on the ball in the past so the fact that *he* would ask these questions makes me very curious.

We’ll see.  I’m staying away from it unti someone comes up with some more concrete facts.  Plus that much-linked Kos diary gave me the creeps when the writer was focusing on the curvature of Bristol’s sixteen-year-old body in those photos.  I kept waiting for the ‘To Catch a Predator’ crew to rush in and publicly humiliate him, but alas they never showed up.

Also, remember the hole in the Pentagon looked like a plane couldn’t have created it.

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