The Eclectic Quill

August 31, 2008

Palin in Comparison

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kelly @ 5:30 pm

The idiocy of the Republican punditry never ceases to amaze me. It seems that whatever happens they seem to just take a partisan tact, refuse to acknowledge that anything good could come from the Democratic Party and everything that comes out the Republican Party is all peaches and cream. Never has this been more apparent than this week, and their "coverage" on Plain as the selection for Vice President. We have been fed a load of crap that even the most jaded of pig farmers would find repulsive. If you’ve ever been on a pig farm then you recognize my meaning.

Don’t pee in a cup and tell me it’s lemonade, don’t crap on a plate and tell me that it’s fudge, and don’t tell me that Palin is a "brilliant" pick. It isn’t, plain and simple. Annie Oakley has no business being a 72-year-old-cancer-surviving-heart-beat away from the Presidency and in spite of all the feces that has been fed to us about this it remains a fact that she has no business being that close to the White House. Let’s take a look at some of the things that are being said about her that "qualify" her to be the next VP.

  • She’s taken on her own Republican Party : It’s almost as though the MSM has taken the talking points on her and not so much as consulted Wikepedia about them to see if they were true or not. Yes, she took on her own party, as soon as it became politically expedient to do so. When she was running for Governor though she was all for the "bridge to nowhere." Sorry, that’s being a conventional politician.
  • She’s a maverick : She’s a pro-NRA, pro-life, anti-gun control, anti-national health care, pro-oil, trickle down Republican. Wahoo that takes a lot of coverage. What a maverick! Let’s face it, the only difference between her and "W" is anatomical, not political.
  • She had a baby with Down’s Syndrome : Set aside for a moment the possibility that it seems likely that she either a) risked the baby’s life taking a five hour flight home, or b) it’s actually her grandson, not her son, and just accept this at face value. Does being a mother of a Down’s syndrome baby qualify you to be President?
  • She has a compelling story : It seems everything I read, including different articles and including what I heard, it was impossible to separate this phrase "compelling story" from her. Just for grins I Googled "compelling story" and came up with over 5,000 hits with her name attached to it. So of course I read her bio and found out that she was called "Barracuda" in High School, finished second in Ms. Alaska, and had a baby with Down ‘s syndrome. I’m not compelled and don’t really have the gumption to go out and read a biography of her. Now, being raised in a divorced home, living off of food stamps, working your way through Harvard, becoming the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review, turning down six figure income to serve the community, becoming a state legislator, a US Senator, and the first black nominee for President from a major party is compelling. Having kids, playing basketball, and eating moose is not compelling. It’s pretty ordinary.
  • She lives next to Russia : Nope, I’m not even joking about this, sadly. It’s actually been presented at least twice as an argument for why she has foreign policy experience. You see, Russia is right next to Atlanta. I’m not sure how many treaties Alaska signed as an independent state while she was governor though.
  • Her experience matters more than Obama’s because hers is executive experience: The Republicans want to try to convince us that the massive 19 months of governing the great state of Alaska qualifies her to be President more than Obama because it’s executive experience and not legislative experience. Why has no one pointed out that McCain has exactly as much executive experience in elected office as Senator Obama? Sheesh!
  • She’s a woman: So is half the country. Being a woman doesn’t qualify you any more than it disqualifies. Being a woman that most women disagree with on the issues makes this an insult to women and their intelligence. Her shrilling about the 18 million cracks in the ceiling was probably the most nauseating thing I’ve seen in this election and I’ve seen a lot of nauseating thing. I think whatever women hadn’t made up their minds after Clinton’s brilliant, endearing, and whole-hearted endorsement probably threw up in their mouths and ordered Obama-Biden bumper stickers.
  • She’s an expert on energy: Who had endorsed Obama’s energy plan before she got named as VP.

The bottom line is that McCain had been attacking Obama on two things, his judgment and his experience. He pretty much said that he didn’t believe the latter and didn’t have the former when he made Palin his nominee. More is coming out about the reasons she is under investigation for abuse of power (and whatever the reasons for it the last thing we need is another Commander in Chief who thinks the rule of law is for other people). The selection is a sell out to the Christian right and nothing more. She’s a Dan Quayle. She’s a bad choice and it reflects on the severely bad judgment of McCain that he believes that she can take over a nation embroiled in a two front war and lead it. The pick is not brilliant; it is a pick which succinctly reminds us of why we can’t have this crazy old coot running the nation.



  1. You nailed it from first sentence to last. Compelling? Arf!

    Comment by vejeestu — August 31, 2008 @ 11:50 pm | Reply

  2. Great post. I love how you cut straight through all the BS.

    Comment by double talk — September 1, 2008 @ 1:29 am | Reply

  3. after hearing about the choice, my first reaction was, ‘oh goody…another dan quayle to kick around!’

    Comment by neill — September 1, 2008 @ 11:02 pm | Reply

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