Wednesday, October 01, 2008

An Appetizer

You're probably looking forward to tomorrow's VP debate, aren't you? Admit it, I know you are.

Sarah Palin may do better than we expect, but her performance so far has exposed her grossly inadequate command of any single area of American government. From the economy, to foreign affairs, to national defense, she can't say anything without coming across as an idiot, which means that, despite her reputation as a scrapper, it's hard to believe that any reasonably intelligent debate moderator (and Gwen Ifill more than meets that standard) should eviscerate her. Hell, Katie Couric has been able to do it, and her primary, if not only, qualification is that she's cute as a button.

CBS has released more of the interview, and it isn't getting any better. As you know, the Supreme Court has been the favorite target of the right wing since the 1950's. Remember "Impeach Earl Warren"? Remember Gerald Ford's repeated efforts to impeach William O. Douglas? So you might find it shocking that Sarah Palin can't even recite a single Republican talking point about the Supreme Court. Not only does she get the Republican position on Roe v. Wade wrong (their argument is not that it should be a state issue, but that the fetus is a living human being with a right to life, and when Bork was nominated he would have completely disagreed with her statement that there is a constitutional right to privacy), but she can't mention a single other Supreme Court decision she disagrees with. What about Medina, Miranda, and the other precedents that keep the cops from beating confessions out of subjects? What about all the other exclusionary rule decisions? What about allowing affirmative action? What about one-person-one-vote? Every statement she makes, like the repeated references to this history of this great country, sounds like the kid using two inch margins and triple spacing in a vain attempt to meet the page requirement for that high school paper where they haven't done any of the work.

So while you wait for tomorrow's debate, sit back and enjoy this.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0rXmuhWrlj4

4 Comments:

Anonymous Tom McC said...

What surprises me is how often she gets these kind of bedrock Republican ideals wrong. In an interview with a wingnut radio host, she mentioned how she and the first dufus (before she was governor) had had tough times and had had to decide between paying for catastrophic health insurance and (...I don't know what...) until she got a....(you won't believe this!)...a good union job.

Good union job?!!! For the GOP that can only mean the kind they give you at Walmart where you get to knock off (or knock about) any pinko who is crazy enough to start talking about unionizing. Where did they find this woman?

I have to believe that even McCain finds himself shaking his head and slapping himself in the forehead.

I don't want to say she's an idiot. After all, she's convinced a lot of people to support her. But she comes across as having absolutely zero knowledge. How is that possible?

Yes, I'm looking forward to the debate. By the way, the last interview that Tina Fey did on SNL is just hilarious.

October 01, 2008 10:59 PM  
Blogger Jack McCullough said...

I don't think I saw the union job line, but that's great. It gets the Republican line wrong in two ways. First, it admits there is a terrible problem of affording health insurance, and second, it allies her with the hated unions. It really illustrates that she just doesn't understand anything.

October 02, 2008 12:15 AM  
Anonymous Tom McC said...

Here's the money quote. I've pasted the address below, but you can also google Palin Hewitt Interview Transcript.

Priceless.

"...But yeah, there’s been a lot of times that Todd and I have had to figure out how we were going to pay for health insurance. We’ve gone through periods of our life here with paying out of pocket for health coverage until Todd and I both landed a couple of good union jobs. Early on in our marriage, we didn’t have health insurance, and we had to either make the choice of paying out of pocket for catastrophic coverage or just crossing our fingers, hoping that nobody would get hurt, nobody would get sick...."
http://hughhewitt.townhall.com/blog/g/0c03d39e-df44-41fc-af7d-f2f9a7f56b68

October 02, 2008 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Tom McC said...

Rather a disappointing debate. No clear winner, except that she exceeded anybody's logical expectations.

October 02, 2008 11:09 PM  

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