To blink or not to blink

The latest, of course, is Sarah Palin’s joint interview with John McCain.  Um, no, that doesn’t seem at all paternalistic.  In the wake of comments from some of the party’s biggest champions that Palin should step aside, the McCain-Palin machine decides to give it a go together.  Allowing Katie Couric to interview them together can fairly be described as a hail mary.  He cannot make her sound more competent, he cannot make her sound smarter, he can really only make her look younger, prettier and more energetic than he.  To me, he sounded glib, tired and insulted that people still want to know what she thinks.  I don’t understand the camp’s thinking that they can change her answer to a question on Pakistan — she apparently stated, yes, troops should go there — into Gotcha! journalism.  I mean, yeah, gotcha!  You said it!  And now McCain states that because she was asked this question in a pizza parlor it (a) doesn’t count and (b) is the opposite of what she meant.  Maybe she should have just said that she accidentally blinked when the question was asked, but that it will never happen again.

I keep hearing that people say she’s smarter than we think and maybe that’s true. I just haven’t seen any evidence of that.

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21 Responses to “To blink or not to blink”


  1. 1 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 11:08 am

    OMG did you see the clip from last night? Veeeery interesting. Apparently she reads ALL the newspapers. All of them. Every one.

  2. 2 kateandgracie October 1, 2008 at 11:33 am

    All of them?

  3. 3 kateandgracie October 1, 2008 at 11:55 am

    Yes, apparently all of them.

    Ok, well, she cleared up some things. Sort of. She is pro-contraceptives. That’s good. Her abortion opinions are not my own, but she backed away from talking about the legality of it and focused on her own morals. This seems like better news to me. She seems to understand that maybe the creationism crap doesn’t have a place in science class. Good one, Palin. And she doesn’t judge gays, though she seems to think it’s a choice. I’ll rate that one a neutral.

    All in all, when focused on domestic issues, she certainly does better than when the questions have a global scope. Though her idea that we don’t need to focus on the cause of climate change is, at best, naive, at worst, ridiculously irresponsible. I suspect the latter.

    She’s quite a politician. I kinda wanted to see more Willow!

  4. 4 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 11:57 am

    Kate – she reads all of them. I was wrong when I said she was GWB in a skirt. He doesn’t like to read the paper, but Palin reads ALL OF THEM. She reads so many that she didn’t even have to give an examples of the ones that she reads, because the answer is, that’s right, all of them.

    I wonder what she thinks of the wedding announcement section in the Staten Island Advance?? I love it. I would be interested to here her take.

  5. 5 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    The abortion discussion didn’t make me feel any better. She’s just holding up her signs for the Christianists. Culture of life! Culture of life! Doesn’t tell me she wouldn’t stock the court if she could, but it doesn’t tell me she would either. So I guess she is being a better politician, so I guess that’s the idea.

    And the homosexuality answer? To me she was insulting, but I know that I just have complete and total impatience with people who are not up to speed with the majority of the country/Western world on this. Again, she’s letting the Christian right know she is right with them. Don’t worry guys – I love the sinner and hate the sin just like you!! Ugh. Gag me.

  6. 6 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 12:41 pm

    OK, mental health break. The real reason I have probs with Sarah? She can’t really deliver on her pageant talent. Just for fun.

  7. 7 kateandgracie October 1, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I thought it more showed her ignorance than anything. I mean, she made a point to say about her friend, “She’s not my gay friend, she’s my best friend.” She didn’t have to do that.

    I’m not defending her. I just want to get angry for what I see as a terrible choice for a 74-year old presidential candidate to make. To me, it really speaks more horribly about John McCain than Sarah Palin. I just think it shows how he has absolutely no moral or patriotic compass, only a politcal one. He picked her because she is young, a woman and the super Christians love her. That’s it. Those are the reasons. And that, I think, is despicable, gross pandering politics.

  8. 8 kateandgracie October 1, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the you tube! That’s just some serious flute-age.

  9. 9 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    Absolutely 100% agreed. Totally, totally. I keep losing that thread, about McCain’s shittiness and obvious pandering and shapeshifting. In my own thinking I keep losing that thread, ya know? And obvi the O/B campaign has been guilty of some of that too esp. right after McCain picked her. Which is why I’m hoping the debate prep for Joe includes a lot of young smart people drilling into him”It’s not about her! It’s about the fact that he picked her. So stay on him Just stay on him and stay calm.”

    We shall see.

    If I find any more fun vids, I’ll get right back to ya! (wink)

  10. 10 kateandgracie October 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Right, right. I totally agree — don’t attack her, Joe. That’s way too easy. Stick to the top of the ticket and his shallow judgment. Oh boy, it could be a doozy.

    Also, sorry about your Metropolitan Mets, babe, but go brewers!!

  11. 11 Kristin October 1, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    It’s OK! I haven’t been following at all this year, but the close of the stadium made me embarrassingly emotional on the train the other day looking at pics in the paper on my way in to work. It’s the first stadium I ever went to. I smelled pot for the first time at that first game and told my mom “it smells good” – ha. Good memories.

    Go Brewers!

  12. 12 Sara H October 1, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Well, here I go again….

    #1, I think the veep pick is always political and pandering. We don’t get so upset by people picking individuals from certain states in an attempt to win that state. That’s total pandering, and both parties are staring hard at the electoral map when creating a short list of veep candidates. They think about getting votes rather than picking the best person for the job. McCain = not alone in strategically picking a veep, if that’s in fact what he did.

    #2, I think it’s entirely possible that McCain did not have diabolical intent and picked her because he gets a kick out of doing something that is completely, totally not what people expected. Possibly because he saw that she seemed like him in her willingness to take on Republican establishment.

    Now, say what you want about that, what it says about judgment and planning and wisdom (partick with the international stuff that’s going on – to me, the fact that she isn’t well-versed in foreign policy just screams that he did it spur of the moment – pick a Kay Bailey Hutchison or something if you’re pandering to conservatives and ladies). I’m not overly excited about the idea myself.

    It’s probably about to come back and bite him tomorrow, too. Unless Biden comes up with another Biden-ism – unfortunately for y’all, he is probably one of the kings of not being able to keep his trap shut and exercise discretion. Should be super interesting!

  13. 13 GR October 1, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    *-*
    Yes your right those who are being deceived are idiots —->

  14. 14 GR October 1, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    – Careless comments about, Republican Palin and her Bible.
    Abraham Lincoln (republican) freed the slaves, despite logic of the time, on the basis “all men are created equal”.–

  15. 15 rose October 2, 2008 at 9:04 am

    While I’m totally depressed today about their performance last night I am trying to keep hope.
    I was actually wondering whether I would rather the Cubs win the World Series or Obama win the presidency….I have to say..it’s a really really tough choice. I had not posed that question to myself until last night (after the loss).
    I’m not sure I’ve made the decision yet. It’s kind of sad. Some might say—well that’s just baseball. What they don’t understand is the 80 year old grandfather who just wants to see them win before he dies. Just once. The heartbreak is too much. I know you Brewers fans don’t like us (so maybe this is not the forum to express my thoughts on this subject), but I saw the baseball and couldn’t restrain myself.

  16. 16 kateandgracie October 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Um, anyone know who that GR is?

    Why don’t they make diet grape soda?

    Pandering is one thing. It’s different, to me, when it’s someone as unqualified as Sarah Palin. I am not in love with Obama — I’m not always sure what it is he stands for — but he secured my vote when McCain picked Palin. [Not that I would have ever voted McCain, but I had considered a write-in as I sometimes do to register my protest vote with the Democratic party, feeling that it’s abandoned American workers with its support of policies like NAFTA.] But I don’t see his pick as him getting a kick out of doing something people didn’t expect. I see his pick as throwing a hail mary out there and the country be damned. I see him as an incredibly angry man who thinks that he is owed the presidency and he will do whatever it takes to get it — and if that means picking a totally unqualified, ignoramus like Sarah Palin to make sure the Christian conservatives get their asses to the polls, so be it.

  17. 17 kateandgracie October 2, 2008 at 10:21 am

    And there is no doubt that this is Biden’s debate to lose. He has got to focus on not being so damn arrogant and condescending.

  18. 18 kateandgracie October 2, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Also, PR last night was a disappointment. Cop out, I say.

  19. 19 GR October 2, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    To: kateandgracie

    Thank you for the debate. We are after all America people before Dem/Rep. The media and politicians are experts, when it comes to manipulating our minds, it is important to realize we are all victims, it gets more complicated when they themselves fall into their own trap.
    It has become apparent to us that Obama’s and Palin’s education has little merit against the realization of true suffering and a life time of experiences.
    I suppose it is to the discredit of Palin that she has not mastered the art of deception as well as her rivals.

    Your point of view has been graciously received;GR

  20. 20 Sara H October 2, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    WTF GR?

    Oddly, we took an informal poll this morning in a meeting I was in on who was going to win the debate – for some reason, people seem to think Palin is going to win. I seemed to be in the minority who thought Biden would win, which is baffling given all the Katie Couric interview crud. Although we all agreed that there are no victors and this will hardly be a “debate” given the format.

    I didn’t see PR! Have it taped, but won’t get to watch tonight either. But I was hoping for an all-out Kenley smackdown???

  21. 21 GR October 2, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    Sometimes are allowed to see so little of the truth we have forgotten what it is !

    prepare for change –>
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usvG-s_Ssb0


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