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Last Palin Post (hopefully forever)

Palin said, “I think if there are allegations based on questions or comments that I made in debate prep about NAFTA or about the continent versus the country when we talk about Africa there, then those were taken out of context, and that is cruel and mean-spirited, it’s immature, it’s unprofessional, and those guys are jerks.”

Two things come to mind here.

For one, the weird twisting of language here. Taken out of context? If you have any questions or comments about “continent versus the country” when you are talking about Africa then you don’t know it is a continent. People who already know this have no questions or comments about it. That is really all there is to it.

The other thing is that her complaining about people making negative allegations is hypocritical to the Nth degree. The minute you tell the world that someone is “paling around with terrorists” (note the plural) based on one flimsy association you give up the right of being indignant on anything but total fiction, which judging by her own comments, this is not.

I’d meant to post this when it first came out, but I got busy. I decided it was still worth posting as a reminder than this woman should not be in politics. There is no more room for misinformed, hateful, divisive people in politics. As Americans we need to take strong measures to try and keep as many of these folks out of the picture as possible.

PS. please note Palin also calls people “unprofessional” and “jerks” in the same sentence. I’ll say no more.

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Palin Prank Called

Montreal’s Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel prank called Palin claiming to be French president Nicolas Sarkozy. I feel bad for her, but it does illustrate once again just how unprepared she is to be remotely close to the oval office.

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Be a Maverick, not a Rogue

I first started writing this blog post back when the details of Palin’s abuse of power were emerging. I was, and still am, fascinated by the way rogue and a maverick are being used by the republicans.

The New York Times Article said this of Palin:

Since then, her explanations have evolved, from saying that [Walt Monegan] was lagging on filling trooper vacancies and tackling alcohol-abuse problems in rural Alaska to showing an “intolerable pattern of insubordination” and a “rogue mentality” by resisting her authority and spending reforms, sometimes publicly.

What makes all this more interesting is that now Palin is being called a rogue herself.

Princeton’s wordnet says that a Maverick is “someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action” and that a Rogue is “a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel.”

There is no case for calling Walt Monegan a rogue, or at least no evidence pointing to his deceits and scoundrelness. We can say, however, that Palin has been deceitful in her characterizations of Obama. But that was all happening when Palin was still a Maverick. It is only now that Palin has said things that the McCain campaign doesn’t love that the word rogue has been applied.

This doesn’t change the fact that Palin shouldn’t ever hold any public office again, but it does illustrate nicely how the Republican party has been twisting language to stab at anyone they see as an enemy.

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Who is the Real Obama

As Jon Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show, the question we should be asking is— Who is Palin? We’ve had lots interviews, debates, a book, etc etc that help us know Obama. We have next to nothing about Palin. The McCain campaign has kept Palin hidden behind a curtain. We’ve heard so little from her of content from her that it scares me. When she has spoken it’s been vacuous, vague, or pointless folky chit-chat. I want to know more about a woman that could be president. I know plenty about Obama, as much as know about McCain anyway. Or should I say knew about McCain? McCain has changed since he began his last desperate attempt to become president. So there is another good question— who is McCain now?

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Palin Debate Flowchart

If you watched the Vice President debate you may have noticed that Palin didn’t really come off as convincing. Well, there is a reason for that. While both Palin and Biden are working from a script only one was able to supplement that with actual content and it wasn’t Palin. I don’t think Biden knocked anyone’s socks off, but he didn’t away from Palin and addressed what she said directly while Palin only spoke of things tangentially related to what the moderator or Biden spoke about. So here it is, fresh from some guy’s website, the Palin Debate flowchart:

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Did McCain Pick Palin Out of a Hat?

I’m curious how a guy with McCain’s history decided on Palin.

McCain first met Palin only six months ago and had just one conversation with the Alaska governor before offering her the vice presidential slot on the Republican ticket, the Arizona senator’s campaign said Friday.

(CNN)

When I ask if he picked her out of a hat I am being a bit facetious, of course. But if I was running for president, no matter how much I read and no matter how much my staff vetted the person I’d want to have several heart-to-hearts before giving the someone the chance to be the next in line to run the country. But more preferable, I’d like to have known the person long enough to understand her. When I was in college I had six or seven interviews before getting a job a Budweiser brewery, and that was for a job picking up bottles that fell onto their side on the conveyor belt.

So the question becomes, what went into McCain’s pick and why did he choose her?

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