Girl on girl action
Seriously, there is some very scary video of Sarah Palin out there, most of it from her interview with CBS' Katie Couric. The Republican VP annointee appears not to have much under that beehive hairdo. There is no there, there. That despite three weeks of what has been intense media coaching.
I mean, get a load of this exchange, which aired tonight.
Couric: You've cited Alaska's proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?
Sarah Palin: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and, on our other side, the land-boundary that we have with Canada. It's funny that a comment like that was kinda made to … I don't know, you know … reporters.
Palin: Yeah, mocked, I guess that's the word, yeah.
Couric: Well, explain to me why that enhances your foreign-policy credentials.
Palin: Well, it certainly does, because our, our next-door neighbors are foreign countries, there in the state that I am the executive of. And there…
Couric: Have you ever been involved in any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?
Palin: We have trade missions back and forth, we do. It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia. As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state.
Um, is she kidding? Is she even making sense? How many GOP talking points can't she keep straight?
It's even worse when you actually hear her trying to string those incongruous words together, with Couric interviewing her like she's a child who needs to be spoken to like this, all whispery quiet-like.
Here's Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog on this, and believe me, it's just one of hundreds of progressive and liberal blogs on the subject. (The conservatives seem eerily silent, in comparison.)
Usually, candidates for national office get better as time goes on. Palin is clearly getting worse.
I mean, really, think about Palin's argument here. She has foreign policy experience because Putin flies over Alaskan air space. Seriously, that's what Palin told a national television audience.
First, it's probably not true. Moscow is in Western Russia, and if a Russian leader were flying to the U.S., he or she would probably fly over the Atlantic. But geography aside, what does this have to do with foreign policy experience? If a head of state flies over you, you necessarily gain a background in international affairs?
I'm afraid Sarah Palin is not only embarrassing herself, she's quickly become a national joke. That John McCain continues to allow her to serve on the Republican ticket suggests his judgment is comically lacking.
There's enough freaky Couric-Palin material out there to strike fear into the hearts of any rational voter. You know, the kind who won't mark his ballot for her just because she's ''hot,'' or she ''won't blink,'' or she likes to slaughter wolves from planes with automatic rifles.
But, just in case, you missed it, click here for a truly terrifying video blast from her past church attendance.
In it, the minister implores Jesus to protect Palin from "the spirit of witchcraft." Earlier, he states, "We need God taking over our education system. If we have God in our schools, we will not have our kids being taught how to worship Buddha, how to worship Muhammad. We will not have in the curriculum witchcraft and sorcery." He also preaches, "The other area is the media. We need believers in the media. We need God taking over the media in our lives."
I am just wondering if the Republicans are going to pull out that sexism thing, to stop the critics from attacking Palin for her vapid, vacuous, vacant cerebral void.
But here's the thing, as CNN's Campbell Brown pointed out the other night. It's sexist to keep Palin so protected.
This woman is from Alaska for crying out loud. She is strong. She is tough. She is confident. And you claim she is ready to be one heart beat away form the presidency. If that is the case, then end this chauvinistic treatment of her now. Allow her to show her stuff. Allow her to face down those pesky reporters... Let her have a real news conference with real questions. By treating Sarah Palin different from the other candidates in this race, you are not showing her the respect she deserves. Free Sarah Palin. Free her from the chauvinistic chain you are binding her with. Sexism in this campaign must come to an end. Sarah Palin has just as much a right to be a real candidate in this race as the men do. So let her act like one.
It's women who are now coming out swinging hardest at Palin. Check out this line-up: Isabel Allende, Eve Ensler, Melissa Etheridge, Kathy Najimy,Gloria Steinem, Loung Ung, Alice Walker, Jody Williams, Marie Wilson ...
Here's Allende, one of my favourite authors:
Sarah Palin does not represent the interests of women in this place and time. Do we want to go back to the 19th century? Or maybe medieval times? I hope that no thinking woman, young or old, will fall in the gender trap. Palin may be a woman but she certainly acts like Rambo and thinks like Cheney. As a woman I demand the right to control my body, my income, and my beliefs. As a mother I want to protect my family from poverty, inequality, ignorance, racism, bigotry, fear, violence and patriotism (an excuse for war). As a citizen I support freedom of the mind, curiosity, knowledge, technology, information. As an American I embrace the world and want our country to recover the international respect and admiration that the Bush administration has squandered. McCain and Palin do not represent me and never will.
It's interesting how women are asking so many of the toughest questions during this American election campaign. Not just Campbell Brown, who nailed a Republican strategist so hard a few weeks ago that John McCain canceled his scheduled interview with Larry King that night. There's MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Couric, of course, and the ladies of The View who had the McCains complaining that their ''bones were picked clean.''
It's a dirty job -- and it takes real women to do it.