Palintology Lesson for Today
So, you say that, when it comes to foreign policy, Sarah Palin knows nothing?
Well, I say this: "You know Katie, Canada is between Alaska and the 48 states, and we share the maritime strip of the Arctic Ocean with Russia and I used to have a house in New York and, if John McCain wasn't born in the U.S. and Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim, I can't see why I am not fully qualified to be president, even if I was born in Canuckistan" Heh. (And yeah, you can try this at home, Kids!)
Meanwhile, over at Salon, Rebecca Traister has had it with the media pity party that's being thrown for Sarah Palin:
Sarah Palin is no wilting flower. She is a politician who took the national stage and sneered at the work of community activists. She boldly tries to pass off incuriosity and lassitude as regular-people qualities, thereby doing a disservice to all those Americans who also work two jobs and do not come from families that hand out passports and backpacking trips, yet still manage to pick up a paper and read about their government and seek out experience and knowledge.
When you stage a train wreck of this magnitude -- trying to pass one underqualified chick off as another highly qualified chick with the lame hope that no one will notice -- well, then, I don't feel bad for you.
When you treat women as your toys, as gullible and insensate pawns in your Big Fat Presidential Bid -- or in Palin's case, in your Big Fat Chance to Be the First Woman Vice President Thanks to All the Cracks Hillary Put in the Ceiling -- I don't feel bad for you.
When you don't take your own career and reputation seriously enough to pause before striding onto a national stage and lying about your record of opposing a Bridge to Nowhere or using your special-needs child to garner the support of Americans in need of healthcare reform you don't support, I don't feel bad for you.
When you don't have enough regard for your country or its politics to cram effectively for the test -- a test that helps determine whether or not you get to run that country and participate in its politics -- I don't feel bad for you.
When your project is reliant on gaining the support of women whose reproductive rights you would limit, whose access to birth control and sex education you would curtail, whose healthcare options you would decrease, whose civil liberties you would take away and whose children and husbands and brothers (and sisters and daughters and friends) you would send to war in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Russia and wherever else you saw fit without actually understanding international relations, I don't feel bad for you.
Because, you know, a question from a voter is just like "gotcha journalism.''
How on earth is a question asked by a completely sensible voter a "gotcha question?" Apparently now American voters are in the same boat as Maureen Dowd and numerous other "media elites" who shouldn't dare ask Palin about basic foreign policy. If you ask Palin a question you're apparently out to get her and her family too! This interview wasn't the only oddity of the day.
Sarah Palin's much-anticipated vice presidential debate with Joe Biden is this Thursday and her interviews with Couric have raised serious questions about what kind of performance she will deliver. McCain aides have reportedly said Palin was a disaster in practice debates. And in an odd change of pace, instead of playing the usual expectations game--McCain surrogates seem to be preemptively criticizing the questions that Gwen Ifill may choose to ask.
Because, you know, that will be more ''gotcha journalism.''
I don't know about you but, Thursday night, I'll be looking for an earpiece in Palin's earrings. I also look forward to the easy abs workout from the belly laughs.
UPPITY DATE: Won't you be my friend?