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September 04, 2008

I might not be blogging any more (No, really. I'm not.) but I can't stop reading.

Canada.com has McCain Grilled for choosing Palin, an article that includes:

Also highlighted was that Sarah Palin repeatedly laughed on air during a January radio interview as the host used words including "cancer" and "bitch" to describe one of her political opponents, a woman who happens to be a cancer survivor.

What charming behavior.

The Salt Lake Tribune's Rebecca Walsh says: "But I didn't make Palin's historic Republican candidacy about her indoor plumbing and what she decides to do with it; John McCain and evangelical voters did."

And while they're talking about her "executive experience," I wonder if they'll get around to this?

On the other hand, I'm confused. If you're going to tell lies while running for office, why not, you know, lie about something that will make you look more qualified? Why lie about being Miss Congeniality? Lie about something that matters.

Steve Benen gave us Jukebox John.

(Steve is all over being fabulous over at The Washington Monthly. Some great posts.) (Oh, just read everything posted on the site. It's all great.)

Is John McCain a crook? This all looks so very Whitewater, doesn't it?

And, last but not least, just when you're thinking that the lame-assed, lame-duck Bush Administration can't do much more harm? Consider the way they think of "terrorism" rather differently, depending on who the target is.

Dismissing a bunch of heavily armed drug users with a plan to murder Obama as pretty much harmless, while a mean letter to McCain is treated like a major event? How sad is that?

And equally, how sad that this isn't being made more of in the media. This kind of uneven-handed treatment of two USofA citizens says something about us. I just can't decide if it says something about Right vs. Left or something about race?

Work! I have to go work. Everyone stop being so interesting, at least until my lunch break.

Posted by AnneZook at 09:25 AM


That speech she gave last night? Sent me right to the Obama/Biden donation page.... That might well rank as one of the most undignified and unpleasant presentations in modern political history, right up there with Boris Yeltsin's drunken karaoke and Stockdale's debate performance.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 4, 2008 10:28 AM

Okay, now I'm curious, because this doesn't sound like any reaction I've read anywhere else! When I get home this evening, I'll have to look for a video of the thing.

Posted by: Anne at September 4, 2008 02:43 PM

I described it elsewhere as late-night stand-up meets demagogue meets that assistant principal who treats everyone like a delinquent except her "favorites" who can get away with anything.

The chattering classes loved it -- look, she can read! -- and "the base" thought it was fantastic. It was, nonetheless, vicious, untruthful and insubstantial.

Posted by: Ahistoricality at September 5, 2008 09:36 AM

Hi Anne, and welcome back. I didn't see you posting for some time.

You can see the entire Palin speech here:

It was one of the angriest, snarkiest, snottiest, and snide speeches I've heard since about junior high school. The right wing ate it up. I'm hopeful the "sensible center" rejected it.


Posted by: Dr Fallon at September 5, 2008 12:58 PM

Hello, Dr. Fallon! I'm not exactly "back" I don't think. :) Just--passing through.

Thanks for the link to the Palin speech. I'm bracing myself and getting ready to listen to it now.

Posted by: Anne at September 6, 2008 02:34 PM

Ahistoricality - That sounds like what I've read of her character. Her "favorites" can do no wrong, but everyone else is subject to almost any kind of mistreatment.

Posted by: Anne at September 6, 2008 02:35 PM