October 19, 2008

Palin for president

A Harry Truman (former haberdasher from Kansas City) for our times. And like Truman, the lady's got balls. Big ol' balls...Ooh, yuck. All I need to know is how hated and despised she is by both the liberal elite media as well as the liberal regular media. That's a good sign. 2012? Let's hope the United States of America (and the world) survives the Barack Obama era, 'cause, ready or not, it's coming!.....Yay?........(shiver)...


Michael Suzich said...

Hello Chris,

Palin: a self-made woman who didn't ride in (to the governorship) on someone else's coat tails, unlike Hillary (to the Senate/White House). From all those I've met that "hate" her, I have yet to get an intelligent response as to why... Had the same, identical woman (and identical beliefs) been presented with a Dem label, they would have worshiped her by the droves and claimed prejudice if the media (SNL included) so much as touched her in a negative light.

I'm hoping that four years will not be enough time to socialize our health care system and dilute our military.

Blueberry Muffin Queen (Jenn) said...

I love Palin. Seriously.

She is amazing. The media can dumb her down all they want, you can't change the facts.

And honestly, the more anti-Palin media I see, the cuter it all is. I adore her more for it all.

Chris said...

Yes, I don't understand the venomous hatred of her by the Democrats. And you are right, how sad that the "feminist movement" hasn't celebrated her. I guess she's too normal (like Truman).

Dominic said...

For what its worth the view from Europe is that this is not a person to be a heartbeat away from the Oval Office.

Whilst I can see the moon from my window it does not make me an astronaut.

Why do you think she has given NO press conferences.

The only explanation I can see is that its a dastardly plot by Dick "Duck and Cover" Cheney to make him look good.

Chris said...

Have vice-presidential candidates ever given press conferences?? They may - I just can't think of a specific time it's happened. And this is sort of my post's point - Harry Truman was similarly unprepared to follow FDR into office.

I know, Dominic - all of Europe loves Obama. No offense is intended here (the Europeans might turn out to be correct), but that has been a red flag for me! Would you want Americans selecting your national leaders?

Dominic said...


I'm not telling anyone how to vote. I am making the observation that Palin is so light-weight that she can't be trusted.

Europeans hold the US in high regard but the converse of this is that when you elected Bush twice we also have to put-up with the fall-out.



Michael Suzich said...

Back to the original post: I would like to suggest that we all take time to enjoy watching the film Truman (1995). It is a beautifully crafted film, with impeccable acting. Truman had an amazing talent for disguising his sharp political abilities with unpretentious rapport. Picked from obscurity, yet able to lead the rebuilding of post-war Europe.

Leigh said...

Jeez. I call Poe's Law.

For the record, we Democrats don't hate her. We just think she's dumb as a stump. And thank God for that, since she's too stupid to cover up her ethical miscues.

Now Rove, we hate. Sarah's just good comic value.

Chris said...

Slightly tongue-in-cheek, Leigh, and I have to be careful with which head (to be crude) I'm thinking. I'm glad Jenn chimed in, otherwise I'd be even less sure. But, just for the heck of it, can you give me an example of how she's "dumb" (other than the Katie Couric interview)?

For a minute, Michael, I thought you were referring to that Jim Carey movie! I'd forgotten about that Gary Sinese portrayal.

Leigh said...

Well, the Couric interview put the last nails in that coffin, of course.

But Charlie Gibson's interview on September 11 was filled with an equal number of Palinisms.

Her debate performance was ludicrous.

And who can forget her plaintive question at the beginning of this schemozzle: "As for that VP talk all the time, I'll tell you, I still can't answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day?" Apparently she's unaware that the VP serves as THE senior presidential adviser, a model established during the Carter administration and used ever since, notably by Darth Cheney.

I pity the woman. She's in way over her head.

Leigh said...

Leonard Pitts, Jr., said it far more eloquently than I can:

"Sarah Palin is one of us.

And by 'us,' I don't mean you, necessarily, or me. I mean the lowest common denominator us, the us of myth and narrative, the us of simple mind, the reactionary, ill-informed, impatient with complexity, utterly shallow us.

You think that's mean? Go back and look at the Katie Couric interviews again. Or the Charlie Gibson interview. I don't know about you, but I want a vice president who can identify Supreme Court rulings she disagrees with. Or define the Bush Doctrine. Or name a newspaper. Or -- heck, I'm not picky -- construct an intelligible English language sentence."

Leigh said...

The rest of Leonard's commentary on Sarah Palin is here:


Chris said...

Well, Leigh, she can be no worse (intellectually) than Reagan, and he is (I believe) increasingly considered to have been one of our "great" presidents.

And I return to my Truman comparison - great presidents are sometimes made once they are in office.

Leigh said...

You may be right, Chris. But I certainly hope we won't find out this time around!

I don't think history will be so kind to Reagan. The seeds of our current economic crisis were sown during his administration.

Chris said...

Leigh, I agree. I certainly hope Barack Obama will turn out to be the right man at the right time.

I think it could be argued the seeds of our current economic collapse were partly sown during the FDR administration!

Blognor Regis said...

model established during the Carter administration

Cor! A whole thirty years of tradition!

To me, her opponents reaction to Sarah Palin is not unlike that towards Mrs Thatcher. They sneered wildly at her humble background and her working her her way up, oh and of course, by being a woman who didn't conform to their type casting, despite their claiming to be all for "that sort of thing".

Blognor Regis said...

Harry Truman was similarly unprepared to follow FDR into office.

Truman was completely unaware of the Manhattan Project before he was President. I find that amazing. Stalin probably knew more about it than the VP.

Chris said...

I'd have never thought of comparing Palin to Lady Thatcher, but the criticism is similar, blognor.

And you're probably right about what Stalin knew. He no doubt held Truman is low regards! I've seen newsreel footage of Truman around that time, and he looks like a deer caught in headlights.

Leigh said...

Yes, a whole thirty years of tradition, encompassing the entirety of Sarah Palin's political career.

Folks, I've been a feminist since the fourth grade. Do you seriously imagine that I would reject a qualified female candidate out of hand because her background is "humble" or because she worked her way up? (Hell, MY background is humble.)

On the contrary, I reject her because she DIDN'T work her way up. She was plucked out of obscurity solely because she's an attractive female evangelical. That's a slap in the face to every qualified female Republican politician in the country.

Blognor Regis said...

Sorry, but an appeal to tradition requires a time span of greater than 30 years. 30 years is a passing fad not a stone setting period. And, besides, isn't the VP's main job being the speaker of the Senate, rather than some glorified advisor?

I've been a feminist since the fourth grade. And recall Cherie Blair once claiming to have been a member of the Labour Party since she was 16 as if that was an axiomatic good thing. I remember thinking at the time how odd a claim that was, I should hope I'd matured somewhat since I was 16. Anyway...

It sounds like you'd approve of Palin if she were a hag? Or how about if she were an obscure governor from an out of the way place like, erm, Arkansas? Due to its location (apparently you can see Russia from there!) the Alaska Gov is privy to more security info and has a higher clearance than senators; ergo she's got more national security experience than Obama and, possibly, but he's been around so long he's probably served on various committees, Biden combined. Is that really obscurity?

Leigh said...

"It sounds like you'd approve of Palin if she were a hag?" Don't be ridiculous. That's a deliberate distortion of what I said. An ugly evangelical would not have been chosen by the Neocons to sweeten their ticket. Nor would a seasoned politician like Olympia Snowe or Kay Bailey Hutchison; they wouldn't get out the evangelical base.

I think McCain made a big mistake in passing over Mike Huckabee. Mike is a genuinely attractive person with a good record. He undoubtedly would have appealed to the Religious Right wing of the party. McCain's notion of co-opting female voters via Palin was a disaster, as all polls indicate.

And yes, being a feminist for well over forty years is indeed a good thing.

Trying to defend Palin on the merits is ill-advised, as the many conservatives who have rejected the ticket because of her have acknowledged.

I'm addressing issues; you're attacking me. That strategy isn't working for McCain. Do you think it serves you any better?

Blognor Regis said...

Darth Cheney? Neocons?

Yup, keep sticking to those issues. :-)

Leigh said...

I'm not going to clutter up Chris's blog with any more of this nonsense. I doubt very much he was trying to spark a dogfight in this space, and out of respect for him, I'm calling a unilateral halt.

By the way, Regnor, I've finally noticed that you're a Brit. That may be why you're unaware that "Neocon" is not a slur or slight. Irving Kristol himself embraced the term.

I'll give you "Darth Cheney" -- indeed, I wish you'd take him and his criminal mischief far, far away.

Leigh said...

Sorry, I seem to have mashed up your screen name. It's Blognor Regis, of course.

patrick said...

If Palin runs for President in 2012, at least she has name recognition going for her... but, at this point, that may not work in her favor