Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Quick! Backpeddle Now!!!

Palin: the gift that keeps on giving.

And you all wonder why I'm sticking to poetry these days.

6 comments:

John said...

The Log Cabin Republicans have released a statement saying Palin didn't mean homosexuality was a choice when she said her (possibly imaginary) lesbian friend "have made a choice that isn't a choice that I have made." Despite my criticisms of Obama's inexperience and lack of substance, this decision has increasingly become a no-brainer. I still have my doubts about how Obama might perform as president. But he had enough sense to not choose Sarah Palin as his Vice President. And that's good enough for me.

Bottom line. We've seen this Sarah Palin Show before. It starred George W. Bush as a dreamer who wanted every American to bring freedom to the Middle East. And pay for everything by putting on the credit card. We all know how that turned out. So, as we're nearing the series finale of this show's eight year run, I can say unequivocally that this network executive isn't interested in a spin-off.

North Dallas Thirty said...

Despite my criticisms of Obama's inexperience and lack of substance, this decision has increasingly become a no-brainer. I still have my doubts about how Obama might perform as president. But he had enough sense to not choose Sarah Palin as his Vice President. And that's good enough for me.


So, put differently, you're going to pick the ship captained by someone who you yourself criticize as inexperienced and lacking substance and who you yourself doubt can perform the job......because you don't like the other ship's second-in-command.

Or, in other words, rather than the probability of having an inexperienced and insubstantial captain who you doubt can even do the job, you're choosing the certainty of it.

What that makes pretty obvious is that you don't really think inexperience or lack of substance is bad, inasmuch as you support it in Obama. The difference is that you don't like Palin, so you just have to cook up reasons for why you support and endorse it in Obama.

John said...

Since the captain selects the first officer, a poor choice does reflect upon his or her judgment. Besides, this episode of pandering to the crowd isn't the only time we've seen "Politics First" lately. John McCain has been running against John McCain (circa 2000) since at least 2004.

And unless "I'll chase him to the gates of Hell" and "we'll defeat evil" can translate into meaningful legislation, McCain doesn't have much substance either.

But back to barracuda lipstick...

The Vice Presidential pick does matter. Obama may lack experience. And that's certainly not a positive. But the selection of Joe Biden as XO makes me feel much better than having Commander Palin - the brunette version of Ann Coulter - on the bridge. You know, the person who thinks Vladimir Putin's going to fly over Alaska bodily. And believes in witch-doctors. And argues that we're in Iraq to do "God's work." Because those heathen Arabs need to know that Jesus loves them.

Palin's a little more than "inxperienced and insubstantial." She's delusional and ignorant. I don't like her because she will screw everything up. Other than that, I'm sure she's a very nice lady

For the record, I wouldn't put her in command of a garbage scow.

North Dallas Thirty said...

Mhm....we have folks who state that politicians who claim they are doing "God's work" are delusional and ignorant, but seemingly don't care when said politician is Barack Obama.

Meanwhile folks are putting their faith in a constitutional law professor who doesn't know the Constitution, who is living so far in the past he thinks he's visiting restaurants that closed twenty-five years ago, and insists that a Pakistani missile with a range of 1,000 miles can hit Israel, which is over 2,000 miles from anywhere in Pakistan -- mainly in an attempt to argue that Iran having a nuclear weapon would not be a threat to Israel.

Pat said...

we have folks who state that politicians who claim they are doing "God's work" are delusional and ignorant

NDT, I don't like it when any politician mouths those words personally. Let's just say that it makes me more nervous when it's uttered by some people more than others, because of what they mean by doing "God's work."

One of the reason's McCain is doing as well as he is, is because he is trying to get away from the type of "God's work" that many GOP politicians had espoused. (Granted, he has pandered a little bit to keep the base.) People aren't getting the sense that McCain is pushing his faith in our face, just like Obama or Biden isn't. Maybe in time, Palin will be able to convince most of the electorate as well, by starting to be less vague in her answers. The problem is that it appears she is well-liked (except for the issue with her daughter) by many of those of the religious right who would favor a less secular nation.

John said...

To expand on Pat's comment, referencing "God's Work" in the context of "caring for the poor" is a little different than implying that the Almighty wants more war. One theological construct might lead to more taxes. While the other might get us all killed. Although they're both using Jesus for political purposes, which I disagree with, they're not arguing the same point. And it is irresponsible to suggest otherwise.

As for the "Biden is an old fart" argument, there's certainly evidence to support that. But I don't think McCain supporters want to do tit-for-tat in that arena. The technical details of a specific missle system aside, Biden seems to know that Iran is a Shi'a nation (and are therefore not allied with the Sunnis who consider them heretics). Which is more than we can say for another old man.

And your own link shows there's plenty of confusion over the nuclear capacity of Pakistan. Shaheen II - which they've currently deployed - has a range of 2,500 km (1,553 miles) fully loaded. It can carry one to three 150 to 300 kT nuclear warheads. They've also been developing the Shaheen III since 2002, which will (or perhaps already does) have a range of 4,000 to 4,500 km. And as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Biden might know something about Shaheen III we do not.