Friday, October 03, 2008

An intellectual carrot. The mind boggles.

About half way through the debate I had to put down the scotch I was drinking as I realized Palin was going to say the word "maverick" so much during the evening that I would be in no condition to go to work the next day if I kept up the drinking game I was playing.

Palin lied aggressively, seemed unaware of her own ignorance of specific senate votes she tried to call Biden/ Obama on, tried to turn practically every issue back to her "strong suit" of energy policy in Alaska, referred repeatedly to the Bush administration as "ancient history" and pretty much exceeded all expectations because she wasn't as horrible as she's been up to this point in interviews. Ain't democracy great?

Biden looked and sounded like a Vice President. Palin looked and sounded like the Assistant Manager at the local Krispy Kreme.

My throw-something-at-the-tv moment was during the debate but in the post-debate coverage on NBC which was flat out atrocious. Here the Republican strategy of working the refs paid off in spades as NBC anchors and guests spun the debate hard as a Palin win.

Cut to Brian Williams and Dan Rather who both quickly agreed Palin cleaned Biden's clock. Then to Peggy Noonan who claimed Palin "killed." Then to Geraldine Ferraro who called it a split but though Palin did great and couldn't remember Barack Obama's name. Then to three panelists, two of which thought Palin won with the third calling it a tie. Nice to know right wing bitching about NBC could so easily put them in the bag for their side.

Bottom line: I think many of us are tired of waking up in the morning and realizing we're quite a bit smarter than our President and Vice President. It's disconcerting. The last thing we need is John McCain and Sarah Palin to continue that proposition.


Randal Graves said...

I would be in no condition to go to work the next day

Exactly why you need to lobby your town to get public transportation.

The gulf between the two was staggering on an epic level. That said, she did much better at reciting talking points from memory than I would have assumed.

A shame that 'folksy charm' counts for the same amount of points as actually knowing stuff. Oh, well, that's Murka.

Ubermilf said...

In between her bouts of spewing forth words like a well-trained parrot, she was trying to FLIRT with Biden.

"You like Israel? I totally love them too!"

I know she winked a lot; I'm surprised she didn't twirl her hair around her finger, too.

Don Snabulus said...

I missed it. Now that I've read the aftermath, I am glad I missed. A filibuster by the MiniSnab prevented a Serenity viewing. We had to content ourselves with watching a Firefly episode with the commentary turned on (first time I've ever enjoyed that kind of feature).

okjimm said...

Gees, I think everyone had to drink to get through it!

Go Ducks!

enigma4ever said...

69 Million people were rendered unable to drive their remotes or their sofa after than ...ugh....

she said maverick - 19 shit...NINETEEN FUCKING TIMES....

great post...
I am just glad that we all survived...


ThoughtCriminal said...

Watch on C-Span and skip with pundit poop-fest.

Life As I Know It Now said...

watching it was murder. I finally turned it off the television and turned on the radio. At least then I could pay attention to the words they were saying and stop watching the flirting and other stupid shit going on. I think Biden did great but he was too nice to Palin. I guess he had to be because of all the working the refs done prior to make sure of it.

Anonymous said...

Joe Biden has never been my favorite Democrat so I was pleasantly surprised by his performance at the VP debate. I was reassured by his demeanor and his intelligence.

As for Palin, well, call me old fashioned but I don't think it's too much to ask that our candidates for President/Vice President have a stong command of the English language. In an hour and a half of debate on Thursday I heard Palin utter very few complete sentences. She mainly used disconnected phrases and words and the occasional wink.

pissed off patricia said...

I keep saying that every time Palin opens her mouth she makes me feel smarter.

Over the weekend she went from being a moose gun slinger to a total shit slinger. Her connecting of Obama with terrorism is pathetic and makes her look like a political whore.

Dean Wormer said...


Maybe I didn't word that well. I could get to work. I wouldn't survive once I got there. Those hangover thingies are awful.


Yeah, but if they hadn't nailed that parrot to the perch it would be pushing up daisies.


Alas, my ducks performed about how many expected. Pissed off USC team at USC didn't help.


CSPAN is the way to go if you aren't a masochist.


I think Biden did a good job of hammering McCain. Palin not so much in hammering Obama.


As for Palin, well, call me old fashioned but I don't think it's too much to ask that our candidates for President/Vice President have a stong command of the English language.

You elitist bastard.


Yeah, the terrorism thing is pathetic. It's also desperate. We're starting to see panic out of the McCain camp and I LOVE the smell of panic.

mwb said...

Heck, I've lowered standards enough thanks to Bush that I'll be grateful for a President that reads at an adult level.

Dean Wormer said...


Ha! Or can eat a pretzel without choking to death.

Dr. Zaius said...

I think that this post is an insult to carrots.