Ok, the media fast is over. I tried, but after I read this nonsense, I just couldn't take it no more.
Seriously, can we go ahead and do away with the charade that
Tina Fey Sarah Palin is somehow qualified to become President? The moment they let the Pitbull In Lipstick (her words, not mine) off the chain (aka: following a teleprompted speech written by Karl Rove), she comes out the yard (aka: media seclusion) and bites us with this stunner.
Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans."No, seriously. Even The President has since admitted that 9/11 and the Iraq war don't have any real tangible connection. But Mrs. Palin, who lives so close the Russia that Nikita Koloff is her pilates partner, obviously is about 7 years late in receiving that message.
The idea that the Iraqi government under Saddam Hussein helped al-Qaeda plan the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a view once promoted by Bush administration officials, has since been rejected even by the president himself. But it is widely agreed that militants allied with al-Qaeda have taken root in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion.
And this is who we want running the country in the unlikely event that a 72 year old with a history of battling cancer should meet his untimely demise?
Let's call this whole Palin/McCain 08' candidacy (yeah, I said it!) what it is: a sham.
When pressed to name one substantial area where John McCain differs with George W. Bush on one of those Sunday morning news shows last weekend (yeah, I cheated), McCain Ace-Boon-Coon Ricky Davis couldn't even fake it, and reverted back to that lazy "this campaign isn't about issues" BS. And I for once happen to agree with Davis: of course this ain't about issues, because if it were McCain would be getting his dusty clock cleaned.
But the GOP is so smart, they figured out a way to sidestep issues altogether, and make this campaign more about Palin than Obama in the process. Brilliant! Instead of being about gas prices, unemployment, the war, the housing market, education, crime, and vocoders, election 08' has somehow morphed into an indictment of American sexism.
Never mind the fact that McCain used the same term himself describing Hillary Clinton just last Fall.
So, Palin can call herself a pitbull in lipstick, but when Obama merely hints at the fact that The McCain policies are tantamount to putting lipstick on a pig (a spot-on analogy), suddenly Obama's a sexist who wants Palin barefoot, pregnant (again), and cooking Mooseburgers? Never mind that when the entire quote is listened to in context. Obama doesn't even remotely mention Palin, unlike McCain, who mentioned Hillary in the same sentence. And perpetual victims (riiiight) that they are, white women (and some men) flock to her defense, as if white women somehow aren't valued enough already in this country.
I'll admit it, I thought McCain was on the edge of dementia when he chose Palin as his running mate. And if you look at her qualifications, it would be hard to disagree with my assertion. But the GOP is so wily, and knows how to prey on the ignorance of Middle America soooo well, that they successfully flipped the script and turned this into an actual contest. They pulled the ultimate sleight of hand and somehow made this about "Government Reform", conveniently overlooking the fact that McCain's been part of that very Government for nearly 3 decades. Kudos for them.
Let's not get caught up in superficial nonsense. Just as in 04' when the GOP Swiftboated a man who had valiantly served his country at war, in favor of a man who ducked the draft, they're trying to run game on us yet again. I'll admit, Obama's milquetoast demeanor and lack of consistent fire is beginning to wear on me. He's more concerned with not losing than he is with winning, and he needs to switch his game up quickly. But when you're talking issues (and let's not get it twisted, we are talking issues, not pigs) as much disdain as I hold for the Democratic Party, they're on my side of the ledger more times than not where it matters.
Besides, what's the alternative? Lipstick on a pig? I'll pass.
Question: How will the GOP spin Palin's 9/11-Iraq comment? How in the hamsammich can soooo many Americans be soooo stupid?
Palin Links Iraq to Sept. 11 In Talk to Troops in Alaska [WashPost]