"Who in the what now?" I hear you thinking. "Joe the---oh, you mean this guy?"
No: Joe. JOE WURZELBACHER. Joe the Plumber? McCain's pal? Remember him? Sure you do. Big block-headed guy---claims to be a plumber--- summoned up out of obscurity by McCain during one of the debates? Nothing?
Man, Palin and her people don't give the political comics and satirists a chance, do they? They're out there in the ring all the time, in clown make-up, orange wigs, and comical two-foot long shoes, falling off bitty little bicycles, sitting down on whoopee cushions, falling off the tight ropes, dancing with pink French poodles with ruffles round their necks, and using the safety net as their personal trampoline.
by Blue Stockings | First, check out his opinion piece at Politico, where he mentions her along with other "quiet" GOP reformers busily enforcing those ends-in-themselves for the unreflecting "thinkers" of the GOP, small government and lower taxes.
I am struck by how many of my colleagues around the country were quietly
advancing the kinds of reforms and conservative principles that
Washington politicians would do well to emulate.
by Blue Stockings | I can't stand Sarah Palin, but the squeamishness over Turkeygate doesn't sit well with me. I said why here, but IOZ says it better. Thanksgiving Day seems like the right time to make this point.
by Blue Stockings | Palin is interviewed. Turkeys are slaughtered in the background. I'm just not sure how to interpret that. Or rather, I can't improve on HuffPost.
Some videos you just have to see to believe. On Thursday, Alaska Governor Sarah Palin appeared in Wasilla in order to pardon a local turkey in anticipation of Thanksgiving. This proved to be a slightly absurd but ultimately unremarkable event. But what came next was positively surreal. After the pardon Palin proceeded to do an interview with a local TV station while the turkeys were being SLAUGHTERED in the background!! Seemingly oblivious to the gruesomeness going on over her shoulder, she carries on talking for over three minutes. Watch the video below to see for yourself. Be warned, it's kind of gruesome.
Yeah, it is. But maybe it will do people good to see where their food comes from?
by Blue | The other governors present barely got a look-in, and great was the barely-concealed sullenness as a result.
She is so going to be their party's next presidential nominee. Princess Sparkle Pony has an excellent picture of them all looking disgruntled.
Ms. Palin directed most of her media criticism at liberal bloggers,
whom she twice called, “those bloggers in their parents’ basement just
After reeling off a list the credentials of liberalism's most formidable, Hamsher asks:
How would Sarah feel if someone called her an ignorant, freeloading bubble headed piece of trailer park trash whose daddy told the AP she spent the weekend scrambling to return her stolen clothes to the RNC?
Less than a week after she and John McCain lost their bid for the White House, a combative Sarah Palin on Monday night launched a full-scale media blitz that strongly suggests she's already on to Plan B...
by Nicholas | OMFG!! It looks as though John McCain’s dignified concession speech is about as good as it gets as far as the Republicans are concerned. Of course, any losing side in an election will hold an inquest, examine where its weaknesses were and generally make plans to do better next time. One or two sacrificial heads may roll -- that is to be expected -- but in general it’s always a good thing to keep recriminations as restrained as possible
Things in the Republican camp may be a bit more vigorous than that right now. If we are to believe what we read and hear (And why shouldn’t we? The meltdown is delicious!) there is a vast build-up of latent hostility between the McCain camp and the Palin camp that is about erupt into a bout of name calling , finger pointing and backstabbing . And Sarah herself it seems, is not the adorable bimbo everyone thought she was. Okay, she was a bimbo, but not adorable (Well, some people thought she was adorable. I always found her repulsive). We all know that she had no idea what the function of the Vice President is, and that she seemed to think that the First Amendment existed to protect her from the probing questions of reporters. Now it appears that she didn’t know which countries were included in NAFTA. And she thought that Africa was a country, not an entire continent. Yes, she could always be advised about these facts but surely, someone who wanted to understudy the presidency, who has reached the age of 44 and who has been through university, should already know these things. These aren’t arcane details of something outside the mainstream -- these are essential facts.
Have a look at this page from the Huffington Post and make sure you play the clip from The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News network, which isn’t exactly known for its love of the Democrats. Tantrums? Paper throwing? Making her staff weep? So much for adorable. America had a narrow escape last Tuesday.
Three days until the election, in arguably the biggest and most important swing state, Republicans held a rally and forgot to highlight their presidential nominee.
Uh...oops? CNN [via Memeorandum] on a Palin rally in Polk City, Florida.
[O]n closer inspection, the GOP nominee’s name was literally nowhere to be
found on any of the official campaign signage distributed to supporters
at the event.
[M]embers of the audience proudly waved “Country First” placards as
Palin delivered her stump speech. Those signs were paid for by the
Republican National Committee.
The other sign handed out to supporters read “Florida is Palin
Country,” but those signs were neither paid for by the Republican
National Committee nor the McCain campaign.
by Blue Stockings | It's really just more of what---incredibly---we've become used to. According to The New York Times Caucus, McCain and Palin can count on the voters who hate Muslim-Americans (which, of course, Barack Obama is not). How edifying:
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. – “John McCain! Not Hussein!”
So goes the latest popular chant on the campaign trail with Gov.
Sarah Palin, demonstrated at a morning rally in central Florida...
A similar chant, “Vote McCain, not Hussein,” was heard at a
campaign event for Ms. Palin in Williamsport, Pa., earlier this week.
Senator Barack Obama’s middle name is Hussein, a fact that some of
his opponents say proves that he is a Muslim. Mr. Obama is, in fact, a
by Teh Nutroots | Deb C at our sister blog some time ago compared McCain and Obama to Elmer and Bugs. In fact she has been calling wingnuts "Elmers" for the last couple of years. They keep doing the same thing harder, even when it's clear it ain't working. Maybe they are all insane and it wasn't as obvious when everything was going their way. I guess it's an analogy that's occurred to a lot of us.
Presented for your consideration: The Corner at NRO.
Anyway I gotcher snark o' the day right here.
after poll and focus group after focus group reveal that not only have
attacks on Obama's character turned off those vital on-the-fence
independents, but they may be the single biggest reason that the
campaign has squandered what was a close race not that many weeks ago
and is not making headway in the voter-rich Philadelphia 'burbs where
voters are far more concerned about the economy.
there they were referring to Obama as "an old-fashioned liberal" who
would be "redistributionist in chief" if elected, would "lose the war"
in Iraq and, horror of horrors, is "interrupting the World Series for
Yep. While everyone else is gritting their teeth to stiffen the upper lip against the daily assault of bad economic news, they're jumping up and down at Toon Town rallies, scarlet faced and spluttering, "You Wascally Wabbit!" or swearing incoherently while firing their tiny, ineffectual guns. The overgrown kids constituting the 24 percenters--who are the only people who show up for McCain/Palin rallies--laugh uproariously, stomp their feet, and applaud. They're the kids who identified with Elmer and Yosemite Sam.
Meanwhile, Bugs has calmly wandered off the screen and is busy elsewhere. Win, lose, or draw, he's not going anywhere.
This is how come any moderate Republicans or on-the-fence independents out there who are still on the fence and are leaning McCain-ward ought to be very, very nervous.
We've had eight years of an administration that's exploited the anger and fear of the nation's least rational (i.e., "the base") and proved over and over again that when that doesn't work, all they know how to do is to splutter and jump up and down.
Ask yourself this: Do we need four more years of President Elmer and VP Yosemite Sam?
Oh Cecilia, bless your heart. We have only been at this for two years, sweetheart. There were over
40 debates during the primaries and most recently we have had three
Presidential debates and one Vice Presidential debate. Honey, I trust
you can read. Please do because this is important. And I am not
trying to be mean or dismissive...
by Blue Stockings |DDay: "Sarah Palin, proving that even local interviewers can make her look bad."
Christ, couldn't someone have taken her gently aside and read the Constitution to her by this time? Though I get the impression that with Palin, it wouldn't help much: facts that aren't compatible with her preconceptions probably slip right out of her consciousness again...or such is my preconception. As Senate majority leader Harry Reid told Think Progress, this is the second time she's said it. "While the Vice President presides over the Senate, he or she is not in charge of it," he amplified. (Think Progress)
Civics is hard!
Yesterday, Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) sat for an interview
with KUSA, an NBC affiliate in Colorado. In response to a question sent
to the network by a third grader at a local elementary school about
what the Vice President does, Palin erroneously argued that the Vice
President is “in charge of the United States Senate“:
Q: Brandon Garcia wants to know, “What does the Vice President do?”
PALIN: That’s something that Piper would ask me! … [T]hey’re
in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in
there with the senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will
make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom. (Think Progress; emphasis in original)
Hilarious. Obviously, Palin didn't give Piper a chance to explain it.