Saturday, September 13, 2008

Her Candidacy is a Festering Insult

From a recent Bob Herbert editorial in the New York Times — "How is it that this woman could have been selected to be the vice presidential candidate on a major party ticket? How is it that so much of the mainstream media has dropped all pretense of seriousness to hop aboard the bandwagon and go along for the giddy ride? . . . John McCain, who is shameless about promoting himself as America’s ultimate patriot, put the best interests of the nation aside in making his incredibly reckless choice of a running mate."

Check the full piece here.

Also, in today's nytimes, this editorial, an even harder hitting condemnation of this joke/insult of a ticket. The shame of this entire episode isn't so much the hapless Governor. It's McCain, whose judgment has been reduced to a pure calculated insanity of the most insidious kind.


Liz said...

I really appreciated the NYT editorial, the second link. The Bob Herbert was certainly nice. But it was really nice - cathartic nice - to have a major newspaper come right out and use the word "absurd": "Her claim that she was quoting a completely unrelated comment by Lincoln was absurd." Of course this doesn't change people's sentiments about her, just entrenches them further, but it still was lovely to the utter disbelief vented and echoed.

For me as a women's college grad, a Seven Sisters grad of all places, it's really difficult not to respond very viscerally to this Sarah Palin circus. It's just so egregious. The threads on my alma mater's listserve have been very impassioned.

Tony Zeoli said...

I find it alarming that after 8 years of insulting the American public and taking this country down a path where the rich get richer, while people are losing their jobs and homes because of their poor choices on their watch, that Republicans can say "Sarah Palin" with a straight face.

Anonymous said...

Both commentaries were hilarious. It's such a joy to watch liberals all of a sudden pretend to care about experience. The more they point to Palin's record, the more obvious it is that Obama's record is even thinner.

Rod said...

While all the liberals pounce on Palin's supposed "failure" to speak properly on the "Bush Doctrine", it's perhaps worth noting that Charlie Gibson was the one who had it wrong, not Palin. There IS no single definition of "The Bush Doctrine", so the proper response was in fact "In what respect, Charlie?"
Nice try. But really, it just highlights how desperate you are to find fault, and ignore any fault of the Dems.

Raymond Leon Roker said...

First, glad you wrote--this blog can use some alternative views.

Yes, your comment's accurate, the Bush Doctrine has some alternative interpretations, but are you really defending her befuddled answer? Does the 'Bush Doctrine' really mean anything more important than as a framework for preemptive strike? Do you honestly believe she had a VP-qualified answer?

Ultimately, is there any solid demonstration of her nuanced understanding of the complex world stage? This is a woman who didn't have a passport until well into her 40s. Are you just posturing or do you truly have a defense/offense for this farce?

Rod said...

Hi Ray. Glad to liven up the discussion.

I just didn't see her response as befuddled. Gibson asked a question that assumed everyone had the same view of Bush that he and his friends have. Palin took the question on its face, which was vague. She asked for clarification, and Gibson tried to sound superior. I don't think it worked.
And of course it means more than just preemptive strike (or as Gibson said, "anticipatory defense"). Read this, for instance:

Ultimately, nothing will satisfy the opposition that Palin has a "nuanced understanding of the complex world", so she doesn't need to name-drop or talk about all the world leaders she has or hasn't met. What she needs to demonstrate are fundamental principles that show that she understands America's importance in the world, and the continuing threats against us. That's not complex.

Rod said...

And TONY, I hate to break it to ya, but even if Obama wins, the rich will get richer, and some people will lose their jobs and homes.
But if it makes you feel better, I'm sure you'll find a way to blame Republicans.