Sarah Barracuda

Sarah Palin

I’ve been meaning to post an entry on Sarah Palin, but honestly: I do not know where to begin.

I’m not American and so strictly speaking this is none of my business, but let me just tell you this: if you’re going to vote the McCain/Palin ticket into office, you, Sir, Madam, will be scaring the shit out of the rest of the civilized world.

61 Responses to “Sarah Barracuda”

  1. Geoff says:

    As an American who values what the rest of the world thinks of us and what America’s action (and non action) to certain things can mean to the rest of the world. Feel confident in knowing that the bricks I parked in the toilet this morning after a hard night of drinking have a better chance of getting my vote than this double dose (McCain/Palin) of bat shit insane

    I can only hope the rest of the country feels the same…….

  2. Geoff says:

    Oh yeah, almost forgot

    “I’m Geoff and I approve this message”

  3. another American voter says:

    I agree, but never underestimate the party that brought us Nixon, Reagan, the Bushes, et al. Their people are still running things, and they know how to win, buy, and/or rig elections; whatever it takes!
    That’s why they won’t allow Palin to be interviewed.

  4. Bob Again says:

    Lookin’ for a leader? Look out world…

  5. jonnybutter says:

    I’m an American, and if enough people vote for these two – McCain and Palin – for them to win the election, I give up on this country. I fucking GIVE UP. I could never quite bring myself to be as cynical about the US as Frank seemed to be, but after these last dark years, for somebody who is actually worse than Bush in some ways to win the presidency because enough voters find a horrible, frightening bitch like this *appealing* is just the end. BTW, this is a VERY ambitious politician (Palin) and even if the old geezer loses, he has irreversably polluted the country with this woman’s recurrence.

    Thanks Senator Asswipe,

  6. Skip Smith says:

    Please, please, please take down the photo (the whole post even?). This is one of the few places I can go to get away from the bullshit I’m stuck dealing with everywhere else. I want nothing more than to just do my thing and not hear any of this, vote in November, and hope Obama wins it and can change things enough that I can just go about my business and take for granted that the fate of the US is in relatively safe hands again.

  7. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    Please, please, please take down the photo (the whole post even?). This is one of the few places I can go to get away from the bullshit I’m stuck dealing with everywhere else.

    I fully understand your sentiment Skip — I hate politics as much as the next guy — but I really needed to vent how I feel about this woman. She’s a potential disaster in the making. On a global scale.

  8. Skip Smith says:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    I fully understand your sentiment Skip — I hate politics as much as the next guy — but I really needed to vent how I feel about this woman. She’s a potential disaster in the making. On a global scale.

    That’s certainly not lost on me. Here I was feeling as warm and fuzzy as possible given the last 8 years in the cocoon of ‘at least it can’t possibly get any worse than Bush,’ and ta-da, along comes the real potential of something much more heinous.

    Existential angst is an understatement; it seems impossible to do anything constructive about any of it aside from voting. Its scale is just overwhelming, and when you surround yourself as I do with like-minded people, complaining about it seems counterproductive at best. Hence the attempts at escape and avoidance.

    I had never wanted to have kids because it always seemed to me that this globe of ours was already way too populated. Then it occurred to my wife and me that there just weren’t enough cool people in the world, and why should we suffer for other peoples’ irresponsibility or limited perspective. Our son is now 6 months old. You wouldn’t believe how much energy it takes to stay positive for that little guy. Here’s hoping November brings some much-needed relief.

    In the meantime, I’m glad there are places like KillUglyRadio where I can escape at least a little bit (usually).

  9. Donan says:

    Anybody seen Zeitgeist The Movie? (check it out! Religion,9/11 and Bankkartels and 1 government, seems sort of appropriate on 9-11)
    Well it raises a few questions about on how America really works… I’m not saying that the film is totally correct, but at least its interesting and makes you wonder. But hey, McCain/Palin are sure not on my list. I’m not American, but I do care if the world is going down… Hope for the best.
    I agree with you Barry.

  10. Virgil Proudfoot says:

    Most Americans live in a fantasy world made up of images from old movies. Sarah Palin is a symbol of the bold, powerful frontier white woman who suckled a newborn with one hand while shootin’ Injuns with the other.

    The image precedes rationality. That’s why the Republicans usually win the presidency, despite the awful results that follow the elections, again and again.

  11. urbangraffito says:

    Golly!!!Aint she purdy, Barry!!!And to think when and if McCain keels over in the awfal office, she’ll be the most powerful person in the free world…And whose the alternative, Barry? Obama? Change for change sake? What a wonderful time to be an anarchist!!!

    P.S. As you know, the Canadian Federal Elections are in full swing here in the Great White North…what kind of choice is there when there is no choice whatsoever?

  12. Jeroen says:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    I had never wanted to have kids because it always seemed to me that this globe of ours was already way too populated. Then it occurred to my wife and me that there just weren’t enough cool people in the world, and why should we suffer for other peoples’ irresponsibility or limited perspective. Our son is now 6 months old. You wouldn’t believe how much energy it takes to stay positive for that little guy. Here’s hoping November brings some much-needed relief.

    That sounds familiar (even if she’s a girl and just turned 7).
    The fear that my daughter will be overwhelmed by the lunacy of the ‘normal’ world is never far from my mind. The responsibility is enormous, the chances to succeed are uncertain … but looking at the really cool people I meet every now and then, makes the effort worth working for.

    She’s a doll!

  13. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Jeroen:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    I had never wanted to have kids because it always seemed to me that this globe of ours was already way too populated. Then it occurred to my wife and me that there just weren’t enough cool people in the world, and why should we suffer for other peoples’ irresponsibility or limited perspective. Our son is now 6 months old. You wouldn’t believe how much energy it takes to stay positive for that little guy. Here’s hoping November brings some much-needed relief.

    That sounds familiar (even if she’s a girl and just turned 7).
    The fear that my daughter will be overwhelmed by the lunacy of the ‘normal’ world is never far from my mind. The responsibility is enormous, the chances to succeed are uncertain … but looking at the really cool people I meet every now and then, makes the effort worth working for.

    She’s a doll!

    My son turned 20 this year. I never had any qualms about having children. As I have told him many times, he is my best revenge on the future.

  14. Stefan says:

    “Palin has also opposed a state initiative that would have banned metal mines from discharging pollution into salmon streams.” And I just saw a newspaper photo of her fishing salmon… and the woman has a retarded baby. CONNECT THE DOTS, WOMAN.

    By the way, you Europeans might not fully understand the glories of the American political system what with all your fancy-schmancy “multiparty democracy” and “proportional representation,” but the Democrats are equally responsible for the disaster that is America today. The small group of extremists in the White House couldn’t have fucked things up THIS MUCH without the help of a complacent Congress that’s afraid to impeach (even though at least 45% of Americans have been polled as supporting it). And the Republicans, despite the fact that their membership is slightly smaller, will continue to have the upper hand: the more militaristic party will always have an advantage in a system where the military-industrial complex controls the terms of the debate and the less militaristic party is too afraid to challenge those terms.

    And every four years the Democrats try to convince us not to “throw our votes away” on third parties, as if I have anything to show for all the times I voted for Democrats. Sure, there are differences between the two major parties — but “vote for a candidate who supports illegal government wiretapping and continuation of an illegal foreign occupation for God knows how long, or you’ll end up with a Supreme Court that bans books, not to mention abortion” is still NOT A REAL CHOICE.

  15. moggio's moldy Oreos says:

    Palin and the idiocy that spawned her has nothing to do with about 60% of the country, and nearly 0% to do with the people who pay taxes. She and her Stepford followers horrify us as much as they do you. If you want someone to blame, lay it at the feet of our government and their masters, multinational corporations. And, that machinery got put into place before my grandmother was born. Not an excuse, but a statement of fact. There is no democracy here and there is only the barest tiniest shred of hope for the human race at the moment. But, thank god the media here is focusing on her supposed sex appeal and not the life or death issues the world faces!!

    I both want to live elsewhere but also don’t want to, because I have a job here and lots of stuff that would wipe out my savings to try to move with. But, trying to move and live in a more sane culture is looking more and more appealing the older I get! Perhaps my plan to retire in SE Asia or S. America needs to be accellerated?! Good grief this country is f*ed up.

  16. Kevin Hoover says:

    Again, as many of us have wondered over the last eight years, just imagine what Frank would be coming up with, given this kind of source material.

  17. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    Stefan, I agree with what you’re saying but this:

    A quote from Stefan:

    …and the woman has a retarded baby. CONNECT THE DOTS, WOMAN.

    is a bit of a cheap shot, don’t you think?

    A quote from Kevin Hoover:

    Again, as many of us have wondered over the last eight years, just imagine what Frank would be coming up with, given this kind of source material.

    I was thinking the exact same thing.

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    I had never wanted to have kids because it always seemed to me that this globe of ours was already way too populated. Then it occurred to my wife and me that there just weren’t enough cool people in the world, and why should we suffer for other peoples’ irresponsibility or limited perspective. Our son is now 6 months old. You wouldn’t believe how much energy it takes to stay positive for that little guy.

    Congratulations! The kid’s got cool parents, he’ll grow up to be a cool adult — no doubt.

  18. another American voter says:

    Check out some of the FZ interviews in the early & mid 80′s. He was referring to Reagan & Bush the 1st, but he pretty accurately predicted what we’ve got today.

  19. jonnybutter says:

    The choice between not so great and horrible is still a choice, and it is really stupid to pretend that it doesn’t matter who wins elections. Grow up. I have no illusions about the so-called ‘left’ in the US, but try to wrap your head around this simple truth: things can always be worse. You almost never get the choice between good and evil, in politics or anything else. It’s usually between bad and worse – in this case, MUCH worse.

    Yes, Frank predicted all this stuff many years ago – arguably, beginning in the 60s with ‘Agency Man’ (a song in which Reagan makes an appearance).

  20. Jeroen says:

    In the Dutch Zappa documentary of the Flo&Eddy era the interviewer asks Frank about his ideas on the political situation in the US.
    His answer is, unfortunately, still one of the Frank quotes I have to use the most: “Well, it changed. It got worse.”

  21. mike says:

    to folks who are thinking about voting 3rd party, do you really think there was no difference between Bush and Gore. Would we be where we are today if Gore was elected?…. As far as Palin goes, she’s a right wing wack job in a dress, nuff said. CBS had a nice article on the Palin Farce: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/09/09/opinion/main4431591.shtml

  22. Virgil Proudfoot says:

    If you live in a state where one of the presidential candidates is polling in double digits above the other one, then, thanks to the magic of the Electoral College, your vote for one or the other of these guys is meaningless. I live in Tennessee, where McCain is polling 12-15 percentage points above Obama, so I’ll vote for Cynthia McKinney on the Green Party ticket. McKinney supports single-payer universal health care, ending the Iraq fiasco, and the impeachment of George W. Bush. In Europe, McKinney would be considered a moderate liberal; in the U.S., she’s considered a looney lefty.

  23. Geoff says:

    Just the other day I overheard my boss tell someone on the phone, and I quote verbatim, “it would be a shame if Obama got elected president because he would be sworn in on the arab bible”

    ….holy freaking shit…..

  24. Stefan says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    a bit of a cheap shot, don’t you think?

    Yeah, I admit it is, and I should be clear that anyone raising a child with a disability has my respect. But my point is, someone in a position to make policy, especially environmental policy, had better realize that her positions have consequences.

    There was a Nicholas Kristof article in the New York Times several months ago (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/opinion/25kristof.html) about the environment in China that included this tidbit:

    A quote from Stefan:

    Badui is known locally as the “village of dunces.” That’s because of the large number of mentally retarded people here — as well as the profusion of birth defects, skin rashes and physical deformities. Residents are sure that the problems result from a nearby fertilizer factory dumping effluent that taints their drinking water.

    “Even if you’re afraid, you have to drink,” said Zhou Genger, the mother of a 15-year-old girl who is mentally retarded and has a hunchback. The girl, Kong Dongmei, mumbled unintelligibly, and Ms. Zhou said she had never been able to speak clearly.

    Ms. Zhou pulled up the back of her daughter’s shirt, revealing a twisted, disfiguring mass of bones.

    So yeah, cheap shot, but I must articulate my extreme disappointment at the nomination of a woman who claims to represent special-needs parents, but whose willful ignorance of science and refusal to regulate large corporations will certainly lead to more (preventably) disabled children if she’s elected.

  25. Stefan says:

    A quote from jonnybutter:

    The choice between not so great and horrible is still a choice

    Absolutely, but the problem is that the corporate elites in America aren’t afraid to take their money and support elsewhere when one of the two major candidates doesn’t kowtow to them. But if your only stipulation is that Obama stay to the left of McCain, the Democrats will continue to take your vote for granted. Which they’ve been doing since 2006, which is the real disaster in America. Because by taking impeachment “off the table,” they’re effectively legalizing everything Bush has done to shred the Constitution — all because they know the people in America who care about the rule of law are too terrified to take their votes elsewhere. And when neither major party is willing to discuss the fact that the US has the largest military budget and the largest prison population in the world, voting for a third party can be almost as morally imperative as it was in the mid-19th century, when neither major party would recognize women or blacks as equal to white men.

    Ultimately, however, our best options to end this good-cop/bad-cop routine are advocating for Switzerland-style direct democracy (http://ni4d.us/), alternatives to simple plurality voting, and shortest-splitline districting to preclude gerrymandering. Which are pretty tough sells in a country that can’t even count the votes right.

  26. another American voter says:

    The 2 problems with impeaching Bush are that there’s not enough time left to do it, and look who that leaves! (Besides that, he’d have to come out of his undisclosed location.)

  27. Stefan says:

    Yeah, they’d have to do Cheney too. And maybe there’s not enough time to convict, but impeachment still has value because merely starting the process of impeachment eliminates the possibility of blanket presidential pardons for wrongdoing by administration officials (see Article II of the Constitution). So it could still be useful in keeping some of Bush’s underlings accountable to criminal investigations down the road. And there’s also no executive privilege in impeachment cases, which makes it very valuable in a case where the administration has stonewalled every other attempt by Congress to find the truth.

  28. zappa220 says:

    It’s seems that almost all of you are driven to your opinion / vote by hatred of the status quo in power at the moment. Truthfully, there are probably only a handful of people here at home who are satisfied with what has taken place in the last 8 years, including myself. But….If you think she’s scary. Well, you haven’t been paying attention to the community organizer. Be careful what you wish for. Oh and by the way Frank did say this in the 80’s…
    “Les’ face it, peoples! Ugly as I mights be, I AM YO’ FUTCHUM!”

  29. Kevin Hoover says:

    The entire situation is summarized at 2:50–2:53 in Rhymin’ Man.

  30. jonnybutter says:

    impeachment still has value because merely starting the process of impeachment eliminates the possibility of blanket presidential pardons for wrongdoing by administration officials

    Stefan is absolutely right. One idea I’ve heard is to impeach them after the election. Not going to happen, but that’s what should happen (well, what *should* have happened was that they were impeached and convicted already by now).

    But….If you think she’s scary. Well, you haven’t been paying attention to the community organizer. Be careful what you wish for. Oh and by the way Frank did say this in the 80’s…
    “Les’ face it, peoples! Ugly as I mights be, I AM YO’ FUTCHUM!”

    What’s your point? You think community organizing is scary? You think Obama is Thing Fish?

    Libertarians are full of shit. Their whole politics is imaginary.

  31. Alex says:

    I can say that for the American conservative movement, there are two fine divisions: the slimeball businessmen like Mitt Romney, “Dubya”, and Giuliani, and then the “values” voters. That is to say the queer-hatin’, gun-totin’, abstinence-only sex education Christian wackos. Given that her husband works for BP oil and the fact that her 17 year old daughter has already had herself a fancy shotgun wedding (making Gov. Palin a 44 year old grandmother)…I have to say she is straddling the line between the two. Though her rant on some interview about how we’re up against “Islamic terrorists who are Hell-bent on destroying this country” certainly reminded me of the uneducated soccer moms that litter my all-too-conservative home state of Indiana.

    Also, this wench is under investigation for various scandals, but dammit if CNN isn’t harping about how tough it is to be a dedicated mother of five…and yet she jumped for the position that would make her a heartbeat away from the highest office in the land? (Bearing in mind that McCain is an old, feeble-minded coot who is just now latching on to this Internet fad and doesn’t know how many houses he owns, in a time where more than a few Americans are finding themselves facing foreclosure.)

    Quoth the master: “If there is a Hell, its flames wait for them, not us.”

    One last thing: this bitch is pro-censorship, asking the head librarian whilst mayor of Wasilla, Alaska how she could go about having books banned.

    So, in the event McPalin is elected, we will see public book burnings of “controversial” literature to commemorate our declaration of war with Iran.

    What am I saying? I couldn’t be more wrong. This woman will be a fantastic leader. RISE FOR THE FLAG SALUTE.

  32. Alex says:

    Also, so much for my being succinct on the matter.

  33. Skip Smith says:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    It’s seems that almost all of you are driven to your opinion / vote by hatred of the status quo in power at the moment. Truthfully, there are probably only a handful of people here at home who are satisfied with what has taken place in the last 8 years, including myself. But….If you think she’s scary. Well, you haven’t been paying attention to the community organizer. Be careful what you wish for. Oh and by the way Frank did say this in the 80’s…
    “Les’ face it, peoples! Ugly as I mights be, I AM YO’ FUTCHUM!”

    Curious. How can you enjoy Zappa and at the same time support a party that condones censorship and actively seeks to diminish the rights and freedoms of the individual?

    Also, does the word satire mean anything to you?

  34. Skip Smith says:

    I do believe I’m doing something wrong with the ‘quote selected text’ feature. The above should have stated that it’s a quote from zappa220. But hey, at least I can use a computer and e-mail (though I fear that may lead to a revocation of my maverick credentials).

  35. Virgil Proudfoot says:

    Frank on Sarah?

    Perhaps its their idea
    Of an affirmative action plan
    To give white trash a special break;
    Well, they took those jeezo-bucks and ran
    To the bank! to the bank! to the bank! to the bank!
    And every night we can hear them thank
    Their buddy, up above
    For sending down his love
    (while you all smell the glove)

    . . .

    Conviced they are the chosen ones –
    And all their parents carry guns,
    And hold them cards in the n.r.a.
    (with their fingers on the triggers
    When they kneel and pray)

    With a ku-klux muu-muu
    In the back of the truck,
    If you aint born again,
    They wanna mess you up, screamin:
    no abortion, no-siree!
    lifes too precious, cant you see!
    (whats that hangin from the neighbors tree?
    Why, it looks like colored folks to me –

  36. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Skip Smith:

    I do believe I’m doing something wrong with the ‘quote selected text’ feature. The above should have stated that it’s a quote from zappa220.

    Skip: whenever you want to quote another person who previously wrote a comment in any given thread: just click the “Quote” link next to that comment. “Quote selected text” (that link right above the comment box) is to be used only when you want to quote something that resides outside of the comments — be it an external article on the web, or the OP.

  37. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    I’m not sold on the Palin “Action Figures”.
    But a life-size Blow-Up doll? THAT has sales potential!
    Sing with me kids:

    I gotta Veep with a big-ol’ rubber head;
    Rinse her out every night just before I go to bed;
    She’s down with censorship, just like Cheney might do;
    And she looks like she likes it every time I get screwed.
    And her name is P – A- L – I – N…

  38. metafunj says:

    I have a choice between the man who wants to “bomb bomb Iran” and and the guy who thinks it ok to suck babies brains out through tubes and also was a christian wacko until he denied his church after attending services there 15 years. Where have all the sane ppl gone?

  39. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from metafunj:

    … and the guy who thinks it ok to suck babies brains out through tubes and also was a christian wacko until he denied his church after attending services there 15 years.

    What 50s science-fiction movie do you live in exactly? Christ on a bike!

  40. Kevin Hoover says:

    Hey look!

    Pharyngula, a leading science blog, is onto Frank:

    http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2008/09/he_was_psychic_i_tell_you.php

  41. urbangraffito says:

    If Frank had anything to say, it would be boiled down to three simple words…”TOLD YOU SO!!!”

    Then he would retreat back into the UMRK where he would compose new music that would blow the mind of Aphex Twin and leave most of his fans with their jaws dragging along the ground wondering, “Huh?”

    Can any of us really guess where FZ’s musical genius was heading in ’93? Where it would be in 2008?

    So, except for my “TOLD YOU SO!!!” comment, I’ll refrain from putting words in another man’s mouth…

  42. Propellerkuh says:

    If one isn’t willing to learn from history, he has to repeat ist: the first time it’s a tragedy, the second time a farce. –––
    Sometimes I try to imagine how Frank’s “mature work” would sound like –– awe inspiring … overwhelming … incomparable. Mankind really was ripped off in 1993.

  43. Bob Again says:

    A quote from SOFA – Philostopher/Chef:

    I’m not sold on the Palin “Action Figures”.
    But a life-size Blow-Up doll? THAT has sales potential!

    Somewhat intriguing idea, until I regain my senses and realize certain essential parts would most likely be missing…beauty queens and republicans reputedly don’t make good bedfellows. Besides the plastic required in the production of such a doll would require further reliance on “foreign” oil. Then there’s the lube, and the list goes on…

  44. Alex says:

    A quote from Alex:

    Can any of us really guess where FZ’s musical genius was heading in ‘93? Where it would be in 2008?

    So, except for my “TOLD YOU SO!!!” comment, I’ll refrain from putting words in another man’s mouth…

    Urban – THANK YOU! It takes a wise man to not speculate what their deceased idol might/would do. That isn’t the case with other FZ fans.

    Lennon fans are worse, in spite of how neutered his last few albums were, claiming he’d be leading the march into Washington. They pick and choose select quotes just as much as Palin-brand Bible-thumpers, where Old Testament commandments encouraging selling your daughter into slavery if you need the money are overlooked…but DAMMIT if it’s a mortal sin to be gay.

    Also, regarding the name Palin: is anyone else out there a Monty Python, and if so – why the HELL are we not quoting some Spanish Inquisition??!?!?!?!?!

  45. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Alex:

    Also, regarding the name Palin: is anyone else out there a Monty Python, and if so – why the HELL are we not quoting some Spanish Inquisition??!?!?!?!?!

    Trust me, I’ve been tempted :)

  46. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    A quote from Alex:

    Also, regarding the name Palin: is anyone else out there a Monty Python, and if so – why the HELL are we not quoting some Spanish Inquisition??!?!?!?!?!

    Trust me, I’ve been tempted :)

    I know what is needed in all this Palin election ballyhoo (and directly from Monty Python, too), Barry:

    THE BISHOP!!!!! ;-)

  47. dynovideo says:

    this is some fun sarah palin (mooselini), stuff right here:
    http://www.cafepress.com/Mooselini

  48. SOFA - Philostopher/Chef says:

    Python Fans let your vote be heard!
    http://www.michaelpalinforpresident.com/

  49. Balint says:

    Hehe… GREAT! :-)

  50. Harmless Ted says:

    Just a note on the side here: Mrs. Palin is the only one of the four candidates ever to have made an executive decision.

  51. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Harmless Ted:

    Just a note on the side here: Mrs. Palin is the only one of the four candidates ever to have made an executive decision.

    Ah, you mean these executive decisions? Executive indeed.

  52. jonnybutter says:

    Wow, these GOP trolls are even on KUR! Unbelievable! Congratulations, Barry! I can understand their frenzy, though. This is their last hurrah. The ‘Palin Bump’ is the last bit of political momentum they’re going to see for a very long time.

    The ‘executive decision’ meme is almost as ridiculous as the ‘Palin is qualified to deal with foreign policy because her state is near Russia’ one. Anyone who runs a large organization makes ‘executive decisions’. That includes someone who builds and runs a half a billion dollar campaign (Obama) or directing the large staffs all Senators have. And, as Barry cites, the decisions Palin *has* made have tended to be either stupid or venal. She has been a governor for the last 1.5 years, but it’s been of a state with only 600k people, and most of the decisions involve how to spend the large wads of cash floating around Alaska – not terribly tough. She also has been absent so much that state legislators in Alaska wore ‘Where’s Sarah?” buttons. Since the session is only 90 days per year, you’d think she could show up more often and do some of that heavy ‘executing’ she executes with such verve and panache.

    BTW, Obama’s old *state senate district in Illinois* has more people than the entire state of Alaska.

    Nice try, Ted. As disengaged as American voters (unfortunately) are, even they are not going to elect this female W Bush to the vice presidency. Not going to happen.

  53. Harmless Ted says:

    Look mate, I am not even a US citizen, and certainly no GOP troll! All I wanted to state was, that Mrs Palin is the only one of four candidates who has had a government job in the executive (as opposed to legislative or judiciary) before. Just found that interesting.

  54. Harmless Ted says:

    A quote from jonnybutter:

    As disengaged as American voters (unfortunately) are, even they are not going to elect this female W Bush to the vice presidency. Not going to happen.

    How much are you going to bet on that? The US voter reelected W. Bush, so why not McCain/Palin? Don’t get me wrong, I am no GOP fan, but i have sat in a German parliament for 10 years and believe I have some political insights. And they tell me McCain/Palin have a very good chance of entering the White House, come November, probably more than Obama/Biden. The US-Voter is predominately conservative.

  55. Barry's Imaginary Publisher says:

    A quote from Harmless Ted:

    And they tell me McCain/Palin have a very good chance of entering the White House, come November, probably more than Obama/Biden.

    As much as I hate to even consider the idea, there is that chance, yes.

    A quote from Harmless Ted:

    The US-Voter is predominately conservative.

    True — us Euro’s tend to think of the US as roughly New York and California, thereby blissfully omitting everything in the middle. Here’s an interesting article on what makes Americans vote Republican.

  56. urbangraffito says:

    As a life-long anarchist, I have witnessed as voters everywhere (essentially afraid of change and afraid losing whatever they have got) have consistently voted for conservative (or fascist) candidates for decades. Now look at the current American election. I knew for certain that Obama wouldn’t win the White House the moment he dropped Hilary as a vice-presidential running mate. The man is a fool. He left the door open for McCain/Palin to walk through right into the oval office. At present, it’s the GOP that are offering the American voter some tangible example of change (a woman VP) while the Democrats just shoot themselves in the foot yet again with Obama’s rhetoric of change.

  57. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from urbangraffito:

    A quote from Barry’s Imaginary Publisher:

    A quote from Alex:

    Also, regarding the name Palin: is anyone else out there a Monty Python, and if so – why the HELL are we not quoting some Spanish Inquisition??!?!?!?!?!

    Trust me, I’ve been tempted :)

    I know what is needed in all this Palin election ballyhoo (and directly from Monty Python, too), Barry:

    THE BISHOP!!!!! ;-)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpX3XdU-V9o

  58. Geoff says:

    A black dude in America close to the presidency of the United States isn’t a “tangible example of change?”

  59. Harmless Ted says:

    A quote from Geoff:

    A black dude in America close to the presidency of the United States isn’t a “tangible example of change?”

    No!

  60. jim says:

    A quote from jim:

    Now look at the current American election. I knew for certain that Obama wouldn’t win the White House the moment he dropped Hilary as a vice-presidential running mate. The man is a fool. He left the door open for McCain/Palin to walk through right into the oval office.

    Sorry – that’s simply dead wrong.

    Obama graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a law degree – fools don’t get to do that. McCain graduated 3rd from the bottom of his class. Obama has by far the better Get-Out-The-Vote effort & has had much of his ammo handed to him by a McCain campaign with an addiction to easily refutable lies. He’s also turning away bigger crowds than McCain can pull in, & out-fundraising him by 5- or 10-1 … the guy that has the biggest piggybank wins, period. Good luck finding an exception to that trend.

    The economy is killing the GOP right now, & the latest news is of McCain trying to postpone the Debates, using the economic crisis as an excuse. His fellow Senators have basically told him to bugger off & keep his politics out of their fiscal crisis. He’s run the most hilariously inept POTUS campaign in decades – if not for Sarahcuda he’d be at least 15 points behind right now (& he may get there yet).

    The Debate between her & Joe Biden is going to be ugly – she patently can’t think her way out of a wet paper bag, & he’s an old-school politician with a mind like a steel trap, who’s universally admired by both parties for persevering in his own personal struggles with death in the family & health issues.

    Hillary may not have wanted the VP slot to begin with. A Black President is about the most “tangible example of change” America will have seen in 50 years. Right now the election is Obama’s to lose.

  61. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from jim:

    Hillary may not have wanted the VP slot to begin with. A Black President is about the most “tangible example of change” America will have seen in 50 years. Right now the election is Obama’s to lose.

    Perhaps, jim, perhaps. But one thing the GOP know how to exploit is fear (just look at George W. winning the 2004 election). And right now, the US electorate is scared. The last thing they are going to be thinking about when they punch their ballot is the necessity for change. They are going to thinking about who is going to keep their home from being foreclosed upon? Where is their next job coming from? Will there be enough gas for them to be able to drive to pick up their children from school? With all of Obama’s rhetoric about change, he has done little, if anything, to calm these fears. America is still a very divided electorate. To think that the election is Obama’s to lose is really just the height of over-confidence without basis in reality, friend. Just look at the election numbers during times of national crisis and national fear in the US. They really do speak for themselves. Still, the only numbers that really matter are the ones cast this November. Personally, I would like to see Obama elected. However, the Democrats have this nasty habit of self destructing just when victory appears within reach. And since 1990, the only Democrat to win the White House did so disguised as a Republican. What does this tell you, jim?

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