You Got to Be Kidding Me!

Sarah Palin Makes Yer Head Asplode!

Posted in 2008 Election, Politics, Sarah Palin by Stacy McMahon on August 29, 2008

Like, I suspect, a lot of people, my reaction to McCain’s veep pick was “er, who?”. Then I read up a little bit on Sarah Palin, and mostly liked what I saw. She has executive experience at two levels of government, more than either of the headliners this year. She’s her own woman and is willing to call out asshattery, even when it comes from her own party.

Wait, she’s a woman? And conservative? I went out and got some microwave popcorn, and sure enough, I didn’t have long to wait. First out of the gate with the most (but not the worst) stupidity, Andrew Sullivan:

The more you think about it, and the more you consider how many charges he has leveled against Obama’s alleged inexperience in a time of peril, the more outrageous it is that she he picks an unknown local politician he has only met once before to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Palin isn’t the issue here. McCain’s judgment is. It’s completely off the wall. Is there something wrong with him?

Palin looks to me like a lovely person and a good local politician, with some inevitable rough spots. I’d be delighted if she took a leadership role in the GOP in the future. But in the same league as Obama? Do Republicans really think that little of him?

[the next two are reader email that Sullivan decided to post]
The VP isn’t just some vote-grabbing machine – it is the second-highest Constitutional office. For JM to offer this slot to someone with such meagre credentials, whom he hardly even knows is a sign of serious character disturbance.

No sooner did my best friend hear about the Sarah Palin pick than I received an e-mail from her. It said simply: “Sarah Palin is a Bad Mother!”

And of course there’s the always-reliable DailyKos (link via The Bitch Girls):

But it appears that Pallin’s [sic] last child, a baby with Down’s syndrome, may not be hers. It may be that of her teenage daughter.

Seriously, get. a. fracking. grip.

Something the Obama camp should keep in mind, but won’t, is that Karl Rove’s big strength was jujitsu, pulling moves that brought out the crazy in a big way among the GOP’s opponents. What will the party of identity politics and rigid talking points-enforcement do when faced with a strong woman who doesn’t profess their ideology? Heads asplode, that’s what. Look for lots more of this in the next two months. If you’re an Obama supporter you now know who and what to blame if he loses.

Edit: Let me add that I’m not approving or disapproving of Palin, McCain, or anyone else. Just saying that the media and Kos Kidz are about to cough up an epic fail, taking out their sexual obsessions and social prejudices on McCain’s veep, and that’s probably just what McCain is hoping for.


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  1. jim said, on August 29, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    she is an example of the gender card being played from the bottom of the deck which only further lowers the bar on qualifications. However this should be expecte of the liberal mccain

  2. Stacy McMahon said, on August 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    I’m not sure what McCain really is, but “liberal” is a concept so twisted in the public consciousness that I’d say we need to all just stop using it altogether. Sarah Palin is probably more classically liberal than McCain or Obama.

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