- posted by demo kid
Crap… and I was hoping for a relaxing weekend! Instead, my head is about to explode from all the stupidity from the right-wing. You’d think that they’d realize that God hates them by now.
For example, I really enjoyed these bits from FW Conservative:
Initial Reactions to Sarah Palin
First, apparently her name is pronounced PAY-lin.
We would have known… if we, you know, had ever heard of her before.
Second, she has five kids. My wife gets strange looks and comments from people sometimes because we have five kids. Frankly, I don’t understand those people who don’t have any kids or who only have a few. But I don’t make faces at them or pretend to be surprised and say things like, “You only have two?” or “I can’t believe you’ve been married for ten years and haven’t had any children yet!”
And she has two breasts and a vagina! Which is apparently all the Republicans feel is necessary for her to get the women’s vote. Too bad it’s not working.
Third, I’m not certain of this, but apparently her husband is a democrat. If that’s true, then she’s done more to reach across the aisle and unify the country than Barack Obama could ever hope to.
I don’t know… I doubt that Obama will give Mitch McConnell a handjob for passing important legislation, but I think that Obama might be able to find some other way of “unifying the country”.
If you know what I mean.
Fifth, her son’s going to the battlefield this September, and she couldn’t be more proud of his decision to join the armed forces and fight as a volunteer soldier in the US Army. How many children does Barack Obama have in Iraq, or Afghanistan? What about Biden?
What? No, seriously. What?
If you heard a sound, that was my head exploding, either from the idea that Mr. Gardner wants to send a 10-year-old into combat… or the fact that Beau Biden, the son of Joe Biden and a captain with the Army National Guard, will be deployed in Iraq in October. From the Washington Post:
Even difficult news for the Delaware Democrat personally has added a compelling twist to his case. On Oct. 3, Biden’s son, Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden III, will be deployed to Iraq.
“I don’t want him going,” Biden told an Iowa state fair crowd a year ago, when, as a presidential candidate himself, he learned that his son’s unit would be deployed at some point in 2008. “But I don’t want my grandsons or granddaughters going back in 15 years. So how we leave makes a big difference.”
Great how selective memory can justify anything, eh? Gotta love how Republicans think. Or rather, don’t.
Sixth, she’s pro-life, and she walks the talk. This is an issue that isn’t going away, and it is an issue that Obama is going to lose the election over. See, while Barack Obama was working to pass a bill in Illinois that would allow doctors to kill children born alive, Sarah Palin was working to defend the life of the most innocent and defenseless among us.
I love how conservatives love to perpetuate this cowardly “Obama kills babies” issue. The Born Alive Infant Protection Act was a great way of railroading an agenda that had nothing to do with “infants”. From Dana Goldstein:
The antis want to redefine these fetuses as “born alive” and require that doctors provide “resuscitation.” As a state senator, Obama saw BAIPA for what it was: an ideologically-motivated ploy to vilify women and doctors who choose abortion. On the state Senate floor on April 4, 2002, he explained, “This issue ultimately is about abortion and not live births. Because if there are children being born alive, I, at least, have confidence that a doctor who is in that room is going to make sure that they’re looked after.”
Of course, why stop at this? Why not just say that Obama eats babies, Mr. Gardner? You could probably get some religious whackjobs to believe it.
Seventh, the ways that the democrats are trying to attack her are pathetic and shallow. I’ve seen these types of attacks, and none of them are working.
We’ve had our share of pathetic and shallow attacks clogging conservative blogs for months. If the right-wing can stoke the outright lie about Obama’s faith, Palin should be able to withstand some attacks on her as well. It’s part of the process.
On the other hand, I didn’t quite see that much restraint from the Republicans when it came to calling Obama a Muslim sleeper. At least liberals have the good sense to condemn their own when they go off on some conspiratorial tangent. (As noted in that story… it’s a trap!)
She’s really corrupt because her father’s brother’s sister’s uncle’s friend’s daughter’s husband was a state trooper and was involved in an investigation of her mother’s friend’s daughter’s son’s uncle’s involvement in… well, I’m still trying to sort this one out, but it’s apparent it’s pathetically weak.
Pfft. Misuse of power? Why would any Republican be interested in investigating that kind of stuff?
She believes we shouldn’t teach evolution in the classroom but instead we should teach creationism. This is patently absurd, and it is taking one off-the-cuff comment way out of context. She later gave a prepared statement that reflected her true position on it, but apparently those who are making this attack don’t know how to read that one.
Her quote from that debate, in response to teaching about creationism:
Teach both. You know, don’t be afraid of information….Healthy debate is so important and it’s so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as the daughter of a science teacher. Growing up with being so privileged and blessed to be given a lot of information on, on both sides of the subject — creationism and evolution. It’s been a healthy foundation for me. But don’t be afraid of information and let kids debate both sides.
“Teaching the debate” is a standard line of attack from Creationism advocates. Her Democratic challenger stated in that same debate:
The answer is no. The reason why is we don’t want politics in our science. We actually want more science in our politics. We don’t want to just teach all things because it may be politically correct. We want to teach the best science there is, and there is overwhelming evidence, there’s almost incontrovertible evidence that evolution is the science that, that we know. And that’s what we should always teach, to never compromise on the principles just because it’s politically popular.
The last line of that seems appropriate. Heck, the fact that Palin stated her support for creationism in the debate, and then backed down, was even worse. It was blatant pandering to her religious base, pure and simple.
She’s inexperienced. I’m sorry, but 2 years of governor and several years as mayor is more experience running something than a lifetime as senator. Senators debate and form consensus, governors govern and make things happen. The American voters have consistently chosen executives over senators because of this. Honestly, among the four on the presidential tickets, she’s the most qualified to actually lead the free world.
I think I would enjoy watching a staredown between Putin and Palin, on some dark level. Seriously.
First of all, this hasn’t been the first position that Palin has been inexperienced to serve in:
During her first run for mayor, critics complained that Palin, at 32, was too young and inexperienced. The Wasilla mayor was a full-time, $68,000-a-year job. They objected to a quiet campaign by some Palin supporters raising emotional issues like abortion and gun control, which had no apparent tie to municipal politics.
And it’s consistent even now. Here’s Mike Doogan, writing in the Anchorage Daily News:
Sure, I suppose that many Alaskans are feeling a surge of pride that someone from our state has gotten a spot on the big stage. And most Alaskans like Palin. I know I do.
But let’s be honest here. Her resume is as thin as the meat in a vending machine sandwich. I’m thinking being mayor of Wasilla doesn’t qualify her. And she’s less than two years into her first term as governor. Except for her high-profile gas pipeline legislation — which I like a lot — she doesn’t have much to show. Oil taxes? Most of that work was done by the legislature. Ethics? Ditto. And her role in killing the much-touted Bridge to Nowhere? Talk about coming in after the battle is over and bayoneting the wounded.
And there’s a growing sense that the government isn’t running all that well, that all that’s keeping the wheels from coming off is that 25,000 state employees show up for work every day.
The long and short of it is this: We’re not sure she’s a competent governor of Alaska. And yet McCain, who is no spring chicken, has decided she’s the best choice to replace him as president if he should win and then fall afoul of the Grim Reaper.
Admittedly, Doogan is a Democrat, but there are Alaskan Republicans willing to criticize Palin as well.
The American’s people reception of Palin has been positive, unlike Biden’s reception, and that’s apparent in the polling.
What polling are you looking at? These figures don’t bode well for McCain’s choice.
What is even more telling is that the part of the Republican Party that John McCain turns off—people like me whose primary concerns are the conservative platform—are once again invigorated over having a true fiscal, defense, and social conservative like her on the ticket. John McCain may have been able to win without our support, but he is definitely going to win with it.
Defense! Yes! She’s… umm… strong on defense by her willingness to stand tough against… umm… polar bears? By denying them protection as threatened species? I hate to break it to Mr. Gardner, but Alaskan defense policy is probably not something to base a campaign on.
Seriously, why would anyone want her even close to the Oval Office for four years? Go home, Mr. Gardner. You’ve lost.
But all of this is par for the course, I guess. Even from the start of her career, there were plenty of religious nuts willing to go to bat for Palin, and conveniently ignore the facts (or lie, depending on your perspective) while doing it:
Palin doesn’t brandish her religion on the campaign trail, but that doesn’t prevent others from doing so. After she was first elected mayor, her predecessor, John Stein, objected that a Valley cable TV program had hailed her as Wasilla’s first “Christian mayor.” In a column for the local newspaper, he named eight previous mayors and added that he, too, was a Christian, despite a name that led some voters to suspect “I must be a non-Christian, have non-Christian blood or at least have sympathized with a non-Christian sometime in my career.”