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The umpteenth last straw.

Mostly, I've been feeling bad for Sarah Palin lately. It's not her fault she doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is or how the U.S. Constitution works, or that she can't name any SCOTUS decisions except Roe v. Wade, or that she doesn't understand how our economy functions, or that she can't construct a complete sentence that makes anything approaching sense. Those things don't make her a bad person. They'd make her an exceptionally bad president, but back in her little state of 680,000 or so people, she wasn't much of a danger to anyone that wasn't a moose, wolf, librarian, or polar bear. It's really McCain's fault that she's been exposed to this degree of public humiliation (for her and for the country), and I can't help but feel pretty bad for her.

But just as the remaining shreds of respect I had for McCain evaporated when he nominated her, the last little bits of pity I was retaining for her have pretty much disappeared. Any why?

Because she keeps calling Obama "Barack." In the debate, and now on the campaign trail. The other bullshit, about how rape victims shouldn't be able to abort and Obama is "palling around with terrorists," etc? That's just dumb, but I think she genuinely believes she's in the right there, however idiotic and misguided.

But when she can seem to consistently remember to call Biden "Senator Biden" and then immediately and repeatedly call Obama "Barack," and then continue to do so on the campaign trail, she's being intentionally disrespectful and insulting.

So a word to the perennially unwise: Bitch, you call him "Senator Obama." "Mr. Obama" or "Barack Obama" at the very least. He calls you "Governor Palin." He calls the person at the top of your ticket "Senator McCain." McCain even refers to him as "Senator Obama." The two of you are not buddies. You're not even peers, and you are certainly not his superior. Where the fuck do you get off?

The rest of her trail of crap I can chalk up to her being stupid, ignorant, prone to dishonesty, sheltered, naive, and inexperienced. But she's looking less and less innocent in her failings all the time. She's been around for all of two minutes, and in her brief time on the public stage, she's been pretty unimpressive. When Saturday Night Live doesn't have to re-write your remarks to make them into satirical commentary about your idiocy? That's quite literally when you've become a joke. And at that juncture, you are surely in no place to talk about an accomplished and intelligent national statesman as though he's the kid who mows your lawn.

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yolen
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC)
It's really McCain's fault that she's been exposed to this degree of public humiliation (for her and for the country), and I can't help but feel pretty bad for her.

She could have had the sense to realize she is woefully unqualified could have graciously declined the offer. She didn't. I don't feel sorry for her.

And yes, she's disrespectful, and kinda smarmy, and I'm seek to death of her hooky Mayberry act.

She was at a rally in CA yesterday and this went down: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/10/05/palin-misquotes-albright_n_131967.html

I hope Ms. Albright denounces her.

Increasingly I am fighting the desire to smack the living daylights out of this woman. Hard. Repeatedly.
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:29 am (UTC)
I guess the thing is, though, I don't even think she knew enough about what the hell she was getting herself into to turn it down. I'm sure some of it was hubris, but I think a lot of it was also acknowledging that she doesn't know much about the vice presidency (as she'd said before) and assuming that McCain and his team, people who should know better, wouldn't invite her to the ticket if it was a bad idea.

And yeah, I can't wait to see what Albright says about her misquoting. Helping (what she actually said) other women doesn't mean handing them public office that they're not equipped for. I think she may have made a mistake by opening up the floor for Albright to come into the dialog. A delicious, delicious mistake.
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yolen
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:52 am (UTC)
LOl, WHAT?!? She going on about state size, cause BFD. Texas kills Alaska population wise. Plus it's been a state way longer. Whatever!
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:33 am (UTC)
Sadly, I think McCain could crap his pants on stage and incoherntly threaten to bomb Toronto and Texas would still be red ;).
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amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think Texas is 85% rural or something like that.

I think in the next 4-5 election cycles, we may see a change, though. There have been some interesting indications in voter turnout and directions of judicial and congressional seats. Unlike Gore's and Kerry's, the Obama campaign didn't abandon Texas, and it shows.

Those shifts are still a ways off, though, and I'm not even sure that if news broke that McCain was a mass murder they'd go blue this year.
amuchmoreexotic
Oct. 5th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
A few things make me wonder if she has more wrong with her than just being dishonest and ignorant.

I know dismissing your opponents as somehow deranged is Smear Tactic 1A, but look at her cold reaction to Biden choking up (apparently sincerely) at the memory of his injured children. She didn't even acknowledge it before getting back to her talking points.

Not to mention the fawning attitude of her subordinates in her secret Yahoo account ("YOU ARE AMAZING!"), and her record of demanding staff submit to "loyalty tests", and the way she lugs her baby around as a prop.

My armchair diagnosis is that she has some kind of clinical personality disorder.
lady_alyria
Oct. 5th, 2008 09:53 am (UTC)
I think the reason she didn't respond to him getting teary eyed is because she didn't know how to. I'm sure they coached the hell out of her to get her through that debate and they didn't cover if he starts crying.

Edited at 2008-10-05 01:53 pm (UTC)
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:46 am (UTC)
Agreed. The questions and issues were predictable enough for her to have a prepared response (often one that blatantly ignored the question). Suddenly something happened that wasn't on her note cards and she froze up.
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:35 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised, but a lot of that stuff I also see as being chalked up under the heading of dimmness, iexperience, and ignorance. I think she just thinks these are the things you're supposed to do. I don't think that self-awareness is her strong suit, you know?
aelf
Oct. 5th, 2008 09:31 am (UTC)
The name thing in this election run has been fascinating. And it changes. Obama called McCain "John" during their debates, while McCain was stuck on "Senator Obama" etc. I was assuming that was a generational and cultural issue -- McCain would be more stuck on titles than Obama would be.

Palin is usually referred to as Palin or Gov. Palin -- I think because of all the turmoil surrounding the "what do we call Hillary Clinton" problem. Biden's usually Senator Biden.

Most folks I know personally are using everyone's last names (except Hillary Clinton, there the first name was favored).
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:42 am (UTC)
I think in the debate, it did seem like a generational thing, as well as the context of the event, i.e. the two of them together, speaking face to face and opening up a dialog. In that situation, and as two people who know each other, have worked together, and serve in the same position in the same government body, I wouldn't have minded if McCain had called him Barack.

Back out on the stump, though, and when referring to him in conversations where McCain wasn't present, he's called him "Senator McCain" or "John McCain." Sarah Palin has never worked with or I believe even met Obama, was not in his presence speaking with him, etc.
lady_alyria
Oct. 5th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
In the debate Palin called Biden "Joe", but she asked permission first.
amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 11:44 am (UTC)
Exactly, and even then, she typically still called him Senator Biden. It seems that even in an appropriate context and with permission, she feels more need to refer to people formally and respectfully when they're around, as opposed to when she doesn't have to face them :/.
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amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:27 pm (UTC)
I think that hits on an important point about her purpose on the ticket. A lot of importance has been placed on independent voters in this election, and rightly so. However, while Obama energizes the liberal base in a way no Democratic candidate has for decades, McCain did just the opposite for the conservative base. There's no danger of those voters going for Obama. Quite the opposite, the more imbalanced and unintelligent far-right conservatives who believe that he's the anti-Christ, an Arab and/or Muslim secret agent, a communist, etc., are relatively likely to be so motivated against Obama that it gets them out to vote for a candidate they're not otherwise excited about.

But, there are certainly a fair number of social conservatives who know all of those things to be untrue, and while sure, they're still not going to choose Obama instead of McCain, they may very well just stay home. And in close states, McCain needs those votes every bit as much as independent ones.

And that is Sarah Palin's job. To get those people excited about the ticket. And, you know, to get the more idiotic of the disenfranchised Hillary voters excited about her. But really, her vagina's doing all the work there, leaving the rest of her free to call Obama a friend to terrorism, be appallingly disrespectful to him, decry abortions for rape victims, carry the banner of anti-intellectualism, and a hundred other little things that appeal to a disturbingly large cross-section of voters who feel the same way but don't feel "allowed" to express it.
julierocket
Oct. 5th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
That entire last paragraph needs to be metaquoted. Someone in that comm, get on it!
ms_cantrell
Oct. 5th, 2008 01:35 pm (UTC)
if i didn't have such a headache, i'd applaud.
peachthief
Oct. 5th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
For me - it's the winking. THE WINKING. WTF bitch, you are debating serious topics on a serious stage - don't FUCKING WINK. It's embarassing.
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amazonvera
Oct. 5th, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
And then she'll explain that it was a compliment on his youthful vigor, and Conservative America will say, "Isn't she quaint and adorable?" and shake their collective fist at the Liberal Media Elite for twisting her words.
withbutterflies
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:22 am (UTC)
She gives me the creeps in the worst way, especially after seeing the video on Bill Maher's show of her getting blessed against witches!?

Still, during the debates Obama was calling McCain "John" so he doesn't always call him Senator.
amazonvera
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh man, the witch thing. I try to accept a wide variety of religious beliefs, but I have to say, I feel uncomfortable with anyone who believes the end times are approaching holding any national position of power.

There's an earlier thread in here where I discussed the calling-him-John-at-the-debate issue with someone. In a dialog face to face with someone you know, a colleague you've worked with, I don't have an issue with that. But when referring to him when not in his presence, Obama consistently calls him by his title or full name. Palin wasn't having a face to face dialog with Obama, they're not peers, she's never met him, etc. She at least asked Biden's permission, but even then often called him Senator Biden. There seems to be a distinct difference there for her when it comes to Obama, and I hate to hazard a guess as to what motivates it.
withbutterflies
Oct. 6th, 2008 12:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm fine with her religious beliefs until she starts integrating them into politics like the no-abortions-for-rape victims thing. Biden is a Catholic, but he is able to remove his beliefs from politics for the most part. I truly respect that.

I totally get what you're saying about the debate. You're completely right, it is different.
amazonvera
Oct. 6th, 2008 01:10 am (UTC)
Exactly. I don't care what wacky crap anyone believes, as long as they don't start imposing it onto other people in one fashion or another. And legislating it onto other people? That's pretty out of line.
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