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Sarah Palin: Dazed And Confused

By The Reverend Published: September 12, 2008

To excite an unexcited far-right evangelical group of traditionally Republican voters to come out in November and vote for him, it was necessary for John McCain to place a far-right evangelical on his own ticket. This part of the McCain gimmick, or stunt if you prefer, in picking Sarah Palin is understandable. The agents of intolerance on the far-right side of evangelical Christianity had little reason to come out and vote for McCain. Maverick, after all, had once called the Falwell, Robertson bunch........agents of intolerance.

The choice of Palin, then, is perfectly understandable. Gotta' have voters to, you know, vote for ya'...and so by picking Palin McCain has energized the far-right evangelicals to come out and vote for Sarah Palin....and since McCain's name will be alongside Palin's...a vote for McCain as well.

That's politics.

However, the fact that Sarah Palin is not prepared, nor does she understand enough about national and international matters to be vice-president, let alone, god forbid, president....has been made starkly clear in this, her very first press "interview", with Charles Gibson of ABC.

Sarah Palin had no idea what Gibson was talking about. Bush Doctrine? What do you mean Charlie?

Anyone,...and I mean anyone....paying any attention at all the last eight years....knows what the Bush Doctrine is. As Gibson explains to A VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE what Bush's neo-conservative pre-emption policy is, because she doesn't know what it is.....Palin responds that she is for it.

"Perhaps so." That's the answer to Gibson's question about going to war with Russia, a nuclear power. If that's an answer from a ready-for-prime-time candidate, I'll kiss ass.

"Show me where I have ever said that there's absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect or no effect on climate change. I have not said that," Palin told ABC News in an interview broadcast Thursday and Friday. Link

Okay, Maverick Mother Moosehunter, we'll take that challenge...

She has told the Internet news site Newsmax, "A changing environment will affect Alaska more than any other state, because of our location. ... I'm not one, though, who would attribute it to being man-made."

In an interview with a Fairbanks newspaper within the last year, Palin said: "I'm not an Al Gore, doom-and-gloom environmentalist blaming the changes in our climate on human activity." ABC cited the interview as being at odds with her statement.

I almost felt sympathetic towards the not-a-clue-newbee Palin after I read this...

Pressed about what insights into recent Russian actions she gained by living in Alaska, Palin told Gibson, "They're our next-door neighbors and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska."

I said almost.

Lincoln Chafee, a centrist Republican from Rhode Island, recently called Sarah Palin a "cocky whacko."

That's an apt description. Palin is like a high school cheerleader, all bubbly and wide-eyed and anxious to tell you all she knows about the high school football game.

This ain't football....and we ain't playin'.



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