je suis un snob? oui, d’accord

9/25/08

I’m off this morning to Utah with my entire extended family – all 103 of them – to attend my Auntie Donna’s funeral in Provo. All of my brothers and sisters (except Kent) are staying at the Comfort Inn, so if you want to come visit us by the bizarrely-overchlorinated pool, be our guest.

Just one thing to put up here today: I’m sure many of you have watched this already, but if not, it’s a doozy. I personally dare all conservatives on this blog, whose opinions I do respect (profanity to the contrary) to tell me why they’re still comfortable with this selection:

sorry about the quick ad at the beginning, but “The Mentalist” is actually not all that bad

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  1. Matt

    There must be something about Palin’s voice that drives liberals up the wall. Or maybe it’s because she’s not a liberal’s version of a feminist and is therefore a threat, I don’t know. But most people would not react with horror at this edited portion of an interview. And it wasn’t that bad. James Taranto of the WSJ makes fun of Obama, Kerry, and Biden weekly for gaffes and mangling answers (daily in the case of Biden). If the suggestion is “she’s dumb,” she isn’t. If this is the worst you can come up with, you’d better move on to something else.
    In a way, all the baseless smears and false accusations — from banning books to teaching creationism to dinosaurs 4,000 years ago — have all served to inoculate her. The fact is she’s a good politician with a record of governing from the center.
    Have a nice trip to Utah and my condolences for the loss of your aunt.

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  2. FreshPaul

    Hear me now and believe me later:
    The fundamental (pun intended) problem with Gov P _ _ _ _ is not she herself, as attacks on her oddities distract from the issue(s) at hand.
    The crux of the issue is McCain’s judgment for picking her as a gimmick in this campaign, and what such a decision reveals about his capacities as a leader.
    Anything else directed ad hominem at her obscures this much more important reality.

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  3. ben

    Hey Matt,
    I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I’m not voting, so I don’t really have a dog in this fight. That being said, I don’t think the reason people are upset with Palin over this line of questioning has to do with her making a gaffe or misspeaking. It’s the idea that being near another country gives you foreign policy experience.
    She may be a good politician, she may govern from the center, and I assume most of the smears are baseless and most of the accusations are false (they usually are, for and from both sides), but it doesn’t change the fact that being governor of Alaska, in and of itself, does not give one foreign policy experience, and trying to imply that it does seems somewhat dishonest.
    (I live next to a doctor, and I’m still no closer to a job in healthcare)

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  4. Jason Savage

    i think being able to think on your feet (or, in a chair, as it were) is very important. she doesn’t cut it. the awkwardeness and razor-thin comprehension of the nuances of issues remind me way too much of W. painful.

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  5. Triangleheel

    I don’t think anyone is saying she is dumb- I would agree she is not. However, I would not put her up as some beacon of knowledge either- because she isn’t.
    I also would say that 4 years of mayor and less than 2 as governor do not count her as a “good” politician. The fact that she is on the ticket is the only basis for that statement.
    The problem that some of us have with her (her voice does add to it), is this overwhelming sense that she belongs. The “you can’t blink” statements in the Gibson interview were the first portrait of this. Now this statement that because Russia is her neighbor “it definitely does” give her foreign policy cred is a complete reach.
    I have said it over and over to friends- she’s like the bad mom on the PTA board that is always right and you are always wrong. And I guess it fits- we elected Joe Six-Pack for 8 years, why not the PTA prez?

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  6. Triangleheel

    My favorite parts of the interview:
    “our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of.”
    Huh?
    “consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska.”
    The Russians are flying over Alaska? It is 1941 all over again- someone call Belushi before they invade California! Take cover Ian!
    I also like how she does this little thing with her hands as she mentions Putin’s head, like she is telling a bedtime story to us.

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  7. Mindy

    I find her frightening. And she’s either not well-informed or absolutely horrible at thinking on her feet. I love how she cites trade missions as though somehow it’s unique because of Alaska’s geography. I’d be willing to bet that all US states conduct trade missions around the world. And, mMany, if not all, states have economic development offices in several foreign nations. Heck, Virginia has 7 offices around the world and Oklahoma has 4. But truly I don’t care if she’s been part of trade negotiations in the past, I don’t think she’s qualified.

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  8. Mindy

    I find her frightening. And she’s either not well-informed or absolutely horrible at thinking on her feet. I love how she cites trade missions as though somehow it’s unique because of Alaska’s geography. I’d be willing to bet that all US states conduct trade missions around the world. And, many, if not all, states have economic development offices in several foreign nations. Heck, Virginia has 7 offices around the world and Oklahoma has 4. But truly I don’t care if she’s been part of trade negotiations in the past, I don’t think she’s qualified.

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  9. Jody

    It is apparent from recent events that personal gaffes or giant philosophical positions will be bulldozed by immediate threats. Palin does not come off as intelligent or experienced enough to hold a comfortable interview with Katie Couric, let alone make some of the vital uncharted decisions that are coming down the pike. John McCain has had one of his strong maverick reactions to an ongoing situation- Grandstanding, for the most part: the best thing he could have done is say “I have been investigated during one of these financial collapse scandals, I was not indicted but was definitely gullible and my acts were questionable. I am going back to DC to make sure that we don’t get screwed like that again.” Instead, he acts like he’s going to save us.
    Obama doesn’t have a clue or solution either, the event is taken over by in-the-trenches members of both parties who are reflecting the positions of their constituents, namely, we don’t want a financial executive to recieve a dime, even if we end up starving with them.
    It’s a sad situation, I’ve got to look past the accents and Muslim names and war hero status at this point – these candidates need to get their shit together, and quick. High school debate and general ridicule time are over…
    My condolences, Ian.

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  10. JStone

    She is just an old right wing tramp and her daughter is another tramp, getting pregnant every few months. I read on Daily Kos that her daughter got pregnant before and delivered the down syndrome child that Palin is now trying to pass off as being her own child, and now Palin’s tramp daughter is pregnant again.
    She should be home baking cookies, she doesn’t know anything about politics or the world. McCain only picked her because she has a vag between her legs.
    The stupid idiots in the South will probably vote for her because she likes guns and bibles, they shouldn’t even be allowed to vote down there, they are all so stupid, watching NASCAR is the only thing their pea brains can handle.
    [ed. note: please see my comment below about this guy. – i]

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  11. hennypenny

    Matt: It’s not her voice or even her accent.
    It’s the insult of McCain’s team shoving this small-town unprepared “GILF” (as she has been called) into the presidential race. It’s the thought that someone THAT unable to comprehend and articulate the subtleties of this nation’s pressing issues and its foreign relations might be president, given a resurgent melanoma, a heart attack, or whatever other health catastrophes McCain may be incubating. (but that we’ll never know about, since he won’t release his health records to ease our minds)
    Aren’t you even just a *little* embarrassed by your reflexive need to defend this woman’s candidacy and what it says about the Republican party today?
    I consider myself centrist, although most often I vote Democrat (I’m registered as an independent), and I really do consider each candidate for high office seriously. But there is no taking McCain’s decision on a running mate seriously here, and this video is just one tiny slice of the reason why. The great and honorable Republicans of the past are rolling in their graves right now; their nominal heirs are running a circus, not a campaign.

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  12. Matt

    “…he won’t release his health records to ease our minds”
    McCain already released 1,500 page medical records. When is Obama going to release his? A 1-page note from a doctor is not a medical record. If he’s in such good health, what’s the problem?
    “Aren’t you even just a *little* embarrassed by your reflexive need to defend this woman’s candidacy”
    Uh, it’s your reflexive need to bash her. Every accusation made against her has been shown to be false. Doesn’t that embarrass you? Just a little? To be both misinformed and uninformed? Palin is not experienced, to be sure, and will stumble here and there. We haven’t yet seen enough of her, but compared with the other people in the race, she isn’t doing shabby. If she’s so terrible, Biden shouldn’t have any problem tearing her to pieces, should he? If he’s still the VP candidate by then, of course.

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  13. Schultz

    “She is just an old right wing tramp and her daughter is another tramp, getting pregnant every few months. I read on Daily Kos that her daughter got pregnant before and delivered the down syndrome child that Palin is now trying to pass off as being her own child, and now Palin’s tramp daughter is pregnant again. She should be home baking cookies, she doesn’t know anything about politics or the world. McCain only picked her because she has a vag between her legs. The stupid idiots in the South will probably vote for her because she likes guns and bibles, they shouldn’t even be allowed to vote down there, they are all so stupid, watching NASCAR is the only thing their pea brains can handle.”
    Yeah man…I hope that debate crap tonight doesn’t mess up tv coverage of qualifying at Kansas. Do you know what time the race starts on Sunday? I need to go to the store and get some brew and corn nuts to get ready. Wifey is fixing chili and my masonry crew is coming over. Since it is Sunday, there is a case of beer limit per man since everyone is driving home in their F-350 duallies with 5th wheels for towing all of our ATV’s and rifles. If there’s anytime between games, I’m gonna teach Junior how to shoot his new .357 that I got him for his 5th birthday. He got one on his third birthday and he’ll get another on his 7th. Course- I had to skip our insurance payment this month to pay for it. But I haven’t been paying them anyway- do you know how many HD TV’s, Playstations and satellite dishes you can pay for with that insurance money? If you git too many you can switch and start buying Beretta 12 gauges- they’re on sale at Walmart right now. But I am really saving up for that BassTracker 17 ft with sonar. Once I get that I’m gonna be a lip-ripping fool out there. I hate fishing on my pontoon boat. It doesn’t track very well. Only 4 hours till I get off.

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  14. Bud

    Chris Rock on Larry King last night, talking about McCain’s understudy:
    “She’s done three interviews, and she’s running for vice president of the United States? Jason Lee’s done more interviews promoting, you know, ‘My Name Is Earl’ than she has … I did more interviews today than she has to run for vice president of the United States.
    “And every time they let her talk for more than four minutes, you actually start feeling sorry for her. It’s kind of like Kim Kardashian on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ All that ass and can’t shake it. … So sad.”

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  15. Claudia

    I haven’t watched the video; I’ve only read the post and the comments. Yes, Palin could stand to have more experience. Experience is one element of value to an important candidate. That said, there is also tremendous value in being young, hungry, and not too full of oneself.
    I have been to old doctors and young doctors, old lawyers and young lawyers…substitute with massage therapists, mechanics, plumbers, etc. I’m sure all Ian’s readers have.
    I think that, in general, people with less experience do have a greater ability to think outside the box, and also have a far greater ability to check and re-check themselves and seek the advice of others. I do not think that these are undesirable qualities in a vice-presidential candidate.
    We all have to start somewhere. Every cardiologist had to cut open a live human for the very first time. Every trial lawyer had to handle her first case. Let’s give her a chance to run, and disagree with her on the merits.
    If we can.

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  16. Matt

    “The notion that somehow from Washington you get this vast foreign policy experience is illusory.” — Barack Obama
    “do you really think we’re histrionic”
    Yes: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122218942950967645.html
    “Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are not in crisis. The more people, in my judgment, exaggerate a threat of safety and soundness, the more people conjure up the possibility of serious financial losses to the Treasury, which I do not see. I think we see entities that are fundamentally sound financially.” — Barney Frank (D-Mass)
    http://www.nypost.com/seven/09262008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/alarms__denial_130763.htm
    There’s a Cubs game on television tonight.

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  17. mwhpdxOR

    Palin and Rape Kits—-
    Dinosaurs 4000 years ago? Trade missions to Russia and now… check this out: When Palin was Mayor of Wasilla she executed a policy which required rape victims to pay the bill for forensic exams and rape kits. I challenge any McCain-Palin supporter on this thread to defend this practice…. Please – I would love to read your comments!!!
    Wasilla Watch: Sarah Palin and the Rape Kits
    By DOROTHY SAMUELS
    Published: September 25, 2008
    Even in tough budget times, there are lines that cannot be crossed. So I was startled by this tidbit reported recently by The Associated Press: When Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the small town began billing sexual-assault victims for the cost of rape kits and forensic exams.
    Ms. Palin owes voters an explanation. What was the thinking behind cutting the measly few thousand dollars needed to cover the yearly cost of swabs, specimen containers and medical tests? Whose dumb idea was it to make assault victims and their insurance companies pay instead? Unfortunately, her campaign is shielding the candidate from the press, so Americans may still be waiting for answers on Election Day.
    The rape-kit controversy is a troubling matter. The insult to rape victims is obvious. So is the sexism inherent in singling them out to foot the bill for investigating their own case. And the main result of billing rape victims is to protect their attackers by discouraging women from reporting sexual assaults.
    That’s why when Senator Joseph Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, drafted the 1994 Violence Against Women Act, he included provisions to make states ineligible for federal grant money if they charged rape victims for exams and the kits containing the medical supplies needed to conduct them. (Senator John McCain, Ms. Palin’s running mate, voted against Mr. Biden’s initiative, and his name has not been among the long list of co-sponsors each time the act has been renewed.)
    That’s also why, when news of Wasilla’s practice of billing rape victims got around, Alaska’s State Legislature approved a bill in 2000 to stop it.
    “We would never bill the victim of a burglary for fingerprinting and photographing the crime scene, or for the cost of gathering other evidence,” said Alaska’s then-governor, Tony Knowles. “Nor should we bill rape victims just because the crime scene happens to be their bodies.”
    If Ms. Palin ever spoke out about the issue, one way or another, no record has surfaced. Her campaign would not answer questions about when she learned of the policy, strongly supported by the police chief: whether she saw it in the budget and if not, whether she learned of it before or after the State Legislature outlawed the practice.
    All the campaign would do was provide a press release pronouncing: “Prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault is a priority for Gov. Palin.”
    Eric Croft, a former Democratic state lawmaker who sponsored the corrective legislation, believes that Wasilla’s mayor knew what was going on. (She does seem to have paid heed to every other detail of town life, including what books were on the library’s shelves.)
    The local hospital did the billing, but it was the town that set the policy, Mr. Croft noted. That policy was reflected in budget documents that Ms. Palin signed.
    Mr. Croft further noted that right after his measure became law, Wasilla’s local paper reported that Ms. Palin’s handpicked police chief, Charlie Fannon, acknowledged the practice of billing to collect evidence for sexual-assault cases. He complained that the state was requiring the town to spend $5,000 to $14,000 a year to cover the costs. “I just don’t want to see any more burden put on the taxpayer,” the chief explained.
    “I can’t imagine any police chief, big city or small, who would take on the entire State Legislature on a bill that passed unanimously and not mention to their mayor that they’re doing this,” Mr. Croft said. Even if he didn’t inform her, the newspaper article would have been hard for her to miss.
    In the absence of answers, speculation is bubbling in the blogosphere that Wasilla’s policy of billing rape victims may have something to do with Ms. Palin’s extreme opposition to abortion, even in cases of rape. Sexual-assault victims are typically offered an emergency contraception pill, which some people in the anti-choice camp wrongly equate with abortion.
    My hunch is that it was the result of outmoded attitudes and boneheaded budget cutting. Still, Ms. Palin has been governor for under two years, and she’s running for vice president largely on her experience as mayor of tiny Wasilla — a far superior credential, she’s told us, to being a community organizer. On the rape kits, as on other issues, she owes voters a direct answer.

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  18. Ian

    Old-timers to this blog will recognize “JStone” as none other than JB##gie from many moons ago, although now he’s, um, “sophisticated” enough to return as a reverse troll.
    Dude, cut this shit out or I’m going to replace all your comments with Hall & Oates lyrics again.

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  19. dukegrad

    Am I the only one who reads National Enquirer when I stand in line at the supermarket? Probably not.
    The latest edition available at our local Kroger owned supermarche’ claims that Palin had an affair with a guy named Brad Hanson – a former business partner of her husband Todd.
    National Enquirer got the John Edwards affair story right and it took weeks before the mainstream press followed up on that scandal.
    Will the mainstream media touch this one? Will Palin drop out of the race and go back to caribou helicopter hunting for good?
    I look forward to Thursday night. I just hope old Joe Biden doesn’t talk too much. Let Palin talk – she is much more entertaining.

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