Before we wrap up the GOP’s Hate Week™ and move on to topics less contentious, let’s do two things: respond to conservatives who have made several statements in the comments section… AND, if you don’t mind, the legendary GFWD has made a request that all regular commenters and lurkers answer his little questionnaire at the bottom.
Right. So I’m going to put the various right-wingers’ statements in italics, and mine will be right after.
[re: my politics] “There’s a name for people who feel no guilt about something for which they should… some folks are so certain of their own righteousness and the other side’s inherent evilness, that they lose the ability to think straight… They are political sociopaths.”
I’m sorry, but this was too hilarious not to repeat. For a Bush voter to say this to me was… I dunno, kinda priceless.
“I disagree with this blog on most things political, but I always respected Ian as a decent person. Stooping so low as to attack minor children in order to make cheap political points is despicable.”
I write a personal blog and made it clear from the very outset that I was a big fucking asshole, and I also made it very clear that I have personal issues that lead me to find the Palin family… shall we say, unpalatable. But then again, I’m not running for the President of the United States, unlike your guy, who tells jokes about how ugly Chelsea Clinton was when she was thirteen.
“If Palin gets McCain elected, those who took the bait will have no one to blame but themselves.”
Um, no, we will have no one to blame except people mentally bankrupt enough to vote for John McCain because of Sarah Palin.
“If Palin is so bad- why all the fuss? Shouldn’t Democrats be rejoicing at this obvious and disastrous pick?”
No, because – through idiocy or shenanigans – she might actually win, and it’s each party’s responsibility to give us a worst-case scenario that isn’t completely insane.
“if I were a woman, I would be insulted at the suggestion that serving as VP would somehow take away from her ability to raise her children. This is the kind of glass ceiling bullshit that the left would never stand for if there were a ‘D’ after Palin’s name.”
I agree, actually. That’s true sexism.
“Snowmobiling and moose-hunting = redneck
Green indoor/outdoor carpet in the back of Clinton’s El Camino = perfectly acceptable”
No – green indoor/outdoor carpet in the back of your El Camino is also redneck.
“Palin’s state, 47th in population, is too small for her gubernatorial experience to matter
Howard Dean’s state, Vermont, 49th in population, is no problem”
Please. Howard Dean was a Yale and Einstein College Doctor of Medicine graduate who governed Vermont for 12 years (2nd longest in history), and in doing so, lowered income tax twice while balancing the budget eleven times and instituting a universal health care program for children. Palin is not fit to carry Dr. Dean’s lunch.
“Clinton gets a hummer in the Oval Office from an intern = it’s just sex, none of our business
Palin’s DAUGHTER gets knocked up = Palin is a rotten parent and will be a rotten VP”
No, not a rotten parent. A deeply hypocritical one.
“Clinton proudly works the system to avoid the draft = oh, come on, it’s Vietnam – everyone did it!
Dubya joins the Air National Guard and Dan Rather destroys his career trying to rat GWB out”
Clinton was against the war and made no bones about trying to avoid it. Bush pretends to join, then can’t be found for an entire year – gets his dad to fix the situation, then approves the Swift Boat attack on John Kerry, who actually risked his life for his country.
“HRC fires the entire White House travel office = power comes with the privilege
Palin fires a bureaucrat = scandalous!”
Hillary got in plenty of trouble for the travel office affair, and by the way, she was only First Lady. Sarah Palin is being considered for possibly running the country. Is that lost on you people?
“Dems sell nights in the Lincoln bedroom like it’s Marriott = no problem!
Palin steers some pork to Alaska = dirty rotten scoundrel!”
No, again, she’s just a lying hypocrite. She lied about her support of the Bridge to Nowhere, and then boasted she was leading the fight against earmarks, when there’s written proof in her own handwriting about clamoring for… earmarks.
“Dan Quayle, with only 12 years in Washington, is too inexperienced to be VP in 1988
Barack Obama, with only 1/3 the time in Washington as Quayle, is fully ready to be prez!”
Again, apples and oranges. Dan Quayle was a moron.
“After what Palin’s been through this last week I think she’s earned the right to hit back a little, and the jab at a community organizer was no worse than the way Obama denigrated small town mayors.”
Please show me one instance of Obama denigrating small-town mayors. Did you just make that up?
“where did [Palin] lie or utter a falsehood?”
Oh, where to begin. She lied about Obama’s accomplishments, she lied about his tax plan, she lied about the Ketchikan bridge, she lied about earmarks… her campaign even lied about Bristol’s pregnancy until it got too crazy.
“BHO was ‘community organizing’ with confessed domestic terrorists and felonious Syrian nationals.”
Yep, you got him. That sounds like a flawless description of Barack Obama’s post-graduate work. Man, you Republicans just can’t fathom actually going inside poor neighborhoods and helping people less privileged than yourselves, can you?
“Isn’t it just a teeny-weeny bit possible that Dems harbor a smidgen of fear that Palin could possibly conceivably occasionally perhaps on a good day resonate with some undecided voters?”
No, I think we harbor a hugey-wugey fear that Palin might end up running the country.
[re: the 2000 election] “You notice how Gore’s inability to win his own home state is never mentioned.”
It’s probably mentioned about as many times as the fact that Al Gore beat George Bush by half a million popular votes.
“Ian… your blog is always charged and buzzing, even though you could benefit from a few Sunday Masses and some time spent as a small businessman ;)”
Actually, I’ve always wanted to start a place that served awesome espresso, super-caffeinated tea, free wireless internet and confusingly-expensive muffins.
AND NOW, YOUR REQUEST FROM MY ESTEEMED COLLEAGE, GFWD:
A plea: please detail (anonymously, if you must) an itemization of which specific factors are important to you and why you’re voting for a particular candidate. The only catch is that you should also identify the following:
2. Marital status and number of kids
3. Straight or Gay
4. Who they voted for in the last election
5. State or region