Sunday, August 31, 2008

McCain's McClueless

Eggplant/Cheney will skip the GOP Convention over bad weather Dobson’s Jesus freak morons prayed would strike the Democratic Convention. The media whipped hysteria about last week was just that: hysteria. The talking heads would have one anticipate virtual riots as militant PUMA (Party United My Ass!) Hillary-bots overthrew the party. They moaned this and that all week, missing the reality occurring in front of them. Naturally they twist within acceptable guidelines in an effort to boost ratings.

Now we have the reaction to McCain’s selection of a beauty pageant runner up for Vice-President of the country, a woman who served as Mayor of a town about the size of the average urban high school and then Governor of a state with the population less than one half of greater Phoenix. Tucson has more people than the state of Alaska. Can you imagine Bob Walkup as President? Tucson’s clothmeisters would have brain aneurysms prioritizing the plunder lists. We could put Kennedy in charge of the transportation budget, install Hecker as Attorney General (my keyboard just popped a key), and Snell over the Department of Education.

Equally farcical is the attempt of the GOP and the TV heads to inject sophistication into an Occam’s Razor one-liner - the selection of right wing zealot Sarah Palin as the GOP nominee for VP. The move is neither Karl Rove’s "brilliant" nor whoever’s "gamble" nor any of the content proliferating since Friday. It’s simpler. Sparing the reader the background I jump to the assertion that some military men of McCain’s generation continue to live in a world where women are not truly human beings. These guys have wives and daughters, and women are not to be abused or murdered (just like the family pet), but they are NOT equals, i.e., the same species.

To McCain, it makes perfect sense that the 18 million (an inflated number under real analysis of those votes) who supported Hillary would simply switch to “another female” when denied the one they wanted. As already partially evidenced (more coming) by the recent booing and groaning when Palin dared to suggest she compares to Clinton, we will see soon enough that HRC’s supporters supported HER and HER STAND on the issues, not her genitals. Anyone who thinks Palin can even begin to stand in HRC shoes is an idiot.

Noted ad nauseam is the blow choosing Palin delivers to the one viable (though flawed) assertion the McCain campaign forwarded in its criticism of Obama, experience. At 73 with repeated cancer diagnoses McCain selects Palin and then wants to debate a ticket’s experience credentials? The entire country looked to the McCain VP choice as particularly relevant because the person has a better than average chance of succeeding him. The Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and other GOP staple folk look at this woman and scratch their heads. They can’t vote for the ticket.

Occam’s Razor. It IS that simple. Female plumbing and staunch conservative positions may grab some of the conservative base McCain is seeking (not all - misogynists tend to settle in this crowd). He may get the Dobsons and Robertsons in November, but he has insulted, offended, and totally lost the HRC voters that were a long shot for him in the first place. Now he looks even more pathetic and clueless with his beauty pageant trophy by his side. The hard core will cheer and voice support (what choice do they have?) but make no mistake. Choosing Palin was a deeply embarrassing step backward into the fifties world of "Leave it to Beaver."


Blogger Robish said...

GOP honchos must be so relieved that Gustav is coming this week, giving them an opportunity to:

1. Leave Bush/Cheney out of the convention entirely, as Bush goes to Texas and Louisiana and pretends to be concerned.

2. Turn their convention into a telethon for Gustav survivors and distract the public from their unbelievably lame and ill-advised VP selection, and also look high-minded and concerned. It reminds me of a scene from "Fletch"; "hug a cop, everybody!"

8/31/2008 12:18 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

When I first heard about Palin the words that came to mind were surreal, bizarre, reckless....Later, I wondered if it were some kind of deliberate GOP stunt to dominate the news cycle right after Obama's speech and replace her in a few days.

But, thinking back, this is the party that got George Bush into the White House and his qualifications were on par with Palin. Does it really matter? Who rules the country when the president is a Republican?

So, I have to conclude that they are serious about this and they probably are trying to appeal to all of the nation's women, totally clueless as to what their differences might be.

8/31/2008 3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Leave it to Beaver."

Hah! Hah! Hah!

That's just great!

I'm sure the Republicans are just torn to shreds that Bush will be skipping the convention.

8/31/2008 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Framer said...


You know, for someone who is constantly searching behind every bush for examples of racism towards Obama, that was a right sexist rant, and that is the issue.

There are many supporters of Hillary who do not like Obama, not because of policy differences, but because of the sexism exhibited a little bit by Obama, but a lot by his supporters. And at a time when you are trying to convince those supporters that much of that was overblown, the Obamasphere's reaction to Palin is just disasterous.

As far as "what has she accomplished?"- answer: far more than Obama. She gives a better speech too, without the teleprompter. I suggest you spool up her VP acceptance speech and listen to it. I personally know two Democratic woman who heard that speech and cried.

The Sarah Palin choice was not made for you, and I do not suspect that you are capable of "getting it." But you need to understand that you are foolish to dismiss it.

8/31/2008 8:24 PM  
Anonymous Mariana said...

I think Palin is a good choice for Republicans. She will bring in very conservative votes (not from HRC women, no way, no how, no...); she does well in certain circles where McCain is not exactly beloved, she uses words like "common good" (last time I checked this was Bill Clinton's mantra)and so on. What saddens me is the fact that McCain made this decision in order to get elected (desperation?) as opposed to what's best for the country.

Framer, party loyalty is noble, but you don't have to make silly statements here. I think you are a smart guy and a serious politician and I hope you'll come up with more substantial stuff.

8/31/2008 9:04 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

Framer must be kidding about Palin’s accomplishments.

Regarding Hillary supporters, I must be confused. I thought they had strong sentiments regarding a woman’s right to choose. I also thought they believed the little people (those making less than $5 million a year) should be able to eat once in awhile. Some Hillary supporters feel that the peasants should have medical care. While it may seem radical, I know a Hillary supporter who believes in quality schools even for children of non-millionaires.

I’m glad Framer cleared things up. Of course HRC’s support came from dissatisfaction with Obama’s opinion of women.

I think McCain chose Palin because he heard she makes good coffee.

8/31/2008 11:30 PM  
Blogger Policon said...

Navigator- Not to create too much of a riot here, but I think you underestimate the Palin impact. Your "Palin..makes good coffee" comment is really cute. You probably feel the same way about your mom, sisters, and wife. They're all trick pets, eh? Do you feel the same about "Ms. Accomplishment," Nanci Pelosi?

McCain/Palin may not win, but you can't deny the fighting spirit in either of them. And O'Bama thinks he's the one Osama should fear?

Putting a woman on the ticket is an undeniable expression of McCain's commitment to change we can believe in. He is walking the walk.

Palin is doing the same when her own son goes to war (isn't it a sacred lib mantra: "then why don't YOU send your son to fight?!") and when she births rather than terminates the life of her downs syndrome baby? You could joke, like the Irish song "I guess that makes me an idiot;" but, isn't it another lib mantra that human lives, all human lives, are to be considered qualitative not objective or rational? She's fighting to protect the rights of a downs syndrome person and all you can say is she makes good coffee?

McCain doesn't need 18m HRC voters to win, he needs a few. I can't help thinking plenty of moderate women will pull the "I'll make my own statement" lever when they're alone in the little booth, rather than electing two give-it-away lib men. Which of the four candidates do you think actually knows the current cost of a gallon of milk, two-dozen diapers, and a kid's sweater?

9/01/2008 6:35 AM  
Blogger Sirocco said...

Before we write her off ... I know little about Palin either way ... this is a comment about her came from an acquaintance of mine who is a long-time Alaska resident and Democrat, who will surely vote for Obama in November:

"Sarah Palin is, IMO, the best governor Alaska has had in decades, if not ever. I don't have time atm to type all the reasons why, but I can say she would be a breath of fresh air for Washington. She's consistently had a 95%+ approval rating since the day she took the governor's chair. She cares more about issues than parties. She laid off the governor's executive chef when she took office and was quoted as saying, "my kids know how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches." She sold the multi-million dollar private jet that our previous governor (Frank Murkowski) insisted on having. She flies Alaska Airlines with the rest of us, and she goes coach with just one companion. She's just a very no-bullshit woman with so much common sense it's hard to believe she ever got into politics."

9/01/2008 7:44 AM  
Blogger x4mr said...

I would interpret Nav's sarcasm as mocking the notion that HRC supporters are not concerned about the issues for which she stands. I agree with him that such a belief is absurd and supported by the boos Palin received. To her credit, she has already changed her rhetoric to avoid repeating the offense, an indication of learning ability. She already demonstrates talents above that of the current occupant.

You can't have it both ways. The experience argument is either dismissed or applies to both. Frankly, I dismissed it long ago regarding Lincoln as perhaps the best to ever occupy the office. I react to the hypocrisy of the selection after beating the experience drum (loudly!!) for six or more weeks.

The comments of Framer, Policon, and other GOP readers are welcome and respected, but I stand by my assertion that this choice damages the ticket for reasons I tend to dislike: voter simplicity and ignorance.

Justified or not, many take one glance and say, "No way!"

The frequency of this response would drop dramatically if McCain were 50 or 55 with a symmetric face, and I mean no disrespect. He is "old" and "weathered" and looks it. Someone I know in the mid-west noted that at McCain's age a stroke or heart event could occur at any moment, just like that.

We read about the deaths of celebrities every day from actors to sports figures to others. We all live another day by the grace of God, but statistically McCain has fewer, and his VP choice needed to be a walk on without a blink, someone instantly deemed ready by voters without Sirocco's intellect and range of awareness.

Not that it means a thing, but several have commented that Cindy McCain looks positively peeved about the choice. I didn't notice this myself, because to me Cindy McCain always looks peeved. I stand by the insinuation of my story that McCain opens himself up to all sorts of base jokes and derision in the beer gut crowds of Nascar and local watering holes.

BTW, Good Luck, Framer!

9/01/2008 11:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Despite disagreeing with her on lots of issues--let's start with teaching creationism in the schools--I have respect for Sarah Palin as having integrity and being true to who she is. That doesn't mean I want her anywhere near the Oval Office except as a tourist.

I have more respect for her than for McCain for choosing her. I still think it was a cynical and misguided idea that he was going to hustle Hillary voters away from Obama simply because Palin is a woman. Undoubtedly there will be some women who will vote for Palin because getting a woman elected is an overriding issue, but my guess is that she will turn away more undecided Hillary voters by far than she will pull in. She may motivate some who would not be voting at all to vote for McCain, and probably more of those to vote for Obama.

Palin will probably help McCain win Kansas and Oklahoma by even bigger margins than he was going to win them anyway, but I don't see her turning any battleground states red, or turning any blue states red.

My first thought was that McCain had squandered his best competitive advantage over Obama by selecting this woman. How can he harp on Obama's youth and inexperience with foreign affairs when he's selected someone even younger with even less experience to be the commander-in-chief-in-waiting? Oops, I guess he can't attack Obama on the experience issue with a straight face now. It's great that her son didn't shirk from military service as did Bush and Cheney ("wasn't in my plans at the time"), but that doesn't make her qualified to lead the largest military in the world.

Obama addressed his weakness with his VP choice, while McCain squandered some of this strength with his.

9/01/2008 11:42 AM  
Blogger Liza said...

I would love to be a fly on the wall at the next meeting of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

9/01/2008 11:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Palin's response to the internet rumors that the baby she gave birth to in April was actually her teenage daughter's baby:

Out her teenage daughter as being five months pregnant herself!!

Nice to see the family take one for the team.

9/01/2008 12:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But don't worry, the shotgun wedding will take place in December, just after the election.

9/01/2008 12:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From NBC's Savannah Guthrie (former Tucson resident from her days at UA and Channel 4):

In his media avail, Obama just responded to reporters' questions about the Bristol Palin story. Noting that his mother had him when she was 18 years old, Obama said families are "off limits" in campaigns. He was very impassioned.

"I've heard some of the news. I've said before I think families are off limits, children limits. It has no relevance," Obama said. "I would strongly urge people to back off these kinds of stories. My mom had me when she was 18. And how families deal with issues of children shouldn't be part of our politics."

9/01/2008 12:45 PM  
Blogger The Navigator said...

For her 17 year old daughter to be pregnant plays right into the image of pro-lifers being ignorant idiots who deny their children adequate sex education and feed them abstinence bullshit that (as clearly exemplified by Palin's daughter) is utterly ineffective and shown by studies to INCREASE the risk of teen pregnancy and STD's.

Obama is wise to steer completely clear of this development, but having a child at 18 back in the 50s is completely different from teenage pregnancy in 2008, which looks ignorant and foolish.

I'd like to have been a fly on the wall when the GOP operatives informed the father of his wedding plans.

9/01/2008 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is no question that Governor Palin is a straight talking, no BS, Alaska outdoor maven, and a popular leader. So how will McCain handle that profile with his long standing problems with authority and his untreated PTSD? Or at least un-awknowledged treatment. Here that family of Thomas Eagleton?

9/01/2008 6:33 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

The Huffington Post is all over Palin and I would imagine many other publications and bloggers are as well. There isn't anything that Obama can do other than express displeasure and keep his own people out of it. Palin has "tabloid" written all over her and she will generate a great deal of that kind of reporting, as she already has.

The Democrats have nothing to gain by going after her. You can't say that you represent the "new politics" and engage in character assassination.

Obama did an outstanding job of presenting the party's political platform at the convention last week. And Ted Kennedy, the Clintons, Michelle Obama, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Joe Biden and others were outstanding as well. The Democrats need to stay on message with health care, the economy, and foreign policy and that is extremely difficult given that the corporate media prefers distractions and tabloid level coverage.

Most importantly, the Democrats have to turn out the vote. That's really where we are right now.

9/01/2008 6:52 PM  
Anonymous Sykes Knob said...

The topic of character assassination is one we all would enjoy avoiding, if only for one election cycle, just to see if America can really grasp and grapple with concrete issues,sans those middle school attacks. Yet an earlier poster is right on track with his concern about PTSD. That is not a character assassination concern, it is one of an assassinated character. Read up a bit folks about the real PTSD. Senator John would not make it 10 weeks in the White House with the Alaskan mother huskie. Plus she is alot more woman than Cindy...and that dog won't hunt...or pull a sled!

9/01/2008 11:20 PM  

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