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An opinion on Palin.

I am not a wild animal eater. Duck is about as rakish as I will go when eating. My grandfather over the years has enjoyed uncultivated animals like squirrel and rabbit. The flesh of these bestial creatures leave a gummy taste in my mouth that no amount of side dishes can fix. I have never had moose. Perhaps, whenever I make it up to the northern exposure of Alaska; I will get a chance to sample the cadmium laced red meat.

Sarah Palin, has tried moose stew I bet. McCain's hip new pick for VP has stunned the political world. She undercuts the central argument that the right wingers have been making that Obama is too cool to be President because of his intake of protein bars and lightly sweetened organic tea. But who on Earth is this newbie from Wasilla, AK? A governor with minuscule experience. She is inviting and receptive, however. A sure fire up for the Republican base. She energizes the kook wingnuts of the party and even might sway the right of center independents.

McCain threw America for a loop by choosing her, however. Of all of the choices available, Mac chose someone who is an obvious pander to the dire hard PUMAs of the Democratic party who are still sobbing that their choice did not ride off into the 1600 sunset. Hell, one PUMA was on Hardball praising Johnny Mac for his maverick pick. A Republican strategist suggested Palin was a risky, but brilliant choice. I agree. Palin offers a reform agenda. The same tired old one being offered by McCain. The one that was offered by Ronald Reagan, Daddy and Sonny Bush. Of course, Palin can deliver the low taxes, less government mumbo jumbo with ease and precision. She has a 80-90% approval rating among Alaskans, which is quite impressive. But on the fundamentals -- she is lacking. Lacking, lacking, lacking.

I watched her give her speech yesterday and she was babbling about a bridge to nowhere and how she and the straight talkers of the GOP are the change America so desperately needs. Blah, blah, blah. She along with the other pro-lifers, middle class money guzzlers and conservative compadres are playing themselves if they see this as a game changer.

If the choice is between a so-called straight talker and a moose stew lover vs a savvy intellectual with uplifting oratorical skills and a foreign policy virtuoso, I'll take the latter any day. This is a game changer, all right; but not in the way the Republicans think it is.

Originally posted to SarcasticIntellectual on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 09:59 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  When "Republico" calls this pick desperate.... (12+ / 0-)

    ...you know McCain really jumped the shark.

    http://www.politico.com/...

  •  This pick has to scare the independents, (9+ / 0-)

    She is rightwing nut job.

    "Those that know, don't say, those that say, don't know"... Tao te ching... Then why am I posting a comment?

    by zenmasterjack on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:06:55 AM PDT

  •  Rove out-Roved himself. (1+ / 0-)
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    Sherri in TX

    There is no Left Wing. Left is the truth.

    by BA BarackUS on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:10:07 AM PDT

  •  Its clearly an act of desperation (2+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv, newdem1960

    Mark Shields, on the Newshour last night said a "senior repub" told him the experience argument has already lost once to the change argument. McLame is abandoning the experience argument.  His strategy going forward is going to be, "I’m for change and my kind of change is better than his kind of change".  Hence the Palin pick, change rather than experience.  Either way though, I don’t think it will sell.  They’re both losers.

    Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité

    by snaglepuss on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:11:10 AM PDT

  •  The reason Kristol, Limpbag, etc. (1+ / 0-)
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    snaglepuss

    are so enthused would be that it props up their base ... to a limited extent: Palin-age megachurchers mostly. There are actually going to be folks interested in electing the ticket, rather than stopping the Dems. They are excited that this might deflct an all-out rout to a mere "loss".

  •  Darragh Murphy is a right wing republican (2+ / 0-)
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    houyhnhnm, Lopez99

    She supported McCain long before she claims to have supported Hillary

    She is a political operative who is pretending to be a Hillary supporter.

    Make no mistake, if hillary was the nominee, then she would be voting MCcain

    I shall not rest until right wing conservatives are 4th party gadflies limited to offering minor corrections on legislation once or twice a year.

    by davefromqueens on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:19:31 AM PDT

    •  Agreed (0+ / 0-)

      I watched this so-called PUMA speak (Hardball-8/29).

      In reaction to McCain's VP pick she believed it was now his election to lose, Obama's thunder had been stolen and called H. Dean and Obama "amateurs".

      Fortunately Fineman followed up later in the braodcast with this gem, one of my favorites so far: "Sarah Palin makes Barack Obama look like John Adams."

  •  Rovians have a point to make (0+ / 0-)

    Give us any 2 yokels to run and we will still win regardless...

    Just like a certain formula 1 racing team a while ago did not like to admit that it was not just their race cars but the drivers who together were needed to win races they would ditch the winning driver and go with a different one next time.....

    The point is with the Rovians they believe their election winning mechanism is sooooo good that it doesn't matter how 2nd or 3rd rate their "Drivers" might be...they will still win...they control a rigged system.

    (not implying that F1 is fixed Just lots of money and sponsors will almost guarantee victory)

    They better be wrong this time...

    Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie

    by IreGyre on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:21:19 AM PDT

  •  no matter how much WE dislike the pick, (1+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv

    it ENERGIZES the base - evangelicals, republican/independent ladies, any Rep. who said "we have no chance" now at least thinks there IS a chance.  That will make things tighter as we move into fall, and we didn't need them tighter.  We'll need to continue our efforts at voter registration, activation, turnout.

    •  McCain is still at the top of the ballot. (0+ / 0-)

      I think  he is hoping that she shores up the right flank enough for him to go "moderate" and reach out to centrists.  But the ideologues that really love the Pallin pick won't stand for that.  I think he's probably painted himself even further into a corner.

      His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere. --Mark Twain on G.W. Bush.

      by Anubis Bard on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:53:43 AM PDT

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  •  base (1+ / 0-)
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    murrayewv

    McCain has no natural base--this move helps with the evangelicals.  Women will not be swayed by her lack of logic, or her strong anti-abortion/birth control stance.  Right wingers will emphasize how AK oil drilling will lower gas prices.

    In sum, she doesn't help McCain--and Biden doesn't really help Obama--and that's how it should be.  We win this sucker with ease, and show the world that many Americans are not know nothing idiots.

  •  Actually Palin's approval ratings have fallen 20% (1+ / 0-)
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    with Alaskans recently.  And that falling approval rating is even lower amongst the Republicans working in the state capital on the budget.

    She doesn't understand complexity... has no clue about Iraq and its intricacies.

    She KEPT the federal money on that Bridge to Nowhere.  She didn't want to put up Alaskan money, but she sure as hell kept ours.

    She favors teaching creationism in public schools.

    She loves moose burgers so much that she not only favors the gutless and cowardly aerial hunting of wolves, but she actually sent her Fish & Wildlife Dept. out to gather baby wolf cubs from their dens and slaughtered them.

    She doesn't believe in global warming and she favors drilling in the Arctic Wildlife Refuge.  That backward thinking impedes energy independence and freedom in this country.

    <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

    by bronte17 on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:47:56 AM PDT

    •  any link for the global warming point? (0+ / 0-)

      That's one I hadn't heard.

      His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere. --Mark Twain on G.W. Bush.

      by Anubis Bard on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 10:54:41 AM PDT

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      •  It was on Al Gore's site this morning (1+ / 0-)
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        Anubis Bard

        He pulled it from McClatchy news here.

        Sen. John McCain's choice of a running mate, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska, favors drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, questioned the science behind predictions of sea ice loss linked to global warming and opposed a state initiative that would have banned metal mines from discharging pollution into salmon streams.

        The Alaska governor has said that she's tried to persuade McCain to agree with her on drilling in the wildlife refuge. She also has said that she was happy that he changed his position over the summer and now supports offshore oil drilling.

        She's a reactionist creationist.  No logic.

        <div style="color: #a00000;"> Our... constitutional heritage rebels at the thought of giving government the power to control men's minds. Thurgood Marshal

        by bronte17 on Sat Aug 30, 2008 at 11:32:04 AM PDT

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