Oh noes! Here her goes again!

So I’m going to go ahead and risk being beheaded by opening up this wound again, but I want to post this video and encourage you to watch it for a couple of reasons (you’ll have to sit through a 15 second commercial, I have no control over that, but it’s important enough to endure that inconvenience):


First, this one minute and twenty-eight second video perfectly sums up why the selection of Sarah Palin as a vice presidential candidate scares the holy living shit out of me. To me, this is clearly an example of why they are not letting her talk to the press more because it appears as if she has no idea what she’s talking about.

Two, I am genuinely interested in hearing from fans of Palin. I want to know why you think she’s qualified, and why you’d vote for a man who would choose to run with someone like this.

No name calling, no hurling of insults. I’d just really like to hear your side.

  • http://www.hope4peyton.org Anonymous

    What I really admire about Sarah’s interview tactic is her magical ability to confuse the audience by saying exactly the same line but with slightly different inflection…word for word the same, but a little emphasis goes a long way to making you sound like your head wasn’t just shoved up your ass.

  • Rebecca

    Thank you for opening up the door for people to let us know why they would or would not be voting the McCain/Palin ticket. I have been really interested to hear what people had to say…

    I loved comment #172 . It was clear and concise. I feel so passionate about this election and have for a long time now. I try to take the passion/arggg out of my voice and really listen to what people have to say about both sides of this situation… because there is such terror in my heart right now because of the economy ect what I think what would help the most right now is to try and HEAR what other people besides myself are saying. Even if I don’t agree..

    I have always thought that *we* as a people all want the same thing. We want to be loved and love, we want our friends and family to be healthy and happy, and we want to believe that we could leave this world a little better than how we got it. To me whoever gives me that plan the best makes a difference. Also heath insurance. I dream about healthcare at night..:/

    I am teh suck at blog commenting but I hope what I was trying to say came through..

  • Aimee

    #570 because you stupid, liberal, sheep can’t think for yourselves! Obama is a fucking idiot and you just blindly go along with what he says, even though he says nothing! Someone needs to point out your liberal hypocrisy. Why are you so afraid of the truth about your savior?

  • Acher

    Ok, so here’s my deal. I am not saying that Palin is the best candidate ever. BUT the media seems to have forgotten that Obama doesn’t really have a whole hell of alot of experience either. It’s much easier to forgive/forget his lack of experience because he is a gifted public speaker, expecially if you have fallen under the spell of his charisma. (I have friends who I literally think will fall into a depression if that man is not elected.) I do think that Palin is being tried by the media, as all candidates are, but it does seem lately that she is being beaten up a little more than the other candididates. Liberal media bias? Maybe. Is she just THAT bad? Maybe she is.

    I haven’t really decided how I feel about Palin yet. I can certainly tell you, though, that a meteoric rise to power doesn’t necessarialy qualify you to be president either. And the star status that Obama is beginning to command is the LAST thing we need in the White House.

    Maybe we should all stop worrying about gender and race and pregnant daughters and divorces and remind ourselves that when it comes down to it, it is the issues that matter. And even more than that, the president isn’t much more than a political figurehead these days. If we’re that pissed off, we really need to work on our reps in Congress- the congressional approval rate is heinous, and they’re the ones making the laws.

    Sorry for the rant… caught me on a bad day. ;)

  • Ivan

    1081, are you fucking serious?

    People’s morals dictate everything. If your intellectual positions don’t match up with your morals, you need to do some serious thinking. I’ve read everything under the sun regarding ethics, leadership, political philosophy and yes, Virginia, the Bible. I’ve studied the issues, thought through my positions, lived a bit…THOSE things dictate my morals and my stances on various positions. Make sense, small-minded one?

    I think what you meant to say is that Evangelical Christians should not be allowed to vote because they too often vote their religious beliefs. So fucking what? Can I say if you vote for a candidate solely based on the color of his skin (95% of blacks support Obama, and it ain’t because they’ve all studied his positions on FISA, taxes, labor unions, Iraq and Medicare) your right to vote should be revoked?

    You vote your morals and let others vote theirs. What you said is un-democratic and flat out stupid.

  • Ari

    Tory, those were my exact thoughts. Im not American, I dont live in America……AND SHE SCARES ME!

  • SMP

    I think Melissa in comment 108 put it well… no person who would be great in office will ever run for it… It has turned into a slimy sort of business…. But, I do worry that as wonderful as Obama’s ideals sound and as good of a speaker he is, that some of his ideas are pretty against the very things that make our country unique and great…
    going to be a hard vote… is there an independant running???

  • Anonymous

    Interesting — Heather asked why people think she’s QUALIFIED, and no one has really answered that, just why they’ll vote for her, which, hello — not the same thing. I can’t personally answer it, because I don’t think she IS qualified. Unless to be a Sunday School teacher, perhaps.

  • deb

    To the Republican commenters: so much for NOT name calling/hurling insults…

    Everything I have read thus far and what is happening with our ecomony reinforces me to:

    Vote OBAMA

    I am truly afraid for this country if he doesn’t win this election.

  • Sarcazmo

    1083: Are you fucking kidding me? Really. An echo chamber? I live in the reddest, rightest, most ultra-conservative state in the union, Mr. Alexander. And that’s only geography.

    I work in the reddest, rightest, most ultra-conservative office in the state, with the most red, right, ultra-conservative people in the state.

    So from where do you suppose I’ve formed my opinion?

    ‘musta be mah PhD, I rekkun.

  • http://isthisthingonn.blogspot..com McBooty

    I think I just ralphed in my mouth a little bit

    P.S….Why do people keep saying that McCaine was such a good soldier?? He was captured, how good could he have been if he got caught?

    Vote Obama 08′

  • christine

    I just slapped myself. This is so embarrassing for our country. Thank God I’m not a republican.

  • Ben

    @Jason #531:
    The VP of the US is not a learn-on-the-job position, especially right now.

  • Corrnelia

    Not completely related to this but I totally had a dream about lieing down on a beach with Obama and a bunch of other liberals and he took time to answer all my questions. He listened to how my father died 2 days before my wedding (that part is true) and he was genuinely sympathetic. Why the hell I’d tell him that I don’t know but anyhow. Still in dream then there was the fight with the husband about who got to go to see him speak that evening. In the end we gave the ticket to someone who was an undecided voter. Interesting dream. Thank god Sarah Palin wasn’t in it. She scares the crap out of me.

  • Mari

    I find Sarah Palin so offensive as a representation of powerful women in America. It’s embarassing to watch her stutter over her words! Was she chosen just because of her looks? I mean, come on!!!

  • Beatrice

    I’d rather wake up on fire than have that woman in office.

  • http://bicycleirish.blogspot.com Angela

    There are plenty of people I can have beers with; I don’t need my leader to be one of those people. I just want them to be smart. Since when is having smart leaders a bad thing?

    Obama is smart. Very smart. That’s what I want in a leader.

  • Tee

    Poor Aimee. Aimee. You can’t be serious.

  • Suzy

    Well.. I was willing to maybe just come back another day, as I said in my post earlier that I do not come here for this type of content. After seeing your husbands post… Fuck you both. You will not be shoving your opinions down my thoat whether we agree on any of this stuff or not.

    Former Long-time reader

  • Anonymous

    “911. SteveW said:
    …and Obama has some foreign relations experience that she doesn’t? Ah yes, those “Community Planners” do a lot of foreign relations work.”

    I love that slam. Like WHY GOD WOULD WE WANT A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (not planner, pay attention) TO BE PRESIDENT? HOLY CRAP!

    Trust me, I’d much prefer someone who knows about working at the bottom, in the tough neighborhoods with the real people who live there, organizing people who would otherwise be disenfranchised and not participants in the political and social processes. Why would I want that? Because as a US citizien for the past 8 years, I’ve been disenfranchised and overlooked in our political process. I’d MUCH rather have someone who’s been in the real trenches of what life on the lower rung is like.

  • Manogirl

    My grandparents love her (they’re well into their 80′s now)–I mean, LOVE her. They think the pick was genius because it will counter the “minority” aspect of Obama’s candidacy.

    Honestly, sometimes I think people have latched onto her because she is a non-traditional candidate…but phew…she looks just like them. In other words, they’re looking hard for a way to justify some sort of subconscious racism, but they certainly know they can’t say it’s racism. Does that make sense?

  • http://www.jodianderson.com so NOT cool

    Nevermind that I’m in my 30s, I’m going to take up thumb-sucking.

  • Corey

    I am shaking with fear that this woman will somehow become vice president. Holy Shit!!!
    I am a working mom, intelligent and pretty…that does not qualify me to be VP and neither should it qualify her.
    Seriously people, think before you vote for her and her old fart running partner. Please!!!

  • Anna, Spain

    I know you are American Heather, and I know I’m European, but some of your readers are just sad. You write a personal blog, and you have all the right to ask people what they think about Palin, and she is a walking disaster. I mean whole concept of being Republican is just disaster. Being American Republican in 2008 is a major disaster. It’s not that you don’t know that USA is not really popular in the rest of the world, and through your blog, I finally got the perspective that not all Americans are dumb and dumber.

    I really like the way you put your thoughts on ‘paper’ and the way you think about most of the things, you are aware of your life, and not being poser, like most of the people.

    I know you have a big country, many many mentalities in one melting-pot, but Palin is just wrong. I’m Catholic as well, but the thing that she is preaching, is just scary, and her values are scary and she being incompetent is scary as well.

    There is just something really deranged about her.

    When it comes to president election, normally you shouldn’t have to think about what the world is thinking about you, just, you are living in the USA, and you owe yourself to have a Democrat as a president and then you owe this to the world.

    What was enough, was enough. You need Obama.

  • NNELLY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDJSVPAx8xc

    Not sure if anyone has posted this yet (with over a thousand comments, there was no way I was going to get through all of them!), but it’s an interesting clip to pit against the tragedy that is the Palin-Couric interview.

    I’m not sure I have much to contribute to the conversation by way of defending or refuting anything on either side. I feel McCain is a more qualified, albeit it less inspiring, candidate; unfortunately, that means we could be stuck with a beauty queen sending casseroles to Russia as part of her foreign policy if he kicks the bucket. On the other hand, though, she might at least know who was president in 1929 and when the television was invented…

    hard to say, I guess.

  • PEB

    Geesh, I almost felt sorry for her the way she was tripping over herself constantly. So, let me get this straight Russia and Alaska are by each other? Does she think we didn’t get it the first 3 times she mentioned it? See she already thinks less of the American people! and you know what this whole, “She’s just like us” and “she’s so pretty and a mom and I think I would totally be best friends with her” Yeah,well, my best friend is pretty and a mom but there is no way in hell I want or think she should be president. Does anyone vote by experience these day’s? Or by the way I choose my dogs when I’m betting on them at the races…”Um, I like that one because he/she has really neat markings and it’s groomed so nicely.” WAKE UP AMERICA OUR DOOM IS NEAR IF MCCAIN IS NOMINATED! Thanks, Heather I needed that.

  • Katie in Berkeley

    I can’t watch the video because I’m at work, but if it’s the interview clip I heard on the radio this morning, I would like to express my displeasure with the McCain campaign for putting her in this position, of having to defend some newly-invented aspect of McCain’s political record. I agree, there are many ways she isn’t right for the job, but I think the flubbing of this interview shouldn’t be blamed on her entirely.

  • aimee

    #575 anon
    you stupid libs have YET to tell how Barry Sotero (I mean Barack) is qualified. That has been asked over and over for the past year!

  • http://www.myslifeoflife.blogspot.com D’Rae

    I agree with 298 and 301. I am voting for McCain/Palin.

    I saw a photo eariler that showed the candidates with their running mates during the national Anthem. Everyone but Obama had their hand upon their heart. Obama had his hands by his sides. Pictures speak thousands more than words can ever say.

  • Ivan

    1087. PhD? Sweet…Certified smart! Must be in Classiness.

    So, your opinions are not because you came up with them but are reactionary to what others around you believe? That doesn’t seem like a good foundation for one’s ideology. You’d think a PhD would know something so basic.

    Do you work in the Governor’s office in SC? Lucky you!

  • http://parentheticalthoughts.wordpress.com Emma

    While I’m not a Palin fan, I fail to see how this video clip spells ruin for our country if she becomes vice president.

    Honestly I’m not too impressed with either the Dems or the Repubs this year :(

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a Palin supporter but I think it is important for viewers to realize that the American media isn’t always honest. The interview where this issues first came up was not shown in full and while I think Palin has much to learn about many issues, she’s not as stupid as they painted her to be. Don’t be so scared of the candidates. Be afraid of the lies being told by the media and those already in Washington. If anything is going to destroy this country, it is the media and ignorance of America’s voters not necessarily the candidates.
    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/p-j-gladnick/2008/09/13/abc-news-edited-out-key-parts-sarah-palin-interview

  • Anonymous

    As someone who plans on voting for Obama…now that you have asked for a Republican’s reasons why they would vote for a man who would pick Palin as a running mate, are you prepared to provide a complete and perfect explanation of why you would vote for a man who picks Biden as his running mate?

  • PJ

    uhh-ohh here comes putin rearing his head (wish i knew how to just put the picture in the comment, but I don’t…)

    http://www.boingboing.net/images/x_2008/putinrearshishead.jpg

  • Ivan

    1089:

    But he didn’t DO anything successful as a community organizer! Show me.

  • Kaitlyn

    What’s not to like. She has the liberals in complete hysteria (see nearly all comments above). :-)

  • http://frotoe.blogspot.com frotoe

    She is frightening. I think she was an eHarmony pick.

  • robyn

    Heather, in all fairness, please take Aimee’s post at #505 (video of Obama not being able to put together 5 words to make a sentence) and put it on your front page tomorrow. It’s only right for everyone who watched the Palin clip and said, “I’m so embarrased for her,” or “that sums up why I’d never vote for her” to see it. Frankly, I’m surprised you say the things you do with clips like that Obama one floating around. He is far worse at public speaking than she is, and he didn’t have some has-been-news-ratings-sinker trying to prove she’s got balls interviewing him.

  • KFS

    I’ve read the first 300 comments, and no one mentioned Obama’s speech where he very passionately talked about African-Americans who suffer from asthma and don’t have access to breathalizers or inhalators…
    Look, we can throw all mud at the candidates but that’s not going to solve anything.
    I don’t like Obama, I don’t like Biden.
    I like McCain. I like Palin.
    But I’m voting McCain/Palin not because I like them but because the party’s ideals are more in line with mine. I don’t vote for the people I like. If I did I’d be writing in my mom’s name for President! (By the way, she’d probably do a darn good job!)
    Sometimes I do vote for the lesser of evils. There are plenty of issues I disagree with when it comes to McCain, not the least of which is a big one in my book: immigration and our borders.
    But we can’t vote for someone ’cause he’s black, or ’cause she’s a woman. *I’m* a woman and I’m NOT qualified to be Vice-President. My ex-brother-in-law is black and he’s MOST DEFINITELY NOT qualified to be President.
    Vote issues and ideals, people! Our votes will help keep this great country of ours running, and will help it remain great. I don’t want the US to become some third-rate nation. That’s another reason I’m voting McCain/Palin – I’m voting for a man who loves this country, loves what it stands for, and who wants to see it remain the great country it’s been, and I don’t get that from Obama. I don’t see the patriotism and loyalty to the US and to its people that I want to see in our President.
    And by the way, Hillary as President??? OMG. I would be embarrassed to have her at a conference of all the leaders of the free world, screaming at the top of her lungs in that shrill voice – more mud, anyone???

  • Lolly Pea

    #1088 Mari –

    What’s funny is that is the exact thing I have been saying about Obama since the primaries. All style, no substance. He just spouts nonsense more eloquently.

  • http://daddyscratches.com Daddy Scratches

    “45. Giovanna Diaries said:
    Yeah….scary! ????
    As oppose to someone who all he ever says is CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE CHANGE.”

    I love this argument. Obama’s campaign materials have the “CHANGE” slogan on them, so that must be all he says.

    Nevermind that he says this, or this, or this, or that he has a 65-page PDF file that outlines in great detail his position on the issues … let’s just parrot what all the other zombified dittoheads are saying. “All he says is ‘CHANGE’!”

    Which, even if it was true, would still be better than the shit souffle the Right has been feeding us for 8 years.

  • http://ldrmommyrocks.blogspot.com/ Michelle

    I like your political posts, because I am in agreement with you. This woman drives me CRAZY! Two of my closest friends LOVE her and I just have to roll me eyes at them.

    She is just so stupid!

  • Carmen in SD

    I heard someone said that he was voting for her (McCain) cause she was a hunter and he was a hunter. So she is just speaking to her base which says a lot about her base…

    Check this below…a collectors item:

    http://music.msn.com/music/galleryfeature/superstar-dolls/?photoidx=1&affid=fb&silentchk=1&

  • http://cowjumpmoon.blogspot.com Shalini

    I voted today (absentee vote) and it wasn’t for McCain/Palin. You want to know what a reason a (lifelong) republican told me the reason she was qualified and a reason to vote for her was… “she is hot”…

    I personally don’t care what she looks like, but she needs some more edumaction!

    I really hope this spurs more people to go out and vote. I don’t want another 8 years of hell on earth with a bang up of the economy on the way out. I really despise what has happened over the last 7+ years and wish that all that time would just vanish. It was a horrible time for the country.

    Issues like abortion and gay rights are important, but don’t hit home as much as the economy (um who likes to eat?)

    Or health care (who likes to live?).

    No one in the republican camp can get off the high moral ground and talk about issues that impact everyone (including the rest of the world) and not just select communities.

    I just think that it’s time to educate ourselves and go vote. No matter who you vote for make sure you know WHAT you’re voting for.

    Palin is the wrong choice. McCain could’ve won I think if he had picked someone with more actual experience in the world. While Alaska is a great state, she just doesn’t cut it for VP. While Obama has little experience he has been working in one of biggest cities in the US, and has just a little bit more clout than she does, and he’s anchored Biden who has had a very long career in politics.

    Go vote!

  • Kristi

    God, I am sick of these stupid fucking christians thinking that just because a candidate says they are a “born again christian” that Jesus Christ himself would be running the country. He sure did a bang up job of it these last 8 years! If America votes them in, then America deserves everything they get with it. Stupid fuckers were dumb enough to do it twice already. And yes I do live in America, sadly, at this point.

  • dmc

    The woman is dumb and now she is working for a man slightly dumber. A joke that explains it all:

    While suturing a cut on the hand of a 75-year old Texas rancher whose hand was caught in a gate while working cattle, the doctor struck up a conversation with the old man. Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President. The old rancher said, ‘Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle.’

    Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.

    The old rancher said, ‘When you’re driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, that’s a post turtle.’

    The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor’s face, so he continued to explain. ‘You know she didn’t get up there by herself, she doesn’t belong up there, she doesn’t know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.’

  • http://www.undomesticdiva.com Undomestic Diva

    Seriously? OMG. That was… scary.

  • Beck

    I actually wanted to listen to Katie Couric more than Palin. It was less painful. And that is saying A LOT!
    -Beck
    By the way, I live in Alaska, and I did not and would not vote for her…EVER.

  • Oh

    In response to Colleen:
    “I may be young, but I don’t want someone “just like me” to become president. I want someone smarter, better educated, and capable of handling ALL the stresses that the job entails. Someone who took 6 years and 6 schools to get her bachelors degree doesn’t really fit that description.
    And a man who wants to suspend running for president because of a crisis in one sector of the county doesn’t strike me as someone who is capable of running the ENTIRE country for 4 years.

    Obama/Biden 2008!”

    I was in a meeting yesterday and when man said something similar that stuck with me. He said that he’s spent the last eight years knowing he was smarter than the man “running” our country and that he didn’t want to go another four years thinking the same thing. It’s time for change.

  • Lolly Pea

    To those of you who are crapping your pants because Sarah Palin is inexperienced in foreign policy, my question is this:

    What experience, exactly, qualifies you to be President?

    You might say executive experience, military experience, or experience being a community organizer. Or maybe being the CEO of a large company, or an actor. Whatever floats your boat.

    But you would be wrong.

    Nothing prepares you for being the President, for there is no other job like it.

    Besides, railing on Sarah Palin for being inexperienced seems pretty risky. It is not such a far leap to highlight Obama’s own shortcomings on the subject.