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.

  • Addie

    I cannot believe she’s still pushing this Russia/foreign policy bit. Every time I see her speak, (which, of course, is infrequently) I understand why the campaign is keeping her on such a short leash – but how long can that last?

    The mind, it boggles.

  • Anonymous

    I honestly don’t know much about the woman, but I didn’t understand a word she just said. If my 7 year old talked to me like that when I asked him a question I would send him to his room and tell him to come back and talk to me when he got his thoughts together! Is she going to have a room we can send her to? lol.

  • American Jane

    Heather, Heather, Heather…..

    Why don’t you stick with topics upon which you are knowledgable, such as your adorable daughter, photography, and design.

    Oh, by the way: are you even registered to vote?

    After the last go round with this, I will not even waste the wear on my keyboard….

    God help us is right… if *Obama* is elected.

  • Keith

    I really can’t believe that this is the person the Republican party thinks should be 1 failed heartbeat away from the big chair.

  • Rachel

    So much for no name calling, I see.

  • http://suzannerenfrow.blogspot.com suzanne

    I think the gal in THIS video would have been MUCH better suited than Palin as McCain’s VP pick!
    Seriously, I think Palin’s popularity stems from the fact that she comes across as being less of a slime-ball than most career politicians. I am a registered Republican but still can’t say who I will vote for, they all scare me…I’ve been around long enough to know that campaign promises and rhetoric are a bunch of hot air and our political system is such that not any one person has the ability to dramatically change anything without a bunch of the typical partisan resistance…so most campaigns are a bunch of hooey when it comes to what people promise to do if elected…you really just need to go by the candidate’s track record to get an idea of their integrity and ability. How they act “when no one is looking”, so to speak. Then vote accordingly.

  • Anonymous

    This is all I have to say….at least the person on the republican ticket, with no experience in foriegn policy, is the VICE president….

    On the Democrat ticket, this very person is the PRESIDENT nominee…

    That scares the shit out of me……

  • http://www.visual-voice.net susan

    This is an incredibly important election taking place at a crisis point in our economy. We should all be talking about this major decision on our blogs, in the office, and with friends and neighbors. I’m glad you’ve chosen to write about this in addition to your regular content. It’s affecting all of our lives. I think McCain is treating Palin like a wind-up Barbie doll. If she has a brain and is qualified, then stop shielding her from the media and get her out there and talking. Well… that’s what I THOUGHT until I saw this clip… now I understand why she seems to be under a gag order. It’s embarrassing.

  • http://this-life-is-mine.blogspot.com/ Jess

    WHEW! Well, at least we all now know where Russia is (said 32.5632 times!)

  • Sarcazmo

    Ivan, yes, that’s right. I formed my opinions because of a reaction to my surroundings. That’s a resounding yes, in fact. *And a tip of my glass and a sip of Guinness to you, my friend*

    Be well, all. It’s Friday and I have a hot date with my husband tonight. We’re going to watch porn and have hot sex.

  • Kim

    Quite frankly, I think a lot of the democratic women flipping sides to vote for her are just trying to do it “against the ‘establishment’ and media” because they feel that women are overly crucified when trying to run for political office.

    I agree but only to a point… I think that the speculation about her family situation is being completely blown out of proportion solely because she is a woman, a man would never be questioned as to why he went back to work only 3 days after their child was born. However, I think that in the real issues, such as making sure America knows she’s an incompetant moron, she’s getting a free pass solely because she’s a woman. If she was a man with her credentials she’d never be on the ticket, ever. Thus voting for her to be against the establishment’s treatment of women is flawed at the core. In effect, you are rewarding the unequal treatment of women.

    As a woman, I am appalled that this is who our country has decided to put out there to represent all of us. If there were ever someone to perpetuate the stereotype that women are less intelligent, rely on their looks and make flawed emotional decisions- this is her. I was no Hillary fan, but in comparison to this woman? I would be the first one in line to vote for her.

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  • Tee

    To Jayna 563: Are Jews extremists too?

    BTW, I’m not trying to be a smart arse.

  • Lori

    Maybe she’d be a great neighbour or a fun guest at a party or a wonderful friend but please don’t elect someone who reminds you of yourselves. And for the love of all that’s holy, don’t elect someone whose supporters feel compelled to mention her two terms on the Wasilla City Council and two terms as the Mayor of Wasilla. Wassup folks!!!

    Oh, and anyone who feels the need to move to Canada…you’ll be most, most welcome.

  • Amy

    I am voting for McCain/Palin for one reason, and one reason only: the alternative would be a disaster for this country as we know it.

    I don’t understand why people are so concerned about how Sarah Palin was stumped when relentlessly quizzed on what regulations McCain has supported in his past, instead of investigating their own candidate’s questionable (shady?) past.

    Please stop reading the gossip columnists and spin doctors, and learn about the facts! http://www.ibdeditorials.com/IBDArticles.aspx?id=306978378974502

  • Dougie
  • Amy

    I find it interesting that whatever version of this is presented the answers are always the same. The Obama supporters replies start with an implied “Well Duh!” The McCain supporters replies all end with an implied “So There!”

  • oregoncoastgirl

    Oh lawd, Miss, you gonna git us bof’ in trouba!

    Although I follow it daily, I will be glad when this election is over.

  • http://maarmie.blogspot.com maarmie

    I’m glad I moved to Scotland.

  • Janet

    Did you notice how her 6 month old baby was “sleeping” right through a loud cheering crowd at her Nomination Speech?
    Don’t tell me that child wasn’t drugged for that rally.
    What a great big sham(e).

  • http://notwithoutmytowel.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Ha ha! She sounds exactly how I imagine I sound when I’m trying to bullshit my work experience in interviews.

  • emily b.

    I read through 64 of the comments and then had to stop myself. So far of the 64 I read there wasn’t a single Palin supporter who explained why they supported her. There were a few people who chose to express their Palin support by insulting Heather directly. I would love to see a follow up blog post that sums up the comments received into what percent are equally afraid of Palin, what percent show their palin support by throwing stupid insults at heather, and what percent actually explain why they support her. Maybe it would also be good to know what their explanations are because right now I’m not seeing any.

  • suebee

    i am voting dem this year, but this clip is kind of scary-making re the other side.

  • katliz

    @564 and others with the Muslim school argument:

    When I was in high school, my dad’s company sent us to Malaysia for him to work there temporarily. Malaysia is an Islamic state. While there, I attended school at an American boarding school created to educate the children of Western missionaries. The school was a fundamentalist Christian institution.

    I am neither a fundamentalist Christian nor a Muslim, even though my school transcripts are checked “Christian” and I lived under Islamic law for three years.

    None of these arguments are valid, and prove nothing other than the prejudices of those arguing them.

  • jessica

    Ivan 1071

    I don’t know understand pro-life/pro-choice huh? Last time I checked there wasn’t anybody out there that was pro-abortion. No one that I have ever known has been pro-abortion. For the record I do not support partial birth abortion. I have a child myself and I had him at a very bad time in my life that I could have very easily had an abortion, but I CHOSE not to. It is about privacy and it is about choice and the right to chose.

    A woman who could possibly run this country who supports the exact opposite of this and is not even willing to entertain the idea of abortion even in instances of rape or incest-I cannot support.

  • http://www.stayathomesomething.com Kristin

    I am a registered republican, but I suppose I should be an independent because I never vote with my party, I always vote with the issues however I usually lean right. This time around I have no clue what I am going to do. I am looking hard right now at a few independents, Bob Barr, Ron Paul, because I don’t know where my vote is going. I can tell you one thing that I do know. I am tired of snarky politicians wrapped in red tape, and I am tired of all the mud slinging. I appreciate that you are asking for Palin supporters to voice their opinions, that is awesome. It sucks to go to a blog and read “Obama/McCain sucks….vote for this person because I said so”….That kind of ignorant bullshit is getting a bit exhausting. Its refreshing for someone to ask for discussion instead of whine about why they hate the candidate they aren’t voting for. I love my country and we are facing some tough times.I have a lot of thinking to do before election day.

  • http://amyrollo.com/brookland Amy

    She is nothing like me. I’m a 20something living in a big fucking city working as a freelancer with no health insurance and a shitload of student loans to pay off.

    However, I’m from a small, conservative town where there are women “just like her.” The kind of women who didn’t like the smart, pretty girls because they would go on and do something significant with their lives. The kind who would stop your 16 year old self in the hallway because you were wearing a shirt that showed a collarbone and that was inappropriate (read: stupid shit that doesn’t matter – education should be what matters).

    By the way, my town also had hockey and the term “hockey slut” was coined for a reason. I’m looking at her daughter…

  • Kathleen

    Another military family for Obama. Many of the men fighting and dying alongside my husband were members of the Iraqi army and they were all Muslim. I’d welcome any of them into my home, proudly.

    We’ve just suffered through eight years of a tough talking former governor who seemed likable. We not more afford to go down that road than we can afford a man who voted with him 90% of the time. Please. Enough already. Enough.

  • http://fickenchingers.blogspot.com/ angie

    I can’t believe she scares people. That just amazes me.

  • ProChoice

    It’s amazing to me that so many people support a candidate because of their view on abortion. Don’t you pro-life people realize that abortions will still happen even if you take our right away?

  • halley

    I wanted to hear more of this interview, to see if there was going to be a real answer…because the point she was trying to make didn’t fit with the question given. I am wondering why Palin and other people in office/leadership positions seem to avoid handling a false or poor statement, or their ignorance for that matter. Saying you have foreign policy experience just because you live next door to a couple of important countries doesn’t necessarily mean you had any say/impact on our relations with those countries. I think it’s like a bra saying its qualified to be a jockstrap just b/c it provides support…even though the support it provides may be rendered useless to a football players junk.

  • Amber

    Honestly, I do like Sarah Palin. Why? Simply put, I enjoy the thought of someone in office who holds on to the same values I do.

    It’s exactly the same reason why Obama’s supporters want to elect him. (at least I hope so) I am assuming much of the population who is voting for him aren’t basing their choice on his gender or color, but because they believe he will run this country according to the things he intrinsically believes. I think it’s unfair to accuse McCain’s supporters of doing anything less.

    As I am making my decision of whom to vote for, I try to discover what value system someone has because I believe that ultimately people base their decisions on what they believe at their very core, despite what they may say when campaigning or in interviews.

    Palin appears at this point to have a similar heart to mine on issues that are important to me. Whether or not she stumbles on a question is less of a determining factor than whether or not she would, should she be in a position to do so, protect the rights and values I believe in.

    And, yes, the fact that I am a born-again Christian factors into my vote. How could it not? If I really believe what I say I believe, then of course that would be a deciding factor. Palin’s forthrightness about her faith is absolutely a positive to me- because, as it becomes less and less popular to have Biblically-based opinions, I can trust that my right to have them will be protected.

    I am not certain, but I imagine if a gay man ran for office, many homosexuals would love the chance to vote for him. Even if this imaginary candidate gave a bad interview, they would at least consider voting for them because they would like the chance to feel like their interests would be well represented.

    I don’t think that it’s a matter of those who vote for one candidate or another are necessarily idiots, or are being mesmerized by beauty or gender… I think it’s just a matter of what’s more important to us to defend. To some, it’s unborn babies, the right to pray, and our military. To others, it might be the environment, the arts, and social services. Voting is how we voice that value system.

    I guess that’s the best way to explain it from my side. I’ll duck from the insults and rotten vegetables that are bound for my head now.

  • Ash

    I’m sticking with the Leta-ism:


    **Obama 08**

  • Anonymous

    Frankly, they all scare me. You think Palin has no experience? You’re right, but she’s only running for vice. Obama has no experience either. He’s never voted for or against anything, just abstain. How can you get behind a man who won’t event take a stand and vote for something he believes in? You want that kind of waffler as your president?

  • Anonymous

    #1095, Lolly Pea said:
    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?

    NONE. which is why I am not running for PRESIDENT.

  • http://blog.pixelmedius.com Jason

    I think it’s ok to like Sarah Palin, she’s one heck of an interesting story. I think that if your political views are so centered on being pro-life or other religious issues, I can totally see why you would vote for her. And if there wasn’t the oldest candidate for President in history running with her, I would just go ahead and say that this is a move by McCain to pander to the religious right and laugh it off and probably not care too much one way or the other.

    The problem is that McCain isn’t particularly healthy, has outlived the entire male lineage of his family already, has cancer, and (lest we forget) suffered 5 years of torture. And he wants to have the most stressful job in the world. This is a woman who isn’t just a “heartbeat away from the presidency”, but she will LIKELY need to assume executive power at some point during his term. And for some Americans, that would be a literal Godsend, because a Palin presidency is a Christian conservative presidency with the same agenda and outlook.

    Anyway, that was all a long-winded way of saying, “yeah, I get why some people like her, but holy shit wtf?”

  • aimee

    just curious you self righteous piece of crap, have you EVER heard Obama speak without a teleprompter? Now THAT is some scary shit!

  • Anonymous

    For #383:

    “The two candidates’ plans would have sharply different distributional effects. Senator McCain’s tax cuts would primarily benefit those with very high incomes, almost all of whom would receive large tax cuts that would, on average, raise their after-tax incomes by more than twice the average for all households. Many fewer households at the bottom of the income distribution would get tax cuts and those whose taxes fall would, on average, see their after-tax income rise much less. In marked contrast, Senator Obama offers much larger tax breaks to low- and middle-income taxpayers and would increase taxes on high-income taxpayers. The largest tax cuts, as a share of income, would go to those at the bottom of the income distribution, while taxpayers with the highest income would see their taxes rise.”

    From A Preliminary Analysis of the 2008 Presidential Candidates’ Tax Plans (Full Report)

  • http://threedogsandababy.blogspot.com clumberkim

    There is only one qualification for Vice President: being qualified to be President. She isn’t even close.

    If she would hang her own daughter out to dry, knowing full well what the press would do with the pregnancy story, I wouldn’t trust her with a gerbil, let alone the country. She will do anything to further her political career.

  • Nelson

    I was just browsing but I have to respond to this:

    93. Anonymous said:

    1. She’s good people. First off, she’s a born-again Christian. The single most important thing in my book. And I like her. I like her values, her principles and her personality.
    [um, what? seriously? Your number one factor for picking someone to run our country--a country that prides itself on being a melting pot with freedom of religion with just about every religion on earth in it--is someone being a born again? Ugh, that is just silly. Plus maybe you haven't looked around lately but the last born again to be president didn't do such a hot job. In fact he did some of the most irresponsibly aggressive things that any president in my lifetime (admittedly short lifetime) have done. The religious furry when Clinton got a BJ in the White House should have been thrown ten times over when Bush decided to lie to us (that isn't very Christian) about Iraq's involvement in terrorism to support a war that should have never happened. I think that religion should not be a factor at all for president or VP but that's my opinion. I have more on this in the subsequent responses too.]

    2. She’s a proven reformer. She DID take on the establishment in AK–and she made some compromises along the way. As all in leadership MUST do. Of course she kept the $ that the feds gave her for that bridge!!! But as her interests changed from limited local (Wasilla mayor) to statewide (Governor) her position changed to reflect her constiuent interests. You have to respect that–it’s only fair. And seriously, they only spent $30k for a lobbyist for Wasilla. I would bet you a bunch of $$ that is WAAAAY below average for municipalities.
    [She also lied, or at least mislead people, about this, repeatedly, and still does, saying that she said thanks but no thanks to the bridge while still taking the money. http://www.reuters.com/article/vcCandidateFeed7/idUSN3125537020080901. What good did she really do for the country? It would be like my wife saying "I said thanks but no thanks to that Gucci Bag, but I did use the money for new shoes and an outfit. Really she did me no favors. Is this your example of born again good peopleness?]

    3. She does have executive experience. She’s the ONLY one who has it. Go be mayor of a small town…not to mention Governor of a state…then come tell me she’s not experienced “to be a heartbeat away” from the presidency. Uhhh….YES SHE IS. She’s the only one who is! Executive power is a TOTALLY different beast than legisilative. Period.
    [Bush had executive experience too. Running Texas, a much bigger (population wise) and more complex state for 8 years(compare to Palin's 2). He also had foreign relations with Saudis and many others before becoming a president. That didn't make him a good president. Palin's experience is much less impressive.]

    4. Who cares if her daughter is pregnant?? I mean–really?? So is like 35% of the rest of the American teenage population. Her family is not immune to the problems that crop up from living in a trouble-filled world. What matters is that she is encouraging good decisions and supporting her daughter as she begins the difficult task of being a teenage mother. Good for her.
    [Well this would be much less relevant if she were not in support of abstinence only programs. And the fact that she is so anti-sex education that she considered banning sex education books from the library http://www.time.com/time/politics/article/0,8599,1837918,00.html. If she can't get the her policy to work at home how can she be expected to create and enforce proper policy to the whole country? Plus, like Bush, even when things aren't working she sticks to her guns. Despite the fact that Bush used that against Kerry, I rarely see a reason to continue doing something that is clearly wrong and doesn't work.]

    5. A woman VP? Oh yeah. And what I love best–she’s a real woman. Mom. PTA. Feminine. The whole bit. Work away–even w/ an infant. You can do it!!
    [I don't think being a woman or not matters other than the fact that it would be good to see a different face in the White House. However I'm not sure she is the right representative for women or a good role model for younger women. There is more to life than working hard. I will say that I commend her for being able to keep a family together with all the responsibility she had taken on over the years. That can't be easy.]

    6. Troopergate? Please. When you are the Governor, you can fire your commisioners. Period. The commissioner has said she didn’t ask for her ex-bro-in-law to be fired. Good enough for me. Besides, based on the Trooper in question (drunk driving arrests both ON and off duty, tasering his 10 year old step-son-at the request of the 1o year old to prove he was not a ‘mama’s boy’, death threats against his father-in-law) should have been fired. But in fact, is still a trooper. Troopergate?? Come on.
    [This is what the Commissioner said "For the record, no one ever said fire Wooten. Not the governor. Not Todd. Not any of the other staff," Monegan said Friday from Portland. "What they said directly was more along the lines of 'This isn't a person that we would want to be representing our state troopers.'" http://www.adn.com/news/politics/story/510080.html. You're technically correct but seriously this combined with the calls and apparently false accusations just stinks of pressure. Admittedly the trooper doesn't seem like the best guy ever.]

    7. Banning books?? Didn’t happen. Ask the librarian. She has said over and over that then Mayor Palin asked a “what if” question. So why the drama??
    [Why the drama? The mayor of the town, the person that is now seeking to be VP, asked, repeatedly, what a response to removing books from the library would be. Once even at the city council meeting. Then she sent a letter to the library which responded "I would absolutely resist all efforts to ban books" http://news.bostonherald.com/news/2008/view.bg?articleid=1117009&srvc=2008campaign&position=15 and who subsequently received a letter from Palin, as mayor, requesting her resignation. That is not cause for drama?]

    8. She is exciting. She’s not entrenched. She’s new on the scene. Love it. Love it. Love it.
    [Yes but new isn't always better. Is it? Cause it would be really new to have Heather's psycho dog be VP--we have had plenty of VP's that are fullof shit but none that I know of ate their own--but that doesn't seem like a good thing.]

    So here you have it…my opinion. It is what it is. I know you won’t like it, cause it isn’t the same as yours. That should be the beauty, right?? But I won’t go calling your boys names–despite the great soundbites they’ve provided over the years (especially Biden). Good luck–and may the best side win!
    [I agree that it is great to have your own opinion, and you have done a great job here generally of making it clear that this is more of an emotional decision than one based on facts. I can appreciate that. No comment on Biden. In fact if Palin weren't so bad at answering questions Biden would be in even worse shape. The VP debates are certainly the ones to watch. I hope youtube has stocked up on harddrives.]

  • http://tupto.com tupto

    OK, for one, you should really warn people if it’s safe for work, because I laughed so loud I had to cover my mouth before I had an influx of co-workers come to see if I was OK. Second, OMFG!

    Ah yeah, it keeps getting better and better. God bless America.

  • Rell

    I think it’s amazing that Heather has asked for responses to the question “Why Palin?” and all we get are the same humdrum non-answers. I didn’t read all comments, but all I found was comment #301 with a laundry list of “accomplishments” pulled from John McCain’s own website. If you’re going to convince me that she has enough experience I’m going to need to see a lot more than some inflated list that McCain’s best PR people put together. She certainly does not have more experience than either Obama or Biden. And it’s pretty easy to run a budget surplus and not raise taxes when you have a population of less than a million and the oil companies subsidize your entire state. Oi.

    The ‘big sister/one of us’ argument is ridiculous. I don’t want one of my friends in the White House. I would like an elite thinker, an intelligent person to run the country. Since when did being an elitist turn into such a terrible thing? I think that’s important. I’m thrilled that there are more intelligent people than me running on the Dem ticket. THRILLED.

    wake up people!

  • Anonymous

    This reminds me of the book/movie Disclosure… someone who is picked to lead because she’s a woman who looks good and can speak FROM A SCRIPT, but has nothing to offer underneath. I was undecided UNTIL Palin was picked. Now I’m voting for Obama. As a female I am beyond insulted by the Republican Party’s decision. Plus the bank meltdown just shows how f-ed up with this country is right now.

  • http://www.auburn.edu Pam

    This is a prime example WHY they do not want her to speak, she sounds like an idiot..she is embarrasing to me as a woman.

  • Nicole

    The sad truth for me is that she scares me slightly less than Obama. HE scares the crap out of me. It’s very sad to me that both of our presidential hopefuls literally scare at least half of the country. I feel like I am voting for the lesser of the two evils. And, I’m not very happy about it.

  • Nhiro

    I echo 57′s sentiments.

  • aimee

    Hey, have you seen the clip of Biden talking about Roosevelt addressing the people on TV in 1929 during the Depression!??? Doubtful because NBC edited it! Go look on youtube you stupid piece of crap! Someone needs to tell Einstein Biden that people didn’t have TVs in 1929 and Roosevelt WASN’T president.
    Honestly, you are such piece of garbage, it is shocking!

  • MyrnaMinx

    To all commenters who have said something along the lines of “Sarah Palin has chutzpah, moxie, spark,” please look at her more closely. Sarah Palin has hubris, arrogance, smugness…the only thing that gives me hope is that old saw: “Pride goeth before a fall.”

    Considering her family situation, her inexperience, and her possible future as VP or even President of the United States, she should be spending her church time not being protected against all forms of witchcraft (I believe Gawker.com has that video), but on her knees in humility, praying for guidance and wisdom.

  • Joy

    I will be voting McCain/Palin in the upcoming election. I know you don’t want to hear “because i’m a Chrisian”…but it’s a good reason. Do you really want OBAMA, a glorified motivational speaker running our country??? Sure he is great speaker and hansome man but that does not mean he is qualified to run the county. I’m sure every one of us has went to a job intervew NOT completely qualified for the job but if given the opportunity you would bust your ass to learn what you had to do to get the job done.

  • Lolly Pea

    #1102 – You are absolutely right, the question should have read VICE PRESIDENT. I was thinking ahead of the much larger issue, which is the experience of the two candidates running for the more important office. My mistake, please accept my humble apologies.