This here bringer of the pooper to the fun party

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.

  • I would post this on my own blog, but it’s just too awful. My father actually uttered the words, “Sarah Palin is HOT.” Imagine the therapy I’ll need to get rid of the stabbing pain in my left eye.

  • Not that I am pro Palin by any means, but with some fancy editing, and time to prepare your questions, you can put anyone on the spot and portray them any way you see that will fit your goal.

    My issue is that most of us choose our vote by stereotypes of our two parties. We vote for who our friends vote for, or whom our parents don’t vote for. It is all based on perception, and who gets the right kind of PR. We can’t really know our candidates by watching the press. You need to get online, and research what your candidates have voted for and pushed for.

  • Anonymous

    @#29/Anonymous,

    I love that you threw out the “socialist” insult- I mean, adjective.

    Man, why can’t our country just stay capitalist with a free market economy? Oh wait, it is?…. and now all of the greedy Wall Street fatcats’ respective houses of cards are down around their ankles?…. and we are about to have to socialize the banking system?

    Seems like what we’ve had is working out just swimmingly.

    Obama/Biden ’08

  • Danny

    Ignore # 29 and please continue with the political commentary on this website. It is nice to know that not everyone in Utah bows to the throne of the Republican party. If more disented, maybe a presidential canidate would take the time to look at some of the Utah issues. I’ve actually been to Canada; and Mexico, I guess that I am more qualified to be V.P. I also have going for me the fact that I know what the Bush Doctrine is. Thanks Heather.

  • Jessica

    Heather – you need to watch this:
    http://blip.tv/file/1287551

  • Blue

    everyone that i’ve talked to who likes palin always says she approachable. but i don’t want a soccer mom to be put in charge of the well-being of our country. i would like someone who is more informed, more intelligent, more logical, etc. basically someone who’s going to do a better job than i would which is why i’m appointing them that power.

    also, a big concern is firearms. if firearms become banned, or “regulated” (which is the democratic stance), that’s a problem (ex: there is more violent crime in states where firearms are regulated or banned {like NY or Chicago} than in non-regulated states).

  • nikki

    OH MY GOD THE HELL!!!

  • Oh Great Goodness. I am so embarrassed for this country right now. I’m reminded of those BS beauty queen surprise impromptu questions, where their answers always suck and they’re so nervous and ill-informed that you have to change the channel to avoid the awkwardness. She also reminds me of Peggy Hill, but where Peggy’s faults and egomania are weirdly lovable, Sarah Palin’s are set to destroy any remaining shred of hope the rest of the world had for us.

    Can we please have those Ben Bernanke/”Spencer” kids for co-VPs instead? At least they’re comfortable in front of the camera, and have a sense of irony.

  • De Anna

    yeah, eek.
    I blushed I was so embarrassed for her.

  • Lauren

    #39 Burbank Fox-I was thinking the same exact thing! I was looking forward to Palin “fan” comments…..well? Where are they?

    L

  • 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.

  • Ari

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

  • 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′

  • Beatrice

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

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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 🙁

  • Kaitlyn

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

  • “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.

  • 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.’

  • 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.

  • I think the gal in THIS video would have been MUCH better suited than Palin as McCain’s VP pick!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj3iNxZ8Dww
    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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?”

  • 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.

  • Nhiro

    I echo 57’s sentiments.

  • Steve-o

    In regards to comment 53…

    If you think that we’re in a free market economy right now, your mistaken. Some of the businesses that have been crashing as of late (Fannie Mae, Freddy Mac, etc) aren’t independent businesses. They are government sponsored entities under plenty of different laws governing what they can and can’t do. Not to mention, that if they don’t loan to sub-prime candidates, they risk losing their lucrative backing by the federal government.

    A particular reason of why we are in the position we are in right now is because of government intervention.

    Which is precisely why I hope that by some miracle McCain can’t make it to the election and Ron Paul decides to step in.

    PS. While it would be easy to put the blame on the president for our current financial situation, constitutionally speaking, we should be blaming Congress for what’s going on. They are the one’s who passed the laws that got us here in the first place.

    Steve
    — A Conservative Free-Market-Facist not supporting either party.

  • 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?”

  • Honestly, I am starting to wonder if we’re all in this great big reality TV show and someone is playing a huge joke on everyone with this McCain/Palin ticket. Either that or someone has paid a massive sum of money to get the most ludicrous people on the GOP bill possible, just to see if people would vote for them anyway.

    Are people voting for them because they truly believe they will do a good job, or because of blind partisanism? (If that’s a word. Ha.)

  • Honestly, McCain wasn’t much more articulate than this in his Couric interview but I think the difference is that he was struggling to articulate what he thinks everyone wants to hear without backing himself into a corner, while Palin’s struggling simply because she’s clueless and hasn’t learned how to respond to questions she doesn’t know the answers to or ones she has no answers for as artfully as more practiced politicians do.

    Please tell me there’s no way they’re going to win this thing. Please?

  • Lisa

    If Americans are dumb enough to elect McSame and Moose-i-lini, we’ll deserve the buttfucking we’ll get from them. Have we not learned anything in the last 8 years?

  • kourtney

    I’m equally as terrified.

    If you live next to a hospital does that mean you can practice medicine? That’s basically what she’s saying.

  • Heather, thanks for posting this. I know you were anticipating a potential for more backlash, but you did it anyway.
    I was really interested to hear what Palin supporters have to say. I just learned yesterday that my granmother “really likes” her, but I’ve been too scared to talk to her about it – I don’t know if I can handle the damage it’s doing to the respect I feel for her.
    If the only thing is her “real-ness”…. that is a terrifying way to choose a VP… I have many wonderful and intelligent friends that are “just like me” that I would not choose to be our VP.
    I am sick with worry that we will find ourselves with her as President.
    VOTE OBAMA ’08!

  • Madison

    Seems to me she would have looked less short bus if she just fessed up and said “I don’t have a lot of foreign policy experience but I’m fast learner” I would respect her more. Now she just looks like a moron. I can just imagine the Russian Government giggling like school girls that she is a vice president candidate. Nothing worse than a know it all who knows nothing.

  • SaraK

    Thanks for asking this question in a public forum. It’s one I keep going back to over and over again. I was actually going to email David Brooks of NYT fame and ask him the same.

    BTW, I’m in Utah, and I’m pro-Obama, so at least you’re not alone in the bastion of democrats that is Salt Lake City. I’m even way up in Davis County! 🙂

  • china

    there’s a poll http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html
    what i don’t understand is why.

    sometimes during presidential elections i think we should have the option to secede.

  • #11 Lisa: Yes, yes, and yes.

    #29 Anonymous: Really??? Heather invited open and frank discussion and the best you can come up with is “SHUT UP I HATE YOU LALALLAALLA”??

    Maybe if you were able to articulate your thoughts, we would actually learn something from you. Maybe some people would even change their minds. But like Sarah Palin, you are unable to logically and convincingly present your opinions, or learn from those of others. If you aren’t interested in Heather’s viewpoints, or putting in thoughtful conversation, why are you here?

    I really hope that someone can explain their love of McCain/Palin in a civil way. Is it because they side with you on abortion? Is it because you feel that your status as a Christian is threatened and they’ll help preserve your status quo? Come on, we know you’re out there…

  • Kat

    I’m going to have to take a guess as to why she’s popular because I’m not a Republican or even an American.

    I think some voters will find her likable (the folksiness, the hockey-mom factor, her naughty schoolteacher looks etc.) and actually appreciate her rough-around-the-edges interviews because they separate her from “slick” or “cagey” career politicians.

    I think many people will vote for her because they are Republican and she is on the Republican ticket. And that is enough.

    If there are any actual Palin fans in the house, maybe you could take it from here.

  • Anonymous

    I’m guessing the reason you aren’t getting a ton of conservative responses is b/c you don’t draw a lot of conservative readers. This isn’t Palin’s greatest interview, no doubt…but surely you don’t think this wasn’t edited?? Regardless, the comments here are ridiculous. The idea that people are voting for her just b/c she “is hot?” Really? Were these people crying about that when that “Obama girl”‘s video was all over the place? Although no doubt wasted in this forum, here are my thoughts as an everyday, average, just right of the middle conservative:

    After being less than enthusiastic about the choices for president in the primaries (I supported Huckabee, but never really thought he had a great chance for the top slot) I am THRILLED AND ELECTRIFIED in a way that I haven’t been for YEARS by the choice of Sarah Palin for the VP slot. Why? Well, let me tell you…

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!!

    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.

    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??

    8. She is exciting. She’s not entrenched. She’s new on the scene. Love it. Love it. Love it.

    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!

  • Pip

    It scares me that people would vote for them because Governor Palin is” just like you and me”. First of all, I am not qualified to run this country. Let there be no mistake, although I have significantly more education, was a soccer mom for longer, ran the PTA for longer, was involved in local politics for longer, and have never had any ethics investigations against me – I am not qualified to run this country! This woman repeatedly misstates her accomplishments – she went to five institutions before getting a bachelor’s degree! She has active ethics investigations going on…
    Where are the Republican women politicians?! Although, I am a dyed-in- the- wool liberal, I believe that there are plenty of well-spoken, well-educated and highly experienced Republican women potentially qualified for this position. Why are they not speaking up? Where is Christine Todd Whitman? If we, as women, want to be represented, then put forth a brilliant candidate.
    Professional values? Does it only take a low-grade bachelor’s degree and a couple of years experience to run a country? Complexities of economics, science, cultural history demand more – don’t they?
    Moral values? Wouldn’t you expect to have no ethics conflicts if you wanted to be in charge of a prominent nation? Wouldn’t you expect to have spiritual beliefs that are distinctly personal, not professional? We don’t all agree with each other’s spiritual beliefs in this country. Isn’t that the reason this country was founded?
    I hope that this candidate is not a gender representation. What a mistake to have such an under-qualified and illiterate person represent the women of this country.
    Nope, this is representation of the desperate nature of the Republican Party.
    She is not “just like us”.

  • Greg

    Seriously. I don’t care what she’s wearing, or what gaffe she might have made, and so on (speaking of GAFFES – how about Biden calling Obama CLEAN AND ARTICULATE! COME ON! Who could vote for a guy who makes repeated racist slurs like that, or like the one about Indian people and 7-11’s.) THAT SAID – please be realistic – even if Biden had said those types of things – OH WAIT, AND HE HAS – you’re gonna vote for him because you agree with him on the issues that are important to you. AND VICE VERSA. TA DAAA.

  • Erin

    I agree completely! Here’s something great Glenn Greenwald wrote today:

    “Sarah Palin’s performance in the tiny vignettes of unscripted dialogue in which we’ve been allowed to see her has been nothing short of frightening … One of two things is absolutely clear at this point: she is either (a) completely ignorant about the most basic political issues — a vacant, ill-informed, incurious know-nothing, or (b) aggressively concealing her actual beliefs about these matters because she’s petrified of deviating from the simple-minded campaign talking points she’s been fed and/or because her actual beliefs are so politically unpalatable, even when taking into account the right-wing extremism that is permitted, even rewarded, in our mainstream. I’m not really sure which is worse, but it doesn’t really matter, because with 40 days left before the election, both options are heinous.”

  • My parents told me that any idiot could become president or vice president. Apparently they were right.

    But seriously, she would have been better off if she’d just said that she doesn’t have a lot of foreign policy experience, but has the will to learn. Not that I’d vote for her, but she wouldn’t have looked so… idiotic.

  • She’s like that person, when you’re working the suck shift at the Gap, who asks you in the most condescending voice ever, 8 different times, for stuff that can be found right behind her. Every time.

  • Betsy

    I am voting Obama/Biden because Sarah Palin is an unbelievably poor choice (come ON, John! Seriously?), but a couple of things do bother me about what is being said here, and how it is presented.

    First of all, #63- how incredibly insulting and out-of-line. Would you say the same to the thousands of American families who are mourning THEIR good soldiers right now? “Hmm, must not have been TOO good, ’cause they got themselves killed!” I find your logic faulty, insulting, and NOT amusing.

    Second, Heather- you state, “Two, I am genuinely interested in hearing from fans of Palin.” Really? Because the title of “Oh noes! Here her goes again!” isn’t very inviting. To me, that says, “I think you are all morons! Talk to me so I (and my readers) can make fun of you!

    If you really want people’s opinions, don’t insult them.

  • so just to throw it out there…who else feels like we’re in the movie “idiocracy”? it is SAD to hear people here in memphis going on and on about how tough, well-spoken (HA), and firm she is, and hot dang i like her glasses, i’m gonna get me some. can we please go back to what it actually takes to be a real leader in the world? i am so terrified.

    on the plus side, her candidacy is SO scary and SO awful, it’s doing something i didn’t think possible: forcing my boyfriend to actually vote this year, for obama.