Labels: Sarah Palin
posted by Capn at Friday, August 29, 2008
When it comes time for a Presidential contender to pick their running mate, it seems they have the choice of choosing between a VP of substance or a VP of surface. Grandpa John has clearly gone with the latter. Not that he had many options, as the other short-listers were all either corrupt, disliked, or just plain boring.So, now we have a Republican presidential nominee who is willing to do and say anything to get elected, even if it means talking out of both sides of his mouth (or his ass) coupled with a hollow shell of a politician who climbed the ladder from beauty queen wannabe to PTA mom to part-time mayor (of a town that wouldn't register on most maps) to serving almost 2 whole years as Governor.Paint me impressed! Yeah, right.I'll take the team of substance.Obama/Biden '08.
the milf is more qualified as the number 2 than your number 1.community organizer to state senate to the senate for a year? give me a breakand substance? what the hell substance does barry have to be the top of the ticket? give me specific examples.
Governor Sarah Palin's story and experience dwarf Barack Obama's. She's run a state and a town. Obama's never run anything. That's why nobody ever comes forward to talk about his time in Harvard, or his early life.
What Palin Does:1. Steps on the story of Obama’s speech (and convention), and possibly the bounce coming from them, and wipes them off the news cycle. The Sunday news shows will be all-Palin, all of the time.2. Sends Republicans into their convention on a huge head of steam.3. Wipes out the image of McCain as the crotchety elder and brings back that of the fly-boy and gambler, which is much more appealing, and the genuine person.4. Revs up the base AND excites independents, which no one else in the party, or perhaps in the world, could have accomplished.5. Puts youth, change, and history on both of the tickets.6. May detach some young people, especially women.7. May attach some women pissed off about Hillary.8. As a pro-life super-achiever, puts feminists in a tizzy.9. Revives some of the double-edged nature of the Democratic primary, which featured a black vs. afemale trail-blazer, and put both sides on notice on sensitivity issues. Democrats used to raising charges of racism against Obama’s critics may face charges of sexism and/or condescension if they try to diss her.10. Steps on Obama’s claims to have been a reformer, as he reformed nothing (much less the corrupt mare’s nest of Chicago arrangements), while she was a dragon-slayer up in Alaska.11. As a mother of five, one a Down Syndrome baby, helps her side take on the Democrats on abortion extremism and the Born Alive bill.12. Reignites the deep and unhealed stresses inside the Democrats, some of whom will now wonder more loudly than ever why they didn't pick Hillary.13. Counters Michelle in a way Cindy couldn’t.14. Counter-intuitively, makes the issue of Obama’s light resume more potent than ever. Her lack of experience is no more than his is. And he’s--to use a term from Alaska, and the Iditarod--their lead dog.
Thank you to Noemie Emery (and the Weekly Standard) for proving the point that was made above. McCain needed to put some sexy icing on his dried-out, stale, old birthday cake. Hence, the surface candidate. No one expects or plans for Palin to become President (much like Dan Quayle of yesteryear). But, she provides great window dressing.
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