Archive for October 1st, 2008

McCain vs. The Des Moines Register!

Oct 01, 2008 in Iowa, Politics, Sarah Palin, Uncategorized

Completely oblivious to reality? Naw, he’s just lying through his teeth:

He doesn’t know Palin’s favorability ratings have plunged through the floor? He doesn’t know prominent conservatives and other professionals have written her off? Of course he does. Of course, he might be completely clueless and out of touch, but odds are he’s just a plain old liar like he’s proven himself to be. He had to go hold Palin’s hand to protect her from OMZGODKATIECOURIC, rambling about “gotcha journalism” when Palin was caught red-handed backing up Obama’s position (which, it should be noted, has already become the Bush administration’s position, as Obama is the real leader on foreign policy).

McCain’s campaign is a trainwreck and that’s why he’s behind by massive margins in the battleground states. What’s he going to do, go scold every journalist who dares point out what everybody knows? Damage control up until Nov. 4th is a strategy?

Common sense must prevail.

-jb

Forgot about these mega-LULZ-worthy comments:

NPR: Given what you’ve said Senator, is there an occasion where you could imagine turning to Governor Palin for advice in a foreign policy crisis.

MCCAIN: I’ve turned to her advice many times in the past…

Merf!

Palin will win just by showing up.

Oct 01, 2008 in Uncategorized

Expectations have never been lower for a VP candidate but political junkies and amateur pundits are dead-wrong if they think that Palin is going to get her ass handed to her. Granted, she has difficulty cobbling together even the most casual analysis of current events when the teleprompter isn’t present but the fact is that the debate format wont require her to expand her answers beyond rattling off the usual slogans and bulletpoints:

Sarah Palin might not give a good interview, and John McCain’s advisers might not trust her to give a press conference, but in a highly structured debate like the one we are going to see on Thursday night, she has the ability to be dominant.

Because the format allows for very little give-and-take between Palin and Joe Biden, her “values”-oriented debating style stands a good chance of succeeding. The central feature of her debate style is that rather than getting bogged down in facts and specifics, she instead says what she is for and what she is against using terms like “healthier,” “stronger,” “more prosperous,” and “fairer.”

Andrew Halcro, who has debated her, explains his experiences debating Palin:

“I’ve debated Governor Palin more than two dozen times. And she’s a master, not of facts, figures, or insightful policy recommendations, but at the fine art of the nonanswer, the glittering generality. Against such charms there is little Senator Biden, or anyone, can do.”

The Republicans can’t win on the issues this November so it’s only natural that Palin will attempt to make the debate as issue free and as non-specific as possible. That’s precisely the reason that she was brought on as the VP candidate. Furthermore, Joe Biden is staring down a lose – lose situation here. If he engages her in the least he’ll be castigated as a sexist thug. If he demures the McCain campaign will crow about Biden getting beaten by a girl proving that Palin has the sass and brass to sit at the big kids table.

-mg