“Sarah Palin, a commercial fisherman from Wasilla, told her husband on Tuesday she was driving to Anchorage to shop at Costco. Instead, she headed straight for Ivana. And there, at J.C. Penney’s cosmetic department, was Ivana, the former Mrs. Donald Trump, sitting at a table next to a photograph of herself. She wore a light-colored pantsuit and pink fingernail polish. Her blonde hair was coiffed in a bouffant French twist. ‘We want to see Ivana,’ said Palin, who admittedly smells like salmon for a large part of the summer, ‘because we are so desperate in Alaska for any semblance of glamour and culture.’ Ivana Trump, the former Czechoslovakian Olympic skier who found fame and wealth as the wife of the New York tycoon, came to Anchorage Tuesday to push her line of perfume.”
Then there is this from New York Magazine:
After Rudy Giuliani cartoonishly suggested that Wasilla, Alaska, wasn’t “cosmopolitan” enough for Barack Obama, we did some digging into his archives. Despite the air quotes and funny voice he used when saying the word, there was a time when a city’s “cosmopolitan” nature inspired him. From a 1995 address to the U.N.: “After several days of being confronted with New York City’s diversity, any resident or visitor will conclude that our many differences are vastly outweighed by our similarities. That’s why New York is not only the world’s most diverse city, but also the world’s most cosmopolitan and tolerant city.”
The Republican party of George W. Bush was ecstatic last night, once again over fictions that tell them what they already want to believe. Politicians stood up in front of them and freely made things up (or had somebody else make things up for them) and the Bush base went nuts. If you’re a know-nothing with an attitude and can put on some swagger, the Bush base is ready to hand the keys to the country over.
It’s important to keep in mind that without the support of people who still think George W. Bush did a great job, John McCain would have infinitesimal support. Among the ranks of the sane, he has been profoundly rejected.
One can take some potshots at Obama, but he’s an honest individual who is more interested in solving problems than satisfying anybody’s particular ideology. He takes a pragmatic, realistic approach to issues, which means looking at them square on. He doesn’t need to invent long lists of fictions in order to make the case for his election. He is more in tune with the facts than John McCain and, we can now safely say, Sarah Palin. He is more in tune with what Americans want and what they need. McCain has nothing but soundbites and bullet points crafted to mask a package of Bush policies. His best defense is that he took on most of his positions recently, so he’s unlikely to be trusted to enact any of them, expecially with a massively Democratic Congress, with an exception of the policies he’s cribbed from Obama.
It is telling that he’s been forced to mimic Obama’s campaign, an establishment candidate trying to talk about “change” because he tested which way the wind was blowing. His ultimate rudder is whatever it takes to become president. People who want power that badly must be kept from it, and if this nation didn’t learn that lesson from Bush II, we’re going to be stuck with more ineffective leadership and a Republican Party that gave us eight years of the worst president in history, and got rewarded with four more.
Obama raised money 8-to-1 over McCain after last night’s cheap piece of hackery from Sarah Palin. Keep it up. I’m making one more donation in October, and it just got doubled.