Tuesday, September 09, 2008

i'm a junkie

My husband doesn't know this, but I'm officially falling back into old habits. I think he suspects something, though. He was forced to watch Monday Night Football in the bedroom, so I could watch Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann in the living room. Somebody sign me up for rehab. I'm a political junkie.

I can safely say that the more I hear about Sarah Palin, the more she scares the hell out of me. Everything that comes out of her mouth is untrue to some degree. Most are just horribly misleading. Not lies, really, just omissions of facts. Of course, she's doing herself no favors. She's continually repeating the falsehoods that the media is ripping her for, and she's not giving them anything new to focus on. Luckily, she'll be interviewed this week, so maybe we'll learn something consequential about her. Maybe. Probably not. I imagine an interview with her in her kitchen making that damn moose stew they keep going on and on about.

Trouble is...she keeps plugging away, getting people all fired up. And that's the really scary part. The fact that no one knows much about her, but her feistiness (a word I am growing to hate) has all kinds of people excited. I keep hearing people say that they're thinking of voting for McCain now because they like Palin's feistiness. Feistiness is usually endearing for a few weeks, but if it keeps up, people will just start to think she's bitchy. That's how it goes. No one really likes to see a woman constantly stirring the pot. I just hope that clarity hits before she and her family hit the White House.

Honestly, I feel kind of bad for her. She's going to get dragged through the mud badly, because she will get painted as a total B even if she isn't. It happens to all female politicians, and it sucks. The problem for her is that she really, truly is underqualified for this job, so she and her family are going to be unnecessarily subjected to a trip through hell. Of course, she could have declined to run, but whatever.

Okay, S is waking up, so I'm out. Have a great day, peeps. A great day filled with happy thoughts of Barack and Joe...

7 comments:

Angie said...

This will (not) help your addiction...
www.fivethirtyeight.com

Anonymous said...

"The problem for her is that she really, truly is underqualified for this job." This is the point everyone I talk to finds most disturbing. My problem is that I'm so insulted living in ultra-liberal Boston, everyone feels the same way. Are people truly considering this ticket now that she's a part of it? Really? Because, McCain is OLD. REALLY OLD. How is it possible that the idea of Sarah Palin as the President of the United States of American does not SCRARE THE CRAP out of people? Consider the chain of events: Runner up to Miss Alaska >> Mayor of a town of 7000 >> Governer of a state of 5 million >> VP >> LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD?!?!?!?! That's not feisty. That's INSANE. ~Jess

Strongmama said...

B was telling me that a study recently showed the the base of the Republican party is no longer the rich, but actually rural, lesser educated people (enter whatever slang you want to use for that description here). And I think that is why we are seeing the appeal here. People aren't looking past the image being put out by the campaign and aren't scratching their heads when sketchy issues are being brought to light. And their campaign is playing to this beautifully, unfortunately. Paint someone as a gun tootin' hockey mom and there are tons of people that just say "right on! yeah!" without looking any further. Mavericks my ass. Sorry, my blood is officially boiling now (again). Must breathe. Oh one more thing. I find it facscinating that right after she was picked by McCain you could go to her gov. campaign website. Now? Gone, as are a bunch of other sites that were easy to access before. What are they hiding??? More people should care, but don't.

Anonymous said...

This isn't a popularity contest, people! She's running for VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, NOT STUDENT COUNCIL! We need to care about her ABILITY TO LEAD & TO MAKE DECISIONS AFFECTING BILLIONS OF PEOPLE. Ok, I'm done. ~J

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Anonymous said...

You deleted my post!!! Ha-ha. In response to your concern I am fine. I guess I was just retaliating against your terrible protrayal of Palin. I am sorry, I still think it's too early to say that Obama is the best and Palin is the worst. And you were being very disrespectful, but I'm ok, and I still love ya!

-sis

Danielle said...

brilliant last 2 blogs! hope you remember me from our mutual friends! I could not help but check your blog being that sara, lori and sarah are on here. YOu guys are all so great at blogging, i am so impressed! I am so on the same page as you with politics. You say everything i would want to say about things going on in politics and thoughts on Obama, i so love it! btw, Your daughter is so beautiful, but that does not suprise me bc you and marc are quite the great looking couple!!! hope all is well :)