Friday, October 3, 2008




Make Sarah Palin answer your cellphone. For free!

Sarahpalinpromo_5During last night's V.P. debate, Gov. Sarah Palin referred to a NATO commander in the Afghanistan war as McClellan, not McKiernan.

McClellan was actually a commander of the Union Army in the Civil War.

Oh, now don't go picking those goshdarn nits!

No doubt this latest gaffe will be the next sound bite ringtone from, creators of the famous Shaq/Kobe feud rap ringtone, who are now injecting some (more) humor into the 2008 presidential campaign with -- ta-da! -- free Sarah Palin ringtones.

If you think Tina Fey’s Sarah Palin impersonation is a hoot, check out the real Sarah Palinisms, turned into ringtones.

Sarah Palin may not make the best interviewee as far as Katie Couric is concerned. But when Sarah's rambling responses are remixed into ringtones, it sounds like she could have a rap music career if this V.P. gig doesn't pan out.

My personal fave?

When Putin rears his head, rears his head.

Comes into American airspace.

Where do they go? Where do they go?

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Independent voters have turned against Sarah Palin in recent polls.
Below is a response to a question asked by Arianna Huffington immediately following the VP debate last night. I have to tell you that I frequently wonder why Republican presidential candidates never seem to sweat. They always look like they know everything will turn out ok for them. And in the last two elections, everything did turnout ok - for them. That's how they planned it. I've been wondering why it was so important for Palin to do nothing more than not fall apart last night. And what scares the hell out of me, is that all she had to be was "good enough". Why is this? Is it so that the country will accept her once the Republican Machine goes into action on November 4th in the battleground states? Actually, the machine is already in full swing: Is anyone reporting how many of the early votes already cast are being tossed into the garbage - exactly according to their "master plan?" Palin, while inferior to Biden, held her own and was "good enough" for the Repubs to follow through with their scheme...if that's what's going on. She passed the test. Lets hope I'm out of my mind and completely crazy. Maybe it was that she was "good enough" to keep on the ticket. Whatever. We'll see. Mark

Friday morning, Meg Whitman, the co-chair of McCain's campaign, will be on a panel with Penny Pritzker, Obama's national finance chair, discussing the campaign. After the debate, I asked Whitman what she thought of Palin's performance. "Good enough," she said.




This opinion of last night's debate is written by Edward Kidder

OK... She did her job - to not further UN-do her job.

And, she exploited the tootsie-tactic of goading the sage pro.
as only someone like her could, yet...

The shrieking fact remains. Beyond a rather spotty telegenic-ness,
her worthlessness as a (potential) world leader is incalculable.

Batting the eyelashes, spewing twinkly platitudes, and upchucking crammed facts
ain't going to fix the what ails US. No way. No how.

So, as much as she may have moved her needle slightly, for the moment,
out of the trash - thinking people will still see her as unthinkable.

Her future as
bait for talk-shows and lecture-circuits is secure.


Here's an excerpt from a story in today's nation, quoting Biden at last nights debate. Finally, someone nailed McCain on the maverick bullshit. He's no maverick. Mark

"Let's talk about the maverick John McCain is. And, again, I love him. He's been a maverick on some issues, but he has been no maverick on the things that matter to people's lives," Biden carefully explained. "He voted four out of five times for George Bush's budget, which put us a half a trillion dollars in debt this year and over $3 trillion in debt since he's got there. He has not been a maverick in providing health care for people. He has voted against -- he voted including another 3.6 million children in coverage of the existing health care plan, when he voted in the United States Senate. He's not been a maverick when it comes to education. He has not supported tax cuts and significant changes for people being able to send their kids to college. He's not been a maverick on the war. He's not been a maverick on virtually anything that genuinely affects the things that people really talk about around their kitchen table. Can we send -- can we get Mom's MRI? Can we send Mary back to school next semester? We can't -- we can't make it. How are we going to heat the … house this winter? He voted against even providing for what they call LIHEAP, for assistance to people, with oil prices going through the roof in the winter. So maverick he is not on the important, critical issues that affect people at that kitchen table."

A Republican named Sarah Palin tried to convince Americans that she was running on a populist ticket.

But Joe Biden reminded the voters sitting at those kitchen tables, in those small houses with big mortgages, that the man who heads that ticket, a Republican named John McCain, is not on their side.

And, in so doing, Biden did not merely score a debating point. He did what a vice presidential candidate is supposed to do. He helped the man who heads his ticket, a Democrat named Barack Obama, stake a significantly stronger claim on the presidency.


"Can't Explain"


From today's lead editorial in the New York Times

"In the end, the debate did not change the essential truth of Ms. Palin’s candidacy: Mr. McCain made a wildly irresponsible choice that shattered the image he created for himself as the honest, seasoned, experienced man of principle and judgment. It was either an act of incredible cynicism or appallingly bad judgment."



"At first I thought Sarah Palin was some kind of Republican pandering -- a misguided attempt to woo Hillary voters over to the dark side, as if they believed women voters were so stupid that they would vote for anyone in a skirt, but now I see that she is much, much worse. I have nothing against hockey moms -- I just don’t want to be one. If Sarah Palin had her way, she would take away that right not to be a mom. She wants to outlaw abortion -- so to call her a feminist is as laughable as calling evangelicals ‘Christians.’ They shouldn’t have the right to call themselves Christian, for they have no Christ-like attributes."

— Margaret Cho, on her blog


"It's amazing that a woman has come that far. But from what I know about her, her policies are not things I agree with.

— Meg Ryan, during a press junket for "The Women"