Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Palin Follies!

Seriously, whodathunk that an interview with Katie Couric would be so devastating against Palin?

Here she is, a journalism major in college, discussing the news sources she consults to maintain her world-view. "Most of 'em, any of 'em, all of 'em!"

Nice. Here Palin tried to back-pedal after mocking Biden over his age and years in the Senate, apparently forgetting that the guy at the top of her ticket is 72!

Or, here she is trying to bullshit about her "foreign policy" experience due to Alaska's proximity to Russia. The line about Putin's head is just weird and has been mocked up and down the internet.

On global warming, she says it doesn't matter what causes it. Isn't it kinda necessary to understand the causes if we are going to solve the problem?

Here is Palin on financial bailout. She cannot answer when asked to name an example of John McCain advocating for greater regulation of these industries.

And, Palin could not name one Supreme Court decision other than Roe v. Wade!

Here is Palin on dinosaurs (yes! dinosaurs!!) She is a creationist, too.

Here she claims to be an "everyday working person," even though she makes $250,000, owns 5 properties, 2 boats and 1 airplane.

And here she advocates against a woman's right to control her own body, even if she is raped:
Later, when pressed on a variety of cultural issues, Palin provided red meat for religious conservatives. But her answers seemed to fall on the far edge of mainstream political thought. She said she was "unapologetically" pro-life when asked if she opposed abortion even for a 15-year-old raped by her father.

"[I would] counsel that person to choose life despite the horrific, horrific circumstances," she said, before moderating her position a bit: "If you're asking, though, kind of foundationally here, should anyone end up in jail for having an ... abortion, absolutely not. That's nothing I would ever support."

On contraception:
Asked whether she believed that the morning after pill should be outlawed, Palin did not directly address the question, saying only: "Personally, and this isn't a McCain-Palin policy, I would not choose to participate in that kind of contraception."

And, lastly, on homosexuality:
And quizzed about her position on gay-rights, Palin cited a homosexual friend whom she is close with before noting that she "made a choice" about her sexuality.

"I have," she said, "one of my absolute best friends for the last 30 years who happens to be gay and I love her dearly. And she is not my gay friend. She is one of my best friends who happens to have made a choice that isn't a choice that I would have made."

These positions may, in the long run, endear Palin even more to her conservative following. But combined with her failure to name a source of news she turns to, they are also bound to have people buzzing up through Thursday night's vice presidential debate.

Even stalwart conservatives, like George Will and several others, have voiced major concern about the Palin pick. At least one conservative commentator has written that Palin should step down.

And there is more, but I'll stop there. Remember, if McCain is elected, Sarah Palin will be one heartbeat away from the presidency. One 72-year old heartbeat away...

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