Oct 3, 2008

Post-Debate Ponderings

Governor Sarah Palin's Closing Argument (Excerpt):

It was Ronald Reagan who said that freedom is always just one generation away from extinction. We don't pass it to our children in the bloodstream; we have to fight for it and protect it, and then hand it to them so that they shall do the same, or we're going to find ourselves spending our sunset years telling our children and our children's children about a time in America, back in the day, when men and women were free.

We will fight for it, and there is only one man in this race who has really ever fought for you, and that's Senator John McCain.

Senator Joe Biden's Closing Argument (Excerpt):

Ladies and gentlemen, my dad used to have an expression. He'd say, "champ, when you get knocked down, get up."

Well, it's time for America to get up together. America's ready, you're ready, I'm ready, and Barack Obama is ready to be the next president of the United States of America.

May God bless all of you, and most of all, for both of us, selfishly, may God protect our troops.


BOO-YAH, GRANDMA, AND THAT'S THE GAME. Joe Biden was the clear winner here; as the Esq put it delicately, "I can't believe she just got out-Christianed by him." EXACTLY. I'm offended that she didn't think to bless me ONCE, much less all of the troops out there.

But if we're going to be REAL here, I'd say the debate was over when Joe predictably--though respectfully--got teary about being a single parent, and about raising his two sons. The debate was over FOR ME when she said 'nucular' SIX FUCKING TIMES. I know I'm a total snob about these things, but I expect someone who is going to be in the second-highest ranking position in the country to know how to sound out vowels and consonants; that's not snobbery, that's bottom-of-the-barrel expectations. MY TEN-YEAR OLD CAN SAY 'NUCLEAR' CORRECTLY. If the job was to sit there and look pretty, say ignorant things, and be totally unconscious to the world at large, I might vote for her. But since she's an End Days-loving, moose-killing wackjob, my country would be better served if I voted for a block of government cheese.

Shame on both of you for throwing gay unions under the bus. Really. It would have been a proud moment in history if just one of them (obviously not Sarah) could have seen beyond their churches and 'traditional family values'. Fuck you and your traditional values: divorce and domestic violence and neglected children and infidelity are at an all-time high; are those the kinds of loving relationships that your God had in mind? The state of marriage today isn't what it used to be--there are very few marriages out there that can truly lead by example. So I don't know why that's the ideal, and why gay people--WHO ARE JUST PEOPLE, DURRR--can't relish in neglecting their children and cheating on each other LEGALLY, just like everybody else.


FreNeTic said...

If Sara's closing was a 10th grader delivering an oral book report, I still couldn't give her a passing grade. Meandering equivocations and clauses that have no reasonable logic sitting together in the same sentence - exhuast the listener. I reckon she can still be a GILF.

For casual followers of politics - I consider myself one of them - it was a nice introduction to seeing Joe in action.

LilRed said...

I totally thought Biden did great while Palin sounded really nervous, but Philip felt that Biden didn't sound as good as Palin did. I completely disagreed, but oh well.

Philip & I were both disappointed by the anti-gay crapola espoused by both candidates. But Biden's a practicing Catholic, so I really didn't expect differently. Is he going to actively go AFTER gays the way the Christian right will? No, because I think that Biden feels that gay marriage is just a panic-button issue pressed by the Christian right that just gets in the way of policy work in DC. NOT that gay rights aren't an important issue, I just think that government should stay out of consenting adults bedrooms, period.

I also find it amusing that Republicans are anti big-gov't on everything but personal conduct(abortion, gays, etc)..

I still think the spin on gay marriage should be "ISLAMIC FUNDAMENTALIST TERRORISTS SUPPORT ANTI-GAY LEGISLATION." I wonder how the xenophobic Christian right would take that one?

Snotty McSnotterson said...

What? Philip thought Palin "sounded" good? But Philip is so smart, and in command of the English language.... WHAT?!

I agree that she sounded better than she has before, and that her use of nouns, verbs, linking verbs, active verbs, and pronouns (she sucked in the adjective department) brought her up to--as Ben might say--a 10th grade orating level, but I thought she sounded awful. She didn't know what she was talking about, only that she was saying the right buzz words, on repeat, all night long. Is that what Philip meant?

Anyway, I totally agree on the new spin--it should just be, TERRORISM TARGETS HETEROSEXUALS. That might send them running for the gay hills.

Buttercup said...

I felt like a little kid the entire time Sarah Palin was talking. She is like a pre school teacher.

I died from the beginning when she said, "Can I call you Joe?" as they shook hands.

Thank goodness for wine because Julianna and I decided to drink every time she said, "Maverick" and we got LOADED!

Manthony said...

I can't wait until I get the chance to neglect a child (or Bryn) in a legally binding union.

Biden clearly won on the intellectual side, but since Palin didn't completely bomb like she did in the recent interviews, she sort of won too. I say we give her the "Miss Congeniality" award along with a small tiara and bouquet of roses. But Biden still gets to be "Miss Future Veep."

matt said...

Several people I spoke with today were annoyed by the "nucular" activity last night. For the record, I am of those people. I sometimes wonder, though, whether the mispronunciation is a cunning ruse. Is it perhaps solidarity with the GOP elite? Clearly George W. Bush has been amazingly unable to make the transition. I suspect the Republicans are intentionally propogating the mispronuciation in order to:
a. Attempt to prevent the president from looking dumb(er). [the "Emperor's New Clothes" tactic]
b. Appear more folksy (ie. more like us (ie. THEM)). [the "Sarah Palin sure is cute" tactic]
c. PISS OFF ANYONE WITH A BRAIN (ie. The Monster). [the "Snotty's son is smarter than 41's son" tactic]
4. Destroy science and its heathen adherents. [this tactic involves Tom Cruise, the Illuminati, all those wierdos on channel 20, Lord Voldemort, and Rush Limbaugh; it is the "Cthulhu" tactic--we must resist]

It really, really bugs me (like people who use credit cards but don't understand how they work) that a person who is incapable/unwilling to pronounce the word "nuclear" is allowed the privilege of controlling NUCLEAR weapons.

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