Sunday, September 14, 2008
Sarah Palin for President?
I don't usually post about politics, let alone foreign politics - but I think most of us realise that the current US political elections will define America for the next 4 plus years, and therefore will influence politics right across the plant.
I find the business with Sarah Palin, the new Republican Vice President nominee absolutely amazing, and a trifle scary. It is an amazing stroke of political genuis from the McCain camp. But what she stands for, and what some other Republicans hope for her destiny frankly scares me.
"At the time, it seemed like Sarah Palin was McCain's attempt to gather votes from disaffected Clinton supporters, and in that regard she was an insult of the highest degree, the notion that Clinton supporters would be so stupid as to vote for any woman, regardless of her neanderthal policies. Since then, partly though the courtesy of some of my readers here, I've learned that the purpose of nominating Palin was not primarily to lure Clintonites but to energize the Republican base, the evangelicals and fundamentalists, the anti-choice, anti-science, anti-compassion hard-liners whose only argument with Bush/Cheney is that they didn't pursue their agenda strongly enough.
I now understand that, to a liberal, Sarah Palin is a crippling nightmare because she stands an excellent chance of becoming president, but to the Republican base, she's an electrifying dream -- because she stands an excellent chance of becoming president. McCain isn't "throwing the base a bone" by nominating one of them to a powerless office, he's extending hope to the base, who strongly disliked him before but will now come out and vote for him in droves in the hope that McCain will, in fact, die and office and give them the president they really want. To the majority of the country, McCain's message is "You better hope I stay alive in office," but his message to "the crazies" (Rove's term, not mine) is "Hey, you never know, I'm an old, old man."" Todd Alcott blog
Anyway, the good folk on the American TV show Saturday Night Live have done a sketch on this weeks show that beautifully eloquates my feelings on Mrs Palin. Performed by comediennes Aimie Pohler and the brilliant Tina Fey (star of the hilarious comedy show 30 Rock which is recomended by me too).
Take it away ladies!
Edit: Youtube keep taking the video down as fast as people keep putting it up. I have posted 2 different clips of this, and both have kaput! Try Youtube and see if someones posted. I'm looking for another version of this. I'm not going to be defeated by NBC! lol
Edit: Lets see how long this one lasts!