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Palin/Couric (OK, she ISN’T qualified)

Palin on CBS with Katie Couric was bad, because you can’t have the candidate begging with her eyes for the interviewer to bail her out of questions. And the questions weren’t exactly tough. Palin can’t form sentences and her head is just filled with talking point gobbledygoo so nouns and verbs just fly out of her mouth without any descernible relationship to the question asked or even to each other. It was a stunning display. I have to take back everything I ever said even remotely positive about her. She is probably not qualified to be mayor of Wasilia. No joke. It’s bad when your first thought is McCain should pick Katie Couric to replace her.

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Our Perennial Iraq Policy

John Amato found the truth in the BBC Petraeus interview and nails it down:

Crooks and Liars » We’ll aways do just well enough in Iraq to never leave.

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Friedman/Rich 9/14/2008


Op-Ed Columnist – Making America Stupid – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com: “Who cares how much steel John McCain has in his gut when the steel that today holds up our bridges, railroads, nuclear reactors and other infrastructure is rusting? McCain talks about how he would build dozens of nuclear power plants. Oh, really? They go for $10 billion a pop. Where is the money going to come from? From lowering taxes? From banning abortions? From borrowing more from China? From having Sarah Palin ‘reform’ Washington — as if she has any more clue how to do that than the first 100 names in the D.C. phonebook?”


Op-Ed Columnist – The Palin-Whatshisname Ticket – Op-Ed – NYTimes.com: “The question today: What kind of president would Sarah Palin be? It’s an urgent matter, because if we’ve learned anything from the G.O.P. convention and its aftermath, it’s that the 2008 edition of John McCain is too weak to serve as America’s chief executive. This unmentionable truth, more than race, is now the real elephant in the room of this election.

“No longer able to remember his principles any better than he can distinguish between Sunnis and Shia, McCain stands revealed as a guy who can be easily rolled by anyone who sells him a plan for ‘victory,’ whether in Iraq or in Michigan. A McCain victory on Election Day will usher in a Palin presidency, with McCain serving as a transitional front man, an even weaker Bush to her Cheney.”

If McCain is elected our foreign energy dependence is going to last as long as the culture war. A long, long time.

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Roger Ebert on McCain’s VP Pick

The American Idol candidate :: rogerebert.com :: People

Ebert on Palin, Sun-Times:

People identify with the contestants. They think, Hey, that could almost be me up there on that show!
My feeling is, I don’t want to be up there. I want a vice president who is better than me, wiser, well-traveled, has met world leaders, who three months ago had an opinion on Iraq.

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The Palin Equation (first draft)

Jesus (Thatcher – Foreign Policy Experience – evolution + Succession Party Background+Trooper Gate) / Palin = Armageddon 2013.

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Could Palin be the most effective VP pick for McCain?

No they were not going to dump her ala Eagleton no matter how many scandals came out. The Republicans make their own reality. But Palin is clearly energizing the religious base of the party who might have stayed home this time. Add that votes lost to the expertise Republicans have gained over the past decade in vote stealing (Greg Palast » Steal Back Your Vote!) and it might be just enough for McCain to take the Electoral College plurality.

Then an increasingly infirm McCain, embittered and withdrawn after being bogged down with military actions in Iraq and Iran without an end in sight, is convinced to resign three and a half years into his third term. Palin/Huckabee 2012. The religious right can put up with McCain for one term or less. They’ve waited 2000 years for the Second Coming after all.

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