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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 11:21 am
probably choir-preachin'

I'm really starting to get nervous.
What is so unnerving about the candidacy of Sarah Palin is the degree to which she represents—-and her supporters celebrate-—the joyful marriage of confidence and ignorance. Watching her deny to [Charles] Gibson that she had ever harbored the slightest doubt about her readiness to take command of the world's only superpower, one got the feeling that Palin would gladly assume any responsibility on earth:

"Governor Palin, are you ready at this moment to perform surgery on this child's brain?"

"Of course, Charlie. I have several boys of my own, and I'm an avid hunter."

"But governor, this is neurosurgery, and you have no training as a surgeon of any kind."

"That's just the point, Charlie. The American people want change in how we make medical decisions in this country. And when faced with a challenge, you cannot blink."
Source.

Link to part 1 of Charles Gibson's interview of Sarah Palin (with links to parts 2-4 and related videos).

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meisterdorf
still plays with trains
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 06:32 pm (UTC)

I am totally frightened about the reality of those two getting elected.


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mister_punchy
mister_punchy
I Love You But I've Chosen Dorkness
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)

Very, very well said. I'm with you 100% .


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meisterdorf
still plays with trains
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 06:48 pm (UTC)

do you notice how when he asks her specific questions about what she would do, or what her policies are, she avoids answering by talking about what she has done in alaska?
My god she scares me.


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 06:50 pm (UTC)

I can't help but notice it.


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polarbear
polarbear
No Time For Love, Dr. Jones
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 06:52 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I posted the Newsweek piece to my Facebook after a friend posted it to their El Jay. Good stuff.


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thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
thatsassylassie
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)

yeah, we're pretty much effed. I believe that the staggering ignorance in this country will elect that party again. Or rather, is cunning and corrupt enough to fix the elections yet again.


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 07:24 pm (UTC)

Well, in theory, this is why we're supposed to be a Republic, and not a true democracy. Brand me an elitist, but I'm quite comfortable in stating that at least half the general population are incable of voting out of anything other than fear or self-interest, if not both.

It should be almost insurmountably terrifying that a candidate for either the #1 or #2 seat would not be familiar with the Bush Doctrine - arguably the most important and dangerous shift in US foreign policy in recent memory - but the majority of the voting public likely isn't, either, so it won't make a bit of difference in the outcome of the election.

She's dangerous in the same way that Bush is dangerous - she's down-home charming, and people don't look past it. If I could ignore the words coming out of her mouth, I'd like her, too, but I can't.


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jef182
d
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 09:32 pm (UTC)

You'd think something so important and widely-known as "The Bush Doctrine" might rate more than 650K hits on Google- a whopping 1/3 of the hits that are out there for "Will and Grace"- and I'd wager double the previous weeks number since "Gibsongate" or whatever it's being called now, hit the web.

Personally I think it was an insider term that 99% of people never used. If Charlie Gibson would have said "Bush's policies toward American involvement Iraq and Afghanistan since 9-11" it would have been a non-issue. It's not like there's a big book out there with "Bush Doctrine" printed in big red letters on the cover.

Edited at 2008-09-22 09:34 pm (UTC)


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circumambulate
circumambulate
Circumambulate
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)

Important and widely-known are not the same thing, which was pretty much the point of my comment. It's certainly not an insider term, and even if it were, I'm pretty sure that the VP candidate should be an 'insider' when it comes to critical shifts in US foreign policy.


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jef182
d
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)

Or 8 year old buzzwords invented by the media to a 'doctrine' that never really existed? If Barak Obama never heard of the phrase "consumer elasticity" does that make him unfit to "run" the biggest economy in the world? It's a cornerstone of economics- and even has more google hits than Will and Grace :)

Point is that it's a weak argument- whether Palin knows the phrase "Bush Doctorine" or not- she obviously spoke in support of the policy to project American power into the Middle East to "protect Americans" whatever that means. So Charlie Gibson asks "do you support it" and she gave a fairly typical politicians answer- "Maybe- most of the time"


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varro
varro
Aaron, Lawyer Pepper
Monday, September 22nd, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)

The problem with the Democrats for so long has been the opposite - the unhappy marriage of knowledge and insecurity.

In short, guilty white people who have no confidence in their convictions, but who wear their beliefs as a badge of taste. (See the Stuff White People Like blog for some good examples of this kind of person.)


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plumeriastar
plumeriastar
plumeriastar
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 12:44 am (UTC)

So well put. I want to laugh at your post but at the same time the thought that this woman could be in such a position of great power over this country in the near future terrifies the utter crapola out of me.


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sistermaryeris
sistermaryeris
Bake, Love, Kickbox.
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 01:24 am (UTC)

POSITIVE THINKING. Please. :)

Or, true and realistic planning about moving to Canada. :)


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littlebluedog
littlebluedog
Tim
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 01:44 am (UTC)

Have you ever researched the moving to Canada option? It's a lot harder than I expected. They don't want us. Positive thinking commences now.


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