And you thought TBOGG was kidding. Take it away, Cindy McCain:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But she has no national security experience.
McCAIN: You know, the experience that she comes from is what she’s done in government, and remember, Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia. It’s not as if she doesn’t understand what’s at stake here.
And let us not forget Canada!
Hey, what the hell. It worked with Bush and Mexico. Might as well run the whole Russia thing up the flagpole.
I’m seriously laughing my ass off right now.
I actually thought of that argument when they picked (as a joke in my head)
Jon Stewart’s quip was still the standout: ‘Does this mean she also has an inside relationship with Santa Claus?”
We are all Alaskans now.
John McCain WISHES he had been close to Russia when he was a POW for 5 1/2 years!!
Y’all do know he was a POW, don’t you?
It gets even better on the experience front.
Think I heard a reference to this from both the frosty blonde bombshell on MSNBC and from Mayor Juliani on whatever (before I gagged and turned him off): thank God McCain picked Palin!
And here’s why: her — get ready for it — her EXECUTIVE EXPERIENCE is now available to save New Orleans! How fortunate it is for the United States that she will soon be on the scene to direct operations!
Obama has lived in SE Asia. and that makes him a scary Muslim. Palin lived hundreds of miles from an uninhabited part of Alaska. that makes her a foreign policy guru.
McCain is a joke.
sure, the joke’s too dry for many people who will vote for him, thinking he’s serious. but he’s still a joke – a kind of Andy Kaufman of presidential politics.
John, Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News even used the line about Alaska’s proximity to Russia.
There are hordes – HORDES, I tell you – of Siberian Yupik just waiting across the Bering Strait for their opportunity to invade and take back Alaska for their own!
That there have been no terror attacks from the Siberian Yupik since 9/11 is absolute proof that Sarah Palin knows how to protect our country.
And don’t even get me started on the Nivkh.
an uninhabited part of Russia.
a kind of Tony Clifton of presidential politics.
(too early in the day.. haven’t had enough to drink yet)
Cindy McCain should be the Drug Czar in the McCain administration, her knowledge of prescription drugs makes her highly qualified.
Dennis - SGMM
Has Palin ever been to Russia? How about Iraq, Mexico, Pakistan, China, India, England, japan, France, or even California?
You can’t even see Russia across the 53 mile wide Bering Strait. The Logan Act forbids governors, among others, to conduct diplomacy so I’m hard pressed to see how being near Russia constitutes foreign policy experience.
And, by the way, Juliani (oops, make that Giuliani) knows about these matters because he has, uh, experience with disasters (wink, wink). Really, he didn’t actually mention “9/11”. That will show Joe Biden!
Hey, Palin also watched “Red Dawn” TWICE on TBS, so she definitely fucking knows the threat the Ruskies pose, okay?!
McCain calls her his “soul mate”.
someone needs to stick that next to a clip of Bush saying he saw Putin’s soul.
Yes. Because Alaska makes its own foreign policy decisions.
I think we are at the point in the debate where the alternate position is now so absurd that they are no longer worth debating.
Tony P commented at ObWi:
Palin has more ‘executive experience’ than John McCain.
So maybe SHE should be at the top of the Republican ticket!
No, someone needs to stick that next to the clip of McLecher staring at Palin’s ass while he’s twisting his wedding ring.
I have it on good authority from sources in Very Secret Intelligence Agencies that Osama Bin Laden is actually not in Pakistan, as most people think, but living in a hidden tunnel network on Big Diomede Island.
If it werent’t for Sarah Palin’s brave stand at Little Diomede, the Aleutian Islands would be toast.
Plus there are over a million Canadians massed at the Alaska border, pounding their spears in the dirt – just like those Orcs from The Lord of the Rings, except instead grunting they all chant “Eh?”
It’s enough to chill a man’s blood solid. Well, that, and the fact that’s in Alaska. But Sarah Palin rode in, mounted on top of a helicopter, and shot out all their wolves from under them – even while breastfeeding a Down’s Syndrome baby at the same time.
Dennis - SGMM
Sarah must be a quick study on foreign policy. She didn’t have a passport until 2007.
Luckily, blissful ignorance about the rest of the world has never kept Republicans from making foreign policy or from starting a war.
Well that’ll come in handy when it starts snowing in NOLA. Get those salt trucks rolling.
Fucking win. You are either with us, or you are with the Canuckistanis!
He would know. After all, they met for 15 minutes six months ago. It was lust at first sight. (Wasn’t she 6 months pregnant then???)
I can’t wait to hear the speech: “How I dealt with the Red Menace, Dec. 2006 – Aug. 2008.”
I know a little something about the moon, since it’s pretty close to the Earth, so maybe NASA will hire me next year for a space mission.
Actually, maybe they’ll just use me as a backup in case one of the other astronauts gets sick. Yeah, it’s probably best if I don’t hope for too much.
“Ich bin ein Eskimo”. This whole deal just gets funnier by the hour. Pretty soon they’ll be saying she had a summit meeting with Santa Claus.
By the way over at the Corner, Rick Brookheiser is at the top of his game today, calling Obama a ” Numinous Negro” and then conjuring up the image of Palin clutching “a Downs baby and an M-16”. Shit like this is why he gets the big bucks while I can barely manage to cling to my guns and religon.
What’s our job when they become parodies themselves? I mean, that durn McCain campaign, doing all the work so there’s nothing left for tne snarky bloggers. How dare they! That’s no way to create new economy jobs.
I wonder what her position on NAFTA is. A huge amount of Alaska’s commerce must be with Canada.
I live about 100 miles from the Whitehouse. Therefore, I have all the experience needed to be president. Jeez! Why didn’t I throw my hat into the ring!
I read earlier, don’t remember where, that she got her first passport in 2007 so she could (and did) visit AK National Guard troops in Afghanistan. She went to college (B.A. in journalism) at the University of Idaho. So, she’s has been to the lower 48 prior to last week.
The entire McCain campaign appears to be some kind of test to examine just how stupid the American people are.
Plouffe said that McCain’s campaign is “a war room masquerading as a presidential campaign.” I think he gave them WAY too much credit.
Vladmir Putin, on why he caved to Palin’s demands at the conclusion of the Russkie-Alaskan War of 2007 (as quoted in The Anchorage Daily News, Vol. 56, Edition 39, 9/14/2007):
They really do take the American electorate for fools, don’t they?
Dennis - SGMM
Actually, it was Kuwait.
This is such a stupid talking point, and totally unnecessary. All they have to say is “Well, that’s true, George, but keep in mind that four of our past five presidents were governors who did not have extensive foreign policy experience before becoming president. Gov. Palin is intelligent and deeply committed to the challenges the country faces, blah, blah, blah.” Does anyone in the McCain campaign have a brain?
Come November, let’s hope we don’t find that they are correct.
Yeah, I was wrong.
OT: Bobby Jindal is going to be a very formidable opponent after he gets some more experience/age.
My thoughts exactly. I’ve spent years “discussing” politics with family and friends who are notoriously right wing and thinking they were really developing ideas and coherent reasoning for the best course of our country.
Bullshit. They all just threw it waaaaay out the window in order to ramble on incoherently about McCain/Palin. Why? Its the fig leaf cover. They are going to vote the way they vote regardless of any facts, information or behavior on the parts of their candidates. The “dialogue” is all just pretend so they can appear to be responsible, reasoning, concerned citizens.
And Palin proves it. Case in point – Lindsay Graham saying things out loud a third grader would laugh at and being expected to be taken seriously.
Does anyone know if a Republican woman, besides Cindy McCain, has been on the circuits recently defending the Palin selection? I know that one of the MSMs spoke with KBH on Friday. Anyone else?
I’ve been to Russia multiple times. I can has an ambassadorship?
More sexism please! We can’t disappoint NoIQ. This thread is severely lacking in that department.
The Moar You Know
All I can say is – George Bush, twice.
I think the case for America idiocy was made back in 2004.
All men are disgusting, murderous, raping pigs, who should never be trusted with sharp objects. Or blunt objects, for that matter. Including their you-know-whats. Or national governance.
Additionally: Women are superior in every possible way, with the exception of being bait for cave bears and saber tooth tigers; a role that suits men admirably. However, seeing as how cave bears and saber tooth tigers are now extinct (thanks to women, most likely), and the possibilities of cloning technology, the usefulness of men will soon be non-existent.
. . .
With McCain’s choice of Palin, I’ve come to realize that this election will definitively answer the question that has been on my mind lately, should I advise my sons to make their futures in Sweden, New Zealand, Canada, etc., and not in the U.S.? Think of it. We now have a choice between (1) a team comprising a true product of our American meritocracy, i.e., our best schools, public service, etc., paired with one of our most experienced experts on foreign policy and (2) a team comprising an old man with a history of impulsiveness and inconstancy whose chief claim to fame is that he had the shit beat out him for 5 years, paired with a woman plucked out of a frigid frontier territory about whom we have no evidence of any aptitude whatsoever. If the voters go for the second team, I will cease to blame Karl Rove and all the other spinmeisters, as they have only been giving the voters what they want and deserve. If that happens, I don’t want them to be able to get their grimy paws on my sons for whatever whacked out fastasies they might pursue.
The Moar You Know, that is exactly my same thought. We listened to all the identical conversations in 2004. So many could not possibly believe that people were so ignorant to keep falling for the crap then but they did.
Hopefully I’m just overly cynical.
Ahh, the 2004 “election”, when the issue morphed from a discussion of the continuing occupation of Iraq to the swift boat in the Mecong Delta in Vietnam.
What a relevant topic, and the electorate fell for it, just like they’re falling for the POW (genocider-in-chief) meme, and the unqualified woman from Alaska meme.
Back to the REAL issues please.
Well, I guess we know now how the US Empire fell….people got fed up with having to be intelligent and prudent, and decided it would be more fun to decide according to their gut instinct (egged on by the media, of course, which is totally in the tank for McCain.)
Maybe this is how all empires fall–the dimwits take over.
The Moar You Know
I think not.
That’s where I’ve been at since 2004 – there was no reason for anyone to vote for George Bush. Not one. It was already obvious to anyone with a lick of common sense that the war was a bunch of trumped-up bullshit to satisfy whatever crazed Oedipal issues W had, that Al-Queda was nothing more than a bunch of cave-dwelling fanatics who had gotten lucky once, and that W was a man of staggering incompetence, who was letting his non-incompetent, deeply evil VP run the show.
But the American public did anyway.
So I have to conclude that deeply incompetent, inept governance that promises voters what they want with no cost or consequences is what we, the people, want.
I am hoping that this election, we get the government that we need, and not the government we deserve, but I am not hopeful that will be the case.
By the way, John, how many more times do I have to see the smug, stupid, fat faces of John Hindraker and Glenn Reynolds when I come here? If I wanted to see a couple of asses I’d hang out under the bleachers.
THUMP, THUMP, THUMP goes the helicopter, as it descends near Smerdikov, Siberia, the location of the first Alaska/Russia summit. Seated on a chair made of the bones of recently interred Gulag victims, Vlad Putin glares at the approaching helicopter with ice-cold eyes that are suddenly … splattered by a most noxious fluid.
“That’ll teach you to be like Sherman, you evil evolutionist,” a perky voice says above the noise of the descending whirlybird. “And I’ve got plenty more where that came from, and the ability to squirt it farther than the range of a Ruger Varminter, so listen well,” she burbles.
Putin sits bolt upright, thinking of bolt action and amnio ammo, and for the first time in his life knows fear, as the copter lands and the erstwhile KGB tough shudders as he sees the shiny boot of his adversary protruding out the door, which can only belong to that deadly combination of Doris Day, Annie Oakley, and Phyllis Schlafly, the Pride of the PUMAs … our gal Sarah Palin.
“I’m so sorry for everything I’ve done,” Putin blubbers. He turns around and drops his pants. “Here, please, set up one of your space interceptor radars here, but please, please, don’t … squirt me anymore!”
Meanwhile, in a distant condo, Cindy McCain watches the proceedings on Fox and, seething, pops another Percocet. But the pain of being thrown over by her septuagenarian partner, for this backwoods bimbo, doesn’t abate. Bloody-minded, if a bit addled (“that sumbitch I’m married to is rubbing off on me,” she mutters), Cindy picks up the phone and dials the number of a secure, undisclosed location, to contact the only man she knows who would never succumb to Palin’s homey charms …
It was not only made, it was closed.
The Moar You Know
“backwoods bimbo” is epic win.
LOL. Thanks for that )
I live next to Canada, and have in fact been there hundreds of times. I’ve been to Mexico and Barbados, two even more foreign countries. I’ve been to Indian casinos, and they are the land of a sovereign nation. I’ve been to Quebec, which keeps trying to be a foreign country. And if that’s not enough, I’ve been to Texas, which used to be a foreign country.
But McCain didn’t pick me! How could the Roving Aces on his staff have missed someone with my qualifications?
Does not bode well for November, my friends.
I’m calling the refucklican dream team (mc)Cain and (un)Abel.
Gosh, she reminds me of Sally Fields as Gidget.
Props to Catatonia for creativity. I’d laugh if it didn’t come to mind that there are actually ‘Merkins that are taking this ticket seriously and will vote for it in Nov.
Lindsay Graham? Or Charlie Crist?
Hardly. In particular, children are curious and learn at a furious pace. And they also have much more self control than McCain.
McCain’s campaign is is a bunch of coked-up fall-down-drunk mafioso posing as a presidential campaign.
Today, I love me some AP
Mana from heaven.
Larry Craig (R – Wide Stance)
I apologize to any children who may have been offended by my previous post. Especially if they have lawyers on retainer.
There. All better.
Mock Palin if you want to, but I live in Washington State, and I have to tell you the knowledge that Sarah Barracuda stands between me and the Russian Bear is all that allows me to sleep at night.
John McPOW has made a huge mistake choosing Palin. She will totally eclipse Gramps. Expect her to be Time Ragazine’s next Person of the Year (Eon?).
I think Obama and Biden should simply admit defeat, pledge their support to Palin, and begin helping her assume the role of Leader of the Planet.
It’s never been Rove’s fault. It’s always been the American people.
Even in 2000, the people put Bush close enough to allow the election to be stolen. And don’t forget that the people elected Jeb Bush and allowed him to fix the election in Florida.
In 2004, the people reelected Bush. Again, even if you subscribe to the stole election theory, the people put Bush close enough to allow theft to take place.
The American people are not the victims. They’re the perps.
Remember when Obama said everyone should learn a foreign language? Russian may be about to make a comeback.
hell with Alaska bein’ close to the Ruskies…….
remember…. if you dig straight down you get to……..
Big Diomede Island and Little Diomede Islands are about 2 miles apart. One is russian, the other american.
Seen on another blog:
Yeah, and I’m a proctologist because I live next to an a**hole.