Needless to say, getting the name of the top general in Afghanistan wrong just shows that Palin is new to the subject matter. But lying about what he said is a much bigger deal.
My favorite moment:
There were two key moments for me when Sarah Palin blew it badly. One was substantive, one was symbolic. The substantive was her bizarre statement about being happy that Dick Cheney had expanded the powers of the vice-presidency, and wanting to expand the powers more. I think that's what she said, it was one of many moments I didn't entirely understand her point, but I got her overall meaning. Biden came back with a decisive: "Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president in American history," and he defended the existing limits on vice-presidential power. Point: Biden. Big time.
The symbolic moment Palin flubbed was subjective, of course. But I instant-messaged a friend that she lost the debate when Biden choked up over losing his wife and child in a car accident in which his sons were critically injured -- and she went straight back into "John McCain is a maverick." I truly expected her to express human sympathy with Biden, and her failure to do so showed me something deeply wrong with her. But maybe that's just me.
A radical Muslim prayer leader said the president shamed the nation for "indecent gestures, filthy remarks, and repeated praise of a non-Muslim lady wearing a short skirt."
Is it something in the Republican bar-be-que sauce recipe that causes this?
And this, from our Dear Leader:
McCAIN: I think it's very possible that both of those teams -- both the Dodgers and the Red Sox -- could surprise everyone.
JOE SCARBOROUGH: Boy, well those are two class organizations --
McCAIN: -- but that shows you why I'm not a rich man. [laughs]
"I've been to war. I've raised twins. If I had a choice, I'd rather go to war."Houston Chronicle, January 2002Do they think nobody will notice?
Eventually the topic got around to Sarah Palin and her bid to be a heartbeat away from being President.
The old rancher said, "Well, ya know, Palin is a post turtle."
Not being familiar with the term, the doctor asked him what a post turtle was.
The old rancher said, "When you're driving down a country road and you come across a fence post with a turtle balanced on top, it's a post turtle."
The old rancher saw a puzzled look on the doctor's face, so he continued to explain.
"You know she didn't get up there by herself, she doesn't belong up there, she doesn't know what to do while she is up there, and you just wonder what kind of dumb ass put her up there to begin with.
"Next time you meet an atheist, tell him or her that you know a bold, fresh guy, a barbarian who was raised in a working-class home and retains the lessons he learned there.If O'Reilly is proof there is a God, then I am sorely disappointed. I mean, seriously, this is it? No miracles? No loaves and fishes, no raising the dead? No stopping bullets and saving Jules? No curing the sick, no ending suffering? Just some enormous douchenozzle getting his smirking, lying mug on TV everyday?
"Then mention to that atheist that this guy is now watched and listened to, on a daily basis, by millions of people all over the world and, to boot, sells millions of books.
"Then, while the non-believer is digesting all that, ask him or her if they still don't believe there's a God!"
The fact that a bigoted, lying, xenophobe like O'Reilly is being broadcast around the world is in fact proof there is no God. Or if there is, He's away on business.
If that isn't the most indicative expression of entitlement I've ever heard in my life, I don't know what is. Obama can't be winning because his party's economic policies are better, or because McCain's own party's policies got us into this enormotudinous mess, or because Obama better communicates his economic plan, or because he better connects with financially struggling voters, or because he's more likeable, or because he's just generally a better candidate, or for any other reason.
It's just because life isn't fair to poor, unlucky, unprivileged Johnny McCain.
If you want validation that the Palin pick has backfired, McCain is pulling out of Michigan without waiting to see if the Moose Hunter can save him tonight. Somehow I doubt this would be happening if Mitt Romney had been selected as McCain's running mate.
In Florida, Republicans are so nervous about him holding their state that they plan to bring Palin down there next Monday and Tuesday. Yeah, that should work.
The CBS News poll found that President Bush has tied the presidential record for a low approval rating – 22 percent, matching Harry Truman's Gallup approval rating in 1952, when the country was mired in the Korean war and struggling with a stagnant economy.I'm pullin' for ya to break Truman's record, W.
Court greenlights Troopergate investigation: slaps down McCain campaign: http://emptywheel.firedoglake.com/2008/10/03/court-greenlights-troopergate-investigation-slaps-down-mccain-campaign/