Who’s Achilles?

A number of people in the media have noted that one of the questions Sarah Palin didn’t answer tonight was the one regarding her Achilles’ heel. Instead, she gave a list of her strengths.

She had openly stated fairly early on in the debate that she wasn’t planning on directly answering the questions being posed to her and that she preferred to speak directly to the American people about the issues. I suppose one could say that’s what she was doing with this particular question, although she didn’t preface her answer with any statement about how she preferred to talk about something else.

What I haven’t heard or read yet is the first thought that came into my mind when she (non)responded to the question: is it possible she doesn’t know what an Achilles’ heel is?

I can just see her returning to her hotel after the party they’re apparently having for her in celebration of her not melting on stage, hopping on line and looking it up.

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Sarah Palin Parasailin’

Sarah Palin parasailing
Hey, is that a wolf swimming down there? Dangit, I should have brought my rifle with me! Yaaaaaaaah suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure!

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Those Changing Mavericks of Maverick Change

maverickMcCain and Palin, “the original mavericks,” as they’re described in the video below, (I know McCain is ancient, but Palin’s younger than I am. How is she one of the “original” mavericks?) have now announced that “change is coming.” That’s right — they’re not just mavericks. They’re mavericks of change. You betcha.

I was watching MSNBC today, and they had a couple of those dueling pundits (or as Palin calls them, “pundints”) segments. The big stumper question they hit the democrats with, after pointing out how McCain and Palin had ostensibly taken that tough as nails maverick stance and bucked the established powers that be in their party, was “What examples can you give us of Obama and Biden openly disagreeing with the rest of the Democratic party?”

What bullshit.

First of all, how many of the examples of McCain or Palin being “mavericks” — really standing up to their party — are true? Of those positions, how many do they still hold? Standing up to your party and then changing your mind and agreeing with the bosses doesn’t count as maverick in my book.

Mavericks, my ass.

And they don’t really talk about what they’re going to change. They just say “change is coming.”

Considering the fact that Republicans have been in power for almost eight years now, and that for all but about a year and a half that power was absolute, “change” is represented by the other party. Who says you have to be a maverick Democrat to represent change?

So when someone points out that McCain has voted with Bush 90% of the time, and the counter argument to that is that Obama voted with the rest of the Democratic party about 90% of the time, the proper response should be that that represents voting against Bush well over half of the time.

And that represents change, whether Obama chooses to strap on a six-shooter, hop on his horse and call himself a “maverick” or not.

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Country First

McCain and Palin
Thanks, agents of intolerance! If I’d been allowed to choose for myself, we all know I’d have reached across the aisle and picked some pro-choice heathen.

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Two Conservatives Give Honest Opinions

Remember when Fox caught Jesse Jackson on an open mic expressing some disappointment with Barack Obama? Well, that ain’t nothing. Make sure you listen all the way through, after the camera cuts away. This apparently went out live on MSNBC today.

Who knew Peggy Noonan, she of the shining city on the hill, even knew the word “bullshit”?

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Family Matters

Palin familyBristol Palin, the 17-year-old daughter of the Governor of Alaska, is five months pregnant. I honestly don’t care.

She’s planning on marrying the father. I don’t think it’s any of my business.

There had been rumors that her baby brother, Trig (or Pre-Calc, as I prefer to call him) was in fact her son. Doesn’t matter to me, except I question the sense of taking the long trip from Texas to a small-town hospital in rural Alaska after his mother’s water had broken. That sort of risk-taking makes more sense as a cover-up of a young mother giving birth and her mother pretending to. But again, even that really has nothing to do with me, and whether the crazy trip or the cover-up is the truth, I don’t particularly care.

Here’s what I care about: the Palins put out a press release on September 1.

We have been blessed with five wonderful children who we love with all our heart and mean everything to us. Our beautiful daughter Bristol came to us with news that as parents we knew would make her grow up faster than we had ever planned. We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby and even prouder to become grandparents. As Bristol faces the responsibilities of adulthood, she knows she has our unconditional love and support.

Bristol and the young man she will marry are going to realize very quickly the difficulties of raising a child, which is why they will have the love and support of our entire family. We ask the media to respect our daughter and Levi’s privacy as has always been the tradition of children of candidates.

We’re proud of Bristol’s decision to have her baby…

Bristol Palin made a decision to have this baby? Sarah Palin is on record in support of overturning Roe v. Wade. When she was running for Governor, she responded to a questionnaire put out by the Eagle Forum of Alaska. In response to a question on abortion, she wrote:

I am pro-life. With the exception of a doctor’s determination that the mother’s life would end if the pregnancy continued. I believe that no matter what mistakes we make as a society, we cannot condone ending an innocent’s life.

In response to the question, “Will you support funding for abstinence-until-marriage education instead of for explicit sex-education programs, school-based clinics, and the distribution of contraceptives in schools?” she wrote, “Yes, the explicit sex-ed programs will not find my support.”

So who believes Bristol Palin made a decision that made her parents proud? Who believes her parents think there was ever a decision to make? If McCain and Palin are elected, are they going to allow any women to make that decision for themselves?

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Is Alaska in the Midwest?

Sarah PalinI don’t know any native Alaskans. I know maybe a dozen people who have lived there at one time or another, but nobody who actually grew up there. Consequently, I don’t know what an Alaskan — a real Alaskan — actually sounds like. And it’s a pretty big place. I’m sure to the native ear, somebody from Fairbanks sounds very much unlike a person from Juneau.

When McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his running mate, I was genuinely shocked. She sounds like she’s from the wilds of Wisconsin! I can just imagine her swearing in ceremony next January (in the bizarro universe where she and McCain actually manage to win this thing, of course).

I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same: that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God. Oh, ya, sure.

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