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This town isn’t big enough for the both of us.

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You know, it feels like just a few weeks ago that I was writing about what the heck the McCain-Palin campaign means by small town values.

Now it seems that not only are small towns (again…this means what?) the sole bastion of American morality, but in fact, in the bizarro world inhabited by John McCain and Sarah Palin and their cronies, somehow despite being at least five generations removed from “the old country” to the point where I can identify only the vaguest of non-American nationality, I am not truly an American by virtue of living in an area with more than, let’s say roughly, 5,000 people.

Hell, I don’t even live in a real state.  Which I suppose can be explained by the fact that Virginia is technically called a Commonwealth, however, those pesky income taxes that don’t go to the feds or to my local county seem to still go to Richmond to help support “real” Virginia. 

The McCain campaign is stooping to this bizarre Orwellian mantra of “All citizens are Americans but some citizens are more American than others” and I have an idea why:  Obama’s life completely belies the standard Republican narrative of the American dream.  Here we have a hard working, essentially self-made son of an immigrant and a woman from Kansas for god’s sake.  But the immigrant father was a dark skinned African man.  The mother was white and not particularly religious.  And the son had the audacity to go to the best schools that would accept him and to excel, to break down barriers, to find Jesus, to work to make the world a better place for black people in this country and to be a Democrat.  And really, it’s those last that are the real issue here.  Let’s be honest.

So, since they can’t harp on the self made American dream – which usually ties in nice and tight with the old-fashioned conservative values mantra – they’re looking for a different hook.  The tried and true “some of y’all just aren’t American enough for the rest of us” is not new.  But it is odd to see it trotted out in such force, not just by media surrogates, but by the candidates themselves.  In some ways this is another example of McCain campaigning like Bush, the original “uniter, not a divider.”

This campaign strategy has the odd effect of both being grotesquely offensive and almost relieving – I’m not entirely sure I want to live in Sarah Palin’s America.  But I don’t really appreciate her and McCain thinking they get to decide who really belongs here either.


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October 23, 2008 at 4:20 pm

Live from suburban St. Louis…it’s the 2008 Vice Presidential debate

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8:58 – I think the last time I was remotely interested in a veep debate as anything other than background was in 1984.  Aside from the obvious, there’s really no comparison.

MSNBC is being weird about their coverage, so for tivo purposes, we’re watching CNN.

9:01 – here we go…

9:03 – CNN ticker is interesting…looks like Palin is taking her facial cues from her running mate

Gee, it took all of 2 seconds for Palin to talk about being a soccer mom.  You betcha.

9:06 – good look to Biden with “People in the senate”…but the attack doesn’t seem to go over well…

9:08 – economy = workforce?  Did she really just wink?  Who the hell sent her out there with her hair in her eyes?

9:09 – go Gwen, but if you really think you are going to keep them on topic, you are in for a loooong night.

Darn right it was the predator lenders…she is doing better than I’d have expected – there is a lot of debate left to be played…

I wonder if her hair is so firmly behind her ears to try to show she couldn’t be wearing a wire?

9:12 – The undecideds don’t like the practical answer from Biden.

9:13 – Interesting use of first name, Sarah. Good press on 400+ tax increase votes, there.  She is obsessed with the taxes.

9:14 – she’s already going after Gwen Ifel.  She may not answer the questions the way that doesn’t fit with her canned soundbite.  She’s going to say the word TAXES as many times as she can. :P

9:15 – Biden on taxes – middle class tax cuts – this is for you, not corporate America.

9:17 – “redistribution of wealth” = socialism for Palin.  She’s middle class?  That house of theirs would be 2.5 million here.  Ooh, free market regulation worked so well with the banking and mortgage industry.  $5000 credit is nothing if you’re buying healthcare on the open market.  Have they looked at a hospital bill recently.

9:20 – the voter reaction ticker is irking me.

9:22 – Not paying taxes is not patriotic?

9:23 – She is starting to fall apart…bless her heart.

9:24 – To be fair, both of them are pretty much ignoring Gwen.

9:26 – I cannot even follow her and we’re what, 27 minutes in?  We have John McCain to thank for what?  A toxic mess on main street is affecting wall street?  Is she really trying to blame average Americans?   I think she means the other way around.

9:29 – Why is she back on energy?  Independent Ohio voters are not happy…but she brought it around to oil drilling – good save.

9:30 – Sooo…as the only Arctic state, climate is changing and I’m not going to think about the causes (because heaven’s forfend we acknowledge human responsibilities)…we need to reduce carbon emissions by increasing oil production?  Maybe patriotic oil has no carbon emissions…kind of like how eating standing up has no calories.

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October 3, 2008 at 1:02 am

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Watch this space…

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I have every intention of blogging the debate tonight.  It might be slightly time-delayed, because of family stuff and I’m guessing that there will also be several instances of “run that back a little, did she really say that?”

In the meantime, fine yourself a good debate drinking game or, if you’d like to avoid a massive hangover, try some bingo.

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October 2, 2008 at 12:49 pm

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Some thoughts both about, and not about, Sarah Palin and the RNC

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I was watching the RNC last night, alternating between laughing and clutching my head to try to keep my brain from exploding.  It was like 1988 all over again up there.  In a vacuum, what I’d take from day 2 of the Republican National Convention is that the party platform has 5 main planks:

  1. Servin’ the man and bustin’ the unions;
  2. Making sure “Guantanamo terrorists” never get fair trials;
  3. Perpetuating the false association between Iraq and Osama bin Laden;
  4. Slamming “elitism” while protecting the wealthy from taxes;
  5. Pretending that the world outside their bizarre little bubble doesn’t exist.

But, cutting to the chase, Sarah Palin.
On a very basic level – or host of them, really – McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin frightens me and offends me.  Part of me thinks that this is a very sensible reaction for any liberal-leaning American to have at most actions by the GOP.  Another part of me is bugged a bit by my own reaction.

On a gut level, the part of me that desperately wants to see a woman as president in my lifetime, feels especially squeemish and hypocritical. I want a woman in the White House, but not this woman, not this party, not this way. I want to work off of a presumption that Sarah Palin was chosen because she is smart and savvy and brings things to the ticket that McCain and his people feel he needed – executive experience, youth, energy, conservative bona fides. But I can’t help but give in to the sense that she is the Republican Party’s fuck you to the Democrats and to women as a whole – that she is there for her tits and her womb alone. I find myself second guessing her in ways that I don’t think I ever would for a male candidate – whether I’m holding her to a higher standard or a lower one I’m not certain about. I’m afraid that she is being “handled” and that the Republican machine doesn’t truly respect anything about her, but is using her. I suppose that says as much about my opinion of the Republican party as it does about my opinion of Sarah Palin.

As for her background and family, etc., I don’t give two whits about the number of children she has. I don’t really care that her 17-year-old daughter is pregnant and planning to marry the father. I think that it’s a great object lesson about how abstinence only education doesn’t work, but I’m not real thrilled with the narrative that Bristol Palin’s life is ruined and the complete erasure in that narrative of any agency she might have. Bristol Palin may really really want this baby. She may really really want to marry her boyfriend at the tender age of 17. And legally, she has every right to do so. I think that Sarah Palin showed, at best, interesting judgement in making the decision to thrust her family into the spotlight at this juncture, but Bristol Palin’s judgement is not at issue. I hope that she is indeed happy with her choices and I wish her well.

Likewise, I am surprised that a mother of five children, one of whom has Down’s Syndrome, would decide to campaign for the vice presidency, but I don’t think any less of her for doing so. I have no idea what Todd Palin’s role is in his family – by most accounts, his job is very flexible, so perhaps he plans to be the primary caregiver.

What I don’t like about Sarah Palin can be summed up with my issues with the Republican party platform generally.  I really don’t see what the Republican party has to offer me, except – this year – a candidate with a uterus.  And I have one of those of my own, thanks. I don’t need another.

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September 4, 2008 at 6:14 pm