Sarah Palin has redefined US foreign policy and put YouTube under a little bit of strain by telling right wing radio host Glenn Beck that America must stand by its North Korean allies. Palin, sometime Alaska governor and current reality TV star, was responding to a question from Beck about how she would respond to a developing …
The Selling Of The Next Presidency...
...is going splendidly; now only 24 months until Election Day 2012.
She's now being funneled $12M/year for her blabbering on Murdoch's Fox News and "lectures" to business groups and a couple million dollars more for fake book sales with platitudes. Her daughter got to the finals for "Dancing With The Stars", so nice family propaganda & exposure there.
Sassy Sarah, also, has her TLC "reality TV" show for a few million dollars more, to pump up more "tough & patriotic" faux-credentials that all "momma grizzlies" need to possess.
Since only 45% of americans vote, she only has to convince 23% to push in the hanging chad on the ballot of her name...and if it's only 22% that can be fixed just as well by GOP operatives, as was done for Georgie Porgy in Florida in 2000, and Ohio in 2004.
Jus like selling soap. (Edward Bernays is grinning in his grave.)
Live Free or die.
Palin's complete stupidity is almost certainly the reason she'll win. Like watching anyone make an idiot of themselves very, very publicly, it has a certain fascination value; you cringe, but you can't help yourself watching out of morbid curiosity, which will generate her a lot of headlines, column inches and airtime her rivals won't get . Much of it may be utterly dreadful and even scary, but she's going to be so ubiquitous everyone will feel they know her, love or hate. This being the age of the amateur, a lot will vote for her because she's "just like us" - a sort of bizarre extension of reality TV in which you get to vicariously see yourself as President through the vehicle of someone identifiably as ignorant, prejudiced and shallow as you are.
Then there'll be the more educated on the right, who'll vote for her because she comes out with the fantasy, lunatic stuff that appeals to the visceral instincts, but which people know in their hearts is a bad, bad idea - things the McCains of the world are too adult and responsible to say.
She'll get plenty of big money backing, because the money will recognise that she'll be thoroughly pliant to their cause with little thought to the consequences - an empty vessel waiting to be filled and that will buy her even more media time.
The Democrats hate her, but they'll talk about her endlessly and the constant derision and negativity will push any fence sitters to the right out of sheer spite - my enemy's enemy etc.
US elections are no longer about policy, reality or common sense - if they ever were. Americans just cannot live with the reality that their star is waning and the New American will turn out to be no such thing. Palin offers a fantasy vision of an America restored to greatness in terms that are a closer match for 19th century frontier rhetoric that 21st century pragmatism, and people will bite because it will make them feel better about their declining nation, if only till the day after the count is done.
Ultimately she will win because she is folksy, venal and vacuous - not in spite of those qualities.
I'm nit so sure.
The US has a black President who I doubt would be re-elected in a two horse race. Is it ready to follow up with a woman POTA? Especially if voting for one increases Obama's chances.
You honestly believe that race or gender matter to folks chosing the POTS anymore? I thought you people were past that...
"America is the best half-educated country in the world"
Nicholas Murray Butler.
And don't forget...
(Re: the U.S. victory in Gulf War #1)
"A stirring victory for the forces of aggression."
And they DID elect him.
Now take this candidate of mass destruction...
and get the fuck out of here!
She has just discovered she has more chance of becoming Pres in North Korea that the good ole US of States and was making a play for Kim Jung Il vote.
well yes but...
...such a dumb ass pres is not good for the rest of the world!
Re: I actually hope Palin wins.
"After Obama and the Americans so shamelessly used BP as a scapegoat for the oil spill"
Ah, do we see some Little Britard thinking here? Of the kind which says that BP isn't really British Petroleum ("And they changed their logo to a flower!") but it's still British and "how dare those Yanks tell them off", when BP were largely responsible for the oil spill (and rig explosion and resulting deaths, remember) and should be facing discipline at various levels. That a bunch of selfish financial people and politicians think that BP should be protected from US "aggression" just goes to show how quickly people throw their remaining ethics overboard in order to not be in any way out of pocket (after throwing the bulk of their ethics overboard to invest in such companies in the first place).
"when it was only one of many responsible because US companies like Halliburton fucked up quite hard and it was the US' gross dependence on oil in the first place that pushed for such dangerous drilling,"
Looked at everyone else's fossil fuel dependence recently? Watch the squirming over BP's Iran sanctions-busting oil exploration in the North Sea, for heaven's sake. Keep pointing the finger, but watch out for the mirror!
"and as they fined BAE for the Saudi bribes scandal whilst turning a blind eye to their own politicians pursuing similar actions with Boeing all coupled with the fact we've stood by them and hence all they've done is fuck our large wealth generating companies over at every opportunity I couldn't actually care less what happens to them anymore."
Britain signed away a lot of control to the US a very long time ago. I don't disagree that the US roundly shafts just about everyone else - it's not a uniquely British phenomenon - but interestingly, there's a lot of British money doing the bidding of the US. And as Lewis Page will tell you, BAE Systems isn't really very British any more, which does seem to get it more business in the States, apparently at the expense of the British end of the business. In fact, instead of blaming "those damn Yanks", you'd be advised to follow the money and figure out who, why and how genuine British interests are being betrayed rather than cheering on the ostensibly British brand names.
Oh, and Palin being elected? I suppose it would provide a stream of gaffes for some kind of entertainment, but it would be a gift of shit for both the American people and the rest of the planet.
'how's that criticism of US companies such as Exxon being guilty of spills in Nigeria '
That's Shell - Anglo-Dutch.
Sarah Palin looks like I need a drink...
Are they really going to vote for that? They are aren't they! Oh no!
Paris' brain > Palin's brain.
Paris's brain compared to who?
You can spew this ignorance, but it does not fly in reality.
You tried that with President Bush with those hateful leftist liberal wingnut claims of his intelligence.
YET, President Bush had higher grades at Yale than did the democrat candidate Kerry. Further, George Bush could and did fly supersonic delta 105 jet aircraft and all Kerry could manage was puddling around is a boat on water and managed to shoot himself in the a$$ with shrapnel from a grenade he was playing with.
Sarah can and has done more than most of you, so, cut out the stupid talk and get a life when you are talking about your superiors.
Re: Paris's brain compared to who?
This is all solid gold.
Jakeson 26/11/10 10:18: "cut out the stupid talk and get a life when you are talking about your superiors."
But I'm talking about Palin here...
"Sarah can and has done more than most of you"
Define "more". I've done lots and lots of things that she hasn't done (like read a map), and she has definitely done lots of things I haven't (and wouldn't particularly want to - like opposing abortion in rape cases).
How are you counting "more", then? I assume, from your reference to Mrs Palin as your "superior", that you're a Republican yank, and so I also assume then, that you're counting on your fingers. All thirteen of them.
A Canadian (who laughs himself silly every time the US Border Police make a statement about how they're going to stop the flow of BC Bud)
Ok let me get this straight - - if the current US governments response to North Korean aggression, which is to send in carrier group of one carrier, 3 destroyers, a missile cruiser and at least one nuclear attack submarine (on top of the 28,000 US military forces already in South Korea) for some hardcore posturing weakly disguised as "training" is 'showing a lack of backbone' then what exactly is a proportional military response? Another long drawn out war that cannot be won and is nothing more than a sinkhole for money supplying her corporate cronies?
Someone should staple her lips shut for 3 damn good reasons.
1.. that mad tart will start a war that will end humanity with her lip flappin if given just 0.00001 percent of a chance
2.. she would make a lot more sense if she simply said nothing....ever.
3.. i would find it terribly amusing to see if such a well practiced mouth breather could work out that its possible to breathe using their nose before asphyxiation set in.
Paris, cause she knows what a mouth is for, how to use it. not to mention that its impolite to speak when its full ;)
Gordon Brown, D-Day remembrance service, in front of the prez himself. They're all puppets*
*can be substituted for the word muppets
A fine example of the American education system
This woman, who shares features with the moose, typifies what is wrong with the American education - it doesn't work. Many Americans have little knowledge about their own country and even less about the world.
Imagine if she ever achieved any office of consequence - she would be busy supporting the wrong people - hell she would be shipping arms to the Taliban.
Everyone, except Palin, knows the bad guys are in North Korea and have been since before she was born.
Re: A fine example of the American education system
"Just because I don't *care* doesn't mean I don't *understand*."
I think she's got some of the same problems as Bush - she can't be as stupid as she appears, it's more a combination of arrogance and indolence, as Bush exhibited. Too lazy to learn, too confident to care if she looks like an idiot.
Not to rule out some dosage of actual stupidity. I doubt she's even as clever as Bush. But there's a large streak of proud anti-intellectualism in the US, which is why she'll always have support.
Re: Re: A fine example of the American education system
NB I don't think this particular gaffe is the result of not knowing - it looks more like the kind of verbal carelessness you can't really excuse. You've got to be more aware of what is coming out of your mouth if you're in politics. She's incredibly heedless about her presentation for a politician - it's almost as if all the energy for that goes into what she looks like (thanks for reinforcing that one for women, Palin - pretty and dumb is always the way forward). Unless! it's all DELIBERATE and CALCULATED. etc. (It's not. At least not entirely. I don't know. I weary of her.)
"Of the kind which says that BP isn't really British Petroleum"
It isn't. Not any more. Which bit of Amoco was british exactly?
Take your time.
Re: @anon coward
And it's owned by its shareholders, many of which are from... A Merry Car!
You'd still bang her though, wouldn't you?
Robinson - are you for real?
"You'd still bang her though, wouldn't you?"
You've gotta be kidding me, I'd sooner bang an actual grizzly bear than that.
Hell yes I would.
From a helicopter with a .303 or larger
"You'd still bang her though, wouldn't you?"
But I'd feel so dirty afterward.
But then I felt foreign policy discussions would have been so much more interesting as a knock down down drag em out mud fight between Condolleza Rice and Hilary Clinton.
Anon for fairly obvious reasons.
That's right, everyone dreams of banging Mrs Robinson.
Paris for Robinson.
Remember Dan Quayle?
She's a bit like Quayle but better looking. Obviously a natural at the foot-in-mouth thing, can change feet without missing a beat.
smarter than you
Ooh, someone who speaks in public alot made a speech error, ooooh. She is ssoooooooo stupid. Just as stupid as Obama when he referred to the navy as "Corpse Men". What a moron huh?(He is Commander in Chief" after all) Meh, he won''t finish the presidency either, what with him abandoning his 6 year senate seat after just 2 years. Hey, he had our kids future earnings to spend. That can be alot of fun you know. They are expected to make alot of money.
Oh, what a losers we all are! Someone this dumb gets to be Governor of Alaska, and here we are at our lousy little jobs. Meh, there are alot of really important people operating tills, inputting data, putting memory in my laptop, moderating forums, and writing copy for websites. Actually, no there isn't.
Is it true the Democrats are *praying* Palin gets the nomination to run for prez?
Anticipating a Republican defeat that will leave them battered for a generation.
Did she know she was going to be interviewed?
Listening to her: blathering vague rubbish similar to her answer to the "what papers do you read?" question during her time as the VP candidate, it's rather scary to think this might be the best she can do when put on the spot, or even that she may have been briefed beforehand.
All of what she said was empty guff designed to tick boxes with supporters but not actually mean anything. The North Korea cockup was just a part of the whole sorry mess!
The other day on the news I heard something similar: a woman being asked for her opinion on the expected cut in the workforce of Greater Manchester Police: "I think they should get rid of all the backroom staff and let the police get on with their jobs"...
Sell Alaska back to the Russians
so solving the USA's economic problems.
Give them a discount if they take Sarah Palin.
Does she know where Korea is?
It's amaze me if she did. Last I heard, she wasn't *entirely* sure how to tell her a** from her elbow; two things that are both within easy reach - and she's had 40-odd years to practice finding 'em.
Korea? That's not even on the same continent!
Nobody let her near anything sharp (or a big red button), she's priceless as entertainment, but please, don't ever put her anywhere she can hurt herself or anyone else...
Maybe something like "The Truman Show" would be perfect for her.
Martin Huizing for President!
...not of America, of course, but of -soon to be waste-land- formally known as North Korea.
I predict their nuclear bomb won't make the 10m mark.
Anybody remember why Japan went to war? Warcry for help.
God help us all.
good for her though
for clubbing a fish.
Are these the same people that shrugged when the pictures of abu ghraib surfaced?
I just have to say....
(no, I'm not in love with Palin, yuck!)
But I really, really, thought the little picture on the five-hot-topics on the main page was great.
Sounds like an honest slip of the tongue to me. Could have happened to anybody.
If we’re going to make fun of her for being stupid, I’m sure she’ll give us plenty of opportunity.
I saw a few quotes of her being stupid on Flemish television. "I can see Russia from my house'". Everybody had a good laugh, but it was really Tina Fey...
I don't know who is the biggest nutjob. Palin, Beck or the people that believe their shit..... or as Beck would say, I'm not calling anyone a nutjob here, but...I'm just saying.
While I like to proclaim Palin's stupidity to the world just like the next man, I wouldn't consider this one too bad... Of course, someone speaking in public should be more careful, but such slips happen even to the best, so I'd be prepared to give the benefit of the doubt here. And I guess that she was even relaxed, since all she could expect from the "interviewer" was softballs anyway... Who knows.
But yeah, she's stupid.
Time to move to Tasmania and start digging a bomb shelter.
Or maybe just wait patiently On The Beach.
Beware of your own ignorance
While you bash Palin, you ignore the trash mouth of Biden and the ignorance, incompetence and lies of Obama.
How many of you had a conniption fit over Obama announcing to the press corp on air force 1 when he said "we are stopping in Venezuela to see Chavez. YOU DIDN'T? You must be a student of Saul Alinski and a brain full of hate for what is good, kind, and durable.
Have fun liberals with your mouth full of soap and see how that fits in your craw.
Palin is a natural common sense AMERICAN woman and not one of those elitist females like Hillary or Barbara bush.
Barbara Bush needs to realize she just lost more than a million votes for Jeb Bush in 2016 with that ignorant comment she made through her catty remark.
Sarah Palin could be the USAs first...
Sarah Palin could be the USAs first Celebutard president. It's hard to see how she can lose.
But personally, I'd rather vote for Paris.
Any idea why so many of us dislike the tea-bagging-for-Jesus-flag-waving-common-sense-AMERICAN-patriots?
Look in the mirror mate. That's the America that scares us. Ignorance. Hatred of what you do not understand. Distrust of what you (purposefully?) do not comprehend. The inclination to believe whatever the hell you want to believe, regardless of the facts.
To quote your own leader:
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." -- Thomas Jefferson
The real danger to world democracy is not the Taliban. Or Iran. Or North Korea. We have met the enemy. It is you.
May be a slip...
... but Palin has said before she doesn't really know the difference between North and South Korea. The really sad thing is, this won't hurt her at all in an American election, may even help her a bit.
WARNING : Contain lame pun
This Sarah is really a Palin(g).
More ashamed than anonymous coward actually
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