Thursday, October 02, 2008

'I've Only Been At This For Five Weeks'

So says Alaska's Governor Sarah Palin in a vice-presidential debate. And yeah, we know, gosh-darnit. You betcha'. We know.

Does winking and nodding like a semi-flirty sorority girl at the homecoming dance provide charm, or is it evidence of the hubris of ambition? Her supporters coo delight and enthusiasm for not being god-awful on that stage. It's as close to confidence and leadership the Republican party can muster these days.

I felt like I was watching an episode of Gilligan's Island as the Professor and Ginger were debating who should be President of the island.

If you're looking for someone to run a small town or a local PTA, Palin is a sound choice. Otherwise, she's a cult celebrity on a canceled TV show.


  1. I cringed when she said that. She shouldn't try to use that as an excuse -- she hasn't been a governor for only 5 weeks. My husband mentioned the wink, which I missed. And I didn't care enough to rewind the DVR to see it.

    I like your analogy -- Gilligan's Island sounds about right for this lunacy.

  2. Anonymous12:20 PM

    "Nucular" is the official Republican pronunciation of "nuclear." They're going to force it into Webster's one of these days, you betchya.

  3. Holy cow. You betcha I couldn't believe she threw out the dang "five weeks" thing like it was a badge of honor.
    Loved your Gilligan's Island reference. It's spot on.

  4. You betcha. wink wink. You betcha.

    The whole "five weeks" thing was so calculated. They know Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of the country. They know Americans are dissatisfied with the government. So they figure that running an "outsider" is the answer. And they will hammer that "outsider" until the cows come home. You betcha.

    But "outsider" does not mean we want "unqualified." And where Caribou Barbie is concerned, there's no hiding the fact that she's unqualified.