Tuesday, October 28, 2008

mcpalin - one hundred billion swerved!

okay. some of you may have heard about sara palin not saying that abortion clinic bombers are domestic terrorists. bill ayers is a domestic terrorist, but not abortion clinic bombers. when asked by brian williams on nbc, she gave a great sigh, and then dodged the question. she even turned it around by asking if williams was asking her if she regretted classifying bill ayers as a terrorist. 

uh, no, governor, he asked you a direct question. a "yes" or "no" answer would do.

there were a few other interesting things in this interview, however, that i've heard nothing about, as of yet:

brian williams: (to palin) "governor, what is an elite? who is a member of the elite?"

sarah palin, after another exasperated sigh, gave this answer: "oh, I guess just anyone who thinks they're better than anyone else." okay, governor. you, then. because you certainly think you're better than barack obama. oh, and you think you're better than me, too. 

palin then went on to say, "john mccain and i are so committed to serving every american. hard working, middle class americans..." hmmm. when last i looked, that wasn't every american. there's a crapload of americans right now living below the poverty line. are you serving them? and we already know you're serving the rich.

then the senator had to pipe up. referring to "elitists," he said: "i know where a lot of 'em live." and here's where it gets good: 

williams: "and where's that?"

mccain: "well, in our nation's capitol and new york city. i've seen it. i've lived there. i know the town." (emphasis mine) errr, okay, senator. well, how does that not make you an elite yourself?

he returns to the terrorist question then, and says that ayers' act was not one of "spontaneity." okay, sure, but an abortion clinic bomber is just passing by, and he happens to have a molotov cocktail in his pocket and is suddenly come over with an act of passion, and he lights and tosses the thing. he didn't think about, or plan it beforehand at all. suuuuuure. 

besides, premeditation and passion don't differentiate between the destruction on the other end, senator. 

there's more good stuff there. you can see the full clip at


have obama and biden had similar gaffes or outright inconsistencies in interviews or speeches from one second to the next? perhaps. but if so, i'm voting for them, so i'd rather not put that stuff up on my blog. if you've got some, and you want to point them out, please feel free to comment. 

in fact, all comments are welcome. i'll read 'em. thanks.


Zenslinger said...

She seemed near tears standing next to McCain for his (very good) concession speech. I don't know what she expects from the rest of her career. She seems nice enough in the way that someone with her views can be nice, but I don't know how much of a serious leader people can consider her given the fact that she was chosen as a kind of stunt. At least as far as I can tell. It's understandable that she has a certain appeal, but what can she do? If she were to become a star for the Republican party, what would that mean about the direction they took in the wake of this election?

Zenslinger said...

LA Times version of the tension between McCain and Palin aides.


"The miscommunication and quarrels between the two camps lasted into Tuesday night, said McCain aides familiar with the situation. Palin arrived at the Arizona Biltmore planning to deliver a speech before McCain's concession speech, they said, but was told by senior McCain aides Steve Schmidt and Mark Salter that it would not be appropriate."

Zenslinger said...

Much jucier one:

"Fox News reported Wednesday that Palin's lack of knowledge on some topics also strained relations. Carl Cameron reported that campaign sources told him Palin had resisted coaching before her faltering Katie Couric interviews; did not understand that Africa was a continent rather than a country; and could not name the three nations that are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement -- the United States, Canada and Mexico."