“Poor Dumb Thing.”

28 09 2008

Just three short words about dear Sarah Palin tonight, and these coming from my mother in response to Palin’s interview with Couric. I missed the interview entirely, but have read about it in the Op Eds of the New York Times. My mom admitted she felt almost sorry for Palin because she sounded so pathetic and stupid in the interview (again, my mom’s words) but I felt, yet again, annoyed and insulted when I heard on CBS Sunday Morning that what’s-his-name Harry something-or-other news anchor went to Alaska and asked Palin’s PARENTS if she was qualified for the job. 

Seriously? We’re talking to her parents? To find out what they think? What the hell are they supposed to say? “No, our daughter’s a complete moron and way in over her head.” Even if it is the truth, that’s the last thing they’re going to say on national television. It’s sad, really. Did anyone ask McCain’s mother or Obama’s grandparents, or Biden’s parents for that matter, if they thought their (grand)children were qualified? Not if they were proud of the men, because certainly they would be.

Palin’s dad’s response? “She can be whatever she wants to do.” 

Eloquence runs in the family, I see. 

The thing that gets me with this particular interview is that it’s very small-town, and therefore insulting for the job of Vice President of the United States; however, it’s acceptable because Palin is a woman. I grew up in a tiny little town in Vermont. One of my first jobs was at a general store and I got hired because people close to me (including loyal shopper, My Mother) put in good words for me. In a small town, to get an idea of who a kid is, you talk to the parents. And here we have a similar situation: asking Palin’s parents about who their “kid” is. And this is only because she is a woman. 

This proves, YET AGAIN, she is totally and completely inappropriate for this job. If we are still seeing her as a small-town KID, then she is not prepared to take on a position that plops her in the world as a major source of power and influence. Time and again she proves herself too young, too unprepared: She cannot speak at length with knowledge about any topic that is important to the US, other than drilling, and that she does with a fiery violence that should scare us all. It is the pubescent violence that I see in high school students who have very few opinions of their own and who stand behind opinions of others who they want to impress because the others are the cool kids. What we’re dealing with here is a teenager, insecure and high on the fact that she just got elected to Student Council.

When asked about Russia, she could not put together a coherent thought.

“Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land — boundary that we have with — Canada.”

She went on, but lost her way midsentence: “It’s funny that a comment like that was kind of made to — cari — I don’t know, you know? Reporters …”

Ms. Couric said, “Mocked?”

“Yeah, mocked,” said Ms. Palin. “I guess that’s the word. Yeah.”

 

Don’t kids just say the darndest things?

We will all be Poor Dumb Things if we put this Poor Dumb Thing in office.


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28 09 2008
Bowie, NV

I agree…she sounds just like Obama sounds everyday except that he is a little more nuanced and sophisticated. Thanks for making the argumnent against inexperience and ineptitude!

28 09 2008
ginacoggio

I think no one in his or her right mind is totally prepared to be President OR Vice President. But there are some who are leagues ahead of others. In this case, Biden is leagues ahead of Palin. Like Obama said this morning on Face the Nation, the comparison should be between Palin and Biden, not between Obama and Palin. I agree with this. But should Palin ever (GOD FORBID) need to take the position of President of this country, we need to make sure she can hold her own. And if she cannot put together a single sentence about important things in a pre-election interview, what will she ever do should she need to communicate her ideas and actions to the nation in a time of crisis?

Obama, on the other hand, has enough wits about him to speak clearly and to articulate most of his ideas. He has shown time and again his cool hand in conversation and, despite criticism from the media, manages to stay calm under pressure. That he can speak well alone, by no means, means that will be a better president. But it does shed some light on how he might lead us through difficult times if he should be elected president.

28 09 2008
Susan

Gina..thought you would enjoy the Top Ten List from the Letterman Show last week…cracked us up!
Top Ten Surprising Facts About Sarah Palin presented by residents of Wasilla, Alaska
Top Ten

Sometimes Sarah calls John McCain “grandpa”
-Interior Designer, May-Lynn Pauling

She stole that sexy librarian look from me
-Grasshopper Aviation Pilot, Dave Glenn

Recently passed legislation to build a bridge to Funkytown
-General Manager of a Mexican Restaurant, Jerry Ochoa

Does great impression of Tina Fey
-Banker and Race Car Driver, Erika Bills

Favorite meal: moose nuggets and beaver jerky
-Private Music Teacher, Ana Hartman

Working on “Knight Rider” spin-off about a talking snowmobile
-Virtual Golf-Shooting Range Owner, Calvin Culverwell

Favorite book? “Late Show Fun Facts” — available at fine stores everywhere
-Flight Paramedic, Steven Heyano

Once spent a week in the hospital after attempting to put lipstick on a pit bull
-Dental Hygenist, Kathy McCone

To improve her foreign policy experience, she recently went to the International House of Pancakes
-Deputy Mayor and Chiropractor, Kris Larson

Only person I know who’s not afraid to go hunting with Dick Cheney
-From the Wasilla Chamber of Commerce, Lyn Carden

29 09 2008
annefisler

LOVE it, Susan! We’re going to be getting our First IHOP here in the Burlington area this year – I’ll be visiting there a lot so I can get a crash course in foreign policy in hopes of being appointed the next Secretary of State……

29 09 2008
Nilsa

I cannot wait for the VP debate on Thursday. Though, I want to wallop the McCain campaign for warning the moderator to ask only so many questions about foreign policy. What, are they scared?

29 09 2008
ginacoggio

Totally scared. And they’re totally covering Palin’s ass. And if people can’t see that, then we deserve to have McCain/Palin in office because we’re so blind.

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