ROBO-PALIN

The debates were, as predicted, infuriating. Senator Biden held it down (nay, killed it with his knowledge) and at times he and Gwen Ifill (and the viewers) seemed to be having an entirely different conversation than the cue-card-reading Palin. It was as though, for each answer, a trigger word scanned her brain’s memory card and spat out whatever related answer had said word in a sentence. Further, her folksy appeals to middle America were actually condescending, as though by talking like “a regular gal” she could distract us from the fact that she has no idea what she is talking about, no clue as to the scope of what the second highest office in the land actually entails and, apparently, no real respect for the nuts-and-bolts work of it. I also found her cutesy winking degrading, both to women–do we truly have to resort to flirting in the middle of the sole VP debate? –and to the importance of the position she, oh so ridiculously, finds herself in: debating one of the most accomplished and compelling Senators in office. Not to mention her disrespect when Biden became emotional discussing his wife and children. “I am afraid my son won’t come back from Iraq.” Response: “JOHN MCCAIN IS A MAVERICK!” Unbelievable.
That said, Biden was direct, concise and awesome on many, many points: his directness about global warming, his directness about gay marriage, his directness about Cheney being Darth Vader, his directness about the Iraq war and the economy. I trust this dude; he was extra-knowledgable about senate specifics and minutiae, but at no point did I feel like I was about to be led into a psychedelic mind-spiral of policy details. He just gets it. His approach contrasted with Palin’s platitudinous greeting cards of answers, with her insincerity and, eventually, with her anger; his greatness kept me from hurling a glass at Brendan’s tv screen. I did manage to make up a totally offensive new word to describe her, starting in the word that results from the anagram “See You Next Tuesday” and ending in the suffix “Zilla.”
Didn’t it seem as though, every time she looked into that camera and reassured the American people she was on our side, that she actually holds the utmost contempt for the American people? As though, if we do not elect her, she is going to, I don’t know, order one of her advisers to fire us all from our jobs? Pre-emptive vengeance is a terrible quality in a VP candidate.
You know who I feel for? Hillary Clinton. To watch Palin be “the woman” (ha) in this election and to see her fumble and degrade the opportunity so colossally must be murder.
You know who I lost EVEN MORE respect for? Geraldine Ferraro. She was up on the NBC post-debate talking about how great it will be when her granddaughters can watch this and see a woman do so well… as though she buys into the idea that “any woman will do.” If I ever have granddaughters I’m stashing any and all Palin-related materials in the off-limits pantry with the pornos and the “prescription” weed. This woman is not a role model just because she happened to possess the most politically strategic qualities to revitalize McCain’s limp ass. Ferraro’s comments further illustrate the generation gap between second-wave feminists and fourth-wave feminists, the one this primary process has made so apparent: we can’t really relate to you all, sorry. Visibility is important, but not if “the woman” is gonna be such a maje trainwreck, lowering the role-model standards and looking like a retardinous puppet on a national stage, I’d rather just watch a bunch of old haggardy dudes duke it out like usual.
SI SE PUEDE. YES WE CAN. Go to Barack Obama to see what there’s left to do–register voters in your family while you still can, canvass, etc. I’m going to Pennsylvania in a couple of weeks to help with the campaign. I expect it will be difficult but I feel like we have to do everything we can. We cannot afford otherwise. As Senator Biden said more than once last night, this is the most important election we will have ever voted in. The future of our country is at stake.

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9 Responses to ROBO-PALIN

  1. I agree with your assessment totally. The number of questions Palin simply didn’t answer or understand was mind-boggling. Gwen and Joe were humoring her cluelessness throughout. I was shocked at how Geraldine Ferraro and other pundits thought she held her own. Give me a break. I’m afraid Palin’s condescending appeals to middle America may be all too effective. No one ever went broke (or lost the Presidency) underestimating the intelligence of the American people.
    IK

  2. Pops says:

    You nailed it, girrl!

  3. Lewis says:

    Until I realized otherwise, I thought your acronym reference was to the governor as “syntax-zilla” and I was like oh, snap, that’s a powerful description of her performance last night (although not with Couric); stringing words together in a structurally acceptable way, without an overbearing concern for their meaning. With Couric, she didn’t even manage that.
    Also, I overall agree with your assessment of Biden’s performance, but found his directness about “traditional” marriage dispiriting instead.

  4. adam katzman says:

    Did Biden send his son to Iraq so he wouldn’t look like a douchebag for authorizing the war? Somehow him choking up about whether his son would return or not seems like a moot point and a hypocritical ploy for sympathy. He basically authorized both the war and the sending of his son to be a part of the taking away of a whole bunch of other father’s sons that aren’t considered legitimate because their names are jubara al bid’enak instead. What was up with Biden assuring everyone that he was better for the israeli-palestinian conflict because both he and obama opposed free and democratic elections in the palestinian territories because they knew the palestinians would elect a party not conducive to Israeli or U.S. interests? I mean, I know Palin’s ridiculous, but just because Biden has some rhetorical experience doesn’t mean his statements should come under less scrutiny.

  5. adam katzman says:

    Did Biden send his son to Iraq so he wouldn’t look like a douchebag for authorizing the war? Somehow him choking up about whether his son would return or not seems like a moot point and a hypocritical ploy for sympathy. He basically authorized both the war and the sending of his son to be a part of the taking away of a whole bunch of other father’s sons that aren’t considered legitimate because their names are jubara al bid’enak instead. What was up with Biden assuring everyone that he was better for the israeli-palestinian conflict because both he and obama opposed free and democratic elections in the palestinian territories because they knew the palestinians would elect a party not conducive to Israeli or U.S. interests? I mean, I know Palin’s ridiculous, but just because Biden has some rhetorical experience doesn’t mean his statements should come under less scrutiny.

  6. julianne says:

    Um, I am pretty sure no one would “send” their grown adult son into a war for political purposes. His son, who by the way is 39 fucking years old, signed up by his own accord. I am not so cynical to think that any person, politician or otherwise, would not get genuinely choked up while talking about their son in a war after talking about his wife who was killed while said son was a baby. As for Israeli-Palestinian conflict/elections, I don’t believe that’s what he was talking about, I think he was saying we fucked up our support for Lebanon elections because Hizbollah won, but I’ll go back and re-watch. But if you want to split hairs, Hizbollah winning wasn’t necessarily a bad thing because they have supported Lebanon better than the government as far as taking care of the people, even tho they are armed and anti-Israel, and besides we’re kind of the reason Hizbollah exists in the first place. The only way you can get that deep into it in a mass media byte, however, is if you’re George Clooney reading lines.

  7. adam katzman says:

    Well, he authorized the facilitation the vehicle for his son’s abstract notions of contributions to his country, which is an illegal war of aggression against a sovereign state based on falsified information. So he didn’t send his son to war, but would his son have gone to war otherwise if he didn’t have the option? His son being 39 kind of changes the picture a little, in which I just throw a why.
    As far as Israel-Palestine goes, I was talking about Hamas, which he specifically mentioned. The only thing I noticed in both debates is how much both parties pandered hard to the Israeli lobby to make sure that demographic was assured of our bi-partisan commitment to aggression in defense of Israel’s sovereignty, be it in the form of blocking Palestinian self-determination or striking Iran for the possibility of the inception of a nuclear arsenal despite Israel’s well-known one and far more dangerous one already existing in Dimona.
    Agreed on your assessment of hizbollah, I don’t think Biden would, though.
    While Obama might be a preferable alternative to McCain there are still some fairly disconcerting aspects of his campaign that should be brought into question even by his supporters. One, him enabling the passing of the bill that gave immunity to phone companies illegally wiretapping american citizens essentially aiding guantanamo’s perpetuation despite his rhetorical opposition to its abuses. Then one of the companies he gave immunity to ends up sponsoring the democratic convention with a private party for (upper) upper-eschelon democrats? There are also fundamental aspects of his economic policy that are just weird in light of his education background, better highlighted here -
    http://www.thenation.com/doc/20080630/klein
    Agreed, though, is that The Recession is a great album. I think My President is really good at illustrating the desperate factors of someone’s economic and class background that would make them pin all their hopes on a candidate like Obama, without actually endorsing Obama as that hope for change. I can’t tell if it’s subversive in that way or not, but it seems more realistic than the Big Boi Mary J. Blige effort, or the Will. I. Am. one.

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