Meanwhile, Reuters ran some pictures of Palin that truly are tasteless and deserve more attention than the volumes of blogosphere venom spewed on the Newsweek cover. Taken through Palin's legs and from behind her, they make it appear that male members of the audience are peering right up her skirt. Now that's deserving of conservative alarm.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
That was just fine with the Bush-bashing director, who seems to despise Palin even more.
"I don't think Sarah would understand the picture," Stone said on the red carpet outside the famed W. 54th St. theater.
"It has a lot of complicated dialogue," he zinged.
"George Bush is an intellectual compared to her."
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. has paid more than $2 million in campaign cash to his family members, their businesses and employers over the years, a practice that watchdogs criticize as rife with potential conflicts of interest.
Senator McCain, I have a question regarding Sarah Palin: How could you?How many times does it have to be pointed out to these columnists: Palin and Obama have comparable resumes.
Senator McCain, do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and wonder if history will forgive you for Sarah Palin?
Senator McCain, you are 72 and have had skin cancer several times. Given that -- not to mention the usual exigencies of life -- how could you pick a running mate who is so dismally qualified for the presidency?
Sunday, October 12, 2008
A SQUABBLE has blown up in the US election campaign - over a plook on Sarah Palin's face.
Her Republican team are furious that the embarrassing spot was shown in a close-up photo on the front of Newsweek magazine.
The picture also shows a chipped tooth, wrinkles - and even the beginnings of a wispy moustache.
I think it's abuse, and it doesn't belong on TV as a light-hearted story.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
So for weeks I blindly denounced criticisms of Palin and attributed any barb about her intelligence or competence to sexism. The emotional stress of seeing Hillary lose drove me to the edge of a feminist tirade, and every time a criticism against Palin snuck up, I’d react with a hysterical, “It’s because she’s a woman, isn’t it?”
But then it dawned on me that it’s not because she’s a woman. It’s because she’s a stereotypical, white, middle-aged Republican man in a woman’s body. It’s as if she’s the end result of some creepy lab experiment gone wrong.
Given Palin’s meager list of credentials, which includes being mayor of a town of 9,000 and only two years of gubernatorial experience, the only point in her favor is cuteness, gosh darn it. Simple, unadulterated, awe-factor cuteness.
Not only that, she didn't wink once, but six times, according to body language expert Patti Wood, author of "Success Signals," who counted six.
It was that come hither wink. Twice. It was the lowered voice.
It was the seduction of speaking directly to the camera audience, as if there was no one else in each living room of America, as if it were just her and the - presumably male or complicit female- viewer, while ignoring the debate questions, Joe Biden, Gwen Ifill, and everything else. Her less than subtle message was "you want me," and not in a charismatic political leader, vote-for-me sort of way. She was delivering a direct come-on to the audience....
With Palin, the wink had quite a different connotation.
That wink is at the heart of her campaign. The wink is all about sex, which is what made it all the more jarring in the context of the national debate. It was the wink of a bikini-clad model selling a car and a dodgy bill of goods. It was the wink of a temptress offering a promise that will never be kept. It was the wink of the all-American cheerleader knowing why every male, and not a few females, are interested in her short skirt, and determined to milk it for all it's worth.
Palin's gosh dern golly-gee debate (Daily Illini)
I'm Warmin' Up To Sarah Palin, You Betcha! (Wink!) (Hartford Courant)
I cannot begin to describe how offensive I find Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.Column here.
Well, yes, I can. And I shall.
First, she wants to present herself as being the consummate working mother to appeal to all women.
This offends me in so many ways. When I decided to have children I opened my arms to my babies, regardless of health, as have all the women I know. That she did not abort or give away her son with Down syndrome tells me that she is not totally self-serving, but this does not make her special; it makes her a mother. But as a mother, I felt then and now that the first and most critical responsibility as a parent is to be there to raise that child, to make my family my priority. She understands all about special-needs children, and to some degree, so do I. The first rule of parenting is to be there. Mrs. Palin promotes herself as everyone's ideal of a mother, yet she obviously cares more about her career than her family or she would not have dragged her children into the limelight, especially her pregnant daughter. She would have done what most mothers' instincts would dictate: protect her family first and foremost.
As governor of Alaska, she can do that. She can be home and be there for her children. As a political candidate for vice president, she and her husband are continually on the road. Who is there for that baby, and who is there helping her daughter through a deeply personal situation? The teenager is there, living in the public eye.
It seems no matter what the hockey mom does, people have a Britney-like reaction to her. She’s got that X Factor which brings in the viewers and the fans, regardless of their opinion of her.
Palin’s performance on the VP debate was not unlike the famous MTV appearance where Britney, underneath it all, seemed to be somewhere she didn’t expect to be. But if you love her, you love her, if you don’t, you don’t. Just keep in mind, that if she gets into office, she’ll be a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world!
With less than a month left before the election, there were wide ranging expectations about how she’d fare. Predictions ran as deep as a pucker on a pit bull, minus the lipstick.
The 44-year old former beauty queen exceeded the sub-zero bar that pundits set for her, although on the issues health care, national security and foreign policy, “She just wasn’t able to answer the questions, maybe she stopped the bleeding a little, but she clearly couldn’t answer the questions.” Said Gov. Bill Richardson following the debate.
After a week of almost incoherent Q&A with CBS anchorwomen Katie Couric, the Republican ‘energizer-bunny” debated Dem VP Nominee Joe Biden in a performance that lived up to the hype. Palin used “Fargo-isms” from “gotcha, you betcha” to “darn right, doggone it and drill, baby drill.”
You go, girl. Go? Go where? Go to college? Go back to that Republican cramming camp to be told what newspapers to say you read and be fed another set of fake statistics where real knowledge and opinions should be? It is easy to parody Sarah Palin, wrote one commentator last week.
Biden missed a golden opportunity to score one of his own in response to Palin's almost "Rain Man" like repetition of the word "maverick."
"I knew Maverick, Gov. Palin. James Garner was a friend of mine, and you, governor, are no Maverick."
Toward the end of the debate it finally hit me what was appealing to me about Palin. It was her accent, her folksy pronunciation of phrases like "you betcha" and "doggone it." Put a parka and mad-bomber hat on her and she was a clone of the sheriff played by Frances McDormand in the movie "Fargo."
Gosh, darn it, Higgins, I think she's got it!
French film legend-turned-activist Brigitte Bardot took a swipe at Sarah Palin on Tuesday, saying the US vice presidential candidate was a disgrace to women.
"I hope you lose these elections because that would be a victory for the world," Bardot wrote in an open letter to Republican John McCain's running mate in the November vote.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
After Palin’s debate, he compared her to “the adorable wink of one of those unbearably sunny TV weather babes.“ She was “adorable.” He decided that Gov. Palin “was cute enough to hold Gramps’ hand through Election Day.”
--And so we love her, Mother Sarah. She's simple, she's pretty, she's as fierce as a tiger protecting her cubs. So what if storms are rattling the windowpanes? We get a glass of warm milk and a big gold star just for staying up late while she tells us reassuring bedtime stories.
The author? A professor at Columbia
But there she was, winking at us as if she were Barbie making us feel good about America, motherhood and possibly even apple pie....El Paso Times.
Gov. Palin might do better if she stopped trying so hard to convince us that she's just like the rest of us. Or if she stopped parading her children in front of the cameras as if they were political props. We, too, have children but we don't take them on job interviews.
Palin proved Thursday she is a cross between an Ira Levin character — no, not “Rosemary’s Baby” or one of the “Boys from Brazil,” although some might make those cases — and a Coen Brothers creation. Sarah Palin is a true Stepford candidate, a cyborg that will say whatever the men in McCain’s campaign want her to say.Column here.
"It's a giant changing of the subject," said Jenny Backus, a Democratic strategist. "The problem is the messenger. If you want to start throwing fire bombs, you don't send out the fluffy bunny to do it. I think people don't take Sarah Palin seriously."*Ayers is white, so how is raising the question racially tinged? Imagine if an abortion clinic bomber had hosted a campaign coffee for Sarah Palin. Her candidacy would be over.