Lipstick

It’s been brought to my attention that I’ve not posted in a while (over a month), and the masses are yearning for further insight from me regarding national events, as well as funny things to read while they are at work.

Anyways, a lot has happened since I last posted. The main thing that I’m going to talk about is a certain Alaskan Politician who has found herself one election away from having a 1 in 3 chance of becoming the leader of the free world, commander in chief of the largest military on the planet, and executive head of all government for the only remaining true global superpower.

Of course I’m talking about the Governatrix from Alaska, Sarah Palin.

Now I am not a fan of either ticket for the White House, but Governor Palin is so blatantly uninformed and unqualified that it boggles the mind why Senator McCain picked her as his running mate.

 

Everyone is saying that she did so well last night in the debate, which, of course, I watched. She came across as strong and folksy and didn’t say anything quite as idiotic as she did in any of her recent interviews. I’d like to address this in two ways.

 

First, does anyone realize how incredibly sexist the media’s (and the public’s) treatment of Governor Palin is? Geraldine Ferraro said last night after the debate that she wanted her to do “OK” to be able to prove that she can hold her own against a man. Why are we holding her to a different standard? Is it because she’s cutesy and feminine? What would have not “holding her own” looked like? Running off the stage in tears?

 

These were not concerns with Hilary Clinton, regardless of what you thought of her, she’s done well as a politician, not just for a woman, but for anybody. You want to know who’s really responsible for this? Sarah Palin herself, by referring to herself as a lipsticked pitbull, emphasizing the fact that she’s a woman running for the white house, and with campaign materials like this:

 

In case you forgot she was a woman, she replaced the “i” in Palin with lipsick. She’s one of you, women of America!

 

Second, I wouldn’t even classify her performance, and that’s what it was, a performance, as impressive. She evaded the questions and even stated that she wasn’t going to answer the questions the way that the moderator or “Joe” wanted her too. What does this show? It shows her lack of understanding on the issues, as was CLEARLY evidenced in all the interviews she has given, except in the debate she spoke directly to the American people about completely different things.

 

Joe Biden was knowledgeable enough to use specifics to attack John McCain and defend Barack Obama (yes, everyone fudged some facts). He answered just about every question and addressed Palin’s blatant misunderstandings, and incorrect conception of what the Constitution says the vice president does. To be honest, if there was any uncertainty in my dislike of Palin, it was cemented in place when she revealed that she has probably never even read the U.S. Constitution. Her taking the oath of office would be like me swearing to defend and uphold the text of James Joyce’s Ulysses (which is impossible to read in the first place).

 

Well, this is already a rant, and it’s long and not funny. The next post will be amusing, I promise you.

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~ by aeqvitas on October 3, 2008.

5 Responses to “Lipstick”

  1. You don’t have to be funny all of the time…

    I found it funny that he actually quoted the wrong article of the constitution when he corrected her. I haven’t heard if anyone picked up on that, but it is Article 2 that mentions the Executive branch and the VP. I couldn’t imagine being grilled up htere in front of everyone and then having everyone scrutinize every word that comes out fo your mouth.

  2. I’m glad you brought up Palin’s lack of understanding about the rold of the VP. I don’t feel like anyone is talking about that.

    I’m glad you’re writing again, even if it’s not about being 12 feet tall :-)

  3. It would be tough to have everyone scrutinize what you’re saying in a debate like that one. Which is why I don’t think all of the fact checking that people do for the debate is really that important. I don’t think that either candidate intends to lie (too often) when they misspeak and misquote facts. A lot of the fact checking from the debate reveals that each of them is kind of right, just ambiguous.

    That’s why I still think that her confusion regarding the VP office is deplorable. Because that wasn’t an honest mistake. She actually believed that the founding fathers gave a lot of flexibility to the Vice Presidency. There’s no way to misinterpret that. Biden may have misquoted which article number it was, but he got the content right.

    How much of this really matters, though, we may not find out. Since we may turn into a barter “state of nature” society with the economy going the way it is.

    Think Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome without the whole nuclear apocalypse.

  4. I agree that this whole Palin mess is sexist. There are a number of highly qualified GOP women they could have selected but didn’t. It’s not about someone who’s right for the job independent of gender. It’s a gimmick and a slap on the … cheek to any woman who wants to be judged simply on her ability, not her gender.

  5. Hey-maybe you should post once in a while. You know, if you feel like it.

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