September 25, 2008

Sarah Palin makes us igry

A Sullivan reader compares Sarah Palin's latest interview to a Ricky Gervais show. "You almost want to look away but can't. [I] half cover my eyes or wince, while laughing, as pathetically unqualified characters try to fake their way through life."

I just wanted to remind everybody that our own Francis Heaney helped coin a word for that feeling of acute embarrassment on behalf of someone else.

Also, when I first watched the amazing clip below, in which Palin sputters about Putin rearing his head in Alaska, it was preceded by an ad for a CBS sitcom called Worst Week that began with the voiceover, "Think you're having a bad week?"

Sheer poetry. CBS is in the tank.

Posted by Daniel Radosh


Ok, let's just cut to the chase. We've all been thinking it lately. Send Sarah back to Alaska to wave over the waters at Putin, and bring in Tina Fey as McCain's running mate.

Wasn't it Barry Goldwater who said "Arrogance in defense of stupidity is no way to win elections"?


I believe the technical term is "Tarded Tingles" but I guess the new, sensitive GOP and their PC thugs might find that offensive.

"Do you solemnly swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States?"
"Let me get back to you on that."

Or to paraphrase Dean Wormer:
"Diluted, fanatical and stupid is no way to go through life, young lady."

A lot of folks seem to think that Palin sounds like Marge Gunderson from Fargo.

She's not Marge Gunderson, though -- she's Jerry Lundegaard.

"Ma'am, I answered your question. I answered the darned ... I'm cooperatin' here! [...] I'm ... I'm not arguing here! I'm cooperating. So there's no need to ... we're doin' all we can here."

And, yes, "Oh for Pete's sake -- McCain's fleeing the debate!"

I've been trying to remember what it reminds me of and it finally hit me, it's like one of those man-on-the-street interviews that Jay Leno stole from Jack Paar or Steve and Edie or Grimace or whoever he steals from. Only the winner gets to be Vice President! Yay!

TG, I think you're thinking of the incomparable Steve Allen.

Has anyone checked whether Putin ever flies over Russia en route to the U.S.? Moscow to DC is about 5,000 miles flying West (over Europe and the Atlantic), and about 10,000 miles flying East (over the Pacific). Unless Putin has some urgent business to conduct in Vladivostok along the way, he'd never get near Alaska. And even then, I'm not sure any reasonable flight plan would go that far north.

Obviously, that should have read "Has anyone checked whether Putin ever flies over Alaska/".

Jesse: "rearing his head" links to a discussion of that. She's possibly thinking of hypothetical missile trajectories.

Sarah Palin also makes National Review blogger Kathleen Parker igry:

"I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted."

It's gotten bad enough that she's now urging Palin to drop out.

Dan, speaking of the weird metaphor of Putin "rearing his head," did you notice the weird wiggly snake move that Palin makes with her hand there? I instantly put that together with the moment from that Pastor Muthee laying-on-of-hands/protect-sister-Sarah-from-witchcraft/Christians-need-to-seize-the-financial-services-industry-from-the-Israelites video where he talks about defeating the "python."

Any indication from your past/ongoing research that dominionists are talking up Putin as their next antichrist candidate?

The Confidence Man: I hear Putin's soul has been looked into at the highest levels possible.

I've seen somewhere that the "rearing his head" bit actually referred to real-life semiprovocative Russian military flights near U.S. airspace, which have required some scrambling of jets. But she was typically boneheaded in getting that across.

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