By, believe it or not, my mom. Hey, what’s wrong with a little nepotism among your reader base?
I actually talked a lot about Palin on the phone last night with Mackro, as per usual a fine conversation (though lord knows I made it a monologue at points). Partially due to that and partially due to work that needs doing, there’s actually not a lot I can and do want to say right now beyond thinking these points:
- Given that the final selection seems to have been less than a week ago, I wonder how much — if at all — the fact that the Russian/Georgia war and the neo-Cold War rhetoric which McCain merrily encouraged fed into it. I think it’s a bit weirdly telling they want to push the ‘she has foreign policy experience, she deals with Russia!’ card so much at the present time.
- I think her biggest impact as such is motivating a slew of extremely unnerving people to vote not just for the president but all the down-the-ticket stuff as well. Be interesting to see what if any impact this has on Congressional and state issue elections (eg, the gay marriage ban out here). Ultimately, she is not out to win wavering Democrats, but energize apathetic Republicans — and I don’t think that is enough for presidential success.
- The whole kid thing and her daughter being pregnant and all — eh. What’s to say? In the end I think this will bite back harder on her instant boosters than they realize, because they sound utterly, completely breathless in yelping back about anything that might be seen in a less than straightforward light.
- She’d be a perfect OC county supervisor. From what I can tell, she is motivated by similarly shallow, grotesquely plastic views on many issues, and is the kind of know-nothing busybody I happily despise.
Now, one big personal thing to note as well, given that last comment and my own employment, from a recent Time piece:
Stein says that as mayor, Palin continued to inject religious beliefs into her policy at times. “She asked the library how she could go about banning books,” he says, because some voters thought they had inappropriate language in them. “The librarian was aghast.” The librarian, Mary Ellen Baker, couldn’t be reached for comment, but news reports from the time show that Palin had threatened to fire her for not giving “full support” to the mayor.
Pardon my language, all. But, assuming this is true — and while I want to learn a lot more about it, right now I have no reason to think this doesn’t fairly describe the situation — I would not take this kind of petty, small-minded, ignorant SHIT from anyone who dared try to do this kind of disgusting example of powerplaying at work, over a matter like that.
Until I read that just a little while ago, my thoughts on Palin were negative but benign, in the sense that I thought she was her own worst enemy, and that all the joy she’s occasioned among a slew of the typical suspects online would be counteracted by the larger annoyance created. So far that seems to be the case.
Now, frankly, I want her humiliated and rejected. By the voters not the least. This is not the kind of person I want representing my country at that level, not at all.
John at Balloon Juice has been doing his usual yeoman’s job at keeping up on things — I strongly recommend his post questioning her reforming credentials, while he’s also linked to a pretty damning NY Times assessment of the whole vetting process that led to her selection, which reeks of desperation and ill-preparedness. (As a commenter said, “…a coworker of mine in college who I vaguely knew…applied for a government internship they interviewed half of his coworkers and all of his friends. Sounds like he was more thoroughly vetted than Palin.”)
But I’ll sign off by noting that the site to really track is Andrew Halcro’s blog — having been defeated by Palin in the GOP primary run for the governorship in 2006, he is frank about both his party beliefs (straight up Republican and proud of it, as well as being a proud Alaskan in general) and quite incensed over Palin and what he sees as her unfitness for the job. He’d been known for this for some time and is now by default one of the key news sources for anyone tracking Palin, in particularly hammering the troopergate questions hard.
I recommend his SWOT analysis of Palin, which acknowledges her strengths (as a communicator and public performer) and downsides (almost literally everything else), while he’s also posted about a new radio talk show he’s hosting that has its first broadcast later today — and as he says, “ohh what a week to start a new talk show.”
[EDIT: Okay, so I said Palin was chosen to energize apathetic Republicans? Well if you can't even do THAT right...:
Today, Palin's scheduled appearance in St. Paul, Minn., as guest of honor at an afternoon gathering by the Republican National Coalition for Life was canceled. And that didn't sit well with a leading social conservative.
Phyllis Schlafly, who in the mid-1970s almost single-handedly derailed what had been the expected ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, told ABC News that a McCain aide notified her late Monday that Palin would not be attending the event.
"I think this is clearly somebody in the McCain campaign who doesn't understand where the votes are coming from," Schlafly said. "They only told me this at 10 o'clock last night, and it was a call from somebody down the line in the McCain campaign."
She added: "The pro-lifers who paid $95 to come to this event because of Sarah Palin are going to be very unhappy."
Palin's appearance was set up before she was picked for the GOP's national ticket, McCain aides stressed. And her spokeswoman, Maria Comella, told ABC that Palin needed to pass on the antiabortion event to work on her speech to the Republican National Convention.
Yes, of course.]