In keeping with the theme of my website and blog, I have focused on the issues that I set out to cover - namely the rumors, questions, and concerns about the birth of Trig Palin in April 2008 and Sarah Palin's part in that. I have steered away from making any general political comments, though the temptation has been strong.
The debate is now less than an hour away. The microwave popcorn is at the ready. My 22 year old son and his buddies have already purchased an entire case of beer to prepare for the event. (This is terrifying in ways I cannot even put into words.) My younger sons want to order pizza, and even though it a school night I will probably say yes.
And I am going to make a general post here that has almost nothing to do with the pregnancy issue. This is the "thing" about Sarah Palin...
Obviously, I have a huge problem with someone who would deceive the entire nation about who gave birth to a child in order to preserve a political position, i.e., that abstinence education ever works or is a good idea. But you know, that's not the real "thing" about Sarah Palin as I have observed her over the last month.
The real thing is that she is a phony. A complete and utter phony. She's not actually stupid. She's similar to our current president in that sense and I have to assume she's probably a bit above average in intelligence, though perhaps not by much.
But like "W," she is both ignorant and lazy. She's never bothered to learn the things she does not know. She's not intellectually curious and apparently sees no need to be. She's never even bothered to try to obtain the discipline to speak correctly, to say "running," instead of "runnin'" and "you" instead of "ya." She couldn't even MAKE UP the names of a few magazines when asked by Katie Couric what she read. Lie, please. Just say "Newsweek" and "Time" and no one could ever have proved otherwise. Keith Olbermann referred to one of her rambles the other night as "the sentence to nowhere." There is no better summary.
Sarah Palin is a prom queen. And like all prom queens, this is all about her. This entire race, everything we're watching, it's just another beauty contest for her, with Todd as her main cheerleader. Everything else, her children, her policies, her beliefs, they are all just props. I doubt she even believes much of what she spouts. In her time and place, you stand on stage with your palms upturned, and pray to the Lord, be pro-life, talk about the last days, and speak in tongues. She does it because it makes her popular. I bet her church is the most popular one in town. If the Catholic church was the biggest in the county, she'd be on her knees saying the rosary with the best of them.
The most chilling proof of this is the question Katie Couric asked her about Supreme Court decisions she disagreed with. Likely many of you are not aware of this, but in June - JUNE! - the Supreme Court overturned a key decision which had direct impact on Alaska. It governed compensation in the Exxon-Valdez case. Palin did press conferences in which she condemned the decision, expressing sympathy to her fellow Alaskans who'd been impacted by the decision.
Yet, less than four months later, she could not even remember this decision when asked. Why? Because some aide prepped her to say the right things at some press conference. She'd been told to act warm and fuzzy and by God she did. And it never even penetrated her consciousness.
I doubt whether she really understands that as VP she might have to actually understand, say, North Korea. That if John McCain croaks, she might actually have to negotiate with Vladimir Putin, the former head of the KGB. Just typing this gives me chills.
Because to Sarah Palin, it's all a beauty contest. Go to debate camp (band camp without the music) and cram enough to make it through the Q and A. And then get on with what's really important - the swimsuit competition.
Well, gotta go. Time to call Pizza Hut.
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