McCain picks a Trophy Veep, Sarah Palin

She’s more conservative and pro oil than Dick Cheney.
She’s more anti-abortion than Mike Huckabee
She’s more ultra-religious than most televangelists
She’s a firm believer in Creationism, hates those who teach evolution.
She’s about to be indicted for firing a State Commissioner who refused to fire her ex-brother in-law Mike Wooten.
She’s pro drilling off shore
She called the Exxon Valdez accident a minor mistake, with no long term effects
She thinks global warming does not exist.
She was a mayor of town for 8000 for one term, then governor of ALASKA for little more than a year.

That constitutes a trophy Veep.

Comments

  1. Gloria Bryant

    Trophy is right! This twit is the poster child for those who hunt from airplanes, gunning down wolves & probably anything else that moves (a la Cheney).

    When I last spoke to a representative of one of the wildlife organizations, I was told there were several who would cheerfully donate to a bounty fund on Palin. Alas, there is no season on Republicraps.

    But a Republicrap who thinks his wife is worthy of a wet T-Shirt contest, thinks with whatever elderly gonads he has left, far below the human brain.

  2. Hal Brown

    Polar Bears and Palin,

    she’s not a big fan, Read this LINK.


    This is from Gene Washington’s long comments section in the Washington Post today (on page 16):

    New face, same old tired agenda of fear based politics.

    Palin is simply Huckabee in a girl suit.

    America (and more specifically American women) will not be fooled by more of the same in a dress.
    Posted by cynford

    My response:

    Come to think of it, in general American women may be more politically savvy than men. Certainly, again in general, they may be more concerned about politicians telling them what to do with their own bodies.

    They also may be a bit concerned about a mother whose son recently enlisted and is bound for Iraq saying she was so busy running Alaska she hadn’t given the war much thought.

    I have a sneaky suspicion that those who have said this is McCain’s attempt to rally the fundies the way Bush did are correct.

  3. knockknock

    And if McCain croaks, she’ll be the Veep? Are you kidding me??

    The best thing about this news is that it will light a massive fire under Hillary, who will simply not stand for any other woman becoming the first female president.

    McCain is a womanizer so it’s no surprise he’d choose one for a running mate. But Biden is a gentleman and may not let loose on her in a veep debate.

    Go get her Hillary!!! Bring Bubba with you!!!!!

  4. colocritic

    Gloria, what a great post! You’ve provided my best laugh for the day! Three strikes, POW! POW! POW! Keep them coming!

    Hal, where did you find the info about her 180 I.Q.? Looked at the pictures you suggested and her hair is still a mess. Sorry, don’t mean to be catty.

  5. heinrich66

    Say what you will, but McCain may have locked up the election with this choice as VP.

    For one, Biden was chosen to be an attack dog. If Biden attacks this eminently lovable choice for VP, he’ll look mean and churlish, and all sorts of sympathy will go toward the GOP.

    If the Democrats attack her AT ALL — this mother of five, mother of a child with Down Syndrome — they will make themselves so unlikable that McCain will coast to victory on that alone.

    Think about it: By choosing someone so far out in the sticks, and someone as authentic as she is — she is authentic — McCain has made a choice that practically resembles Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. In this case, it will be Mrs.-Soccer-Mom-whose-conservatism-can-be-forgiven-because-she-comes-from-Alaska (and therefore is authentic).

    If she comes off as likable, approachable, and competent — simply competent — in the VP debate, McCain will benefit. If she tries hard to look smart and loses that soft, approachable texture, then McCain will be seen as having made a serious error — but only then.

  6. Hal Brown

    180IQ – I made that up! I meant EVEN IF she was that smart….

    and that about hair, not to be catty but I am only conveying what my wife said: “she’s not going to get the hair dresser vote.”

  7. JerryG

    Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen! Temper yourselves in this moment of twists and turns and what, to many, seems to be an odd and bizarre decision. Allow yourselves a bit of time to let this play out. I bet what we will find is that John McCain was quite disengaged from the entire selection and vetting process outside the obvious choices – Romney, Lie-Berman, Huckster, Pawley-Man, Jindal, Christ, wait Crist, et al.

    Give the media time to do its job, namely, worm its way into the McCain campaign and use its moles to discover just how detached he was in the selection of Sarah Plain, uh, I mean Sarah Palin. What we learn may be something like this:

    ***Somewhere in middle-America 30,000 feet up***

    Rove Protege 1: “Where’s POW?” (JM’s nicname in air)
    Rove Protege 2: “Napping, why, what’s up?”
    Rove Protege 1: “We’ve got another! Wake him up!”
    Rove Protege 2: “Another what?”
    Rove Protege 1: “God damnit, another potential VP patsy!”
    Rove Protege 2: “Christ Almighty! Are you kidding me? What’s that, number 10?”
    Rove Protege 1: “How the hell should I know, just wake his ass up! They tell me this is the one!”

    (Rove Protege 2 can be heard yelling in the background)

    “Hey Cindy, get ’em up and put a fresh pair of Depends on him, they’ve picked his running mate and we need to brief him”

    Patience folks, patience!

  8. Rob Kezelis

    LOL. you should take this space and continue on. Apparently, the dino-matic do-over team of Palin and McCain met exactly

    wait for it

    ONE TIME

    before the decision was made.

  9. keith

    I’d love to know how many of the others turned him down when they were asked….like Colin Powell, for example.

    Seems like he scraped the bottom of the barrel.

  10. sherry

    My mother was voting for a GOP for the first time in her life this November. She is now quite happy with the decision.
    Poke fun all you like. This may be a poor choice for McCain, but no one is talking about toga man. It’s all about McCain and Palin.

  11. JudyB

    McCain does not even know the Palin..he had spoke to her twice before considering her as his running mate. I find this a slap in the face to all the many qualified women he could have chosen. Palin may be a sharp young woman in many fields but she has not earned her brownie buttons yet, and has in no way the experience necessary to step up and take over the presidency if it should become necessary! WHAT WAS MCCAIN THINKING? Hell, when Palin was asked about Iraq she made the comment that she had been so involved with issues in Alaska that she hadn’t given it much thought..does that sound presidential ???? It scares the bejeezes out of me! I was never considering voting for McCain no matter what, so his choice of Palin will not affect my vote, but it does make me think even less of McCains leadership ability (if that were possible). I am another one who thinks the Obama camp must be rolling on the floor laughing.

  12. VietnamVet

    Dream on my friend! Your analysis is not even close to reality. To believe what you have written would require that one assume that the American people are just down right stupid…they are not. Why he chose her is obvious and the females of our voting society will have absolutely no problem is seeing through THAT scam. Again, dream on!

  13. ekaton

    Oh, man, you are SO right about the last paragraph. I just read the article. She definitely should have just suggested it to Biden and not taken it herself. I wonder how she spells potato(e) Mr. Quayle?

    — Kent Shaw

  14. Hal Brown

    I enjoy watching some of the Republican talk show regulars try to mouth the talking points praising Palin’s leadership and make the case for her being qualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

    But it was amazing to see former New York moderate Republican congresswoman Susan Molinari, who served for three terms and is pro-choice.

    She must have had trouble keeping a straight face promoting Palin. If I was the host I would have asked her “come on Susan, don’t you think that if McCain really wanted a woman running mate there are many others who are more qualified, including yourself?”

  15. Timr

    According to various reports, McCain sent people up to vet her only within the last 2 weeks and they were only to vet her on the trooper problem, nothing else. Without a real vetting, we will now have the MSM in a swarm trying to find every tidbit of info. Since they are not allowed to follow up any story on st john, maybe they will be allowed to dump on her as I am quite sure that this was also a surprise to our current power brokers/rulers the NACN(oligarchs)-New American Century Neocons which currently consist of Big Energy,Big Arms,Big Media and Big Jesus. Or maybe not, she looks to be in sync with at least 3 of the groups

  16. keith

    Sherry wrote:

    This may be a poor choice for McCain, but no one is talking about toga man. It’s all about McCain and Palin.

    ….today.

    But news cycles are short, and so are people’s memories.

    Once the talking heads and spinmeisters are finished putting the backgrounds of both Mr. Biden and Ms. Palin under the microscope, the headlines will shift.

    Right now, a fellow named Gustav down in the Gulf of Mexico is about to wipe ALL of it (and possibly even the Republican Convention’s timetable) right off the front page.

  17. keith

    …all of which simply lends more credibility to my hunch that she was NOT his first choice.

    Like I said, I’d love to know how many people turned him down before he extended the offer to her.

  18. issodhos

    Just a few questions, Mr. Kezelis.

    Do you know Governor Palin to be ultra-religious, or does she instead have a strong spiritual faith? Yes, there is a significant difference.

    Have you any evidence that she has expressed hatred toward people who teach evolution, or is that an extrapolation or stereotyping on your part?

    Lastly, if all the attributes you list were descriptive of a McCain VP selection that was male, would you still use the prejorative, “trophy VEEP”? Just mildly curious.;-)
    Yours,
    Issodhos

  19. bryan mcclellan

    Johnny boy pulled this one out of the great void that is the sphincter of todays politics. Karl Roves mouth.

    As one of the voting public I view this as nothing more than another, up yours America, from the people that gave us Nixon, Bush one and two, James Dobson, Good job Brownie, etc.etc.etc.

    No shame, everything to gain with a lie, GOP.

    By the way, I flipped on a light switch this morning, so according to Cindy Mccain, I’m a goddamn electrician. HACK!

  20. No Blood for Hubris

    Of course, “Trophy VEEP” is pejorative!

    That’s the whole point!

    McCain’s choice is an insult to America.

    The only reasonable quality she has is that she’s a total Talibangelical conservative.

    Otherwise:

    Lightweight.

    Photogenic.

    Young.

    Female.

    That’s IT.

    So suddenly McCain has made it the Vanna White House?

    Pfft!

  21. Rob Kezelis

    I don’t know her personally, but several publications, including Alaskan papers have discussed her push to teach creationism in Alaskan skules.

    Her sex is immaterial to me. her total lack of experience, combined with her youth, McCain’s growing mental problems, and her willingness to sign on to all of Bush’s foreign policies and mistakes – those are problems.