Gwen’s Awful

Heh. You have to admire the GOP. They really, REALLY, REALLY get it. I mean, they have this down pat. The difference between the ultra-reich NeoConMan GOPers and the rest of America is striking, even shocking, despite us having dealt with them for the past 8 years.

Most of us prefer to accommodate, conciliate, cooperate, and resolve issues and problems. Tis the human, humane, civilized thing to do. But NOT this stinking, fetid, corrupt, foul, malignant, corpulent, dismal, and evil segment of the GOP. No, sir.

They knew they faced a horrible situation. Gwen Ifell was about to run a debate. Normally smart, prepared, even-handed, and fair, she was the “agreed to” choice by both parties for the VP debate. They even knew that she was writing a book.

But, as luck would have it, their ceiling caved in. Postmortem Palinoscopies made them realize that their darling, spunky, tarty sports-reader (who somehow became governor for the most backward state of the nation. Congrats, Alabama, you are no longer the worst in the nation.) had no clue about the world around us. (Wink wink)

Even after intensive courses, practice debates, and multiple cramming sessions, she was a lost cause. She made Dan Quayle look brilliant and George W. Bush look like a Nobel candidate in GUI, Superstring theory, and Quantum Chromodynamics.

The GOP insiders freaked out so much that they had only one possible avenue left. Guarantee victory by any other means. And so they did.

Here’s where the admiration comes in. Seriously! You have to admire Hitler’s Blitzkreig around the Maginot Line. It made a billion franc investment a complete waste of time and money. You must admire Mao’s Great Leap Forward. How else could he capture those who posed a possible danger to him, and eliminate them? By the millions. You have to admire George dubba Bush. Using fear as an attack, he managed to get his Patriot, FISA, and FISA II. Of course, in all these cases, admiration does not imply approval.

The brilliant, organized, and concerted attack on Gwen Awful had three results:

a) it intimidated Gwen into asking irrelevant, shitty, and boring questions that any 5th grader would have asked;
b) it energized the GOoPers who think that McCain and Bush are doing just fine, spank you very much;
c) it reinforced the idea (the very wrong, faux, ridiculous and insulting idea) that corporate America’s “MEDIA” was irreparably liberal and biased.

The source of all of the above? The aforementioned book. Gwen is researching and writing about minority pols in America, and how far they have come. Ergo . . .

For three days, they declared war on Gwen. E-mails, LTTEs, public demands, attacks on her character (which, by all accounts, is impeccable by any rational standard), they accused her of (pro-nigger) bias (trust me, I got several of those viral e-mails), and they demanded her replacement.

Those calling for all of the above did not care whether they “won” or not. What they really wanted was to intimidate and attack whoever was going to be asking the questions. To Gwen’s understandable regret, she was the target.

She responded much like any other human would. She caved. Her questions were boring, her follow-up non-existent, her demands for responsive answers disasperated faster than a Harry Potter character. She made sure that no person could ever attack her for the questions she posed, thus insuring that no good, reasonable, or necessary questions would be asked. Where were the questions on creationism? Evolution? The Poland-based Anti-missile defenses that don’t work? Ha. Tough questions were what Americans wanted, not just of Silly Sarah, but of BOTH CANDIDATES.

Except, tough questions would have been the wooden stake in the heart of the vampire we know as McCain.

The Rovian scum running John Bush McCain’s campaign took Silly Sarah aside and taught her the elements of surviving the one, the only, the easy, the shallow — the VP debate.

Even when she read off her cue cards, she was prepared enough to sound spunky, engaging, and on message. Of course, right off the bat, she warned us that her message would not necessarily be an answer to the questions she faced. In fact, she answered NO QUESTION directly.

The arrogance in her position is appalling. SHE REFUSED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS. She would, and did, replace them with issues of her own choosing. That is offensive. Appalling. Disgusting. And, the SOP for KarlRovian elements running the McCain campaign.

Somewhere, someplace, there exists a happy, rich, content group of puppet masters. Laughing at us. We morons. We peons. Us idiots. We, who believe in America, democracy, rational thinking, and general fairness and equality. They selected Palin, and are forcing her down our throat. They may even prevail, given their attacks on voting records in several key states. After having unlimited power for 8 years, they want four more. They will do anything, anytime, anyplace, and use every dirty move to win. Because, if they lose, they lose it all.

Frankly, I can’t think of a more deserving target.


  1. Malibu

    I watched Olbermann last night and he pointed out that Gov. Palin was trained at GOPAC. This is a training organization run by Newt Gingrich. The training is like boot camp showing how to put down the opposition and bringing in the zingers and sound bites to make others look foolish. This is what brought Gov. Palin into the old Gingrich use of push and shove. It is legal but it is also obvious. Gingrich may be one of the smartest boys in the class but he is not above using his own methods to work for others (at a cost to GOPAC). Gov. Palin took these training classes when she ran and won for Alaska Governor.

    The training works! We have seen many candidates with trigger responses that come out of GOPAC. The voters watch so much television that Gingrich uses the same trigger responses knowing the sound track will be furnished by the audience. I feel it has cheapened the Republican Candidates and they never know when too much is too much. They might be better off attending the Actors Studio with James Lipton who uses a more honest approach to dialog.

    Ifill did a standard job of directing questions but the audience felt set up by it.


  2. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    Hillary should be used to go after Palin, since if a Vagina attacks a Vagina, it’s not sexist. The DemoChickens of course won’t do this.

    It matters not to me since I won’t be voting for Sir Obama of Camelot who voted for Retro-Active Immunity for Telecoms…-Oh! I’m Sorry, Sir Obama said he voted for it as a ‘compromise’, it was merly a ‘strategic retreat’, I corrected myself (Slap*Slap* -that showed me to question Democrapic Motives, that taught me a lesson!)

    (Ever notice that Palin sort of looks like Linda Trip (with the double chin removed, massive lipo-suction sessions, and botoxed to the max!)

    I refuse to accept the ‘lesser of two evils’ theory as a reason to vote Democrapic.

    Go Nader

    No More Fancy Pants Suit Wenches of the likes of Nancy Pelosi & Hillary Clinton.

  3. Spartan 75

    No different than the vitriolic political hate on your post and in this site generally. While we all hate each other and get oh so clever at expressing it, we lose the country. Loading the absolutely essential bailout bill with pork is an “in your face” shot at ordinary citizens by the political class. The failure is in all of us – losing the discipline and standards to protect and improve what was given to us. Do you really believe switching parties means anything? Meet the new boss – same as the old boss. Spartan75

  4. Hal Brown

    I hadn’t thought of this, probably because I’m not all that familiar with Ifill, but it makes PERFECT sense. I wonder if she’s kicking herself for essentially being a tool.

    In retrospect I think it might have been good if Biden had been prescient and anticipated how Palin would really “non-answer” so many questions at the very start when, after all, she announced that she might ignore questions and give talking points mini-speeches.

    I wonder how it would have gone over if Biden said something like

    “Gwen, I will try to answer all your questions with specifics and with a minimum of talking points. However if you find me straying or not addressing the question, please interrupt me and get me back on track.”

    Ifill, if she had guts, could have “reminded” Palin that both sides agreed to the format of the debate with the assumption that the candidates would answer the questions that were posed.

  5. John Q

    That won’t work. The McCain campaign has made it very clear since the day Palin was selected that anybody who makes Palin look bad or unhappy is a sexist. That’s why Biden attacked McCain and Bush all evening but not a single negative word about Palin. If he had said anything that could be interpreted by McCain’s spin machine as attacking Palin he’d be labeled an insensitive bully in addition to a sexist. That goes for Ifill too. She is also a woman doesn’t make any difference. I wonder if Palin were not a cute, good looking, and attractive woman, would McCain have picked her instead of one of the many more experienced governors and senators available for the ticket? Would Pakistan President Zardari call Joe Liebeman “gorgeous” and want to hug him if they had met at UN?

  6. Timr

    I am not yet sure, but I am starting to think that the voters are starting to wake up and realize just what a McCain/Palin ticket would do to the country. It is quite amazing that 70 million people watched the debate. It is also amazing that we would find out that Palin does not figure into the decision making process of the McCain campaign at all. Ref; her comment upon finding out that the McCain campaign had left Mi and told the MSM-who have found it impossible to actually concentrate on more than 1 issue at a time-on thursday when it would not make any news. She said that she only found out about the move when she read the paper (???, she read a paper???) that-friday-morning. This shows me just what the McCain people think about her and her input. Also, the fact that Palin will not be made available to the MSM shows 2 things. 1 the total arrogance and contempt of the MSM by the McCain camp-those in the MSM who had a bad case of man love for McCain have finally had their eyes opened and have found out the truth, McCain does not like the MSM and he is finally showing his total contempt for them-this just might prove to be a bad move.
    2. The McCain camp actually thinks that she is in fact the total airhead that she showed in the interviews that she already had. If the MSM is given access to her-the McCain camp thinking-and if anyone asks followup questions and if she is backed into a corner and can not answer actual questions what would she do? Babble like she did before?. What would she do if confronted by an international crisis? Call for a time out???

  7. Jim C

    As someone who has watched ” Washington week ” since its inception I am also no fan of Ifell . After she took over Washington week went from being a well balanced forum of political discussion to a right wing gab fest . I’m fairly sure the swerve to the right was directed by the new hard right manager of PBS put in by the bush administration , but that Ifell went along is disgusting . The panel now looks like murdock picked it , so biased it’s become hard to watch . The usual lineup is 3 or 4 hard righties and one semi moderate . Ifell has shown she is perfectly willing to be a rightwing tool as long as she’s allowed to grin into the camera .