"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent
are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell
Story Short: Don't lionize them lyin' eyes.
America is, unfortunately, home to millions
of people who will believe just about anything "because
they done seen it on the TV". These
are the uncritical throng who will be singing
Sarah Palin's praises today as they have
no idea what an uninterrupted string of horse
hockey escaped her mouth over the course
of the evening in the guise of considered
Just like McCain in the first presidential debate Palin came out firing half-truths,
misconceptions and flat out lies. (I would have included "misconceptions" in
that list but Palin is pro-life.) With both barrels, from the hip and in the
prone position. And she wasn't coy about it, either, beginning the debate with
I may not answer the questions the way you or the moderator
want to hear, but I'm going to talk to the American
Uh, gee, thanks, Sarah.
It's a clever ruse if can count on your supporters to be as thick as an Alaskan
accent and, therefore, unlikely to fact check your incredible claims of Democratic
perfidy. Doubly so as it forces your opponent to waste valuable debate seconds
gain-saying Palin's over-ripe verbal extrusions.
But you can't blame Palin as it's all she had to work with since the economy,
the war, the environment, women's rights, civil rights, jobs, health care, child
care, taxes, renewable energy, infrastructure and just about any
doesn't include lower taxes for the rich is securely on the plus side of the
I'm disappointed that Palin didn't rhetorically spin into the wall late in the
race and explode in a massive fireball but I'm comforted to have learned what
I already knew...
the better driver won.
Take the wheel, Joe. First star to the right and straight on 'til morning.
Now go read Unky Roger
Ebert's take on the first presidenttial debates.
He's much more entertaining than I could ever be.