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Hot Cuppa Joe

"The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt." - Bertrand Russell

Long 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 opinion.

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 the warning:

" I may not answer the questions the way you or the moderator want to hear, but I'm going to talk to the American people".

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 subject that doesn't include lower taxes for the rich is securely on the plus side of the Democratic camp.

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... that 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.


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