Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Kicking In

The election is on. Lots of fears about McCain's gain in the polls, but is it just the same GOP states solidifying, i.e. in the South due to Palin's appeal to the previous unenthused Religious Right?

Speaking of Palin, how nasty is she? -- per Newsweek:
Court documents show that Judge Suddock was disturbed by the alleged attacks by Palin and her family members on Wooten's behavior and character. "Disparaging will not be tolerated—it is a form of child abuse," the judge told a settlement hearing in October 2005, according to typed notes of the proceedings. The judge added: "Relatives cannot disparage either. If occurs [sic] the parent needs to set boundaries for their relatives."
Nice White House-type family. But as Palin continues to lie about her propensity for earmarks:

...there's another piece of her public service past coming to light -- charging rape victims for their own rape tests:
While Sarah Palin was serving as the Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, the city charged victims of sexual assault between $300 and $1200 for their own rape kits. A rape kit is a sexual assault forensic evidence kit, used to collect DNA that can be used in criminal proceedings to assist in the conviction of those who commit sex crimes. The kit is performed as soon as possible after a sexual assault or attack has been committed. It is usually humiliating and uncomfortable for the victim–imagine enduring that and then paying $1200 just so that the criminal who assaulted you might be caught.
I guess there's being a woman, and then being for women's rights.

Meanwhile more Republicans are calling successful African Americans "uppity" in broad daylight, making one wonder if the hoods are in the closets. But things are just starting to fly now, with Obama about to announce awesome August fundraising numbers, and striking hard at McCain -- just in time:

“John McCain says he’s about change, too — except for economic policy, health care policy, tax policy, education policy, foreign policy and Karl Rove-style politics,” Mr. Obama told his supporters here. “That’s just calling the same thing something different.”

With a laugh, he added: “You can put lipstick on a pig; it’s still a pig. You can wrap an old fish in a piece of paper called change; it’s still going to stink after eight years.”

While the McCain campaign tried to claim Obama was calling Palin a pig, that's laughable on the face of it. And you know that Dems are sensing it's time to step up for face four more years of helplessness when Paul Begala lets one rip for Obama:

ALEX CASTELLANOS: The amazing thing about Sarah Palin is when she became governor she actually stood up and said no.

BEGALA: That’s not true.

CASTELLANOS: She took a strong stand. That is rare and that never happened.

BEGALA: That’s just not true. You know, John, the facts matter. There’s lots of things that are debatable who is more qualified or less experienced or more this or more passionate, whatever. It is a fact that she campaigned and supported that bridge to nowhere. It is a fact that she hired lobbyists to get earmarks. It is a fact that as governor she lobbies for earmarks. Her state is essentially a welfare state taking money from the federal government… This is the problem. We have this false debate when we ought to have at least agreed upon facts.

That's right. Call out the liars and let them be damned.


Anonymous said...

Do you know what the difference is between a hockey mom and the Vice President it takes more then lipstick to be effective. I think it’s a shame that someone of her caliber is actually a national candidate.

Duffy Taylor

Mark Netter said...

I hate to disparage a candidate for being a mother prior to elective office, as both Nancy Pelosi and Barbara Boxer has careers as moms before entering politics, albeit not so quickly to the VP level with so little constituent experience. What's really wrong with Palin is this notion that she's something new or some sort of maverick -- she actually being revealed as exactly the same kind of lying Republican opportunist as George W. Bush et al, who pretend to be reformers and thrifty leaders but really leave the public in greater debt, seek bigger and bigger earmarks in order to advance their careers, and have no problems putting lipstick on their own piglike realities!

Where are honest Republicans like Warren Rudman and Chuck Hagel when you need them?

Anonymous said...

I think all this flap about what Obama said is bullshit. All he said was "lipstick on a pig"; that could be anybody!

Now...if he had said, "lipstick on an unqualified, power-abusing, right-wing, gun-toting, mother of a teenage slut, blowhard" THEN I think you could argue that Obama meant Palin.