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2008-09-24 03:11:41 AM
It's like...how much more unqualified could she be? And the answer is none...none more unqualified.
 
2008-09-24 03:22:53 AM
So when is somebody just going to come out and say this chick is a joke?

/chick
//as in chicken head
///as in bobbin'
//on my knob
 
2008-09-24 03:24:40 AM
Campbell Brown: "Let her show her stuff...Free Sarah Palin!"

Conservatives: Yeah! Whip out the goodies!

Brown: "Nevermind...Free Katie Holmes!"
 
2008-09-24 03:28:14 AM
Ehhh...there has been sexism in the race, but the McCain campaign isn't holding her back because she's a woman- they are holding her back because she doesn't know what she's talking about. If she said something completely off-base in this type of political climate people wouldn't switch bases, they just wouldn't vote. That's what the McCain campaign is afraid of- that Palin would say something so abysmally stupid (for instance about foreign policy as she apparently met with foreign leaders today) that even most hard core social issue conservatives would say she isn't qualified and would stay home on election day.

It's one thing for "liberals" to call her stupid, but as the old saying goes, "don't open your mouth and confirm it."
 
2008-09-24 03:29:58 AM
Chauvinism is just different word for loyalty.
 
2008-09-24 03:34:01 AM
This woman is singlehandedly rocking the political world this year. And, no, not Sarah Palin. Way to go, Campbell!
 
2008-09-24 03:35:54 AM
I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. There is a lot of similarity between Godwin and feminism- Hitler is brought up far too often, and now any time you do, people assume the association is absurd. The same has happened for most moderate people and feminism (and racism). It has been brought up so often in cases where it wasn't the whole reality or even close, that people just ignore it as part of a discussion. It's really annoying because the idea that men and women should be considered philosophically equal is an important one, and has been of benefit to our society.

Sorry.
 
2008-09-24 03:43:46 AM
sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. There is a lot of similarity between Godwin and feminism- Hitler is brought up far too often, and now any time you do, people assume the association is absurd. The same has happened for most moderate people and feminism (and racism). It has been brought up so often in cases where it wasn't the whole reality or even close, that people just ignore it as part of a discussion. It's really annoying because the idea that men and women should be considered philosophically equal is an important one, and has been of benefit to our society.

Sorry.


I think you're taking what was obviously a very tongue-in-cheek commentary a bit too seriously. Can we enjoy the humor a bit?
 
2008-09-24 03:44:10 AM
sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. There is a lot of similarity between Godwin and feminism- Hitler is brought up far too often, and now any time you do, people assume the association is absurd. The same has happened for most moderate people and feminism (and racism). It has been brought up so often in cases where it wasn't the whole reality or even close, that people just ignore it as part of a discussion. It's really annoying because the idea that men and women should be considered philosophically equal is an important one, and has been of benefit to our society.

Sorry.


I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.
 
2008-09-24 03:45:06 AM
sloppy shoes: the McCain campaign isn't holding her back because she's a woman- they are holding her back because she doesn't know what she's talking about.

This, this, this. Gender shouldn't even be a factor here. The governor just plain doesn't have a clue, and for her to be in a position to be a heartbeat away from the presidency is nothing short of absurd. All of this talk of sexism is merely Kabuki theatre designed to distract from the real problem at hand.
 
2008-09-24 03:46:19 AM
Atillathepun: sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. There is a lot of similarity between Godwin and feminism- Hitler is brought up far too often, and now any time you do, people assume the association is absurd. The same has happened for most moderate people and feminism (and racism). It has been brought up so often in cases where it wasn't the whole reality or even close, that people just ignore it as part of a discussion. It's really annoying because the idea that men and women should be considered philosophically equal is an important one, and has been of benefit to our society.

Sorry.

I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.


Thank you!
 
2008-09-24 03:46:43 AM
sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

I get the sense that she is being quite tongue-in-cheek about it. Brown is well aware that Palin is being sequestered away because she is an embarrassment, I think.
 
2008-09-24 03:47:18 AM
Tsunami Ditka: sloppy shoes: the McCain campaign isn't holding her back because she's a woman- they are holding her back because she doesn't know what she's talking about.

This, this, this. Gender shouldn't even be a factor here. The governor just plain doesn't have a clue, and for her to be in a position to be a heartbeat away from the presidency is nothing short of absurd. All of this talk of sexism is merely Kabuki theatre designed to distract from the real problem at hand.


Which is why Campbel brought it up!
 
2008-09-24 03:54:09 AM
Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

I agree with that.

But it's sexist of CB or the Huffington Post to say it's insulting to women- they are implying that Palin represents women. She doesn't. Any non-conformist, non-idiot male or female will tell you that she doesn't. If (and hopefully when) Palin fails, it won't be because she's a female- it's cause she's not ready for the job, especially compared to all the other people in the ring. I would love to see a female Prez, and I'm getting excited about finally having a minority one, (I think it will do wonders for the lingering racial tension if he does well), but I also don't want to see an idiot female in their either. Partially because people will fallaciously assume it was cause she was a woman, and mostly because I don't want to see another idiot in office.

It's certainly not the end of the world that CB said this, but I wish the issue was taken with more seriousness than it is.
 
2008-09-24 03:56:52 AM
sloppy shoes: Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

I agree with that.

But it's sexist of CB or the Huffington Post to say it's insulting to women- they are implying that Palin represents women. She doesn't. Any non-conformist, non-idiot male or female will tell you that she doesn't. If (and hopefully when) Palin fails, it won't be because she's a female- it's cause she's not ready for the job, especially compared to all the other people in the ring. I would love to see a female Prez, and I'm getting excited about finally having a minority one, (I think it will do wonders for the lingering racial tension if he does well), but I also don't want to see an idiot female in their either. Partially because people will fallaciously assume it was cause she was a woman, and mostly because I don't want to see another idiot in office.

It's certainly not the end of the world that CB said this, but I wish the issue was taken with more seriousness than it is.


Meh. I think she was just trying to fire the best bullet she had in an attempt to goad the McCain campaign. As such, I approve of it.
 
2008-09-24 03:58:10 AM
This is endgame for her press protection. It pretty much came to a head today. This has gone on for too damn long, especially for someone that is possibly next in line to the highest office in the United States. It is clearly different treatment by the McCain campain, and it is unprecedented. Now ask, what is the difference between HER *cough* and every other Republican VP candidate? Hmmmm..
 
2008-09-24 04:02:19 AM
I think Brown's argument would have had more weight if she had just come out and said, "I don't have problems with her as a woman, I have problems with her as a candidate. She wants to be a nationally elected official yet refuses to be interviewed. If she were a man, the press would have a field day with this."

She should have called out the politics of sexism that McCain's camp is using to their advantage.

Or, put another way, even if it was sexism, in issues like this, you don't get anywhere by whining. Even the most traditional or joking of you out there, you have to admit you were probably very impressed with the ladies of the view when they played hardball with McCain. And, at least in my local circles, it made much more of a statement than CB's silly editorial ever will.
 
2008-09-24 04:03:32 AM
sloppy shoes: But it's sexist of CB or the Huffington Post to say it's insulting to women- they are implying that Palin represents women.

No. If the McCain is treating her special, and if she's perfectly qualified as they say, then we are forced to look at what is different about her.

They're stuck now. Either admit they're hiding her because they're sexist, admit they're hiding her because she's completely incompetent, or let her go. That's their choices.
 
2008-09-24 04:04:42 AM
sloppy shoes: Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

I agree with that.

But it's sexist of CB or the Huffington Post to say it's insulting to women- they are implying that Palin represents women. She doesn't. Any non-conformist, non-idiot male or female will tell you that she doesn't. If (and hopefully when) Palin fails, it won't be because she's a female- it's cause she's not ready for the job, especially compared to all the other people in the ring. I would love to see a female Prez, and I'm getting excited about finally having a minority one, (I think it will do wonders for the lingering racial tension if he does well), but I also don't want to see an idiot female in their either. Partially because people will fallaciously assume it was cause she was a woman, and mostly because I don't want to see another idiot in office.

It's certainly not the end of the world that CB said this, but I wish the issue was taken with more seriousness than it is.


Look, I grew up in a household, a feminist household, with a mother who was a feminist leader in the 70's. At the age of 7, I would answer the phone only to hear women and men telling me, a child, that my mother was a biatch and should stay at home where she belongs.

Why am I bringing this up?

Because it shaped me and educatd me. And the the only setback to women I see in any of this is Palin being VP. As you so rightly mentioned. But whenever she is called out on her lack of credentials, the cry from the McCain campaign is...."That's sexist!" Which is even more of an insult to women.

Campbell should be applauded here. She took that argument, put her tongue in her cheek, and threw it right back in their faces.
 
2008-09-24 04:05:24 AM
sarah palin? more like sarah paLOLin
 
2008-09-24 04:08:07 AM
Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

And that is why I want to have this woman's children. This kids is what reporters are supposed to do, unlike what passed for journalism during the Bush years.
 
2008-09-24 04:08:10 AM
hraja2: sarah palin? more like sarah paLOLin

That's sexist!

/sloppy, see what I did there? The absurdity of it?
 
2008-09-24 04:08:17 AM
newmoonpuppyhead: Because it shaped me and educatd me. And the the only setback to women I see in any of this is Palin being VP. As you so rightly mentioned. But whenever she is called out on her lack of credentials, the cry from the McCain campaign is...."That's sexist!" Which is even more of an insult to women.

No shat.
 
2008-09-24 04:11:14 AM
impaler: sloppy shoes: But it's sexist of CB or the Huffington Post to say it's insulting to women- they are implying that Palin represents women.

No. If the McCain is treating her special, and if she's perfectly qualified as they say, then we are forced to look at what is different about her.

They're stuck now. Either admit they're hiding her because they're sexist, admit they're hiding her because she's completely incompetent, or let her go. That's their choices.


They originally claimed to hide her (to the best of my knowledge) because they didn't want the press to ask her whether or not the baby was hers or her daughters, ad nauseum.

But that's not the point. To anybody with half a brain, we know why they are hiding her- she has absolutely no national or foreign policy experience. I don't care how you feel about "executive" level competency, she was the mayor of a small rural town and a Governor of a state with a guaranteed budget surplus and big national earmarks- thanks to a very prominent senator. She has yet to deal with a real issue where there is no clear right answer and certainly no way to please most of the electorate. Ask her how she is going to fund 'No Child Left Behind' coupled with an expensive and dangerous economy and growing sentiment against a costly war, not to mention demands for national health care and other services while still lowering taxes for the rich and poor without talking in vague specifics, even Republicans will have 'lulz' for a month as she struggles to answer.
 
2008-09-24 04:13:35 AM
sloppy shoes: To anybody with half a brain, we know why they are hiding her- she has absolutely no national or foreign policy experience. I don't care how you feel about "executive" level competency, she was the mayor of a small rural town and a Governor of a state with a guaranteed budget surplus and big national earmarks- thanks to a very prominent senator. She has yet to deal with a real issue where there is no clear right answer and certainly no way to please most of the electorate. Ask her how she is going to fund 'No Child Left Behind' coupled with an expensive and dangerous economy and growing sentiment against a costly war, not to mention demands for national health care and other services while still lowering taxes for the rich and poor without talking in vague specifics, even Republicans will have 'lulz' for a month as she struggles to answer.

We all know that. Which is why the Brown commentary is funny.
 
2008-09-24 04:14:02 AM
newmoonpuppyhead: hraja2: sarah palin? more like sarah paLOLin

That's sexist!

/sloppy, see what I did there? The absurdity of it?


My argument also comes from a background of frustration with journalism. While I don't think it's sexist for the McCain to falsely claim sexism, it's certainly also degrading.

And I understand the political move CB is trying to make. But to the average person, it ends up looking like an internet flame war, with no real results.

Where as, CB has the unique position as a woman to say "Stop claiming sexism, I just want answers"
 
2008-09-24 04:16:02 AM
sloppy shoes: nWhere as, CB has the unique position as a woman to say "Stop claiming sexism, I just want answers"

That's exactly what the piece said.
 
2008-09-24 04:22:41 AM
newmoonpuppyhead: sloppy shoes: nWhere as, CB has the unique position as a woman to say "Stop claiming sexism, I just want answers"

That's exactly what the piece said.


No. She ranted about how McCain's camp was assuming Palin was too feminine to answer questions. They have also been claiming the press has been sexist. Both the press and McCain's camp needs to stop calling sexism on each other. CB should be calling Palin out for not answering questions- she's the candidate. Why is Palin not answering questions? What is she hiding? Why won't she confront hardball interviews?

Who cares about the advisors. They are not running for office. Stick to the candidate.
 
2008-09-24 04:23:04 AM
sloppy shoes: And I understand the political move CB is trying to make. But to the average person, it ends up looking like an internet flame war, with no real results.

The average person's a retard.

If they aren't hiding her because she's really incompetent, then they're hiding HER because they think SHE'S incompetent, which IS sexist. Who knows, maybe that's exactly why they're hiding her. It's not like any of us really know because she's been hidden away. Think about that for a second. We NEED to know who this person is, and we can't.

They already claimed she's has all this experience, so they can't even say she's "getting up to speed."

So, either they can admit they're sexist, admit she's incompetent, or let her 'free.'
 
2008-09-24 04:27:14 AM
Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

Basically. She's trying to set up a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario. Keep Palin away from reporters? Sexist pigs. Put Palin in front of the firing squad? Doomsday.

It's a pretty savvy move. And just like only Nixon can go to China, only a woman can pull this move. It doesn't end well either way for McCain, but he's got no choice now. He's gotta throw Palin to the dogs, and the media smells blood now.
 
2008-09-24 04:28:07 AM
I should add, that is something the democrats have not done enough. I don't care if you know that the people actually running the campaign are behind the scenes. You pin your arguments to the face of the campaign- the candidate.

The news story isn't that McCain's advisors aren't letting her do interviews, of course she isn't doing interviews. The news is Palin refuses to do interviews or speak to the press. What is she afraid of? Nation fears she isn't able to answer questions. More coverage on her refusal to elaborate at 11.

Two days of that, she'll be doing an interview.
 
2008-09-24 04:29:49 AM
sloppy shoes: No. She ranted about how McCain's camp was assuming Palin was too feminine to answer questions.

Oh really? What other reason could it be? CB's pointing out that she's being treated differently. Now since the McCain camp say she's perfectly qualified, what could possibly be the reason to treat her differently? CB's putting them on a grill.

CB should be calling Palin out for not answering questions- she's the candidate. Why is Palin not answering questions? What is she hiding? Why won't she confront hardball interviews?

Why are you picking on Palin you sexist pig!!!

Have you been paying attention at all? Your argument has been repeated ad nauseum, and that's the response the McCain camp gives.

CB is just doing argumentative Jujitsu, and taking their attack and turning it back on them.
 
2008-09-24 04:32:54 AM
impaler: CB is just doing argumentative Jujitsu, and taking their attack and turning it back on them.

I approve of that. But it would be really stinking nice if we could drop all this passive-aggressive bull and just go straight to the heart of the matter: She's not qualified to be Vice President, she's way out of her league, and she's a coward for not facing the press.

But, of course, you can't say that. Because that would be honest.
 
2008-09-24 04:33:28 AM
sloppy shoes: The news story isn't that McCain's advisors aren't letting her do interviews, of course she isn't doing interviews. The news is Palin refuses to do interviews or speak to the press. What is she afraid of? Nation fears she isn't able to answer questions. More coverage on her refusal to elaborate at 11.

It's the McCain campaign, not the Palin campaign. Making a distinction between the campaign holding her back, and her holding herself back makes little difference to anyone. And as far as that goes, where the hell have you been? They've been saying that since the convention.
 
2008-09-24 04:34:20 AM
Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: I approve of that. But it would be really stinking nice if we could drop all this passive-aggressive bull and just go straight to the heart of the matter: She's not qualified to be Vice President, she's way out of her league, and she's a coward for not facing the press.

But, of course, you can't say that. Because that would be honest.


It's sexist! It's sexist!
 
2008-09-24 04:36:22 AM
impaler: It's sexist! It's sexist!

And around and around we go. Like I said, it'd be nice if we could be honest, but that's just not an option anymore.

Where the fark is Hillary? Is she done getting her lulz yet? Because now would be a really great time for her to jump in and do some awesome. God knows Clinton could break Palin's back in no time flat.
 
2008-09-24 04:36:43 AM
impaler: It's the McCain campaign, not the Palin campaign. Making a distinction between the campaign holding her back, and her holding herself back makes little difference to anyone. And as far as that goes, where the hell have you been? They've been saying that since the convention.

To add to that, they've been saying that, and have been called 'sexist.'

The McCain camp wants their cake, and to eat it too. CB is saying, "not so fast."
 
2008-09-24 04:39:20 AM
Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: And around and around we go. Like I said, it'd be nice if we could be honest, but that's just not an option anymore.

That would be nice. It would be possible too if the drive-through media consumers didn't actually buy that load of shat though.
 
2008-09-24 04:42:29 AM
sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. .


She's arguing the sexist line because the McCain campaign is saying that reporters asking questions - questions without the proper "deference" - IS sexism. Which of course, it isn't.

There has been tons of sexism this election year (mostly directed at Hillary, who is a lightning rod for it), but the most sexist thing so far has been the implication by the McCain campaign that Palin can't answer reporters' questions because she has a vagina. Not only is it bizarre for a candidate to avoid reporters, it's particularly bizarre for a female candidate. Most female candidates go out of their way to prove they are just as capable to hold office - usually they have to or they don't have a chance at getting elected. Like it or not, it's the rules of the game: if you're a woman you have to work harder in politics, and if you talk about sexism, which is a factor in elections, commentators label you a whiner (Palin gave the same critique to Hillary Clinton a few months ago.) Palin's been delivering the same stump speech for a month and avoiding reporters and is happy to simper in carefully chosen interviews, while McCain's team runs interference by lashing out at the media and Barack Obama for "sexist" questioning of her record and qualifications. It's truly bizarre and I hope there will be a backlash, because if you can't handle journalists on the campaign trail - where you have an easy out of tough questions by being able to just attack an opponent - how are you going to handle questions from reporters when you actually get the job? (Even the rather reticent Dick Cheney went on Meet the Press.)
 
2008-09-24 04:42:33 AM
impaler: It's the McCain campaign, not the Palin campaign. Making a distinction between the campaign holding her back, and her holding herself back makes little difference to anyone. And as far as that goes, where the hell have you been? They've been saying that since the convention.

They have not been making that distinction. And they allowed the McCain campaign to get away with some manager or whatever saying they are holding her back.

People treat that differently. If you want to get her to talk, you have to make it seem like it is her idea to not talk to the press because she's afraid.

This just in, Palin refuses questions on foreign policy. (Not her campaign manager wouldn't let her), the campaign manager is hired by Palin and McCain- they are the bosses. If the press would take the high road, instead of all their editorializing junk, more people would take them more seriously. That's what most people have forgotten- of course the press has a stake in this, but they are supposed to appear not to. They no longer appear not to. Most news comes in the forms of editorials these days. When you do that, people turn on their filters and edit out news they think is partisan or sexist or whatever their filters are. Act like you're just trying to get in a breaking update, more people will listen because people won't automatically tune it out.
 
2008-09-24 04:50:30 AM
sloppy shoes: They have not been making that distinction. And they allowed the McCain campaign to get away with some manager or whatever saying they are holding her back.

People treat that differently. If you want to get her to talk, you have to make it seem like it is her idea to not talk to the press because she's afraid.


How can they claim that when they don't know that. All they know is that it is the campaign management.

It isn't like people haven't done that either. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22what+is+palin+afraid+of%22&btnG= Google+S earch&aq=f&oq=

You don't blame the dog that it can't hunt, when the owner never lets it off its leash.
 
2008-09-24 04:51:07 AM
bobbette: sloppy shoes: I'd also like to add as a feminist, these arguments are absurd. Not every issue concerning women is about sexism, feminism, or chuavanism (which by the way, McCain is, because he is overly patriotic, not the stupid redefinition).

But, junk claims like this only hurt the cause. It's clearly not because their afraid her "feminine side" will get in the way- her inferior intellect will. .

She's arguing the sexist line because the McCain campaign is saying that reporters asking questions - questions without the proper "deference" - IS sexism. Which of course, it isn't.


I understand what CB is probably trying to do. She doesn't have the political clout to pull that kind of move though. If Hillary or someone important said it, (for a reporter, perhaps Barbara Walters), then it would matter. But it doesn't.
 
2008-09-24 04:51:07 AM
Oh, Link (new window)
 
2008-09-24 04:57:44 AM
I'd like to nominate sloppy shoes for concern troll of the year.
 
2008-09-24 04:57:45 AM
impaler: How can they claim that when they don't know that. All they know is that it is the campaign management.

That's not how news or structure works. Palin is the boss. She's refusing to be interviewed. I don't care who is telling her that, I only care that she is agreeing with them. Unless it is McCain or God or someone else who is famous, it's not news that someone is telling her she can't speak to the press. Therefore, it is her decision. That's how news works.

For instance, Apple had a product recall this week. A product they probably buy from or order from a vendor. Did the news talk about that vendor- no. Apple screwed up and made easily breakable electrical plugs. Did Apple actually make the product? No. Who will take the responsibility? Apple.

Who should take the responsibility for Palin? Palin.

/No one talks about Obama/Biden advisors unless they are some church wacko or a suspected former terrorist. Why do we treat Republican advisors like they are God's gift to politics?
 
2008-09-24 04:58:18 AM
Duke Phillips' Singing Bears: Atillathepun: I think CB doesn't really think it's sexism either. What I do think is that she wants to get her hooks into Palin and knows the McCain campaign CANNOT allow a sexism meme to get started. CB is essentially calling their bluff.

Basically. She's trying to set up a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" scenario. Keep Palin away from reporters? Sexist pigs. Put Palin in front of the firing squad? Doomsday.

It's a pretty savvy move. And just like only Nixon can go to China, only a woman can pull this move. It doesn't end well either way for McCain, but he's got no choice now. He's gotta throw Palin to the dogs, and the media smells blood now.


I like that, specifically, Campbell Brown has been calling for a press conference.

No one-on-one interview with a friendly reporter to ask, "Oh Sarah - how did you get so awesome and patriotic? Give me an answer that includes the word 'reform'." Dip her in gravy and throw her to the dogs of the media.

If she's ready to be Vice President, she should be able to kick them in the teeth and make them run away licking their wounds.

(If she's ready to be Dick Cheney, she'd be kicking them in the teeth while compiling a list of the ones who will need illegal wiretapping later that evening. If she's ready to be Al Gore, she should be able to deliver a Cesar Millan-style "tssshht" and completely distract them with some other issue.)

Face it, if she can't answer a question from a guy who lives in a crappy apartment in New York, has nightmares of never winning a Pulitzer, whose liver is half-destroyed and whose viewpoint of the political process is bitterly jaded at best, how is she going to be able to handle running a country? Are reporters really to be feared that much? She should be able to march into an interview and get anything she wants out of it. God help her, if she can't do that, how is she going to handle sensitive negotiations of any kind on the world stage?
 
2008-09-24 04:58:55 AM
Neeek: I'd like to nominate sloppy shoes for concern troll of the year.

Seconded.
 
2008-09-24 05:00:37 AM
Neeek: I'd like to nominate sloppy shoes for concern troll of the year.

I'm not concerned you nincanpoop. I'm frustrated with journalism and the state of feminism.

And yes, impaler I understand that not everybody in the press has been allowing her advisors to take the blame. However, your linked google search brings top links of Perez Hilton, the Vallejo Times, etc... Not exactly the national news that I'm aware of.
 
2008-09-24 05:06:08 AM
sloppy shoes:
I'm not concerned you nincanpoop. I'm frustrated with journalism and the state of feminism.


And you respond by suggesting that the Dems do something they've done since the day Palin was announced as VP. Carville in particular was incensed by the inane claims of sexism. If you think that her opponents haven't been yelling for her to be put to the fire that Biden and Obama (McCain's been avoiding them of late) face as a matter of course, you are an idiot.
 
2008-09-24 05:10:09 AM
sloppy shoes: That's not how news or structure works. Palin is the boss. She's refusing to be interviewed.

No, McCain is the boss you ignorant twit.
 
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