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Palin Sympathies: Liberals and Conservatives Reversing Roles?

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The whole blogosphere is of one opinion when it comes to Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric: Not good. But unlike the responses to her convention speech, the Charles Gibson interview, and the rumors about Trig, this time around liberals sound sympathetic and conservatives sound anywhere from embarrassed to angry.

From The Atlantic, Ross Douthat:

And now, an excerpt from my inner monologue, as transcribed while watching various clips from Sarah Palin's interview with Katie Couric (I can't link to them; they're too painful):

And that, Douthat, is why nobody's ever going to hire you to help pick their running mate.

But hey, maybe it's all just effing brilliant rope-a-dope for the Biden debate ….

And Ta-Nehisi Coates:

There are lot [sic] of us lefties who are guffawing right now and are happy to see Palin seemingly stumbling drunkenly from occasional interview to occasional interview. I may have been one of them. But I'm out of that group now…. 

I have watched this whole Palin thing with some twinge of personal recognition. I come from a family of seven kids by four women. As I've said before, I've got brothers born in the same year, and brothers born to best friends. My father was a high-school drop-out. I am a college drop-out. I was a father by 24–my father had kids when he was 22. I come to books and learned things in a hard, organic way. I was watching Palin explain to Couric how it could be that she just got a passport last year, and I was thinking, "Shit, I don't have a passport now."

From Culture 11's "Top 11 Excuses John McCain Could've Used to Get Out of Debate":

"Here's some straight talk, my friends: a good friend I respect very much, Senator Joe Lieberman, made me do a tequila shot every time I cringed during Governor Palin's interview with Katie Couric. I am still very drunk."

And Christopher Orr at The New Republic:

I'm reminded of the situation you see every now and then in sports, when a talented athlete—which, conveniently enough, Palin was—gets a taste of heavy duty coaching and, rather than being built up, is broken down, losing confidence in his game, becoming tentative, second-guessing himself even to the point of paralysis. I don't know whether that's what's happened to Sarah Palin. But from where I sit, it sure looks like it. 

I'm not saying it's a trend (Daily Kos & TPM are nowhere near "sympathizing" with Palin; National Review would follow her to Giedi Prime and back), or that the above sentiments will remain static through the first vice presidential debate, only that for the moment, it's an interesting quandary: What's with all the sympathetic (condescending?) liberals and the many resentful conservatives? Off the top of my head, I can think of two explanations, neither of which, if true, say anything good about the people whose positions have changed: Democrats no longer see Palin as a potent political threat, and are now treating her like a human being; Republicans no longer see her as a ringer, and are now treating her as dead weight and regretting their initial enthusiasm. A more cynical question: will all her fumbling-inspired sympathy ultimately play out in her favor?

Your thoughts, commenters?

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  1. What’s with all the sympathetic (condescending?) liberals and the many resentful conservatives?

    She’s taking such a beating that people are responding with their instinctive reflexes towards the weak. Liberals want to protect her, and conservatives want to put their sins on her and send her into the desert.

  2. Democrats no longer see Palin as a potent political threat, and are now treating her like a human being; while Republicans no longer see her as a ringer, and are now treating her as dead weight and regretting their initial enthusiasm

    Bingo. Her mystique just got destroyed, making her non-threatening to her opponents and a serious disappointment to her supporters. In fact, her face-plant was so severe that some of her less rabid detractors are feeling bad. It’s like winning a baseball game 15-0. You won, but you feel bad that the other team sucked so bad. 9-6 would have been better.

    Liberals want to protect her, and conservatives want to put their sins on her and send her into the desert

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  3. I thought you’d like that one, Ep.

  4. She’s the Kwisatz Haderach?

  5. Thanks, joe, that’s some good afternoon humor.

    She’s the Kwisatz Haderach?

    Is her name a killing word?

  6. Episiarch,

    Today is not a good day to piss me off, while I’m wielding real wrath of God-like powers. Quoting the book is okay. Quoting the movie is not.

    I heard that yet another attempt to film Dune has been greenlighted.

  7. Maybe opinions are simply evolving toward reality.

    She’s not as good as Republicans hoped and Democrats feared.

  8. Episiarch,

    Speaking of science fiction, I finished re-reading the Baley/Olivaw novels. The Spacers were hyper-individualists, but they weren’t libertarians.

  9. Quoting the movie is not.

    But I like the movie. I know people hate it but I love Lynch, and he did it his way.

  10. Meh, she stumbled over a few phrases, but at least what she eventually says is accurate. She’s not spouting nonsense about FDR’s speech on TV in 1929, or telling the handicapped to stand up, or calling his own campaigns’ ad “terrible” then later saying he never saw it. If you wanted to believe she was unqualified, you could, but there’s a lot more evidence against Biden.

    The meter now stands at seven. In Slate, Christopher Beam argues that Biden misspeaks so consistently that the senator’s gaffes no longer matter: “It’s almost as if, by committing so many gaffes, he has become immune to their effects.” Perhaps. But do voters think more highly of him for it?

    What’s clear is that the results of the vice presidential experiment are already in. Palin, the “regular citizen,” is running a flawless campaign. Biden, the man of “prudence” and “experience,” is making a fool of himself two or three times a week

    If Americans wanted slick public speakers, they wouldn’t have elected Bush twice.

  11. The Spacers were hyper-individualists, but they weren’t libertarians

    Yeah, if I recall, they still had rules/laws for stupid things. It wasn’t so visible because everybody lived cushioned within their swarm of robots, but it was there.

  12. Go to your sietch, Episiarch, and contemplate why he shield turns the fast blow but admits the slow kindjal. No spice tripping, either. Not until you master the Voice, anyway.

    I liked certain aspects of the Lynch movie, but it failed utterly in the end. I thought it was generally cast well, too, except that Sting went way overboard.

  13. Palin was-gets a taste of heavy duty coaching and, rather than being built up, is broken down, losing confidence in his game, becoming tentative, second-guessing himself even to the point of paralysis.

    That’s almost exactly what I thought. She’s been over-coached. Of course, the blame for that falls ultimately on her; she should have said “This really isn’t helping. The more you people yap at me, the stupider I get. Beat it, the lot of you. And stop billing the campaign. If I can shoot a moose, I can damn sure handle Katie Couric.”

    Biden, the man of “prudence” and “experience,” is making a fool of himself two or three times a week.

    Yeah, but Biden has mastered the Clintonian expectations jujitsu – he’s lowered our expectations of him to the point where nothing he says gets held against him.

  14. What’s the difference between a sandworm and a hockey mom?

    Lipstick.

    Governor Palin, what do you think of the Muad’dib Doctrine?

    The spice must flow?

  15. @TallDave:

    Exactly. Palin isn’t used to liberal media mind games, and she’s had some trouble staying on course, but it hasn’t hurt her a whit in the hearts of real Americans. And when she’s in the ring with that idiot Biden, it’ll be a different story.

  16. I thought it was generally cast well, too, except that Sting went way overboard.

    The cast was great, and even included Lynch regular Jack Nance from Eraserhead.

  17. And as for liberals making nice, what are they good for if not flip-flopping?

  18. I was a little disappointed with the Spacers’ apparent statist views. Really, the contrast between the communistic Cities and the otherwise individualistic Spacers would’ve been much more interesting politically if Asimov had taken the individualism to its logical political ends. No matter, I love the books for other reasons.

    Overall, Asimov appeared to have been pretty liberal in a big government way, so I doubt it would’ve occurred to him to make the Spacers libertarians. Again, I’m a huge fan of his, so this personal failing on his part (no offense intended to those who share his views), doesn’t really matter. I may go read Foundation for the hundredth time, now that I think about it.

    joe,

    It would be cool if she were a Bene Gesserit, though I guess the Voice wouldn’t work on all of us at the same time.

  19. Episiarch,

    I like saying J?rgen Prochnow.

    J?rgen Prochnow.

  20. Yeah, that’s the ticket, she just got coached too much. That’s what caused her to claim foreign policy experience due to Alaska’s proximity to the ass end of Russia. That’s why she can’t form a coherent sentence, it’s the coaching. Yeah. That’s the ticket.

  21. More like an Honored Matre.

  22. Overall, Asimov appeared to have been pretty liberal in a big government way, so I doubt it would’ve occurred to him to make the Spacers libertarians

    My take on it, though it was years ago, was that he kind of disapproved of both societies. Both were too extreme. So I got the sense he thought somewhere in the middle was the right place to be.

  23. Yeah, well, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blows his lines once in a while. So, that’s worse.

    Why is everyone biased except me?

  24. joe,

    Good riposte. Be sure you don’t have relations with her, if true.

    Episiarch,

    Yes, I think you’re right. What’s interesting is that he definitely rejected the idea that the Athenian/Spartan lifestyle of the Spacers was an ideal. I suspect that he’s wrong–we probably would be better individually and culturally with robot slaves and long lives.

    The Cities would be appalling places to live. Except for all of the yeast-based imitation food, of course. I’m a little nauseated just thinking about it.

  25. [em]A more cynical question: will all her fumbling-inspired sympathy ultimately play out in her favor? [/em]

    Can we stop with the nonsense? It is amazing to me the level of stupidity everyone views everyone else with. It started in Dec/Jan with big city liberals telling me they weren’t voting for Obama because other white people would never vote for him. Then it was that Rudi was winning even though he was losing every primary. Then it was that Clinton could win even though a 4th grader could do the math. Then it was that Clinton would win because she drank beer. Then it was that the Dems were divided and the Repubs were united behind McCain (even though he never got more than a 1/3 of the vote in any contest and barely over 60% after everyone else dropped out). Then to how McCain picking the most inexperienced VP pick ever was brilliant even though his whole race was based on experience mattering.

    Now we are told that being stupid will make people like you so much they will change their vote to you.

    Stop it. No matter how much the media tries this stuff, nobody wants to vote for a dummy. This is why Palin supporters attack the media, they don’t want to admit she has no clue. Nobody who votes for her in the end will tell you they think she is not ready. But the people who will vote against her will, and when she is exposed so obviously, some people switch from the first group to the second. Not all, but enough in the end. But nobody is going to vote for her because they feel sorry she is so stupid.

  26. Exactly. Palin isn’t used to liberal media mind games, and she’s had some trouble staying on course, but it hasn’t hurt her a whit in the hearts of real Americans. And when she’s in the ring with that idiot Biden, it’ll be a different story.

    Magnets and inductors for Miller. We can solve the energy crisis!

  27. She was/is nothing but a token lunatic fundy to fire up the Rs base of lunatic fundies.

    What the hell did you expect? Intelligence from a fundy loon?

  28. No matter how much the media tries this stuff, nobody wants to vote for a dummy.

    So Bush was never elected President ? 🙂

  29. “Off the top of my head, I can think of two explanations, neither of which, if true, say anything good about the people whose positions have changed: Democrats no longer see Palin as a potent political threat, and are now treating her like a human being;”

    Excuse me, why does the fact that liberals are beginning to feel sorry for Palin now that she appears to be in seriously over her head not “say anything good” about them? This sounds like the “both sides are equally bad” reflex that passes for objectivity. If liberals were gloating, would that be a “better” response?

  30. The thoughts lose speed, the lips acquire lipstick, the lipstick becomes a warning.

  31. What’s interesting is that he definitely rejected the idea that the Athenian/Spartan lifestyle of the Spacers was an ideal. I suspect that he’s wrong–we probably would be better individually and culturally with robot slaves and long lives.

    He rejected its isolationist tendencies. I think a somewhat more social version of the Spacers would be pretty good.

  32. Governor Palin, what do you think of the Muad’dib Doctrine?

    “If I am not obeyed, the Spice will not flow.”

    I heard that yet another attempt to film Dune has been greenlighted.

    But I like the movie. I know people hate it but I love Lynch, and he did it his way.

    Dune is kind of a neat text that way. Not a terrible lot f visual description, and a whole lot…I guess you could say *missing* from any kind of unified plot development (in the film sense). So any film made out of the book is gonna have to make up a helluva lot from thin dry air just to be coherent.

    Put me down has having liked both the Sci-fi version and the David Lynch version, for very different reasons of course. If you get a different director with a coherent and detailed vision who is not an idiot, I imagine another film will be just as good.

  33. “National Review would follow her to Giedi Prime and back”

    I wouldn’t be so sure: Palin Problem: She’s out of her league.

    C’mon? Is she any worse than Bush? At least it’s possible to be as irrelevant as Dan Quayle.

    Keep in mind, she is the most popular governor in the country. That’s got to count for something, right?

  34. I think that liberals are trying to be nice to Palin because they are afraid if they aren’t, she will declare them to be witches and send her Van Helsing squad of pastors out to get them and burn them.

    And when she’s in the ring with that idiot Biden, it’ll be a different story.

    I’m not a big Biden fan, but Biden is a guy who smacked around Robert Bork. Even when Bork was absolutely in the right, Biden smacked him around and made him look bad. Even though it pissed me off and made me yell at the TV that Biden was a cunt, he did it. So I think Palin’s best hope is to pray for rain, or have some of her captive witches conjure up a rainstorm or something.

  35. Episiarch,

    Sure, on Solaria, people were isolated. But what about Aurora and the other Spacer worlds? I’m thinking I could live on Aurora.

  36. A few days ago it occurred to me that, while in the Army, I had sex on more continents than this woman has ever visited. I dunno, I’m getting sort of a Dan Quayle vibe from her.

  37. Popularity is a very fickle mistress.

  38. Put me down has having liked both the Sci-fi version and the David Lynch version, for very different reasons of course

    I didn’t bother with the Sci-Fi version, and I doubt anyone will match Lynch’s artistic…excessiveness. That Guild Navigator was the shit.

    “I see plans within plans.”

  39. and send her Van Helsing squad of pastors out to get them

    You know, Fluffy, I nearly made a Van Helsing joke in response to one of your earlier posts on witches, but didn’t because Van Helsing hunted vampires. So I’m calling you out for inaccuracy.

    Also, my ex-girlfriend had the mark of the bruixes on her, which is making me think about her ass. So stop it with the witches.

  40. The thoughts lose speed, the lips acquire lipstick, the lipstick becomes a warning.

    Thread winner!

    Dune is a good movie (aside from the special effects), but how did it ever get a PG rating? It has one of the most disturbing scenes in any movie.

  41. Isn’t that the Moose ad’dib Doctrine? I think I’ll call her Moosul.

  42. Of course, Obama is highly qualified in foreign policy matters, what with having taken a bunch of college courses on the subject.

    My take on Palin’s interviews is partly that she’s not necessarily the best interview subject and partly that she’s got to toe the McCain line, with whom I suspect she disagrees a fair amount.

  43. ChrisO, do you think Obama-Lugar’s expansion of the Nunn-Lugar program to other loose weapons systems is a prudent step to take given the various threats we face, or a distraction from a core mission that needs to take priority?

  44. Have sent to my chambers two young boys, a pumpkin and the schnauzer. After this meeting, I shall wish to be depraved.

  45. joe,

    Remember this one?

    PL: Beer is the mind killer.

    joe: I will let the beer pass through me, and when it has gone, only I will remain.

    Needs work to be a complete litany, but I still find it amusing.

    Baron Hardchargin,

    I loved Doon. Fun is the mind killer.

  46. Shortly after McCain picked her as his running mate I got into a “discussion” with a friend of mine. My position was that she isn’t qualified and was going to end up looking foolish. He, being the quintessential GOP apologist, was drooling all over her. Well tempers flared, words were exchanged, feelings were hurt…and now one of us has a slice of humble pie waiting.

    She’s stumbling because she isn’t speaking from the heart. She’s regurgitating the neo-Trotskyist horseshit that the GOP is spoon feeding to her. Out here Alaskan’s are mostly live-and-let-live and that’s what she’s accustomed to; leaving everybody the hell alone. That approach to leadership doesn’t mesh very well with today’s imperialist brand of Republican. If McCain had done his vetting he might have realized that.

    I’m calling this “Sarah’s Revenge”. McCain opposed punching a hole in ANWAR so she’s going to sink his shot at the Whitehouse. Hehe. Good for her.

  47. The truly ridiculous thing is that there are still people, on this very thread!, defending Palin. Give it up, you’re only making fools of yourselves and helping turn the GOP into a laughingstock. If only Bill Buckley were still alive to turn the withering derision on you lacktoadies that you deserve. In the history of the United States no serious candidate for national office has ever looked this unprepared and incompetent, the woman is an embarrassment for the conservative movement. How is that even debatable? And for the record – I’m a “real American” from a small town in New Hampshire and my people have been here since 1650. I really don’t know anyone intelligent who thinks Palin makes a lick of sense.

  48. I thought Lynch did very well visually with most things in Dune (especially the sandworms), but he screwed up the Fremen so badly, I could never really get into the film.

  49. Are we talking about Dune or are we talking about some other series?

    Part of the problem is overlapping terms, like “Spacers”, though in Dune they were more commonly referred to as “navigators” or “steersmen”. Actually, wait, I know it can’t be Dune, because you refer to robot slaves, and in the Dune Universe “thinking machines” are banned.

  50. ProL,

    Doon

    One of the best parodies, ever.

  51. I regularly refer to Kentucky Bourbon (is there any other kind, I wonder?) as “the water of life”.

  52. I really liked the Sci-Fi Dune they did about five years ago much better than the Lynch version.

    The children of dune sequel blew chunks.

    Asimov was pro-socialist but anti-communist, the way a typical big city liberal of his era would be. And later in life, he would nominally be a Green, (but still anti-communist). In those first two sequels to the Foundation series (which I liked as well) he comes out in favor of the Gaia model over either the centrally controlled autocratic republic (1st Foundation) or a limited power technocratic aristocracy (2nd foundation). But, to be fair he acknowledged his ambivalence and slight hypocricy in his choice when he had his main character say somthing like “I think Gaia is the best choice, but I do not personally want to live under such a system”

  53. Yeah, well, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blows his lines once in a while.

    Uh, joe, I don’t think claiming that the surge was actually his idea because he was the guy pushing partition of Iraq is really just “blowing his lines.”

    ChrisO, do you think Obama-Lugar’s expansion of the Nunn-Lugar program to other loose weapons systems is a prudent step to take given the various threats we face, or a distraction from a core mission that needs to take priority?

    Personally, I think its fucking delusional. Its completely unverifiable. Christ, we can’t even police actual nuclear reactors, which are large and stationary.

    Why, joe. What do you think?

  54. Yes, she wasn’t near as smooth as Biden talking about FDR on tv during the 1929 stock market crash.

    it WAS painful to watch her squirm, but Biden is just friggin hilarious. “Stand up, Chuck!”

  55. I saw Lynch’s film first before reading the book. I like all things Lynch (well, maybe not all), and I liked the film. I read the book later and liked it as well.

    It’s neat watching the right wingers and their gyrations about Palin’s stupidity becoming harder and harder to deny. We’ve got all the classic playground comebacks from them: yeah, well, your guy said something stupid too or well, she wasn’t perfect, but it’s not her fault, etc.

    They consistently miss that the big difference between Biden and Palin is that one of them does not literally hide from questions from the press. When one hides from the press, and when the few times she does speak to them produce hilarity, it makes the conclusion that she is not bright harder and harder to deny…

  56. economist,

    Episiarch and I were picking back up a discussion about whether the Spacers in Asimov’s The Caves of Steel series were libertarians. They seemed like they might be in the first book, but after reading the rest, I decided they weren’t.

    Of course, during that discussion, the thread reverted to its natural state, which is a discussion of Dune. Really, the default of all Hit & Run threads is either Dune or Planet of the Apes.

    Baron Hardchargin,

    Second only to Bored of the Rings. Also out of the minds of Harvard Lampooners.

  57. Palin’s problem is that she has so many factors that work in combination to make one conclude that she just ain’t very smart: the (relative to Biden or Obama) low educational attainment, the fundie religious background (let’s pray to God for helpp with that pipeline), the unprecedented hiding from the press, and now her solidly dumb answers in the few interviews she has given. Obama, Biden, or McCain for that matter just don’t have nearly that many factors working against them to make anyone think they are not that bright…

  58. If Americans wanted slick public speakers, they wouldn’t have elected Bush twice.

    So Americans want shitty leaders who bung up wars and shit on the Constitution? Yeah they do, that’s why we have McBama running for President.

    And guys! Palin is the Fish Speaker to McCain’s disgustingly deformed Leto II/Sandworm.

  59. zoltan,

    I’d agree, but god emperors don’t get elected.

  60. Why am I so unfamiliar with all those great books ya’ll are babbling on about? Sounds like they were real good.

    Oh yeah, I was out gettin laid and stuff.

  61. I feel Sarah’s pain.
    It must be hard to be only 2/3 as qualified as the Democrat candidate for the top slot.

  62. :: wails, gnashes teeth ::

    Ben, I get laid and read sci-fi!!!

  63. Yeah Ben, nerds are cool nowadays. Those bitches need us for their computers and ipods and explaining all these popular superhero movies to them.

  64. Ahhh, I was just hackin on you guys. I just never had much interest in sci-fi. Or reading for what it’s worth. I was more interested in music and outdoorsy stuff. Started reading a lot about 20 years ago, mostly sociology, anthropology, religion and Steinbeck. Big C.S. Lewis and Charles G. Finney fan.

    I do sometimes look at my bank statements and wish I had been more nerdy. Props to you pimps wit the pocket protectors ;]

  65. “Ben, I get laid and read sci-fi!!!”

    Oh yeah, I get laid while reading sci-fi! Reverse cowgirl+The Man in the High Castle is great…

  66. ATTENTION REPUBLICANS:
    RE: SARAH PALIN

    Obviously there has been a HUGE mistake…..

    Palin’s Dribble, Weasel Wording, Mush-Mush, Ass-Backwards speak Cleary demonstrates who carries the Down Syndrome trait in her family, because of this we (the democrats) will allow you to send her back to Wacky-silla without prejudice and select another candidate.

    For this consideration the Republicans agree to sell Alaska to Russia (with Palin) and never mention the State of Alaska or her again.

    The Democrats

  67. I can see a lynch mob from Alaska.
    But dang it, I’m lactating!
    Doesn’t that count for somethin’?
    Trig?
    Trak?

    Anybody?

  68. What universe does the author of this piece live in? There must have been thirty thousand people in Florida waiting for Palin. I guess they weren’t excited to see her. I guess the never ending liberal facist attacks on Palin are because they see her as no threat.

    Just another Beltway waste sounding off.

  69. Charlie Gibson, Newsbuster showed his shame. Couric not much better, unless your an idelog. News cutting floor twisting truth. They should start showing this to American People in campaign ads and news media ratings would be like congress.

    The problem to understand Palin is her politics that few have identified.

    Start thinking constitutional beliefs and they start lining up to her comments.

    The problem most Republicans do not understand her is that Moderate Republicans which is basicly a liberal(tinge of fiscal) is now half or close to that of the party.

    Many prominent Democrats see Palin as fantastic. Some have switched sides. The idelogs from both parties, will never change and will always be confused by Palin. Until they start thinking constitutional beliefs.

  70. “Relatively low level of educational achievement”
    Bachelors degree?
    Tell me, MNG, what degree do you have that you think makes you think you are smarter than your average, bachelor-degree yob?

  71. ATTENTION REPUBLICANS:
    RE: SARAH PALIN

    Obviously there has been a HUGE mistake?..

    Palin’s Dribble, Weasel Wording, Mush-Mush, Asssss-Backwards speak Cleary demonstrates who carries the Down Syndrome trait in her family, because of this we (the democrats) will allow you to send her back to Wacky-silla without prejudice and select another candidate.

    For this consideration the Republicans agree to sell Alaska to Russia (with Palin) and never mention the State of Alaska or her again.

    The Democrats

  72. Miller | September 26, 2008, 4:21pm | #

    And as for liberals making nice, what are they good for if not flip-flopping?
    ##################################

    Yeah, d@mn those flip-flopping liberals. Just like that one politician:

    – first he said, “the fundamentals of our economy are strong”, then said we’re in a crisis
    – he then added that it’s a bad idea to bailout AIG, then said it’s a good idea, the very next day
    – said he would suspend his campaign, then unsuspends it
    – said he will not attend the debate, if the bailout negotiations are still pending, then he attends the debate, even with the negotiations still not done

    … Uggh, thos flip-flopping liberals! I can’t believe Democratic senator, John McCain, flip-flopped this much, all in A WEEK! Uggh, can’t stand flip-flopping liberals!

  73. I forgot to add that Democratic senator, John McCain, is such a “maverick”, he even goes against his own stances. He even “reforms” himself! Now, how can anyone beat that?! His idea of “change” is to quickly change his stance a day or so later.

  74. BREAKING NEWS:

    PALIN TEAMS CLAIMS DEBATE POINTS HANDICAPP:

    PALIN Camp now claims 5+ Debate points for the mentally disabled under [11CFR110– Sec.110.13].

    Citing:

    Warning signs of ADHD:

    1) Failure to listen to instructions:

    -Couric: I’m just going to ask you one more time – not to belabor the point. Specific examples in his 26 years of pushing for more regulation.

    -Palin: I’ll try to find you some and I’ll bring them to you.

    2) Inability to organize oneself (Incoherent responses)

    -Couric: What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?

    -Palin: Well, let’s see…..(you know the rest)

    3) Leaving projects unfinished (Bridge To Nowhere)

    4) Trouble paying attention to and responding to details
    – Couric what publications she had read to stay informed and to understand the world?
    – Palin- “I’ve read most of them, again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media,” Palin replied. Asked for examples, she said, “Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me all these years.”
    5) Talking too much (blabbering, blathering ) Insert any answer 1 thru 4 here_____________.

    As respectfully submitted Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 56, Candidate Sarah Palin respectfully moves for summary judgment in this action. In support of this motion, plaintiff relies upon the accompanying memorandum and the statement of undisputed material facts.

    Signed,

    THE REPUBLICANS

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