Advice for the Upcoming VP Debate


Nudie Sarah

Old hands at public speaking tell nervous newbies to picture their audience naked. But will the advice work in reverse? I know I'm not alone in being anxious that at Thursday's vice presidential debate Gov. Sarah Palin will embarrass herself, Sen. John McCain, and possibly America in a manner so spectacular, so horrifying that the American electoral system will never recover. Perhaps the best way for me (and others) to deal with our nervousness is to imagine Palin naked?

Having trouble conjuring the image on your own? There's always the fine artwork of Bruce Elliott, on display in the Old Town Ale House on Chicago's North Side, a bar owned by his wife, which depicts Gov. Palin standing on a bear rug in nothing but red high heels.

From the bar's website: "This is a laid back watering hole, the likes of which you don't see much in Chicago anymore. The neighborhood is gentrified. The Ale House is anything but." God bless America.

See the SFW version at right. Go here and scroll to the bottom for the NSFW version.

The ever-falling level of American political discourse thanks you for the tip, Baylen Linnekin.

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  1. Now I know why that moose is crying.

  2. Oh shit. Another thread about the sexist commenters on Reason..

  3. Did you know the artist had his own daughter pose naked for the picture.
    So he is painting a picture of the object of his lust with his NAKED daughter posing as the object of that lust.
    The guy is creep.

  4. Sounds like the Saloon on U Street. I wonder if they have as many rules as the Saloon does.

  5. Reason, you owe me skin grafts for my hands.

  6. Terry, what do you know about art.

  7. Warty, try the 150-grain condom next time.

  8. Reason, you owe me skin grafts for my hands.

    Dude, use some Astroglide or something then.

  9. Kathrine,

    That imagining the audience naked thing works for nervousness? Each to his own I suppose.

  10. Nice guns. Keep in mind, this is an ENDORSEMENT of Palin…

    Top 50 Swing Voters in 2008:

    #50 – Hockey Moms
    #47 – People with STDs
    #44 – Women with Unfortunate Muffin Top Tattoos
    #41 – Predatory Lenders
    #40 – ???

  11. Say & tell the truth about what America has become! Chaos in financials is due to bad hiring?! Why hasn’t the Labor Dept. answering for unemployment and CEO pay? Because for the last twenty years there has been no Labor oversight! Equal pay? Discrimination? Veterans Rights? EEO? Does not exist in America just racist running America into the ground! I know I have a HR Mgmt Degree no job for me -why? I’m not white!

  12. I heard you were supposed to imagine the audience members sitting on toilets.

  13. and you cant spel worth a dam

  14. You sound disgruntled pab marq. Perhaps that is why you don’t have a job. Or incompetence, whichever.

  15. pab marq,

    I’d like to agree or disagree with you, but I have no idea what you’re talking about. Please take a couple of English writing courses (or maybe just a valium) and get back to us.


  16. #40 – ???

    Chronic masturbators.

  17. Well, what with the pab marqs and the Terrys, this thread took a different tone than I expected. I’m really glad no one’s suggested picturing Biden in…well, anything, actually.

    This is a laid back watering hole, the likes of which you don’t see much in Chicago anymore.

    Maybe I’m a West Coast rube, but I kinda really like Chicago night life. Great live music, cheap (or no) cover, fun people. And now nudie pictures. What’s not to like?

  18. That portrait looks more like Peggy Hill than Sarah Palin

  19. I think people don’t adequately take into account the potential value of Palin in foreign policy.

  20. Hi, Prime Minister Putin, I’m President John McCain. This scantily dressed woman is Sarah. Say hi, Sarah.

  21. Say hi, Sarah.

    Hi Sarah!

  22. I’m picturing Joe Biden in a coal mine, without lights.

  23. I’m circling the drain like a moose turd!

  24. In all seriousness, I wouldn’t be so quick to write off Palin. She may do better in public, for one, but more importantly, she retains that “real person” thing that American voters like so much. For you Democrats, remember your President Bush. How on Zod’s green kryptonite earth did he get elected? Twice?

  25. Moose is the new beaver.

  26. “How on Zod’s green kryptonite earth did he get elected? Twice?”

    Al Gore: Lockbox. *sigh*

    John Kerry: Well, I can give you a very very long complicated and convoluted answer on this….

  27. Pro Libertate, U.S. hegemony would be reassured in no time when Palin beats Putin in a bear hunt.

  28. BDB,

    I don’t agree that the crappy Democratic candidates are an adequate explanation. True, even somewhat decent candidates should’ve beaten Bush, but he did overcome tremendous liabilities to win both times. The first time up, he was kind of like Obama or Palin–where the fuck does he get off running for president? The second time, he was becoming pretty clearly a fan of the imperial presidency, but we still kept him in office. Just because Kerry is a buffoon? I doubt it. Something about Bush appealed to many Americans until he proved to the general public–too late for election purposes–that he was Zodawful.

  29. I’m circling the drain like a moose turd!

    I think most of your problem is that you let a moose into your house to take a dump in your toilet.

  30. Something about Bush appealed to many Americans

    It’s the classic who-would-you-rather-have-a-beer-with syndrome. No one wants to have a beer with uppity elitists. They always order the pretentious microbrews. Or worse, Chardonnay.

    Then again, Bush’s JesusPhone mighta had something to do with it.

  31. INRE pab marq: If you’re unemployable AND disgruntled, who do you go postal on? I would recommend whoever sold you that “degree”.

  32. It’s too bad we can’t set them up to “debate” the way Burr and Hamilton did. Who better to protect us from the terrorists/boogie men than the last one standing? A hundred bucks says McCain and Obama empty their revolvers without hitting a damned thing while Palin drops Biden in a single shot…then turns it on the other two for being so fucking stupid.

  33. ChicagoTom nailed it… definitely Peggy Hill.

    And I second that it seems a tad disturbing that he used his daughter for the model. I mean he couldn’t find ONE picture of a naked woman on the internet that fit the bill? Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s hard to find nudity on the interwebs, but still…

  34. Kant feel Pietzsche, my Balzac is Ietzsche,


  35. (channeling the conservatrolls form earlier)clearly you are a pro-BHO Eurabian Socialist.(/conservatroll)

    Seriously, though, people were still fucking scared in 2004, and they stuck with what was familiar.

  36. Five kids, folks. Five.

  37. That portrait looks more like Peggy Hill than Sarah Palin
    I noticed the resemblance weeks ago.

  38. We have a tie between Palin @ 6:34 and Mike Farmer @ 6:39. Thanks for the giggles.


    VP debate moderator Ifill releasing pro-Obama book Focuses on blacks who are ‘forging a bold new path to political power’

    The moderator of Thursday’s vice presidential debate between Democrat Sen. Joe Biden and GOP Gov. Sarah Palin is writing a book, to come out about the time the next president takes the oath of office, to “shed new light” on Democratic candidate Barack Obama and other “emerging young African American politicians” who are “forging a bold new path to political power.”

    Gwen Ifill, of the Public Broadcasting Service program called “Washington Week,” is promoting “The Breakthrough,” in which she argues the “Black political structure” of the civil rights movement is giving way to men and women who have benefited from those struggles over racial equality.

    Ifill declined to return a WND telephone message asking for a comment about her book project, and whether its success would be expected should Obama lose. But she has faced criticism previously for not treating candidates of both major parties the same.
    During an earlier debate event she moderated, when Democrat John Edwards attacked Dick Cheney’s former employer, Halliburton, the vice president said, “I can respond, Gwen, but it’s going to take more than 30 seconds.”

    “Well, that’s all you’ve got,” she told him.
    Ifill told the Associated Press Democrats were delighted with her answer, because they “thought I was being snippy to Cheney.”

    She explains that wasn’t her intent.

    But she also was cited in complaints PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler said he got after Palin delivered her nomination acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis this year.

    The complaints cited Ifill’s “dismissive” look during her report on Palin’s speech. According to Getler, some complaints also said she wore a look of “disgust” while reporting on Palin.
    At that time she said, “I assume there will always be critics and just shut out the noise. It is surprisingly easy.”

    Ifill, who also works with PBS’ “NewsHour,” is making preparations to moderate this week’s debate between the two candidates for vice president, and told that she thinks debates “are the best opportunity most voters have to see the candidates speaking to issues.”

    She said she is concerned only about getting straight answers from candidates.

    “You do your best to get candidates to answer your question. But I also trust the viewers to understand when questions are not answered and reach their own conclusions,” Ifill told BlackAmericaWeb.

    “Four years ago, when neither John Edwards nor Dick Cheney proved capable of answering a question about the domestic epidemic of AIDS among African-American women, viewers flooded me with reaction,” she said.

    She said she will make her own decisions about what questions to ask, and “the big questions matter.”

    In the promotion for her book, Ifill is described as “drawing on interviews with power brokers like Senator Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell?” and others.
    In an online video promoting her book, she is enthusiastic about “taking the story of Barack Obama and extending it.”

    It focuses on four people, “one of them Barack Obama of course,” she said.

    “They are changing our politics and changing our nation,” she said.

    On, Ifill is praised for her “incisive, detailed profiles of such prominent leaders as Newark Mayor Cory booker, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and U.S. Congressman Artur Davis of Alabama.”

    “Ifill shows why this is a pivotal moment in American history,” the review says.

    She told AP about her views on Obama, “I still don’t know if he’ll be a good president.” She also describes how she met him at the 2004 Democratic convention, and since then has interviewed Obama and his family.

    She also boasted by the time of the debate, “I’ll be a complete expert on both” Palin and Biden.

    The debate will be held at Washington University in St. Louis, which has posted information about the evening’s events online.
    Ifill’s profile there describes her as a longtime correspondent and moderator for national news programs and includes her service as moderator of the 2004 debate between Edwards and Cheney.

    However, there’s no mention of her upcoming book. Nor does the website for the Commission on Presidential Debates, which is organizing the meetings of the candidates, mention her book.

  40. “Old hands…naked….work in reverse…I’m…alone…anxious…laid..watering hole…right…here…the bottom…

    Oh Katherine, you dirty, dirty, slut!

  41. Thankfully Chicago has both the Cubs and Sox in the playoffs to remind people that Chicago is a great town even if it does produce its share of freaks like clown.

    Using your daughter as a nude model? Ewwww.

  42. Regardless of what Ifill has done or said about the candidates, it seems to me that having a book that is likely to sell many, many more copies of Barack Obama wins the election is a pretty blatant conflict of interest.

  43. wow, thats easily one of the worst websites ive ever seen in my life.
    i hate it when people just drag a bunch of pictures into a document, save it as html and call that web design

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