erik lundegaard

The VEEP Debate: America's Cocktail Waitress

I'm glad people watched. 69.9 million viewers. I wish she'd done worse. I want her off the national stage. She doesn't belong there. She doesn't belong there even if everything is going right, and it sure as hell ain't. We're in the middle of a perfect storm of crises — Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, banking crisis, mortgage crisis, unemployment. Our national debt is surging past $10 trillion, which is twice the amount it was when George Bush took office. Remember that healthy surplus he inherited that he promptly gave away in Santy-Claus checks and tax breaks for the wealthy? $10 trillion! And that's before the bailout. And there's still 40-plus percent who think Sarah Palin should be vice president and possibly president of the United States? To add what? To offer what? A platitude while you lose your job? A wink and a smile while you lose your home? You listened to her hold onto her talking points for dear life and thought, "What kind of ego does it take to be so blinded to your complete lack of qualifications for a job? And not just any job but the job of leading our country through the greatest crises it's faced since the Great Depression and WW II? How dare she? How dare he?" I'll never forgive John McCain for putting her on that stage.

Here's what I don't get. Most of us have to suffer through unqualified bosses — the world is rife with them — and yet, given the chance, the American people keep electing unqualified bosses, someone who obviously isn't smart enough for the job. The Republicans keep giving us these people: Reagan, Quayle, W., now Palin. Just when you think it can't get worse, it does. Enough. Enough.

Remember when The National Review was run by smart people? Here's what its current editor, Rich Lowry, said about Palin's performance Thursday night:

I'm sure I'm not the only male in America who, when Palin dropped her first wink, sat up a little straighter on the couch and said, "Hey, I think she just winked at me." And her smile. By the end, when she clearly knew she was doing well, it was so sparkling it was almost mesmerizing. It sent little starbursts through the screen and ricocheting around the living rooms of America.

I can think of no better response than what one of Andrew Sullivan's readers wrote:

In reaction to Rich Lowry, I'm sure I'm not the only woman who, upon reading his words, sat up a little straighter and said, "Is he kidding?  Is he goddamn kidding me?"  Is this the kind of reaction the women in this country should want men to have to the possible first female Vice Presidential candidate in history?  Holy hell.

I thought Palin's performance at the debate was downright embarrassing and on top of that I have to read this clown's blog, stating more or less that Palin gave him an erection? Little starbursts my ass.  Here's what I thought when Palin "dropped" that first wink at us: "Did she just wink at us like she was America's cocktail waitress?" Rich Lowry is on the verge of slapping Sarah Palin on the ass and asking her for another of those fantastic whiskey sours. 

Please. Please. Please. Get her off the stage. Now. People are watching.

P.S. Joe Biden kicked ass.


Posted at 09:24 AM on Sat. Oct 04, 2008 in category Politics  
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Mister B wrote:

Erik, if you haven't seen it, I recommend the Daily Show from Thursday -- especially from the point where that new, young female correspondent briefly hosted the show. I felt bad for the guy from "Foreign Affairs" who was forced to play a straight man, if even that involved in the sketch, but to me (and probably to most people), Samantha Bee was Hillary Clinton and this young woman was Palin.

And I believe the only thing keeping McCain in the race at this point (assuming he doesn't suspend his campaign again because he saw ducks trying to cross a busy street) is fear of the unknown.

America, this is what "the known" and "the comfortable, easy decision" have wrought and we have to take this chance now or we'll never have it again.

I would like Obama or Biden to ask McCain or Palin why, if McCain claims to care so much about US troops that he would:

1) send them into danger for the wrong reasons

2) keep them there indefinitely until some nebulous victory was won -- and beyond the time when the leader of said country wants them to come home

3) continually vote against veterans' benefits so those troops are properly taken care of if/when they ever get to come home.

McCain is still a POW, but this time, it's as a citizen of the nation of reality.

McCain would rather sell his soul than lose an election.
Comment posted on Sat. Oct 04, 2008 at 03:33 PM

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