September 29, 2008, - 10:49 am
By Debbie Schlussel
Remember the old saying, “C Students Run the World”? Well, now it’s looking more and more like D Students Run the World.
Yes, I don’t want the smartest candidates running on either side to win, because that would mean–at least in book smarts–that a Harvard-educated Marxist will win.
Yes, I’m a conservative, and yes, I want a conservative in the White House. But not a complete dummy who happens to regurgitate the right lines, when she’s not stumbling all over the place.
And as we all know, there won’t be a conservative in the White House, no matter who wins the Presidency. Neither McCain nor Obama is a conservative. One is far-left liberal, the other a “moderate” liberal. And the only conservative on the ticket–Veep candidate Sarah Palin–is looking more and more like the empty suit I told you she was. Her interview with Katie Couric was abysmal (video excerpt posted below). I thought I was listening to Miss Junior South Carolina–“U.S. Citizens, The Iraq, Such As. . . .” The SNL skit mocking it (also posted below) was on target.
Sarah Palin Stumbles on Russia and Alaska:
The woman comes off as clueless, not well-spoken. I don’t care if she’s been involved in foreign policy before or negotiations with foreign leaders. But, my G-d, get a clue about how to answer a question with some authority, or at least a tiny clue.
And, yes, she is a conservative and says the right things on terrorism and the Middle East . . . when she recalls the carefully coached rote answers Team McCain tried to teach her. But she projects that she doesn’t know what the heck she’s talking about. And, frankly, in a lot of cases, it’s quite obvious she doesn’t.
I’m hoping that this is the ultimate in Machiavellianism–setting expectations so low for Thursday’s debate that she will come out looking absolutely Einstein-esque. But don’t hold your breath.
I’m not sure why people continue to gush over this woman and expect more. She is, after all, the woman who–as I previously noted went to six different colleges in six years . . . for a journalism degree (usually considered an easy, lightweight degree). And she’s the woman who named her kid Van Palin in honor of her fave rock group–the kid who will never have the legal mental capacity to go to court to have that legally changed. (Thank G-d my parents didn’t name me “Do The”, as in rhymes with “Do The Hustle.”)
Now, we find out that Team McCain is in crisis uber-coaching mode. They’re calling her gaffes “a decline in crispness.” No, that’s what happens to potato chips and apples when they’re past their shelf-life. Let’s face it: This woman was never “crisp.”
And the real Mr. Mom–the real Hockey Mom and lipstick-wearing bulldog–in this case, Todd Palin, is whining to Team McCain that he hasn’t seen his wife. Welcome to Mr. Momhood, Todd. Imagine how much you’ll see her when she’s the Veep and he’s the Second Lady. Don’t say I didn’t warn you about this.
The McCain campaign aims to halt what it sees as a perceived decline in the crispness and precision of Gov. Palin’s latest remarks as well as a fall in recent polls, according to several advisers and party officials. . . .
For his part, Mr. Palin has worried about the frequent separation of his wife from her family, friends and Alaska staff, an adviser said. Accordingly, her family will be with her in Sedona during this week. . . .
Meanwhile, the more experienced advisers assigned to her by the McCain campaign are accustomed to working with seasoned candidates, not someone “completely green on the national stage,” one strategist said. Several Republican backers have griped that the campaign has put the candidate in difficult situations, from sitting for high-profile television interviews to popping into meetings with foreign leaders, some of whom made sexist remarks, said several officials.
Aww. They called her beautiful, and she can’t handle it. Maybe they shoulda called her “ugly.” This reminds me of feminists that whine about whistling construction workers. If that’s your worst problem, and you can’t handle it, are you really suited for politics? If the Paki leader thought she was bright, that would have been the compliment. He was gingerly trying to be nice.
“It’s time to let Palin be Palin — and let it all hang out,” said Scott Reed, a Republican strategist.
Um, isn’t that the problem in the first place. All the conventional pundits say she’s been over-coached and needs to be herself, but they’re wrong. We saw when she was herself. We’ve been seeing it. She’s an ignoramus.
From her campaign’s perspective, Gov. Palin isn’t getting media attention for her contributions. For example, with foreign leaders last week, she had detailed conversations about the national-security and global implications of the energy crisis, one adviser said.
Um, this is a “contribution”? She had tea with a few guys from the Mid-East who ogled her and met a pretentious rock star and that’s a “contribution”? Dr. Jean Kirkpatrick, the late U.N. Ambassador, wasn’t a looker, but she made real contributions and understood the world. Sarah Palin is another story.
In recent days, Gov. Palin flubbed quasi-mock debates in New York City and Philadelphia, some operatives said. Finger-pointing began, and then intensified after her faltering interview with CBS anchorwoman Katie Couric. . . .
Gov. Palin is under considerable pressure to make Thursday’s debate a “game changer,” advisers said. The campaign is sending in Sen. McCain’s debate coach, Brett O’Donnell, to help with her preparation, advisers said. Though he always was expected to help out after Sen. McCain’s debate Friday in Oxford, Miss., Mr. O’Donnell now needs to “undo” much of her previous debate prep, which has resulted in occasional “rote” responses, one adviser said.
Call me a snob. But sometimes, to turn a phrase from Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko, snobbery is good. This is yet another example of the dumbing down of America. Don’t you want better for your country? Don’t you wish that John McCain had done a little more vetting before he picked this woman? Doesn’t it say something that he didn’t?
Remember, Dick Cheney–very unfairly vilified–wasn’t shielded from the media, he didn’t stumble even under friendly Sean Vannity fire, and he always knew what he was talking about. And he actually knew what being a conservative was about. Didn’t need Team McCain to intensely coach him for four days. My how far we’ve gone . . . backwards.
Yup, America, this is the choice in November: Really book smart Marxists versus the centrist-liberal and conservative who is extremely ignorant, but wears a skirt, so “yay.”
Come January, I predict D students will be taking the oath. And once they start their term, all of you who pounce on me for telling the truth about this empty skirt will come to your senses . . . just as you did on George W. Bush.
Sadly, we don’t have another choice.