Reviews of Sarah Palin’s VP acceptance speech (text here) abound this morning, and you will see more here as I digest it, but a few first impressions:
- She hammed up the small-town hockey mom thing as expected,
- She, or her speechwriter, is a very, very sarcastic person – which ain’t all bad,
- Even if the Campaign failed to vet her before selection, she fully vetted the Party line on security and general fascist proclivities – she has the loss of personal freedom thing that the Republicans stroke themselves to down pat:
- She can lie with the best of them. Check out her “refutation” of the granddaddy of pork, bridge-to-nowhere:
I suspended the state fuel tax, and championed reform to end the abuses of earmark spending by Congress.
I told the Congress “thanks, but no thanks,” for that Bridge to Nowhere.
This is utter bullshit. She was absolutely in favour of receiving Federal money for that bridge and in fact, as governor, spent federal dollars on the road leading to the virtual bridge even after the bridge funding was cancelled. Check out the video report on this here.
- Despite being governor of America’s only Arctic state, certainly one that is already feeling the effects of global climate change, she believes that the real issue oil issue is not environmental, but that there is not enough oil in God’s own country and that drilling should commence post-haste.
- And this one is absolutely priceless:
What does he (Obama) actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet? The answer is to make government bigger … take more of your money
But when the cloud of rhetoric has passed … when the roar of the crowd fades away … when the stadium lights go out, and those Styrofoam Greek columns are hauled back to some studio lot – what exactly is our opponent’s plan? What does he actually seek to accomplish, after he’s done turning back the waters and healing the planet?
Never mind that the Greek columns actually represented the Whitehouse, this is pretty good for a politico.
Al Qaeda terrorists still plot to inflict catastrophic harm on America … he’s (Obama) worried that someone won’t read them their rights?
Playing fast and loose with the legal system is old hat to Palin, so she ought to fit right in. If any of the “terrorists” being held in US custody actually are what the Administration claims, then a court of law will prove it and then punishment can be meted out. However, it’s obvious from this statement (and the fat white crowd’s reaction to it), that Palin is totally okay with pissing on personal rights and that whole innocent-until-proven-guilty claptrap.
This is a double-whammee example of what the Republicans are so good at – saying one thing very forthrightly, and all the while doing exactly the opposite. (And the voting public falls for it hook, line, and sinker, every single fucking time.)
First, the candidate of the real “big government” party, (snicker), the party that has inflated the critical infrastructure of government with cronies, no-nothings, and bootlickers to an extent that can only be called Canadian in scope, to the point that it can’t even respond to a natural disaster effectively (been to New Orleans lately?), attacks the Democrats for being “big government”. Rich shit, that!
And then secondly she has the gall to say the Democrats will “take more of your money”. This, from the nominee of the party that shifted even more of the already unbalanced tax load onto the poor and working class with their “permanent” tax cuts to the wealthy, while offering tax breaks to the richest corporations in the world, and at the same time starting a two wars and concluding none? Where in hell is that money gonna come from if not the middle class?
The only way in which this statement makes any sense whatsoever is if by “your” she doesn’t mean “you guys in the living room and the cheap seats” (the middle class), she means the real Republican base. Remember them? Is it time to remind the American voter who the real Republican base is? I’ll leave that to George:
“This is an impressive crowd – the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the elites; I call you my base.”
I could go on, but I’ll save some space here for others to kick in with there favourite Palinism. She’s a rich font, this one.