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Sep
08

A Whiter Shade of Palin

I’ve been watching old debate clips of Palin in preparation for her Thursday night debate with Joe Biden. Given the format constraints the McCain camp insisted on, I think she’ll do fine. She clearly is no intellectual heavyweight, but she’s not an imbecile, either. Just extraordinarily average, which is apparently the quality that nearly 50% of the American population considers the most important in a future VP/possible president. We’ve seen this slow descent into the primacy of mediocrity for some time, I just really thought people were smart enough to know that our leaders should not be like the redneck down the street. Guess I was wrong. Matt Taibbi, in typical fashion, gets to the heart of the matter.  McCain’s choice may say volumes about him, but is says even more about American society. Money quote, in reference to Palin’s nasty speech at the Republican convention, “it was like watching Gidget address the Reichstag.”

There are rumors that the McCain/Palin camp are planning the shotgun wedding of Palin’s unwed teenage daughter, who will be 18 in October, as a pre-election event to boost their ratings (sounds like sweeps week, sort of). I sincerely hope this is not true, because a mother who would use her daughter in this way is beyond salvaging.

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