Heard a great line a few minutes ago from Sarah Silverman on Olbermann (paraphrasing): “Sarah Palin is as vacuous and annoying as a beauty pageant winner, but without the desire for world peace.”
On the other hand, right now I’m seeing people on Maddow’s show hooting and hollering about Palin’s ties to the Alaskan Independence Party. Now I’m not a great fan of that party or its right-wing populist agenda (it’s affiliated with the Constitution Party, ew); but the main thing that has the liberal talking heads freaked out is the party’s advocacy of secession and its un-Americanism. Well, guys, suddenly jingoistic nationalism doesn’t look so bad when your own team gets to do it, huh?
I saw Maddow doing the same thing on Morning Joe, I think, which started to make me angry, and then she passed immediately from from thoughtless and sneering anti-secessionism into this rant about how the financial crisis was obviously caused by the totally completely free markets of the last 8 years. Right…Too many more like that, and I’ll stop enjoying her altogether.
Even though her ties to a secessionist group that hates “that damned flag” is one of Palin’s few positive points, I confess to a little Schadenfreude at the thought of her having that thrown in her teeth when she’s demagoguing about how Obama, unlike “you and I,” “sees America as so imperfect” he has to “pal around with terrorists.”
I guess it’s for the same reason that, if a flag desecration amendment were passed, I’d secretly kind of enjoy seeing all these people with lapel pins and magnets on their SUVs prosecuted for violating flag etiquette.
I can’t for the life of me imagine why the Obama people haven’t made a prime time ad about this. And I can’t believe Palin’s actually so stupid as not to see the contradiction, and to foresee the possiblity Obama might hit her back with it. But maybe she is.
This is what I had in mind when I blasted Maddow and Olbermann the other day: insufferable bigots masquerading as progressives. Bah!
Whatever. I think the point is the irony that McCain is running a Country First nationalist ticket and they are adding this to the long list of McCain Palin hypocrisies.
“I can’t for the life of me imagine why the Obama people haven’t made a prime time ad about this. And I can’t believe Palin’s actually so stupid as not to see the contradiction, and to foresee the possiblity Obama might hit her back with it. But maybe she is.”
Perhaps they’re trying to make it look like Obama is “above that”.
I’ve been working on a blog post recently about the Obama-William Ayers controversy vs. the Palin-Alaskan Independence party brouhaha. Maybe one of these days I’ll actually finish and publish it.
What I find amusing about the AIP is that it’s allegedly a group of wild-eyed “secessionists”. (“You know, as in the CIVIL WAR!!!” said Keith Olbermann recently.)
But if you check out the AIP site you’ll see that they have no radical plan to secede from the U.S. What do these crazy radicals REALLY want to do? Why, they want to put it up for a vote! They want a referendum for Alaskans to choose 1) To remain a state; 2) Be a commonwealth; or 3) Secede. I would take that to mean that so long as a majority of their fellow Alaskans voted to remain a part of the U.S., they would have absolutely no problem with that, since it’s been, y’know, consecrated by the holy democratic voting ritual. (They don’t exactly make a grand argument as to why voters should choose option 3. But considering that they’re founding member used to carry around one of those pocket-sized copies of the U.S. constitution, that shouldn’t be so surprising.)
Yeah, those guys are some really crazy secessionists. Uh-huh.
Do any of these MSM idiots REALLY think that either Obama or Palin would be positioned where they are now if there was any real possibility that they’d allow people to set off bombs in the Pentagon or allow states to secede?