The Road Less Traveled

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Since most of us on ATK can read, we should all know that Sarah Palin formally stepped-down this weekend. As we have also mostly heard, her speech was a disjointed trainwreck. My personal favorite was the part where she criticized the MSM for "making stuff up" when by all accounts she herself made up most of what she said during her campaign. And we all still suffer from the aftershocks of the crap that was made-up during the last election.

Cole on Balloon Juice sums it up nicely: "Twenty years ago she could competently descibe a dog race, three years ago she could articulate a position on the abortion issue, and this weekend she composed a resignation speech by throwing culture war stock phrases into a hat and dumping it upside down on a copy of The Paranoid Style in American Politics."

But this video here is so perfectly satirical of that portion of her speech where she tried to wax poetic about Alaska that I watched it multiple times just to relish in the joke. Enjoy.

She was almost our veep.


Due to copywrite crap, I had to ditch the YouTube clip and go with an embed from NBC. Nazis.


Bob 2:25 PM  

I listened to a part of the Palin speech, just so I would get the joke.

It better have been worth it...

steves 5:14 PM  

I just can't get too worked up about this whole thing, since our current VP (thankfully) doesn't do much. That being said, I am not a fan of Palin, but I am also not a fan of how the media dealt with her. Some outlets did make up stuff or at least ran with stories with iffy facts.

Smitty 1:58 PM  

but I am also not a fan of how the media dealt with her. Some outlets did make up stuff or at least ran with stories with iffy facts.

Awwwww, poor wittle Sawa Pawin.

Let's see...

She made up being an opponent of the bridge to nowhere, when it was her idea.

She contradicted early reports of her daughter's "condition."

"Real America" is any rural town, regardless of the fact that more Americans live in cities.

She said that Obama never authored a single law while a State Senator in Illinois.

Claiming more votes for mayor of Wasilia than Biden as Prez hopeful (real tally: Palin for Mayor - 909; Biden for Prez in Iowa - 79,954)

More here, and that's just from the Republican Convention! What she knew, she she was bad at . What she didn't know, she made up.

Now for this particular clip, we all know she was a bad speaker. We all also know her knack for Miss South Carolina-like answers to questions (a la the Couric interview). So when you take her actual words, and put them into poetry format, it makes so much sense it's hilarious.

Smitty 2:28 PM  

Steve, as a good Swede, here's some more shit where Palin operatives (Fox) just made shit up and are getting called on it.

Just making shit up as they go along. The problem with the MSM is that they don't fact-check ANYBODY ANYMORE.

Rickey Henderson 2:40 PM  

This is, what, the fifth resignation speech we've heard from her in the past few weeks?

When do we get treated to her speech about retiring from logic-based reality altogether?

Bob 4:37 PM  

I finally got the Shatner video to run.

That was awesome.

Its all in the delivery. If Palin spoke like that she'd be VP.

steves 4:50 PM  

I never said she didn't make shit up, thought to be fair, FactCheck has plenty of Obama fantasies and tales that the media didn't seem all that interested in. Chris of Rights had a good list of made up stuff that the media said Palin did. This certainly doesn't excuse Palin trying to twist things, but it makes the media look like playmakers at worst, and petty at best.

Fox are Palin operatives. C'mon Smitty, you are smarter than that. I rank stuff like that right up with the Obama birther morons. I find it laughable when the left complains about Fox, when every other media outlet leans some degree to the left.

FWIW, I don't really care for Palin. I'd give her a chance, but she has not shown much that would make me want her as a leader, but then again, I haven't been impressed by any President or VP in quite a long time.

B Mac 7:46 PM  

I don't think Smitty is saying that Fox is actually composed of Palin operatives. He's saying they pretty much operated as a mouthpiece for McCain/Palin (and later for Palin 2012). Hell, they're STILL approaching the "Is Obama a citizen" meme as a real debate.

As for Ms. Palin, I'm reminded of a line from the West Wing; "she's turned being unengaged into a Zen-like thing, and she just shouldn't enjoy it that much."

She claims to stands for the proposition that even average Americans have a place in the national debate (a notion that is at the very heart of our democratic creed and national aspiration). Had she stopped there, I could respect her.

However, she took it a step beyond. Her "Real America," anti-elite, mainstream-media-is-evil rhetoric echoed the kind of 'Culture Wars' divide with which this nation has struggled for decades.

For f*ck's sake... she didn't know Africa was a continent. She didn't know what the Bush doctrine was. She couldn't (or at the very least wouldn't) name a Supreme Court decision with which she disagreed (Steve, you could probably name 20). She couldn't even answer the question "what do you read?"...

...and she had the gall to blame the "gotcha media" for their harsh and unfair treatment? If I was unable to answer the Celebrity-Jeopardy-esque brainstumper "can you name a newspaper printed in America?" in an interview, I'd be laughed out of the office. Why on EARTH should we be asked to lower the bar for a Vice Presidential candidate just because she's 'folksy'?

Her entire campaign was an extended Dan Quayle moment. That isn't the media's fault. That was her fault.

B Mac 7:51 PM  

I think a former candidate and Governor summed it up best:

Fair or unfair, I think she does herself a disservice to even mention it. You gotta to plow through that. You have to know what you're getting into . . . but when I hear a statement like that coming from a woman candidate with any kind of perceived whine about that excess criticism or you know maybe a sharper microscope put on her, I think, 'man that doesn't do us any good' -- women in politics, women in general wanting to progress this country, I don't think it bodes well for her, a statement like that. Because, again, fair or unfair, it is there, I think that's reality, and I think it's a given. I think people can just accept that she is going to be under the sharper microscope. So be it. I mean, work harder, prove yourself to an even greater degree that you're capable, that you're going to be the best candidate, and that of course is what she wants us to believe at this point. So it bothers me a little bit hearing her bring that attention to herself on that level.

~Sarah Palin, speaking about Hillary Clinton.

B Mac 8:05 PM  

I'm sorry to rant. I try to keep things civil here, even when I disagree with people.

There are a lot of people I disagree with, and even some people I don't like, but who I nonetheless respect. Conservative. Liberal. Male. Female. Educated. Uneducated. Elite. "Everyman".

And then... Sarah Palin.

Bob 7:27 AM  

"Fox are Palin operatives."

No, Fox are operatives of a far right, crazy band of Republicans. At one point they were right leaning, now they are f'n freaks. They are the birthers. They are the teabaggers. They are crazy.

I cannot even call Olberman the left leaning version of fox…they are that nuts. (And Olberman is completely biased.)

There is bias: MSNBC having Howard Dean host, Olberman, Maddow, George Will, David Brooks, etc. Then there is Fox: lying name-calling nut-jobs bent on influencing people to their bizarre world view. Case in point: Glen Beck, a fox news host calling a mixed-race man, who has a white mom and was raised by white people a racist. On any other network, he would likely and rightfully be fired.

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