Friday, August 29, 2008

Conservatives Are Starting to Go "Oh, NO!!!"

Needless to say, the comedy and parody political blogs are having a fine time with John McCain's choice of Sarah Palin as his running mate. 23/6 is having a field day, with articles called:

Ode to Todd Palin, whose part-Eskimo sperm swims uphill, both ways

Sarah Palin arouses conservatives like no one since Jesus


McCain's Quayle: One of her kids is named "Track"

Wonkette discovered Palin sometime in the last century, so they know her well. Their headliner right now might be worrisome to the McCain folks, though:


The Onion, which used to be the flagship web-based political humor page, has a tag up, called "A Real Sweet Gal, With Gams Up to Here," but it is a blank stub right now.

Far more interesting to me, though, is Howie Klein's analysis at Down With Tyranny! of conservative reactions to McCain's Palin selection. He has a long list of links and quotes to some very worrisome WTF reactions from some very, very red pundits. Here are some highlights:

Ramesh Ponneru at National Review - "Tokenism. Can anyone say with a straight face that Palin would have gotten picked if she were a man?"

Jean Lopez at National Review - "Looks like I'll either sit this one out or vote for Bob Barr. Why, o, why, didn't McCain listen to Rove and just pick Romney?"

Mark Halperin at Time - "those who point out that George H.W. Bush was able to win despite Dan Quayle's presence on the ticket forget that the country was much more solidly Republican at the presidential level back then than in today's 50-50 America."

The Washington Post printed a short interview piece with Walt Monegan today. Not very informative to Alaskans who have kept up, but the hundred or so - and growing - comments are fascinating.

Meanwhile, watching CNN, the networks seem to be head-over-heels in love. So far.

Update - 8:00 p.m: eli at firedoglake has a great set of links to Sarah's weaknesses.


Fireweed said...

Isn't it possible that all VP picks are "tokens". All of them seem to be forever chosen for whatever air of completion they can bring to the flawed aspects of the Presidential candidate.

clark said...

i don't agree with halperin about the political climate in 1988. but i was living in seattle then, not exactly middle america. it just seems like there must have been a lot more elderly southern democrats still around.

Anonymous said...

I'm disappointed in McCain. If he really wanted to select an inexperienced and incompetent Alaskan token for VP, why didn't he demonstrate some real compassionate conservatism and select the unemployed Diane Benson?

milowent said...

love the pic, hope you don't mind that a borrowed it!

Anonymous said...

Whew! I thought this was Ted and Catherine Stevens. Oops!

Proud2bHumble said...

It's no surprise that McIavelliLite will end his career the way he started it,once again 'tapping' a former I'm so pretty pageanteer in an attempt to defibrillate his flaccid campaign, and once again leaving a faithful long-time companion lurching(by the looks of him, haha).

Wonder if McSenileSociopath will feel any pangs of guilt this time around after JoLie gets demdumped when the pugs are down to 30some seats in the Senate next year?


Palin comparison, though, to the turn to c-word McAngerMissManagement's new relationship will take after the upcoming VP debatacle and subsequent pollplunging.