Sep 12, 2008 9:02 PM GMT
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obscenewish saidGet ready for the McCain response: "Another Hollywood celebrity who thinks he knows more than the governor of our largest state...blah blah blah."
Tcharest 1. Delusions of not being able to recognize her limitations.
TCharest saidPopular atm cuz of the RIGHT who seems to place "down to earth, next door neighbor types of politicians" over intelligence as evidenced in the 2000 and 2004 elections
ursamajor saidDay before yesterday I crossed the channel tunnel writing a letter to Jprichva, whom I consider one of the finest people I have ever met in my life. It was a dumb letter, just passing time, and having fun with a friend.
I was on the 1300 train and the 1400 train was behind me, unknown, and on-fire. It really struck me that I missed that by less than an hour and only because of some weird strand of fate.
Over lunch (trains are so much nicer than planes) I read Time. That is probably meaningless to you guys, but we don't get Time in the country, or in the nation of Italy. So I picked it up in the lounge before getting on the train.
In the magazine there was a photograph of Governor Palin with nursing her young son with a baby bottle sitting across from Senator McCain aboard the "Straight Talk Express". Seeing that photo, everything was suddenly crystal clear to me. For me, that photo summarizes this moment like the one of the burning Vietnamese child summarized the Tet Offensive and the Vietnam War.
America didn't want the qualified candidate. David Geffen and Steven Spielberg had a spat with the venal nasty old Clintons, and President Clinton thinks he's black and fucks firefly girls. Senator Clinton, Hillary, is such a "polarizing" figure.
I was privileged to sit at a lunch table this summer with a number of figures in world and European politics. As the lone American at the table I was asked for my opinion. I said that if Senator Obama didn't choose his running mate with great care, he would never be President of the United States.
Predictably, I was nearly laughed off my chair and I thought, well they must all know something I don't (ex Prime Minister, ex head of the U.N., etc.). Well, you know what, maybe President Bush and America don't understand the world, but the world sure as hell doesn't understand America. Even at the highest levels of government, there is just no understanding at all.
Governor Palin is the candidate that America really wants. John McCain is just an accessory, a moose-head on her wall. Whomever chose her, has demonstrated an understanding of politics unmatched since Cicero. (And I would dearly like to know who that was?)
Obscenewish is correct, Senator Clinton chipped away at the glass ceiling by being the smartest girl in the class, the hardest working, willing to play the same game as the boys, and even willing to suck up public ignominy in pursuit of ambition; first for herself, and then for all women, and then for all Americans. She would have been a great President.
Governor Palin is, however, the President that our country has earned. We have reaped a culture of instant fame (hilariously Matt Damon - whom I adore as much as anyone else - actually passes for gravitas in America in the oughts), instant gratification, and well instant everything. Now it is time for the harvest.
Yes, her trajectory is a bad Disney movie. However, she isn't going to just chip at the glass ceiling, she is going to blast the unholy fuck out of it until it doesn't exist anymore. Like it or not, she is a revolutionary character, a symbol of the age - just as surely as Manifest Destiny was a symbol of another age.
She doesn't know what the Bush Doctrine is, who the fuck cares? In the mind of the demos (Greek use of the term) the less she knows about President Bush the better.
Does she scare the shit of me? Yeah, she does scare the shit out of me. It all scares the shit out of me. We are in brand new territory. It is no accident that her frontier woman image resonates, it is a new world. It isn't a brave new world either. This is a coward's world. Lite yogurt.
Stand back and watch, blinking in disbelief, as real change comes. You wanted change you can believe in? Well, believe in radical change.
I have 20 principles by which I live, they are actually written down. While I don't claim authorship, I have edited them to be less hokey. The one that fits this situation is,
"Learn to love the truth and not try to make truth out of that which you love"
Well put Terry.
The only problem is that there will always be a glass celling, and that can be put into one word CHILDREN. While women have the baby's and drop out of the race, there will always be a glass celling.
Talking about children. It has amazed me that Governor Palin's daughter being with child, has been such a red hot issue. I'm shocked it made the news, and was nothing more than a footnote in history.
But such things, are what makes us Aussies, so diffrent to the Yankees. Governor Palin has that Hollywood look, and would look good in the White House. Yet us Aussies don't expect our leaders to be of the Disney family, all perfect a fuzzy. GE's go have a look at Bob Hawk, Paul Keating, and now we have Kevin Dud for 08.
obscenewish saidBill Clinton certainly doesn't fit the pattern you describe. Gore won the popular vote and the Kerry loss was slim and probably due to voter fraud.
The Republicans have given us a Hollywood actor, a New England blue-blood and the alcoholic, privileged son of the latter.
What you really mean is "Why can't Democratic candidates better pretend they are something other than what they are?"
And the subsequent question is, "Why do the media participate in this misrepresentation?"