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This is too serious to be nice about it

September 30, 2008

Remember, she has to be able to step in as president.  Here she is explaining why she’s never met a foreign head of state and only got a passport in the last two years:

“The way that I have understood the world is through education, through books, through mediums that have provided me a lot of perspective on the world.”
- Sarah Palin

I thought anti-intellectuals disparaged “book-larnin’” as opposed to dirt under your fingernails.  But, uh, OK, she has book-larnin’.  Which books, pray tell?

COURIC: And when it comes to establishing your world view, I was curious, what newspapers and magazines did you regularly read before you were tapped for this — to stay informed and to understand the world?
PALIN: I’ve read most of them again with a great appreciation for the press, for the media —
COURIC: But what ones specifically? I’m curious.
PALIN: Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years.

OK, so she reads either ‘most of them’ or ‘all of them’ but can’t name even one of them.  Fine.  So could she, say, name some Supreme Court decisions?  Apparently, she can name one. Supreme. Court. Decision.

Sarah, how many of your favorite publications can you name?  How many Supreme Court decisions can you describe by topic, if not actually name?  Loving vs. Virginia? Santa Clara County vs. Southern Pacific Railroad?  Brown?  Kitzmiller? Dred Scott? Barnette? Bush vs. Gore??? Ring any bells? (*snaps fingers repeatedly*)

Maybe Joe Biden will come off as a big ol’ meanie-head if he debates her and reveals her as the empty-headed fraud she is.  So let’s have a proxy: I want Sheryl Kershenbaum to debate Sarah Palin!


  • One possibility that’s been suggested for her reticence about reading is that she does read, but material that wouldn’t play well.  Here she is in 1995 with a John Birch Society magazine.  McCain’s handlers may have looked at that and said “best not to mention it at all”.

  • Interviewed much later in the warm embrace of Fox News, Palin rattled off a list of Supreme decisions and revealed that she reads New York Times, Wall Street Journal and The Economist.  She claimed that her inability to discuss these things during the Couric interview was that she was ‘irritated’ by the questions.
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  1. Janet
  2. October 1, 2008 at 12:15 | #2

    She understood the world through mediums?
    Not media?
    Well, at least she’s being honest there ;-)

  3. October 1, 2008 at 19:01 | #3

    Thursday night should be full of laughs!

  4. October 2, 2008 at 15:07 | #4

    I just posted at ***Dave’s place

    “It could be Palin is in a no lose situation. Some UK press are reporting that Biden has been told not to take Palin to pieces (as apparently he has the debating experience to do) as it will make the audience feel sorry for her, so he loses.

    So if she says something stupid he cant rip her to shreds, because ‘shes a mom’.”

    I keep seing comments on how the Liberal Lockstep media, sorry mediums, are conspiring to make her look stupid, because they all want Obama in.

    1) Look at how the US media acted in the run up to the Iraq War. They brooked no dissent.  Look at how they treated the French, who took a major role in Gulf I, and were and still are in Afganistan.

    2) Watching these interviews, I’ve had job interviews with more aggressive questioning.

    3) Even if McCain doesn’t fall off the twig, can he trust her to do anything? Can hardly send her as an envoy- Putin would spit out the bones.  Negotiate with the banking sector about the cruch?  The Unions? Better get out the dustpan and brush.

  5. October 2, 2008 at 16:24 | #5

    But… she can field-dress a moose!  Surely the unions would be intimidated by that.  Putin would be hiding under a table, wouldn’t he?  I’m sure he never met anybody (when he was head of the KGB) who could do anything that horrible…

  6. negativechris
    October 3, 2008 at 14:15 | #6

    No one reads “all of them”; that’s absurd.  But I wouldn’t find it inappropriate for a politician to respectfully decline to answer what news sources they read. 

    It wouldn’t surprise me if she just doesn’t want people to know that she skims Time magazine and her local paper for news.  I bet she reads every word of Vogue though. 

    That’s quite a shame that people are lame enough to feel sorry for her for being intellectually ripped apart by Joe Biden.  You should never feel sorry for a politician getting in over their head.  By agreeing to do a debate or to run for public office, you’re agreeing to put yourself out there and let people make informed decisions about you.  Someone who doesn’t want that kind of stress should probably stay in the minor leagues and live a normal life.  Let’s help her do that by voting for Obama.

  7. October 4, 2008 at 07:53 | #7

    This woman is dumber than a box of rocks. She’s a soup sandwich.

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