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7.9.08

Remember Barack Obama is Your New Bicycle? As it turns out, Sarah Palin Is Your New Bicycle's Flat Tire.

12 Comments:

Blogger Mikkel said...

Yes, it looks like a bunch of people are SO not at all scared of Sarah Palin and SO not taking her serious at all, even if McCain is now ahead in the polls probably because of her, and oh, there could be a Republican president again maybe.

Good work ridiculing your female candidates there, America. After all women only make up half the voters.

P.S.: Obama snorted all your cocaine. Obama has a freezer full of Palestinian children. Obama may be black, but his penis is white. Obama's license plates say TAN MESSIAH.

Funny, right? Yeeees.

September 08, 2008 1:24 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Palin is not being ridiculed for being a woman anywhere I've seen. She is being ridiculed because she was chosen for her appeal to demographics over her lack of experience and closet full of skeletons. (One comment I saw said "OMG you have ovaries? I have ovaries too! I should totally vote for you!" Samantha Bee said something similar on the Daily Show.)

And McCain is supposed to be ahead in the polls now. Every single candidate for the past twenty years have gotten an average of a 10 point bump in the polls after their conventions. It goes away, usually. Unless it doesn't. Clinton got 30 points up. Don't listen to anything pollsters tell you for at least another 10 days, is my tip to you. After that, if McCain is still ahead, start getting worried.

And if Obama's campaign play the Palin thing right - so far they have, as far as I can tell - it's going to come out as a huge mistake for McCain. Now I gotta go wash some wasabi out of my eyes. Excuse me.

September 08, 2008 2:20 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Wow, I don't know where to start.

Biden wasn't chosen for his appeal to demographics? He doesn't have skeletons? "OMG he's white and elderly - and a complete racist!"

And you don't detect even the slightest tone of misogynism in the "critique" of Palin? No? Nothing? OK, maybe you have some change stuck in your ears.

September 08, 2008 5:14 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Of course Biden was chosen for his appeal to demogrpahics, that's not what I said. I said that for the GOP, the demographics allowed a choice - and I don't think this can be disputed - in which demographic appeal completely transparently took precedence over any kind of experience or skill. Biden at least knows a lot about foreign policy and has been in big politics for 35 years. Palin's got nothing to bring to the ticket except demographic appeal to female voters and movement conservatives. Obama wouldn't have chosen someone who wasn't a decent politician.

And yes, Biden does have some skeletons, including a history of dumb-ass remarks that sound racist (though I personally haven't thought he was racist since I saw him on Jon Stewart the night of the "bright, clean, articulate" line - but I could be wrong (it's happened before). I just think he's a rash person who speaks without stopping to think first). But I don't think he's ever advocated secession, gotten into corruption scandals or fired people for party disloyalty. That I've heard of, at least.

And no, the critique I've been hearing of Palin has not primarily been misogynistic, though obviously yes, there has been some (in fact, surprisingly, I think Jon Stewart has been crossing the line here). In the papers I read, the op-ed pieces are full of female pundits being angry about how the American woman is being taken for a fool. The blogs as well. That's worth listening to, if nothing else.

September 08, 2008 5:34 pm  
Blogger anon said...

I kiender icke Justinianus, saa vel som jeg, naar hand henger Kaaben paa begge Sider, saa er det ligesaa meget, som hand vilde sige disse Ord: gaar hen I Skabhalse, og forliger Sagen.

September 08, 2008 11:35 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Unnskyld, min klassiske dannelse ligger i mine andre bukser. Hva var det for noget? Holberg?

September 08, 2008 11:59 pm  
Blogger anon said...

Den politiske Kandestøber

September 09, 2008 12:46 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

OK, you want examples? The Stephanie Miller Show called Palin a "bimbo" in reference to her beauty queen past. Huffington Post is choc-a-bloc with stuff like: "Take a look back at the woman who failed to become Miss Alaska, but, if elected, would be only a heartbeat away from becoming President of the United States of America."

There's a landslide of VPILF jokes (a pun on the MILF acronym, whatever the hell that is - I wouldn't know because I strongly object to pornography).

Aaaaaand Mr. Joe Biden in Ohio: “There’s a gigantic difference between John McCain and Barack Obama and between me and I suspect my vice presidential opponent,” Biden said.

“She’s good-looking,” he quipped.


What a nice compliment! Unfortunately it translates into: In my book she is valued by her looks, not her brains, like every other woman in the world.

None of this is sexist? No? OK.

BTW - I liked the whole "Angry female pundits say it isn't sexist to attack Sarah Palin for being a woman, or assuming it's the only reason she got the job, so then it can't possibly be" bit.

September 09, 2008 3:06 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Yeah, I've seen some of those. Some of it is obviously sexist, I agree. But there has to be a distinction between legitimate avenues of attack and not. The assumption that good looks = small brains is just as silly and illegitimate when it is leveled against John Edwards as against Palin. Looks don't enter into it, and sex shouldn't enter into it.

But most of the critique of her candidacy I have seen has been reasonable in following the same basic argument, which I think is a legitimate angle of attack:

a) Sarah Palin is quite obviously not competent, does not fit in with McCain's present "experience vs no experience"-narrative, does not share an ideological agenda with McCain and has a closet full of skeletons. In terms of skill, she brings nothing to the ticket, and could quite easily be painted as a liability.

b) She has obvious demographic appeal to (politically) independent women and movement conservatives. In this respect, she brings something very important to the ticket: increased electability.

c) Hence, she was chosen for appeal in the campaign rather than skill in the office once elected. In effect, she WAS chosen because she is a conservative and because she is a woman (though - important point - more because of the latter than the former, I think). And the obvious line of counterattack is to point out that she is not competent and was basically chosen by McCain's PR-team (McCain had only met her twice before she signed on to the campaign).

This line of attack can and will obviously be developed by some to go places that are sexist. But so far, I've seen lots of smart pundits with feminist credentials up the proverbial yin yang point out precisely this problem in good and effective ways. In effect, Palin is not shattering the glass ceiling through skill, like Clinton did. That's an interesting point and I don't see it as sexist.

September 09, 2008 3:27 pm  
Blogger mrtn said...

Oops: I meant former rather than latter. Freudian slip? We'll never know.

September 09, 2008 3:28 pm  
Blogger Mikkel said...

Yeah, I'm just messing with you. Ha ha! I can't believe you were almost starting to agree with me. Who gives a shit if the attacks on Palin are sexist, she's a fundamentalist cow.

September 09, 2008 5:48 pm  
Blogger anon said...

... hand vilde sige disse Ord: gaar hen I Skabhalse, og forliger Sagen

September 09, 2008 10:47 pm  

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