palin can’t name a single newspaper or magazine that she’s read

I can understand how she can’t name a single instance of McCain pushing for regulation of any kind. And I could kind of sympathize when she couldn’t name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe v. Wade. But – holy crap – how is it even possible that she can’t name a single magazine or newspaper that she’s read? Seriously, how can McCain continue the charade that Palin is even remotely qualified to step into the role as Commander in Chief? Does he really think that little of this country?

[And, for what it’s worth, I realize that she has read magazines and newspapers. She’s just terrified to give the wrong answer to the question. She’s like a victim of abuse being asked to explain a black eye. She doesn’t want to say something that will get her into even more trouble. In a way, I feel sorry for her.]

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  1. Posted October 1, 2008 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Personally, I think that the Republicans are intentionally trying to make sure that the bar is set so low for her, that no matter what she does she will shine to the average American.

    I’m sure that she’ll take the debate tomorrow in most people’s minds. People eat that shit up.

  2. Posted October 1, 2008 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Unbelievable. I am really looking forward to the debate tomorrow. It’s a colossal mismatch, the biggest in the history of the debates. It’s the New England Patriots vs. the Whitmore Lake High School football team, it’s Tiger Woods against a weekend warrior golfer, it’s the old professor against the wide eyed freshman…

    I feel sorry for her too, but it’s game time now.

  3. Meta
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Remember the Stockdale debate?

  4. Posted October 1, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    YES! Thanks for the link Meta. That old dude was the greatest.

  5. Posted October 1, 2008 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    It’s a colossal mistake to think that Palin is outmatched. She’ll win it with silly oneliners and conviction, two qualities American people love. Biden will say some wordy nonsense and lose everyone.

    Personally, I can’t stand either one of them but I loathe to hear how great Palin is from the particular sector of electorate that she appeals to.

    She’ll talk about motherhood and God. That’s enough for most people.

  6. Brent
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Palin will do quite well at the debate and surprise everyone. Not in substance of course, but in presentation. She is a master at the non-answer. And let’s face it, a large part of the public is just fine with a non-answer if they “like” her. And putting all policy and politics and fitness for the office issues aside, I do have to admit she does come across as quite likable. And yes, for some that is enough. I’m not defending thier oversimplification of the election process, but we can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist and doesn’t matter.

  7. Posted October 1, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    Alright, I’m going to quote you two guys on Friday. We’ll see ;)

  8. js
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    What ya gotta remember, Geoff, is that the moron vote is a significant part of US politics. Palin is looking to cash in on that.

    (And of course she couldn’t say what magazine she reads—it’s Hustler!)

  9. Brent
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    The conservative blogs are fired up claiming that Ifill’s book discredits her to be moderator. Okay fine, keep Ifill but don’t have it be a debate anymore. Let’s use Ifill to fill in the role of the now deceased Lynne Thigpin and play a rousing game of the 90’s PBS show, Where in the World is Carmen San Diego and have the VP candidates play each other. It would be hilarious to watch Biden clean up against Palin on a kids geography quiz show.

  10. Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    I think she reads Barely Legal.

  11. Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    That’s funny Brent.

    js, I get that. I just think this will go beyond that. I don’t think there’s that many moron voters, especially independents who will be swayed. Now some republicans might eat it up like they did at the convention, but even then, I’m guessing that she’ll stumble. There’s going to be a meltdown on her part. She’s going to freeze up and choke so bad that right wing hockey moms in Alaska will be scared of her being in office.

    This is the VP of the United States we’re talking about debating for tomorrow. This isn’t the same as the Alaska gov debate. There’ll be some questions she can’t bs about, and Biden will pounce on her. Brent is right about the moderator being the x factor either way. I’m sure she knows Palin’s strengths and weaknesses.

    My prediction is that she tanks it and everyone will know it. Anyone wants to bet a beer on it I’m down.

  12. Jean
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    Re ‘feeling sorry’ for Palin, the following is from a salon ( ) piece by Rebecca Traister:

    “I don’t want to be played by the girl-strings anymore. Shaking our heads and wringing our hands in sympathy with Sarah Palin is a disservice to every woman who has ever been unfairly dismissed based on her gender, because this is an utterly fair dismissal, based on an utter lack of ability and readiness. It’s a disservice to minority populations of every stripe whose place in the political spectrum has been unfairly spotlighted as mere tokenism; it is a disservice to women throughout this country who have gone from watching a woman who — love her or hate her — was able to show us what female leadership could look like to squirming in front of their televisions as they watch the woman sent to replace her struggle to string a complete sentence together.

    In fact, the only people I feel sorry for are Americans who invested in a hopeful, progressive vision of female leadership, but who are now stuck watching, verbatim, a “Saturday Night Live” skit.

    Palin is tough as nails. She will bite the head off a moose and move on. So, no, I don’t feel sorry for her. I feel sorry for women who have to live with what she and her running mate have wrought.”

  13. Brackache
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Palin’s dumb. Got it.

  14. Ryan
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know how you could sympathize with the fact that she can’t name more than one Supreme Court case. As a person who could easily be in the position to nominate justices I think it’s completely inexcusable. The fact that anyone could even consider voting for her and McCain after that is mind blowing. I guess it’s just another example of how painfully stupid the majority of Americans have become. It’s embarrassing and pretty terrifying.

    Can’t say I think much more highly of Obama and Biden, though. They scare me just as much.

  15. Posted October 1, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    She couldn’t name a Supreme Court case? Even Roe v. Wade?

    I bet she despises Katie Couric.

  16. kez
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 7:38 pm | Permalink

    MAD magazine?

  17. Posted October 1, 2008 at 7:56 pm | Permalink

    Reading MAD would imply intelligence. Have you ever known anyone stupid that reads MAD?

  18. Brackache
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    Maybe they have a different word for magazine in Alaska, like “pop” or “maize.”

    Couric: “What types of ‘pop’ or ‘maize’ are you into?”

    Palin: “Oh all kinds, every kind. Alaska’s like a microcosm of middle class pop and maize, like everybody else. Pop and maize are crucial to the economy and the job creation umbrella, which is what I’m for.”

    Couric: “Even Moxie?”

    Palin: “Moxie workers are strong hardworking people who deserve a break, because this isn’t about Wall Street, it’s about Main Street, and also that dirt road that goes to the lake where kids drink and make out, but not in a modern liberal way, like in a 1950’s conservative way, like in the movies.”

    Couric: “Which movies?”

    Palin: “All the movies. Every movie.”

  19. Posted October 1, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Hilarious BA.

  20. Brackache
    Posted October 1, 2008 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Cuz!

  21. Robert
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I never read newspapers or magazines. But who in the world can’t fake it? If someone asked me, I’d lie and say I read The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News. I can name a bunch more I never read too. It’s so strange that she couldn’t just do that. She could have just said she gets all her news from watching the CBS Evening News and be done with it. It’s weird that she’s not even that good as a bullshitting politician.

  22. Paw
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    She’s so maverick, she’s illiterate!

  23. Brackache
    Posted October 2, 2008 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    I get all my news and information from this blog — primarily my own comments, as I’m suspicious of everyone else.

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