Teh Shakes watches Sarah Palin and gets teh shakes:
posted by Melissa McEwan
When Nightline aired that section this evening, the camera was a tight shot on her face when she says, pitifully, “In what respect, Charlie?” after he asks her if she agrees with the Bush Doctrine, and her expression was just frantic. Total deer in the headlights.
This is not a person who’s remotely prepared to lead this country.
I can’t believe that serious Republican people are not just as scared and horrified watching that video as I am. I can’t believe that partisanship truly trumps all sense and rationality. She has no idea what the fuck she’s doing.
I’m not saying that as a progressive. I’m not saying that as a (historically always) Democratic voter. I’m not saying that because I looked at her résumé and decided it was too thin and automatically assumed she was unqualified. I’m not saying it because she’s a woman, or a Republican, or a conservative.
I’m saying it because it is now patently obvious.
And quite frankly, Republicans, ignoring it just because she’s on your team is not just politics as usual; it’s dangerous and it’s irresponsible.
John McCain has asked you to put your trust in a person who is manifestly unfit for the presidency. Doesn’t that bother you? Doesn’t it piss you off? Doesn’t it scare you?
Because it fucking should.
It should, but it don’t. Oh sure, some of the more literate right-wingers have expressed reservations about Sarah Palin’s qualifications, but most of them see her total lack of knowledge about world affairs to be a badge of honor. Thinking about stuff? Weighing costs and benefits? Pffft, that’s what liberals have done for years and look where it’s gotten us! Think about all the reckless wars we could’ve waged if liberals hadn’t gotten in the way! And they have the nerve to teach our kids that we evolved from apes!!!
The GOP has become one giant St00p1d Machine. They revel in being ignorant about everything, and anyone who actually has knowledge about a given topic is treated at best as suspect. The fact that Sarah Palin has, at least for the moment, been a boon to McCain’s campaign is the dark reflection of a nation that has lost its ability to think. American popular culture has done to us in 50 years what centuries of drinking lead-poisoned water did to the Romans. If you ever wanted evidence that the United States is in its official decline period, Sarah Palin is it.
UPDATE: Totally pwn3d:
The one thing I’ll say, though, is that while Ari is aggressively and smartly playing defense here, he’s still playing defense. Dems need to go more on offense.