Thursday, October 30th, 2008...4:45 pm
5 Reasons to Put Down ‘Pitbull’ Palin
What a winker Sarah Palin is, eh? This gun-toting, moose-hunting, bible-believing, ‘super mum’ has been elevated from the geographical and political wilderness of Alaska to the top table of the Republican hierarchy. Her appointment by John McCain divided republican opinion, some seeing it as evidence of McCain being slightly unhinged to install an inexperienced, unknown entity as his running mate, whilst others saw it as a piece of inspired political maneuvering, which would bring the doubting Christian conservatives and women voters on side.
Sarah Palin certainly made a positive and colourful impact on the political arena, with her acceptance speech being watched by 40 million, resulting in percentage points gained in the polls. Everything looked rosy for the Republicans.
And then the reporters began, bloodhound like, digging around in Palin’s backyard and unearthing a number of embarrassing stories which whipped round the world quicker than Palin could wink. Her unmarried seventeen year old daughter, Bristol, was four months pregnant. The father was an ‘ill-educated red neck’, and rumours surfaced that Palin faked her own pregnancy to cover up for her child. Information also arose that whilst Governor of Alaska she had allegedly abused her position in an attempt to get her ex-brother-in-law, Trooper Mike Wooten, who was involved in a child custody battle with Palin’s sister, fired.
And I thought the TV series The Hillbillies was long gone!
Family history aside, Palin has also been a rich source of amusement and ridicule for her inability to grasp and respond intelligently to interviewers’ questions, her transparent lack of detailed knowledge on key issues such as Russia, climate change, and Bush’s political beliefs and her many straightforward gaffes! If Palin initially made the Republican’s future look rosy, is she now becoming one helluva thorn in their side? Does the pit-bull need muzzling? Here’s a selection of Palin’s faux pas, blunders and goofs. Sit back and enjoy.
1. Dress to Impress
With the economy shrinking faster than a wiener in ice-cold water McCain has adopted the story of Joe the Plumber, hammering home the message that his party is for the little guy. And then Palin the Proletarian blasts $150,000 on the party credit card on outfits, shoes and make up which would make Imelda Marcos think twice. It has been revealed that Palin’s spending over the past few weeks is nearly four times the average salary of an American plumber ($37,514). And that Palin spent more on clothes in one month than the average American household spends in 80 years!
2. The Freddie and Fannie Faux Pas
It didn’t take long for the new vice presidential candidate to astound citizens with her sophisticated and abundant knowledge of America’s economy and more specifically the ever increasing crisis in the housing market. Speaking in Colorado she said that key lenders Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae had ‘gotten too big and too expensive to the taxpayers’. Both companies, at the time, were privately owned and unsurprisingly Democrats and analysts jumped on this un-truth and said it demonstrated a lack of knowledge about one of the key issues facing the American economy. Clearly she grasps the clothing market better than the financial markets!
3. Geography 101
Is a lack of knowledge about foreign affairs an inherent quality of Republican leaders? Neither Bush (senior or junior) are known for their understanding of, or keen interest in, much outside the Land of Plenty. During a discussion on foreign affairs Palin was asked how Alaska’s proximity to Russia gave her foreign policy insight. ‘They’re our next door neighbours’, she replied, ‘and you can actually see Russia from land here in Alaska, from an island in Alaska’. Seeing is believing, I guess.
4. There’s a Moose on the Loose!
Following Barack Obama’s statement that he would make military strikes inside Pakistani borders if he thought terrorist cells were holed up there, McCain immediately seized upon this as political ammunition to chide Obama for talking publicly about such matters, and that it was not McCain’s policy to do so. But within a week Palin was saying much the same thing whilst in conversation with a customer in a restaurant: ‘If that’s what we have to do to stop terrorists coming further in, absolutely we should’. McCain was forced to go on air to defend his running mate and to re-iterate what she said was not a definitive policy statement. Don’t judge too harshly though, she can’t see Pakistan from an Alaskan island.
5. Skating on a Thin Membrane
In an interview with CBS, Palin was asked about her stance on rape and abortion. Not answering directly, when asked if she agreed a daughter had the right to have an abortion if made pregnant through being raped by her father, or whether she believed it should be illegal, creationist Palin answered, ‘I am pro life…and I believe such a person should be counseled, despite the terrible circumstances they find themselves in…to look at the possibility of adoption..’ Believing that life begins at conception, Palin showed a more caring side by saying that women who ended up in such circumstances should not face a jail term ‘cos they got an abortion. I wonder if this is political expediency given that, as a creationist, the ‘offender’ will be aptly punished by God in due time?