Sarah Palin eager to bomb my Russian relatives

*yawn*

This one was pretty much a given.

You know who she reminds me of? The country club mothers who’d guffaw “you’re lucky you don’t glow!” having discovered that I was near Chernobyl when the catastrophe occurred. And no, these weren’t pals of mine who knew me well and could get away with a little needling as is common among people who are close to one another.

These were people to whom the deaths of them funny-lookin’ foreigners are a big ol’ punchline. They’re hawkish, and, most frightening of all, so utterly convinced of their own superior nature, their own status as human beings and how it is utterly in conflict with other’s status as subhuman beings, that criticism simply doesn’t stick to them. This idea, of being criticized for something like this, is as peculiar to them as stories of alien abduction. They shrug it off like a mildly unpleasant dream.

How many times has Sarah Palin actually traveled outside the U.S. again? Uh… You know what, as much as certain people can “relate” to the lack of stamps in her passport, the fact is, if my relative is sick, I don’t want a doctor I can “relate” to – I want a doctor who can do his or her job.

The same should go for our leaders.

14 thoughts on “Sarah Palin eager to bomb my Russian relatives

  1. You know what, as much as certain people can “relate” to the lack of stamps in her passport, the fact is, if my relative is sick, I don’t want a doctor I can “relate” to – I want a doctor who can do his or her job.

    The same should go for our leaders.

    Word.

    I am tired of having leaders who look like it would be fun to have a beer w/ them. I need someone who can do the job they are elected to do.

  2. My favorite line of hers HAS to be the one about how she can see Russia from a certain island in Alaska, and that means she has foreign policy experience. Um, so when I lived in Detroit, I could see Canada every day…hey, I could be vice president!

  3. How many times has Sarah Palin actually traveled outside the U.S. again? Uh… You know what, as much as certain people can “relate” to the lack of stamps in her passport, the fact is, if my relative is sick, I don’t want a doctor I can “relate” to – I want a doctor who can do his or her job.

    Not traveling is bad enough but I think that what makes it worse is the fact that she has made no attempts to educate herself beyond the needs of people like her who reside in Alaska and that is indeed a myopic world view. She cannot even relate to a large percentage of people who reside in the US never mind people that live outside its borders. She is the perfect example of how dangerous ignorance can be.

  4. Well hell, I’ve lived in three different countries besides the U.S. They ought to at least put me in charge of the State Department…not.

    Neither do I like how Palin goes on and on about how energy policy = foreign policy. NO. The world stage today is as complex as ever, and saying that supporting drilling in Alaska somehow makes you qualified is like saying that “well, I know all about corn fields in the Midwest, I ought to be VP.”

    Her disconnect from the larger American population is actually significant as well, you’re right, Renee. The GOP is busy trying to paint her as this folksy, down-to-earth Every Woman, but no one is Every Woman. It’s an image they’re trying to sell, nothing more.

  5. I don’t know what makes Sarah Palin more abhorrent, her lack of any meaningful experience or her hawkish tendencies. Or that each makes the other exponentially worse.

  6. My above comment wasn’t, btw, meant to say I don’t like this post. I like knowing what’s going on, especially in this regard because the idea of McCain/Palin in the White House is not an idea I enjoy.

    Sorry to say something like that – I just didn’t know what to say right then.

    Plus, agree with Renee.

  7. RE: Renee’s comment dated Sept. 13 at 3:40 a.m., specifically the phrase “people LIKE HER” [capitalization added].

    “People LIKE HER,” i.e., white folks, was the whole point behind Sarah Palin’s nomination. It’s my own opinion that Palin’s nomination was intended as a covert appeal to white racial anxiety. On National Review Online, at least as of Sept. 1, Palin’s advocates were supporting her almost entirely as a stage prop to attract a voter demographic that is often out of reach for the GOP. Since the GOP loses on the issues in 2008, the GOP has only the race card left to play, and GOP pundits (e.g., Peggy Noonan) who celebrate Palin’s ‘normalcy’ are, in the context of the 2008 election, sending a coded message to vote McCain/Palin because it’s an all-white ticket. Even McCain’s staff admits that McCain/Palin can win not on the issues but on what voters “can take away from the candidates” (i.e., how voters personally identify with candidates), and what the GOP’s target demographic is meant to “take away” from Palin is her race. Palin’s supposed blue-collar background and conservative social outlook here provide a plausible cover for white racist voters to vote against a black candidate. Unfortunately, this strategy might actually win the election for the GOP, and that bodes ill for this country.

  8. The country club mothers who’d guffaw “you’re lucky you don’t glow!” having discovered that I was near Chernobyl when the catastrophe occurred.

    oh lovely.

    and btw, when the fuck was it consensus decided that these ghastly people were supposed to be “fun to have a beer with?” I’d rather have beer with someone who’s violently allergic to alcohol, as in projectile vomits it all over the place.

  9. and well, sure, energy policy is foreign policy if all you really give a shit about is how much oil you can grab from under all those other people squatting on your annex.

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