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November 5, 2008

Thanks America!

Filed under: political sniping — lexifab @ 4:24 pm

I am satisfied. It is probably too much to hope that the Republican Party will recognise this rout as an utter repudiation of the Bush-Cheney years and go through a period of reflection and thoughtful self-examination (ideally for a period of not less than eight years).

But please, please let this be the last we ever see of Governor Palin. That’s not unreasonable, is it?

I feel kinda sorry for McCain, but the fact that he let his campaign get out of control and fall to shuddering pieces ever since the “fundamentals of the economy” moment suggests to me that he would not have had the wherewithall to go the distance in the presidency.

Worse still, there remained a horribly realistic possibility that President McCain might literally not have gone the distance, in which case we would have Sarah the Prez to endure. And with the greatest respect to my esteemed fellow blogger Dr Clam, I do think that the world has seen quite enough of don’t-know-enough-to-know-that-they-don’t-know-nuthin’ morons in the White House.

I’ll be much happier angrily disagreeing with the policies (particularly foreign) of someone whose intellect and capacity for considered action I can actually respect for a while.


  1. I want to see Palin in a series of corruption inquiries myself. Unfortunately we’re more likely to see her guesting on Fox News, etc, but since I don’t watch that, no harm.

    Can’t really decide on McCain. Did he really do a total personality reversal in the last two months of his campaign, or was he always without integrity and honour, and simply hid it better? The Rolling Stone article outlining his military career (particularly the bit about the ship fire) doesn’t exactly make me admire him.

    Comment by Andrea — November 5, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

  2. I’m sad that this probably means an end to my watching humorous Palin gaffs on You Tube.

    Comment by winstoninabox — November 6, 2008 @ 1:04 am

  3. My prediction – the Republicans will do a Tories, and wander around for the next 4-10 years making themselves even more unelectable before being hit with the “get a clue” bat.

    Comment by Alix's Dave — November 6, 2008 @ 8:58 am

  4. Andrea – I do take the Rolling Stone article with a fair handful of salt – it could all be as reported, but equally the dependence on a few sources who served with him (including a couple of unnamed ones, as I recall) does open it up to questions of personal bias (which would not be hard to imagine, given the likelihood of hard feelings amongst hard working airmen towards a cossetted, privileged Admiral’s son). Nevertheless, despite a pretty good record in the Senate, I do think that much of the maverick-ism was spin to start with, and there’s no doubt that he’s towed the line and pandered to the aptly-named party base in recent months.

    Winston – Luckily Tina fey has a weekday job.

    Dave – I’m anticipating occasional shameful episodes of schadenfreude for a little while. Especially if the GOP goes through a messy, painful excision of its neocon/evangelical/deregulation post-Cold War Reaganist elements. Not sure what you would be left with if they did, but it’s more likely to be one that I would be happy to see in office.

    Comment by lexifab — November 6, 2008 @ 11:41 am

  5. I’m not even sure why we would have such strong views about elections in the US (without having watched all 7 seasons of “The West Wing”) but I might as well put my two bits worth. I think the world has really loaded up the expectations for real change for the better in the US to a completely unachievable level. I can see that even if the next 4 years is a complete disaster, even the normally conservative US would give Obama a second term. However, there will be enough of a backlash for a Democratic rout in 2016. Palin is young enough and loved enough (in the US) to become a powerful force in US politics, even more so by being in the “opposition” as it were. Verbal criticism of her is just going to strengthen this factor, so if you really care about these things, don’t do it 😉

    I must re-affirm my complete disinterest in the outcome, and that my only trusted source of objective commentary being “The West Wing”. 🙂

    Comment by Marco — November 8, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  6. I have pretty high expectations of the leader of the free world, actually. I assume that you are speaking from a point of view of personal preference when you wonder about why anyone outside the United States would care – there are, after all, one or two things that the US President can sign off on that have some implications for foreigners…

    I *hope* Palin is a spent force, but I’m not naive enough to expect that everyone shares my conclusions as to her suitability to hold office. Likewise, I hope – and believe that I have reason to expect – that Obama will serve with greater ambition and distinction than his predecessor, but I don’t expect that he will somehow serve up miracles for all the world’s ills (or even the United States’). Nevertheless, I believe that the demonstrated capacity to actually think problems through *is* a qualification that deserves some attention. Obama appears to have it. Palin does not.

    Comment by Lexifab — November 10, 2008 @ 12:05 am

  7. Very funny Dr Seuss version of McCain/Palin ticket…


    Comment by Andrea — November 10, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

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