Better late than never

This is the kind of stuff I have been hoping for from the media for the past 8 years. Better late than never, I guess. Then again, imagine what sorts of disasters might have been avoided if more people with the ears of the nation would actually call out the incompetence of our leadership.

Of course, we also have Wolf Blitzer’s wishy-washy response here. But I was heartened by a comment he made last night after interviewing Joe Biden post-debate. He said (and I’m paraphrasing a bit here) “It would be nice if we could also get Sarah Palin but I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

I guess being a beauty pageant contestant was her primary interview training

Yet again, I’m spending a good portion of the day stewing over the selection of someone who’s grossly unprepared to serve as our nation’s vice president and the terrifying reality that, by one means or another, there’s a real chance that she’ll win that title.

My latest source of frustration and anxiety (in the event that she actually, by some act of God or Karl Rove, manages to get elected) is her disastrous interview with Katie Couric.

I read part of a transcript of the interview yesterday and my immediate thought was, “My God, she sounds like a beauty pageant contestant.” (Which, of course, she was in the 1980s.) And that was just reading the transcript. I could only imagine the visceral discomfort I would have felt actually watching the interview.

I guess I was not alone in my assessment of her performance. And here you can not only watch it, but also a painful comparison with a more recent pageant contestant as well. (Luckily, Sarah Palin sounds better than Miss South Carolina, but not by as much as I would like in a vice presidential candidate.)

Right now I am really wishing Obama had picked Hillary Clinton to be his running mate.

OK, maybe she does look like Peggy Hill

There’ve been several suggestions of other famous women, both real and fictional, that Sarah Palin resembles, and she’s been spoofed by a few of them, including Tina Fey and Gina Gershon.

One of the comparisons I just didn’t get was Peggy Hill. Yes, that Peggy Hill. But now that I’ve seen the caricature of Palin in the September 22 issue of the New Yorker, it makes a little more sense.

Now John McCain as Cotton Hill, that I can see.

Two critical reads for anyone who’s planning to vote (and even moreso for those who aren’t!)

I just read a couple of great articles on Alternet. Now before you (as a McCain supporter) go dismissing Alternet as liberal fringe media, I would ask you to just carefully read the following two articles.

First, a roundup of excerpts from newspapers and news magazines around the country calling the McCain/Palin campaign to task for some of the egregious lies they’ve been perpetuating lately, both against Obama and for themselves.

And second, a very well-thought-out article debunking conservative myths about national security. This brilliant article shows us what’s wrong with our current administration’s clumsy assumptions about the threat of Islamic terrorism, and also points out the things we should be worried about, but aren’t. (Or at least, aren’t worried enough about.)

Oww, it hurts!

Seriously, I may have a joking tone but I really do not think I could sit through Sarah Palin’s interview with Charles Gibson. As it is described in the New York Times, it is painful enough. I’m starting to have a visceral discomfort over the prospect of her winning the vice presidency. She is so obviously grossly unprepared for the job that it turns my stomach. Again I just have to ask, how can this even be close? If enough people choose to be willfully ignorant or just don’t care enough to pay attention, well then, they get what they deserve. But that leaves the rest of us with little option besides emigrating to Canada. Too bad I didn’t get my passport renewed already.