America: your country needs you

Look, this is no political blog, and I’d like to think that people of all ideological persuasions are welcome here. But after tonight’s vice presidential debate, I find myself duty-bound to make five points:

1. Why aren’t there ever any debates between party leaders or their deputies in the UK? I’d have paid good money to see John ‘Slugger’ Prescott clash with anybody the Conservatives cared to put up, to be honest.

2. Could the moderator have been any less confrontational? Paxman would have made mincemeat of both of them, especially given that one candidate refused to answer any of the questions put to her.

3. Did Sarah Palin really wink at us, in an almost coquettish fashion? I thought America was looking for a vice president, not a morning TV host…

4. Tina Fey is way too scarily spot on with her Palin impression.

5. If that woman ever becomes vice president of the United States of America, I swear that I’m making immediate plans to leave the country.

16 thoughts on “America: your country needs you

  1. Trixie Trouble

    Damn, so gutted that I missed the cabaret.

    I’m going to have to track it down, we could do with a laugh over here in Blighty.

  2. Melanie

    I swore in 2004 that I’d move out of the country if Bush was reelected. It took me four years to do so and if McCain wins in November, I’ll be even more glad I’m gone.

    I’m still waiting on my absentee ballot to be delivered and will be majorly pissed off if I am a disenfranchised expat come Novemebr.

    And I heart Tina Fey. One of the things I miss most about the States is 30 Rock.

  3. ExpatKat

    Totally agree with all your observations. I can’t believe that I’m here at this time in history. I really don’t want to move again, but I’m living in a broken country. If ‘that’ woman becomes VP it’ll only get worse, so you won’t be the only one abandoning ship.

  4. Expat Mum

    What – you mean the Undebate? She even admitted that she wasn’t answering the questions. And anyone who can keep saying her lines while her left eyelashes are glued to her fringe, sorry bangs, must be clockwork? Gawd help us.

  5. Almost American

    I’m glad we’re not the only ones considering abandoning ship if McCain & Palin win. Scary as she was last night, what was even scarier is that I can imagine certain people listening and nodding their heads in agreement with her . . .

    And yes, she winked more than once.

  6. Siobhan

    I must be the only one around here that isn’t a Torrie…

    But, agreed, agreed, I thought she was winking at her father, and…funny how no’one talks about the balls-up Clinton made. Pun inferred.

    Politically speaking, I’m half-and-half with the candidates.

  7. Lolabloom

    I vote for Tina Fey!! Comedic genius that one, haven’t had such a good laugh in a mighty long time.

  8. Alasdair

    To answer some of your points …

    1) The UK has Prime Minister’s Question Time – where the Government Ministers are called to answer to Parliament … try watching it, some time … most of the time it’s moderately entertaining and informative – and some of the time it is *VERY* entertaining and informative, and we get to see how competent (or not) a given Monister is …

    2) Ifill was atrocious … my elderly diabetic cat would have been a more competent moderator … some say that Ifill held back because she stands to gain from a book she is currently known to be writing featuring Obama which will be worthless if Obama is elected … she didn’t keep either of ’em on topic – she didn’t keep Biden from over-running his time regularly … and, worst yet, she was clueless and let each get away with simply-verified inconsistencies …

    She let Palin give the wrong name for the Afghan-theater General while Palin did get the general’s point of view correct … she let Biden get away with not giving the General’s name at all while mis-stating the General’s point of view …

    She let Biden get away with saying that the US kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon – while it sounds like something Neil Pillock might have said, even Neil Pillock knew better than to claim that …

    3) Don’t fancy yourself – Palin wasn’t winking at you … (grin) …

    4) As I understand it, Tina Fey and Palin impersonate each other …

    5) If running away because of biased propaganda is your thing, enjoy trying to find a better place to live … you might just consider looking rationally about why Palin was able to become Governor of Alaska (and, yes, that means looking for information from sources other than Newsweek and the NYTimes) … once you get past what others in the Democrat elite echo-chamber are telling you about Palin, you will start to find out things about her worthy of respect …

    Or, as several of the comments have shown, the closed-minded may indeed be in the majority here …

    I hope that’s not so …

  9. Dylan

    Alasdair Alasdair Alasdair…come on…

    I’ve only been in the US a year so I haven’t forgotten about PMQs…but it’s still different to a moderated debate between two candidates to lead your country.

    And as for Palin…I’m sure she’d perfectly fine as a local politician (however exalted a local position that is. But she has proven that she has no grip on matters of international concern, and that makes her unqualified to be VP. I read incessantly, on all sides of the debate, and I’ve yet to see any defence of Palin that’s anything short of laughable. It truly is the Disney movie become horrific reality, and if you think Palin is capable of pulling the US (and the world) out of its current crisis, then it’s time to take a long hard look in the mirror. This is nothing to do with being anti-Republican – it’s a simple truth that there are dozens of better qualified Republicans out there when it comes to being VP, and however hard-nosed a Republican you are, you surely have to agree with that?

  10. benny

    “That’s what I say that I like every American I am speaking with we’re ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bailout, but ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, um, helping the, oh, it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and, and putting it back on the right track; so healthcare reform, and reducing taxes and reigning in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade we have we got to see trade as opportunity not as, a, a, competitive, um, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today we, we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity, all of those things under the umbrella of job creation, this bailout is a part of that”

    come again luv

  11. Alasdair

    Dylan – I’m not disagreeing with you about other potentially better GOP candidates …

    I am trying to point out that, once one starts to look into Biden’s vast “Foreign Relations” experience, the more one learns, the more one learns that, while his rating may well be high, it’s like an IQ rating … in absolute terms, his rating is high … unfortunately, with respect to Foreign Relations expertise, Biden has a high negative rating – he has managed to be WRONG with spectacular frequency …

    His certainty about the US chasing Hezbollah out of Lebanon is merely a classic sample … and when he decided to plagiarise a foreign leader to make himself look smart, he chose *Neil* *Pillock* !

    Palin’s VP ‘IQ’ may only be double digits in your books, but, compared to Biden, she is more than a couple of hundred points *higher* than Biden, whose VP ‘IQ’ is in the -100 to -200 range …

    As Foreign Relations expertise goes, Biden isn’t just passively dumb, he’s *actively* dumb …

  12. lisa

    Your comment about the news show host was spot on, IMO. It doesn’t feel like she (or anyone else on the Republican side)taken this seriously.

    I’m not sure how many times, during the Presidential debate, McCain said (vaguely, I might add) he is “proud of” Palin. “And her husband’s a good guy, too.”

    It seemed condescending, really, as if she’s a child to be congratulated for some task yet to be identified.

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