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2008-09-27 22:54
by Will Carroll

This is seriously a quote, taken from Newsweek via a CBS Transcript:

Katie COURIC: Why isn't it better, Governor Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

Sarah PALIN: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Holy bleeping bleep. Read it again.

I'm convinced that on Thursday, in the midst of debating Joe Biden, she's going to end an answer with "such as."

UPDATE: As you can see below, Tina Fey didn't have to do much to make Palin's interview into parody.

With even the arch-conservatives calling for Palin's withdrawl and unfounded (we think) rumors of Biden's health, I can't remember such uncertainty amidst what should be a certainty.

2008-09-28 06:50:17
1.   digmyearth
Wow!!! I highly recommend clicking Will's link and reading the entire article. An excellent point is made that should strike fear in the hearts of every American. This woman is a mess on the issues and cannot coherently communicate a succinct thought.
2008-09-28 14:39:02
2.   fordprefect
Just continuing in the grand tradition of incoherency exhibited by the likes of Dan Quayle and W himself.
2008-09-29 09:34:49
3.   underdog

Andy Borowitz: McCain Replaces Palin with Startled Deer

2008-09-29 12:48:39
4.   chris in illinois
I don't know, Palin is a perfect VP in a world where Tila Tequila is a celebrity.

The new media has democratized just about everything in the world today, in a weird sort of way picking the 18,655th most qualified GOP candidate to be your running mate is, well, apt.

2008-09-29 13:14:33
5.   Will Carroll
Great point, Chris. I think the show "American Candidate" was ahead of its time. If we made the election a reality show with 12 candidates and a topic a week, would it be a better system than what we have now? I think this bears more than a reply ...
2008-09-30 05:49:48
6.   jgpyke
18,655th most qualified GOP candidate to be your running mate is, well, apt

Or putting the same at the top of your ticket for the Dems...but the American people have fallen in love with him, so it's looking like a sure thing at this point.

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