Friday, August 29, 2008

McCain Chooses MILF For Veep

I know absolutely nothing about Sarah Palin, except that she was probably hot twenty years ago.


The first immediate thought that comes come to mind is that McCain is really hoping for the Hillary PUMAs (Party Unity My Ass, for the uninformed) to actually swing the election by showing Obama up. He seems to be saying: "that woman won 18 million votes and wasn't even considered by my celebrity arugula-eating secret Muslim terrorist elitist opponent for veep. Meanwhile, look at me! Look at what I've done!" I don't know if it's going to work, but man, it's an interesting choice, certainly a lot more interesting than Obama's (note: that doesn't mean it's a better choice, just a more interesting one).

Anyway, I've posted this video before, but seeing as how it has become relevant again, please watch this Daily Show clip from earlier this year where Jason Jones tells us about Flilfs.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this helps McCain with the conservative voters that he was having trouble with. I'll admit to not knowing much about the PUMAs but if all they want is a woman in office then it helps McCain. If on the other hand these PUMAs care about the issues I dont see how they can reconcile Hillary's with Palin's.

Ahsan said...

The PUMAs don't necessarily want a woman in office, they just want to punish Obama for Hillary's defeat. McCain has made it easier for them to do so, but I can't believe that such a small demographic (read the Slate piece I linked to) is going to swing the election.

naqiya said...

BLOG IT!

huckabee was on the colbert report yesterday (before mccain revealed his milf vp) talking about how obama picked "vanilla ice-cream" (which is ironic since obama used to for baskin and robbins....32 choices and all). the "old white guy"-ness of biden has become even more jarring now. smart boy mccain

politics is a dirty dirty business.

naqiya said...

heres the clip: http://www.comedycentral.com/colbertreport/videos.jhtml?videoId=180129

its at about 2:33

changinguppakistan said...

I really doubt these "PUMAs" would stoop so low that they would elect McCain because he has an NRA-member card toting, creationist espousing, pro-life candidate who yes, also happens to be a woman. At least, I'd hope not because that is the antithesis of many Hillary supporters.

Btw, I just have to add that I prefer to get my election coverage from my favorite politico pundits - Jon Steward and Stephen Colbert. They rock.

goc said...

Honestly ... I think this is a short-sighted answer by McCain for what needs a strong long term (till Nov.) answer from the republicans. Yes, he totally stole Obama's and the democrats post-convention thunder. No one in the media is even talking about it anymore. And yes, it might seem like McCain is doing his whole maverick field, pretty much bowling a googly. BUT ... a month (probably a week given the US medias short attention span)its going to reveal itself for the rash, desperate move that it is. Here's why:

1) McCain just threw away the republicans main talking point, Barack is inexperienced. Compared to Palin, Obama looks like the pope of experience. And compared to Palin McCain looks like he could give a mummy a run in the whose older race. I mean, she's been governor of Alaska one month longer than Obama has been running for pres. wtf?

2) She is under investigation in her home state.

3) Check out McCain's introduction of her in the rally this morning. He basically took Obama's change message and re-packaged it. However, it sounds more like hes dissing himself than Obama ... Cause he is the face of old Washington politics in this race now.

4) She is actually a right-wing nut ... the kind the republican party has been pressing McCain tio put on the ticket instead of less-right republicans or independents. He basically capitulated to the demand.

5) The PUMA's and the Clintons are set on CLINTON being the first woman in the white house. I highly doubt they are gonna sit back and let a no-name from Alaska take the distinction away from her. The next few months will be interesting ...

changinguppakistan said...

Re: Goc's point, here's an article on her investigation (okay maybe "celebgalz" isn't the best source, but whatever):

http://celebgalz.com/sarah-palin-under-investigation/

My friend also made a great point to me tonight: he informed me that Sarah Palin bears a STRIKING resemblance to Tina Fey. You thought Amy Poehler-Hillary Clinton impersonations were good, just wait until the "Tina Fey as Palin" one comes along on SNL.

AKS said...

When Ahsan mentioned that McCain had chosen a milf called Palin, the first thing that crossed my mind was "who's Palin?" followed by "what a cheap publicity stunt."

But in U.S. elections cheap publicity stunts are good, and Palin is much more than that. She's the 'all-American girl' - beauty pageant contestant, mother of five, wife to a snowmobiling champion, daughter of an Alaskan oil driller. She makes many Americans eminently more comfortable than the "black kid with a funny name," who's a probably a closet Muslim. Her introduction by McCain (in Ohio!) was preceded by a group of high school cheerleaders running around like mad; the message was quite clear, McCain-Palin represents the real America.

I also can't shake the feeling that there's something sinister about her nomination. Many Americans do not want to vote for Obama because he's black but then they feel guilty about this. Palin is married to an Innuit - an acceptable non-threatening, non-white, thus no one can accuse people not voting for Obama because of his colour racist.

@ GOC

I would very much like to believe that the Republicans have shot themselves in the foot with the nomination of such an inexperienced candidate. But there's a flip side to this. Every time the Democrats slam Palin, the Republicans will use it to highlight Obama's inexperience; and I don't think it works all that effectively the other way round because Obama's running for the Presidency whereas she's not.

Moreover, Palin's nomination really does undermine Obama's, and Hillary's, achievements. Obama's gotten to where he is by working harder than everyone else, Palin's gotten here because she's a woman.

But it's not that easy to raise this issue. There are plenty of Americans who believe, or can be easily misled into believing, that Obama's success is solely a result of affirmative action. Republican strategists will try to raise this point every time they get a chance and Palin provides them with the perfect foil for this evdeavour.

In essence the argument boils down to this: they put a black guy so we put a woman, and our woman is an America's sweetheart while he's a terrorist who's benefited from your tax dollars and misguided affirmative action. Sure, this undermines Palin but it undermines Obama more; in the end McCain is the winner.

goc said...

@ AKS

Definitely agree with how the republicans are gonna spin this .. they are already doing it. BUT, lets be honest, a lot of these ppl are just as unlikely to want a woman (esp. a young "pretty" one) as president as they are too want a black guy with a Muslim sounding name and an angry wife. And usually, Palin would be a perfect VP b/c she can make great media appearances. But the thing is, McCain is approaching the end of his life span. And the die-hard republicans know that. In fact, I was watching fox news today just to amuse myself. Caffety et al are trying really hard to not shit their pants. They are being pulled by their party/ideology loyalty and the obvious fact that Palin is just not qualified to lead their beloved country to its great destiny. I mean, she outlined her political career in her acceptance speech and it had four stops "PTA (school board), city council, mayor of 9,000 strong town and governor of Alaska.) I mean if the PTA can make your short list ...

And yes, the republicans are brutal enough to get their act together, put everything aside and get McCain elected. And if it was a kerry-ish democrat running I would say smart move McCain. But at this point I have faith in Obama/Biden that they will make the most of the gift handed to them. They know they have too. Seriously though, tune into fox its funny.

Ahsan said...

It really is striking how much our opinions of the present day Republicans are suffused with fear - fear of their ability to manage and dominate the political discourse of the day. Mind you, I'm not saying it's an *irrational* fear, but it's interesting nonetheless.

Almost every single political event is analyzed through the prism of: how are the Republicans going to spin this? They are so good at what they do, and have such an intellectually and professionally lazy mainstream media to do their bidding, that even brazenly stupid GOP moves are fraught with danger for the Democrats.

Anonymous said...

You might want to change the title of this post to "McCain Chooses 44 yr old GILF for Veep"

Ahsan said...

Anon1258:

Hahaha, yes, technically you're right. It's kind of cute how Palin takes us back to a more innocent time, when women became grand mothers well before hitting the big Five Oh.

O said...

By now I'm sure you know this in fact is not Sarah Palin, but rather German model Sabine Ehrenfeld. Regardless, your point is well taken.