I spent the afternoon today walking around the quad of Washington University in St. Louis in a Progressive Future t-shirt and mask, introducing myself as Sarah Palin. The mask -- Bush with red lacquered lipstick -- got a lot of laughs.
Along with Dania Becker, a Progressive Future volunteer, I welcomed people to "John & Sarah's Diner", where the stale old fare of the Bush Administration is still on the menu -- dishes like "Baby-Give-Back-to-the-Wealthy Ribs" and "John's Wall Street Sliders". I think I do a pretty good Sarah Palin. "How are ya!!?!" Lots of exclamation points. "Too, though, you should try my Baked Alaska! Made in a global warming oven!!"
I made this video which cuts down Palin's debate performance to just it's folksy, silly, sometimes lost, wonderfulness. I hope you enjoy it. Note the run in the middle where she gets rather suggestive for a bit, and the number of times she says "also".
I think when you look at it like this, people were too quick to give her credit for being coherent the whole time.
Here's what Sarah Palin told an international audience about the information and attitudes she has toward Iran, a nation that will loom large in the next decade and more of America's future:
An armed, nuclear armed especially Iran is so extremely dangerous to consider. They cannot be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons period. Israel is in jeopardy of course when we're dealing with Ahmadinejad as a leader of Iran. Iran claiming that Israel as he termed it, a stinking corpse, a country that should be wiped off the face of the earth. Now a leader like Ahmadinejad who is not sane or stable when he says things like that is not one whom we can allow to acquire nuclear energy, nuclear weapons.
...leaders like Ahmadinejad who would seek to acquire nuclear weapons and wipe off the face of the earth an ally like we have in Israel...
dictators who hate America and hate what we stand for, with our freedoms...
Palin and her handlers must be aware that her words will be fact-checked. So you have to ask: where does she get her information? How does her information square with other sources of information about Ahmadinejad? If her information is not consistent with other facts and reports, who is wrong? Do Palin and her information sources know that their information is wrong? If so, WHY DO THEY PERSIST IN LYING? And if Palin and her handlers are lying, what can we assume about their character, their respect for the integrity of the communications process by which Americans make an extremely important decision -- the choice of the next leader of the nation; their respect for the people of the United States; their respect for Constitutional principles that are "what America stands for"?
Who hates America more, Sarah Palin and her handlers, or Ahmadinejad and Iran?
Above the fold: What Sarah Palin said.
Below the fold: Eye witness accounts from religious and civic leaders who spoke with Dr. Ahmadinejad on September 24, 2008.