Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

These are serious times, and they call for a serious debate about where we need to take the nation.

--Barack Obama

Now, I admit to having a few guilty pleasures in life. Watching back episodes of "What Not To Wear". Buying earrings at the Kohl's in the 80% off clearance section. Getting that chai tea latte at Panera. Doing that powerwalk through Ikea and promising myself that someday, somehow my house really will be this organized.

Sarah Palin, over these last fun-filled days since the announcement that she would be Old Man McCain's Vice President, has been one of these guilty pleasures. But like all guilty pleasures, it doesn't take a whole lot of exposure to just get, well, a little tired of seeing it day in and day out.

I know now really everything I need to know about Sarah Palin, and I can sum it up in one sentence for ya: She's A Republican. Trust me. That's all you need to know.

Before the bridge to nowhere before she was against it? Well, yeah, she's a Republican.

Being investigated for abuse of power, and hiding behind executive privilege? Well, yeah, she's a Republican.

Firing - or threatening to fire - civil servants who don't tow the line, who "go off the reservation" or who just plain and simple think she's wrong? Whaddidya think - she's a Republican.

Refusing to talk to journalists unless things are so absolutely on her terms that the outcome is as wilted and trite as a Meredith Baxter Birney TV Movie of the Week? Well, sure - she's a Republican.

And as fun as the chatter and the handwringing and the theatrics have been, and as amusing as it is to see the party whose standard bearer voted against equal pay for equal work for women suddenly cry "sexism"...

...it is time to Move On Dot Org.

If the Republicans wanted to have a serious debate, they would have put a serious candidate on the ticket. There's plenty of them left in the Republican party, even among the women.

But they chose to have as John McCain's running mate a person they introduced as a moose-shooting hockey mom whose depth of experience comes from a twenty month governorship and a few years as a small town mayor.

This isn't a candidate - it's a punch line. And to watch the Mighty American Cable News Wurlitzer go on a 24/7 Sarah Palin News Binge...well, it's like eating chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week. You start asking, "where's the beef"?

I admit it. I'm Palin-ed out. Suddenly sick of Sarah. I've got Alaska Moose-Huntin' Mom Fatigue.

So, an appeal, both to my fellow bloggers and the news media at large. Isn't there something else we can talk about? I mean, come on, this is America. We've got a failing economy, a failed energy policy, unchecked global warming and the anemic "war on terror" (remember that one - it has something to do with why we went into that Afghanistan place, the one that's next to Iraq). Surely, there is enough there to fill a twenty-four hour period of talking heads.

But if you must dish, how about the latest from Brangelina or TomCat? After the Palin Place soap opera, that's looking more and more like the hard-hitting issues I can really sink my teeth into.

There's less than sixty days to go before the election, people. Can we talk about our futures? Please?

Tags: 2008 elections, Barack Obama, Brangelina, celebrities, John McCain, news, rant, Republicans, Sarah Palin, TomCat (all tags)

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24 Comments

Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Thank you for listening. :-)

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:16PM | 0 recs
Amen Sister!

I've already confessed to "Palin fatigue" over the past few days.  I get it, she's awful!  But the more we talk about her the more the Republican base can victimize her and "energize" their base.

She just doesn't deserve this kind of attention.  And to think that McCain called Obama a "Celebrity".  Oh geez.

And did you catch the latest ad?  Now Obama is like a hungry wolf hunting down poor Sarah Palin!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK4oWay1V bE

by Ellinorianne 2008-09-10 12:50PM | 0 recs
You know, I had Duran Duran's

"Hungry Like A Wolf" running through my head watching that one.

Hope the Obama folks respond forthwith, and on the same tact Obama used today. For every artfully crafted ad they should just call the McCain folks out on Distract-O-Rama.

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:56PM | 0 recs
You know it's a good day...

...if you've had reason to groove to Duran Duran.

Take on me...

by Dracomicron 2008-09-10 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: You know it's a good day...

The Reflex, is a lonely child...

Sing it with me!

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 04:38PM | 0 recs
That one's infected by Weird Al

Weird Al's polka receital of:

Why don't you use it ?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time don't loose it
Why don't you use it ?
Try not to bruise it
Buy time don't loose it

is burned into my skull from repeated tape flippings.

by Dracomicron 2008-09-10 06:08PM | 0 recs
Re: That one's infected by Weird Al

Just eat it
Eat it
Eat it
Eat it
Get yourself an egg and beat it

Sorry - any mention of Weird Al goes back to that song and the vid where he holds up a chicken leg ;-)

by grannyhelen 2008-09-11 04:45AM | 0 recs
That one gets double billing...

You know I'm fat, I'm fat, you know it you know
(fat, fat, really really fat)
And my shadow weighs forty-two pounds
Lemme tell you once again who's fat

If you see me comin' your way
Better give me plenty space
If I tell you that I'm hungry
Then won't you feed my face

Because I'm fat, I'm fat, shamu
(fat, fat, really really fat)
You know I'm fat, I'm fat, you know it
(fat, fat, really really fat)
You know I'm fat, I'm fat, you know it, you know
(fat, fat, really really fat)
Woo woo woo
(when I sit around the house
I really sit around the house)

by Dracomicron 2008-09-11 05:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Amen Sister!
We're not criticizing and talking about Palin because we like her policies. I criticize because of what she actually stands for, and I will keep criticizing and talking about Palin, until everyone, most importantly the mainstream media, is talking the truth about Palin. Frankly, I believe the shine is starting to fade from Palin, and, I hope, the media is becoming more critical of her as a VP candidate and McCain's first major decision as the Repugs' presidential candidate. Meanwhile, I believe Obama and his campaign are doing a superb job of taking on McCain. He can be assured, we will make sure the world knows about Palin.
by zenful6219 2008-09-10 01:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Amen Sister!

That's cool, but let me just clarify what my intention was in writing this: Sarah Palin is an issue, but she isn't the issue.

The GOP wants to make this a personality contest, and they know that if the election is about the issues they lose. Inasmuch as I've loved the criticism of Palin so far, she is a symptom of what's wrong.

And it's fairly easy to label her: typical Republican. Just keep pushing that discredited brand back onto her and I think it's a pretty effective way of handling it.

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 01:28PM | 0 recs
What she said :)

Thank you.

by Ellinorianne 2008-09-10 02:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

I am right there with you.....

Are they really THAT much better at this then we are?

WTF?  Let me get this straight.  One of the biggest corporate bailouts in history is going on, including BIG bonuses for the clowns who drove the companies into the ditch.

The guy who set this whole TRILLION DOLLAR tax payer bailout in motion is John McCain's chief financial campaign advisor.

And WHAT is the story that is burning up the airwaves, clogging the blogosphere, dominating the pundit shows?

A comment Senator Obama made with almost NO possible connection to the feigned outrage being claimed?

And, the news-cycles are captured, the pundit shows are booked with really detailed discussions of common language idioms and are they are they not sexist?

How many diaries here on that subject?

How about the correct answer, IT WAS NOT ABOUT PALIN AT ALL!

My god, if we are that easily lead by our noses, we deserve to lose, America deserves it fate, hell, it will better for the world if we get out the way as quick as we can.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-10 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Hey, that's a mighty fine rant you've got there yourself ;-)

I remember when the blogosphere was filled with folks slicing and dicing the Bush years, talking about change, focused on how we're going to take back our country...

...remember how unifying that was?

Sure, Sarah's a train wreck. It's hard to look away.

But we must try, darn it.

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:25PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

My girlfriend has a term for objects like Palin, that you just can't look away from:

"Mesmerizingly appalling"

Yes, I remember those days. Hell, we might be back to them with Mr Military Hot-Head and the Rature Believing Shooting Wolves from the Helicopter team in the WH....

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-10 12:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Did you ever think that the mavericky duo may be one of the Seven Signs...?

I kid! I kid!

Love the mesmerizingly appalling...love it!

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

I'm not that biblical, but I do think Palin is right out of a Steven King novel.

On the serious side, IF this country goes bat-shit crazy enough to put those two in the whitehouse I am going to sign off politics, and give it to my daughters generation.

Us boomers have done about all the damage we can do, the sooner they flush ALL OF US out of the system, the better.

She is 18, in Community College, not political and like EVERY one of her buds, keeps asking "Dad, people ARE going to elect Obama, right?"

I'm not telling her much the last week.

Her take on Palin:

"She's like the mom everyone is real nice to, to her face; then we all agree she's completly nuts when we leave the house.

We would feel really sorry for her daughter."

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-10 12:52PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Although I know what you mean, the mind races trying to track down exactly which Stephen King novel...

Hey, it doesn't matter how involved your daughter is or not, just as long as she shows up to vote. Maybe they could have a tailgate party at the polling place...

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Oh, she is voting...Or no more new shoes from Dad!
(just kidding...)

Hell, I live in King County, we are the BLUEST part of WA, a state Obama will win handly.

In my state, I am more worried about our Democrat Governor, Christine Gregoire. A really fake Republic Dino Rossi who lost to her last time by like <100 votes is running again, and she will need HUGE Obama coat-tails to beat him again.

He is running this phony "I am the change agent" campaign, yeah, he was a Insurance company CEO before they tapped him to run last time. A real man of the people.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-10 01:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

O my - I remember that one. Very close race, wasn't it?

Good luck :-)

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 01:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Thanks, Christine has good Demo support and plenty of money.

But, the Republics have rightfully targeted her as a vunerable candidate this year.

Fingers crossed, but I am not hopeful.

I know a bunch of Republics, nice people, just new money, Microsofties mostly.

Voting Obama and voting Rossi almost all. They are outraged at Palin, Creationist and Anti-Science is enough to keep them voting for Obama.

They all dislike Christine, blame her for a lot of state issues not really her fault.

Yup, she will need a wind at her back this time.

by WashStateBlue 2008-09-10 01:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Doesn't sound hopeful, does it...?

Maybe they'll change their minds between now and Nov? One hopes..

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 01:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Palin Fatigue. A Rant.

Tips for your daughter. And my son, who's the same age. Crazy thing is, they look at this stuff and go... 'is this what the real world is like?'

The boomers abandoned the real world somewhere between Altamont and Clarence Thomas, when the personal became political, and the political became merely personal. We should warn them of the dangers of that. It ends up somewhere between Caligula and Nero.

by duende 2008-09-10 03:33PM | 0 recs
I agree

In other news, the cute young lady in the JC Penny's sidebar ad on this site is one of my guilty pleasures.

She's just so adorable.

by Dracomicron 2008-09-10 12:26PM | 0 recs
Oh, that one caused a gut laugh....

too funny!

by grannyhelen 2008-09-10 12:32PM | 0 recs

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