Monday, October 20, 2008

Garrison Keillor on the future of Sarah Palin.

Pulling no punches:
It was dishonest, cynical men who put forward a clueless young woman for national office, hoping to juice up the ticket, hoping she could skate through two months of chaperoned campaigning, but the truth emerges: The lady is talking freely about matters she has never thought about. The American people have an ear for B.S. They can tell when someone's mouth is moving and the clutch is not engaged.
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Inkwell Bookstore said...

"pulling no punches..."

...except in his analysis of the American people.

Sad truth is, most folks are eating Palin up like pumpkin pie.

Sabina E. said...

dude, i can't believe that she has the nerve to look you straight in the eye on camera and proclaim her innocence, even though she was found GUILTY of abusing her power.

she makes me sick.

Stephen Duncan said...

I don't feel sorry for her, but at the same time it's tough not to sympathize a little. Clearly, she’s out of her league. And even though she had been successful to this point as governor, I could see that becoming overwhelming as well. But small town mayor? Probably perfect for the job. All small town mayors, however, dream of the political yellow brick road. No matter how unrealistic.

Just as all those out there writing those queries dream of climbing the publishing mountain ahead. So what if Jo or Judy Publisher calls you up and says, “I want to publish your MS.” But you know your MS is only a First Draft and not very much like all those fancy NYT Bestsellers, even though all your family and friends keep saying you’re the next Paulo Coelho. What would you do?

I’m sure she’s a nice woman, and I have no ill feelings towards her, but her political career needs a few more drafts, a line edit, and some content adjustment before she’s capable of governing a multi-cultural, complex society like the United States. Never mind having planet-changing conversations with foreign governments.

Bobbie said...

Raised in a conservative family (that has become increasingly liberal over the last 8 years), I can tell you that I know of no one personally who is fooled by Palin. McCain's choice of her as a running mate is an insult to us all. As a mother of 4 myself, I'm offended that he believed putting a mother at his side--regardless of her experience and knowledge--would be enough to win women over.

The news from Lake Wobegon as never been so true.

Jeff Crook said...

I still think he picked her because he's a big Battlestar Galactica fan and she looks like Laura Roslin.

richgoldstein13 said...

Sarah Palin may not make a the consultant/speaker jump like most failed politicians. Here's hoping to one day see her on

Sex Mahoney for President

Stacy said...

Sad truth is, most folks are eating Palin up like pumpkin pie.

Oh, I don't think most people are. Definitely conservatives. But her popularity with independents has fallen rather sharply in the last few weeks, and she never had any footing at all with Democrats.

Twill said...

If Keillor ever used the gentle humor of Lake Wobegone (sp?) when dealing with the other half of the country, rather than the biting bitterness he engages in, he would be much more effective.

Regarding Palin, she did a very good job of underlining how little Obama meant by all his earlier pronouncements. He was the outsider, reformist, yadda yadda yadda, but then he chose Biden, the poster child for Democratic status quo, as his running mate.

The other thing is, Biden's making all these Dan Quayle comments, and he's been running for the job for fifteen years or more. Palin's been national for, what, eight weeks?

She can grow into the job, but all the other three, it's "what you see is what you get."

Oh, and "deaf brown trash punk", Palin wasn't "found guilty" unless you believe that Clinton was "found guilty" when Judge Starr (sp?) produced a report documenting various allegations. Clinton was "acquitted" -- really a hung jury largely on party lines -- and Palin has not been in any way tried.

Conservative truth said...

If she were 'liberal' you would love her. The least accepting of people holding ideas differing from their own tend to be 'liberal leftists'. They also tend t5o be the most cruel