Friday, September 26, 2008

Why doesn't this make me feel better?

This is Kathleen Parker, one of those hot-combed honeys of the right wing. I was first introduced to Ms. Parker's column in The Orlando Sentinel, a reliable bastion of crazy conservative bloviation.

You know her tone even if you don't know her writing. It's that trademarked brand of smug condescension, dripping with derision, almost always served up by blondes of various stages of hotness, from mannish Ann Coulter to batshit loony Laura Ingraham.

According to that headshot up there, taken through what appears to be a quarter inch of vaseline, Kathleen is better looking than either of those two harridans, which makes me wonder why she doesn't get more Fox News time. After all, she has a book to sell that slams Obama.

So, maybe her voice is hard on the ears, although it would be tough to top Laura Ingraham in ear-bleeding awfulness.

Perhaps I'm being too hard on Ms. Parker, particularly since she's written something that will make her a pariah at the next Limbaugh lawn party.

She thinks Sarah Palin is unfit for office. That's right.

Here's an excerpt from her most recent column in the National Review:

" is increasingly clear that Palin is a problem. Quick study or not, she doesn't know enough about economics and foreign policy to make Americans comfortable with a President Palin should conditions warrant her promotion...

Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there's not much content there... If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.

...McCain can't repudiate his choice for running mate...Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons, perhaps because she wants to spend more time with her newborn. No one would criticize a mother who puts her family first.

Do it for your country."

Wow. Palin should resign. That's not going to snag any invites to the spring moose hunt. But after this bit of Palinizationalism, I think Kathleen might have a point.

As Dave Letterman said, "Something doesn't smell right."

"As Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where do they go? It's Alaska. It's just right over the border. It is from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there, they are right next to our state."


JD Rhoades said...

Palin's a trainwreck, and everybody knows it.

Oh, sorry, was that sexist?

eviljwinter said...


Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Kathleen Parker is a blathering idiot except for her vast expertise on Palin's incompetence? I'm sorry, but I fail to follow that logic. Are you sure her comments weren't about the Democratic nominee? Except for the newborn, they pretty much seemed to fit. Thank goodness there are no blonde dimwit shrews that the CBS evening news has to be dumbed down for, right?

I don't know why everyone doesn't admit the truth about this election. It's not about who is the most qualified. We should all agree we don't have qualified candidates! It's about ideology; nothing but pure ideology. What will ideology matter when the people are too incompetent to implement it? That's where we're heading least in my opinion, which totally lacks humility.


David Terrenoire said...


Thank goodness there are no blonde dimwit shrews that the CBS evening news has to be dumbed down for, right?

I don't understand what you're trying to say here.

As for the rest, well, the point of this post and others I've seen, is that Palin is losing the choir. When people who normally carry the GOP's water start jumping ship (to mix my metaphors), then that's news.

As for your opinion that no one in this race is qualified, I don't agree with you. But you have every right to think that, and I'm happy you show up here to let us hear an opposing view.

Scott said...

"Only Palin can save McCain, her party, and the country she loves. She can bow out for personal reasons ... Do it for your country," conservative columnist and former Palin fan Kathleen Parker of pleaded on Friday.

In defense, Republicans say the complaints are coming from "intellectual" conservatives -- not Main Street Republicans, who they insist love the "hockey mom," from Alaska, as Palin describes herself.

"These are the folks that really have responded to the candidacy of a McCain-Palin ticket. These are the folks that are showing up in huge numbers, tens of thousands, to the rallies," Leslie Sanchez, a CNN political contributor, said.

First of all, "intellectual conservative" is an oxymoron. (I had to get that out of my system.) Second, that bolded statement shows both great strategic insight and a depressing realization: The Republicans do a great job of dumbing things down to reach their armless constituents.

However, the fact that this is even the case, that some people are so uninformed, with no reason or desire to become informed, is truly depressing and discouraging.

Just my two cents...