Friday, September 26, 2008

The Very Defintion of Insanity, Plus: Your Daily Palin "WTF"?



JMWWAPOW's "solution"? More corporate tax cuts. Less regulation.

There's a quote that's been attributed to various people, but mostly to Albert Einstein: "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

If tax cuts and less regulation haven't worked for the last eight years, what on God's green earth makes them think it'll dig us out of this mess?

I have to agree with Yglesias:

If conservatives won’t play ball, I think the smart move for progressives on the Hill is to come back to Bush and Paulson with a much less palatable plan — huge stimulus, big tax hikes on super-high earners, mortgage cramdowns, etc. Let Bush either cave 100 percent to a Nancy Pelosi dream deal or else let Bush bring McCain and John Boehner to the table. There’s no reason for progressives to be making concessions to the Bush administration and the financial industry if they can’t even get their lackeys to back their own plan.

And look, I'm trying very hard to keep this blog from being "all Palin, all the time." But she just keeps saying stuff. And every time she opens her mouth, comedy gold falls out. Like this jaw-dropper from last night's interview with Katie Couric, during which time Governor Palin asserts, once again, that she's got foreign policy cred because her state's right next to Russia:

...it's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the airspace of the United States of America, where, 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, to our state."


WTF? Putin's been "rearing his head" in ALASKA? Was Georgia just a feint? And is Governor Palin asserting that it's she and not NORAD, who "sends those out" (whatever "those" are, presumably the Air Force) to meet the threat of the Russian Bear?

Can the Governor, perhaps, give specific examples of when she personally has had to face down Putin and his rearing head?

I mean, WTF?

Folks, this isn't out of context. I saw the interview in all its glory, and the rest of it was just as bad. Some parts were even worse. The woman is a train wreck.

Let me just observe that, when you get your ass handed to you by Katie Fucking Couric, you've got a serious problem.

10 comments:

eviljwinter said...

It's been said elsewhere, but her comments ot Katie Couric were the ghost of Tom Smykowski from Office Space.

"What's the matter with you people? I talk to the goddamn customers!"

David Terrenoire said...

I remember when Bob Dole got worked over by perky little Katie.

It didn't make him look very presidential to get his ass kicked by a Campfire Girl.

Gerard said...

Katie Fucking Couric?

Need I repeat my earlier posts?

John McFetridge said...

Here, I found this. Some hack named Thomas Jefferson wrote it in 1802:

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

JD Rhoades said...

Need I repeat my earlier posts?

Katie Couric =/= all of womankind. There are female journalists, such as Christine Annanpour and Lara Logan, who I do respect. Couric (usually) isn't one of them. She's not fit to carry Annanpour's trench coat.

I'll allow as how she actually had the temerity to commit acts of journalism in this interview, but she's previously been better known for questions like the "how to you keep fit on the campaign trail" crap she lobbed at Hillary Clinton.

You know, Gerard, you keep trying to play this sexism/misogyny card, and it keeps turning up as a Joker. You want to keep making an ass of yourself, feel free, but be aware that that is exactly what you're doing.

John Dishon said...

If we go by this definition of insanity, a lot of people are insane, because we're still voting for Democrats or Republicans.

It'll be fun to see Palin debate Joe Biden. Assuming, that is, that they don't come up with a reason to cancel that debate.

JD Rhoades said...

Sorry, Christiane Amanpour.

JD Rhoades said...

It'll be fun to see Palin debate Joe Biden.

Except that if he does anything to show that he's more knowledgeable, more experienced, and yes, smarter than she is, he'll be lambasted for being condescending and sexist. Actually being better for the job than someone else has now, apparently, become "elitist."

Gerard said...

You know, Gerard, you keep trying to play this sexism/misogyny card, and it keeps turning up as a Joker. You want to keep making an ass of yourself, feel free, but be aware that that is exactly what you're doing.

Actually, that was my point. I'm playing the thoughtless McCain supporter. Sorry for the confusion.

I reckon Couric suffers under the same restrictions other journalists do which is, "Play nice or we cut off your access." Plus, years of fluff on The Today Show would have even put Edgar R. Murrow off his game. But, excuses mean nothing; Murrow would have shook off the cobwebs and gone to work. Besides even Lara Logan has been dragged through the mud with tabloid coverage of a divorce, a still married boyfriend, etc. (This Logan comment has little to do with anything aside from Logan being really good looking and therefore worth discussing. Ahh...I've fallen into a Palin Trap.)

Regarding the upcoming Biden vs. Palin debates. I expect Palin to be covered in dust after Biden wipes the floor with her. I have my own theories on how Biden can present himself and his arguments to head off Republican criticisms of elitism and sexism. But any strategy used by Biden will be countered by the Republicans.

JD Rhoades said...

Actually, that was my point. I'm playing the thoughtless McCain supporter. Sorry for the confusion.

Ah, okay. Sorry, I guess I didn't see it was meant to be satirical. Ironic, that.