Monday, September 29, 2008

I can hardly wait for the VP debates . . .

22 comments:

Dr. Mark said...

I have two questions for you (well, I could ask many, but I'll ask just two):

1. Why didn't you post the SNL Couric/Palin "interview?" It was very nearly the same thing.

2. How can Wolf Blitzer sit there and refuse to give an honest reporting of what he saw? Like her or not, c'mon!

D'Arcy said...

It really does scare the hell out of me! I'd rather vote for Tina Fey. I wish she were doing the debates.


I'll be watching this weekend, with popcorn!!

Shawn said...

Why is that so scary?? She gave exactly the answer she was trained to give. Ok, wrong time for that answer, but a little more coaching and she'll be golden!

Besides, didn't you hear Joe Biden's comments about FDR?? I'll find them and post them.

Shawn said...

Here it is!
http://wire.factcheck.org/2008/09/25/jon-stewart-joe-biden-crazy-reckless-oops/

Em said...

I have read all of the political comments on your blog. The country/media is very interested in what Palin thinks about everything. I don't even know what Biden thinks about anything. Where is he? I am a lot more concerned about the billions of dollars in new spending Obama is proposing on his own website. He also has a section about healthcare which uses the sentence, "require healthcare providers to do..." That scares me! I know this is getting long. Someone said that they thought because Obama is smart he will surround himself with smart people and get something done. I am less optimistic. One of the only problems Obama has had during his meteoric rise has been with his associations. Those he has chosen to do business with, attend speaking engagements with, etc. have included some very questionable characters. No one is perfect and I am less than overjoyed with the choices in this presidential election, but we need to admit that it is easier to overlook the faults of those we support and pick at every word the opposition says.

HappyWifeHappyLife said...

I see this and I want to crawl under the covers and not come out. Seriously. I am VERY scared for the world we're going to be leaving our kids.... a legacy of debt and corruption and power-hungry, selfish, hubris, avarice, greed.... (ok, ok, I'll stop now).

And the other thing that REALLY bothered me about Sarah Palin when she came out of Alaska is how a mother of 5 (one of her kids being pregnant and one being a special needs kid) put her political ambitions above the needs of her children. I know others don't see it that way, but I sure do. She's running for the 2nd highest job in the country and her children will be taking a back burner .... THAT bothered me right off the bat.

OK, I'm done. Off my soapbox now and going to find my blood pressure pills. ;-)

(Kidding, but still....)

emily said...

egads! truly a terrible, terrible interview.

Dr. Mark said...

I think the perceived scarcity of Biden info could be explained by a couple of things. I'm sure there are plenty of other reasons for this, but these two come to mind quickly for me.

1. Palin has been so inaccessible that anything she does immediately garners intense scrutiny.

2. Biden has been involved in more than one personal presidential campaign so in a sense the media has already gone through and analyzed his positions. Plus, he is really just endorsing and furthering the Obama platform at this point.

I'm not crazy about all of Obama's policies. Neither candidate has a clue what to do with health care. That is a separate thesis all its own. Ultimately both sides will spend a lot of money. Don't let either fool you. McCain is committed to continuing to burn a lot of cash on the occupation of Iraq, which at this point doesn't seem to have a end in the near future. Obama has a lot of programs he'd like to try. Both say they'll cut the "useless" government programs out.

When all is said and done, our government will still be spending plenty. I'd just like to try the "spend it at home" approach for a while. The "spend it abroad" philosophy hasn't made life better for many of our citizens lately.

Boquinha said...

Mark, what's so scary is we saw the SNL skit *first* and I thought they were exaggerating. And, holy cow, they weren't!

D'Arcy, Amen, sister.

Shawn, um, that FDR comment compared with that disastrous interview? There just is no comparison. One is painfully stupid and the other is absolutely scary.

Em, you're not kidding. I think the media is all over Palin because everyone is shocked that she's in the position she is! If you want to know what Biden says, believe me, it's out there. He's a total blowhard. I'm not that fond of his arrogant demeanor. I'm concerned about many of Obama's proposals, too (especially healthcare), but that's not nearly as terrifying to me as the thought of Palin as President (she's a heart beat away and McCain is 72 and not in the best health). I totally disagree with Obama's healthcare stand. I also disagree with McCain's. I think they're both wrong in their approaches. They need to fix the crap that is insurance and HMO, NOT make it accessible (mandatory!) to everyone. I may not make it clear on our blog, but most of my conversations mention what I like and dislike about both candidates. There are just funnier SNL skits (and real interviews!) about the Republican candidates. :P I can't fathom what Palin must be thinking/feeling about now--I imagine she's a total wreck about the impending debate.

HWHL, I hear you. I think I need to reread Gustav's post since the economic news today was positively frightful.

Boquinha said...

Here's an interesting site--figure out your taxes under Obama and McCain.

Boquinha said...

Holy crazy comments! As I wrote that first one, like 4 more comments posted!!

Shawn said...

Stacy, (I'll call you that since I have no idea what boquinha is): I rather enjoy the bipartisan banter that permeates this post. I know where you stand and you know where I stand, yet we are still able to laugh at our candidates. I'm not sure if I should rejoice, or fear?? I was shocked when I heard Biden say that. I mean, wasn't he in the Senate during the Great Depression? Let's just hope we're not headed for another one!! Ugh. (And Palin was painful to watch. Couldn't you see in Katie Couric's blinking that she wanted to just slap her?)

Boquinha said...

Boquinha means "little mouth" in Portuguese--a nickname from my mission days. :) It's literal, not figurative, so keep your wise mouth comments to yourself. ;)

This IS good bipartisan banter! I agree and I think it's healthy that we can both laugh at our own candidates.

I know! Seriously, we've seen the SNL skit and, seeing that first, you'd think it was a gross exaggeration. Sadly, it was almost a direct quote! "Egads" is right, Emily!

Shawn said...

I've posted both the SNL video and the CBS video on my blog so you can compare(which everyone could go see if you'd link to us, but my feelings aren't hurt or anything, I mean, not really hurt, or hurt badly, or, you know, I'll take medication and be okay, because, well, is there some sort of crisis number I can call?)

Boquinha said...

D'Arcy--I want to address this popcorn comment. It's so true!! Anc chocolate!

What's bizarre is that I feel that I am viewing it more as entertainment rather than a real political discourse and that's sad! Isn't that awful? And that's not because I have a bad attitude going into it. It's because it's simply how I feel. I'm not deciding on that or manufacturing that. I'm being honest here! Painfully honest.

The debate this past week? I wanted to hear what they had to say, but in a very different way than the VP debates.

It's like watching figure skating in the Olympics--you are awestruck and nervous as you watch. I can't watch those feeling relaxed--I get SO NERVOUS that they might fall. It's sort of uncomfortable entertainment. I worry that the VP debates will be like that.

Boquinha said...

Shawn, your pathetic comment reminded me that I hadn't added you to our blog roll yet, so I just did and given your creative blog name? You're at the very top of the alphabetical list! Handy, eh?

(Everyone, Shawn would LOVE comments and political banter on his blog, so have at it . . . ).

Shawn said...

Many thanks (but pathetic? Ouch!)

Boquinha said...

I don't know. Medication? Crisis line? You're right--maybe pathetic isn't the right word. Maybe you've just come up with an ingenious money-making scheme! ;)

emily said...

I gotta say, this "one heartbeat away from the presidency" thing is getting old. McCain is NOT knocking on death's door. 72 isn't that old. His health isn't perfect, but whose is? Especially at 72?

PS. I have not decided who I'm voting for. I'm a registered republican and I obviously favor the right, but I don't intend for my comments to always be "boo Obama" but for now, he's not impressing me. Well, neither is McCain. Who knows WHAT to do.

Egads.

Dr. Mark said...

The "one heartbeat away" phrase is getting a little old, but there are valid concerns.

McCain, if elected, would surpass Reagan as the oldest president to take office. (Reagan was 69 at his first inauguration in 1981.) There are those that thought Reagan was showing signs of Alzheimer's early in his presidency.

McCain has a history of melanoma, the kind of skin cancer that metastasizes. It doesn't mean he'll get it again, but it does raise a few eyebrows.

McCain spent over five years as a POW, putting up with incredible torture and challenges. People placed under even a portion of that kind of stress tend to age more quickly.

Depending upon which source you believe, actuary tables give anywhere from a 1-in-6 to a 1-in-3 chance of dying in the next 4 years.

There are no guarantees in life, but projecting probabilities into the future, I can totally understand why all the fuss about McCain's health and VP selection.

emily said...

but she's obviously NOT one heartbeat away. he's had a thousand heartbeats in the past day or so, and the ticker hasn't stopped yet.

Boquinha said...

Palin is so under the microscope. They've kept her from the media and now, because of pressure, they've had her do a few interviews and they were abysmal. I almost feel sorry for her--they're so painful to watch. She must be a wreck--she's over prepared for them and isn't being herself.

I read the stats the other day--Biden has done about 89 media interviews since being announced as the VP candidate. Until Kate Couric, Palin had done 3. That's going to stand out. Mitt Romney might be right on this one--let her be and let her talk. Maybe more would be better so it wouldn't be so glaringly obvious.

But I'm with the other pundits who suggest she might want to step down. The nation is in crisis mode and she's not fit for that kind of leadership. She's really not. I mean Obama, Biden, AND McCain are all going to be in DC voting on something crucial in the next day. And Palin? She's getting prepped for Thursday's debate in Sedona, AZ. {Shaking head} I don't know what else to say . . .