Thursday, 6 November 2008

"Torture" - Jacksons, 1984

To me, a potentially terrifying form of torture was seeing a headline on Yahoo News this morning which read "Can Palin resurrect the GOP? Does she want to?" Good Lord, folks. Haven't we Americans already been subjected to enough embarrassment from McCain's running mate?

And to add to my view was hearing - from an American work colleague visiting the Oxford office this week - that no less than conservative Fox News have released some information today which was carefully withheld until after the election was over.

Apparently, besides many reports of frustration coming from Palin staffers, two other important reasons that she was not qualified to be the Vice President of the US have emerged...

1. Sarah Palin didn't know that Africa is a continent.

2. Sarah Palin didn't know which countries make up NAFTA. For my non-American readers, the members are the US, Canada, and Mexico. And Canada is, of course, Alaska's neighbor. Oh - but remember that Palin tended to forget Canada when she talked about her foreign policy "experience", as she went on and on about how her state shares a border with Russia. But what about Canada? We never heard a word about Canada.

I'm sure the Republicans are conducting their post-mortem on the election as I write. I'm also sure they have come to realize that Sarah Palin's choice as VP was one of the reasons for their failure on Tuesday. If they were trying to lure the former "Hillary Democrats" by selecting Palin, I'm highly offended by their judgement. Or should I say lack of judgement.

I would be delighted to have a female VP. It just shouldn't be a token position for someone as unqualified as Sarah Palin.

British wit Tom Baker (and a former "Doctor") said it best recently when he quipped: "She puts the 'alas' in Alaska."


PS After posting this item, John has found something very interesting from a Wasilla, Alaska resident named Anne Kilkenny. It's worth a read.


At 06 November, 2008 20:21 , Blogger John said...

Does George Bush know that Africa is a continent?

At 06 November, 2008 20:36 , Blogger Expat mum said...

"Yes but she's a babe." I can't count the times I heard that when her supporters were asked why she should be VP. Ugh!

At 07 November, 2008 01:29 , Blogger Heather said...

Yeah, Canada never counts. :-(

At 07 November, 2008 14:20 , Blogger bronx boy said...

Her selection by McCain caused many former Republican voters to switch to Obama (this one included). Just one of many poor decisions made by McCain. Does she have a future national political life? I hope not.

At 07 November, 2008 17:57 , Blogger chris hale said...

Africa's a continent? Why wasn't I told?

Apparently, at a fund-raiser in October, Ms Palin referred to Afghanistan as a 'neighboring country'.

Dim as a Toc H lantern. Apparently.

At 07 November, 2008 19:13 , Blogger G L Wilson said...

I predict that she'll end up with her own talk show. Which should keep her busy and away from the world of politics.

At 08 November, 2008 00:43 , Blogger chris hale said...

Should've gone to SpecSavers.


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