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How Do You Feel About Palin's Latest Interviews?

After all the controversy that has been stirred up by the political posts I’ve made recently, I’d really like to give it a break.  The problem is that I have enough time on my hands to actually listen to the candidates speak, and Sarah Palin is really baffling to me.   I can’t help but write about her.

When she was first introduced I thought she was a good choice for McCain.  Her first speech was fiery.  She had a list of “accomplishments” and was said to have fought the “good ol’ boy network”.  But it turns out those accomplishments aren’t what they were portrayed to be.  She didn’t, for example, oppose the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after it was a dead issue.  She had, in fact, been in favor of it at the beginning.

After seeing her latest interviews I’m baffled that she’s even considered a candidate for Vice President.  Sure, she’s a “good person”.  Sure, she’s “one of us”.  And I’m positive she was great in the PTA.  But she doesn’t belong in this country’s second most powerful office.

Did you see her interview with Katie Couric?  She is in WAY OVER HER HEAD.  She tries to sound intelligent on issues, but instead makes herself look very foolish.

When asked how living in the state closest to Russia gave her foreign-policy experience, Palin responded thus:

“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.”

Sarah publicly stated that being sandwiched between Russia and Canada gave her foreign policy experience.  The exact quote was, “Our next door neighbors are foreign countries”.  Puhleeze!  Tell me you’re joking, Sarah!  Unfortunately, she wasn’t joking.  If you don’t believe me, click here to watch for yourself (you’ll have to watch a 15 second commercial first).

I think John McCain needs to apologize to her for bringing her into this race.  The woman who would have been known as a decent Governor of the State of Alaska will now be forever remembered as the butt of “stupid politician” jokes.

Even conservatives are starting to publicly state she isn’t the right person for the job.  Read Kathleen Parker’s column:  Kathleen Parker:  The Palin Problem

Some quotes from this article:

Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is “out of her league” and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.

It was fun while it lasted,” Parker writes. “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.

“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” Parker also writes. “If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.”

Parker’s comments follow those by prominent conservatives David Brooks, George Will, and David Frum who have all publicly questioned Palin’s readiness to be vice president.

“Sarah Palin has many virtues,” Brooks wrote in a recent column. “If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.”

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.

Saturday Night Live, as you know, often pokes fun at candidates.  I get a laugh at such skits.  Have you seen the last skit poking fun at Sarah Palin?  At one point, instead of making up amusing dialogue, Sarah is quoted word for word because what she said was so absurd a writer wasn’t needed to make it funny.

A few more stories on the Palin interviews (PLEASE do yourself a favor and read them):

How can anyone defend this decision?  Stubborn allegiance to the Republican Party, perhaps?  Please enlighten me.


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How Do You Feel About Palin’s Latest Interviews?

After all the controversy that has been stirred up by the political posts I’ve made recently, I’d really like to give it a break.  The problem is that I have enough time on my hands to actually listen to the candidates speak, and Sarah Palin is really baffling to me.   I can’t help but write about her.

When she was first introduced I thought she was a good choice for McCain.  Her first speech was fiery.  She had a list of “accomplishments” and was said to have fought the “good ol’ boy network”.  But it turns out those accomplishments aren’t what they were portrayed to be.  She didn’t, for example, oppose the “Bridge to Nowhere” until after it was a dead issue.  She had, in fact, been in favor of it at the beginning.

After seeing her latest interviews I’m baffled that she’s even considered a candidate for Vice President.  Sure, she’s a “good person”.  Sure, she’s “one of us”.  And I’m positive she was great in the PTA.  But she doesn’t belong in this country’s second most powerful office.

Did you see her interview with Katie Couric?  She is in WAY OVER HER HEAD.  She tries to sound intelligent on issues, but instead makes herself look very foolish.

When asked how living in the state closest to Russia gave her foreign-policy experience, Palin responded thus:

“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.”

Sarah publicly stated that being sandwiched between Russia and Canada gave her foreign policy experience.  The exact quote was, “Our next door neighbors are foreign countries”.  Puhleeze!  Tell me you’re joking, Sarah!  Unfortunately, she wasn’t joking.  If you don’t believe me, click here to watch for yourself (you’ll have to watch a 15 second commercial first).

I think John McCain needs to apologize to her for bringing her into this race.  The woman who would have been known as a decent Governor of the State of Alaska will now be forever remembered as the butt of “stupid politician” jokes.

Even conservatives are starting to publicly state she isn’t the right person for the job.  Read Kathleen Parker’s column:  Kathleen Parker:  The Palin Problem

Some quotes from this article:

Prominent conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, an early supporter of Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin, said Friday recent interviews have shown the Alaska governor is “out of her league” and should leave the GOP presidential ticket for the good of the party.

It was fun while it lasted,” Parker writes. “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.

“If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself,” Parker also writes. “If Palin were a man, we’d all be guffawing, just as we do every time Joe Biden tickles the back of his throat with his toes. But because she’s a woman — and the first ever on a Republican presidential ticket — we are reluctant to say what is painfully true.”

Parker’s comments follow those by prominent conservatives David Brooks, George Will, and David Frum who have all publicly questioned Palin’s readiness to be vice president.

“Sarah Palin has many virtues,” Brooks wrote in a recent column. “If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.”

Palin filibusters. She repeats words, filling space with deadwood. Cut the verbiage and there’s not much content there.

Saturday Night Live, as you know, often pokes fun at candidates.  I get a laugh at such skits.  Have you seen the last skit poking fun at Sarah Palin?  At one point, instead of making up amusing dialogue, Sarah is quoted word for word because what she said was so absurd a writer wasn’t needed to make it funny.

A few more stories on the Palin interviews (PLEASE do yourself a favor and read them):

How can anyone defend this decision?  Stubborn allegiance to the Republican Party, perhaps?  Please enlighten me.


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CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

According to this article, tomorrow night “Porn and Pancakes” will be featured on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. I have no idea if I’ll be in the footage or not, but the story should be good, no doubt.

The footage was shot just a few weeks ago (I blogged about it here).


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45 Lbs Lost. SO MUCH More to Go.


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Seeing myself on film, I realize I’ve still got a long way to go in the weight loss department.

This was shot April 21, 2007. I was being interviewed at the Porn and Pancakes event in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Click photo to enlarge. Wait a second… that might not be such a good idea. 🙂

I’ve got another 25 lbs to go to reach my goal.

Footage from this particular Porn and Pancakes event will end up on the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric sometime this coming week. If my luck is as good as last time (when CNN‘s Anderson Cooper sent his team to the last P&P) all footage of me will be cut from the final story.

I’m okay with that.


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Cut Like A Second String Linebacker

That’s pretty much how I’d describe what happened with the Anderson Cooper story last night.

I had a feeling that might happen. After hyping it in the blog I was thinking, “Wouldn’t it be funny if they cut me out completely?” Sure enough…

I know Craig is disappointed too. Anderson Cooper sent an entire team to town, they shot a few hours of video, and what ended up making the cut was a fraction of what was filmed. Yeah, I know, that’s normal.

In addition to filming the entire Porn and Pancakes event, they had a sit-down interview with Craig after the event. Not a single bit of that interview was aired.

Craig emailed this morning. Katie Couric wants to sent a team to the next Porn and Pancakes event later this month. Maybe her cutting knife won’t be as sharp as Anderson’s.