Decoding McCain’s Latest Palin Whopper

By Adele

Whenever McCain talks about Sarah Palin, his breathtakingly unqualified running mate, be prepared to catch your jaw when it drops. This morning, he told The Today Show that Palin is “the most popular governor in the country” because she has an 80% approval rating.

Alaska only has 670,053 inhabitants. Let’s see… 80% would be 536,042 people.

According to the Census Bureau, the U.S. has 305,224,676 people right now. That means exactly one-tenth of one percent (.001756221) of all Americans liked (if they even knew of) Sarah Palin before a blindfolded McCain plucked her from his Rolodex.

To put it in sharper perspective, 18% in a June Harris Poll thought Dick Cheney was doing an excellent or good job. That’s 54,940,441 – nearly 55 million people – who love Mr. Evil himself.

Luckily, most of Hillary’s supporters haven’t been fooled. Let’s hope Palin inspires such a backlash among intelligent women, she’ll become the reason McCain loses.

For dealing with our myriad, complex problems – created mostly by his own party over the last 8 years – McCain couldn’t have picked a more useless partner.

Palin likes to boast she never “blinks,” too dumb to realize that it leads to dry-eye, blurred vision, and blindness. But it does explain her utter lack of vision on women’s rights and social issues.

Palin has tried to get $750 million in federal handouts for Alaska, like she’s been running some Third-World country. And while she was doing that, Senator McCain didn’t complain or lift a finger to stop it.

Since anointing themselves the angels of “change,” those two clearly haven’t a clue where to begin “cleaning up the swamp in Washington.”

As Hillary Clinton told Florida voters, “Choosing a Republican to clean up this mess is like asking an iceberg to save the Titanic. It is not going to work.”

18 Responses to Decoding McCain’s Latest Palin Whopper

  1. Adele says:

    Good mathematical work, Adele! Alice and I continue to be impressed by your political savy; perhaps the Dems could use your services, assuming you could work from home.

    Regarding the Bourdain’s Gone Italian post, I agree that there may be 2 homes in the Bourdains’ future. Alice, however, is concerned about where the Bourdain family cat will live. She’s a little worried about the cat moving to Vietnam for a year . . .

  2. MorganLF says:

    From a News week article let me state I am TERRIFIED!

    “You can learn something about a person by the company she keeps. In the churches where Palin has worshiped for decades, parishioners enjoy ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit,’ ‘miraculous healings’ and ‘the gift of tongues.’ Invariably, they offer astonishingly irrational accounts of this behavior and of its significance for the entire cosmos. Palin’s spiritual colleagues describe themselves as part of ‘the final generation,’ engaged in ‘spiritual warfare’ to purge the earth of ‘demonic strongholds.’ Palin has spent her entire adult life immersed in this apocalyptic hysteria. Ask yourself: Is it a good idea to place the most powerful military on earth at her disposal? Do we actually want our leaders thinking about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy when it comes time to say to the Iranians, or to the North Koreans, or to the Pakistanis, or to the Russians or to the Chinese: ‘All options remain on the table’?”

  3. catsworking says:

    Adele and Alice, you are absolutely right! What are the Bourdains going to do with the CAT? I hope they let it go ahead and settle in Italy while they have their little adventure in Vietnam. Otherwise, Tony might be crossing the bridge of eating a pet sooner than he thinks – with HIS pet.

    (Thanks for noticing my calculator skills, by the way. Fred and Yul like to think I’m an empty-headed female, but I’ve always been the best at math.)

    Morgan, I knew Palin’s church was weird, but this is totally off the rails. The media should be making as big a deal out of this as they did Obama’s Rev. Wright. This woman must be stopped!

    The only suitable fate for Palin is to go down in flames with McCain on Nov. 4 – because WOMEN voted in droves for Obama – and to have all the pundits lay the blame solely on Palin.

    I’ve been hard on Hillary here, but if McCain should happen to win (which we CAN’T allow to happen), I will personally launch DEMOCATS FOR HILLARY for 2012. No way should Palin EVER have a shot at becoming president.

  4. Bob says:

    I get a kick out of the American elections. TWO FREAKING YEARS of Piss and Vinigar.
    What Possesses you guys to chain your naughty bits to a radiator and pound away with a hammer till election time?????

    Having said that We here in Canada, also a land of Free Health Care and Free good Schools, are in the midst of our own Federal Election. Sure We have our 5 (count em)
    5 Party Leaders doing the junkets and TV spots.

    Thank God our Elections only last Roughly 2 Months from start to finish.

    Just a comment from the North of your Border… Well before you Fence that off too.
    ( A throwback to the Texas/ Mexico Episode) No malice Intended.

    Hell Here have some Yummy Poutine on the House from the Great White North.

    Peace and Love


  5. catsworking says:

    Bob, you Canadians are light-years ahead of us in many ways, several of which you have named. Tell me, do your newspapers print stories about the American election on the Comics pages?

    This election wouldn’t have dragged on forever if Bush hadn’t been such a disaster from start to finish. For our own sanity, we have to look to the future rather than dwell on the present. We hope all this sound and fury will culminate in a regime change that will bring us back to reality.

    If not, give McCain and Palin a year or two to start a few more wars, then Canada can annex the U.S. in a bloodless coup (because we will have no soldiers left here to defend our borders) and give us a much-needed makeover.

  6. MorganLF says:

    I swear I am bordering on hysterical! McCain ain’t no geranium, he is a known hot head with major anger management issues. But here is the deal with Palin, she is Carl Rove’s robot. He picked her he is pulling her strings. Remember him- the architect of the Bush regime? Mr. dirty politics who is largely responsible for expanding the republican “base” to include Evangelicals and Pentecostal nuts. And to think there are people I know who will vote for them! I am actually avoiding my friends these past few weeks…how can they be so simple minded? McCain’s choice of Palin displays more raw, caluculating, naked greed for power than any other move he could have made. I’d vote for ANYONE BUT THEM!!

    BTW aren’t the taxes in Canada insane like over 50%?

  7. catsworking says:

    I’m hoping during at least one of the debates, McCain shows us his famous temper live. During this whole Wall Street debacle, Obama has been cool, calm and collected about what should be done, while McCain has been flailing because he’s clueless.

    Karl Rove is a 4-letter word in Republican Virginia right now because he totally belittled our governor, Tim Kaine, as a ludicrous choice for Obama’s VP because he’s only been mayor of “little old Richmond” (a state capital that could fit the population of Wasilla in its back pocket) and a governor.

    But now he says Palin has ALL the experience anyone could possibly need to run the country. The hypocrisy is so breathtaking, you’d have to be lobotomized not to see it.

    Today Obama seems to be pulling ahead in the polls again, and I think the debates will widen the gap. He’s been running a lot of commercials in VA where he’s very down-to-earth and logical, while McCain is running the same old hysterical smears, trying to scare everybody into voting Republican.

    The funniest one is a threat about Obama representing big-spending government while Bush is begging for $700 BILLION to bail out their buddies on Wall Street – with no caps on executive salaries.

    Just like when he was saying the fundamentals of the economy are strong while Wall Street was crashing around his ears, McCain’s timing continues to be very bad.

    Don’t know about Canadian taxes, but the healthcare alone is worth a hefty chunk to the people. I wouldn’t mind paying more to the government if it meant putting health insurers out of business.

  8. Bob says:

    Well Morgan, taxes are higher here, than in the states but we do get a lot of bang for that buck. I wouldn’t go so far as to say we are taxed half of what we earn though.

    Personally I live in Manitoba, the Center of the Continent. Between my Federal and Provincial health benefits and my work Benefits I pay virtually nothing for a trip to the Dr.
    My Daughter developed Leukemia as a young child and although it was hard emotionally.

    At least we were covered and paid basically nothing for her hospital stays and treatment. I shudder to think what it would have cost us down south.

    Education is another thing that can be heavily subsidized. Our Public Schools are free and by in large very good.

    I am not saying we are a perfect country by any means and I think Americans and Canadians have more in common than we have apart.

  9. Adele says:

    I have a friend, who lives in Toronto — moved there as a Vietnam War resister and didn’t consider coming back, even after the 1977 amnesty. He says about the same thing as you do, Bob, about the elections and the livability factor. He also keeps reminding me of the Canadian belief in individual privacy — the notion that as long as what your neighbor is doing (pretty much whatever it is) doesn’t affect you, it just doesn’t matter. Hence no big to-do about constitutional amendments for the defense of marriage, etc. I was in Toronto last summer and was very impressed by how diverse the city is and how that diversity is celebrated. If McPalin gets in, perhaps the Canadian borders will be breached by disaffected U.S. citizens again.

  10. catsworking says:

    I think it might have been Michael Moore’s movie, “Bowling for Columbine,” that highlighted the differences in American and Canadian culture, especially where guns are concerned. He found the front doors of many residences in Canada unlocked and walked right in. Instead of panicking and pulling a gun to shoot Moore’s head off (which would happen in many parts of the US, giving the shooter his 15 minutes of fame as a big hero), the homeowners just asked him how they could help him without any fear whatsoever.

    OK, maybe that was staged in advance, but he was probably spot-on about Canadians being the last people you’d expect to pull a gun on you.

    Canada does seem to have its head screwed on right when it comes to personal issues that are nobody’s business. Much more productive to solve “real” problems like healthcare and education for everyone, rather than going bananas over what women do with their wombs or what 2 guys do in their bedroom.

    We have much to learn about civilized behavior from Canada. I just read somewhere that they think of Alaskans as their “redneck cousins.” Is that true, Bob?

  11. Bob says:

    Well Honestly I don’t live very close to Alaska, so don’t think about it much.

    To be honest we have our own brand of red neck here, We love our pick up trucks.
    Rifles and hunting. Well I do at least. I fish I hunt and I like Ted Nugent.
    So go figure…

    Apart from that I am well educated and Build Big Aircraft for a living.
    Somehow up here we can have both worlds. Yes I am from the sticks originally.
    A mill town to be exact, one industry. I left home to find an education and a good living.

    I have moderate conservative views, I believe people should be jailed for their crimes, yet I waffle on the Death Penalty..

    I know meat doesn’t come from nature in Styrofoam packs, I often Kill and eat my food. But I like theatre, and PBS. Go figure.

    As for Alaska well our winters here are as tough, we are often the coldest city in the world. North does not equal cold.

    I would guess on whole though, not knowing Alaskans or Sara Palin, that they are a resourceful bunch. Up for most challenges.

    Would I vote for her…. NOT A CHANCE.

  12. catsworking says:

    Bob, you have described rednecks pretty much as we have them here, except for the education and cultural interests. American rednecks tend to be poorly educated, isolationist, and proud of it. For culture, they like the variety of watching race cars circle a track 500 times. They think they’re very independent in thought and deed, but they’re easily brainwashed by faux religious leaders and anyone who plays to their special areas of ignorance and prejudice.

    They’re suspicious of anybody who talks with bigger words than they do, which is why Obama isn’t mopping the floor with McCain in the polls. They feel more comfortable being led by a fellow dumb-ass than someone who knows what he’s doing even if it leads to disaster, which explains Bush.

    Cats Working shares your ambivalence on certain issues. Although we’re branded as liberals because we favor policies that benefit everyone, as opposed to enriching just a few rich white guys, we are pro-death-penalty for certain terrible crimes, if only to relieve taxpayers of providing lifetime support for certain maniacs who have taken other lives and proven themselves unfit to ever contribute anything useful to society.

    People don’t hesitate to execute innocent animals in shelters who haven’t committed any crimes against anyone, so we don’t see why humans who’ve actually done something to deserve death don’t get it.

  13. Bob says:

    Well Yul and Adele. Glad you are likeing my Canadian Rants.
    Like all Patriotic people we love to thump our chests ever now and then.

    So I thought that I would give you another view of Canadians on the US Political Race.

    This Link is from Ed and Red’s Night Party. It is a late night program, hosted by a sock puppet, Very Chewable. And a Buxom Red Head.

    She has a blog on the sight and loves to spout on different things.


  14. catsworking says:

    Bob, thanks for that link! We love Ed! Actually, we’d love to grab Ed, bat him around awhile, and stuff him under the couch, but that’s what cats do to sock puppets.

    The redhead isn’t bad, either.

    Keep on sharing your Canadian perspective. Did you see any of Sarah Palin’s interview with Katie Couric the other day where she was claiming Canada is some exotic country whose shared border with Alaska gives her foreign policy credentials?

  15. daphne Kenward says:

    I would advise all Americans who have a vested interest in the success of their economy, and to be lifetd out of this runaway debt facing America and the future of their children, to think long and hard about why you are voting, and what you’re voting for. I hear 4 more years of McCain & Bush now Palin.

    Here is the latest McCain scam: BILL AYERS. Do you know how old Obama was when Bill Ayers was an activist using violent protest against the Vietnam war in 1960? Well anybody who doesn’t know, Obama was not even born yet. OBAMA was born on 4th of August 1961.

    Palin is the distraction McCain needs. She can afford to make a fool of herself, she is not running for President. But the twist is, this foolish woman could become President by default because McCain is 72. The biggest question is, can America afford this or, in fact, the world and the Global community?

    We here in the UK are watching this unfold, and we need change. America cannot afford to gamble with the future after G W Bush, who will go down in history as the worse leader since Adolph Hitler.

    The financial markets will not turn around till Obama is elected, and I have that from a good source.

    If McCain wins, the stock market will take a dive and take us into not a RECESSION but a DEPRESSION, which could result in WARS and bring the world into a place where we don’t want to be.

    We all have to be active in changing the future, and the world, for the good of the people of America and the wider world’s economy.

  16. catsworking says:

    Daphne, you are right about McCain using Palin as a front to say every nasty thing about Obama they can think of. But the polls here are showing that Obama is already very close to winning the election. He’s beating McCain in states that they thought were solidly Republican. There’s a second debate tomorrow night. If McCain refuses to discuss domestic issues and turns it into a personal attack on Obama, which they’re saying he will, we think it will all be over. McCain will be finished.

    People are sick of Rove-like smear tactics, and they’re sick with worry about money. They don’t want to hear about McCain’s 5 1/2 years in a Vietnam prison. They don’t want to hear about 9/11 or the war on terror.

    McCain can’t talk about jobs or healthcare or any other domestic issue because he’s clueless. I just read that McCain and his wife own 13 vehicles in addition to their 7 houses.

    Obama and his wife own ONE house and ONE vehicle, a hybrid.

    Who seems more in touch with regular people?

  17. daphne Kenward says:

    Hi there cats.

    I can see your point on the 750 million hand out it would be just over a Million per person if she only has 670.053 people in her county. Mrs Palin is attractive to men. Nobody is thinking she is going to be VP anyway.

    Palin just want to whip up a storm, and try again later, I hope when she does they remember what George W Bush did to America, when he was the worlds biggest idiot, instead of a world leader. Because Palin will be exactly the same as Bush.

    Palin might even become the first serial killer in the White House, Senate killer because there was no moose in Washington.

    Washington might even have a boost in tenage pregnancies, it would be soon acceptable for 5 year olds to get pregnant. All you would need to be her Vice President is proving you have been found guilty of mass murder.

    What an idiot Plain is, it could only happen in America.

  18. catsworking says:

    Daphne, your math is off a bit. If Palin received the whole $750 million, and I’m not sure she did, that would be $1,119.31 per person. Still not bad, considering that they pay no sales tax, no state income tax, and get a tidy kickback on the state’s oil profits every year. When it comes to giving people never-ending handouts, someone on a panel on Bill Maher called Alaska the biggest welfare state in the country, and I’m sure he’s right.

    Kind of ironic that Palin belongs to the party whose motto is “I’ve got mine. Go screw yourself.”

    Dick Cheney tried to be the first serial killer in the White House, but he only managed to wound that guy in the fact. There’s no doubt Palin would shoot to kill.

    It’s hard to imagine that she might be planning to run for president in 2012, but she’s crazy-stupid, so who knows? Personally, I’d love to see her go head to head against Hillary Clinton. As equals for their parties’ nominations, Hillary would have free rein to slice and dice Palin with every claw she’s got. Palin would quickly learn what it feels like to be bloody and full of holes, like the animals she’s so fond of shooting.

    It must have made Palin feel real good this weekend to have someone as well-respected as Colin Powell say choosing her for VP was a big mistake. Only a moron’s self-esteem could survive an assessment like that.

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