Sunday, September 07, 2008

The Palin Effect

Over the weekend, I heard David Brooks claim that Sarah Palin makes John McCain look "younger." I think that's too easy. I saw a clip of their joint appearance in Michigan the day after the convention, and the contrast in age was striking. Side by side it's obvious that one represents the future, the other the past.

I've also seen some clips of Obama's post-RNC appearances. Is it just me, or does he look older now? I mean that in a good way, with the fuzzy "gravitas" issue in mind. Did 47 just become the new 60?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm rooting for the book banning 'reformers'.


Cause SP is soooooooo hot!

9/07/2008 10:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm more than a little bit offended that the Republican party seems to think I'll look at her and say "OMG, *you* have ovaries? *I* have ovaries! I should TOTALLY vote for you and that guy who was lobotomized by the Republican party two years ago in return for the CHANCE of being president!"

9/07/2008 11:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can one "represent the future" when she won't allow herself to be interviewed or questioned? Does calculated absence now represent a future for this country?

Why have they secreted our "future" while the Rovians program her with bromides, sound bites, and talking points? When she finally emerges from her crash course on the World, perhaps she will know more than that Russsia is close to Alaska on a map. Or will she? If it's form over substance from now on, does it even matter?

If you're right, meaning that even our critical thinkers see her as our "future", this country is in serious trouble.



9/07/2008 12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There was a time when many Republicans had been concerned about McCain's advanced age, fearing that he could not serve out his term. Not anymore. With Palin as his running mate, I suspect they now see his age as a bonus that makes the ticket even more attractive.

9/07/2008 12:20 PM  
Blogger J. said...

I think the presidential campaign has aged everyone, not just Obama. I know it's given me several more gray hairs. By the time this thing is over, I will need to see a colorist.

As for Palin making McCain look younger, I think it makes him look older. If they weren't on the same ticket together, people would think Palin was his "niece" (cough cough).

Having a younger (make that much younger), attractive woman on your arm (or party ticket) gives men the allusion of being younger/keeping the grim reaper at bay. But if you didn't know who Sarah Palin was and you saw McCain with her, you'd say he was just another old guy trying to relive his youth by getting it on with a younger woman.

Frankly, I think his choice of Palin just makes McCain look dumber, as all of the revelations about her are proving.

9/07/2008 12:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back off doucebags.

The reason she ain't giving interviews is because they are keeping her in a box to better prepare her for being President.

9/07/2008 1:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Palin's the future, I'm very worried about this country.

9/07/2008 1:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Three questions every voter should asked themselves about the "rise" of Sarah Palin:

1. Do you want Sarah Palin to be president?

Every time I ask this question of one of my Republican leaning friends, it's as though their minds momentarily shutter, and they mumble a barely audible "Well -- no, not tomorrow."

2. Is Sarah Palin qualified to be president?

My Republican leaning friends automatically take this question to be about Palin's experience, and they remind me of Palin's executive role as Governor of Alaska. But qualification and experience are two very different things. Palin has a B.S. in Journalism, a degree she earned while attending five different colleges. To date, I have read no account of which organizations Palin joined during her collegiate career, no account of what measures she took in her young adult-hood to prepare herself for national leadership. Obama, on the other hand, earned a law degree, edited the Harvard Law Review, and taught constitutional law. Disagree with Obama’s politics, if you will, but don't claim Palin is somehow more prepared to be President of the United States.

3. How does the Governor of Alaska, a state which has no income or sales tax, and which funds state operations primarily through oil revenues, fit into the national financial situation? Which industries do you suppose Palin would tap to fund national defense? social security? national highway projects?

Much of the experience gained in Alaska state politics, whether executive or not, is so unlike anything that exists in the lower 48 that it is hardly transferable. Alaska is a state that is rich in petroleum and not much else, a state whose inhabitants depend wholeheartedly on corporate profits, a state whose very existence relies on federal funding to pay significant portions of all infrastructure and service projects.

9/07/2008 1:24 PM  
Blogger Kaimu said...


Age and Botox aside I think all four of them are the same old and tired politics of spend and tax! Getting fat off the special interests as the wealth of the masses is melting away from unlimited failed policies.

9/07/2008 2:11 PM  
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9/07/2008 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would rather not have another president who believes that a superior being talks to them. Decisions made based on this type of "advice" are always bad.

9/07/2008 7:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Side by side it's obvious that one represents the future, the other the past.

Palin will run for and win the Presidency in 2012. This is regardless of whether or not McCain wins this November. You heard it here first...

9/07/2008 7:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again with the experience thing. If Sarah Palin isn't exerienced enough to be VP, than Obama isn't experienced enough to the the President.

Next question.

Also (and really unrelated, although it's been raised above), I find it hard to believe that Obama has sprouted so many gray hairs in the past few weeks. So, were they coloring his hair during the primaries (so he could be young and represent change) or did they add gray hairs recently (so he can look "experienced")?

9/08/2008 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Doesn't it bother anyone that both Palin and Giuliani mocked community organizers and local organizations? They both had a good laugh during their speeches.

Isn't community organizing a fundamental building-block to the Democratic and American process?

It seems anyone that mocks community organizations are really saying they are anti-Democracy, anti-American. Heck, our history is full of community organizations. We wouldn't be American without them.

9/10/2008 5:15 PM  
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