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My political opinion.

If Obama doesn't win the election this fall, we the Democrats will deserve to be called hopeless losers, and the party should be disbanded. This Sarah Palin nonsense can't stand. Can it? Which HRC supporters are really going to switch to McCain for choosing a female runnning-mate, simply because she's with vagina? She's a far-right fundiextian, people! Democrats have to win this thing!

I laugh so I won't cry: Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on the subject.

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darius
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
I think the idea was to try to keep Republican women from bolting, not to bring in Democratic ones. Keep it close enough for victory-by-voting-machine to pass muster.
nayad
Aug. 30th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
I'm not quite convinced by that explanation. It doesn't seem likely to me that the sort of women who might vote for McCain would be likely to bolt.
ellameena
Aug. 30th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
This Daily Show clip is the second place I've seen people mocking the concept of Russia being near Alaska. Why is this? I'm confused by that. Do people not realize that the U.S. and Russia are separated by 53 miles at the Bering strait? When I was in Alaska, I met a lot of people who had moved back and forth between Russia and Alaska, or had lived on one side with relatives on the other. As well, the state of Alaska is permeated with Russian historical figures and Russian history, particularly among native american communities. A lot of people speak Russian and worship in Russian orthodox churches.

I am just not sure what the belief is that is causing the mockery. Is he implying that Russia isn't really there? Or that no one lives there?
madkestrel
Aug. 30th, 2008 08:59 pm (UTC)
The mockery is due to a Fox News reporter claiming that Palin has more foreign policy experience than Obama merely because of the nearness of Russia to Alaska. Close physical proximity to another country doesn't make someone a diplomat. Merely a neighbor.
nayad
Aug. 30th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
I agree. The assertion that her state's proximity to Russia gives her real diplomatic experience comes out like an attempted talking-point gone wrong. At least, I haven't heard of much need for international negotiations about anything in that area... She's also only been the Governor of Alaska for twenty months, so any diplomatic experience she *might* have would be minimal.
raecarson
Sep. 1st, 2008 02:43 am (UTC)
Chicago, where Obama is from, shares a border with almost every country in the world because it is a major hub of transportation and commerce. As do cities in the state of New York, where Clinton is Senator. As do those in California, Florida, or any dozen other states.

Alaska is one of the least "international" places on Earth.

Geographic location means very little in a world of mass communication and mass transportation.
ellameena
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:14 am (UTC)
Have you been to Alaska?
raecarson
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:23 am (UTC)
Oh, if I could but see for myself how very many Russians and Canadian Eskimos there are, it would make Chicago or NYC or San Fran seem so much less cosmospolitan!
ellameena
Sep. 1st, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
I think you should go there. It's beautiful. LIke no place on earth.
fingle
Aug. 31st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Hoping for a massive slap-down for the RNC this year... But the Democratic party is like the 1950's Dodgers. They'll always somehow find a way to screw it all up in the ninth inning.
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