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05 September 2008 @ 08:28 am
Everybody Needs A Theory About Sarah Palin  
Okay, okay, we're all pretending to be sick of the Palin news coverage by now and the Palin blogging and whatever else, but I haven't weighed in yet, and I think I technically have to in order to be allowed to keep writing a blog from the US of A.

My love of gossip blogs has recently made me very knowledgeable and conversant in politics & current events, which is pretty awesome. And seriously? I would get a series recording of the Sarah Palin Show. Think how awesome it would be (if this weren't real life): The first female governor of Alaska has a greeting-card family, and now, THE DRAMA! Every week is a Very Special Episode: new baby with problems! Son going off to war! Teenage daughter pregnant by local rough-houser! I'd so cast cute little Piper Palin as the wise-cracking little sister. Everyone involved is really quite good-looking, too.

Which leads me to my theory du jour, developed today after I read the latest dish that Sarah Palin had an affair with husband Todd's coworker, and Todd covered it up. Leaving aside the practical questions of when Sarah Palin would have had the time in between running Alaska and starring in the inspired-by-true-characters TV show I just invented, and therefore how I really can't imagine this story is true, let's focus on why I and the rest of the free world care enough to read about it: and I think the answer isn't (just) that she's a high-profile woman that we'd love to take down, or (just) because she's both a threat and an easy mark for today's liberal hay-makers, but because she's pretty.

Think about this in terms of the John Edwards affair. Yes, it's delicious juicy gossip, which is why ten million blogs drooled all over it (and the mainstream media eventually fell in line). We all love us some good hypocrisy. However, everyone basically ignored (or, at best, footnoted) that McCain cheated on his disabled wife with Cindy, which is a pretty similar thing. McCain came clean about it to the media early on, but so did McCain's-Aides-on-behalf-of-Bristol-Palin, and look where that got her. I think a really important factor to consider is: No one wants to imagine John McCain having sex. Really. I cringed a little just writing that sentence. John Edwards? Sure -- it's like Barbie & Ken for grown-ups. Sarah Palin? Runner-up Miss Alaska. Bristol Palin and her betrothed are also good-looking ready-for-prime-time kids. Please spare me from ever having to consider Joe Biden without clothes.

I really love the theory being floated on even some conservative-leaning political blogs these days that Palin was chosen because she would bring the drama and drag the nation's attention away from Obama And His Special Destiny. It worries me that it actually might be a totally brilliant strategy that I'm feeding right now (Christ, would people in this country actually vote for this pair just because they bring the omglols!?) and might put McCain in the white house.

Agree? Disagree? Think I've spent too much time in checkout line magazine racks lately?
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~mommy monster~: hockeytownmomm2five on September 5th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
ROFLMAO! I heard that voice-over guy in my head when I read *VERY SPECIAL EPISODE*. snort

Sorry, had to wipe Diet Coke off the monitor and keyboard.

I'd have to agree with you. Definitely too much time in the check-out line . . . LOL!

No, really, I agree. I think Americans just love a good soap opera. They also love to make themselves feel better by looking at someone who they think *has it all* and seeing what they perceive as failure. Americans are so quick to degrade, cut down, and make fun of. It's not a fun place to live sometimes. We're just about an hour north of Detroit and I'm sure you've heard what's been going on there with Kwame Kilpatrick recently. Personally, I'm glad the loser is leaving office. But I feel bad for his wife and kids. But what a mess it's been around here for MONTHS. Ugh. Interrupt my Today Show for 7 hour coverage of people sitting in a courtroom WAITing for something to happen?!?! Geesh . . .

Anywho - lovely post. I'd have to agree with you.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
I actually *haven't* heard what's happening around Detroit lately! What the heck, Google News?
Rose Wilde-Irish: artistic cropping by naushikarosewildeirish on September 5th, 2008 04:58 pm (UTC)
I would get a series recording of the Sarah Palin Show.

*koffs* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEW12XLUM7A
Little Redmylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:53 pm (UTC)
Maybe I wouldn't. I got through the first two minutes and then had to stop watching. :-/ Does it get more funny?
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on September 7th, 2008 12:40 am (UTC)
...I thought so? I dunno. Tastes vary. Mine's kinda...low. ;)
Little Red: cupid - claire/alex too cool - meegzi31mylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Heee!! I will try watching it again with readjusted taste-levels and will probably enjoy dramahtically. ;)

You and your tastes rock!! (Your journal tells me you are lickable.)
Rose Wilde-Irishrosewildeirish on September 7th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
heeeeeeeeeeee. It's fine if you don't have the same exact taste as me. You can dislike something I like and vice versa, you know. *hugs*
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
I suppose it has been known to happen before. ;)

Is the Rodney/Radek world still awesome, by the way? I'm so far off the atlantis train these days that I don't even know if these characters are still alive. :-/
Rose Wilde-Irish: Rodney & Radek by sdraevnrosewildeirish on September 7th, 2008 02:47 am (UTC)
Sadly, the Rodney/Radek world appears to be mostly dead. :( As are my muses for them atm. Rar.
redbeardredbeard on September 5th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC)
Hrm. My "never attribute to malice what can be explained by stupidity" sensor says no - that it was just a rash McCain-esque choice in response to the dems convention and his need to pander to his own base. But my cynicism filter says you just might be right.

My favorite recent item that I'm waiting to gain traction (at least in Florida) is that, last month, her church hosted a speaker advocating the viewpoint that terrorist attacks on
Jews in israel are God's judgement on our refusal to accept Jesus
. We'll see if that one gains traction on the same level as the Wright controversy (although, sadly, there's no video, and questions have been raised as to whether she was there or not - most say yes, some say no).

But the refocus theory has some merit - I mean, nothing good McCain did seemed to get his campaign any attention, so....
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)

I mean, after the whole Wright thing, I'm more than willing to just disregard crap that people's churches say, but hopefully SOMEONE will at least shove Palin in front of a mic and make her disavow that.

I realize that my theory may be crediting these people with a level of intelligence that's not warranted... but you know, if they really did rig an election and a half in the past 8 years, they can't be entirely dumb. So it's possible!
Lisa Yaegerlisayaeger on September 5th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
Please spare me from ever having to consider Joe Biden without clothes.

I NEED A SPORK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some will vote for Palin; hopefully fewer than voted for Bush. Have you watched McCain walk lately? Seriously, he doesn't do it well. They are one hell of a pair: one's on death's door, and the other is the devil (albeit it a pretty one) luring him in.
Little Redmylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
It's a totally ridiculous and frightening pairing, but the frightening ridiculousness of it may get more people tuning into their TV (already has, really). So hopefully those people will be disgusted & horrified instead of enraptured. One can only hope.
Icepixie: Rebecca kill me nowicepixie on September 5th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
(Christ, would people in this country actually vote for this pair just because they bring the omglols!?)

Never doubt this. Never.
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah... I mean, there are totally going to be a bunch of people who go "We HAVE to vote for McCain so that we can find out if Palin's grandbaby is a boy or a girl!"
Icepixie: Head/Desk OTPicepixie on September 6th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
You speak the truth. I just hope there are more sane people out there than those types...
Fallon Ash: EFC rememberfallon_ash on September 5th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC)
Most of these names reside somewhere in the vicinity of, you know, America, as opposed to Sweden, meaning I have no idea who they are. I do know that Sarah Palin is hot, because I saw a picture of her this morning, but then fyca taught me that I must hate her for she is evil incarnate.

However, I have a much more important (and irrelevant to this post) comment to make. Or more like a favour to ask of you. Am I to understand that you watch Stargate: Atlantis? (Lately posts have been about DS9, but I read your bio to make sure (I don't watch any of those shows, so therefore I have a slight bit of trouble knowing which one is which) and you claim that SG:A is important in your life?) Anyway, the thing is, my true love du jour is supposed to be on SG:A tonight (5x07 - Whispers), playing someone called Major Anne Teldy, and being that I am in Sweden I will not be able to watch this (just yet). So my question is this, should it happen that you were to watch this episode tonight, might it be possible for you to respond to this after you've seen it, and let me know if she did well? Please? :)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 05:59 pm (UTC)
Oh my sweetheart from Sweden, I don't have incoming TV anymore and don't watch Atlantis anymore!! I haven't seen any links posted yet for downloadable episodes, but if I do, I will let you know. Hopefully youtube will be able to give you a fix soon!

(You're right though, I do love Atlantis, but it's a bit of a past-tense love these days with the lack of TV.)
Fallon Ash: peter grrfallon_ash on September 6th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Ah. I completely understand. (And incoming TV is overrated. I'm to Americanized to ever watch it these days. Either I get it directly, or I buy the DVDs, that tend to be released about the same time as the episodes air here...) And I just got home from choir day of doom (fun, but exhausting), and it turns out there are other people other than you who are into this show (you never know about these things) and hopefully I should be able to see at least parts of it soon. :) Yay!!

And the icon is in NO WAY directed at you. I'm just so excited to see her playing a bit of a bad-ass, or at least kick-ass, that it makes me all happy to use the most bad-ass icon I have of her!
Fallon Ash: better than chocolate sex in the bathroofallon_ash on September 6th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
And can I ask you another question, considering your vast SG:A expertise even if you don't watch the newest episodes? How rigid is the military structure on the show? Would it be completely out of the question for a Major to have relations of the, uhm, hot sex PWP-drabble kind with a Sgt on her team? Because that's a fic I totally wouldn't mind writing... ahem.

eta: The episode was scary, but I suppose it was good. The mythology didn't make much sense to me, but she ran around with a big gun and looked hot and was a bit sceptical and wise-cracking and shot zombies, so I'm happy!

Edited at 2008-09-06 08:32 pm (UTC)
Little Red: trek - enterprise porn - liminallizmylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 10:25 pm (UTC)
Everyone in the Atlantis fandom writes everyone having sex with everyone. I'm pretty sure that will be fine!! And welcomed! :) As for being on the show -- I think it's probably still kind of maintained, so it would definitely be taboo... but they're also a million light years from anywhere, so people probably care a little less. :)


That is all.
Fallon Ash: teldyfallon_ash on September 6th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yay sex!! Then I'm totally gonna (attempt) to write this drabble. (Dunno how welcome it would be, though, considering I wanna write a pairing that exclusively features two supporting characters who have so far only been in one episode... but since they both survived, rumour has it they might return.)

Nicoe DeBoer plays with zombies on Star Trek as well (or are you referring to this show? because she's been on both, and it's confusing me)? I suppose these weren't *actually* zombies, I believe they called them mutant hybrid experiments or something of that kind, but if it walks like a zombie and talks like a zombie (not to mention looked like a zombie)... well, it's pretty much whatever to me. I don't like scary. Period.
Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)

When were there zombies in Star Trek that Ezri had to deal with?

I was talking about this episode, since you mentioned pseudo-zombies and I know that Nicole DeBoer was in it.

Oh, I fangirl the heck out of her. *giggles giddily* I think Ezri was my first teevee girl crush that made me go "I am tuning in as much for her as I am for Bashir and pretty boys! ... I AM SO INTO GIRLS, OMGZ!"
Fallon Ash: teldyfallon_ash on September 7th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
*whoa* I totally tried to answer this last night, but my internet (or possibly LJ?) was all screwed up so nothing ever happened. But today, when I went back and hit reply to your comment, *my reply that I wrote but failed to post yesterday just automatically showed up*. Way cool.

As far as I know there were never zombies on Star Trek, but you wrote Star Trek up there, and so I got confused and countered with a gramatically lacking sentence that didn't quite convey my meaning. I had no idea who Nicole DeBoer was until she was in a promo picture with my lady the other day.

On this show she's all über-nerdy and flirts with some dude with a Scottish accent. If I wasn't already head over heels for her boss, she'd have definite potential.
Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)

Ezri/Beckett for the win!

... um, the guy with a Scottish accent was dead on that show last I checked (which was a few years ago, though, and this IS a sci-fi show). IS HE A ZOMBIE!?
Fallon Ashfallon_ash on September 7th, 2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
Uhm. The guy with the scottish accent is not a zombie. He's some sort of computer research type, just like Ezrie, and they're working together trying to figure out how to stop the zombies (which were created by someone called Michael who is not present in this ep, but the zombies are the results of an experiment that he apparently abandoned years ago) while my lady and that guy who's in all the icons with that hot brunette who is apparently no longer on the show and all the other tough military people stand around with big guns around them and look hard.

IMDb says scottish dude is indeed a Dr. Carson Beckett (she calls him 'Carson' the entire time, while her team-mate rolls her eyes). He appeared very much not dead, and as the episode began he'd spend a few days on (at? in?) Atlantis doing research, and someone was sad that he was leaving again so soon.

(Oh, wait. There's an elbow-in-the-side comment at one point that appears to insinuate that Dr. Carson Beckett has been kept as a prisoner by this Michael dude and had experiments done to him, and has only recently returned/been set free/escaped/something else that happened before this episode...)
Little Red: gleee! - nenyamylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Crazy!! Thank you for the information and your totally amusingly cute way of relaying it to me. :) Yay, not a zombie!!! And omg, Ezri Ezri Ezriiiiiii.......

You're the best, fa! <3
Fallon Ash: teldyfallon_ash on September 7th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)
You're quite welcome! (I'm surprised I could remember even that much, in all honesty I spent half the time going ??????? and the other half going 'OMG OMG OMG CHRISTINA COX IS SO HOT!!!!' Yay Atlantis!)
Little Redmylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
Christina Cox? That name sounds awfully familiar. Was she the girl on that vampire show that used to be on Lifetime that my sister liked so much?
Fallon Ash: Vickifallon_ash on September 7th, 2008 05:31 pm (UTC)
OMG YES!!! Christina Cox was Vicki on Blood Ties. (And I totally *squee*d out loud just because you actually knew who my lady was!)

Christina Cox also played a baby butch on the second best lesbian movie ever made (because nothing can beat Bound, and The Hours is too mainstream to count), Better Than Chocolate, and she's guest-starred (or starred) on any number of awesome and not-quite-so-awesome shows over the years, and I love her beyond all reason. *swoon*
Little Red: cheer - opposite sex - foldedwingsmylittleredgirl on September 7th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
LOL. "Better than Chocolate" just showed up on my recommended list at amazon a minute ago! Coincidenceeeeeee. :)
Fallon Ash: better than chocolate kiss pookiefallon_ash on September 7th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Christina Cox will take over the world!!

You should listen to Amazon. Come on, any movie that has a tango song-and-dance number called I'm Not a Fucking Drag Queen would be worth watching at least once!
Fallon Ash: teldyfallon_ash on September 9th, 2008 06:55 am (UTC)
... um, the guy with a Scottish accent was dead on that show last I checked (which was a few years ago, though, and this IS a sci-fi show). IS HE A ZOMBIE!?

Uhm, unbeknownst to me, but probably mentioned in an earlier episode (and now referred to in fic by *someone else* who wrote the first fic (that I've seen) about my lady's all-female team - which did quench any fears I had of cross-rank sex with, because they were all totally sleeping together); Dr. Carson Beckett is still not a zombie, but apparently he is a clone. In said fic Ezri just came to a decision to not get involved with him because with him being a clone she felt that would be to creepy (and instead opted to get involved with the lady on the right in my icon = not my lady).

Edited at 2008-09-09 06:56 am (UTC)
miera_c: armymiera_c on September 5th, 2008 07:17 pm (UTC)
Palin raised $8 million for Obama.

For serious. All those people tuned in to watch her speak the other night and were so horrified they dumped more than eight million dollars into Obama's coffers in less than 24 hours.

And supposedly Palin was chosen because a seekrit cabal of extreme right wingers made it so.

(If I read all this as a plot in a book, I'd be rolling my eyes going "Dude, no way. Not believable." But to misquote Sparkledammerung, "Sarah Palin means never having to say you're kidding.")
pellucid: Egghead Communistpellucid on September 5th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
(If I read all this as a plot in a book, I'd be rolling my eyes going "Dude, no way. Not believable." But to misquote Sparkledammerung, "Sarah Palin means never having to say you're kidding.")


Interesting how terror and panic makes everything that much funnier...
Little Red: b5 - ivanova oven - crazybeemylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 06:00 pm (UTC)
OMG to everything you just said.

This would make a GREAT book. And a great TV show, as I've said. IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE GREAT REAL LIFE! Because now, see, I have to feel guilty for wanting more of the drama and crazy from a plot-loving standpoint... when in fact it's going to completely destroy my country. *headdesk*
Samin_parentheses on September 5th, 2008 09:39 pm (UTC)
You're totally right. People make a much bigger deal about it when it's slightly appealing -- or at least not thoroughly icky -- to imagine those people Doing It.

Which is why I am terrified that Obama has a campaign-trail affair just waiting to reveal herself at the most inopportune time. 'Cause that dude is the best-looking man we've had anywhere near the White House since Thomas Jefferson. And he's had women throwing themselves at him for a year. Stay strong, Barack! Stay strong!
miera_cmiera_c on September 5th, 2008 10:36 pm (UTC)
best-looking man we've had anywhere near the White House since Thomas Jefferson

What about Kennedy? Not your type?
Samin_parentheses on September 5th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
He's not... but your point is a good one. And look what happened to him!!
miera_cmiera_c on September 5th, 2008 10:44 pm (UTC)
And look what happened to him!!

I know. I try really hard not to think much about 1968 these days. Especially when they arrested those guys in Denver who were planning to try and kill Obama during the speech.
Little Red: xf - wouldn't shut up - carolinamylittleredgirl on September 6th, 2008 06:01 pm (UTC)
Hey, Jefferson was a redhead! That's totally key!
~*Cassandra*~: Cute: Kawaii || Squish!polkadotsnplaid on September 7th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
I <3 you.

...also, are you going to Kappa's 25th? *hopeful*
*: ayu [peace yo]spockette on September 7th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
If it was a sitcom, I'd TOTES watch Sarah Palin in the White House with John McCain. It would be like Commander in Chief, only starring Tina Fey, instead of Geena Davis. IRL, it's a lot less lolsome. :(