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Palin's future, according to Garrison Keillor

 
 
Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 11:43 am
Ya gotta love Garrison Keillor.---BBB

Last updated October 7, 2008
Palin's future, according to Garrison Keillor
GARRISON KEILLOR
SYNDICATED COLUMNIST

We are a stalwart and stouthearted people, and never more so than in hard times. People weep in the dark and arise in the morning and go to work. The waves crash on your nest egg and a chunk is swept away and you put your salami sandwich in the brown bag and get on the bus. In Philly, a woman earns $10.30/hour to care for a man brought down by cystic fibrosis. She bathes and dresses him in the morning, brings him meals, puts him to bed at night. It's hard work lifting him and she has suffered a painful hernia that, because she can't afford health insurance, she can't get fixed, but she still goes to work because he'd be helpless without her. There are a lot of people like her. I know because I'm related to some of them.

Low dishonesty and craven cynicism sometimes win the day but not inevitably. The attempt to link Barack Obama to an old radical in his neighborhood has desperation and deceit written all over it. Meanwhile, stunning acts of heroism stand out, such as the fidelity of military lawyers assigned to defend detainees at Guantanamo Bay -- uniformed officers faithful to their lawyerly duty to offer a vigorous defense even though it means exposing the injustice of military justice that is rigged for conviction and the mendacity of a commander in chief who commits war crimes. If your law school is looking for a name for its new library, instead of selling the honor to a fat cat alumnus, you should consider the names of Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift, Lt. Col. Mark Bridges, Col. Steven David, Lt. Col. Sharon Shaffer, Lt. Cmdr. Philip Sundel and Maj. Michael Mori.

It was dishonest, cynical men who put forward a clueless young woman for national office, hoping to juice up the ticket, hoping she could skate through two months of chaperoned campaigning, but the truth emerges: The lady is talking freely about matters she has never thought about. The American people have an ear for B.S. They can tell when someone's mouth is moving and the clutch is not engaged. When she said, "One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day, American people, Joe Six-Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars," people smelled gas.

Some Republicans adore her because they are pranksters at heart and love the consternation of grown-ups. The ne'er-do-well son of the old Republican family as president, the idea that you increase government revenue by cutting taxes, the idea that you cut social services and thereby drive the needy into the middle class, the idea that you overthrow a dictator with a show of force and achieve democracy at no cost to yourself -- one stink bomb after another, and now Governor Palin.

She is a chatty sportscaster who lacks the guile to conceal her vacuity, and she was Mr. McCain's first major decision as nominee. This troubles independent voters, and now she is a major drag on his candidacy. She will get a nice book deal from Regnery and a new career making personal appearances for forty grand a pop, and she'll become a trivia question, "What politician claimed foreign-policy expertise based on being able to see Russia from her house?" And the rest of us will have to pull ourselves out of the swamp of Republican economics.

Your broker kept saying, "Stay with the portfolio, don't jump ship," and you felt a strong urge to dump the stocks and get into the money market where at least you're not going to lose your shirt, but you didn't do it and didn't do it, and now you're holding a big bag of brown bananas. Me, too. But at least I know enough not to believe desperate people who are talking trash. Anybody who got whacked last week and still thinks McCain-Palin is going to lead us out of the swamp and not into a war with Iran is beyond persuasion in the English language. They'll need to lose their homes and be out on the street in a cold hard rain before they connect the dots.

Garrison Keillor is the author of a new Lake Wobegon novel, "Liberty" (Viking).
 
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 11:46 am
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
Palin is huge hit and you're scared to death of her.

Pretty, successful, and conservative. Damn frightening.
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 11:59 am
@cjhsa,
Yeah, pretty damn frightening that someone so clueless could be a heart-beat away from the US Presidency. Britney Spears is pretty. Paris Hilton is successful, in her own way. Would you want to see either one of them in the White House. Frightening is right.
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 12:06 pm
@cjhsa,
Palin is **** but obviously there are those (not just you) who like the smell and taste of it.
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 01:25 pm
@Merry Andrew,
She's far from clueless, and she's just what we need in Washington - someone from outside the beltway. A breath of fresh (Alaskan) air.

And she looks good in heels.
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 01:35 pm
@cjhsa,
Quote:
CJ states: She's far from clueless


Quote:
Sarah Palin said, "One thing that Americans do at this time, also, though, is let's commit ourselves just every day, American people, Joe Six-Pack, hockey moms across the nation, I think we need to band together and say never again. Never will we be exploited and taken advantage of again by those who are managing our money and loaning us these dollars,"


A revealing testament to your level of "intelligence", CJ.
cjhsa
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 01:45 pm
@JTT,
What is your issue with that statement?
JTT
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 01:48 pm
@cjhsa,
Quote:
CJ: What is your issue with that statement?


Further testament to your level of "intelligence".
TilleyWink
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 01:53 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
What a hoot BBB thanks for the reprieve. I love Garrison Keillor and listen to him every Saturday on the radio.

Did you see his movie? I just loved it.
Steve 41oo
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 02:19 pm
@TilleyWink,
TilleyWink wrote:

What a hoot BBB thanks for the reprieve. I love Garrison Keillor and listen to him every Saturday on the radio.

Did you see his movie? I just loved it.
he's a decent fella that Keillor.

Still makes me chuckle to remember the Lutheran pators' bbq on the lake.

Palin the ingenue?
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:15 pm
@Steve 41oo,
Sue Scott would have an absolute ball doing a palin impression. Or has that already happened and I missed it?
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BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 03:41 pm
@TilleyWink,
I've been a fan forever and did see his movie.

BBB
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Diane
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 04:47 pm
How about Tina Fey for veep?
blatham
 
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Reply Thu 9 Oct, 2008 08:26 pm
@Steve 41oo,
Quote:

Still makes me chuckle to remember the Lutheran pators' bbq on the lake.


One of my very favorite bits as well, steve.

Thanks for this, BBB
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cjhsa
 
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Reply Fri 10 Oct, 2008 06:33 am
@JTT,
You didn't answer my question and instead attempted a miserable failure of an insult.

What issue do you have with her statement?
McTag
 
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Reply Fri 10 Oct, 2008 01:18 pm
@Diane,

Good for Garrison, I enjoyed that.

I heard today that people who are losing their homes in the sub-prime debacle(mainly black, potential Democrat voters) are being denied the vote until they are rehoused and re-apply to get onto the voters' roll. That is, until much later. About three million people.
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Sglass
 
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Reply Fri 10 Oct, 2008 11:02 pm
@Diane,
Then Palin could do imitations of Tina Fey.
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Brandon9000
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2008 12:15 am
@Merry Andrew,
Merry Andrew wrote:

Yeah, pretty damn frightening that someone so clueless could be a heart-beat away from the US Presidency. Britney Spears is pretty. Paris Hilton is successful, in her own way. Would you want to see either one of them in the White House. Frightening is right.

I'm waiting for your successful run for governor of some state, certainly not something a low achiever would be capable of.
blatham
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2008 08:43 am
@Brandon9000,
Quote:
I'm waiting for your successful run for governor of some state, certainly not something a low achiever would be capable of.


Perhaps you'd want to draw out your premise here: 'anyone who manages to achieve high elected office is therefore qualified to become President'. It's not terribly compelling as it stands.
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Sat 11 Oct, 2008 09:07 am
@Brandon9000,
There's a sad lack of logic here, Brandon. I certainly never implied that I think that I would be presidential or gubernatorial material. I'd be totally useless in either of those offices. What's that got to do with Palin?
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