Friday, September 26, 2008

A fart in church

I didn't watch the debate.

I know.

I have priorities. And my good friends will always be more important than politics.

That said, I came into it at the point when Biden was offering his assessment of what transpired.

Then -- like a fart in church -- NBC's Brian Williams says: "Although invited, Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin declined to comment so we have former mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani here to give the Republican perspective on tonight's debate."


Palin is sidelined and Giuliani (arguably the most liberal Republican on the planet) steps in? WTF?

Oh. Right. Did you see this? Maybe you didn't. Here it is again:

Honestly, my favorite part is when that wacky bitch says: "Our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They're in the state that I am the executive of."


"They're in the state that I am the executive of."

A heart beat away from president and she's ending sentences with a preposition.

I could cry. Or laugh. I can't decide. Wanna debate?
I am listening to: Post-debate blah blah
I am reading: Nothing
And I am: Confident


Posolxstvo I said...

At the risk of sounding as though I am defending anyone, my good friend Hedy, I have to step in here and ask...

Have you ever made a grammatical error while speaking in public?

Ever said something stupid and had a brain fart while trying to come up with a better way to say what you were trying to say (regardless of whether it was a valid point or not)?

Is a firm grasp on grammar truly such a big requirement in order to be Veep?

So having asked those questions, here are my answers...

1. Of course.

2. Daily

3. That depends. If the candidate is still able to communicate clearly and concisely, I don't think that grammar police should be involved. But if such grammatical errors cloud the point and make things murky, then it is a problem.

Did you see Letterman's response to McCain cancelling his appearance on the Letterman show? Completely classic -- and oddly insightful.

Hedy said...

Of course. All the time. I'm terrible when it comes to public speaking. I know I'm not good at it, so I avoid situations where it is expected of me. I am self aware enough to know that I am not qualified for big time public speaking opportunities.

My point (badly made) wasn't so much that she made a grammatical error as that she's really not good with thinking on her feet and dealing with the media -- two things that I think are exceptionally important in someone who could be a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world.

She wants a job for which she is clearly not qualified. She is not self aware enough to acknowledge she's in over her skis and that is perhaps the biggest, most dangerous reason why she should not be McCain's running mate.

Thanks for the link. :)

Posolxstvo I said...

"My point (badly made) wasn't so much that she made a grammatical error as that she's really not good with thinking on her feet and dealing with the media"

Based on that one clip, I would agree with you. But that one clip could be an anomaly, or it could be the tip of the iceberg. I don't know. (I really don't -- shameful american that it makes me, I've been on a self-imposed political bullshit quarantine of late. I don't want sound bites -- I want sound solutions.)

I do think that Dan Quayle is sitting somewhere with a smug ass smirk on his face right now.