“Has there been a poll to see if the Sarah-ites are numbered among that baffling 26 percent of our population who, despite everything, still maintain that President George has done a heckuva job?
“A woman in one of Palin’s crowds praised her for being ‘a mom like me … who thinks the way I do’ and added, for ill measure, ‘That’s what I want in the White House.’ Fine, but in what capacity?
“Do this lady’s like-minded folk wonder how, say, Jefferson, Lincoln, the Roosevelts, et al (add your own favorites) managed so well without being soccer moms? Without being whizzes in the kitchen, whipping up moose soufflés? Without executing and wounding wolves from the air and without promoting that sad, threadbare hoax — sexual abstinence — as the answer to the sizzling loins of the young?
“(In passing, has anyone observed that hunting animals with high-powered guns could only be defined as sport if both sides were equally armed?)
“I’d love to hear what you think has caused such an alarming number of our fellow Americans to fall into the Sarah Swoon.
“Could the willingness to crown one who seems to have no first language have anything to do with the oft-lamented fact that we seem to be alone among nations in having made the word ‘intellectual’ an insult? (And yet…and yet…we did elect Obama. Surely not despite his brains.)”
The Wild Wordsmith of Wasilla, by Dick Cavett, NYT, November 14, 2008
(In passing, has anyone observed that hunting animals with high-powered guns could only be defined as sport if both sides were equally armed?)
Dick Cheney, take note.
26% are silly enough to still think bush is doing a good job running the country and parts of the world into the septic tank. If we could get the number of silly people down to 15 or 20%, the U.S. will be a much better country. How to do that, you ask? Head Start or universal kindergarten for everyone, better public schools, (lose this testing bullshit now and actually teach Civics and Economics again) and reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, which costs nothing in tax dollars but kept media sane for as long as we had it, for a start.
Update: Post your favorite anti-Obama quotes from bitter McCain-Palin supporters from the Something Awful Forum Goons. Maybe 20% silly population is too optimistic at this point in history. Maybe I should change silly to vicious and insane, too.