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On Vox: The debate

Look, I'm not going to trash Sarah Palin just for being Sarah Palin. There are enough people with more readers than me who can do that. I will say that if I had to be in a room with her for more than 30 seconds, I'd probably blow my fucking brains out, but that's more a personal thing.

Anyone who thinks she did well in the debate last night did not listen to answers she gave. You may have paid attention to the words, and the cadence, and the emotions she tried to stir with her various building blocks of talking points and folksy pandering, and that's exactly what her and her trainers wanted you to do. I'm sure that the last thing they told her right before she went on stage was, "When you don't know, just riff on Average Joe until your time is up."

I'm sure that by now there are written transcripts of the debate, and if you go read her answers, then I'm sure you'll agree with me. Make sure you read the question that was asked of her before the answer. Throw away everything in the answer that's not related to the question. Now throw away all of the incomplete sentences and wandering thoughts. I don't know about you, but to me she sounded like this:

                                     DUDE
C'mon man, who're you gonna believe?
Those guys are--we dropped off the
damn money--

LEBOWSKI
WHAT?!

DUDE
I--the royal we, you know, the
editorial--I dropped off the money,
exactly as per--Look, I've got certain
information, certain things have
come to light, and uh, has it ever
occurred to you, man, that given the
nature of all this new shit, that,
uh, instead of running around blaming
me, that this whole thing might just
be, not, you know, not just such a
simple, but uh--you know?

LEBOWSKI
What in God's holy name are you
blathering about?

DUDE
I'll tell you what I'm blathering
about! I got information--new shit
has come to light and--shit, man!
She kidnapped herself!

 I think the big winner of the evening was the moderator, for not getting up out of that chair and smacking the Governor with a fucking brick.



Originally posted on pop.vox.com