sarah palin

…Featuring John McCain as Rich Kotite

…Featuring John McCain as Rich Kotite

When trying to predict what a presidential candidate’s administration would look like, it’s instructive to look to the campaign. The people the candidate hires and the strength of the campaign’s message are vital clues to how they would perform in the Oval Office. An effective campaign staff and clear, consistent messaging can often indicate a…

McCain Campaign Issues APB for "Rogue" Palin

McCain Campaign Issues APB for "Rogue" Palin

The campaign of John McCain, in conjunction with the Republican National Committee, has issued an All Points Bulletin for vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Republicans nationwide are alerted to be on the lookout for this rogue politician who is suspected of brutally assaulting John McCain’s presidential aspirations [dyn.politico.com]. Should those aspirations die within the next…

Newspaper Endorsement: What is it Good For?

Newspaper Endorsement: What is it Good For?

Sarah Palin’s hometown newspaper and the largest newspaper in Alaska, the Anchorage Daily News, has endorsed Barack Obama for president. [www.adn.com] …Yet despite her formidable gifts, few who have worked closely with the governor would argue she is truly ready to assume command of the most important, powerful nation on earth. To step in and…

Eleventh-Hour Name Calling

Eleventh-Hour Name Calling

Dave the Dentist, Tito the Builder, Joe the Florist, Phil the Bricklayer and Pam the Republican Teacher are just a few of the characters John McCain has met in his own great schlep through Central Florida the critical battleground states of Ohio and Florida. While Sarah Palin is running around spouting keywords like “terrorist” and…

Elitists Anonymous

Elitists Anonymous

……Uh, hel…..ahem, excuse me………Hello. My name is Michael, and I’m an elitist. I want to thank you all for welcoming me here to EA. I’m not sure how long I’ve been an elitist. I was born and raised in small town, so certainly not my whole life. But I’ve lived in New York City for…

Men and the Big P, Women and the Big O

Men and the Big P, Women and the Big O

When John McCain’s campaign picked Sarah Palin to be the veteran Senator’s running mate, they hoped this move would snatch up votes from women—primarily white, working class women—from Barack Obama. From the outset, the campaign has tried to brand Palin as the hockey mom next door. She’s a working mother of five. She began her…

$150,000 Shopping Sprees and $400 Haircuts

$150,000 Shopping Sprees and $400 Haircuts

Not to beat a dead moose or anything, but I just have a few questions brought about by the discovery of Sarah Palin’s We-Do-This-On-Main-Street-All-The-Time Ultra-Fabulous Shopping Spree. To hear John McCain tell it, the greatest threat to our economic security are federal earmarks, which account for 0.5% of the federal budget. While one man’s Outrageous…

Harry Knowles

Harry Knowles

Entertainment blogger and film critic, Harry Knowles created the website Ain’t It Cool News [www.aintitcool.com] in 1996. The site was quickly recognized for its colorful movie reviews and its wealth of insider news. Due to the popularity, or perhaps the notoriety, of the website, Knowles was sought out by the mainstream media, including magazines, newspapers,…

Reading Comprehension 104: The Constitution

Reading Comprehension 104: The Constitution

I didn’t mean for it to get out of hand like this. It started as a joke, with Sarah Palin citing a New York Times article as proof of an Obama-Ayers connection when the article reached the opposite conclusion. Then, when she claimed to be a regular reader of The Economist, I thought it would…

People Who Live in Seven (or so) Houses Shouldn't Throw Roses

People Who Live in Seven (or so) Houses Shouldn't Throw Roses

so•cial•ism [www.merriam-webster.com] sÅ-shÉ™-li-zÉ™m, noun, 1837 1. any of various economic and political theories advocating collective or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods 2. a) a system of society or group living in which there is no private property b) a system or condition of society in which the…

Going Native: Sarah Palin's Record of Ignoring the "Other"

Going Native: Sarah Palin's Record of Ignoring the "Other"

For nearly two months now, Sarah Palin has been standing in front of large crowds in some of the most rural parts of America and declaring that she is one of them. Yet, in her home state of Alaska, where she is governor, she largely ignores the most rural parts, where the population is two-thirds…

Don't Hate Her Because She's Beautiful!

Don't Hate Her Because She's Beautiful!

Sarah Palin is driving “liberal feminists” crazy because she is “attractive,” “competent” and “very happy,” according to Bill Bennet and McCain’s campaign manager Rick Davis. On Bennet’s radio show [www.youtube.com] yesterday, together, the two guys finally cracked the code on the frustration coming from women on the left: DAVIS: It’s a threat to them. These…

McCain Campaign Puts Wright Back on the Table

McCain Campaign Puts Wright Back on the Table

The McCain campaign has officially run out of ideas. One week ago [www.politico.com]: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and several top campaign officials see a sharp attack on Wright as the best — and perhaps last — chance to rattle Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill. ) and force voters to rethink their support of him. But McCain…

Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Listed as Endangered Over Palin Protests

Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Listed as Endangered Over Palin Protests

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, October 18, 2008 (ENS) – The Cook Inlet beluga whale population near Anchorage is in danger of extinction, and has been listed as an endangered species, federal fisheries regulators announced Friday. “In spite of protections already in place, Cook Inlet beluga whales are not recovering,” said James Balsiger, acting assistant administrator for the…

Bachmann-Palin Overdrive

Bachmann-Palin Overdrive

I met a devil woman, she took my heart away She said I had it comin’ to me, but I wanted it that way I think that any love is good lovin’ And so I took what I could get, mmm Oooh, oooh, she looked at me with big brown eyes And said You ain’t…

Why We Love-Hate Sarah Palin

Why We Love-Hate Sarah Palin

The name Sarah Palin instantly triggers an emotional response in anyone who hears it. To Christian conservatives, it usually includes a big smile and something along the lines of “I love her!” With educated liberals, it’s usually something like “the thought that she could be a ‘heartbeat from the presidency’ makes me ill.” On September…

The Palin Effect

The Palin Effect

Something felt familiar to me about the roller-coaster of emotions I felt toward Sarah Palin’s appearance on Saturday Night Live [www.nbc.com] last night. After hearing her stump speeches during the past few weeks, there was no way she would be able to pull off a guest appearance on the show without making a complete fool…

The News is SO Depressing!

The News is SO Depressing!

Sarah Palin has really grown into herself in last couple of weeks. It’s precious to watch. Not only has she learned some valuable lesson, like what the vice president does, but she’s also come to terms with what she doesn’t know. Rather than dancing an uncoordinated ballet around her ignorance, she now wears it across…

Eleven Ways McCain Could Win the Election

Eleven Ways McCain Could Win the Election

1. Tina Fey replaces Sarah Palin on the GOP ticket 2. The Weather Underground bombs the NRA headquarters 3. Whoever it is we’re fighting in Iraq surrenders in the next two-and-a-half weeks 4. One of Obama’s daughters gets pregnant 5. The Viet Cong attacks the United States 6. An Obama sex tape is discovered 7.…

Debate Highlights II

Debate Highlights II

Everyone knew it was coming. McCain’s eyelids had been telegraphing it like Morse since the final degate began. The Ayers/Acorn one-two, Rev. Wright and Tony Rezko implicitly implied, the money shot for the McCain/Palin rally monkeys. Obama had been sticking his jaw out, waiting for it, and when McCain landed the punch Obama reacted as…

Nitpickers: The Political Carrion Fowl

Nitpickers: The Political Carrion Fowl

Everybody hates a nitpicker. On October 6th, following the Vice-Presidential debate, Foxnews.com ran an opinion piece by John R. Lott, Jr., entitled “Did Biden Get it Wrong? You Betcha,” [www.foxnews.com] in which Lott points out a laundry list of little mistakes Biden made during the debate and expresses his opinion that the media gave Biden…

Give Joe His Sixpack

Give Joe His Sixpack

You could make a strong argument that the presidential candidate with the greatest influence on the current tone of the election is the one who is no longer running. Hillary Clinton, despite her faults, courted the middle class more effectively than either ticket is currently doing. Don’t get me wrong—both the Republicans and the Democrats…

Presidential Debates Season Finale

Presidential Debates Season Finale

I was really excited to come home from work tonight. I knew what was awaiting me. Just like that Thursday night in the spring of 1998 when I knew there was only one last hour in history of my favorite foursome: Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer. This time it would be the last 90 minutes…

The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

The New York Times has been running a series of articles about race and how both campaigns have avoided the topic. The article The Times published yesterday, In Voting Booth, Race May Play a Bigger Role [www.nytimes.com] asserts that the public discourses ignores race. The worry, according to the article, is that race is is…

The Vanishing Middle Class

The Vanishing Middle Class

The middle class is rapidly disappearing. Not literally, of course. It’s still here, although struggling to avoid being forcibly re-categorized into “lower class” status, but from listening to the McCain campaign, the middle class is being phased out like tailfins and chrome on a Caddy. Time was when John McCain wasn’t afraid to mention the…