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  1. Monica HamburgSaturday, October 4th, 2008 — 9:07pm PST

    It’s sort of like that pain you get watching the boss character on the Office (either version)… Only it’s real…

  2. Lyal AverySunday, October 5th, 2008 — 2:46pm PST

    @monica: Michael Scott only manages a paper company…

    I for one can’t wait to see the first “skanky” Palin costume on Granville Street

  3. RobSunday, October 5th, 2008 — 3:40pm PST

    It’s frightening when you can’t tell the difference between satire and the real thing…

  4. Pete QuilyMonday, October 6th, 2008 — 1:24am PST

    Yeah, pretty rare that you can parody someone just by repeating their exact words. 40% of Americans think she’s qualified to be president, which is very scary. She makes dan quayle look like a statesman. Tina Fay is absolutely brilliant in all of her Palin parodies.

    Here’s the SNL parody of the vp debate between palin and biden

    http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/video/clips/vp-debate-open-palin-biden/727421/

    She got nominated 5 weeks ago and has never had a single press conference yet. If she’s that afraid of questions from the media, how do the republican’s think she going to be able to deal with Putin?

  5. RobMonday, October 6th, 2008 — 12:08pm PST

    She’s the American Idol Vice-President. They identify with her because she’s like they are, in the same way that Bush gained favour because sections of the electorate felt that Bush was someone ‘they could have a beer with’.

    And I think it’s easy to avoid the press and get away with it when you’ve spent so much time demonizing them, and indeed any critics of her background as a politician, as ‘elitists’. It’s a way to squeeze as much juice out of the ‘I’m just like you’ appeal Palin is resting all of her hopes on.

    But in my view, the press are in some ways supposed to be elitist, more in the know than the average citizen, and certainly not in collusion with the government. They are meant to hold the government accountable to those who elected them, or to inform those who need the information that allows them to make an intelligent decision about placing trust in a public figure. That’s their job. Otherwise, they’d be a pack of toothless cheerleaders.

    I find it to be a bit of a head-scratcher that Katie Couric’s interview is being portrayed by some as an example of ‘gotcha’ journalism, as if asking pointed questions about experience and suitability for a job is some kind of cruel tactic to trip someone up.

  6. DaveOMonday, October 6th, 2008 — 2:06pm PST

    While liberal-minded and “educated” (read elite) folks are enjoying making fun of Palin (me included), do not for a second underestimate her appeal to many Americans who live and breathe the quasi-religious rhetoric she is spewing. I am sure they are already naming roads in Wyoming and schools in Utah after her. I am voting in the USA to do my small part to keep her out of the VP office but … something is fishy about the way the Republicans run a campaign so don’t count her and the old warhorse out.

  7. RobMonday, October 6th, 2008 — 7:10pm PST

    @DaveO
    Point well made. I think it’s been well proven that one can get pretty far politically speaking by playing on the fears and prejudices of others, without actually contributing anything constructive while one is at it.

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