Arthur Laffer has an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal discussing health care:
Implementing Mr. Obama’s reforms would literally be worse than doing nothing.
Finally got a chance to read the Vanity Fair article on Sarah Palin:
The first thing McCain could have learned about Palin is what it means that she is from Alaska. More than 30 years ago, John McPhee wrote, “Alaska is a foreign country significantly populated with Americans. Its languages extend to English. Its nature is its own. Nothing seems so unexpected as the boxes marked ‘U.S. Mail.’”[...] As in any resource-rich developing country with weak institutions and woeful oversight, corruption and official misconduct go easily unchecked. Scrutiny is not welcome, and Alaskans of every age and station, of every race and political stripe, unself-consciously refer to every other place on earth with a single word: Outside.
That’s true, but in an essential way beside the point: the crime of Sarah Palin is not anything particularly essential to her or her sometime home state, but that anyone would not take one look at her and recognize someone who should not be trusted anywhere near an important decision.
Why wouldn’t you want to race a dog sled to Nome? So long as the Palins stick with the gasoline-powered over-snow transport, it provides a good opportunity to get out onto the tundra with some peace and quiet. And, per Deadspin, visions befitting Hunter S. Thompson crossing the Sierra Madre with half a liter of water, three bottles of tequilla and pockets full of peyote:
“I was exhausted and had already begun to hallucinate during the last hour of traveling, seeing the small people of the woods, hearing low-flying airplanes in the middle of the night.”
“I’ve seen villages, freight trains and cabins that were not there”
“I saw animals-a rock pile became a bison, a stump became a moose.”
“I was home from school, about 7 years old, standing in my grandmother’s kitchen with my chin just about counter height, watching, smelling while Granny slathered a slice of homemade bread with bacon grease.”
Sports are a beautiful thing.
Good to see she is raising money to keep the party patrol going for a few more years.
I am particularly impressed with the Republican boilerplate she assembled:
Our country, founded on conservative principles
How did this get to be accepted wisdom? was not, say, the French Revolution; it did not seek to reimagine social relations, and, unlike future colonial wars, in our case the colonizers grew so strong they no longer needed the support of the mother country. Still, kicking out the established king, taking on the planet’s strongest army, and building a government that claimed descent from individual liberties – as opposed to the position that liberties are concessions granted by a government – doesn’t sound like a particularly conservative thing to do.
SarahPAC believes American family wants and deserves. is a cornerstone of the and progress that every
Energy independence would be awesome. Someone should probably tell the joker who ran for VP as a Republican that a nation with 3% of the world’s oil reserves and 20% of the world’s oil consumption is not going to be energy independent if oil is its major source of energy. If we want to expand our oil reserves we need to man up Putin-style and expel the population near southeastern Iraq and northeastern Saudi. Or, if we aren’t into the whole Crusades thing, start consuming a lot less oil. That’s security and progress.
Health care, education, and reform of government are among our key goals.
Republicans got us a health care system where we pay more than other countries but are sicker, a school system where we pay more than other countries but have dumber kids, and a government where Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and Lindsey Graham pontificate on family values. At least David Vitter was cheating with a girl.
Gov. Palin has a long record of achievement and experience in public office.
It’s true, she is the governor.
Somewhere in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kerry Kriger is stirring; a couple of people who put gravy on French fries have come for his crown as the world’s greatest caller.
For your enjoyment, Sarah Palin (seriously):
SP Assist: This is Betsy.
MA: Hello, Betsy. This is Frank l’ouvrier (Frank the worker], I’m with President Sarkozy, on the line for Governor Palin.
SP Assist: One second please, can you hold on one second please?
MA: No problem.
SP Assist: Hi, I’m going to hand the phone over to her.
MA: Okay thank you very much I’m going to put the president on the line.
SP Assist: Ok he’s coming to the line.
SP: This is Sarah.
MA: Okay, Governor Palin?
SP: Hellloooo…(long drawn out, like Well, hellooooo)
MA: Just hold on for President Sarkozy, one moment.
SP [To someone in the room]: Oh, it’s not him yet, I always do that. I’ll just have people hand it to me right when it’s them.
FNS: Yes, hello, Governor Palin? Yes, hello, Mrs. Governor?
SP: Hello this is Sarah., how are you?
FNS: Fine, and you, this is Nicolas Sarkozy speaking, how are you?
SP: Oh…so good, it’s so good to hear you. Thank you for calling us.
FNS: Oh, it’s a pleasure.
SP: Thank you sir, we have such great respect for you, John McCain and I, we love you and thank you for spending a few minutes to talk to me.
FNS: I follow your campaigns closely with my special American Advisor Johnny Hallyday (the most famous French singer, looks like and sings like Elvis), you know?
SP: Yes! Good!
FNS: Excellent! Are you confident?
SP: Very confident and we’re thankful that the polls are showing that the race is tightening and–
FNS: Well I know very well that the campaign can be exhausting. How do you feel right now my dear?
SP: Ah, I feel so good. I feel like we’re in a marathon and at the very end of the marathon, you get your second wind and you plow to the finish—
FNS: You see, I got elected in France because I’m real and you seem to be someone who’s real as well.
SP: Yes, yeah, Nicolas, we so appreciate this opportunity.
FNS: You know, I see you as a president, one day, you too.
SP: [Muahaaa...weird laugh], maybe in 8 years. Haha
FNS: Well, ah, I hope for you. You know we have a lot in common because personally one of my favorite activities is to hunt too.
SP: [Giggle]o h very good, we should go hunting together.
FNS: Exactly! We could go try hunting by helicopter, like you did, I never did that.
FNS: Like we say in France, “on pourrait tuer des bébés phoques aussi” [Translation: We could also kill some baby seals.]
SP: [Giggle] Well I think we could have a lot of fun together as we’re getting work done, we can kill two birds with one stone that way.
FNS: I just love killing those animals. Mm, mm. Take away a life, that is so fun!
FNS: I’d really love to go as long as we don’t bring your Vice president Cheney, hahaha.
SP: No, I’ll be a careful shot, yes.
FNS: You know we have a lot in common also except that from my ass I can see Belgium. That’s kind of less interesting than you.
SP: Well, see, we’re right next door to other countries that we all need to be working with, yes.
FNS: Some people said in the last days, and I thought that was mean, that you weren’t experienced enough in foreign relations, and you know, that’s completely false, that’s the thing I said to my great friend, the Prime Minister of Canada, Stef Carse [Stephen Harper is the PM and Stef Carse is a Quebecois country singer who covered Billy Ray Cyrus' Achy Breaky Heart in French in the 90s].
SP: Well, he’s doing fine, too, and yeah when you come into a position underestimated, it gives you the opportunity to prove the pundits and the critics wrong. You work that much harder-
FNS: I, I was wondering because you are also next to him, one of my good friends, also, the prime minister of Quebec, Mr. Richard Z. Sirois [a famous Quebec radio host], have you met him recently? Did he come to one of your rallies?
SP: Uh, haven’t seen him at one of the rallies, but it’s been great working with the Canadian officials in my role as governor; we have a great cooperative effort there as we work on all of our resource development projects. You know I look forward to working with you and getting to meet you personally and your beautiful wife, oh my goodness, you’ve added a lot of energy to your country, even, with that beautiful family of yours.
FNS: Thank you very much. You know my wife, Carla, would love to meet you. You know even though she was a bit jealous that I was supposed to speak to you today. [Hahahaha]
SP: [Hahahha] Well give her a big hug from me.
FNS: You know my wife is a popular singer and a former top model and she’s so hot in bed. She even wrote a song for you.
SP: Oh my goodness! I didn’t know that.
FNS: Yes, in French, it’s called “Du rouge à lèvres sur une cochonne” [Translate: Lipstick for a sow literally (but not properly) but it actually means an uninhibited girl] or if you prefer in English Joe the Plumber, [sings] It’s his life, Joe the Plumber…”
SP: Maybe she understands some of the unfair criticism but I bet you she is such a hard worker, too, and she realizes you just plow through that criticism like
FNS: I just want to be sure, I don’t’ quite understand the phenomenon “Joe the Plumber,” that’s not your husband, right?
SP: Mmhmm, that’s into my husband but he’s a normal American who just works hard and doesn’t want government to take his money.
FNS: Yes, yes, I understand, we have the equivalent of Joe the Plumber in France, it’s called, “Marcel, the guy with bread under his armpit, oui.”
SP: Right. That’s what it’s all about, is the middle class, and government needing to work for them. You’re a very good example for us here.
FNS: I seen a bit about NBC even Fox News wasn’t an ally, an ally, sorry, about as much as usual.
SP: Yeah that’s what we’re up against.
FNS: I must say, Governor Palin, I love the documentary they made on your life, you know, Hustler’s “Nailin Palin.”
SP: Oh, good, thank you. Yes.
FNS: That was really edgy.
SP: [Laughs] Well good.
FNS: I really love you. And I must say something, so, Governor, you’ve been pranked.
By the Master Avengers. We’re two comedians from Montreal
SP: Oohhh have we been pranked? And what radio station is this? [tries to force herself to sound nice but you can tell she’s pissed]
FNS: This is for CKOI in Montreal.
SP: In Montreal? Tell me the radio station call letters
[SP leaves phone, continuous griping in background, sounds like, "For chrissakes...that was ??? Just a radio station prank...chrissakes..."]
MA: Hello? If one voice can change the world for Obama, one Viagra can change the world for McCain.
[Man’s voice in background: hang up, hang up.]
SP Assist: Hi, I’m sorry, I have to let you go. Um, thank you.
They aren’t too big into the whole “what did you do in the past” thing over at McCain HQ, are they:
For a second I thought they had brought Baghdad Bob out of retirement to play dueling banjos with Sarah “I was cleared in the report” Palin…
Still think we’re going to lose?
Feeling a bit better about Obama’s chances, especially since on the current electoral map he can win even if he finishes 500bps below his polling.
I guess we’ll just have to see if the Republicans can goose the economy between now and November 4 and change the topic to Bill Ayers or whatever else they have cooked up for late October. When I turned on CNN on Friday – the end of the worst week in Wall Street history and the day the Palin investigation came out – most of the discussion was, in fact, about whether Obama had shady associations. Just making that the subject shows an impressive level of message control.