best Palin photo yet!

best Palin photo yet!

I expressed my horror a few days ago at the reports that Sarah Palin was pulling women voters away from Obama and over to the McCain camp. This was incomprehensible to me, and apparently, justifiably so, since it’s not true. A few links:

From the San Francisco Chronicle, I love the way Mark Morford expresses the disbelief:

It cannot be true, they say. The universe must be joking, would not dare dump such a homophobic, Creationist evangelical nutball on us, this anti-choice, God-pandering woman who’s the inverse of Hillary, this woman of deep inexperience who abhors birth control and supports abstinence education and shoots exhausted wolves from helicopters and hates polar bears and actually stands for everything progressive women have resented since the first pope Swift-Boated Eve.

And the reasons to doubt the Palin vote snatching hype:

A potent backlash is coming fast. Actually, it began almost immediately, just after the Republican National Convention, when the GOP cheerfully announced they’d raised a whopping one million bucks in the 24 hours following Palin’s speech, so inspired was the heavily drugged conservative base by her teleprompter-reading skills (she didn’t write a single word of her own speech, of course; it came from a former Bushite, well before she was the VP pick).

Well, gosh. Really? A million? Wow.

But then Obama’s campaign issued a statement of their own. Turns out they’d raised a bit money in the exact same time frame, a rather impressive outpouring of cash from all those on the left who could be heard screaming “oh my God no way in hell” to their TV screens as Palin’s finger jabbed at the heart of all that’s right and good with the world. The amount Obama raised in the same 24 hours? $10 million. Well now.

How much of that staggering amount came from the newly galvanized, infuriated female populace from the left who see right through Palin’s shrill charade and damn well recognize an imposter in their midst, it’s impossible to tell. But I think it’s a damn safe bet to assume, they are legion.

And let me tell you, they are pissed.

Damn Straight.

And here’s Rachel Maddow, righteous babe of the airwaves, doing a bit more debunking:

Must note that there is some dispute about the stats, as usual, there seem to be stats for every opinion, but at least contradictory stats give me hope. Though the interviews in this  Times article are truly disturbing. Who are these women?  If women, as a group, blow it for Obama this election, I don’t even know how I’ll feel. Disappointed doesn’t even begin. Hopeless maybe.

And here’s how bad Palin really is, even conservative douchebags like David Brooks knows she’s no good.

Sarah Palin has many virtues. If you wanted someone to destroy a corrupt establishment, she’d be your woman. But the constructive act of governance is another matter. She has not been engaged in national issues, does not have a repertoire of historic patterns and, like President Bush, she seems to compensate for her lack of experience with brashness and excessive decisiveness.

The idea that “the people” will take on and destroy “the establishment” is a utopian fantasy that corrupted the left before it corrupted the right. Surely the response to the current crisis of authority is not to throw away standards of experience and prudence, but to select leaders who have those qualities but not the smug condescension that has so marked the reaction to the Palin nomination in the first place.

And there’s been a nice dose of “WTF?!?!” coming from her home state as well, at the Alaska Women Reject Palin Rally – ok, it wasn’t exactly the battle of Seattle, but hey, it’s Anchorage. From the HuffPo:

Never, have I seen anything like it in my 17 and a half years living in Anchorage. The organizers had someone walk the rally with a counter, and they clicked off well over 1400 people (not including the 90 counter-demonstrators), which would make this the biggest political rally ever, in the history of the state. I was absolutely stunned. The second most amazing thing is how many people honked and gave the thumbs up as they drove by. And even those that didn’t honk looked wide-eyed and awe-struck at the huge crowd that was growing by the minute. This just doesn’t happen here.

Nice. Ever since the interview with Charlie Gibson, her image is fading, time is her enemy, hopefully the little more than a month left til the elections will be enough to thoroughly expose her as a disaster waiting to happen, and her nomination as –  as this guy (also conservative douchbag) said on Bill Maher’s show the other day – “the most irresponsible act that any candidate has ever made”. Though Naomi Klein really nailed it in that clip, calling Palin “Bush in Drag”.

Sigh. Some days it’s all too much to bear.