Why We Say ‘Thanks’ to Sarah Palin

Monday, November 24th, 2008 | SMASH Politics with No Comments »

Palin Turkey

Someone definitely has it out for Sarah Palin. Come on. First, the nasty backbiting while she was John McCain’s running mate, about how she was going “rogue” and acting like a “diva”. Then, the leak about how she and her family ran up a $150,000 tab at Needless Markup and Saks, all the while acting, according to how it was printed, like “redneck hillbillies”. Then, just days after Election Day, Fox News (Fox News!) reported that McCain staffers were dumping on her about what a rotten candidate she was –not knowing that Africa was a continent, how she refused any prep before the trainwreck Katie Couric interview, etc., all of which made her mad, calling the press “stinkers” and “cowards” for having all this stuff come out the way it did. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart: A First Look

Monday, October 6th, 2008 | SMASH Politics with No Comments »

Sarah Palin Debate Flow Chart

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Triumph the Insult Dog at the RNC

Saturday, September 13th, 2008 | SMASH Politics with No Comments »

Triumph the Insult Dog at RNCThere’s no need to set this one up. Triumph, the nasty, potty-mouthed Doberman that is the creation of long time cocmedy writer Robert Smigel (“SNL”), and a recurring character on Conan O’Brien, is at it again. This time he and his acid tongue has been sent to St. Paul’s Excel Center and the recent Republican National Convention. It’s not only hilarious to see this puppet dog in a straw hat and cigar, but it’s amazing that Smigel can come up with such rapid ad-lib zingers to the pale, captive crowd of supporters. And somehow, in the end, Triumph also succumbs to the charm of a certain sexy and zesty librarian VP choice, Sarah Palin.

In the interest of fairness, Conan’s people also sent Triumph to Denver for the Democratic extravaganza. But these two clips are uproarious, and it’s not merely the fact that many of these people are not as familiar with Triumph or his schtick. There are two clips here, in fact, and the MO is the same. Triumph searches out the Read the rest of this entry »

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Diddy Be Buggin’: Are There Black People in Alaska?

Monday, September 1st, 2008 | SMASH Politics, SMASH Pop Culture with No Comments »

P DiddyWell that didn’t take long. Not even 24 hours had passed since John McCain, in only his reportedly second meeting, announced that Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska would be his running mate, that the knives have come out from all corners. While social conservative types like Pat Buchanan (whom Palin supported in 2000) and Rush Limbaugh are beyond themselves in rapturous excitement, much of the media and other rational heads have called the pick the single biggest political gamble they had ever seen in modern American history. Ed Rollins, former Reagan henchman and former supporter of Mike Huckabee, has admitted just as much. David Gergen, former administration official under both Republican and Democratic White Houses, an Independent and respected analyst, told Wolf Blitzer he had not seen this coming. A gamble, yes, but one that had potential to possibly ruin McCain’s chances to be President.

The usual suspect of Democrats or Clintonistas are naturally apoplectic. Horny toad James Carville declared himself at “a loss for words” to Larry King on Friday night. This before taking apart Stepford Wifish Nancy Pfotenhauer, once respectable economist-turned McCain acolyte on payroll for repeating over and over again that Palin was the most popular governor in the country right now. As if that brings experience and as if the former mayor of Wasilla, AK three years ago is poised to become Commander in Chief should, God forbid, something happen in the next few years to the 72-year-old McCain. To think this was the most qualified of all Republicans –even, to take the female argument, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas—that McCain could have chosen only points to the political contrivance of this all. Read the rest of this entry »

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McCain’s VP Pick: Calling All Hillary Supporters

Friday, August 29th, 2008 | SMASH Politics with No Comments »

Morning news anchors are tripping over themselves trying to figure out who is going to be John McCain’s VP pick. This on the day after Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Denver. What should be a day after to go through highlights from that speech and provide some post-election afterglow instead becomes a masterfully calculated announcement from the McCain folks to drive the news cycle today.

Breaking news at 7:39 am PDT: Matt Lauer of NBC News and Today announced that McCain has chosen Alaska Governor Sarah Palin to be his running mate. The 44-year old staunch conservative and mother of five, has been in office for two years. Chuck Todd of NBC News said just an hour ago that three years ago, she was just a mayor of a small town in Alaska. This morning she will appear in Dayton, OH with McCain at a rally designed, as only the GOP can muster, to present what is a rather bold and shrewd choice for the Arizona Senator and his campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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