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Is This Piling On?

Palin for President in 2012? I think not. Per Fox News, Sarah Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent, nor did she know that NAFTA was comprised of the U.S., Mexico, and her neighbor Canada. Fox sat on the story until the day after the election:

This came from the McCain campaign, so it could be sour grapes. But if true, it also speaks to McCain’s vetting process and his judgment.


November 6, 2008 - Posted by | John McCain, Sarah Palin


  1. Watch the ..ahem..”news story” on Fox, with Bill O’Reilly. He calls Palin’s knowledge base “weak”. The Palin debacle is simply head-shaking stuff. And how many states did McCain win…even after the Couric interview? If I came across as an airhead like Palin, I would hope that my university would fire me, let alone that I wouldn’t be fit to be PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Sad, sad stuff.

    Comment by Stuck in Shizuoka | November 6, 2008

  2. You were right the first time, sour grapes. These are anon. staffers. In any losing effort you can find those who will dump on their teammates just to cover their own faults. When Joe Biden says the biggest issue in the campaign is a 3 letter word, J-O-B-S, nobody dumps on him for being stupid. BTW – I used to do computer security and have some friends still in the business. They tell me that Obama’s web based fund raising was used by identity theft criminals to phish for credit card numbers. The campaign had turned of the security address match feature that required card numbers and billing addresses to match. Thieves figured this out and used random number generators until they got a hit on a valid number. The campaign was told about this but refused to turn the security back on, because it would have dried up their illegal foreign donations and would have created a paper trail back to donors who exceeded federal campaign limits by making multiple donations less than $200. It was possible to make $199 donations using real credit card numbers and any fictional name and address you wanted.

    Comment by KingofKaty | November 6, 2008

  3. Yes. Nobody likes a sore winner. Go back to energy issues.

    Comment by Fat Man | November 6, 2008

  4. No one should pile on, if Palin’s plan is to go quietly back to Alaska and live a good life.On the other hand, if the “I believe Africa is a country” wing of the Republican party(*) plan to run Palin in 2012, it’s another thing altogether.* – I’ve met others- odograph

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2008

  5. Odo, I don’t think Palin is planning on going quietly back to Alaska. She has demonstrated a lot of ambition. “I’m not doing this for naught.”

    Comment by DaveT | November 6, 2008

  6. Comparing Biden’s comments to Palin’s is quite a stretch. The comments are not even in the same hemisphere.It’s common knowledge here inside the beltway that neither McCain nor much of his staff cared much for Palin. It was quite obvious (to observers and flys-on-walls) a few weeks; she soon recognized she was a pawn, and simply took advantage of a worsening situation. She plays the game well, that much is true.However, it’s unfortunate that anyone with common sense could find much to indicate Palin’s gargantuan intellect. Any apologist that resorts to the trope of “sour grapes” in this particular situation is naive and out of touch with both McCain and Washington politics.

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2008

  7. I hate to deviate from this fascinating thread…..but is there any chance that this blog will now move back to its strength, which is…..discussion of energy matters? Maybe that, or change the title of the blog.Seriously, this blog contain(ed) some of the best analysis of energy matters I’ve seen on the web, and it would be a shame to lose it.

    Comment by rico567 | November 6, 2008

  8. Politics and energy tend to collide. To follow Browne formerly of BP’s suggestions would require quite a congressional activity.- odograph

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2008

  9. Seriously, this blog contain(ed) some of the best analysis of energy matters I’ve seen on the web, and it would be a shame to lose it.Rico, in the past two weeks alone, I have put up 7 posts on energy. I have put up 3 on politics, but those generally had an energy theme as well. RR

    Comment by Robert Rapier | November 6, 2008

  10. No comparison between Biden and Palin, Biden is the bigger lightweight because he has been in the Senate nearly 30 years and still thinks FDR went on TV to explain the stock market crash of 1929. Joe claims to have lunch at a non-existent diner in Wilmington and he says he hangs out at Home Depot. Palin does have a gift for speaking though, which seems to be the main qualification of our new president-elect. If she wants to run again in 4 years she needs to distinguish herself as Governor in her remaining time, she should travel, hit the speaking circuit, write the occasional op-ed, fundraise for other Repbulicans, and do the basic ground work.

    Comment by KingofKaty | November 6, 2008

  11. King buddy, at this point the best thing you could do for the Republican party would be to hold your tongue.(You don’t want to reinforce their turn toward anti-intellectualism)- odograph

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2008

  12. Some of the stupidist people I’ve ever run into were so-called intellectuals in California and New England. I’d rather hang out with the Wal Mart Republicans than the Malibu swells any day.

    Comment by KingofKaty | November 6, 2008

  13. You know who the Cato Institute is, don’t you King? Their tag “Individual Liberty, Free Markets, Peace”From their blog, a post called Our Intellectual President, in which they quote:”At a meeting with congressional leadership on Thursday, President Bush shared his thoughts on those 192 economists’ concerns: ‘I don’t care what somebody on some college campus says.’Obviously.”- odograph

    Comment by Anonymous | November 6, 2008

  14. You were right the first time, sour grapes. These are anon. staffers. In any losing effort you can find those who will dump on their teammates just to cover their own faults.That’s called “passing the buck”.While Republicans continue with the infighting and backstabbing, the real lesson is that American voters have moved on and just did not care for negative politics. It’s too late to bitch about Obama’s campaign and no one cares anyway.

    Comment by bc | November 6, 2008

  15. If Palin runs for President in 2012, at least she has name recognition going for her… but, at this point, that may not work in her favor

    Comment by patrick | November 9, 2008

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