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Is It Sexism?

For the last few weeks, there's been non-stop chatter about the backlash against Palin because of the moronic things she says. Her constant displays of ignorance have been cited as the reasons why public opinion polls are showing 59% think she is unprepared to be the VP. She's actually polling worse than Dan Quayle did back in the 80s.

Ok, she's pretty dumb and completely not interested in learning about the things of which she currently has no knowledge. She didn't even have the wit to make up an answer when Katie Couric asked her what she read. That's sad. And flubbing the "what does a VP do" question when anyone could have predicted she'd be asked (it had been highly publicized that 3 months earlier she'd said she had no idea what a VP's job was, ferchrissakes) - were her handlers trying to lose the election?

But what the hell? George Bush is a mental midget of similar proportions, and they let him be President! You think Palin's more incurious than Cowboy Brushbeater (henh henh henh)? I grant you that when asked what he reads, he was able to answer that "gotcha" question. I credit his having an answer more to his handlers having prepped him better than to any intellectual prowess on Bush's part. I don't actually believe he reads. As a member of the Bush empire, i would suppose he's been coached all his life on how to speak. Sarah's not stupider. She just didn't have as much tutoring.

Josh Marshall of TPM apparently disagrees on who got hit with the bigger stupid stick:

"What about George Bush?" Sorry but there's no comparison. Whatever else I think of him, he's not a moron. And while he appears to be astoundingly incurious, there's simply no comparison to Palin.

I don't see how there's no comparison. Just look at the man. In the face of disaster or crisis, he's usually somewhere else with a stupid expression on his face. In the face of rising fuel prices, he was surprised by what was, by that time, common knowledge.

"Wait, what did you just say?" the president interrupted. "You're predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline?"

Maer responded: "A number of analysts are predicting $4-a-gallon gasoline."

Bush's rejoinder: "Oh, yeah? That's interesting. I hadn't heard that."

That's interesting?? I hadn't heard that???

Really, Josh? Mr. Magic Wand is less moronic than Bible Spice? I'm sorry, but that dog won't hunt.

So, what is it that is making her so idiocy so unpalatable? It can't be that John McCain is old and there's a chance she might step into the presidency. As i pointed out, we elected the village idiot for president twice already. Been there, done that.

Is it because we've had 8 years of President Braintrust that the electorate is unwilling to go through it a second time? That would assume the population has the ability to learn from its mistakes. I'm not really willing to concede that it does.

Well, you say, Nukular George might be an idiot, but everyone knew he was going to be surrounded by people who knew what they were doing (see: Iraq Invasion), so no big deal. He's just the puppet leader. Wouldn't any McCain/Palin government be surrounded by the same types of geniuses? Wouldn't they also too have offices full of advisors to help them come to the "right" conclusions? Should anything untoward happen to McCain, Palin would have no less than five former Secretaries of State to advise her - Kissinger, Eagleburger, Schultz,....uh..... Roosevelt, Roosevelt......and Manny.

Thus, i'm left with thinking all the hoohah is because she's a woman. Mebbe they're more concerned about her ability to think because they have an underlying belief that women aren't as smart as men to start with. She's already got a handicap (hormones), so she can't also be dumb. It's ok if she's just window dressing (e.g. First Lady Laura Stepford Wife Bush), but if you're going to do something crazy like put a woman in charge, she's got to meet a higher standard of competence. Bush might be a moron, but at least he's a man, by God!

Mebbe the McCain campaign should be less concerned over the "sexism" of criticizing her $150,000 shopping spree and more concerned about the sexism that's making her idiocy more important than Bush's.

"Our Sarah's No Stupider Than W! McCain '08!" Woo!

By min | November 4, 2008, 10:49 AM | Liberal Outrage