I was almost not gonna post about the debate. I made it through the most of the initial minutes of the debate with my blood pressure almost in tact (and you know black folks don’t play about their sugar) and I had already decided that I would go ahead and do the Honest Blogger thing that I’ve been nominated for. And I am sure that if you read this you have a pretty clear understanding of how I feel about Sarah Plain and Tall. I was SO close to not saying anything disparaging about her on the blog (I may or may not have called her bringing Beau Biden into her criticism of Obama and Biden ‘shameful, disgusting, and a putrid carcass of dying Republican strategy’). As far as her performance goes, let’s be honest; just short of bursting into tears and running off stage to curl up in the fetal position in the wings, there wasn’t much she could do to fuck it up. And fuck up she did not. She was every bit the likeable, folksy redneck her future son-in-law is proud to be.
But I will say this…
As a woman, who may or may not take great pleasure in referring to her (brass iron) balls, and willing to put them on the table next to any man, it is positively INFURIATING to watch Palin be condescending and snarky in a way that Joe Biden could not be. I almost, almost wanted him to, well, be Joe Biden and all but send her back to Alaska to debate in the PTA she loves so much. But for her to be so damn sarcastic, and really just outright rude and low in some of her comments, and for him not to be able to say a word in retort, is enough to set women back quite a few decades.
Because I am not a delicate fucking flower. I don’t need to be handled with kid gloves because I am a woman. I don’t need some guy to have special coaches to teach him how to best talk to me so he won’t hurt my feelings just because I have a uterus.
Because I have balls.
And Sarah Palin does not.
To that end, I was happy that Sarah Palin didn’t make everyone woman with half a brain cringe as she pretended she was even remotely close to answering the questions being asked. I even laughed out loud when she winked at the camera, a childish, flirty move, the likes of which I don’t think I would ever see out of any woman who wanted to be taken seriously in any arena, much less a political one. (Granted, I was laughing AT her but still…)
Oh and Sarah? Defense of your candidate isn’t exclaiming, “Well Barack did it too!” If you have a rebuttal, the rebut. (Actually, for that matter, the same goes for the other 3 people on the ticket as well. Take note Biden.) If not, talk about energy some more. Or we’ll pretend you just mispronounced General McKiernan (multiple times) not that you just didn’t really know his name despite the flashcard tests you’ve been given. We’ll even pretend that you are answering some semblance of the question you were asked. But please, for the love of God, if you don’t have a proper rebuttal other than taunts of, “He did it too!” and running away from the big bad Biden bully on the playground, do us all a favor and treat us to one of your trademarked bewildered silences, and shut the hell up.
And Katie Couric, the happiest woman in the world, annoyed you by asking you questions she asked all the other candidates?
And as a note…
I am so in heart with Joe Biden.
Sure, he’s 62, white, and very married but still. Look at this!
Do you see that smile? *swoon*
I am quite well known for my love of all people who have a difficult time being politically correct, as I sense in them a kindred spirit. And seeing as how I am physically incapable of holding my tongue, I am not parts of politically correct, and I tend to be quite long winded, don’t you see how this is a perfect match? lol
If I wasn’t already pretty sure that I was going to vote for Obama, his appointment of Joe Biden would have cemented it for me. I adore the fact that he isn’t afraid to disagree with his boss, that he is obviously highly intelligent, and moreover, and that he is known for verbal gaffes. What more could you ask for in a VP?
Anything but lipstick.
P.S. I don’t have any children, so I can’t imagine what it would be like to be faced with the possibility of losing them. Moreover, I don’t know what it’s like to lose a baby before you even get to know them, or a spouse far before you intended to. So for all those who think that Biden faked getting choked up at the thought of almost losing his entire family, you make me absolutely sick. And you should be ashamed of yourself.
I imagine that no parent ever forgets how close they came to losing their child. And that’s a hell of alot more genuine than espousing your similarities to a pitbull or a six pack.