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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Sarah Palin's "In Charge of the Senate." Tina Fey Says "Thank You" For Her Next Skit

Speaking to a reporter Tuesday who asked her about a third-grader's question about the role of the United States vice president, Gov. Sarah Palin, Republican nominee Sen. John McCain's running mate, offered this explanation:

..."A vice president has a really great job because, not only are they there to support the president's agenda, they're like the team member, the teammate to that president, but also, they’re in charge of the U.S. Senate so if they want to they can really get in there with the Senators and make a lot of good policy changes that will make life better for Brandon and his family and his classroom."

Holy Eskimo shit...what the fuck is this woman talking about? My member? Teammate? In charge of the Senate? How on Earth can you possibly run for the second highest job in the world and not even know what the hell its responsibilities are? How does the McCain camp let her out on the street with this moronic revisionist nonsense? She wouldn't know a U.S. Constitution if it smacked her in her fraudulent smart-girl glasses. As MSNBC's Chris Matthews said Tuesday night, "She wasn't talking to third-graders, she was talking like a third-grader!"

Palin seems to be utterly clueless as to what her job would be. And it's no surprise. She's consistently made embarrassing, Constitutionally-inaccurate statements on the role of the office. It began July 31st when she told CNBC's Larry Kudlow that, "As for that VP talk all the time, I’ll tell you, I still can’t answer that question until somebody answers for me what is it exactly that the VP does every day? I’m used to being very productive and working real hard in an administration."

She dug her ignorance hole even deeper when, during the vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden, she told moderator Gwen Ifill that she believes Dick Cheney was right about the vice president being more that just a member of the executive branch, and that vp's have "much flexibility" in the job:

"Well, our founding fathers were very wise there in allowing through the Constitution much flexibility there in the office of the vice president. And we will do what is best for the American people in tapping into that position and ushering in an agenda that is supportive and cooperative with the president’s agenda in that position. Yeah, so I do agree with him that we have a lot of flexibility in there, and we’ll do what we have to do to administer very appropriately the plans that are needed for this nation."

Last time I checked, Article I Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution says the job of the vice president is twofold: to take over the job of president in the event the president is unable to serve; and to serve as president of the Senate, with responsibilities strictly limited to serving as the tie-breaker. The job offers no legislative powers, Grandma. There is no "flexibility." There are no "policy changes" to be made. You are not "in charge" of anything. You simply sit in a chair looking bored out of your wits, like every other vice president in U.S. history--including Darth Vader--and quietly observe as 100 Senators do their job. Unless there's a tie, you are window-dressing. Period. Not that I give a shit, but you should really stop humiliating yourself like this. And, your stupidity is shaving points off of McCain's poll numbers faster than Karl Rove's hairline is receding. I guess, for that, we should be thankful. Just as Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey is grateful for her next skit on the wacky Wasilla Wonder.

Of Palin's latest screw-up, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann incredulously opined, "You've had three months to get this right!" It's truly unbelievable that she hasn't.

Regarding the McCain campaign in general, it has gotten so desperate that it's beginning to make the candidate and his running mate appear like a couple of erratic, self-contradicting nitwits. The latest barrage of attacks on Democratic nominee Sen. Barack Obama accuses him of being a "socialist." So, let's get this straight: he's a socialist...and, elitist...and, er...a celebrity. . What's next, a hermaphrodite? And anyway, is a possible for one person to be a socialist, an elitist, a terrorist and a celebrity? How would that even look? Do you attend Harvard to get high-paying jobs so you can live in a wealthy neighborhood just so you can steal from your rich neighbors to give to the poor, all before you blow up their houses and then go for drinks with Alec Baldwin? I'm lost....

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  • At 11:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The appearance of Sarah Palin has convinced me that there is a God. she has evangelized me. There is a God and he really likes Obama.

  • At 5:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    reallllyyyy ostroy..... there is no other like you! keep enlightening the world we live in.. it needs your point of view!! (especially for us insomniacs) you are such a turn-on!

  • At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Oh Andy you make so much over so little. She'll learn as she goes along. Sure she might make a little slip up here or a mistake there ..she's a uniter and a Christian and that's what's most important. She might become the President someday and help bring about the Rapture and then you'll be sorry you made such nasty comments when you and the rest on this board get "left behind!!"

  • At 8:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm more concerned with the Repubs stealing the election. Early voting in both FL and WV has shown votes flipping to McCain on the touch screen machines. Have they learned nothing about these crooked machines. This morning I hear that Ohio will still have long lines because they do not have enough machines. Workers should go down the line, sign folks in and give them a paper ballot.
    Purging of voter lists, crooked machines, not enough machines:
    Have we learned nothing?

  • At 9:26 AM, Blogger scripto said…

    This week it's "communist". They're saving hermaphrodite for next week.

  • At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Anonymous 7:18...

    "She'll learn as she goes along..." are you serious???? From July 31 to October 21, you're saying that THAT'S not enough time to study up on the role of the vice president?

    If anything, I rather believe that Sarah Palin is MAKING IT UP as she goes along!!!

  • At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    She does know that JOBS is a three letter word, doesn't make claims that we and France kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon, doesn't invite our enemies to attack us in the first 6 months of the next presidency, doesn't refer to visiting businesses that closed decades ago, doesn't make false claims about a drunk driver killing family members, doesn't claim paying more taxes is patriotic and on and on and on.

    If you want to criticize Palin for mispeaking, fine but you make a total ass out of yourself when you totally overlook what a massive BOOB Joe Biden is.

  • At 11:56 AM, Anonymous chuck said…

    Andy, you've clearly described the BEST reason for voting for Sen. Obama in this election: Sarah Palin. It's clear that this ignorant, opportunistic, fraudulent populist would be more dangerous than her predecessor, if, for no other reason, she has absolutely no concept of the responsibilities of the office she would occupy. What's worse is that she shows no inclination whatsoever to learn and understand the duties of the office of the VP. Ignorance can be overcome with knowledge, but willful ignorance cannot be overcome.

  • At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Palin is the only BOOB, she is such a lost little lamb in a forest. What is unbelievable is that she thought she could do the VP thing, what arrogance to not say "no thanks, I'm not ready" and yet it shows the lunacy of the MaCain bunch to forget to check her out and ask her the same questions. Like: "Can you spell Vice President?" for starters.

  • At 4:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sarah was obviously having an Alexander Haig moment. :-}

  • At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The quote Ostroy uses in this blog was shown on TV. Palin was not talking to reporters or even adults -- she was talking to a SECOND GRADE CLASS of students. It was not a history lesson or civics lesson, but a simplistic talk to instill love of country in little children. It's the kind of talks I heard in school before it was uncool to be patriotic.

  • At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    OMG She told little children the vice president could do good things for the country. Well, we can all breathe a sigh of relief she didn't tell them Christmas is on the way and Santa Claus will bring them presents.

  • At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for making me laugh so hard I snorted coffee through my nose!

  • At 6:09 PM, Blogger bacci40 said…

    dems do not go out of their way to cover for biden...since the beginning of his political career, the man has suffered from foot in mouth disease...but he understands the constitution

    this question was asked by a reporter, relating a question sent in by a third grader

    had a civics teacher told this to her class, i would demand that she be fired

    john adams tried to run the senate...understandable as the constitution was new, and the vp role was ill defined...and the senate almost ran him out of town

    the fact that she used the words "in charge of" shows that either she has no understanding of the word president (which means to preside, in this case) or just doesnt care

    either way, she is a danger to this country and to our government and should be shipped back to alaska as soon as possible

  • At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is time we start admitting the truth. Many Liberals really are Socialists. Not in the East German Government owns everything kind of way, but in the Socialized dog/child/human kind of way.

    The AntiSocialists have spun their song pointing to the Soviets as being Socialists as they were indeed active in claiming so. But they also just as actively claimed that they were Democratic and just as incorrectly, though few make note of it.

    The current meltdown of legal crimes and economic collapse is the obvious result of unsocialized folk in power. Perhaps it is time we have actually Socialized folk in power for a change.

  • At 9:10 PM, Blogger Den the blogger said…

    And I thought Dan Quayle and George W. Bush were bad. (Of course, I thought right about them, Palin is just perpetuation this recent Republican tradition.)


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