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Do you think McCain even bothered to look Sarah Palin up on Wikipedia? You know, what with the secessionist videos on YouTube and all?

Dear Republicans,

THANK YOU. You have made my August/early September better x1million,

Yours faithfully,

mediaserf

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veejane
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:37 pm (UTC)
There was a bit in the Monday NYTimes to the effect that someone calling himself YoungTrigg edited her Wikipedia page within an inch of its life -- at 4am the morning before she was announced. Gave it detail, filled in stuff, flattering as all get-out. Left off, needless to say, most of the gaffes we've seen since. No word on whether Sarah Palin's mom has a Wikipedia username.

The Times managed to track down a fellow Wikipedian who had come along later the same day and edited some sense back into the entry; he wouldn't give his real name (although he consented to an interview) because he was a corporate lawyer and didn't want his clients to know he played around on Wikipedia (presumably, while billing them $500/hr).
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
This is what I mean. I had read about the Wikipedia stunt and marvelled that not only was it done with a newly created and now deleted account, the account was named the same as one of her children. I think I like a little bit more native cunning in a politician -- and fortunately British politicians are slicker than greased weasel shite. Which is nice.
tzikeh
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:54 pm (UTC)
YoungTrigg

Interesting, since her "youngest" (the child with Down Syndrome) is named "Trig".
veejane
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
I think that is a protest -- perhaps from the tot himself -- that Trig should never, evar be a name for anybody!! Not even the children of math enthusiasts!!

...Track, her other son, would like to weigh in on his name as well, except that would mean spending time in the spotlight.

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dashakay
Sep. 2nd, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
It would seem the McCain camp did very little vetting of Palin at all. "Hey, she's a WOMAN and a governor. Let's get HER. That will make all the little wimmins vote for us!"

GAH.
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
It's really a case of "all your wimmins are belong to us" gone spectacularly wrong. I *hope*. I can't believe they didn't just chuck her name into google, YouTube et al though and find this stuff out. I've thought lots of things about the Republican political machine but never that it was incompetent.
logovo
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:07 pm (UTC)
Idiots, idiots, idiots...
::sigh::
Also, bozos.
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
Yes. These people want to run the country. They can't do a google image search. There should be an inquiry somewhere
coffeeandink
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
It's almost enough to make you believe in God, and that She's voting for Obama.
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)
It does almost make me hopeful that it's all going to go tits-up for the party currently in power. It feels to me, watching from a distance over here, that John McCain is not clever and has an ego that could be seen from *space*. I can't see how he'll keep a lid on it when facing the elegant, eloquent Obama during the debates.

But then I live in a country that voted the Tories in four times in a row even though by the fourth time I was so certain they would lose that I cried when they didn't. So hope only gets you so far

violetisblue
Sep. 2nd, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
The skinny is that McCain really, really wanted Lieberman but that was struck down as unacceptable to The All-Important Base(tm), so they found themselves a collection of right-wing talking points in the shape of a human being and stuck her on the ticket with a grand total of about two days' notice, literally. All else aside, wow, that McCain sure is a party maverick, isn't he? He sure does have a lot of backbone and make his own, independent decisions without any party interests or lobbyists or anyone telling him what to do, eh? Wow, what a frickin' breath of fresh air!
infinitemonkeys
Sep. 2nd, 2008 08:27 pm (UTC)
All your us are belong to base. No? Never mind
But isn't Lieberman something of a petulant shitweasel too?

As for Sarah Palin, she has added to the gaity of nations hugely, what with the strangely named children and the hating on polar bears. Long may she continue to have skeletons rattling in her cupboard.
se_parsons
Sep. 2nd, 2008 06:17 pm (UTC)
I am still just going HAHA HA HA HA.

I have little reaction other than that.
loligo
Sep. 2nd, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we're all laughing now, but we'll be crying next January when she gets inaugurated. Maybe I'm a pessimist, but I think that unless something definitive happens with the ethics scandal between now and November, McCain just won the election.

I think Lieberman wouldn't have done him any good. The Republicans have made such hash of things for the past eight years, there's no way McCain was ever going to attract enough of the remaining moderates to his cause, no matter what. His only hope was to motivate all the religious kooks who were iffy about him, and he just did it. They're wetting their pants in joy over the amazing Sarah Palin and her wonderful "culture of life" and I think I have to stop now before I throw up.
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kirbyfest
Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:59 pm (UTC)
It either means the Dems are going to win (Palin is an incredibly stupid choice overall, base motivator or no) or that the Repubs have already fixed the election in battleground states so they don't really give a shit.

Guess which one I believe.
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