It looks like somebody on the right wing of the political spectrum in this country has finally worked up the guts to say publicly what I suspect at least a few people in the Republican Party have been fretting about in private lately.
Statements like, “Well, there is a danger in allowing some obsessive partisanship to get into the issue that we’re talking about today. And that’s something that John McCain, too, his track record, proving that he can work both sides of the aisle, he can surpass the partisanship that must be surpassed to deal with an issue like this,” make George Bush seem thoughtful, engaged, curious, and competent by comparison.
Here’s my favorite line from Kathleen Parker’s piece to which I linked above: “If BS were currency, Palin could bail out Wall Street herself.”
In a related article by Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, here’s a concurring favorite line of mine: “If forced off those rehearsed lines, what she has to say is often, quite frankly, gibberish.”
Zakaria then reprints the following mind-bending gem of gibberish:
“That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, were ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the—it’s got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.”
If you have any idea what the heck was that even supposed to mean, please, please, PLEASE let me know. I can’t figure it out for the life of me.
Come November, I sincerely hope that we as a country finally offer some long-overdue proof that we can do better than this.
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