Friday, September 7, 2012

We're All Sarah Palin Now

By Bill Maher

Back in 2008 we all stood with mouths agape when we learned that Sarah Palin, fresh off not being able to tell Katie Couric what newspapers she read or what nostrils were for, would no longer be doing any interviews or taking questions from the Washington press. It was all going to be stump speeches and friendly interviews with the lickspittles at Fox News from then until November (or, as it turned out, eternity). It was unheard of. What had our political process come to?

Except that it turns out Sarah Palin was a bit of a trailblazer. And not just because she was the first person from the slow reading group to become the vice presidential nominee of a major party. Because now everyone is adopting that tactic.

Mitt Romney is not taking questions or doing any interviews with the Washington press corps either. He's done one recently -- when he rolled out Paul Ryan for 60 Minutes. But that's it. No David Gregory. No Chuck Todd. Not even Katie Couric. He's all stump speech all the time. The only questions he takes are from friendly audiences at fundraisers, usually with the press kept outside. There's no way to pin down his position on anything. Or even get him to answer something so simple as, "So when you say you paid no less than 13% in taxes, you mean 13% in income taxes, right?"

Fox News, attack ads, and stump speeches. That's it.

Even worse, the same goes for President Obama. And he's the fucking president. He just gave his first press conference in months, and recently has only granted interviews to the likes of Entertainment Weekly and People. Oh, and to local news stations, like the recent one with the morning team at KOB FM in New Mexico, who asked him "What type of chili do you prefer, red or green?" and "If you could have a superpower, what superpower would you choose?"

Which is how President Obama gets to go from the beginning of the campaign until now without having to mention anything he might do in a second term. Not a peep.

And what's left when no one will talk about any issue with anyone other than a lapdog or a cipher? Gaffes. Endless coverage of gaffes. From Mitt Romney’s gaffe to Obama's gaffe to Joe Biden's gaffe, to Todd Akin's gaffe. And not only their gaffes, but what do other people say about their gaffes? How do you feel about his or her gaffe? Do you condemn his or her gaffe? Does the person who gaffed deserve to be fired? Or should the person who gaffed step down?

In that sense I can't even blame the media here. Because if the candidates aren't going to do interviews or answer questions, or talk about actual issues, and they're going to say the same thing at every campaign stop (and trust me, they do) there's nothing for the press to cover except when someone goes off that script.

So enjoy the coverage of the candidates' gaffes. And their offshoot, the candidate's spokesperson's gaffes. And the offshoot of that, the candidate's celebrity supporters gaffes. It's all you're going to get.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Disgusting, isn't it? We aren't in the Big Club, and the extent to which they have skimped on the performance this year, I don't think they give a shit what we think about anything.

Anonymous said...

"Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves any richer - except of course, for the pigs and the dogs." - George Orwell, Animal Farm

Gary said...

A moron says what?

Palin has proven to be far superior to the current resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave in every single way.

She's also greatly superior to the man [Romney] who will defeat Barack Obama in November.

The fact that you and other radical leftists have to constantly write about her, hoping to convince others of the false narrative you've created speaks volumes.

If Sarah Palin was the dolt you wished she was, it would be self evident, and you wouldn't have to say it daily, like some sort of affirmation.

Face it, you're either in denial, or living in mortal fear. Likely both, as you know Sarah Palin connects with the American people in a way no one has for generations. She's a leader the likes of which those who follow your sick, diseased ideology could never produce.

Anonymous said...

Palin, superior to Obama? It is true then, many white men have in fact lost their sanity.
Apparently, your rationale is not derived of factual data,likely, you are poor too. Less than 1 Billion, total assets.
If Romney is voted into office then the POOR white people will finally get it. It is all about who has real money, STUPID!

Anonymous said...

The curious story of the Honorable George Hansen
http://www.constitution.org/ghansen/conghansen.htm

Tokin Woman said...

You nailed it Bill, as always.

Keep up the good words.

Anonymous said...

^ Low level bleach drinker...

Anonymous said...

The guy doesnt even get that the post wasnt even about Sarah Palin. But he googled Sarah Palin, probably for the 10th time today, found an article by Bill Maher with Sarah Palin in the headline. And commented without even reading it.

Mara Mason said...

It took eveything in my power to physically keep myself in my chair while reading this- I wanted to jump up and down-hoot-holler-cheer this article!!!!

I am so fed up with American politicians, I'd like to know what they want to do BEFORE I vote for them!!!

This campaign has become disgusting, and we're no where near November...

Anonymous said...

You already know what Obama's going to do: Continue bankrupting and disarming the Republic and establishing shari'a states.