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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sarah Palin: “I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right?”

Posted by admin on 2008 October 3

That was a tiring “debate” to watch, the one between Biden and Palin. Whenever she spoke I felt like I was being beat over the head with a cornpone stupid stick. She babbled incoherently, lied, contradicted herself many times per minute, and tried to gussy it all up in some kind of small town act trying to appeal to rednecks, but I’m pretty sure most rednecks are smart enough to see through all that.

There was one moment though, near the end, that none of the pundits seem to have noticed in the post debate banter. It was when she said

I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right?

Biden’s face kind of fell on that remark, because of course, his first wife Nelia and daughter Naomi were killed in a car crash just before Christmas in 1972. [edit: A clarification on a point brought up by a reader. Senator Biden's second and current wife, Jill, is a professor, and that is who Governor Palin was talking about. Biden knew Palin wasn't talking about Nelia, but the wording of the comment still brought up the pain of remembrance.] Senator Biden became more combative after that, and brought it home near the end with remarks about his understanding of parenthood.

Look, I understand what it’s like to be a single parent. When my wife and daughter died and my two sons were gravely injured, I understand what it’s like as a parent to wonder what it’s like if your kid’s going to make it.

Palin didn’t know how to respond to this heartfelt passion, so she followed with more incoherent babbling until she regained her composure somewhat, and went on a campaign rant about John McCain being a maverick. And that’s when Biden really hit back with a heated rebuttal with regard to McCain’s maverickness.

The pundits all thought she did well, but surely it’s only because the bar of expectations was so incredibly low for her. Look at some of these sentences!

In fact, 96 percent of his votes have been solely along party line, not having that proof for the American people to know that his commitment, too, is, you know, put the partisanship, put the special interests aside, and get down to getting business done for the people of America.

I do take issue with some of the principle there with that redistribution of wealth principle that seems to be espoused by you.

I had to take on those oil companies and tell them, “No,” you know, any of the greed there that has been kind of instrumental, I guess, in their mode of operation, that wasn’t going to happen in my state.

What I want to argue about is, how are we going to get there to positively affect the impacts?

Education credit in American has been in some sense in some of our states just accepted to be a little bit lax and we have got to increase the standards.

Also, John McCain’s maverick position that he’s in, that’s really prompt up to and indicated by the supporters that he has.

Okay, but that’s more about style than substance, you say. Maybe, or maybe it’s an indication of her scramble-headedness, that there are times, a lot of times per minute when she just doesn’t think straight. You sure you want to have her being Commander in Chief? McCain looks like he’s been having some microstrokes lately. He doesn’t have to die for her to be president, he just has to be mentally incapacitated.

But there’s a lot of substance in her babbling that’s just plain wrong, and still more of it that’s self-contradictory. I don’t have time to go into a lot of it right now, but just look at her statement about the “white flag of surrender.” That is a complete misunderstanding of a timetable for withdrawal. The timetable is for the Iraqi troops, not for Al Qaeda! If we stay there forever, they’ll never have a reason to man up and take charge, unless it’s to go against us. But if we give them a timetable for when we’re going to leave, they’ll have an idea of how long they have to get prepared.

And then there’s all that malarkey about Wall Street being greedy and corrupt. Come on, lady! You just said you wanted to give rich people some big tax breaks so maybe they’ll give middle class folks some jobs. And what is it with these “hungry markets” that are “hungry” for oil? What’s their problem, are there places in the US where you can’t buy oil with money?

To me it just seems like she’s pandering to rednecks as if they’re stupid and provincial. But I’ll tell you what, a country boy can survive, and bein’ a naïve dumbass ain’t a part of his survival skills. I got yer cornpone right here, lady!

  • abqsmartypants said,

    Biden’s second wife, Jill, is a teacher. I cannot find anything saying what his first wife, Neilia Biden, did as a career.

  • ElephantInRoom said,

    Uhh, you do realize that you have McCain/Palin advertisements on your site, don’t you?

  • decartesskeptic said,

    You’re subtle, but “But if we give them a timetable for when we’re going to leave, they’ll have an idea of how long they have to get prepared.” gives it away. Some kind of Poe’s law for democrats?

    I lean toward neither side, but Palin cannot seriously be a plausible choice for the office. I can honestly say that I am open to both tickets, as well as independents, but I feel the republicans have forced me to choose between lesser evils. That is a terrible choice to make, but damn - Palin is a trainwreck.

    Obama didn’t win my vote through Palin, but McCain sure did lose it.

  • m krug said,

    Thank you for publishing on this otherwise overlooked, but most blatantly cold, insensitive but only true thing that Palin said in the VP ‘debate’.

  • Kevin said,

    I heard that remark and I’m like going ..

    “so your saying my wife should die? Is that what you want?!

    “my wife is rewarded every day. Heck she’s married to me!”

  • Majorly English said,

    [...] There is no joke here I can tell that hasn’t been told already.  Except that she is an afterlife soothsayer.  Try to stay on her good side, lest she forever cast you down into the firey pit of [...]

  • needleinaNAYstack said,

    WoW, I second mr krug, thanks, and agree about the underreported, overlooked, cold, calculated, gutless sleight-of-hand remark by Palin “her reward is in heaven” punctuated by the ever slighting question “right?” The “compliment” coming across as anything but right and Biden clearly feeling it. Sarah Palin is a snake. Problem is, Obama has smilar antics, though more a weasel: “lipstick on a pig” being a prime example.

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