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03 October 2008 @ 11:17 am
Of Pigs and Lipstick  
Some LJ friends and I have been having background discussion about Sarah Palin and her being "likable" to so many people. Does pretty constitute likable? Is that it? Or that plus her folksy manner? Because this woman's politics paint her as Jesse Helms in lipstick and a dress to me. resounding_echo said it best: how "likable" would people find her if she looked like Janet Reno?

As for the male vote, my Texan co-worker sums that up: "She looks like a librarian. A naughty librarian."

Now, if you were looking for a Republican woman as a Veep for the ticket (which is pandering already, in that you've clearly already decided to pick a woman just for political purposes), you'd go with Elizabeth Dole. Highly qualified and intelligent, she's clearly a Presidential choice. But she's an "insider," and she doesn't have the sex appeal of Palin. Being eminently qualified as opposed to entirely UNqualified has suddenly become hugely negative. Voters, how did we get here?

*steps off soap box*

Now, the real reason for this post, before derailing into that rant? To share something I found courtesy of stele_3:
Biden prepares to debate Sarah Palin

Oh god, how I needed that. I can never get enough of the weird! Get out of my secret Christmas place, Sarah Palin!

And if you haven't seen it already, check out the Palin Debate Flowchart in this entry from deirdre_c. \o/

Deadbeat Nymph: sam daddy floordeadbeat_nymph on October 3rd, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Oh my god, that debate training slideshow was freaking HIGHlarious!

I didn't know much about Biden before, but I like him a lot now that I've heard him speak a few times and read about him.

And have you been watching the newer tidbits from Obama? He's getting more forceful, and I love it! I thought he was too nice during the first debate, that he didn't take some clearly presented opportunities to nail McCain. However, it seems that he might have been trying to warm people to him, and get tougher once they started to like him more. In retrospect, I think that's a brilliant strategy. The man is on fire now.

I'm crossing my fingers for your country.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 4th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
In retrospect, I think that's a brilliant strategy. The man is on fire now.

Oh, given how many people are voting on "likable" instead of "Presidential," I hope he's that savvy. Though it irritates the heck out of me that this is what people are basing their votes on these days!

Those slides, though-- hahahaha! Fantastic presentation, and you've got to love the crack touches like the Christmas tree thing. :D