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03 September 2008

Can I just say... that this place has fast become, for me, one of the best places to go for discussion of the US Election?[More:]I mean it. You're an interesting bunch, US bunnies. I'm not watching much TV news at the moment, and am just hearing the bare bones on BBC radio, so here is where I come for proper discussion.

Thanks, chaps.
*bracing self for TPS' arrival.....*
posted by chewatadistance 03 September | 07:25
Is that a good thing? I come here to get away from discussion of the US election.
posted by Eideteker 03 September | 07:31
As I said, here in the UK we're probably not as saturated with coverage as you are over there. And I stopped reading Metafilter political threads quite some time ago...
posted by altolinguistic 03 September | 07:38
I enjoy it too, alto... it seems to be just about the only place online where political discussions can happen without all the screaming and yelling.
posted by BoringPostcards 03 September | 07:38
I have to say that I was fairly uninterested in the election until Palin came into it. It was such a bizarre decision, and I wanted to find out more about her.

I'm hoping that all the family scandal stuff will run its course fairly quickly, because otherwise there might be a sentimental backlash vote for her. If the family issues quieten down in the next couple of weeks, then her utter unsuitability for the job will rise to the surface to be the main focus.

I'm looking forward to the VP debate. Am I right that it's on 2 October? If Biden concentrates on exposing her weaknesses, he'll wipe the floor with her, provided he doesn't come across as patronising or condescending, which he has a tendency to do.

I wonder how much coaching Palin will get beforehand. She has a very unattractive speaking voice and is not a natural orator.
posted by essexjan 03 September | 09:16

posted by BitterOldPunk 03 September | 09:45
Here I am!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 03 September | 09:59
Honestly, I have to agree with you, alto. Bunnies tend to be polite and know when to quit. There were quite a few posts these last few days due to the Palin drama, but I think in general we don't obsess about politics too much.

Most of the political blogs I read are pretty uniformly progressive, in one way or another, and it's nice to be able to come to a space where there's such a diversity of opinions.
posted by muddgirl 03 September | 10:54
"I wonder how much coaching Palin will get beforehand."

It's already started, and you can bet she's being briefed her every waking, non-public moment. I think many people (outside mecha) are underestimating her intelligence. Biden may sweep the floor with her, but at this point, I don't think that's a given.
posted by Ardiril 03 September | 13:07
They hired some of Bush's folks to tutor her on foreign policy and so on.
So I'm thinking a LOT of coaching.
posted by kellydamnit 03 September | 14:05
Just to bring down the level of the discussion a bit -- "Jews for Jesus" leader dude preached in Palin's church two weeks ago? says Politico
posted by Claudia_SF 03 September | 17:21
An illustration of that gap came just two weeks ago, when Palinís church, the Wasilla Bible Church, gave its pulpit over to a figure viewed with deep hostility by many Jewish organizations: David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus.

Palinís pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the churchís website.

Brickner also described terrorist attacks on Israelis as God's "judgment of unbelief" of Jews who haven't embraced Christianity.

"Judgment is very real and we see it played out on the pages of the newspapers and on the television. It's very real. When [Brickner's son] was in Jerusalem he was there to witness some of that judgment, some of that conflict, when a Palestinian from East Jerusalem took a bulldozer and went plowing through a score of cars, killing numbers of people. Judgment ó you can't miss it."

Ho. Lee. Fucking. Shit.

If this is true, McCain can kiss Florida goodbye.
posted by jason's_planet 03 September | 18:42
politics question that isn't specific to this election || Bunny! OMG!