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03 October 2008

Guess what? Guess who apparently I get to go see on Tuesday?????[More:]

A hint: At East Carolina University....
Sarah Palin!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 03 October | 16:02
"Victory office"?
posted by Quentin 03 October | 16:03
If they don't win, will they all then be called "Failure Offices"?
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 03 October | 16:05
Is this a riddle?
posted by Hellbient 03 October | 16:08
I had no idea that he was touring again.

posted by danf 03 October | 16:13
Stay hydrated.
posted by ethylene 03 October | 16:19
"Victory office"?

I totally thought that said "Victory orifice."

posted by mudpuppie 03 October | 16:37
TPS for the win!

I gotta go get tickets tomorrow tho....just found out we don't have reserved ones.

Must. Go. Sharpen. Elbows.
posted by bunnyfire 03 October | 16:39
My parents took me to a political rally once. For this guy:
≡ Click to see image ≡
(Yes, he really did run for president in 1988.)

At the time I thought it was awesome! The godless liberals were destroying our nation, and milquetoast Repub-lites like George H.W. Bush seemed to care more about following opinion polls than following the Word of God. At the end of the rally, there was a big group prayer and then some country singer (Ricky Skaggs?) played a set. We all walked out of that auditorium like an army marching toward battle. I remember feeling crushed when Bush got the GOP nod a couple months later. How could people be so stupid? I vowed that when it was my turn, I would never be so foolish with my vote.

Four years later, I turned 18 just in the nick of time to be eligible to vote, and on election day, you betcha I was first in line to cast my vote... for a guy named Bill Clinton. To this day, I've never voted for a single Republican.

No point to the story, really. I just think it's funny that I used to be such a blinkered nitwit. (I mean, really: Pat fucking Robertson?!)
posted by Atom Eyes 03 October | 17:18
a blinkered nitwit

For the record, that wasn't aimed at religious or conservative folk (my mother fits both categories, after all). I condemn only my overly-pious, non-introspective, fourteen-year-old self. Seriously: Pat Robertson!!
posted by Atom Eyes 03 October | 17:45
bunnyfire, are you going to introduce yourself and say, "Sarah! I'm a 6-weeks-long fan!" ?

I bet you'll get a wink or a "doggone it!" if you do.
posted by BoringPostcards 03 October | 19:07
Hey, bunnyfire's been at it just about as long as Palin has! No reason not to follow BP's suggestion.
posted by Miko 03 October | 19:12
We may have different political ideals, bunnyfire, but I still hope you have a good time.
posted by Luminous Phenomena 03 October | 19:51
OMG, I have an idea, bunnyfire... print out this cartoon:
≡ Click to see image ≡

If you get Sarah Palin to autograph it, I'll give you 100 bucks. I am not even kidding. And if she kisses that "G.W.B." and leaves a lipstick imprint, that's another 100 bucks.

This is EASY MONEY girl... if you do this, you will become my favorite bunny ever.
posted by BoringPostcards 03 October | 21:09
BP, you are a scamp.

I am excited-I have a Palin button to wear too. Huzzah!

posted by bunnyfire 03 October | 23:13
I will send you something amazing in the mail if you get your picture taken with her.

Or if you do a Cool Whip dance on your front lawn.

posted by Lipstick Thespian 03 October | 23:47
I want to hear all about how it goes, definitely do a post after!
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 04 October | 00:19
Wait wait... ask her about her family's history with dinosaurs!
posted by BoringPostcards 04 October | 00:42
My offer about the cartoon stands. And if you get a photo of the two of you with the defiled Constitution, I'll toss in another 50 bucks.

$250! This could be a very profitable Tuesday for you. All for the price of a little printer paper and a moment of honesty... c'mon, whaddya say? I mean, it's not like you haven't done it before off-camera, amirite?
posted by BoringPostcards 04 October | 00:49
Make sure you read the Wasilla Shopper beforehand, then at least you know you've both read the same newspaper that day.

And I dare you wear this and sneak up behind her, raising your head as you do. I will give you $50 if you do this.
posted by essexjan 04 October | 02:37
Maybe you could ask her if she intends to step down for the sake of the party and the credibility of the ticket. Or if she intends to publicly correct any of the numerous lies and mis-statements she made during the vice-presidential debate. Or maybe if she intends to issue a white paper that would address the questions she evaded at the debate by intoning "maverick, maverick, maverick" over and over again.

I'm sure her speech will be a hoot, you betcha.

Also, if you get a chance, ask her if her kids know where to get any good weed -- I hear that shit in Alaska is dank as fuck.
posted by BitterOldPunk 04 October | 10:21
I waited in line this morning for tix-got there an hour and a half early and still had folks ahead of me. The party faithful are stoked. Meanwhile, campaign signs were flying out of the office, and my husband, who is at the gun show this weekend, has sold a crapload of signs and had to go get more.

Meanwhile I now am the proud owner of a pink cap that says Palin: Kiss My Lipstick.

BOP, never underestimate the number of people who want to vote for someone they perceive as Not A Politician. They don't see her as one of Them.

I personally think she is smart enough to get her bearings-her ideology is straight, and at this point that's all I care about.
posted by bunnyfire 04 October | 12:56
campaign signs were flying out of the office

Interesting take on the usefulness (or lack thereof) of campaign signs as a barometer of depth of political commitment on the ground:

Organizers – the people out there killing themselves to win this election – hate yard signs with the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns.

Barack Obama’s organizers hate them. John McCain’s organizers hate them. It’s because yard signs don’t vote – but they do generate a ridiculous amount of complaining that must be patiently listened to. Until yard signs sprout little legs and go to the polls on Election Day, in a presidential election with universal name recognition they are just a nice little decoration.

They’re little feel good things, making you feel like you’re on the team. There is nothing wrong with that – that’s not the objection. The objection is that there is limited time for organizers to accomplish a wide array of prioritized tasks, and in this election they’ve chosen to prioritize identifying, registering, persuading and getting their voters to the polls. Yard signs cut into the organizer’s sleep time – literally.

A lot of people aren’t going to like hearing this truth, but organizers recognize that the majority of people who walk into offices for yard signs are, for volunteering purposes – and this is a technical term – useless. In the majority, these people are not going to knock, they’re not going to make phone calls. Instead, they are going to throw the organizer’s incredibly precious, sleep-deprived time down a bottomless abyss of irretrievability.

posted by scody 04 October | 16:12
Scody, that's pretty much the truth.

Thank God the office has the signs now. They have been calling MY house for weeks, even tho the board of elections has been told-repeatedly-to use hubby's cell phone number for the purpose.

But there is something tangible for these folks getting the signs, I think. They are also buying buttons, tshirts, and etcetera-and all of their purchases are raising money for our local party. (Some of the stuff we had printed ourselves.)

I think this election has brought out something-on both sides-where people are wanting to stand up and be counted. I have seen almost NO indifference to this election, and that is uncommon in my opinion.
posted by bunnyfire 04 October | 16:21
I have seen almost NO indifference to this election, and that is uncommon in my opinion.

This is one of those rare moments where we agree absolutely! ;)
posted by scody 04 October | 16:24
I really don't like Palin, but I do sympathise with your I am In a Political Party and We are Having a Fun Mass Frenzy excitement, bunnyfire :)
posted by By the Grace of God 04 October | 17:36
BOP, never underestimate the number of people who want to vote for someone they perceive as Not A Politician. They don't see her as one of Them.

That's one part of the problem. The other part is:

her ideology is straight, and at this point that's all I care about

Put those two things together and you have a recipe for the disaster that we've not only lived through for the past 8 years, but also for the wreck we're handing to our children. And their children.

At some point you will have to decouple ideology from theology, and I look forward to having that discussion.
posted by BitterOldPunk 04 October | 22:37
Bunnyfire, in coming back to this thread after a couple of days, one thing I have to tell you (and this is in a friendly way, as much as I can across this great divide that is the 2008 election):


Please don't be fooled by this woman and her views. She's absolutely toxic. She's a travesty.

She's worse than a pitbull - she's a pitbull with rabies.

Please come back to us, Bunnyfire, don't fall for this. You're an intelligent person with a good heart. Believing in the bile this woman spits out by dressing it up as "ideology" is too scary for me to admit.

I want to believe you won't fall for it.

And if you can't get there, if for some reason, the light can't make it through to you, could you at least put the word Thespian on your cap?

That, that I can get behind.
posted by Lipstick Thespian 05 October | 22:40
It's Chinatown, LT.
Hold hands with your dinosaur and jump on that bridge.
posted by ethylene 05 October | 23:23
It's proof positive that the strategy the GOP tried out had the desired effect - it won socially conservative religiously motivated voters back to a McCain ticket on which they were previously totally tepid. This is what McCain's team intended when they nominated her - pulling people like bunnyfire back in and getting them behind the ticket. The question is whether there will be enough of them to make up for the numbers of people who dropped the ticket because of Palin's nomination.

But it worked, clearly. As far as that goes.
posted by Miko 06 October | 21:43
...the comfort I take is knowing that the only reason Palin's trotting out to NC is that the state is truly in play, and they need to try to win it. Obama's doing so well there that there's a real threat, so she was sent to excite potential nonvoters.
posted by Miko 06 October | 21:45
I can haz debate skillz? || Homer goes to the voting booth