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Politicians often say one thing and believe or do another. It comes with the territory. But John McCain’s hypocrisy in his desperation to become president is breathtaking, even for a politician. And his running mate is no better.

“My friends,” he keeps saying, without giving many of us any reason to want to be his friend. Consider this fun video “My Friends, the Musical” and enjoy it while watching one example after another of the Republican hypocrisy we’re being asked to swallow this time around. Thanks, but no thanks, Senator.


See it here first. This is a new video and I’d say it’s hilarious if so much of it weren’t depressingly true. Palindrones will hate it, politically-dumb people won’t get it. We “elites” will love it. Aren’t we awful?

Hats off MistressOfTheWeb for Palin and the Chipmunks.

First you wince. Or cringe. Maybe you’re embarrassed for her. Then you shake your head and wonder for the umpteeenth time WTH was John McCain thinking when he picked Sarah Palin to be his running mate. Finally, you snicker.

All that brought about by a brief exchange during Palin’s latest major interview — her third, if you count the infomerical masquerading as an interview with Murdoch’s Sean Hannity — this one, with Katie Couric. The topic was that slippery slope: foreign policy experience.  Here’s the transcript:

COURIC: You’ve cited Alaska’s proximity to Russia as part of your foreign policy experience. What did you mean by that?

PALIN: That Alaska has a very narrow maritime border between a foreign country, Russia, and on our other side, the land– boundary that we have with– Canada. It– it’s funny that a comment like that was– kind of made to– cari– I don’t know, you know? Reporters–


PALIN: Yeah, mocked, I guess that’s the word, yeah.

COURIC: Explain to me why that enhances your foreign policy credentials.

PALIN: Well, it certainly does because our– our next door neighbors are foreign countries. They’re in the state that I am the executive of. And there in Russia–

COURIC: Have you ever been involved with any negotiations, for example, with the Russians?

PALIN: We have trade missions back and forth. We– we do– it’s very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where– where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border. It is– from Alaska that we send those out to make sure that an eye is being kept on this very powerful nation, Russia, because they are right there. They are right next to– to our state.

If you’d like to watch it in all its stammering, deer moose-in-the-headlights glory,  the video was is here at CBS. Now, a “content unavailable” message comes up and will probably remain until after the segment airs on tonight’s Evening News.

When the McCain handlers announced the Couric interview, my first thought was puffball questions. Then I remembered Couric’s mastery on the Today show, her skill at interviewing celebrities and the instantly-famous. And that’s all Palin has shown herself to be. She’s demonstrated no depth,  no knowledge of anything beyond her fundamentalist, faith-healing church, her brazen ability to play fast and loose with the truth and her eager willingness to take handouts in the form of federal earmarks. She has also displayed her own talent for mocking, with her smarmy acceptance speech and dismissive comment about community organizers.

She is as shallow as a puddle in the Sahara.

Every state in the northern tier of the US, including mine, borders Canada. Some in the south border Mexico. Yep, our neighbors are foreign countries. She’s right about that.  So that gives millions of us foreign policy experience and frankly, by that ludicrous standard, I have more than she does.

Alaska’s Precious Snowflake might be able to see Russia, but I’ve been there. She refueled in Ireland. I lived there. My much-renewed passport is not newly-minted like hers.

Come to think of it, I can see Vermont from my favorite pick-your-own apple orchard. I can be a governor!

Gondoliers for Obama! This is seriously wonderful and wonderfully fun from one of my favorite cities on earth, Venice. As it turns out, Barry has at least two fans there, and one is very vocal. Enjoy this.

Oh, dear. Was it a Freudian slip or is she confused about who is at the top of the ticket? Now it’s Palin-McCain? That’s how she put it during a campaign speech today in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Not very diplomatic, even for someone with nearly non-existent experience in foreign affairs and diplomacy.

You can find the video at AMERICAblog and thanks to Seth at fastblogit for the revamped graphic.

I just heard on CNN that, not surprisingly, Sarah Palin tee shirts are outselling John McCain shirts among Republicans. I’ll bet it’s not this one. Ya think?

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is keeping count. On Hardball last night, he presented a tally of the minimum number of times Sarah Palin has told her misleading story about that bridge she supported before she opposed it.

No, not Jeb. Governor Tom Ridge had a slip of the tongue last night while talking with NBC’s Tom Brokaw at the Republican National Convention. It’s understandable why ….

Hat tip to Jedreport.

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From Pundit Kitchen

Children often parrot what their parents say and parrots…well, Smoky the grey parrot has quite a vocabulary! Just listen:

Thanks to my friend Bluesmokeofparadise for sharing this.

Bill O’Reilly, the resident blowhard at Murdoch’s Fox News, the darling of the Limbaugh/Drudge-following right, has, as one of my grandmothers would have put it, airs above his station.

O’Reilly pretends to be objective when he is anything but. Worse, he pretends to be a journalist when, in fact, many of us remember his tabloid TV days. He was younger, thinner and probably not as rich but he was already a blowhard. As this clip from Inside Edition shows us, he has quite a temper and vocabulary, his favorite word beginniing with F.

He might like to pretend his station is 59th and Lex, but we know it’s closer to 23rd and Seventh. Before gentrification.

Thanks to College Humor for rescuing this after it was taken down elsewhere.
Related: the O’Reilly photo in Political lolz.

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The fun folks at I Can Has Cheezburger have a new humor site, combining LOLspeak with political and news-related photos. It’s called Pundit Kitchen — you’ll find it here — and enjoy this sample in the meantime.

Welcum to the no factz zone

You there, the BBW in the front

If anyone asks later, you�re a sniper

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