Dan Quayle in a Dress

I listened to remarks from Sarah Palin and it took me back 20 years to Dan Quayle’s introductory speech.  Quayle was selected because of his youth, good looks and ability to spell.

Sarah Palin started into her “hockey mom” speech and discussed her record of ignoring lobbyists and the old boy network; my first thought was “what’s she doing on this campaign? “  McCain’s team is still crawling with lobbyists who represent some of the worst regimes on the planet.  Palin’s youngest son has Down’s Syndrome, so I wonder what her position is on stem cell research.  And Thom Hartmann reported on his radio show that Palin’s high school age daughter (age 17), who is single, is pregnant.  So I wonder who that news will play with the religious right.

Someone with two years as the governor of a small state in terms of population, after a few years on the city council and as mayor, is a political lightweight.  Do we really want her a heartbeat from the presidency? 

An Update from Electoral-Vote.com:

….Like many Alaska politicians these days, Palin is involved in an ethics scandal. Her sister was married to a state trooper named Mike Wooten. The two of them got divorced and were involved in a bitter child custody battle. Sarah wanted to help her sister so she asked the state commissioner of public safety, Walt Monegan, to fire Wooten. He refused, so she fired him. He protested so loudly that the Republican-controlled state legislature appointed a retired prosecutor, Steve Branchflower, to investigate whether she abused her power as governor. Needless to say, Monegan is about to get a small army of reporters camped on his doorstep. It seems very strange indeed that McCain wants to be associated with someone under investigation for an ethics violation. The Democrats are going to say: “More of the same.” Time will tell how this will play out. One can already envision the Vice Presidential TV debate featuring the long-time member and now chairman of the Senate foreign relations committee facing someone has has been governor for 2 years. Romney or Ridge could have held their own against Biden, but Palin is going to have a tough time.

This is a historic election; we will either have the first African-American president or the first woman vice president.  That’s a huge step forward for America. 

  30 comments for “Dan Quayle in a Dress

  1. Jubal
    August 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    Wow. And the Dems are supposed to be the pro-woman. I guess choosing a women is only a token pick when the woman is a conservative.

    Just like Dems are the pro-African American party…unless you;’re a conservative black.

    The Borking has begun, and the ugliness of the Left is going to manifest itself that would elicit rage and condemnation from Dems if it were directed at one of their own.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Matt —
    Geraldine Ferraro was a long standing successful member of Congress. Hillary Clinton, a two term Senator and former first lady. You can’t be serious in comparing the women leaders in the Democratic Party (does the name Pelosi ring a bell?) to Palin. Elizabeth Dole, Susan Collins, or Kay Hutchenson are all considerably more qualified.

    This pick calls John McCain’s judgement into question. And clearly, Palin doesn’t mind that mcCain called his own wife the C-word.

  3. Jubal
    August 29, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    I’ll take executive experience over legislative log-rolling experience any day of the week.

    Again, Obama supporters have no standing to chide Palin on grounds of inexperience.

  4. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    Matt — its not like you have any choice but to defend this awdful pick.

  5. J R Martin
    August 29, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    This pick is an insult to any woman who voted for Hillary Clinton. Palin is a light weight and gender has nothing to do with it. McCain has made another rash decision that shows that he may be loosing it.

  6. August 29, 2008 at 2:21 pm

    The Palin pick demonstrates the desperation of a campaign more concerned with owning the next news cycle or two than finding someone qualified to be a heartbeat away from being the leader of the free world.
    It’s sad to see a stunt at the highest level.

  7. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Another ding against Palin: She pronounces “nuclear” the same way George W. Bush does.

  8. Jubal
    August 29, 2008 at 3:16 pm


    If you Dems are so concerned, then why did you relegate experience to the guy who’s a heartbeat from the presidency, rather than the guy you want to put into the presidency?

  9. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Matt —
    Obama has the experience to be president. He has better judgement than McCain and better temperment.

  10. August 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Her parents are teachers, her husband is in a union, she has 5 kids. Successful athlete, a woman of faith, a path of success from the PTA to the Governership of a state with a poplution close to Delaware–and has dealt with energy issues, reform, and ethics. What’s to be afraid of folks? Bring the debates on. Good for her. Good for us. Keep an open mind, you just may learn something. If you really want to annoy a liberal, work hard and be happy. 🙂

  11. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Yeah, it only took 900 votes to win that Mayor’s race.

    If you really want to annoy a conservative, work hard, make money, be happy and not be a conservative; they can’t figure it out.

  12. d'Anconia
    August 29, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    lol I love watching Dan freak out trying to figure out a good attack line on sarah palin. don’t worry dan, your character assassination buddies at daily kos will soon enough come up with some false talking point for you to use here in your beloved center of propaganda 🙂

    keep trying until then though, it’s funny to watch!

  13. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Enjoy it D; more to come. Enjoy this (NSFW)


  14. d'Anconia
    August 29, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    lol, funny stuff dan

    what’s even funnier is….that’s all you got!


  15. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Interesting D’Acon; McCain ran ads criticizing Obama for not selecting Hillary, the runner up in the primaries. And then ignored Mitt Romney who did a pretty nice job attacking the Senator’s record. What might you call that? Hypocrisy?

  16. RHackett
    August 29, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    One has to enjoy the rationalizations that two years of being a Governor and being mayor of a very small town now constitutes the executive experience needed to be president.

    That is desperation. Clear and simple.

    In my opinion this completely undercuts his ability to push Barak’s inexperience, which has been one of his strongest points. (esp. given his pick of Biden.) And talk about “we don’t know him…” no one knows her at all. This was reinforced this morning by Sen. Hutchinson (R-TX). When Hutchinson was told Palin was the choice she stated something to the effect that she knew nothing about her other than she is governor of Alaska. Palin doesn’t strengthen any of his weak spots. So he still has all his weak spots, plus she reduces his strengths.

    Thank you John McCain.

  17. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    I actually have lots more, but why emptythe gun now when there’s so much time to use it.

  18. d'Anconia
    August 29, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Silly liberals.

    First, Dan, please, you’re getting pretty desperate if you’re invoking the name of Mitt Romney as a talking point in this discussion. I’ll bite though. Here’s my answer: Mitt didn’t receive 18 million votes and his primary campaign didn’t last until the middle of the summer. (PS: Romney and McCain didn’t accuse each other of playing the race card either)


    I would love to watch Joe Biden using your talking points at the VP debate. You should be hired as his debate advisor. As a matter of fact, post a link to your resume and I’ll do what I can for ya.

  19. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Palin advocates the teaching of creationism in school without even using the code words of “intelligent design.” Oh, the more we know, the more fun we’ll have.

    What a collossal blunder by McCain. What a gift he’s given to us on the Left.

  20. Republican4Obama
    August 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Consider this … Palin has basically been Governor of a congressional district … albeit the largest geographic congressional district.

    She’s 44. She just gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome. They have four young children living at home including the infant. And they don’t have the resources of the Quayles or the Gores. This is someone who talks about family values but you really have to question if she values her family. She’s going to go out onto the gruling presidential campaign trail and either leave her baby son behind or dragging him around.

    If she wasn’t a self-centered opportunist, and if she really was a “hockey mom” who values her family; she’d have realized the answer to McCain should have been “no.” She’s a young woman who could run for the White House sometime in the future.

    Sarah and Todd Palin should be focusing on their infant son and family and running for nationa office 10 or 12 years from now!

  21. Dan Chmielewski
    August 29, 2008 at 7:24 pm

    well, then why didn’t McCain go with Huckabee? Could it be that bad NRA joke about shooting Obama?

    I’m sorry but my Candidate just came from the most watched convention in history and drew twice as many viewers as the 2004 Kerry acceptance speech. Your candidate punts an important decision and I’m the one who’s desperate?

    Bartender, set this man up with another glass of whatever it is he’s drinking

  22. Brent
    August 29, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Lest we not forget. My friend made this to remind us how bad it could be. http://www.redux.com/playlist/dan_quayle_in_retrospect

  23. d'Anconia
    August 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    you make me laugh dan, i’ve been laughing all day

    how appropriate, my anti-spam word is “toast”

    that’s what the obama/biden ticket will be by midnight nov 5

  24. RHackett
    August 30, 2008 at 7:42 am

    I would love to watch Joe Biden using your talking points at the VP debate. You should be hired as his debate advisor. As a matter of fact, post a link to your resume and I’ll do what I can for ya.

    Biden won’t. He’s been around the block more than a few times to know how to deal with the likes of Palin.

    Here’s the point that many Palin supporters are missing. Ms. Palin’s experience in government makes Barack Obama look like George C. Marshall. She served two terms on the city council of Wasilla, Alaska, population 9,000. She served two terms as mayor. In November, 2006, she was elected governor of the state, a job she has held for a little more than 18 months. She has zero foreign policy experience, and no record on national security issues. Mr. McCain’s supporters argue that he is more serious about national security than Barack Obama. But the selection of Sarah Palin invites the question: How serious can he be if he would place such a neophyte second in line to the presidency? Barack Obama at least balanced his inexperience with Mr. Biden’s experience.

    What is Mr. McCain doing?

    Palin is a godsend for the Dem ticket.

  25. cook
    August 30, 2008 at 9:14 am

    The demo’s are running scared, McCain pulled a rabbit out of his hat.

  26. August 30, 2008 at 9:37 am

    This seems like a very calculated move to appeal to women voters, and especially, disappointed Hillary Clinton voters.

    Does McCain really think women will simply vote based on their gender rather than the issues? Frankly that’s insulting to all American women, Republican or Democrat.

    When the American public looks at Palin’s experience, and her policy positions, they will see someone who is clearly to the right of Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.

  27. Lefty
    August 30, 2008 at 10:33 am

    I was anticipating Obama’s “Change” Campaign picking someone new, fresh & exciting.

    Some are likening the Obama/Biden ticket to Bush/Cheney (relative inexperience at the top of the ticket, old-pro VP).

    Obama’s pick makes him look weak & inexperienced, needing an “old dog” to show him the ropes.

    Worked for Bush 2x though …

  28. September 1, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    “Your candidate punts an important decision”

    Would you be happier if she had just said it was above her pay grade?

    Oh, and cheap shot on the pregnancy news.

    I guess you’d have been happier if she had just sucked it into a sink.

    By your sick twisted logic, you should be pissed off at the unmarried woman who gave birth to Obama at the age of 18.

  29. Dan Chmielewski
    September 2, 2008 at 9:09 am

    Tom —
    Cheaps shots are served updaily on this other blog known as OJ; perhaps you’ve heard of it?

    I’m pro-choice but not pro-abortion. That is a decision best made by a woman and her doctor (and her God). Adoption is always an option, right?

    Obama’s parents were married when he was born. His mother was preganant with him before that.

    Maybe you;d be happier if I called Palin “Caribou Barbie.” (Too far from Malibu)

  30. Homewrecker
    September 2, 2008 at 11:05 am

    “…a path of success from the PTA to the Governership of a state with a poplution (sic) close to Delaware.”

    LOL! Only in RepulicanLand! Why can’t you sheeple just admit that McCain blew it big-time?

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