Thursday, September 04, 2008

On Sarah Palin: Tina Fey, David Brooks and Gossip Girl

Watching coverage of Palin's speech today, I couldn't help but think, Sarah Palin looks just like Tina Fey.

More seriously, David Brooks renewed my faith in him with an excellent analysis of the Sarah Palin pick. I too would have preferred someone with better domestic policy experience.

But my own first thought though was that she is more symbol than substance (like Dan Quayle, but also like Obama). I like the fact he picked a woman, but was hoping for maybe Christy Whitman (former NJ Governor) though she is pro-choice, and been out of the picture for some time) so that rules her out. Though as a tactical move, I see it as genius. Though newspapers initially says this ruins the original message, that Obama doesn't have enough experience, in my view, it does the opposite. It has made all the Democrats look ridiculous for attacking Palin's lack of experience (she has more executive experience than Obama and Biden combined), and every time a Democrat decries Palin's lack of experience, it highlights even more for public attention, Obama's own lack. Genius.

As an aside, and without a hint of sarcasm, I really love how pretentious her kids names are (Bristol, Trig, Track, Piper, Willow). They're like the names of the stars of Gossip Girl (Blake, Leighton, Penn, Chace). The new Muffy and Bunny of the current generation. I know these names are snooty and elitist, but I happen to like them.
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