I realize that with the US election over with, I should stop blogging about it. But I don't think cold turkey is necessarily the best way to go. You've got to ween yourself off these things gradually or the results could be catastrophic. One of my favourite moments from election night was watching the Daily Show reporters freak out once they realized the election was over and what were they going to do now? The best bit being when Samantha Bee was told she gave birth during the campaign and didn't remember it - "I had a baby? Awwwww...."
So I'll be easing back, but forgive me if I still post the odd observation to ease the shakes.
I don't normally like Fox News, but this was report is making the rounds at light speed. The reporter is essentially confirming what everybody feared was true about Sarah Palin. However, the fact that it is Fox News and that they're making her look like an absolute idiot is kind of astonishing.
It'll be interesting to see how many of these stories will come out in the days to come. Newsweek is teasing something similar. And here's a CP story and one from the New York Times.
I said Palin was going to have a shot in 2012 and was roundly mocked. However, this is the first serious attempt to destroy her well before then. Yeah, some of these people are bitter and pissed off. But some are, terrifyingly enough, actually looking ahead to 2012, already have "their guy" lined up and want to destroy Palin now. We'll see how she weathers it. Or if she does.
One other thing...if this report, and others to come, are true and she was a complete idiot, that McCain did virtually no vetting and that once they realized she was an idiot they did their best to cover it up, well, there's a whole wide range of emotions going through me on that revelation.
1. Relief at the bullet was dodged.
2. Disappointment that McCain, the maverick, is just another politician just looking to win, despite all his big talk.
3. Anger that this campaign and the Republicans came so close to putting another complete moron in the Oval Office.
The one downside of McCain/Palin losing? No more Tina Fey mocking her. Awwwww....
If you're curious about how political cartoonists viewed the evening, here's a sample of them. Sadly, many of them are quite lame. Of the ones there, and I'm sure there are many more, the one below is probably my favourite.
There's been a lot of people noticing the eerie similarities between the 6th and 7th seasons of The West Wing and the just concluded presidential campaign. The list is a bit too long to get into, but for those following it, the list just got one more addition to the end. Read this story about Rahm Emanuel who will be Obama's next Chief of Staff. It seems Emanuel was the basis for the character of Josh Lyman on The West Wing.
So to make this clear, Santos was based on Obama, Lyman was based Emanuel. At the end of The West Wing Santos is president and Lyman is his Chief of Staff. And now, Obama is president and Emanuel is his Chief of Staff.
The fates really are just failed, plagiarizing screenwriters, aren't they?
1. Hell's half acre - Robbie Robertson
2. Like it too much - Kaiser Chiefs
3. La Ferrassie - Toyko Police Club
4. Crater Lake - Liz Phair
5. Hiroshima - Ben Folds*